Read: Ephesians 1: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:6
Notice: This is to inform you that there will be a pause in the sending out of these weekly messages of encouragement.
The spiritual wholeness that Christ requires of those who are redeemed is more than just morality. Jesus is seeking a changed heart. That results in a changed spirit, a new attitude.
Some people decide that they are tired of their companion and get a divorce so they can marry someone they like better. Jesus said…
I have discovered that men can be free even when they are bound. I went to prison for Bible studies and found men who were free in spirit. . . .
Jesus is coming back. Are you ready to meet Him? You can be, if you follow the example of the five wise virgins…
Do you want to wave a sceptre? How about learning first to use a hoe. Do you really want to serve? Learn obedience first by the things you suffer.
How committed are you to raising your children for God? Are you more committed to their spiritual success than to their financial or academic success?
Have you ever said NO to God? Peter had always thought it would be wrong to do what God told him to do. How would you have responded?
Do you profess to know Christ, but continue to walk in sin? Are you engaged in the work of the Lord when you know you are a hypocrite?
Worship is beholding God in His splendor and majesty, and proclaiming our love and admiration for Him with a living and expectant joy.
If people only knew the joy and fulfillment the new birth brings, more would be lined up to experience it. Salvation is a free gift for all.
I would rather die of hunger than do anything to please the devil. I would rather face the scoffers than to go against God’s will. We will never grow spiritually if we ignore God’s will for our lives.
Our tendency is to seek out the forbidden. If a mother tells her child not to play with the sewing machine, what will happen when leaves the room?
When we fear something or someone we often lose our ability to think objectively and with caution. The thing that is causing us fear begins to control us.
A great sin of our day is the idea that, “No one can tell me what to do; I will be the master of my own life and destiny.”
Resist the devil, and cast your temptation before the Lord. You are serving a mighty God who will help you. God wants to bring you to glory …
God never tempts any person to sin. He may allow us to be tempted to make us stronger but not because He wants us to fall into sin.
Temptation is something a Christian faces daily. Most don’t like that. But let’s consider temptation in a positive light.
We often get into trouble when we expose the devil. He has the power to express his displeasure by increasing attacks and temptations toward us. But he must be exposed…
We cannot have peace until we clear our conscience. Even if we have wronged others and they know nothing of it, return and make restitution.
In the Law of Moses, restitution was applied to both non-deliberate and deliberate acts against others. How different our society would be today if we still applied these principles to our daily lives!
Many professing Christians have failed to deal honestly with the principle of restitution. It is imperative that we look at this principle and then look inward to determine whether or not we have met the criteria of this principle.
What does the fear of man look like? Brother James lists three ways fear of man traps us and gives three antidotes to overcome fear of man…
Lukewarmness is more repulsive to Christ than spiritual coldness. His words in verse 16 express His nauseating reaction to lukewarmness in the church.
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because His mercy endures forever.” This invitation to thank God reminds us that He is good. He possesses everlasting mercy and is kind.
The institution of marriage is taking a beating at the hands of an ungodly society. It’s time we stand up, as many others have, in defense of marriage as God designed it from the beginning.
A godly woman is a great treasure to those around her. There is no precious gem that could equal this treasure. Proverbs 21:30 says that “favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain…”
There is nothing more beautiful than a young woman who portrays the character of her King. She does not have to possess a striking physical beauty, but rather the beauty of a holy, pure life.
You and I cannot reach God to hurt Him as we might our fellowmen. But did you know that you can still hurt God? What about when He sees us abuse our spouse, or child, or fellow employee?