"We do not face a physical army. We face a spiritual army. Therefore our weapons must be spiritual." - Max Anders
It takes “applying all diligence” to take part in pursuits that help us develop godly qualities. For example, it takes discipline and sometimes it is a struggle to attend all Christian meetings, to read our Bible every day, and to have a good personal Bible study each day.
Love, charity (as we rather prefer to say), in its effects upon all our relations to others, is the beautiful subject of this section of our Epistle. It begins with the message of love itself-yet another asterisk referring to the Gospel, to the very substance of the teaching which the believers of Ephesus had first received from St. Paul, and which had been emphasized by St. John.
The idea of drifting away compared the audience to a boat sailing past warning signs to meet destruction and ruin on a rocky shore or in a raging rapid. The Hebrews needed to do something. They were listless while their situation demanded positive action. “Pay attention to your plight,” said our writer, “lest you carelessly fall into ruin.” - Thomas D. Lea
If we draw close to God in our worship, as well as our commitment to him, he, in turn, will draw close to us. Many, who shy away from putting the effort into buying out the time to get to know God better, ...
1 Corinthians 10:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. As promised in the Bible, how may God “provide the way of escape” of temptations and trials for us? How are we to understand what God promises with regard to our personal limitations in the face of trials and temptations?
“Now may the God who gives endurance and comfort grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.”—ROMANS 15:5. "The unsaved obviously do not experience God’s Word because they do not welcome it. Only the regenerate have the capacity to welcome and experience the Scriptures, by means of the Holy Spirit.”― (Zuck 1991, 23)
There is nothing inherently wrong with being dependent on others. Healthy cooperation and reciprocal relationships are the foundation of human social life; the Christian community ought to be characterized by the many ways in which we love the brothers and sisters.
The Holy Spirit gives true genuine Christians positive assurance that they are saved, born-again Christians. Yes, but how? We get insight into this from the apostle Paul when he wrote to the “holy ones” in the Christian congregation in Rome, wherein he described...
How can Christians win the fight against wicked spirit forces? What are the pieces of spiritual armor? Why is it vital that we wear each piece? How much influence does Satan have? How does Satan try to influence you? Why is there no need to feel intimidated by Satan and the demons? How you can win the battle for the Christian mind. How you can put on the full armor of God?