In looking at the dynamic of faith, it is probable that the saints of God will be tested by fire. It is a way of refining, purifying, and purging the saints. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith,… Read More »Faith in the Fire
Paul exhorts the Corinthian Christians to, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?“ II Corinthians 13:5 If Jesus Christ is in us, we have access to His grace in which we stand. (Romans 5:2) Are you in a troubling,… Read More »Are We Walking in Faith?
I am awed at the power of God to instill in us an affection for God and a hunger and thirst after righteousness. (Mt. 5:6) I remember how God put into me, at the point of my salvation at 29 years old, an understanding that my old fleshly desires and love of this world was… Read More »Genuine Faith
In reflecting on the failure of many believers floundering recklessly in their faith, I am not surprised at their plight because they have shipwrecked while sailing through reefs, rocks, and routes that the Lord has warned them of in Scripture. Grace has been quenched in their lives because they have left the fountain from where it… Read More »The Quenching of Grace
I have observed in counseling that many are not good at handling the pressures of life. As the apostle Paul writes to the church of Corinth; “We are hard pressed on every side…” II Cor. 4:8. The pressures of life have erupted in various ways. Pressures from personal relationships are a concern to all of… Read More »The Pressures of Life
As I talk with students at Bethel, I am confronted with the secular teachings of other drug and substance abuse facilities that many of them have been through. These facilities may have a religious aspect to them which will mention God in one form or another. They may even have a requirement of repentance for… Read More »The Name of Jesus
Whatever happened to the cross in counseling? Are life’s issues so difficult that something other than the Scriptures are needed to address them? “The words that I speak to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63 If a troubled person is not saved, it is one of the greatest opportunities to introduce him to the… Read More »The Way of the Cross