The Inner Life

Justification and Sanctification

and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses (Acts 13: 39) The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the […]

Eight Ways to Tell That I Might Be a Pharisee

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you […]

O’ JOYOUS EASTER MORNING

“The Lord is risen indeed!” Luke 24:34 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto […]

Thoughts from Spurgeon on the New Year

Excerpts from Sermon for the New Year delivered on Thursday Evening, January 1st, 1885, by C. H. Spurgeon, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington; “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”—Revelation 21:5. HOW PLEASED WE ARE with that which is new! Our children’s eyes sparkle when we talk of […]

Joy Comes in the Morning

This little message from Nathan Pitchford blessed me today. Psalm Thirty: Weeping May Endure for a Night, But Joy Comes in the Morning Images of the Savior from the Psalms (Psalm 30) There is no psalm that better sums up the very essence of the Christian life than this song of David, written for the […]

Dying to Self

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall […]

Eventual Understanding

Vincent Cheung posted an interesting message, which addresses the question we all find ourselves asking at some point in our walk; Why the Wicked seem to prosper. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. […]

Spiritual Discernment is Lost Until we are Regenerated

The lack of spiritual discernment within the Church is more evident today then at any other season in my lifetime. The magnitude of people who say they are Christians, but for all intents and purposes are spiritually blind, is staggering. In most instances you cannot even discuss spiritual matters with them, for they either look […]

Speaking in Tongues

Lee Grady has written a good commentary this week: Why I Don’t Apologize for Speaking in Tongues Instead of denying or downplaying this misunderstood spiritual gift, we should have the courage to embrace it. Last week after I taught a class on the Holy Spirit at a ministry school in Pennsylvania, a 22-year-old guy from […]

A Word From Spurgeon

Posted at TeamPyro: Your weekly dose of Spurgeon, A Word to Legalists The following excerpt is from “Strange Dispensations and Matchless Consolations,” a sermon preached in the autumn of 1859 at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark Luke 18:9-14 The reasons for God’s grace to us are far above all human reason, for he himself has […]

Oh Christendom

Though posted 2 years ago, after reading it again this morning I felt to repost it. IT IS AT THAT DAY proud and luxurious Christians shall learn that God is no respecter of persons; that all sects and names shall be swallowed up in these two kinds, sheep and goats, just and unjust; and the […]

John Piper – The Call of God

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Oswald Chambers: Gracious Uncertainty

. . . it has not yet been revealed what we shall be . . . —1 John 3:2 Our natural inclination is to be so precise—trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next—that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is […]

POLITICIZING THE FAITH

Another excellent message offered this week from Herescope. POLITICIZING THE FAITH Cause célèbre for worldly evangelicals! By Pastor Larry DeBruyn In his book The Backslider, in the chapter titled On the General Nature and Differing Species of Backsliding, English clergyman Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) wrote that, “All backsliding from God originates in a departure of heart […]

A Lesson on Mercy from Jonah

A message came to Jonah from the Lord a second time. He said,  “Go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce to its people the message I give you.”   Jonah obeyed the Lord. He went to Nineveh. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He announced, “In 40 days Nineveh will be […]

“This is my infirmity”

The infirmities of the believer are as varied as they are numerous. Some are weak in faith, and are always questioning their interest in Christ. Some, superficial in knowledge, and shallow in experience, are ever exposed to the crudities of error and to the assaults of temptation. Some are slow travelers in the divine life, […]

Weed-Eaters

Sorting through some old posts here at the blog I came upon this one concerning weed-eaters written by Internetmonk’s Michael Spencer, a year ago this month. I feel like sharing it again. Recently I have been literally drowning in the negativity I’m reading on Christian websites and blogs. From one person or ministry to another–reading […]

The Haughty Heart

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty.” Proverbs 18:12 It is an old and common saying, that “coming events cast their shadows before them;” the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic prelude of evil. Pride is as safely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the […]

Can you kneel at the feet of Judas?

We have all been wounded at some time by one who should have only loved us. Every life has a Judas. His name is synonymous with betrayal. The other apostles recorded his damnation with the indelible ink of history. The truth is, Judas was not the only traitor. The friends and family who accompanied Christ […]

Morning Prayer

O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray And to concentrate my thoughts on you: I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, But with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there […]

Love thy Neighbour

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour.” Matthew 5:43 “Love thy neighbour.” Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think […]

Righteous Judgment

Turn your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; Whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable. We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, […]

The Preaching Hypocrite by John Fletcher

Came across this posted at SermonIndex this evening. After reading it I thought it was an excellent guideline for any Christian to ponder upon when discerning their favorite preacher today. And then I thought again–No, this is really more; its a Holy Ghost Spotlight by which we all can discern our own hearts, intentions and […]

Adoration

I wept when stumbling upon this tonight at youtube. It has to be at least 25 years since I last heard it. So many memories flooded by mind…good memories of being taught by the Holy Spirit what real worship was…

Purpose

“You have not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God gives you.” Deuteronomy 12:9. It is a richly instructive and deeply sanctifying thought- the futurity of the heavenly rest. When told that we are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the […]

‘But God, I Can’t Hear You’

“…but sometimes good men fall asleep, and are inattentive to divine things; and this is one way God takes to awaken them, to arouse their attention; he speaks to them out of a whirlwind…which fetches them out of their slumber, and so their ears are opened to hear what He says in it…” – John […]

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