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Discover the Joy of Leaving Laodicea Behind
500:  I know God is Able, But is He Willing?

500: I know God is Able, But is He Willing?

There is an account in Matthew 9 where two blind beggars followed Jesus and continued to cry out to Him hoping to get His attention and receive their sight. After all, He had healed others, maybe He …

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498: Do You Believe the Promises of God?

498: Do You Believe the Promises of God?

Quite honestly, this question is what separates those who live their Christian life on the bottom rung from those who experience the Higher Christian Life. And it is all based on faith. Your faith. Do you …

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496:  Do You Know the Holy Spirit?

496: Do You Know the Holy Spirit?

Acts 19 begins with Paul stumbling upon a group of disciples in Ephesus that seemed different from those he had encountered elsewhere.  So different he …

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495:  Church and the Higher Christian Life

495: Church and the Higher Christian Life

One of the great longings of those the Lord used mightily in the last church age is the fullness, or baptism, of the Holy Spirit.  No, we’re not talking about loopy believers today who claim something their life doesn’t exhibit.  We are talking about the heroes of old, those like D.L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, Oswald Chambers, Charles Finney, Amy Charmichael, and so many others.  Each of these great servants of God testifies to their deep longing and ultimate baptism of the Holy Spirit that they claim was the source and power for all that God did through them and led to what they called the Higher Christian Life.

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494:  What Can Man Do To Me?

494: What Can Man Do To Me?

There is uncertainty all around.  Often uncertainty leads to fear, and fear crushes faith.  But we are instructed in Psalm 56 to not fear but turn our fear into faith.  David says, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3).  And then twice, in the same Psalm, he affirms, “What can flesh do to me” (Psalm 56:4) and “What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11).

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493:  Prepare for Persecution

493: Prepare for Persecution

Let me share some uncomfortable truths deliberately forgotten today in our land of apathy and opulence.  Persecution is an integral part of Christianity.  So much so that it is to be expected, even desired.   Why?  Because persecution, like spiritual fruit, is an outward sign of living and abiding in Christ in obedience.  And if so, we must, as a church and as believers living in the West, prepare for persecution.

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492:  The Bema Seat Judgment of Christ

492: The Bema Seat Judgment of Christ

There are three major judgments in the prophetic timeline of God:  the Sheep and Goats Judgment, the Bema Seat Judgment, and the Great White Throne Judgment.  Some of these judgments take place on earth and some in heaven.  But there is only one that you should be worried about.  And that is the Bema Seat Judgment of Christ.

So what is the Bema Seat Judgment of Christ and why is it such a big deal?

The Bema Seat Judgment of Christ takes place after the Rapture of the church and before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven.  This judgment does not determine salvation.  At this time, believers are rewarded for how faithfully they served their Lord.  Some will receive rewards (and be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, etc.), and others will obviously not receive rewards (or suffer loss).  It will be a time of great rejoicing for some.  And for others, a time of immense sadness, regret, and shame.

Therefore we make (labor) it our aim (to make our ambition, to aspire to), whether present or absent, to be well pleasing (acceptable, that which one wills, recognizes, and approves) to (who) Him.  For (why) we must all appear (to show openly) before the judgment seat of Christ, (for what reason) that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad – 2 Corinthians 5:9-10.

Some will receive a reward.  But others will “suffer loss” or not receive a reward and the benefits that come with it.  Consider the following.

Now if anyone (what) builds on this foundation (Christ) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s (what) work will become clear (to shine, to make manifest, become evident); for (when) the Day will declare it (to make known), (how) because it (one’s work) will be revealed (to remove a veil or covering to expose to open view) by fire; and the fire will test (approve as worthy or not) each one’s work, of what sort it is.  If anyone’s (what) work which he has built on it endures (abide, to remain, dwell, live), he will receive a reward.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire – 2 Corinthians 3:12-15.

But what are some things Christ will judge at the Bema Seat Judgment?

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