Growing Through Committed Relationships

Growing Through Committed Relationships The sanctifying process is primarily worked out in our lives through committed relationships for two reasons. First, people can put on a public face giving others a false perception of who they are, but they can’t consistently...

Accountability

Accountability If we are going to live a righteous life, we need to be accountable to God first and then one another. We will all give an account to God in the future whether we want to or not (2 Corinthians 5:10). It is better to be honest with God now, receive His...

Discipline Yourself for Godliness

Discipline Yourself for Godliness Many recovery ministries and diet plans fail, because they are based on a law concept rather than grace. Just trying to stop drinking alcohol, taking drugs, and eating certain foods that you crave has not proven to be very successful....

The Overcomer’s Covenant

The Overcomer’s Covenant I know that I cannot save myself, nor set myself free by my own efforts and resources. Therefore, I place all my trust and confidence in the Lord and I put no confidence in the flesh. When tempted to live my life independent of God, I...

Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming Addiction “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures” (Titus 1:3). Our foolishness is evident when we think that we can overcome our enslavement to sin by human effort or by the strict...

Understanding Chemical Addiction

Understanding Chemical Addiction Some people “linger over wine” (Prov. 23:30), because they want to get rid of their inhibitions so they can party. Others turn to alcohol and drugs as a means of coping. Some rely on chemicals to give them some relief from their...

Sin Dwelling in You

Sin Dwelling In You Even though Christians should consider themselves to be alive in Christ and dead to sin (Romans 6:11), Paul reveals the on-going struggle that we have in overcoming the power of sin in Rom. 7:15f. The personal pronoun and verb, “I am,” taken...

Freedom From Adultery

Freedom From Adultery “I was raised in what everyone would think was a perfect home. My parents were pillars of the church. They were never abusive, mean, or critical to us children. They went out of their way to demonstrate their love and service to the Lord by...

Revival

Revival The revival under Hezekiah is a model of repentance for the Church and a foretaste of the Gospel. First, He consecrated the priests and they “went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it” (2 Chron. 29:15-16). That is a beautiful picture of...

Foolish Thinking

Foolish Thinking The simple young man in this story lacked judgment (Prov. 7:7). He had no idea that his naiveté would cost him his life (vs. 23). The woman who seduced him was dressed like a prostitute, supposedly religious (vs. 14) and married (vs. 19). The wise man...