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How Do We Balance Our Desire For Obedience With Legalism?

Aired June 15, 2020
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Episode 466 | Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about seeking God's will, the filling of the Holy Spirit, being tormented by the devil, and repentance.

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Episode 466 Show Notes

From the Show

We don’t need to tone down our desire for obedience. I think sometimes there are some really good Christian practices that people identify as legalistic, but they are really just things we ought to be doing. Going to church every Sunday is not legalistic…disciplining ourselves to pray, reading Scripture, meditating on God’s word—these are all really good things we ought to be doing to grow in our relationship with the Lord.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I’m trying to do something good that was placed on my heart to help some people out. I’ve been praying for God to help me so that I can help them, but I haven’t received anything. I get discouraged when nothing seems to happen. I believe God placed it on my heart to help them, but why doesn’t anything happen when I pray about it?

2. I believe Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit. I read a book regarding the filling of the Spirit as though it were a special gift or something. I was a little confused by it.

3. Several decades ago I had hallucinations of being in hell. They were very real and I'm wondering now if I'm saved. I've accepted Jesus but it's hard for me to believe. I've been diagnosed with borderline schizophrenia and am on medication, but Satan is tormenting me. How can I know I am really saved?

4. How do we balance our desire for obedience with legalism? avoiding legalism

5. How do you address people who charm people into thinking they are repentant, but their behavior never changes?


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