Can pride affect a Christian Leader’s ministry?

prideWhy do some Christian teachers and pastors and even Christian believers become full of pride in their knowledge and how does this affect their ministry and their calling?

Pride is often at the root of many of our sinful actions. It causes us to think of ourselves as better than others. Our sinful nature is one of pridefulness and arrogance and we are warned against this throughout scripture. Continue reading

Can Satan know & Influence the Thoughts of a Believer?

influenceDoes the enemy (Satan/demons) have the ability and control to know a believer’s thoughts, and then control circumstances to influence their actions?

Scripture tends to suggest that the enemy can be influential concerning a believer’s emotions and may also have a degree of power in their thinking in some ways. Nevertheless, the enemy’s power (no matter the degree) is always under the authority of God. The enemy does only what the Lord permits, and therefore the enemy’s ability to influence a believer’s thoughts or actions is limited to what the Lord allows as a test of the believer for our spiritual good.

The Bible says the Lord allows these tests for our good, but never to tempt or encourage us to sin. Therefore, if the enemy’s tests should succeed in causing us to stumble, then we are at fault for willingly following the enemy’s temptations or falling to the enemy’s deceptions through circumstances.

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Is the spirit, body and soul connected?

body is not spiritWhat happens to an unbeliever’s spirit when he physically dies? Will it return to God? Or as man is three-fold, will his spirit, body and soul suffer for eternity in Hell?

You are born again and you don’t really feel any different. Not physically and what is this part of me that is spirit. I look the same and I am still tempted by the same things as before. So why am I now different?

First, human beings consist of two parts: a material and immaterial part. Our body is the material and is the physical part of us that is made up of senses (taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing. The part that connects us to God and covers matters like faith, trust, hope is our spirit and is the immaterial part of us. There is no third part. Thus, man is not three-fold. At times Scripture uses poetic language to describe human existence in terms beyond the physical and spirit, yet these instances were not intended to serve as literal descriptions of our existence. Continue reading