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Repentance, With Conviction

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

I once knew a man who sought the Holy Spirit for many years.  I asked the Lord why he did not receive it, even though he  appeared to seek the Lord often.  He often appeared to be broken and contrite, yet still he did not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

During the service later that same morning a message was preached, and part of the context at the end was about repentance, a simple about face, a changing of direction, or turning from your will for your life to God’s Will. A concept I knew very well . . . but then the words came to me “with conviction”.

I remembered about how in my younger years I was a heavy cigarette smoker.  Many times I made attempts to quit smoking.  I tried to quit for many reasons, such as smoking was bad for my health, smoking caused me to have shortness of breath, smoking smelled, getting on my clothes and person, on my family, inside my car, and inside my home. Smoking was costly on a monetary level. Smoking was looked down on in many circles.  Smoking was not allowed in many public places and many homes, making it more a more difficult to be a smoker.

For all of these reasons and more, I tried to quit smoking many times in my life.  Sometimes I waited until I finished my last cigarette. Sometimes I put them aside and tried.  Sometimes I threw away cigarettes and tried. Every time I tried, I failed.  Most times I only went for a few hours, or a day, before I caved in and just had to have a cigarette.

The problem was that even though I knew that I should quit, and I knew of the good reasons why, I simply could not quit because I did not really want to quit.  The truth was that I enjoyed smoking and I wanted to smoke, more than I wanted to quit.

It was not until I had made up my mind that I did not want to be a smoker anymore with firm conviction, a made up mind, that I was able to quit. Was there an slight addiction and desire from dependency and habit?  Yes, but desire and conviction can override that. I simply replaced it with a piece of hard candy (butterscotch was my favorite) every time that I felt the urge to reach for a cigarette. I simply replaced it with a piece of candy instead.  After a week or two I no longer had the urge.  In fact the smell of cigarette smoke became repulsive to me. This was all on my own, I was not walking with the Lord at all at the time that I quit.

What was the difference from all the other times that I made attempts to quit earlier? It was that I had conviction, and my mind was made up. . . . there was no going back.

Repentance can be a very difficult thing for some people.  They want God in their life and they believe His Word. They may have been baptized in Jesus’ name, which was easy for them to do. They just had to present themselves and be baptized. But sometimes they have some sinful habit in their life, perhaps some secret sin or sins that they just cannot let go of.  It has become an addiction to them. They want to be saved, but they want the pleasure of the sin more.  It may be fornication, pornography, or something else.

They know that they have this problem, and feel that if they can just get God to heal them from this thing, they can make it.  But the truth is that they desire it, and because they desire it more than they want God’s Will in their life, they are not truly repentant and God knows it.

Does this mean that one must be a non smoker before they are filled with the Holy Ghost? No. Does it mean that one has to be living a righteous life first?  No, not at all. But nether can we know we are doing something that is of a sinful nature, not be repentant of it, and expect God will fill us with His Spirit.

Perhaps, they feel that if they can just be filled with the Holy Spirit that this thing will be taken away from them. The truth is that as long as we are here on this earth, in this mortal body, we will always have our flesh. God does not make us robots. He does not circumvent your own will with His.  We have to chose His Will for our life over our own will.  In other words repent, with conviction.

Yes, the Holy Spirit will give us the power to be able to withstand the temptations of the flesh and Satan, but until we die, or God raptures His Church, we still will have our flesh.

I once taught a teen Sunday School class in which I taught a lesson on what true repentance is.  It is a complete letting go of our flesh and the things of this world and a taking hold of the things of God.  I placed two throw rugs on the floor several feet apart representing opposite sides of a great divide.  One side represented Satan, this world, and things of the flesh.  The other side represented God, Heaven, the things of God, and His Will for our life.

The only way that one could reach the other side was to leap free of this world leaving everything behind.  No way to cling onto anything that is bound to this world and still reach the other side.  If you hung onto anything it would keep you bound to this world, making you unable to reach the other side.

One needed to be convinced that this world held nothing for them, to have conviction and purpose of mind that they we going to make a decision for permanent change. . . God’s Will for my life and not mine.

Naturally this is a spiritual leap and not a physical one, but is every bit as real. The battlefield is in the heart and mind of every individual.

Yes, sin separates us from God. None of us are righteous, no not one.  However, regardless if you committed adultery last night, watched pornography, or lied yesterday, or stole money this morning.  .  . if you truly repent with conviction, then God can save you and fill you with His Spirit right where you are. To do this we must desire His Will for our life more than that thing that we need to repent of.

Yes, when we comprehend the salvation message, the Gospel, and understand that He died for us and paid the price for our sins, we can be pricked in our heart, sorrowful for our sin, we can become contrite and even weep.  This is natural.  But realizing our position with God and becoming aware of our sin, and being sorrowful is not what is required to be saved.  It is repentance or a turning away from sin and our will with conviction.  It is a made up mind that we want God’s Will for our life, and that we are going to be obedient to His Word from that moment on.

You can’t fake it with God.  You can fool the congregation and the pastor, but God sees the heart. Repent with conviction, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

How do we overcome sin?  The same way that I overcame smoking; every time a sinful desire comes our way, we simply replace it with worship, prayer, some time in God’s Word, and the sweet things of God.

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Who is a Liar?

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

falseministerIs a Pastor, a Priest, A Bishop, a Pope, an Evangelist, a Minister or some other who professes to be a man of God, that does not preach the true Gospel because of ignorance, a liar? The Word of God says that he is.

1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

1 John 1:4 – He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

The Bible is clear that ignorance of the truth is not a defense.  There is a great and grave responsibility placed upon any man that proclaims to speak for God. A man that proclaims a false doctrine, whether he knows it or not, does great harm to those that would hear and believe him.

Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Only the Gospel message found in the books of Acts is the true Gospel.

Acts 2:38 – “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 

That is the gospel. But how do we obey a historical event?  Simply He does not ask us to die a natural death, but rather to die to our will through repentance.  He does not ask us to be buried in a tomb, but rather we are buried with him in the waters of baptism, and in His Name (Matthew 28:19).  Then He promises that the same Spirit that raised Him from the grave will also raise our mortal bodies when He comes to take us Home.

Galatians 1:8 says;  “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Revelations 2:2 – “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.

Revelations 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Any man that preaches that all you have to do to be saved is to “accept Jesus as your personal savior” or just pray some “sinners prayer” to be saved is a liar.  He will have his part in the lake of fire except he repent.  If you then believe him you will have you part in the lake of fire as well, except you repent and obey the Gospel.

The Gospel must be obeyed.  Do not believe the lie that obedience is a work, saying that we are saved by grace and not by works.

1 Peter 4:17,18 – For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

2 Thessalonians 1:7,8 – “…the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” 

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Salvation In A Nutshell

Friday, October 20th, 1995
©1995 Stan Hallett

 

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM” – II Corinthians 2:9

Note that they are “prepared for them that LOVE HIM“.

Jesus said; “IF YE LOVE ME, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15

 

COMMANDMENT:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” – Matthew 28:19. Notice that the word NAME is singular . . . one name. The words Father, Son and Holy Ghost are titles, not names.

Also notice that Jesus said; “GO“. He didn’t say it “would be nice if you did”, or “you might think about it”. It was a direction, a commandment to GO do it.

 

EXPLANATION on HOW to OBEY (What is the NAME?):

Peter was given the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19). Many people picture Peter at heavens gate because of this. But these were not physical keys! Peter shared these same keys with us. . .In Acts 2:37 They asked the Apostles what they should do, and Peter said: “REPENT, and be BAPTIZED every one of you in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.” – Acts 2:38

What is the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost? Peter knew, and the other Apostles standing there with him knew. This NAME is JESUS!

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were BAPTIZED into JESUS Christ were baptized into his death?” – Romans 6:3

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the NAME of the Lord JESUS..” – Colossians 3:17

What happens if you do not OBEY? – “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” – II Thessalonians 1:7-9

Don’t fall for the lie that you need not obey or do anything to be saved because some doctrine has labeled them “works”. Salvation IS a gift. We do NOTdeserve it and CANNOT EARN it through “works of righteousness” (Titus 3:5).

Works of righteousness are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, etc., etc. You cannot earn salvation by doing good works.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” – James 2:17-26

Obedience to God’s word is a requirement! If you do not OBEY His commandments you are none of His.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21

Believing IN the Lord is NOT enough . . . “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” – James 2:19

We however, should believe ON Him (John 1:12, John 6:29, John 7:39, John 9:35, John 9:36, John 11:48, John 17:20, Acts 16:31, Acts 19:4, Romans 14:24, Philippians 1:29, 1 Timothy 1:16, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 5:3). To believe ON Him is to put ALL your trust in HIM and to Let Him be the Lord over your life. For if He is truly our LORD and Saviour we should OBEY Him and put all of our trust in Him.

How Can I Be Saved?

Many today are searching for answers, they are looking for the truth, and “Orthodox Christianity” gives them a lie.  They ask the same question in many different ways such as; “How can I be saved?”, or “What can I do to be saved?”,  or “How can I be sure I am saved?”, or “Can I be saved?”, or “How can you be saved?”, or “How to be saved?” or “How can I get saved?”, or “How can I be saved by God?”, or “Can God save me?”, or “How can I be saved by Jesus?”, or “Can Jesus saved me?”.

Most “Christian Pastors” would tell you that you merely need to “accept Jesus as your personal savior”, or simply “believe on Him”. They might have you say a little prayer or repentance, asking forgiving and for God to come into your heart. This is all a watered-down, no effect Gospel.  It’s a lie of the enemy to get you to believe that you have what it is you seek, but do not.

HOW CAN YOU BE SAVED? HERE ARE THE “KEYS”

REPENT of your sins. This means to earnestly turn away from all sin, asking His forgiveness. It does not mean to confess your sins then go right back to doing the things you’ve always done.”The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Psalms 51:17

 

BE BAPTIZED IN JESUS NAME

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a MAN be born AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3″Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a MAN be BORN OF WATER and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5

BORN OF WATER” is water baptism in JESUS NAME just as stated in Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38. It does not mean natural child birth as some foolish people suggest. Note that he says ” Except a MAN“, He is talking about a man, not a baby. Then He says “born AGAIN” (a second time).

“…while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us. . .” I Peter 3:20,21

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” – Mark 16:16

Matthew 28:19 says that we should be baptized in the NAME of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. We need to be baptized by someone who knows what the NAME is and not just repeat what was said.  You you read the book of Acts which is the Acts or Historical account of the early Church, they knew exactly what the NAME (singular) of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST was.  That NAME is JESUS!

No one was ever baptized in the titles of FATHER, SON and HOLY GHOST in the Bible, only in JESUS, NAME.  The Word of God says it is the NAME that is above every name (Philippians 2:9).  It says that at the NAME of JESUS every knee shall bow (Philippians 2:10).  It says that whatever you do in word or deed, do in the NAME of the LORD JESUS (Colossians 3:17).

 

BE FILLED WITH the HOLY GHOST.

This is being born “of the Spirit”. There is a marvelous evidence of this infilling of the Holy Ghost. Read of the accounts in the book of Acts. It’s happening that same today as it did then. Don’t let anyone fool you and cheat you out of your salvation at any cost.”And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:4

“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” – Acts 2:39

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” – Luke 11:9-13

“Let God be true, but every man a liar” – Romans 3:4

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