Matching Steps as You Follow God Closely

Matching Steps as You Follow God Closely

I recently wrote about walking in the Spirit, but I love the way that Paul gets more specific with a picture of what that looks like day to day. He says, Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ~ Galatians 5:25 NIV When I was a kid, I looked...
The Spirit-Filled Life Is a Fruitful Life

The Spirit-Filled Life Is a Fruitful Life

I remember a professor in college once asking our class, does a peach tree bear peaches because it’s a peach tree? Or is it a peach tree because it bears peaches? And who cares? Far more importantly… When led by selfishness, you’ll bear the fruit of...
Walking In Step With the Holy Spirit

Walking In Step With the Holy Spirit

It’s simple. You can do life your way, or God’s way. And only one of those ways yields the fruit you really want to experience. Doing life your way is what we might call walking in the flesh. It means to live by your own rules, guided by your own wit, in...
Sin Is Not Your Master Anymore

Sin Is Not Your Master Anymore

So much of the imagery of the Old Testament and the language of the New Testament illustrates the Christian life as having been set free from bondage and slavery to a place of spiritual freedom. In one familiar verse, Paul said, Sin is no longer your master, for you...
Offering Your Whole Self to God

Offering Your Whole Self to God

Hands that serve, a mouth that speaks, a mind that thinks… every part of your body can be used either to serve sin or serve Jesus. Naturally speaking, we all come into this world with bodies that serve self and sin. None of us are exempt. But when you meet Jesus...
What It Means to be Dead to Sin

What It Means to be Dead to Sin

I’m sorry, but I’m dead to you! That’s how the Apostle Paul urged us to interact with temptation when it comes. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that...
Now Stay Free!

Now Stay Free!

Paul said it bluntly, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT) Paul had been building a case with his letter to the Galatians that when we try to work our...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Doubt

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Doubt

Not all doubt is bad. I once began to wonder if I’d left the car running in the garage, so I went to check and sure enough, it was! That mistake could have been harmful or deadly and it was my doubt that prompted me to check and see. The Apostle Paul talked...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Six years ago, I stood before our church as we started a new message series called Healing, and introduced the sermon saying, “Hi. My name is Brandon. I’m a Christian who struggles with anger.” For the first fifteen years of my ministry, I learned to...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Lust

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Lust

Lust. It’s the topic of which we do not speak, at least in Christian circles. And yet it’s responsible for tremendous bondage in the lives of countless millions of believers. According to Psychology Today, 98% of men and 73% of women reported looking at...

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