Joy and peace.

“Understand that you must not look upon the possession of joy and peace as being the absolutely necessary consequence of your being saved. A man may be in the lifeboat, but that lifeboat may be so tossed about that he may still feel himself exceedingly ill, and think himself to be still in peril. It is not his sense of safety that makes him safe; he is safe because he is in the lifeboat, whether he is sensible of this or not. Understand then that joy and peace are not infallible or indispensable evidences of safety, and that they certainly are not unchanging evidences. The brightest Christians lose their joy, and some of those that stand well in the things of God, and concerning whom you would entertain no doubt, entertain a great many suspicions, however, about themselves. Joy and peace are the element of a Christian, but he is sometimes out of his element: joy and peace are his usual states, but there are times when, with fightings within and wars without, his joy departs, and his peace is broken. The leaves on the tree prove that the tree is alive, but the absence of leaves will not prove that the tree is dead.” Charles Spurgeon 

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Walk in peace.

“Christians ought not to be smothered in fear. There is a spiritual readiness, where we return to having the peace of God stand guard over our hearts and minds. What an incredible witness it is to a lost and fearful society when the Christian acts like a child of God, living under the loving sovereignty of the heavenly Father. Christians needs to walk in peace, so no matter what happens they will be able to bear witness to a watching world.” Henry Blackaby

Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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“Judge not, and you shall not be judged…”

The world often takes this verse out of context and uses it to accuse Christians of being “judgmental” when they speak of sin. In the context of this verse Jesus is telling His disciples not to judge one another, something the Bible condemns (Rom. 14:10; James 4:11). In Luke 6:41,42 He speaks of seeing a speck in a brother’s eye. He also tells us that when we judge, we should use “righteous judgment” (John 7:24). If someone steals, lies, commits adultery, etc., the Christian can make a (righteous) moral judgment and say that the actions were morally wrong, and that these sins will have eternal consequences.

It is important to make it clear that whenever we speak about sin we are making a moral judgment, but it is based on God’s standards, not ours. The moral Law is the righteous standard by which all of us will be judged. So, helping people see how they will do when they stand before God on Judgment Day it is not being judgmental—it is being compassionate. Chuck Colson said, “True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated—and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t.”

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

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Still have to face God.

The disobedient and rebellious hate God’s Law. They think that their moral dilemma will be solved and they can sin with guilt-free abandonment if they expel the Ten Commandments and those who preach God’s Law. However, God wrote His Law in stone with His own finger, and He engraved its work on the tablets of their heart (see Rom. 2:15). They will still have to face Him and His Law on the Day of Wrath.

Nehemiah 9:26 “Nevertheless they were disobedient

And rebelled against You,

Cast Your law behind their backs

And killed Your prophets, who testified against them

To turn them to Yourself;

And they worked great provocations.

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“But God created the sun 3 days later.”

Before God created the sun to give light to the earth, He provided a light source for the first three days. Where would the original light have come from? The Bible tells us that God is light (1 John 1:5; Rev. 22:5), and that in the new heavens and earth there will be no need for the sun or moon, “for the glory of God illuminated it” (Rev. 21:23). Some pagan religions worship the sun, and even evolutionary theory credits the sun for the creation of life. Knowing that man is prone to worship anything but the Creator, perhaps God did it this way specifically to show that He, not the sun, is responsible for the origin of life (see Deut. 4:19; Ezek. 8:16).

Genesis 1:18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

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