“So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] […]
When Charles Wesley experienced the grace of God, he could not keep it to himself, so he wrote: “Oh, that the world might taste and see the riches of His grace! The arms of love that compass me would all mankind embrace.”
Such excitement over God’s grace is puzzling for some. We […]
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with first stating, “There is nothing permanent except change.” In our day, we hear the same thought as, “Constant change is here to stay.”
Centuries before Heraclitus, Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under […]
It has been said, “Very large doors of opportunity swing on very small hinges.” What are the small adjustments we need to make that will allow us to walk through the doorways and embrace all that God deserves and opens up for us? The question is important because it is often the small […]
To wait on the Lord is to have trust in Him. Psalm 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” And earlier in the psalm we read, “Trust in the Lord and do good… Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him” (verses 3 and 5).
It is never […]
At the age of thirty-three Jesus encountered my life and turned it upside down and inside out. For the previous two years, unbeknownst to me at the time, He had been drawing me, placing me in various situations and events leading up to that one powerful moment.
Up until then, I was […]
For many years, the subject of revival has been on my heart. We are living in a time when the desire for revival is once again awakening in the hearts of believers. We hear many people speaking about an eminent revival, or stirrings that have already begun.
Charles Finny writes, “Men […]
The Psalmist cries out in Psalm 85:6 “Will you not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Habakkuk prays, “Ó Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.” From Bible times to now, […]