An Epic Battle of Faith
Trust is an epic battle in the minds of most believers. It’s a brutal battle that goes way back to the first temptation that introduced us to all of our burdens in the first place. If we’re ever going to get to a place of trusting God—the kind of trust that allows us to experience deep-rooted peace—then we’ll have to contend for it.
The Parable of Parables: What Kind of Soil Are You?
One day, a great crowd gathered, and Jesus began to teach using a method that was common for Him. He told a parable, an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. This parable, in Luke 8:4-9, is a seemingly simple story of the seed, the soil, and the sower.
The Living Word and the Written Word
The living Word—Jesus Christ—used the written Word to fight temptation. Jesus set the pattern for us. He is our example of what our defense should be in times of temptation: the Bible. Let’s become people of the Book and take seriously Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
God’s Game of Hide-and-Speak
We might think that when God speaks, the next thing we experience is the fulfillment of what He said. Not only should we expect a long wait; sometimes we will experience complete contradictions.
5 Words for Bible Lovers to Know: Preservation
This is the last in a series on 5 words every Bible lover should know. The fifth word is “preservation,” how God has protected His Word from error, from extinction, and from exclusivity. The Bible has stood the test of time, and it will live on, long after we are gone from this life.
A divine perspective has the power to pull us out of the despair of an uncertain crisis. How God will work in our crisis is unclear. But we know He will work. “This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 3:18).
Rest in Danger
In Psalm 91:1, when the psalmist tells us to dwell in the shelter of the Most High, the Spirit is directing us to look at the God who is certain rather than the world that is not. He calls us to count on His utter dependability rather than the ominous headlines of impending doom.
5 Words for Bible Lovers to Know: Illumination
This is a series on 5 words every Bible lover should know. The fourth word is “illumination,” the process by which the Holy Spirit helps us to understand and apply Scripture to our lives.
The Bible is full of irrepressible hope, huge promises, and against-all-odds victories. And we are told to embrace them with hearts full of anticipation. We are called to be people of unquenchable hope and expectation—to interpret every situation in light of the good things God is doing in it and to expect our lives to overflow with His goodness.