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Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

By |Oct 18, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Repentance, Sin, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Confession of sin should lead to repentance (turning around) and should be followed by obedience.  Confession of sin, which has no intention of amending one’s ways, is an attempt to use grace as a license to sin.  Confession is meant to be an honest statement of where we are in light of where God’s Word

Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 6, 2017

The Spirit And Sanctification

By |Oct 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holiness, Obedience, Power, Sanctification, Spirit|0 Comments

There is no personal holiness without the Holy Spirit.  Jesus “suffered without the gate to sanctify the people with His own blood” (Heb 13:12).  The Bible also says that we are “sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:2).  What the blood of Christ provides, the Holy Spirit applies.  Without

Oct 5, 2017

Open My Eyes

By |Oct 5, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, God's Word, Growth, Spirit, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Watch how you are being formed.  The way you allow yourself to be shaped will determine how you interpret facts, data, and even the Bible itself.  We see life and all things through the way we have let our eyes develop.  We want to make the way we see things as the ultimate truth, when

Sep 22, 2017

He Will Make a Way

By |Sep 22, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Guidance, Providence, Spirit|0 Comments

God can make a way through the sea without building a bridge.  He can spread a table in the wilderness without a caterer (Ps 78:19).  He can give water out of a rock and create a stream in your desert.  He can show you a way in a pathless jungle.  Don’t give up.  There is

Sep 20, 2017

The Hidden Christ

By |Sep 20, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Grace, Spirit|0 Comments

Prevenient grace is at work in all people.  This grace at work in all is another way of describing the work of the Holy Spirit in all.  Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of our Lord Jesus, we have to say that this grace is the Hidden Christ at work in all people and

Sep 18, 2017

Christian Speech

By |Sep 18, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Patience, Spirit|0 Comments

You cannot effectively argue with what you don’t understand.  You can only make a case for or against something when you have taken the time and patience to hear and understand the position of another.  Until then we talk past each other, we yell, we call names, we pin loaded tags and repulsive titles on

Sep 10, 2017

Daddy

By |Sep 10, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Spirit|0 Comments

Most every language has two-syllable words that are often the first words a baby speaks:  DaDa, MaMa, PaPa.  For the infant Jesus it was Abba.  As an adult He taught us to address God that way.  It is hard for me to call God Daddy.  I think that God needs aloof titles that express His

Aug 30, 2017

Neither Male Nor Female

By |Aug 30, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Ministry, Pentecost, Redemption, Spirit|2 Comments

The human family is male and female.  Both were made in the divine likeness (Gen 1:27).  Both fell.  God desired to rescue both.  The purpose of redemption is to restore the divine likeness, so of necessity, women are recipients and full participants in that.  Both men and women received the Spirit at Pentecost and prophesied. 

Aug 22, 2017

Live Out Your Baptism

By |Aug 22, 2017|Baptism, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Grace, Resurrection, Sin, Spirit|0 Comments

The act of baptism is a re-enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  No matter at what age we were baptized, we are called to live out the reality of our baptism.  The Roman Christians were baptized but may have thought that they could continue in sin to get more grace.  What Paul