The End of Self-Help (2012)
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The End of Self-Help (2012)

The apostle Paul indicates that to be chosen by God, you must be sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In other words, you must be holy in reality. But how is this to happen? Is it by “progressive sanctification,” or “entire sanctification”? Many in the church today are trying to “grow into” holiness, or to “gradually...

No Longer Hostile to God (2005)
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No Longer Hostile to God (2005)

What does being hostile to God look like? First, and most commonly, it is living to survive. If I do everything I can to fix life’s problems, I show that I don’t love and trust God. Instead, I’m guilty of the same sin Adam and Even committed. It is fearing my circumstances instead of fearing...

The Day of God’s Judgment (2012)
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The Day of God’s Judgment (2012)

As we live in this fallen world, we can choose one of two paths. One, we can suppress the truth of God by making unrighteous choices. Or, we can suppress–or cast off–wickedness by choosing Jesus first. All the actions of our life will flow out of one of these choices. Then, at the end of...

Bring My People Out of Egypt
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Bring My People Out of Egypt

In the new covenant, God calls every Christian to be a “Moses.” We’re to bring his people out of Egypt, meaning, out of the slavery of sin and the world. However, to bring sinners out of the world requires just as much divine power as liberating the Hebrew nation from slavery required. God’s promises to...

Moses’ Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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Moses’ Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Moses, adopted by Pharoah’s daughter, was next in line to be king over Egypt. However, he chose to leave Egypt behind to deliver the people of God from slavery. But, he did not wait on God for power to do so. Moses’ attempt to deliver the Hebrews by killing the Egyptian parallels the attempts of...

Walking with Jesus (2012)
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Walking with Jesus (2012)

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ felt an agony of prayer for the lost. So how are we to experience this burden of prayer? Simply, this burden comes from 1) reading Scripture, 2) reflecting on what we read, 3) obeying what we read. Through Scripture, the Holy Spirit will reveal the desperate state of...

Be Filled with the Spirit
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Be Filled with the Spirit

God commands every Christian to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This filling includes a spirit of prayer, a heavenly mindset, radical self-denial, and great usefulness to God. However, many professing Christians live without the Holy Spirit. Pastor Ray and Alexandra draw from Charles Finney’s lecture, “On Being Filled with the Spirit,” to show...

Enter a Covenant with God for Revival
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Enter a Covenant with God for Revival

God is a covenant-keeping God. So, if we’re in covenant with God, he must keep his side of the covenant if we keep our side. In the Bible, God provides covenants for revival. One of these is 2 Chronicles 7:14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and...

Supernatural Features of Revival
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Supernatural Features of Revival

Several supernatural features mark every revival. The first manifestation of God is an awareness of his holiness and presence. This produces terrible conviction of sin. Third, sinners literally yell, tremble, fall, and sometimes go unconscious because of the great distress from this conviction. These manifestations preview the Day of Judgment. Then, in fear of God,...

This Is Revival!
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This Is Revival!

A powerful revival swept through the Hebrides in 1949-1952. Bars closed because all their patrons were converted. Magistrates had no court cases to hear, because all the criminals got right with God. So many were eager to pay off old debts that the post offices ran out of money orders. At sea, in homes, at...