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You Asked For It 2023 - Week 3

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
November 18, 2023

Week 3
November 18, 2023

1. I was raised under the teaching that jewelry and makeup are not for Christians and that we should abstain from it, because of the following scriptures. 1 Peter 3:3-4, 1 Timothy 2:9-10. Growing up I was always so confused, something just didn’t make sense. I just want to know how you interpret these verses.

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.
1 Peter 3:2

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—  rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:3-4

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
1 Timothy 2:9-10

It’s A Worth Issue!!!
Women Should Not Flaunt Their Wealth or Let the Outward Appearance Be the Source of Their Worth but Godly Character

Be Known for The Internal, Not the External

It’s Ok to Look Your Best
It Helps You Be and Feel Your Best
Provided, You Know That Your Worth Is NOT The Outside, But The Inside

2. Do Angels have free will? If no, then how did they choose to follow Satan and rebel? If yes, then why are they envious of man?

Yes, Angels Have Free Will
However, There Is No Verse Supporting The Idea That Angels Are Envious of Man

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
2 Peter 2:4

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
Isaiah 14:12-15

Why Satan Is Envious of Mankind
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
*Genesis 1:26*

3. When we get to Heaven, will we co-exist with Angels?

Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:1-2

4. If someone commits suicide, does that mean they will not go to heaven?

No
Our standing With God Is Not Based on Our Performance Or Our Obedience
but Rather The Obedience of Jesus Christ.

Suicide Is Sin (Self-Murder)
But It Does Not Determine Someone’s Eternal Destiny of Heaven or Hell

5. Throughout my lifetime I’ve so very often struggled with doubts regarding the strength of my faith…. Is prayer my only way to battle my doubts?

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ephesians 6:13-15

above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-
Ephesians 6:16-18

Speak The Word
Meditate On The Word
Pray The Word
Pray In The Spirit

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude 20-21

6. I’m afraid of abusing God’s grace. I mess up a lot; does God get fed up with me after too many failures?

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that,
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in
the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God
and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every
lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Titus 2:11-14

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven (490 Times).
Matthew 18:21

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

God Is More Patient With You Than You Are With You
Your Failures Are No Surprise To God
Redemption, Not Perfection, Was What Christ Died For

7. I had a non-believer ask me if the Bible was true, and how I explain dinosaurs. I had never been asked that and I didn’t have an answer for them. Does the Bible explain and/or talk about dinosaurs?