Personal Growth

The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ

February 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2, NKJV The law of sin pulls us downward. We tend to miss the mark that we set for ourselves. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus pulls us upward. The Bible describes the fruit of the Spirit as: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). You cannot pass a law that forces me to love you—or to have a heart filled with joy. You cannot learn to love by reading a book. You cannot order me to be a peaceful man. You can force me to act like I love you. You can determine how a joyful person should look and require everyone to look that way. Neither can you pass a law that orders me to cease being angry, or hateful, or lustful. You can pass a law that limits the way to behave when I am angry, or hateful, or lustful. You cannot legislate the condition of anyone’s heart. There is a vast difference between a cheerful manner and a […] Read More

Come to Terms

January 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

Come to terms with others! When you have a disagreement with another believer and refuse to make it right, there will be a major roadblock to the rest of your prayer life. The sin that stands in the way of walking in the Spirit will stop your prayers. God said through the prophet Isaiah, Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.  Isaiah 59:1-2 Praying to God that He will provide help for everything in your life may receive this answer, “Your sins have separated you from Me and I will not listen to you.” Stop struggling and come to terms. There are two simple things needed to help you get back to a right relationship with God and others. These two things are so simple that they are profound. 1. The first step toward peace is to discover yourself.  If you have a disagreement in your family, or between you and someone at church, a former church member, or a family member who lives out […] Read More

Spiritual Inventory #3—The Struggle with Self

January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you struggle with self? The answer for us all? Yes! Over the past years God has spoken strongly to me about a matter in which everyone (including me!) has a struggle at some time(s) in their life. Some struggle more than others in this area of life. What is it? SELFISH AMBITION! While reading through the book of Genesis, God impacted me in the eleventh chapter. The Scripture states: Now the whole earth had one language and one speech…and they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11: 1, 4-5, 7, NKJV Notice, that the intent of the […] Read More

Spiritual Inventory #2—Temptations Trials

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Temptation is one of the great trials of life. Taking spiritual inventory of this issue is absolutely imperative! Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:13-16 NKJV What is temptation? Smiley Blanton, noted psychiatrist, offers a good definition: Every day of your life, no matter how sheltered you are, you face some choice in which the wrong action is so seductive, so plausible, so pleasurable that it takes a conscious effort of will to reject it. Temptation is universal, as old as the Garden of Eden. Much of your happiness or unhappiness depends on your ability to handle it—instead of letting it handle you. As a Christian, you are committed to give of your income to the Lord, but the furniture is shabby and the sales are on. You are tempted to withhold your tithe “just this one […] Read More

It’s Time for A Spiritual Inventory! (part 1)

January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new year calls for a spiritual inventory! When was the last time you had a spiritual checkup? Maybe this week, or has it been a month or more? A spiritual checkup allows you opportunity to check your relationship with God. Need improvements? There is no better time to begin the process than right now. I pray this article will give you the needed motivation to examine any area in that needs a little work to help you grow closer to God! In 1973, Dr. Carl Meninger wrote a book entitled Whatever Became of Sin? In it he noted that in 1953 (20 years before he wrote the book) President Eisenhower quoted Lincoln as part of his declaration of a day of prayer: It is the duty of nations, as well as of men to own their independence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble, sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. Dr. Meninger emphasizes that for the next 20 years presidential declarations have eliminated reference to sin. As a nation, he said, we officially stopped sinning twenty, now forty, years ago. Now, in 2014 there is a […] Read More

What Are the Worst Sins?

December 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Just what are the worst sins a Christian can commit? Would you say it would be to call someone a liar? Maybe it is for a married person to commit adultery. Or, what about deceiving others? Could it be that the worst of all is to murder someone? We know that all sin is an offense against God. All sin cost God the life of His Son Jesus to provide redemption for a people who could not help themselves. Sin is unquestionably the great reproach against God. But why are there lists of sins in the Bible? Are some worse than others? Are they listed so that we can be more aware of them in our lives? Could you list all the sins in the Bible and then rank them according to what you think are the worst ones, or maybe make a Top Ten list of sins? Of course you could do that. What I find interesting is the groupings of sin problems in the Scriptures. Here are a few that stand out to me: James 3:16-“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” Notice that every evil thing is listed with self. Where […] Read More

Two Forms of Patience: Human and Spiritual

December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two forms of patience reside in the believer–human and spiritual. The spiritual patience residing in every believer is the power of the God Himself! If that is so, then as long as you are in right relationship with God, the spirit of patience will control you. The question is not whether or not patience is available, but will you experience the patience that resides in you. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  1 Thessalonians 5:14 The focus in this passage is to be patient with all–not most. Do you need to learn more patience than you are currently experiencing? Most of us would say yes but we do not want to go through the process required to learn patience. Spiritual attributes described in Scripture, such as peace or patience, are different from how the world views the same attribute. While help may be gained from looking at both views, the Scripture has the supreme perspective. Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” The same is true of […] Read More

Good or Godly Wisdom?

November 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

Have you ever made a decision and then wondered if it was good or godly wisdom that motivated you? Maybe you carried out an action plan based on the decision, and then discovered new information that made you wish you had never made the decision? You thought it was a good decision at the time, but it turned out not to be the best decision. There is a vast difference between having good human thinking and godly wisdom. If you are not walking in the Spirit your thinking will simply be the best human thinking possible at the moment. What Kind of Wisdom? The world has all kinds of wisdom and much of it works. The question should not only be does it work, but is it godly wisdom. One man said, “A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountaintop.” While that may be true, does Scripture give a deeper insight? Yes. Proverbs gives incredible insight to godly wisdom versus the thinking of a fool. Comparing things of the world to spiritual things reveals what kind of wisdom is being considered. Children often do not see the wisdom of […] Read More

Decision Making and the Will of God

November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Decision making is approached differently depending on the condition of your spirit at the time. What do you do in moments of loneliness and worry? Do you become alarmed, distressed, or maybe overthink the situation? Do you call a friend, talk it out with a counselor, or agonize over the situation by yourself? How do you react when you have a huge decision to make? Do you stall, become active, or just sit and contemplate the decision for hours on end, only to emerge without a solution? Do you make decisions each day knowing that God is present and that God is watching? The decisions you make are a reflection of your relationship to God. Think for a moment how the apostle Paul felt in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11. “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” You can tell if you fear the Lord by the decisions you make. The […] Read More

Normal Reactions To Correction

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

What is your normal reaction to correction? When a friend confides, “I’m going to be very frank with you.” Do you grasp his hand and pull him to a chair so he can sit down and tell you your shortcoming? Do you shout for joy that another glimpse of your true nature is about to be discovered? Do you get a knot in your stomach and begin to think defensively, “Oh, what is he going to say and how am I going to respond? Do you remember this Bible passage: And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, (2 Timothy 2:24-25 NKJV). If your friend has a compliment, you are only too glad to have him/her say it; and you don’t even get away from a crowd in order for him/her to say it. Many methods have been given to approach a person: such as, start with a praise about a person in order to soften the criticism that follows. The truth is, we usually resist facing up […] Read More

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