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June 18, 2003
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Here is this week's WINNING WAYS . . . .
by Tom Goodman
God is in the process of freeing his people from sins PULL in this life and sins PENALTY in the next life. Rest assured: you can put your hope in Gods ability to bring that process to a successful end. We can expect its completion . . . anticipate its consummation . . . confidently wait for its arrival. The Apostle Paul says, The hope of salvation should be our
I think its worth observing that Paul described this hope of salvation as a helmet. A helmet protects the head, and when it comes to the assurance of Gods interest in our salvation, our spiritual enemy aims for the head. He wants to play mind games with us.
When youve failed to be the person you want to be, have you ever heard a little voice in your head say, Well, look what youve done. And you call yourself a Christian. Id say this proves youre not ready for a commitment like that.
Or maybe youve heard in your head, Man, is God ever disappointed in you. I wouldnt go to him in prayer about this. Youve failed too many times dont you think hes pretty tired of you by now?
Have you ever had thoughts like that? The longer you let thoughts like that dominate your thinking, the harder it will be to rise above miserable living. You need the confident hope of salvation protecting your head against those mind games of the enemy.
This Sunday well continue our morning study through the pieces of armor that the Bible says we ought to put on our soul. This week well learn how to put on the hope of salvation like a helmet.
See you at 8:30 or 10:45!
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