Christian Living


Are You Trusting Christ…or Self?
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 26, 2019)

There are so many today who are focusing on the wrong things. They mistakenly believe they must keep the commandments found in Exodus 20.

They do not have to keep the commandments…they only need to trust Christ.

When your focus is on not stealing, not committing adultery, not killing, or not coveting…your focus is not on Christ. It is on your own ability.

If your focus is on Christ, stealing, committing adultery, killing, and coveting will not rule your heart. Christ will.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Are You Dead to the Law or a Slave to the Law?
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 23, 2019)

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Galatians 3:24-26 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The Law is the Schoolmaster that brings people to Christ. If you are a Jew under the Schoolmaster, you have not yet been brought to Christ.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

If you are a Jew under the Law, you have not yet been made righteous by Jesus Christ.

Romans 7:3-4 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Are you dead to the Law or a slave to the Law? If you are either Jew or Gentile and married to Christ, you are dead to the Law and the Law is dead unto you.

Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 08, 2019)

So many people are told today that if they do not “obey Acts 2:38 by getting water baptized,” they cannot be saved. That is a foolish doctrine. One is saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…not by being submersed in water.

And Acts 2:38 is not even about water baptism…it is about being baptized in the Spirit of God.

In Matthew 3, we find the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, baptizing people in the river Jordan. John declares,

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (v.11)

The baptism of the Lord is with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This Holy Ghost Baptism is what took place in Acts 2:4…they were baptized in the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance.

In Acts 2:38, Peter was telling the people he was preaching to that if they received that same baptism that they had witnessed early in the chapter, i.e the baptism of the Holy Ghost…they too, would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Water Baptism does not save anyone. It is nothing more than symbology. It is a voluntary outward expression of an already experienced inward possession.

Judgment Must Begin at God’s House
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 03, 2017)
 
I care about souls that are dying and headed toward a devil’s hell.
 
I tell people about Heaven, and a Jesus that loves them. I also warn people about Hell, and a devil that hates them.
 
What now? Where do I send them after sharing all these truths? To an assembly of people where the leader will lie to them?
 
See, here’s’ the problem. Judgment must begin first “where” according to the Bible? At the House of God.
 
If you are going to meet in a building for religious services on Sundays and Wednesdays, you’d best make sure that the doctrines taught in it are truth. make sure that the doctrines being spoken to the hearing audience are in fact in agreement with what the word of God actually states.
 
Judgment must begin first at the House of God.
 
Now, I know that a brick and mortar building is not the House of God. The Apostle Peter was clear on that when he said,
 
1 Peter 4:17 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?
 
Did you catch that? Peter identified US as the House of God. Not the building we may meet in, but US. The House of God is a living, breathing organism. And that living, breathing organism can been in a building, under a tree, on the mountain, by a lake…anywhere. Where any two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord, He is in the midst.
 
But judgment must first begin with US.
 
It does no good to tell someone about Christ, and then send them into a den of false teachings. The hearts should be faithful and true before a guest arrives at the meeting place.
 
Do you invite guests to your home when it has not been dusted or swept and is looking a mess? Of course not!
 
So why send someone to a building where you meet with other Believer’s when leadership is deceitful? Why subject guest’s to lies and deceit? Time to clean house!
 
If the leadership is not teaching sound doctrine according to the word of God, remove them from leadership position and elect new leadership. Elect leadership who are willing to stand up for what is right; willing to preach the word of God and not opinion; willing to go against the flow no matter the persecution that may come….no matter how unpopular the truth may be to their ears and hearts.
 
We need preachers who will preach the truth. Otherwise, it does no good to invite guests to visit, or to even live among you. If your doctrines are false, you are just as dead as the guest’s you bring into your midst.
Stewardship
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 12, 2018)
 
Stewardship is important in the life of a Christian.
 
God gives us the ability to make money, and expects us to handle that money wisely. First and foremost, if we have bills, we should endeavor to pay those bills prior to doing anything else with the money. The borrower is a servant to the lender. Get those bills out of the way.
 
From the money left after bills are paid, family needs should be taken care of; i.e food, clothing, medical, etc. If any provide not for his own he is worse than an infidel.
 
It is good to give to the local church body one attends or is a member of. However, it is better to give directly to those in the body who have needs rather than just drop the money in a collection plate as it passes under our noses on Sunday mornings. Ofttimes, money is collected for the needs of the church facilities while the body inside is in need of the money more. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 
When money was laid at the feet of the apostles in the early stages of church history, the money was distributed to those who lacked. It was not used to pad the pockets of the apostles. Nor was it used to build bigger buildings.. If you enter the building and see Brother Sam and know that he has been laid off of work and has need of groceries or medicine, or even rent and utility money, God will be more pleased with you if you take that money you were going to drop in the collection plate and give it to Brother Sam than if you had dropped it in the collection plate.

The fact is, if every person who drinks ‘a glass of wine” were to be completely honest, they would admit that the very first glass of wine they ever drank made them drunk to some degree; whether just light–headed, nauseous, or full blown-out falling down drunk.

Alcohol is called an intoxicant for a reason….because it intoxicates.

Now, here’s the thing…

It has been proven in the medical field that beverage alcohol kills brain cells. So, maybe that’s why the “one glass of wine won’t hurt” proponents don’t realize the one glass of wine has intoxicated them…it’s killed the cells that tell their mind that they are drunk.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Community Encouragement
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 12, 2018)
 
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
 
The assembling together was never for the sole purpose of the congregation hearing a pastor preach a sermon each week and then everyone going home until the next assembling together. The assembling together was for the purpose of BELIEVERS exhorting (rallying; encouraging) one another in the things of God..
 
This is not to say that the Spirit of God can’t move someone to deliver a sermon…He certainly can. However, according to Hebrews 10:25 the intent for assembling together is for community participation in the practice of encouraging one another.

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