Almost anything a person can think of can keep us from following God.
I will only mention a few here. Money is the big problem. If not careful it can control our lives. We all have to live in this world, but we can’t let the world control us. Money itself does not interfere with our walk with Christ. It is the love of money that does interfere with our walk ( Matthew 6:19-34). Trust God, He will take care of us. This does not mean for us to quit our jobs or not earn money, it simply means God is more important. Another big problem is the media. By media I mean Internet, TV, movies, video games, magazines and any other type media outlet there is. Media is dangerous because we can become consumed with it. The media is everywhere we turn. And to make matters worse it is littered with some terrible thing’s. Nearly every commercial on TV and every advertisement on the internet try to convince us we need something and they can fill that need. They tell us how we should look, feel and act. Movies, TV and music can all be bad because they can tell us what is right and wrong. We should all be wise in what we play, watch, read and how much time we spend doing it. We should be willing to give up things that hinder our walk with God. Our Relationships with others and routines can also get our way as well as our work can. Work, relationships and routines are important but our relationship with God is much more important. Desiring a blessing from God, more than God himself can hinder our walk with God. Praying for specific things over and over, but forget about spending quality time with God. Seek first his kingdom ( Matthew 6:34). There are many more things that can hinder our walk. We ourselves can hinder and so can our pastor. Surprising but true. The followjng website will tell you more http://livingforjesus.com/10-things-that-can-distract-us-during-our-walk-with-god/ In conclusion we should give up all things that hinder our walk with God. Read and meditate on the Bible. Pray each day. Get to know God. Spend quality time with Him. In this way you will know what He desires and overcome the things that cause hindrances.
During the biblical account of Paul’s first missionary journey, Luke writes: “Then Saul, who was also called Paul…” (Acts 13:9). From this point forward, Luke only refers to the apostle as “Paul.” This shift does not reflect a name change, as has often been said, but rather a conscious decision on Paul’s part to use a name he already had. Since Paul was a Roman citizen, he would have been given three names at birth. The third was Paul’s Latin name, Paullus. Paul’s Latin name was a better fit for the predominantly Roman environment. “Saul the Pharisee” chose to be known as “Paul, citizen of Rome.”
A wake up call: Being friends with those whose beliefs differ from us is different from being one with them in theology. The more we know, the more we should be humble and friendly to those who oppose us. We hate false doctrines but we should try our best to win the hearts of those who teach heresies. Most Calvinists today are arrogant, and without concern for the lost souls. They don’t practice what they preach. You will notice that when they comment on threads started by those who are still not knowledgeable of right doctrines. You can’t expect unbelievers to believe what we say when we who claim to be believers fight each other. Augustine says in essentials unity in non essentials, liberty. But most calvinists cannot distinguish between essentials and non essentials. They love to debate even on minor issues (i.e. tithing) and destroy each other in the process. They are like children fighting over a piece of bread. They need to grow up like the Corinthian believers who are still living in the flesh.
Revelation 9:21, “And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or there thefts.” The word sorceries comes from the Greek word pharmakeia meaning: pharmacy, medication, drugs, sorcery, witchcraft, and magic. This verse implies that the great tribulation will be a time when drugs will not be controlled. Our culture today is already infested with rampant drug and alcohol abuse. The majority of people in jails are there on some charge related to drugs. Much has been said in our newspapers recently. Drug clinics keep growing in number. Drugs are a key tool of Satan to deceive and enslave people in destructive and expensive addictions. People need to start worshiping God and stop being entertained by the wickedness of the world. They need to call good, good, and evil, evil. Drugs can short circuit our safeguards, blow our moral fuses, confuse our judgment, and remove our self control. Drug and alcohol abuse opens you up to spiritual attacks. It gives Satan a stronghold in your life. How can anyone who claims to follow Jesus be used by God as a witness to others when they have no self control with drug and alcohol abuse? Jesus can take away all our addictions if we want Him to. That’s the key, if we want Him to. That’s a decision that each person must make concerning addictions. Do they want help? Do they want to be free from drugs and alcohol? This will only happen when they truly want to be free from it. When they reach that point God will be able to help them and make them into a new person.
“What is the apostasy? The Greek word apostasia in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 means “departure, falling away, defection, revolt.” This end times’ apostasy could be the mass “falling away” of people from God as they begin to follow the lawless one who claims to be God (verse 4). Another possibility is that the “apostasy” is the “departure” of the church from the world, that is, the rapture that Paul alludes to in verse 1 and which he had previously discussed in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. It could be that both events are implied in the word apostasia.”
Is it possible that “apostasia” could really imply both the rebellion and the rapture?
What do we know about the real, historical Jesus? Who is Jesus? What does the Bible say about Jesus’ life? Is Jesus significant in secular history?
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