Experiencing God’s Rest

Many Christians say, “I find it difficult to rest in faith in God. Why doesn’t He just let me see what He’s doing, or make it plain why He’s permitted certain things to happen to me, and what benefit He will work out from it? Then it would be a whole lot easier for me…

Doing Evil in God’s Sight

Whenever God comes against man in judgments, we can be sure it’s because of our sins. Yet we can forestall the evil of punishment concerning nations, families and individuals by being genuinely redeemed from the evil of sin. “At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and…

A Slave of Liberty?

A Christian is someone who is willing to sacrifice his liberty for the sake of Christ and for the sake of others. In fact, a Christian really has only one true liberty—the freedom not to use his liberty if he wants to. The Apostle Paul said that he knew this, because what Christ taught had convinced him….

Taking Our Thoughts Captive to be Set Free

Does sin control our entire life so much, that its bondage has enslaved us, and we don’t know what to do? The starting place of all sin is evil thoughts which develop in the mind. But there isn’t one bad thought process or attitude that God can’t free us from (see Romans 6:3-4). The power…

A New Radiance Among Men

On the border of Bethlehem, there was an area where shepherds could be found out in their fields “keeping watch over their flocks by night” (Luke 2:8). One particular night, the glory of the Lord suddenly came and shone round about them as heavenly angelic hosts came upon them with an announcement originating from the…

War and Trouble Will Come But the End is Not Yet

“Wars and rumors of wars” have always been. Since the time of Christ, this planet has had thirteen years of war for every year of peace. As time goes on, we’re going to hear more about “wars and rumors of wars,” but we who belong to God should not allow ourselves to be excessively distressed about such news….

The Peace of Being Blameless

How often we want to hold God responsible for our predicaments that have actually been caused by our own sins. Yet He’s not the One Who’s to blame simply because He gave us the power of choice, and we then decided to head in a dishonorable direction. It doesn’t matter how clever a defense we…

Can Silver and Gold Satisfy the Human Heart?

Those who love having an abundance will never be satisfied by obtaining it. “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase: this also is vanity…” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Silver and gold can’t satisfy all the desires of our physical body. If we love silver and gold, we’ll…

Seeking My Sheep

Sheep are gentle creatures, but every shepherd knows how they love to wander at any opportunity. God’s people are compared to sheep throughout His Word. God made us for Himself, intending for us to be His children. He came to gather us into His family to enfold us in His flock through His concern and…

Living the Christian Life

A Christian is “crucified” with Christ—yet by Him we’re able to live! Being crucified with Christ means more than simply dying with Him. It means that, in a spiritual way, we now imitate His death ourself. A special reference to His cross is involved here. Christ bore our sins in His body on the cross, where He destroyed…