If left to ourselves, our most common motivations are selfish. We generally want what we want for us.
Only Christ’s redemption changes our passions. But even as His followers, we can slip into self-centered desires.
We find ourselves on the best ground when we are lifted higher ... when God purifies our motives to the point that we are not living for our interests but for His ... when our praying is in sync with His heart.
When the nation of Israel was under siege by her enemies, the psalmist pled with God to intervene, but notice why he ...
One of the greatest struggles of the Christian life is the challenge to develop an undivided heart.
We come to Christ for salvation because our hearts have served others gods, and the results have been disastrous. We need what God and God alone can provide.
In the Beginning
In the infant days of our salvation, we bask in our new Lord. We turn to Him incessantly and rely on Him exclusively.
But Satan is enraged at this affection. His great goal is to lure us away.
He comes in a variety of forms and temptations, just as he did to ...
All around us we see the moral and spiritual destruction of our nation. It seems the enemy has free reign and is making great advances against the primary foundations of our society.
If we are not careful, believers may feel the situation is hopeless, that there is nothing God can do. But that wrong assessment leads to fear, and we are to be people of faith.
Our faith is not a mindless belief, but a confidence based on the realities of God and the promises of His Word.
God’s Present Help
“God is our refuge and strength, a very ...
Join OneCry author Bill Elliff at the 6:4 Fellowship 2014 National Conference near Denver, CO, July 30–31.
The 6:4 Fellowship exists to call pastors and Christian leaders back to the two supreme ministry priorities: “We will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
This two-day conference is geared toward pastors, ministry leaders, and any believer who wants to experience awakening through a deeper understanding of prayer and Scripture.
Find encouragement and refreshment through powerful teaching, dynamic worship, transformational prayer times, and connection with like-minded leaders. Keynote speakers include Alistair Begg ...
When I was 17, after some years of rebellion, the Lord brought me to such deep conviction and anxiety about my life that I finally came to Him in full surrender. It was the single greatest moment of turning in my life, other than my salvation.
My dad counseled me to get a sheet of paper, write “Sin List” on the top, and ask the Lord to show me anything in my life that needed to be confessed to Him. He further instructed me to circle those sins where I had hurt someone else and then go seek their forgiveness ...
We are in increasingly dark days in our nation. The last several years, it seems, we have not been heading to the cliff, but have gone over the cliff ... and the downward plunge is speeding up exponentially. Every statistic, both in the church and out, confirm this spiritual and moral free fall.
How do we interpret all that is happening, and what should our response be? Look how David saw such things:
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made;
in the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The Lord has made ...
Usually we are clueless. Our failure to draw near to the Lord every day has resulted in inattentiveness to the Lord.
God helps us overcome this lethargy if we’ll listen. In Joshua 1 we see God alerting Joshua to prepare the people for His wondrous work of parting the Jordan River and letting them walk on dry land to enter the Promised Land.
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5 ESV).
And they did.
And God did.
I wonder if there are wonders we miss simply ...
The story of Lot and the judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 has profound implications for us. God has not changed.
When you read the unfolding story in its harsh reality, the evil is simply staggering. Look at the immorality:
- Lot takes the angels of God under his roof so they will not be attacked.
- All the men of the city—young and old—converge on his house, demanding that he send out the guests so they can rape them.
- Lot, totally influenced by the evil around him, offers his virgin daughters to the men of ...
A few months ago, God placed on my heart a burden for revival, in the church where I pastor and in my city. As I was praying, God gave me a very unusual idea.
I began to pray for Christians who were not members of my church to come to our campus and pray for us and our revival services. I asked that these people not attend the services, but be in a prayer room seeking God, asking Him to revive our church and send spiritual awakening to Benton, Arkansas.
As I was praying for this, God allowed me to ...
We have a weak and limited view of God. Because our relationship with Him is often driven only by our personal concerns, we forget that He is the God who moves nations.
“He has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all” (Psalm 103:19 NASB). While God is “intimately acquainted with all our ways” (Psalm 139:3), He is also overseeing all of human history.
In His rule, God’s judgments play an essential role. Like pain to the human body, God’s judging hand can rest on a man, a family ...