John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins (Mark 1:4-5 NASB).
We are such finite creatures. We think of everything in terms of time and space.
But God is not so limited. He sees all at a glance. Time is immaterial to Him. And, He is always way ahead of us.
Consider John the Baptist, born many ...
Our greatest misconception is that God is uninterested in us. From the beginning, our ancient Enemy has deceived us into thinking that God is holding out on us and has no interest in our fellowship.
But the testimony of Scripture (and of men and women who have known Him) shatters this lie like a hammer shattering rock.
The Divine Invitation
“So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain” (Exodus 34:2 NASB).
Moses was invited by God, as a representative of the ...
It came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them (Exodus 2:23-25 NASB).
There are moments in life where all we have is a cry.
The Israelites were there. They had suffered under Egyptian bondage for 400 years. The ...
The nationwide revival we long for is a sovereign work of God. We cannot manipulate Him.
But on the human side, we are called to pursue Him and His manifest presence all the time. We should be taking every deliberate step to invite and experience Him in our daily lives.
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12 NASB).
I have often wondered at our arrogance about taking extended time to meet with God. If the Son of God ...
We get what we want. If our deceived minds vainly believe the world’s food will satisfy us, we will stand in line at its cafeteria. But when the meal is done and we find ourselves still empty, we must remember that there is another table.
The psalmist knew this. Psalm 119:145-152 is a record of his passion, his hunger for God’s reviving—his desire for God to bring him life in its fullness.
And his hunger led to a deep cry for revival.
A Passionate Cry
“I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord! I ...
Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them (Psalm 106:23 NKJV).
There are many who choose the “light” path in prayer. It’s understandable, but tragic, because they don’t understand what they are missing!
Our Great Privilege
Non-praying believers fail to realize the incredible opportunity we have been granted. Like Moses, we can stand in the breach before God! Like no others, we can approach God’s throne of grace to find mercy and grace to help ...
Recent news reports suggest some law enforcement officials are acting with racial prejudice. Here’s my take.
To begin with, there is this notion afoot that people in government are inherently worthy of wielding the sword of the state because somehow they are immune from the sin nature the rest of us possess. But the reality is that people in government are sinners like the rest of us. Are ordinary people subject to greed, deceptiveness, lust, and prejudice? Well, surprise: so are people in government!
That’s why our framers established a system of checks and balances and separation of ...
How much do you really want the presence of God? There is a simple way to measure your true desire.
There is a difference between God’s omnipresence (everywhere all the time, Psalm 139:7-12), His cultivated presence (“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” James 4:8), and His manifest presence (the undeniable, visible, clearly seen presence of God).
The great works of revival and spiritual awakening that history records are the latter. “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,” Isaiah said as he proclaimed what all of us desire (Isaiah 64 ...
It is likely that all of us pray for God’s blessing. It’s an oft-used phrase that expresses our desire for God to take things to a dimension we cannot realize on our own.
What is the blessing of God? It can be described as God descending on something normal and making it above normal; making the natural supernatural, or the human divine. For instance, when a boy gave five loaves and two fish, God blessed it, and suddenly it fed well over 5,000 people.
Think of the areas we pray for this blessing: “Lord, bless our work ...
Jesus spoke harsh condemnations on the Pharisees of His day. In fact, He called them serpents and a brood of vipers that would not escape the sentence of hell (Matthew 23:33).
Obviously these men were not believers. In that regard, thank God I will never be a true Pharisee, because God’s grace has saved me.
But I am easily capable of being like a Pharisee in my actions. I can pick up pharisaical ways in a heartbeat.
To study Jesus’ indictment of these men is helpful so that we can face and put to death any part of ...