Many Christians have never heard or truly understood the two terms “carnally minded” and spiritually minded”, but the book of Romans talks about them quite extensively. For many years – even after I was a born-again Christian – I struggled with sin. I’d get frustrated and angry with people even though the Bible is clear that Christians should walk in love. I’d judge in ways that I had no business judging. I’d struggle with overeating, over-spending, etc. I spent much time seeking after the approval of man instead of after the approval of God.
I knew in my heart that my behaviors weren’t pleasing to God, but I didn’t have clue one how to change them. I wanted to change them. I tried to change them, and I asked God to help me change them. What I didn’t realize was that I had the power to change them all along – I just didn’t know it. Continue reading
The Bible is full of verses that warn us of the dangers of the words we speak, yet few Christians heed these warnings.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof.” -Proverbs 18:21
The Word is very clear about the fact that the words we speak are powerful. We as human beings are made in the image of God Himself, and God Himself formed the earth and everything in it with his words.
Yet we throw our words about carelessly, as if they have no meaning at all, and then we wonder why our lives are so littered with trouble. Continue reading
I have a dear friend who recently went through a period of separation with her husband. I’ll spare you the details, but will summarize by sharing that her husband was dealing with some serious addiction issues that were putting her and their children in danger. Continue reading
Are you missing out on the blessings of God? The Bible is very clear about God’s will for our lives. Of course, first and foremost, His will is that we all come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved (1 Tim. 2:3-4) and that we seek Him first above all things (Matt. 6:33). However, there are also many verses in the Bible that make God’s wish for an abundant life for us very clear. Continue reading
In this world, Christians and Christianity are often labeled “weak” because of the fact that we as Christians depend on someone else (God) in order to get through the twists and turns that life and the Enemy bring in order to harm us. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the verse:
Cast your cares on the Lord and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
Most Christians don’t grasp the power and significance behind this verse. They sing it in church, lamenting over their problems, half-heartedly turning their cares over to God while they wallow in self-pity, weakly hoping for better days.
However, to truly cast your cares on the Lord is life-changing in a number of ways. Continue reading
So many times I hear people talking about trusting God “just because”. I think this is what turns so many people off to Christianity: certain preachers of the word of God touting faith in Christ as some sort of fairy tale/genie relationship. Continue reading
With all of the other usual goals floating around this time of year, it’s important to remember to set goals for our walk with Christ as well. A relationship with Christ, just as with any other relationship, functions most successfully if we nurture and grow that relationship. Here are 4 goals that can help you grow in your walk with Christ this next year. Continue reading
We talked yesterday about the popular question, Why Do I Still Sin if I’m a Christian, and about how sin reigns in the life of people, in a nutshell, because we allow ourselves to be led by the flesh as opposed to being led by the Holy Spirit, letting it guide us in what we should do. Today we’re going to continue our study in Romans to find out, as Paul tells us in Romans 8, how to be free from indwelling sin. Continue reading
As I talked about in an earlier post, there is a battle in the body of Christ over the balance of sin vs. grace. Many Christians, though, still want to know: “Why do I still sin if I’m a Christian? Continue reading