Month: December 2017

Prayer: I Will Pray with the Spirit & with Understanding Also – Puritan John Bunyan (author)

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Prayer: I Will Pray with the Spirit & with Understanding Also – Puritan John Bunyan (author)

1 Corinthians 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

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Tribulation Saint


“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;

The Lord is clothed,

He has girded Himself with strength.

Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.

Your throne is established from old;

You are from everlasting.”

Psalm 93:1,2; NKJV

Americans have a hard time thinking of God as “King.”  We are used to thinking in terms of freedom, equality and democracy.  Our very Declaration of Independence states that governments are instituted “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  It is no wonder, then, that Americans have a hard time dealing with authority.

We sometimes try to picture God as a warm, fuzzy father figure who is there to comfort and encourage us, who understands that we are “only human,” and who would never think of punishing us.  And yet the Bible says that the Lord “reigns” and has a “throne.”  People in the…

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The Urgency of Christ’s Work


“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4)

It is striking how often the Lord Jesus used the term “must” in connection with the different aspects of the work He came to do. Since He is our example, we also must be serious and urgent about our Father’s work. Even as a boy in the temple, He told His parents, “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49).

Then early in His ministry, as He went from place to place, He said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent” (Luke 4:43). Toward the end of His earthly ministry, He said one day, “I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of…

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Your Spiritual Growth


Psalm 139:23-24

The moment of salvation marks the beginning of a relationship with God. Only then can a person start to develop a deeper friendship with the Father, grow in knowledge of His Word, and serve Him. Whether one comes to faith as a child or an adult, from that point on spiritual growth should be a continual experience throughout life.

Ultimately, God develops the believer’s character and Christian walk. But you may wonder, What part does the person play in maturing spiritually?

David’s prayer in today’s psalm answers this question. He petitioned the Lord to examine his life and help him see it truthfully. David knew the consequences of sinful choices as well as the joy of walking closely with God, and he desired to rid himself of anything that was an obstacle.

We, too, can pray for the Lord to reveal any areas of our life that are…

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Better than gold and silver

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

From  Part 10 of Sam Storms’ Meditations on Psalm 119:

Finally, if you’re still tempted to cast aside God’s Word for the sake of worldly gain, consider how he compares the value of God’s word to all earthly treasures:

“The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (v. 72; cf. v. 14).

“Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold” (v. 127).

God’s Word is exquisite, sublime, splendid, and sweet. God’s Word is powerful, faithful, righteous, and true. God’s Word is great, glorious, grand, and good. Why? Because in it we see God! Through it, he draws near! By means of its truth, we experience the incomparable joy of knowing him and seeing him and beholding the beauty of his infinite elegance.

Hear, O Lord, our prayer: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your…

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Lazarus the Soul Winner


As a Christian, we should all know the miraculous story about Lazarus found in John chapter 11, if not I will summarize. Lazarus was a friend of Jesus and he was sick. Jesus was told of his sickness but didn’t go right away to see him. He knew that his sickness was not unto death but for the glory of God. When Jesus finally arrived Lazarus had been dead for four days. Martha, Lazarus sister said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  Jesus responded by saying, “Thy brother shall rise again.” Surely Lazarus did rise again after Jesus prayed to His father this prayer: “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand…

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Sam Storms: Just when I think I might have God ever so slightly figured out….

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

Sam Storms, of Enjoying God Ministries:

Just when I think I might have God ever so slightly figured out, he pulls a surprise on me that shatters and confuses and discombobulates what little understanding I have of him.

I’m a theologian by trade, so its my responsibility and calling (and joy) in life to do what I can to connect the dots of divine revelation and hope that the resultant picture at least looks vaguely similar to the God I read about in Scripture. But sadly, that picture all too often ends up looking more like me than it does God, and reflects more what I think should be true or false rather than accurately portraying what God says is true or false, good or evil. The fact is, when God and his ways are looked at from a merely human point of view, he can often appear quite…

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