Spiritual Growth (Page 10)
Too often I make decisions based on selfish or impure motives, instead of being honest with God and asking for wisdom and self control in making the right decisions. I can see in hindsight I’ve gone through much unnecessary pain that God didn’t intend for me.
Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. He added to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions. Edwards didn’t casually make New Year’s resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a self-check. He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought…
God has every right to abandon us all to our own demise and eternal destruction, for none of us deserved more. But He hasn’t. Despite our sinful ways, God chose to do what none of us deserved… to reach out in love and save us.
It’s easy to see that to fear a loving God can come across as a little paradoxically confusing. We are told in Proverbs 9:10 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Does that mean we turn to and follow God out of fear?
What characteristics are indicative of genuine salvation? Are these characteristics evident in your life? I came across the this list which was useful for me to evaluate the health of my relationship with God.
Let’s face it – not every Pastor is a C.H. Spurgeon; that’s why they called him the “Prince of Preachers”. No, unfortunately, it takes some effort to listen to some Pastors. Here’s 10 suggestions that will improve your Pastor’s preaching. You will be surprised just how much it will improve.
If you struggle with the simple things of life, then memorising John 3:16 probably seems intimidating. And putting away Romans 8 sounds down right impossible. In truth, it’s not as hard as you think. Yes, it takes effort and time. But there are some simple strategies to help you.
Sin’s weapon is deception. We must know how the enemy fights so we can defend ourselves accordingly. However the big problem is we often stumble at this point and rely on our will-power to say ‘no’ to sin and ‘yes’ to God.
Sin… it’s the bane of all our lives. Often we don’t even realise what sin keeps us in bondage until God reveals it to us. Then we are called to repent and turn from it. Easy… I don’t think so.
I always find looking at an iceberg chilling. Ok… that’s bad humour… please excuse my play on words! However when looking at an iceberg from the perceived safety of a boat all can seem harmless. But as we know below the surface it’s an entirely different story! All is not what it seems. This reminds me of the reality of sin in our lives. On the…