Peace and Joy

What Spiritual Growth Really Is

What Spirit Growth is NOT

If you want to walk closely with the Lord, then growing spiritually is your heart’s desire. What’s more, it is chock full of wonderful benefits: the peace of Christ, the joy of the Lord, close fellowship with Jesus, sensitivity to guidance, empowerment for work and ministry, and all kinds of other practical blessings in daily life. Who wouldn’t want to grow spiritually? We may want to grow, but stumble at the threshold…

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The Power of Your Will

The Power of Your Will

You’ve got the power! (Do you know how to use it?) Apart from God Himself, your will is the single most powerful thing in your universe. It has the power to choose heaven or hell as your ultimate destination and a heaven-infused life versus a hellish one down here. Like a fire hose under maximum pressure, it holds such power that it can send you careening all over the place, unless you learn how to get a good grip on…

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New Life in the Power of the Spirit

New Life in the Power of the Spirit

There are two sides to salvation: Jesus’ death for you and the Spirit’s life in you. Just as Jesus died for you the death you deserved, so the Holy Spirit has come to live in and through you the life you could not attain. As you look to Jesus in love and trust, the Holy Spirit (without any effort on your part) raises you into the new way of life. Walking in the Spirit is a great beginning; supernatural empowerment lies…

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God Delights in You

God Delights in You!

How can God possibly delight in us? Most days it’s quite a stretch just to believe that He loves and forgives us. But that He actually delights in us and rejoices over us, has passionate affections for us, and is totally devoted to us—that’s asking a lot! The truth is that we all have a spiritual sense cultivated in us by the enemy which he has been using to slander God deep in our hearts. This body of lies makes…

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