We know that harboring sin in our heart can keep us from our quiet time. But what if someone else holds something against us? Does that affect my quiet time?
While our biggest weakness is the one that keeps us from the word of God and from bringing ourselves under God’s authority, there is more to deal with once we get there. When we are in the Word, there are 3 more key weaknesses that we should focus on when we come to the word of God.
Yesterday was an exciting day for me, as I got unveil my first product Master New Testament Greek. Here’s why I think this is going to be useful to a lot of people. It boils down to 3 simple steps to master New Testament Greek.
Do you find yourself simply reading your Bible without being challenged by it? I do. It’s easy to fall into these ruts, and we all fall into them from time to time. Often there is a variety of factors behind this and they are often connected, but here are 3 reasons I find when I examine my own heart after I’ve fallen into a time like this.
I thought God wants to have a relationship with me? So why is holiness God’s purpose for us? Often evangelists talk about having a relationship with God, but often they don’t explain that this relationship is dependent on growing in holiness. So what is a relationship with God and why is holiness so important?
The parable of the vine and its branches is a rich passage that Jesus used to explain four functions that are part of our union with Christ. Some people think this parable conveys something of the substance of the relationship of the branches and the vine, but this causes an interpretive issue that is inconsistent with the rest of scripture. This is a sermon I preached last Sunday which explains 4 functions of our union with Christ that Jesus explains using this parable.
Do you feel guilty if you miss a Bible reading? Perhaps you woke up later than intended and had to rush out the door without spending time in the Word. It happens to all of us. Sometimes, we make ourselves artificial rules to keep us in line, such as the “no Bible no breakfast” rule. But even if you miss your reading, there simple things you can do to keep the word of God in your mind today.
Have you ever heard the phrase “garbage in, garbage out?” It is an old computer phrase intended to explain that what comes out of a computer will only ever be as useful as the quality of the data going into it. If the computer is printing out bad data, it will be because it is receiving bad data. Our heart is a little like that too. What comes out of us is a result of what is in our hearts (Matt 15:19). So how does reading the Bible lead to life transformation?
Occasional victories over sin are not mortification.
The Mortification of Sin (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2004), 29