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By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on April 30, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Our greatest need is not for a bigger house, new car, the latest greatest apple product or a dream vacation. Our basic need is to have our sins forgiven. Our sins separate us from God. Since God cannot tolerate sin in his presence all those who die without Christ will spend eternity in hell. It is not God’s will for any person to die in their sins and be condemned to hell. The Apostle Paul describes what happens to us when Christ enters our lives. We become a “new creation” through Christ. God loves you so much that he will never force you to love him. He leaves the decision to accept or reject Jesus with you. But your decision has ramifications for all eternity. So, how will you respond to Jesus invitation to come to him for new life? It’s your move.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on May 7, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
This is week 2 in the series “Lifestyle Choices”. No matter how you dress it up, sin is still sin. It is still as destructive as ever. We have all sinned and the wages of sin is death. The good news is that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The problem is that often Christians tolerate “acceptable sins” while opposing sins in our culture. God provided the remedy for sin by sending his own son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for our sins. The Holy Spirit enables us to live in freedom instead of living in bondage to these “subtle sins.”
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on May 28, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
One of the subtle sins that can plague Christians is that of pride. It’s a dangerous temptation that can push people away and inflict harm. Christians can struggle with self righteousness, correct doctrine that leads to legalism and pride around achievements. Pride creeps in when one’s relationship with the Lord begins to drift, become stale or even nonexistent. Jesus cautions us to remain humble, remembering that it is by grace we have been saved.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on June 11, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Our world is geared to convince a person that they need more, better, newer all the time. It can lead to selfishness. Paul cautions Timothy that a time will come when people will love pleasure more than God, become selfish and rash, playing at religion without a true relationship with Christ. We live in a selfish world, a me first world. But Jesus changes our focus from self to serving God and others. The cure for selfishness comes from a life transforming relationship with Christ. As Jesus turns you into a selfless person you will be used by the Lord to transform your world.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on June 18, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Anger is a choice. Scripture exhorts us to die to the old sinful nature and to put on Christ with a new nature. This new nature allows you to live very differently from the world. When others get angry Christ enables you to be self controlled. When believers do get angry scripture exhorts us to deal with anger before going to bed. Unresolved anger will poison a person’s heart and mind. As Christians we are to deal with anger quickly and when others hurt or offend you, to forgive them as Jesus forgives you. Do not allow anger to turn into a spiritual poison.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on June 25, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Your words are powerful. They can bring great encouragement or sink someone in despair. They are able to build someone up or tear them down. Words bring life. Words also destroy. As a follower of Jesus you are called to use your words to honor God and build others up. One of the subtle sins regarding words is that of gossip and slander. These two practices destroy lives, ruin marriages, separate families and divide churches. Be careful that every word you speak honors the Lord that you serve. Jesus reminds us that we will be held accountable for every word we speak. Allow your words to glorify God. Have nothing to do with those who gossip or slander others. Instead use your words to glorify God and build others up.
By Dr. Phil Wilkes () on May 21, 2017 as part of the Lifestyle Choices series
Every day you make choices.Everything from what you eat, how you manage your finances, interact in relationships and respond to life situations involves choices.Every day you choose which underlying principles will guide you through your day.What or who influences how you live and make decisions? There is a subtle sin that plagues Christians.It is the sin of ungodliness, living everyday life with little or no thought of God.Paul urges the Colossian Christians to do everything as to the Lord.To the Corinthian Christians Paul declared that whether you eat or drink or do anything else it is to be done for the glory of God. Focusing on God helps you to live out your Christian faith every day.As you live for Christ you become a light shining into our dark world.