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    Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God?

    Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30  was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured on the basis of the promises of God. If we get less than God wants us to have, we will falsely accuse Him as the servant falsely accused his master when he said, “You expect more of me than you gave me the power to do.

    Am I Carnally Minded?

    Where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal…? —1 Corinthians 3:3

    The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it. But Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill…

    The Servant’s Primary Goal

    We make it our aim…to be well pleasing to Him. —2 Corinthians 5:9

    “We make it our aim….” It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have…

    Yielding

    …you are that one’s slaves whom you obey… —Romans 6:16

    The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the…

    Surprise Interview

    Early in the day, a London commuter shoved and insulted a business manager who got in his way. That afternoon, the business manager sent a quick Twitter message to his friends: “Guess who just showed up for a job interview?” When his explanation appeared on the Internet, people all over the world winced and smiled. Imagine walking into a job interview only to discover that the person who greets you is the one you had shoved and sworn at earlier that day.

    Saul also ran into someone he never expected to see. While raging against a group called The Way (Acts…

    Choosing to Forget

    “It was a bit painful. I didn’t want to go back into my life and imagine things that I hadn’t understood so far.” Those words from Ian McKellen, the actor who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Gandalf in the movie trilogies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, help explain why he cancelled a book contract for his autobiography. It was too painful.

    Why I Decided To Rein In My Tongue

    I have always been a transparent, straight-talking person. When I’m in a good mood, I find someone to share my joy with. When things don’t go my way, I make sure that those around me hear of my grievances.

    Let Us Keep to the Point

    My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . . .” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest— my best for His glory.” To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning.

    Redemption and Restoration

    Nate’s drug and alcohol addiction had overtaken his life. In order to support his habit, he committed a crime that earned him a 12-year prison sentence. Thinking her husband a lost cause, his wife, Rose, moved on with her life without him. You’ll be inspired by this story of redemption and restoration as both Nate and Rose surrendered […]

    Repentance

    Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation . . . —2 Corinthians 7:10

    Conviction of sin is best described in the words:

    My sins, my sins, my Savior,
    How sad on Thee they fall.

    Conviction of sin is one of…

    “The Temple of the Holy Spirit”

    . . . only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you —Genesis 41:40

    I am accountable to God for the way I control my body under His authority. Paul said he did not “set aside the grace of …

    Unsend

    Have you ever sent an email and suddenly realized it went to the wrong person or it contained harmful, harsh words? If only you could press a key and stop it. Well, now you can. Several companies offer a feature that gives you a brief time after sending an email to stop it from leaving your computer. After that, the email is like a spoken word that cannot be unsaid. Rather than being seen as a cure-all, an “unsend” feature should remind us that it’s extremely important to guard what we say.

                In the apostle Peter’s first letter, he told…

    “When He Has Come”

    When He has come, He will convict the world of sin . . . —John 16:8

    Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin. We know the experience of being disturbed because we have done wrong things. But conviction …

    Wisdom is the fruit of repentance

    Hiding our sin leads to inner turmoil, but wisdom is the fruit of repentance. Today on Discover the Word, we will talk about the profound wisdom David learned when he finally came clean about his hidden sins. Find out why we can have joy when we are corrected and taught by God! Listen today to Discover […]

    We Are Not the Sum of Our Bad Choices

    You might have encountered them on the streets. The lonely, the homeless, and the addicted. They started off just like the rest of us, but somewhere along the line, one wrong choice after another led them on a downward spiral.


    September 2019: Christian Living

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