If we are going to do spiritual warfare, then we need to know Satan's tactics in order to overcome them. R.T. Kendall explains. read more
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We can learn from angels. The more we learn, the better we will worship God and the more they will rejoice. read more
Do you praise God when you are sad? Here's why you should. read more
Pastor R.T. Kendall explains why if you are a Christian worth your salt, you probably have a thorn in the flesh. read more
Often times there is a stigma attached to the anointing of God. R.T. Kendall shares why that might be a good thing. read more
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. —Proverbs 15:1 read more
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. —Colossians 3:15 read more
Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. ... "I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel. —Malachi 2:15-16 read more
God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart. —2 Chronicles 32:31 read more
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:10 read more
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 2:5 read more
Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. —John 17:25 read more
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. —1 Corinthians 13:11 read more
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. —1 Corinthians 9:19 read more
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. —1 Peter 1:6 read more
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. —Hebrews 12:10 read more
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. —Philippians 2:3 read more
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence. —Proverbs 3:25-26 read more
Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." —John 5:19 read more
Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." —Mark 6:4 read more
When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. —Matthew 28:17 read more
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. —Matthew 6:33
There is nothing wrong with being middle class as long as the Christian who is middle class is not a snob and doesn't make somebody else feel second class. That was the danger in Corinth; there were middle-class people who treated the poor as second class, and that's why God dealt with them severely (1 Cor. 11:17-32).This warning came not because they were wealthy, but because they mistreated people. If a money problem is not your thorn in the flesh today, remember that it could be tomorrow. God can take it all away from you, just like that!
Are you greedy? Do you want to get rich? God in heaven may be folding His arms and saying, "Really?" Some Christians cannot get ahead financially. I am going to tell you why. God won't let them. He is doing them an enormous favor, because it could destroy them. They already have trouble handling money, and they think, Well, if I had a little more. Almost certainly, if they had a little more they would be deeper in debt. This is the way most of us are. We are, by nature, greedy. Very few people, truly, can handle money.
Matthew 6:33 was my father's favorite verse. He never became wealthy, but he was never really poor. Perhaps you reach out for those things that are to be added, but you have it all wrong. You may say, "If I had a little bit more, I will give more time to God. If I get this much money, then I am going to start going to church more and reading my Bible more." Wrong! You will never do it! Pursue righteousness and godliness first. Take time to be alone with Him, and then all these other things will just be there!
Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004). read more
No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. —1 Corinthians 12:3
Paul tells us that when the Father welcomed Jesus home, the same God who said that He would not give His glory to another has either changed His mind or has recognized Jesus to be very God of very God when He bestowed on Jesus the name that is above every name.
It is therefore a direct reference to the honor that Jesus deserved; it is a direct reference to the character of Jesus, as it was to the character of God. It is a direct reference to the reputation that Jesus deserved and to the worship that He deserved.
He, who stooped so low, now took upon Himself, from the Father, the honor above all others. He was given the name that was above every name. He who emptied Himself is now lifted up to the glorious ranks of equality with God and enjoyment of that dignity, which was ever His by right, but to which He never clung. Now it is given to Him as His personal possession. Meekness—majesty!
Paul puts it very carefully, showing that God gave the name for one reason only.
God has given this name to Jesus so that at the very name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
The Holy Spirit confesses that Jesus is Lord. This is the very foundation of the Christian faith; it is the lowest common denominator. By this you may know whether or not you are a Christian. If you believe this, not in your head, but in your heart, you are a Christian, and if you do not, you are not. And if you do, it is not because you have done anything spectacular. As the psalmist put it in Psalm 115:1, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory." It is all because the Holy Spirit has enabled us to see the truth that Jesus is Lord.
Excerpted from Meekness and Majesty (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1992, 2000). read more
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. —Luke 4:14 read more
"There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." So he sent and had him brought in. —1 Samuel 16:11-12 read more
Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering ... but rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ ... for the Spirit of glory ... rests on you. —1 Peter 4:12-14 read more
But you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. —Romans 8:15-17 read more
I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. —Exodus 33:19 read more
You have wearied the Lord with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?" —Malachi 2:17 read more
If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. —1 Corinthians 3:14-15 read more
"Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the Lord Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? —Malachi 3:1-2 read more