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Being Sober-minded

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One of the most controversial occurrences in Christianity is people getting “drunk in the Spirit.” Some well-meaning Christians have preached against this manifestation by referring to Scriptures commanding us to “be sober.” Let’s look at some of them…
“Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:6
“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:8
“Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded,” - Titus 2:6
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” - 1 Peter 1:13
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”- 1 Peter 5:8
There are different definitions of the word sober found in the Encarta World English Dictionary…
1. Not under t…

Certainty of Salvation

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Occasionally when you are out evangelizing, you will encounter individuals who claim that nobody can know for sure if they will spend eternity in heaven. Yet there are many Scriptures that guarantee salvation for those who know the Lord.
Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Verse 13 from the same chapter reads, “For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’” Whenever someone tells me no one can know their eternal destiny and I have a friend with me, I turn to my friend and ask him, “Do you know for sure you’re going to heaven when your life ends?” After my friend answers “yes,” I boldly declare that I’m spending eternity in heaven, that God confirms His word in the mouth of two or three witnesses, and then politely point out 1 John 5 verses 12 and 13, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things…