.K.! NEW CHRISTIAN....WHAT NOW? by Elmer G. Magnussen
If you are a new Christian, there are some very
important things you need to
know. First, you need to know exactly what has happened to you. Second,
you need to know God's provisions for your future growth and service to Him.
The entire world today is seeking wisdom! Education is prevalent in every
city. Literally thousands of young and old alike are attending universities.
But how many of them really know the meaning of wisdom? Wisdom is seeing
things from God's point of view.
The following testimony is that of a man by the name of Andre.
I WAS IN PRISON, AND YOU CAME TO ME (Matthew 25:36c)
"My testimony to my Christian Brothers and believers in Jesus Christ our
Savior. I want to thank the Lord for saving me from the life I was once
leading. First of all, I was living in darkness and I thought that I truly
loved the way I was.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent,
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of
the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said
unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.
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Today's Bible Study
Chapter 6:1-7 is a warning about self-indulgences
Chapter 6:1-7 is a warning about self-indulgences. The
people were self-secure and were depending upon
themselves and their riches. Amos gives solemn warning
that they must turn from those things of the flesh and
return to the Lord, or punishment would be inevitable.
Their pride and the injustice of the land could not go
Chapter 8 records the vision of the summer
fruit. The Hebrew word for summer fruit is "hayit" and
the word for end (verse 2) is "hatz." These two words
look and sound alike, and Amos used one to lead to the
other. The goodness of Israel was like the summer
fruit. It was perishable and soon deteriorated. God's
judgment would come upon Israel.
In verses 4-14 God names the sins of the
people, and warns that He will send His wrath upon
them--not only by natural calamities, but by a famine
of the Word of God. The people had not listened to the
Word of God when they had the opportunity; therefore,
God would take His Word from them. God warns that their
idols at Dan and Beersheba would be powerless to help
them in the coming calamity (verse 14).
Chapter 9 records the final vision at the
altar, with the Lord standing upon the altar. Judgment
begins at the house of the Lord (1 Peter 4:17). The
people had been outwardly religious, but their hearts
were not sincere. Verses 8 and 9 summarize what God is
going to do. He compares the coming judgment to the
sifting of grain. The good seed, the true believers,
will be saved; but the chaff will be burned.
The Book of Amos closes on a note of victory.
In verses 11-15 the promise of future restoration is