Truth helps us avoid two great errors in life: rejecting truth as error (Type 1 error) and accepting error as truth (Type 2 error). Both types of error can result in adverse consequences to ourselves and to those around us. We can improve the quality and length of our lives by reducing how often we make these errors and how badly we misperceive the truth.
We align our lives through trust. We trust that our perception is accurate enough and complete enough that we may align our lives with it and that we will not suffer adverse consequences
Our only other option is to trust a guide - and then trust that their perception is accurate and complete enough. We trust our perception of truth, or trust a guide. Jesus sent the Spirit of truth to guide us into all the truth. The Spirit of Truth is unlimited in his perception of all truth: physical - temporary and spiritual - eternal. He is completely trustworthy, faithful, and reliable. He knows the will of God and knows the will of God for us specifically. He knows the path God has for us, what our next step is, and when we are to take it.
We must make the choice of who we will trust to guide us into truth: ourselves or the Spirit of Truth.
Even though there are many different types of prayer, we find a number of common elements. All prayer involves a verbal communication with God and the power of God (Word of God and faith). All prayer also works to produce a result.
The application of the Word of God through faith and the results produced are constrained by the requirements declared in scripture. The application of physical power is governed by physical law. It should not be surprising to find that the application of spiritual power is governed by spiritual law and that the requirements declared in scripture correspond to the spiritual laws that govern prayer.
Effective Prayer looks at what the Bible tells us about prayer and shares insight into why we pray, what prayer is, the process of prayer, how we grow and strengthen faith, complying with spiritual law in prayer, getting the path of the prayer, applying the power of God in prayer, measuring progress and results in prayer, and receiving and keeping the results of our prayer.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. (1 Peter 2:24)
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for corrupt human desires but for the will of God. (1 Peter 4:1-2)
Peter says that there were people who had ceased from sin. Moreover, he tells how they became people who had ceased from sin: they suffered in the flesh. He also gives us a glimpse into how such people lived: no longer controlled by corrupt desires, but by God's will.
The real possibility of ceasing from sin should be of great interest to those who
love Jesus (John 14:15, 21, 23, 24)
seek to be controlled by God's will (1 Peter 4:1-2)
seek to live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24)
seek to be free from sin
seek the spiritual growth and fruitfulness that comes with being free from sin
seek eternal life (Matthew 5:29-30, 18:8-9, Mark 9:44-47)
seek fellowship and union with God (John 14:15, 21, 23)
Satan is interested in keeping people from ceasing from sin. He is seeking to rob Jesus and us of the results of his sacrifice through one of the greatest deceptions in history: causing people to believe that it is impossible to cease from sin.
We are at a significant disadvantage fighting a spiritual war against a spiritual enemy. We usually align our lives by what we perceive through our physical senses. Our physical senses are useless in a spiritual war.
Jesus, the Word of God, and the Spirit of Truth reveal the spiritual war to us. They tell us how the enemy fights against us and how to resist and overcome him. Their teaching is essential to help us win the spiritual war and walk the path that leads to life.
We are part of this war. Spiritual Warfare: Sowing will examine the details of God's teaching on the sowing aspect of spiritual war. These details will help us align our lives with God's sowing of his Word into our hearts. They will also help us align our lives resisting Satan's sowing of his seed into our hearts and his attacks against the Word God sows into our hearts.
Jesus tells us that entering into eternal life is difficult: many will seek to enter and will not be able to.
Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Luke 13:24)
The cost of failing to enter eternal life is so great that we would be beyond foolish not to seek the truth about eternal life with commensurate diligence. The Truth About Eternal Life is written to help in that search.
A: Eternal Life
We significantly help ourselves find the path leading to eternal life by seeking out what eternal life is. This simple step is easily overlooked. A good understanding of what eternal life is helps us find the path leading to it, perceive our status relative to that path, and perceive our status relative to eternal life itself.
There is a type of life available to us that we are not born with. This life is characterized by shalom – love, peace, truth, and freedom – including freedom from fear and anxiety. This is eternal life and we may partake of it now during our temporal life. God gives us eternal life through his Word.
B: Our Current Condition
We are born with a type of life characterized by corrupt desires. These desires bring forth death and are incompatible with eternal life. To receive eternal life we must remove the corrupt desires from our being.
C: God's Provision
God has given us provision to help us remove the corrupt desires, become compatible with eternal life, and receive it. God sends his Spirit of Truth to guide us into all truth. If we ask him he will send him to guide us into the truth of eternal life. God has also given truth to us in 1 John that helps us know if we have received eternal life.
D: What Must We do?
We must enter into a new covenant with God through which he helps us remove corrupt desires, become compatible with eternal life and receive it. We must be cleansed from the sin caused by the corrupt desires and sow God's Word into our hearts so it can produce eternal life in us.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)
Many of us with children sought the blessing of that promise and raised children in the way we thought they should go. Much of the time that was to do the things we thought had worked well for us and to avoid doing the things we thought had caused problems to us or those around us. And some of our children grew up and stayed on the path we trained them to follow: they did the things we thought were good and avoided the things we thought were bad.
How many of us, however, thought to seek God and teach our children to go the way he says they should go? To submit themselves daily to God and have him show them what to do and how to do it, what to be, and how to become and be it, to guide, direct, and order their steps?
Go the Way You Should Go is written for parents seeking to train up their children in the way God says they should go. It is written for those who may counsel others on the way they should go. Finally, it is written for anyone who is seeking to go the way they should go and to be the manner of person they should be.