How to Make Certain You Never Backslide

The Second Epistle of Peter

Diligence os one Key to Keep from Falling

As a teenager, J. Stephen Conn sensed God calling him to be a preacher. But he felt a certain disadvantage. Because he had been saved when he was 7 years old, he would never be able to hold an audience spellbound with stories of a wicked past. So he asked God for permission to backslide — just long enough to get some experience in a life of sin to “enhance” his preaching later on. Deep within he knew that God would not answer such a request, so he decided just to preach the Bible without a dramatic testimony. Sometime later Conn wrote, “For the past 11 years I’ve been pastoring a church. I realize now what a great testimony I really have. God not only has the power to deliver from sin, He has the even greater power to keep from sin. God not only saved my soul—He saved my entire life!”1  Did you know the Bible gives you the exact path to follow to keep from ever falling? The word backslide can be erased from your thinking and vocabulary if you follow God’s prescription in the book of Second Peter.

For more on the Second Epistle of Peter please see “Why You Can Be Thrilled With God’s Excellence.”

#S3-005: What Does Jesus Healing on the Sabbath Teach? [Podcast]

Healing and Miracles in the Life of Jesus

This is Part Three of a Series entitled ‘Healing and Miracles.’ You can find part one of this series, ‘How to Minister Healing Like Jesus Did‘ here and part two ‘Why It’s Important to Flow in Faith’s Domain‘ here.

In this episode, we look at Jesus healing on the Sabbath Day.  Since Jesus operated under the Old Covenant, the question invariably arises, why did He minister this way?

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#S2-051: How to Cultivate Gods Presence in Your Life Encore [Podcast]

The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence. The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us. This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to be enlarged 1. These are penetrating words from the pen of Tozer. Does your heart agree with these words? Do you hunger and crave the Presence of God? This is the first of a two part post on this important aspect of life in the Spirit.

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#S2-041: How to Get Your Faith in the Right Tense [Podcast]

Real Bible Faith: How It Works

Wigglesworth was quoted as saying, “If you wait to get faith when you need faith, you’re too late.” Another man said, “Late faith is unavailing. There’s little use accepting arks once the rain begins to fall. Death is such an instant storm that by the time you reach for an umbrella, you already need your water wings. 1 These words are are certainly true. It’s best to build your faith in God when days are peaceful. It’s then, you can learn some of the nuances involved for a vibrant believing of God’ Word. One of which is this issue of getting your faith into the right tense.

This is part four of the Series entitled, ‘Real Bible Faith: How It Works’. You can find Part One ‘Why is Faith Important and Who Has It? [Podcast], Part Two ‘How to Release Your Faith with Words’ [Podcast] here, and Part Three ‘More How to Release Your Faith with Words [Podcast] here.

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How to Get Your Faith in the Right Tense

Wigglesworth was quoted as saying, “If you wait to get faith when you need faith, you’re too late.” Another man said, “Late faith is unavailing. There’s little use accepting arks once the rain begins to fall. Death is such an instant storm that by the time you reach for an umbrella, you already need your water wings. 1 These words are are certainly true. It’s best to build your faith in God when days are peaceful. It’s then, you can learn some of the nuances involved for a vibrant believing of God’ Word. One of which is this issue of getting your faith into the right tense.

Walking in the Now With One Foot Toward Tomorrow

Believers in Jesus are people of multiple focal points. We walk in the time dimensions of faith, hope and love. We live in the seen realm while we look at the unseen. We live out the will of God for our lives today while we look forward to our prophetic future. We are a people of two worlds. Is it possible to live a balanced two dimensional life? 

This is Part One of a two part post.

#051: Why Should You Take Another Look at the Prodigal Son? [Podcast]

In Luke 15, Jesus presents 3 pictures of reconciliation. Chapter 15 is actually one parable told three different ways. Jesus tells the story of the lost sheep. He adds to that the story of the lost coin. He finishes it off with the story of the lost son. The three stories are actually one parable.  The parable was spoken because of these words uttered by the religious leaders who opposed Jesus, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” The Pharisees and scribes were taking Jesus to task over His pursuit of sinners. With that in mind, let us take a look at the prodigal son.

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Why is the Throne of God a Merciful Place?

One of my favorite scriptures is this phrase in the Psalms. “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.” The phrase occurs 9 times in the Psalms and 14 times overall. The thought of God’s mercy echoes deep within the heart of every born again child of God. Because you know if it wasn’t for His mercy where would you be? How could you have made it? One of the most outstanding features of the Throne of God is this mercy component. It is a place which is saturated and overflowing with God’s mercy.

#049: How to Cultivate Gods Presence in Your Life [Podcast]

The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence. The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us. This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to be enlarged 1. These are penetrating words from the pen of Tozer. Does your heart agree with these words? Do you hunger and crave the Presence of God? This is the first of a two part post on this important aspect of life in the Spirit.

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#045: Why is the Throne of God a Merciful Place? [Podcast]

One of my favorite scriptures is this phrase in the Psalms. “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.” The phrase occurs 9 times in the Psalms and 14 times overall. The thought of God’s mercy echoes deep within the heart of every born again child of God. Because you know if it wasn’t for His mercy where would you be? How could you have made it? One of the most outstanding features of the Throne of God is this mercy component. It is a place which is saturated and overflowing with God’s mercy.

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How to Cultivate God’s Presence in Your Life

The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence. The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us. This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to be enlarged 1. These are penetrating words from the pen of Tozer. Does your heart agree with these words? Do you hunger and crave the Presence of God? This is the first of a two part post on this important aspect of life in the Spirit.

When Is It Right to Fight?

It only takes two and people have been pairing up and fighting since the fall of man. It started with Adam and Eve’s children. And so, siblings fight. Nations fight. Politicians fight. Neighbors get it on. Animals fight and documentaries are made of it. On and on it goes. But is it ever right to fight? Does a Christian lose ‘cool points’ for losing his cool?