• Our Enemy the Flesh

    Romans 8:1–11

    As we grow in Christ, we begin to see the depth of our sin because we begin to see the darkness of the heart. We take more notice of the “secret sins,” the inward hatred, envy, covetousness, and other attitudes ...Read More

  • Our Enemy the World

    John 7:7

    The world tempts us to adopt its values—materialism, favoritism, sexual uncleanness, pride, and so forth. As Christians, however, we cannot succumb. We must have our minds renewed continually by the Word of God as we sit under faithful preaching and ...Read More

  • True Righteousness

    Matthew 5:20

    It is important to obey God externally, to do in our actions what He tells us to do. However, God is fully pleased with our obedience only if we are motivated by love for God and neighbor. We must seek ...Read More

  • Life Coram Deo

    Luke 16:16

    We cannot be half-hearted disciples of Jesus. When it comes to following Him, we must be all in. Although we will sin and may at times fall into periods of spiritual apathy, true disciples of Christ will persevere through these ...Read More

  • Old Tears

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  • Sorrow, Joy, and Answered Prayer

    John 16:20–24

    Although we may certainly pray to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, the normal pattern for prayer that Jesus has given to us is to approach the Father in the name of the Son and by the power of ...Read More

  • The Disciples’ Confusion

    John 16:16–19

    Sometimes we may find ourselves confused by something Jesus says or by something else recorded in Scripture. At such times, we must remember that the problem is not the Scriptures but us. Sometimes we read something that is hard to ...Read More

  • The Spirit’s Guidance

    John 16:12–15

    By His Holy Spirit, God has continued to be with His church to lead us into all truth. However, special revelation such as we have in the Holy Scriptures has ceased. Until the return of Jesus, we should expect no ...Read More

  • The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    John 16:4b–11

    The Holy Spirit was active in the world before the ascension of Jesus, but the outpouring of the Spirit as the result of Jesus’ ministry has meant a mightier work of the Spirit among the nations. People around the world ...Read More

  • The Persecution to Come

    John 16:1–4a

    The world will hate the followers of Jesus, and sometimes this hatred will show itself in vicious persecution. Let us be conscious of this possibility and do what we can to order our lives so that we will be less ...Read More

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