Vital Signs of Living Faith (18 of 31) by John Barnett

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Vital Signs of Living Faith (18 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
March 20, 2008

God commands each of us this morning to ask ourselves a series of questions. These questions are all targeting the one very most important issue of all-the reality of our eternal destination. As we turn to II Corinthians 13:5, Listen to what God commands us two times in this one verse, to be asking ourselves this morning:

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified. NKJV

Do you remember Christ's warnings about one of Satan's methods in Matthew 13:24-30? Jesus described an ongoing, covert (at night), campaign by Satan, to imitate and fake God's work, by secretly sowing a crop of false followers of Jesus.

Beware of Christian
Look-A-Likes

Because this Satanic campaign to infiltrate Christ's Church by "Christian look-a-likes" is ongoing, God commands every person who testifies that they belong to Christ, to do a spiritual self-examination; and look for the evidence of genuine, healthy faith.

At the end of Christ's greatest, and longest message we call the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus warned that there will be many within Christ's visible church who were convinced that they had genuine faith, but did not. Let's stand and read Christ's sobering words together this morning:

Matthew 7:21-27 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.22 "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' NKJV

Just before we examine some of the symptoms of those who have "dead faith" in Christ's church, we need to work through the ...


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