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Lord, Give Us New Hearts

(PART 1)

At this hour God is exposing religious pretension in the church. We have pursued images of perfection rather than relationships with God, and it is time to repent. read more

The Nature of True Devotion

Devotion to God means more than regular church attendance or fancy prayers. Jesus taught that devotion evolves from a lifestyle of humility and service to others. read more

No Longer a Victim

(PART 1)

Male dominance in society and the church has caused many women to devalue themselves. Low self-esteem produces many problems and is not God's will for women. read more

What I Learned Through Loss

Many of us have lost our perspective on pain. We expect only good things from a good God and do not realize that God can make good come from even our worst situations. read more

Are You Hungry For God?

When we become Christians, God invites us to feast on Him. We refuse to eat when we are sick or distracted. The more we know Him, the more we hunger for Him. read more

Israel's Time of Visitation

God is not finished with the Jews or the land of Israel. Knowing God's heart means recognizing and supporting His special plans for these chosen ones of old. read more

Whatever Happened To the Ten Commandments?

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

Becoming One with God

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.

In Ephesians 5:32, Paul calls our union with Christ a "profound mystery." Through His indwelling Spirit, God enables us to communicate intimately with Him.

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.

Read a companion article. read more

The Wilderness Test


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

Castles in the Sand

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

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