Do Your First Work
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Do Your First Work

Can a sinner consecrate his life to God? Yes, but not while he remains a sinner. Consecration is not the first step of the Christian life. To do your first work as a Christian is to repent. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He didn’t say, “Consecrate yourself.” He said,...

Revival Is Practical
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Revival Is Practical

Is revival a strange gift that God occasionally pours out, without warning? Not at all. God commands us to receive the Holy Spirit–so why would he withhold it? If we position ourselves in a way that’s wise for God to send revival, he will. In this way, revival is practical. First, we must realize that...

Begone Unbelief!
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Begone Unbelief!

Do you believe that you can never stop sinning? If so, you’re in unbelief about the most basic element of the gospel: Jesus saves us from sinning. In order for God to transfer us to his kingdom of light, he first has to make us holy. Becoming holy–which is conversion–is a choice. It is dying...

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Nothing Is Hidden from God

When Achan stole and hid gold, silver, and fine clothing from God, the Lord withdrew from Israel, and thirty-six people died in battle. The Lord exposed Achan’s sin to all Israel, who stoned and burned Achan and his family. Just as the fire of judgment consumed Achan, the fires of hell will consume us if...

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Sweeping Away the Refuge of Lies!

How can you tell whether a doctrine is true? By looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and his words at the Last Supper, we conclude that there is one infallible test: does the salvation being taught save you from sin here and now? The American cultural beliefs that “Nobody’s perfect; everybody sins,” and, “We...