It’s Time to Be Holy
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It’s Time to Be Holy

Waiting is a large part of the Christian life. And, unless you’re desperate about your need to quit sin and be holy, you won’t wait on God. Instead, you can casually waltz into the carnival of a modern church. Sanitized from any confrontation with the cross, this carnival will feature a pastor-huckster who will toss...

The Gate
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The Gate

Jesus said to enter eternal life through the narrow gate. But did you know that you can knock at the gate and not receive an answer? This will happen if you knock but aren’t serious about your sin. Salvation begins not with kneeling at the cross, but the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Before we...

Through the Cross
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Through the Cross

Did you go through the cross, or just kneel at it? Like John Bunyan’s characters Formalist and Hypocrisy, a Christian can avoid the cross and enter the narrow path via shortcut. This, however, is trespassing. It violates God’s revealed will that we die with Christ. How do you know if you’ve died with Christ? Simply,...

Ages Put Right by God
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Ages Put Right by God

What is God’s purpose? It’s not merely for you to live a good Christian life. Instead, Hebrews 11:3 indicates that God designs to put right ages of time. These ages are put right by God when individuals choose to repent and receive a living rhema word from God. Then, as a person walks in obedience...

The Intercession of the Spirit
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The Intercession of the Spirit

What does the apostle Paul mean when talks about the unutterable groanings of the Holy Spirit? This intercession of the Spirit occurs when we set aside time to think, meditate, and pray. The Holy Spirit leads the mind to consider the church, sinners, and one’s own soul in light of the Bible. This excites deep...

The Plain Truth about Sin
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The Plain Truth about Sin

“We know that any one born of God does not sin” (1 John 5:18a, RSV). Is there any plainer way to say it? The truth about sin is that it leads to death. But, the good news is that by faith in Jesus, you can stop sinning and receive eternal life. Your salvation absolutely depends...

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....