Paul warns in I Timothy 4 that in the latter days men will depart from “the faith” by giving heed to deceiving spirits and “doctrines of demons.” Lest we be deceived, we need to be on our guard. But how do we recognize these demonic doctrines? Let’s see.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (I Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV) Read More
When you are ill and you go to your doctor, you know how important it is for him to diagnose your condition correctly. When a doctor misdiagnoses a condition, he will prescribe the wrong treatment, which can lead to prolonged suffering and even death. If you have a tumor in your head that needs to come out, you don’t want your doctor treating it as a mere headache and prescribing Tylenol. A misdiagnosis, or under-diagnosis, in such a case could prove fatal. I have had more than one relative to die because the wrong medication was administered as the result of a wrong medical dagnosis. Read More
Satan is “going about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Jesus called him a thief who comes “to steal, to kill and to destroy.” He attacks our families, our finances and our health. He goes after our faith, our hope, and our love with a vengeance. But he is no match for a child of God who knows whom he is in Christ and knows how to resist him.
When you engage the enemy, you should never fight “for” victory. That would be a losing strategy. Instead, Read More
Life brings different experiences, some painful, some joyful. And being a Christian does not automatically exempt you from afflictions. But the good news is, God has provided the power we need to overcome, no matter the situation.
Listen to James:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:13-16 NKJV)
The Amplified Bible Classic Edition puts verse 16b, this way:
“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16 AMPC)
God’s grace supplies us with tremendous power that can both sustain us in trouble and deliver us from trouble. This power is unmerited and undeserved. And it’s always present and available to His children. Always!
But it will remain dormant, inactive, or exist only as “potential power” until it is activated. This is what the believer’s prayer does. When a righteous man (someone who by faith has received the gift of righteousness) prays, his prayers trigger the release of God’s power to cause amazing things to happen in the life of the believer and those he prays for.
James cites Elijah as an example of the kind of power that is released when an ordinary, but righteous person, dares to stand on God’s promises and to pray on the basis of God’s Word.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 NKJV)
The point being made is if Elijah’s prayers could generate this kind of power, then yours can too! And no matter your current circumstances, there is far more power available and accessible to you by prayer than you would ever need to meet your needs.
Child of God, what grace potentializes, prayer actualizes. Therefore, do no lose heart. Pray!
In Genesis 15:1, we read:
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)
“Your exceedingly great reward!” When God rewards Read More
Is there anything you can do to repay God for His goodness to you? The short answer is no. God is too good and what you can give him is too small to come anywhere close to being sufficient. But the good news is, God does not want you to even try to repay Him.
Now, while we can never repay Him, being grateful to Him is Read More
“Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Grace is not a license to sin. Just like children are to obey their parents, just like Jesus obeyed God, we are to obey our Heavenly Father. Not to become His children, or righteous in His sight–faith in Jesus does that for us, but because we are already His children and the righteousness of God in Him. As His holy, redeemed and righteous children, obedience is how we bring forth the fruit, or harvest, of our righteousness. That’s how we walk in and manifest the holiness we have received from Jesus! That’s how we glorify Him and fulfill His wonderful plan for our lives. (Is. 32:17; Heb. 12;11; Eph. 2:10)
Grace is not a license to sin, but Read More
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man can come to the Father but through Me.” Who would dare make such an outrageous claim! Indeed, anyone who would believe and say such things about himself has to be a lunatic. Unless, and here is another possibility, He is, in fact, God in human form. He has to be one or the other. No other rational explanation exists.
Jesus uttered those words in John 14:6. And if there is one person, whose ethics, morality, wisdom and life-giving influence can never be associated with, or emanate from, lunacy, it is He. That leaves us with only one other possibility. His words are true. And He is God with us.
Here are three life-changing facts based on His statement: Read More
Are you familiar with The Parable of the Talents Jesus told in Matthew 25:14-29? In it, Jesus talks about three servants who were each given talents by their master and the opportunity to build on what they had received. Contrary to what many believe, the purpose of the parable is not to show how hard we must work for God, but how servants can become “rulers over many things” through the application of God’s grace. And how those who resist grace, as in the case of the servant in the parable who buried the talent given him, end up as losers.
Here are a few very important lessons from The Parable for your benefit: Read More