Truth is liberating because it strips away the layers of deception we tend to surround ourselves with. One of the first steps to freedom is recognizing when we are in bondage.
At least twice, the apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthian people to examine themselves. In II Corinthian 13:5, he calls for self-examination, to determine whether they were even in the faith.
If we would take the time to list every promise that God made to mankind in His Word, we would marvel at the consolations. He has promised to meet our needs in many wonderful ways.
The devil has it too easy in your community. God uses men and women of faith to intercede for sinners before God. In such a way, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
We were once led by the prince of darkness, But that all changed when God, full of mercy and love, saved us by grace.
Drinking strong drink leads us downward and perhaps eventually to destruction. Being filled with God’s Spirit assures us of a place in God’s heart and a home in heaven.
What are the benefits of suffering, for the Christian? It makes us more sensitive to life… it draws us to heaven… it deepens our perception of obedience… we become more thankful… and more.
Are you a man who is faithful to Christ, to His Word, to His principles? Are you humble and free of self-conceit and of proclaiming yourself good?
God loves us with an unconditional love. This means that His love for us did not depend on us first meeting His standard of holiness. So if you are a sinner, His unconditional love is for you.
Voltaire, a famous French philosopher, was an atheist. He scorned the Bible. He once made a very bold statement: “One hundred years from today the Bible will be a forgotten book.” Voltaire died May 30th, 1778 and is perhaps forgotten or unknown by most people in the world. The Bible is still the most sold and the most recognized book in the world.
Christ has given spiritual gifts unto men. He furnishes the church with the necessary tools “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The gifts are varied and many.
I love the Bible . . . because it is the Word of God . . . for its unity and cohesion . . . because it is strictly honest . . . because the Holy Spirit speaks through it . . . for its consolations, confirmations and conciliation
First . . . Second . . . Last, but not least, we need to place our total confidence and trust in God with a commitment to not take one step without Him.
God is not the originator of evil. That is the devil’s domain. He, together with the evil men and women he has seduced to sin, creates the suffering that goes on in the world today. The broken homes, the abused children, the adulterous relationships, the killing of untold millions of the unborn, are all testimony of man out of control . . .
Reverence for God is a forgotten concept in much of today’s world. Is your worship reverent? Or just noisy? Reverent or just putting in time?
“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1 A hardened neck is the result of a hardened heart…
People live with a lot of bitterness today. Many go around for years carrying grudges and hate toward others. Every time they think of someone or some experience, they are bitter. Maybe you are filled with bitterness. But you can be set free…
Laughter is a life-changing gift to mankind. It has been proven that people who laugh much do better than people who do not laugh. Does this mean that laughter is always appropriate and good? Continue reading to find out.
The fear of man is a trap, and it imprisons and paralyzes us. It overpowers the fear of God in our life and keeps us from pleasing Him.
Our surrender to the lordship of Christ is essential to our salvation. As the text says, we either fall on Christ and are broken, or He falls on us in judgment. He calls us to a life of self-denial that leads us into a life the flesh would never want to live.
Let’s look at the signs Jesus predicted to happen before His coming again. Each one may have been happening and is going to happen.
We are drenched with joy as our guilt is removed. We are drenched with joy in the fellowship of Christians who have faced the same things we have. We get soaked in the blessings of worship and praise….
When He wants us to be men of God, Christ calls us to be children. God calculates greatness on a different scale than we do. We cannot continue with earthly notions about greatness. Instead, we need to be converted and become as little children.
Our Bible speaks of three “w” words…. All three of these “w” words are presented in I Thessalonians: WORK, WATCH, and WAIT. The Lord is coming…
There are many things in our life that we cannot change. We cannot change where we were born, nor the family we were born into, nor the color of our skin. We do not choose which disease we get, nor even the time of our death. There is much in life that is inevitable. We love our families, our wives and children, our grandchildren. But brace yourself for the inevitable….
… making a man comfortable does not make him good. The opposite is true. God knows that with the sinful nature of man, given to choose the flesh over the more noble spirit, we will persistently follow selfish inclinations and destroy ourselves.
… change is inevitable. We may be enjoying good times or facing hard times. Whichever it is, things will change, as Christ warned His disciples. This too will pass, for better or for worse.
We can be the best moral man in the world, and still be lost. If our thoughts are not pure, or our motives are not pure, we are still sinners. You may never commit adultery, but if your mind is there, you are an adulterer just the same. You may never commit murder, but if you are murdering your brother daily in your mind, you are a murderer just the same.
Sometimes we face a difficult situation in our life and wonder how we are going to find help. Maybe we turn to our friends or relatives, but nothing works out. We use up all our resources and find ourselves at the end of the rope.
Fear comes in many forms and it may become a real hindrance to our faith and trust in God. It seems that life brings continuing reasons to fear, as our situations change. We all experience those times when we are afraid. But God does not want us to live in fear.