The Law of Jesus in My Heart
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The Law of Jesus in My Heart

The law of Jesus in our hearts is the new covenant. Instead of going to the written law to find out what is right, we go directly to Jesus. As we are led by his Spirit every day, He gives our physical bodies life. We don’t have to sin just because we live in a...

The Gospel of Innocence
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The Gospel of Innocence

The gospel of innocence delivers from sin now. It is simple, though painful. When asked, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” Jesus replied, “You must be straining every nerve to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24, Lavender’s New Testament). Do...

The Mind of the Spirit
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The Mind of the Spirit

The mind of the Spirit produces obvious fruit. Like slices of an orange, love, joy, kindness, peace, goodness, faith, and temperance shine in reality from a regenerated person. On the other hand, a mind that hates God will walk in the flesh. This wolf nature bites and devours with anger, judgments, and discord. Take an...

Life in the Spirit
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Life in the Spirit

Life in the spirit is a supernatural work of God. It isn’t living a good life or following principles. Instead, life in the spirit comes by crucifixion, death, and resurrection by the blood of Jesus Christ. “Good” things (remember the tree of knowledge of good and evil), like recreation or making money, can absorb us....

Grave Joy
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Grave Joy

The grave joy of victory in Jesus in the midst of trials is a picture of the church opposed to the world. However, if the church is not holy, the pain will come from those who call themselves Christians, yet walk in a way that hurts others. Today, do you love your brothers and sisters?...

Do Not Stonewall Jesus (March 2017)
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Do Not Stonewall Jesus (March 2017)

Stonewalling is an end of communication. Refusing to answer questions, giving evasive replies, or refusing to submit to Jesus are all stonewalling behaviors. As a result, love flees and the heart grows cold. Stonewalling is the final sign that you’re about to turn away from Jesus. Love that goes beyond socially acceptable bounds is the opposite...

When You Don’t Want to Pray
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When You Don’t Want to Pray

What do you do when you don’t want to pray (but you know you should)? Charles Finney lays out how we are to come into the state of mind to offer the prayer of faith. First, we search the Scriptures and find evidence that God will answer. Simultaneously, we cherish the good desires from the...

Will You Pray?
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Will You Pray?

Will you pray? The first baby step of following Jesus is really the only step in the entire Christian life. It is simply doing what Jesus tells you to do. Once you make this commitment, you’re in a place to offer the prayer of faith. God has pledged himself to always answer the prayer of...

The First Baby Steps of Salvation
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The First Baby Steps of Salvation

What are the first baby steps of salvation we must take to grow up in Jesus? The traditions of our modern, hidebound church produce 30-year-old infants in Christ who argue, fuss, make messes, are jealous, and complain when left without a binky or bottle. How do we get past this Gerber food of the gospel?...

The Hidden Mind of God (2004)
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The Hidden Mind of God (2004)

The mind of God is hidden from us when our minds are on something else. Beginning with Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at Cana, Pastor Ray shows that the mind of God is on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the destruction of this earth, and the redemption of mankind. It is easy...