I was at a church and I heard the pastor say that “Everyone needs to be justified and sanctified.” What does that mean?
Both of those words are used in the Scripture but are not common phrases in everyday conversation. I try to practice what I call the K.I.S.S. method when preaching, Keep It Spiritually Simple. Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” To be justified using the K.I.S.S. method means “just-as-if-I-never-sinned”. 1 Corinthians 6:11 “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Sanctified means “set apart for God.” To put these two together, justified and sanctified means that by putting your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you are forgiven just as if you never sinned and are now to be set apart to live your life for God. I hope that helps.
How concerned do I need to be regarding dealing with demons? Isn’t that something that Pastors or Priests should handle?
Demons are a very real entity that Jesus said are seeking to steal, kill and destroy. While it is true that Pastors and Priests do deal with demonic presence, it is also true that every believer has been given power to do the same. Jesus also said in Luke 10:17-20 that He has given his followers power over the enemy. The seventy believers that he sent out, came back rejoicing that the demons were subject to them by using the name of Jesus. James 4:7 tells us to “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” I would urge you to take seriously the presence of demonic activity when you see the works of the enemy concerning your life and family. Take the authority given by Jesus and rebuke the enemy and command any demon that is present to leave immediately in the name of Jesus. It is only by prayer that demons will leave. If you need more information contact me.
While checking out the total came to $6.66. The person working there said, “Wow, that’s an evil number!”. Why did they say that?
More than likely the person was referring to a Bible verse found in Revelation 13 where the number 666 is called the number of the beast or the mark of the beast. This beast is thought to be the Antichrist who shows up during the Great Tribulation that begins immediately after the Rapture. This beast who has the number 666 represents all that is evil and that is opposed to God. We are living at a time where these events could happen at any moment. First the Rapture, this is when all born again believers are caught up to meet Jesus when He returns in the clouds. Next begins a seven year period called the Great Tribulation. This is when the wrath of God will be poured out upon the earth. The only way to escape this time is to accept and confess Jesus Christ as Lord today.