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Generosity, Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Spirit-driven Generosity

Anyone can give. And most people do, to one degree or another. But for Christians, there is a whole new level of generosity that can be opened when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Paul challenged the Corinthian believers, "Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, …

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Walk In the Spirit and Overcome!

Spirit vs Law

There is a wrestling match going on inside every believer in Christ. It is the war between the Holy Spirit Who has intertwined Himself with our very being and our flesh, that part of us that acts and decides apart from the influence of God. One of the most common questions Christians ask is, "Will I ever be …

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The Word Comes with Great Power

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I've read plenty of power books before. I've read books that made me laugh, cry, and think for days. But the Bible is on a level all by itself. It changes minds, hearts, and lives and alters destinies. How? The Bible reveals its own secret. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because …

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Trying to Follow Jesus with No Help At All

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Trying to follow Jesus is frustrating. We mess up, we neglect spending time with Him, we give into temptation, and we regress into old patterns. It doesn't make sense. This isn't what we signed up for when we followed Jesus. It was supposed to get easier but some days it's like we're trying to follow Jesus with …

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What is God Thinking? Ask the Holy Spirit

I often remember as a teenager hearing from my parents this classic question: "What were you thinking?!?" You with me? The problem was often that I didn't really know what I was thinking when I did the dumb thing that sparked the question to begin with, so my answer was almost always, "Ummm, I don't …

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Walk In the Spirit

If being Spirit-filled is a moment-by-moment process, then it is also a day-by-day process. And when we're living our lives submissively under the influence of the Spirit, we cannot and will not at the same time give into the sinful and selfish cravings of our hearts for sin. My counsel is this: Live freely, …

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Be Filled With the Spirit, Moment-by-Moment

God's Spirit lives in the heart of every child of God and He promises to never, ever forsake His own. It's permanent and unchanging. On the other hand, being "filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18) is a repetitive process that happens on a continuous basis as we choose to allow it. In other words, …

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The Choice to Be Spirit-filled

Sometimes the shortest pieces of Scripture can be the most profound for believers. For example, when Paul says, Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. - Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) Those five words, "be filled with the Spirit," represent one of the core truths for the …

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When You Don’t Know How to Pray

When my wife and I were going through a seven-year period of secondary infertility, we often found ourselves completely unable to understand what God was doing in our lives. Our prayers were seemingly going unanswered and we often wondered what God was trying to teach us. I sometimes found myself wondering if …

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God Gives the Very Best Gifts

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Are you a child of God? Then He has gifted you! There are no superhero saints who leap tall buildings in single bounds. Instead, there are believers who become super servants because they value the gifts God has given them. The Bible says, It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone …

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