Tag Archives: Faith

Opposition

The religious leaders of His day made life difficult for Him. They challenged His authority (see Matthew 21:23) and tested His teachings (see Matthew 19:3). They also called Him a glutton, winebibber, friend of tax collectors and sinners (see Matthew 11:19), and blasphemer (see Mark 2:7). They said that He was demon-possessed and mad (see […]

The Mystery of Godliness

Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). Godliness is a mystery! Fail to grasp this fact and you will never understand the nature of godliness. God did not create you to have just an ape-like capacity to imitate God. There would be no mystery in […]

Death to Self

Death to self is the heartfelt desire of all who have experienced the new birth. We desire to see the self-for-others nature of God manifested in everything we do, say, and think. How then does one know when he has truly died to self? It’s easy to think of dying to self in terms of […]

An End to the Common Sense Life

The particular foolishness of the church in the past century was reason above all else. The result has been a faith stripped of the supernatural, the Christianity of tips and techniques. The commonsense life, which, as Oswald Chambers warned, can be the enemy of the supernatural life. Many of the ministries and churches I’ve known […]

Tired of Being for Others?

Now the danger arises of us thinking that we must rush about being not for ourselves but for others. By no means. Just go on being yourself and don’t give a thought about being for others. Just run your own life, accept yourself, be yourself, love yourself! Appreciate that you are a special person, specially […]

Living by the Life of Another

Every negative, every embarrassment, every movement of self effort, knowledge based spirituality, any leaning on anything except Christ as my life must be exposed for what it is- The Illusion of independence and the ability to BECOME more spiritual. There is only ONE holy Life. Because of my union with Jesus, I am a partaker […]

God Is There

The greatest challenge many of us face in the circumstances of life is to calmly rest in the reality of our God’s faithfulness. We intellectually believe His faithfulness is an intrinsic aspect of who He is and we confess that belief in all sincerity and without hesitation. Then the test comes. Life suddenly turns upside […]

Intercession is not Prayer

“Christ Jesus … is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” – Romans 8:34. Our great High Priest has been the unique Intercessor. None but He could be a propitiation for our sins. But we also, as priests, have a law of intercession to fulfil, and this helps us to […]

Pray Without Ceasing

I finally understood what Paul said, maybe, when he talked about being “always” praying. In my beginning days, “prayer” was a hard thing to do, a chore, but a means to an end I thought. Two ends, maybe. One, finding God. (That one won out.) Two, solving the world’s and my problems. (Didn’t have as […]

Spiritual Authority (Adapted)

Man likes to build reasons as strongholds around his thought, yet these reasons must be destroyed and thought taken captive… the strongholds need to be stormed before the thought can be taken captive. If reasons are not cast aside there is no possibility of bringing man’s thought into surrender to Christ. There must come a […]