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....

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?...

Perfectly Trustful, Perfectly Calm
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Perfectly Trustful, Perfectly Calm

In his memoir, Holy Spirit Revivals, Charles Finney describes how revival broke through fierce opposition in Auburn, New York. Finney brought the opposition before the Lord. After several days of prayer, he was lifted into a perfectly trustful, perfectly calm state of mind. Kindness for those who opposed the revival filled Finney’s heart. He determined...