- Wed May 7, 2014
Have we gone blind? What can we expect from our across-the-board commitment to the middle ground? Don't we realize that our recent converts to Christianity will become just like us? Will it be a comfort to see them just as lazy regarding their personal devotion to Jesus as we are?
And don't we realize what our slack standards are costing us in our witness to the world?
In Revival Praying, author Leonard Ravenhill writes,
This present day is like an arena whose terraces are filled with the militant godless, the brilliant and belligerent skeptics, plus the blank-face heathen millions, all looking into the empty ring to see what the Church of the living God can do. How I burn at this point! What are we Christians doing? To use a very tattered phrase, are we just "playing church"?
- Tue May 6, 2014
Certain occasions signal or trigger prayer. In each of these cases, prayer is linked to a specific event. This kind of relationship with prayer is inculcated into communities of faith and has trained us to avail ourselves of prayer based on the setting or circumstances. And while these settings absolutely call for and should involve prayer, the practice of prayer should not have starting or stopping points, appropriate and inappropriate settings, or even certain set times. Search the Scriptures for boundaries into which prayer must fit and you will find none. Prayer belongs everywhere, anytime. For example:
- "One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up" (Luke 18:1, NLT, emphasis added).
- "Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers" (Ephesians 6:18, NLT, emphasis added).
- Mon May 5, 2014
Oneness is no more automatic with Christ than it is with our wives. Our salvation is expressed in an ongoing process of spiritual growth in which we're strenuously involved.
Take sexual purity, for example. At a single moment, salvation freed us to be sexually pure. But in another sense, salvation gave us only the opportunity to be sexually pure. We still must chose oneness with Christ.
"It is God's will that you be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality" (I Thessalonians 4:3). Oneness, then, is an act. While feelings of intimacy flow from oneness, oneness itself is not a feeling. It's a state of being. Feeling regret over my sexual sins did not make me one with Christ. Preaching against sexual sins did not make me one with Christ. Walking purely makes me one with Christ. If I'm sexually pure, Jesus and I are one in this regard. If I'm not, we aren't.
- Sun May 4, 2014
The impure thought life is the life of a thief. You're stealing images that aren't yours. When you had premarital sex, you touched someone who didn't belong to you. When you looked down the blouse of a woman who isn't your wife, you were stealing something that isn't yours to take. It's just like walking down Main Street behind someone who drops a one-hundred-dollar bill out of his pocket, and you pick it up. That money isn't yours--even if he didn't know he lost it. If you choose to keep the money instead of saying, "Hey, Mister," then you've taken something you're not entitled to.
When we're thieves with our eyes, we're embezzling sexual gratification from areas that don't belong to us, from women who aren't connected to us.
- Sat May 3, 2014
The person you become as a young man is the person you drag into adulthood. Your likes and dislikes--from food to music to movies--follow you.
The decisions you make today will impact everything in your future. Decision-making is a two-edged sword: wrong decisions today get you traveling down a path that leads to more horrible mistakes tomorrow. The right decisions you make today will help you make the right decisions tomorrow.
Today I will be conscious of the choices that
are mine to make. I will choose wisely now
so that I will make right decisions through-
out my life and positively impact my own