MANY PEOPLE TODAY CAN'T EVEN LIST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. WE MUST TEACH YOUNGER BELIEVERS THAT GOD'S MORAL LAWS ARE AS IMPORTANT TODAY AS THEY WERE WHEN GOD GAVE THEM TO MOSES. A few months ago I read an article in a national newspaper that surprised me. A television talk show commentator had interviewed a number of people in nightclubs and other places on the street. He asked each the same question, "Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?"
I was deeply grieved to learn that no one he interviewed could quote any of God's laws. The ones who tried were way off base. read more
God's purpose for every soul involves bringing that soul into oneness with Himself. As we willingly yield our lives to God, He brings us into perfect union with Christ.
READ: Matt. 19:4-6; John 17:20-24; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:25-32; Phil. 3:8-14; 1 John 3:1-3 HEART ISSUE: Have you surrendered yourself fully to God? What, if anything, is holding you back? PRAYER FOCUS: Father, I want to be brought completely into oneness with You. Show me where my will is opposing Your will in my life. Amen.
Ephesians 5:32, Paul calls our union with Christ a "profound mystery."
Through His indwelling Spirit, God enables us to communicate intimately
READ: Ezek. 36:24-28; Ezek. 37:12-14; Joel 2:28-29; John 3:1-6; Rom. 8:5-17; James 4:1-6. HEART ISSUE: Do you know how to communicate with God's Spirit inside you? What could help you interact with Him even better than you currently do? PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. Sensitize me to experience and respond to Him as You will. Amen.
When you ask God for something great, you also ask Him for great testing. The unspoken part of your prayer is, "Train me for it."
Make sure you understand that God will prepare you for the answer to that for which you are praying. He wants to qualify you, and the qualifications may be so rough that you tell Him to forget it.
In the Old Testament, the Israelites left Mount Sinai and walked a large circle in the wilderness before reaching Kadesh Barnea, where they sent out a spying party into the promised land. Ten of the 12 spies weren't ready for entry, and they came back with a bad report (see Num. 13:31). read more
What folly it is for us to attempt to gain our own immortality through what we possess or the things we do. God blesses us with the tools to build His kingdom. How tragic when we instead employ them in building our own! He blesses us to enjoy our achievements and the products of our creativity, but these are not to become the source of our fulfillment and security.
Try to imagine which of your works will stand and which ones will perish when subjected to holy judgment. Having the right heart motivations will keep us from wasting our substance on things that will not last. Only what is purely born of the Spirit of God is eternal. read more
Like Fenelon, we've all had occasion to be ashamed when we've looked back at the behavior we exhibited when going through difficulties. How poorly it attests to our faith. But weathering storms changes us forever, not just by developing our spiritual muscles, but also in terms of solidifying our certainty of God's awesome love and protection. read more
High-speed communication has provided us with the means to reach more and more people with the gospel. Yet the same technology is being used to destroy the souls of men and women who are tempted by ungodly pleasures and entertainment. We must as women of God labor to "keep [our] hearts with all diligence." read more
Often it's said that no one backslides overnight. We become accepting of our decreased interest in prayer and spiritual disciplines, and we gradually begin to take steps away from God. Without a conscious decision to increase in spiritual passion, we will slowly begin losing the desire we have. Then it becomes easier to tolerate carnal thoughts and behaviors. But the romance can be restored by repenting, recalling the memory of "first love" and re-establishing the intimacy by doing the first works. read more
Joy is a fruit of the indwelling Spirit. Why then should there be a struggle to protect it? Daily we are forced to choose how we'll respond to circumstances that have the potential to destroy the peace God intends for us to have. Knowing those attitudes that war against the Spirit of God in us will equip us to begin to formulate an offensive strategy that will guarantee our peace and our joy.
Regardless of what we know to be right, the choice to walk after the Spirit of Truth will always be ours to make. He'll not force us to follow Him. read more
All of us have had to deal with baggage from the past--things we either willfully or innocently were a part of that we fear will disqualify us from being blessed and used of God. The infirm woman in Scripture is an illustration of perseverance. Though she had experienced incredible indignities and isolation because of her illness, she possessed an ability to overcome the odds against her. She had a proven track record as a survivor. As such, she is a model for every woman who needs to be strengthened and restored to embrace the inheritance to which she is entitled as a daughter of the living God. read more