Today’s Verse

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and in Your name have cast out devils? and in Your name done many wonderful works?’ And then I will profess unto them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’

Matthew 7:22-23

Thursday, January 27

What are we to think of Saul of Tarsus? Saul was a Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee zealous for the law of God. He was so zealous for the nation of Israel that he persecuted Christians, binding them and sending them to prison. He even persecuted some to death.

He was doing ministry as he saw it, yet he was acting as an enemy of Christ. Involvement in ministry and the life of the church neither proves nor disproves salvation. Please consider today’s verses as listed above.

Some people say, “I know I am a Christian because I feel it. I feel like a Christian.” Let me ask you, what does it feel like to be a Christian?

Feelings are very deceptive. Have you ever awakened in the night startled, your heart pounding in your chest? You dreamed you were falling off a forty-story building. You were not of course but you felt like you were. Your feelings can deceive you.

Satan is a master at deceiving us. He works with our emotions to make us feel as though we are right with God. He helps us rationalize our sin and feel that we really are saved when in fact we are not.

Just because you get a tear in your eye when a missionary tells you the plight of people in foreign countries, does not mean you are saved. Be careful about feelings.

Weekly Memory Verse

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3:17

"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging."
- Chinese Proverb

Pastor Armstrong

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