I have learned this about overcoming sin – the best way to overcome sin and distraction is by loving something more, by loving Christ, by cultivating a passion for Him.
God’s people have The Story, the true Story, and the Story that commends itself to the minds, hearts, and allegiance of every person and nation on the planet, and it is our duty to tell The Story to the nations of the world.
It is important that we learn how to pray and what to pray for the rest of our lives. One of the marks of maturity is to focus on a few, lifelong important goals that will guide our ship in rough waters and keep us on course for the duration of our journey.
In OT times, only leaders received the Spirit. If you were a prophet, a judge, a priest, or a king you might receive the Holy Spirit to perform your duties. But the prophets looked forward to the day when the Holy Spirit would come upon all of God’s people.
When Christ brings everything under his control, we are not going to be spectators on the sidelines watching great things happen to others. We will be involved. We will participate. We will receive the inheritance. We will inherit this new world that is complete, whole, and healthy.
Sin knocks on the door of our hearts and wants to come in masquerading as our friend and servant, but once we let it in, it becomes our master and never wants to leave.
I have some good news for you today. Even though we all have times where we stumble. These are the times to remember that our relationship with God is based upon him and his perfect record, not us and our imperfect record. Let’s learn how this can set us free.
The disciples are filled with great concern and fear. To help them get through this time of trial Jesus tells them an unforgettable story about a widow who did not have a chance against an unjust judge.
Martha has welcomed Jesus into her home and is hoping to make it a grand occasion. But calamities in the kitchen soon make a mess and Martha loses control and complains. Jesus' response to her is a lesson she will not soon forget!
Everything that any man could ever want is found in the presence of our holy God. Every longing is met, every aspiration fulfilled, every thirst quenched, and every hunger satisfied.