“A word from the Lord” is a special message from God, delivered to a specific person or to the people of God. It occurs when God has something significant to say to those to whom the message is to be delivered. It is often during a time of spiritual crisis that these messages are most needed.
Samuel was just a child when he received “a word from the Lord.” The message that was given to Samuel was a message of serious consequence for Eli and his household. In I Samuel 2, “a man of God” had come to Eli to expose and to address … Read more
Although Jesus uses the metaphors of “salt” and “light” to refer to the position of all believers, some—by their lifestyle choices—become unsalty and hide their light. In other words, they become carnal. In Part 1 we discussed the possibility of carnality, or fleshliness, in the life of a believer. In this second article we will examine the disastrous consequences of carnality, using the analogy of salt.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men (Matthew 5:13-14).
Putting it plainly, … Read more
At the conclusion of the four Gospels and at the beginning of the book of Acts, Christ commissioned his disciples with a momentous task—make disciples of all nations. Before we become overwhelmed with the fact that there are over seven billion people on the planet, half of whom have never heard the name of Jesus, we need to consider what Jesus said to these discouraged disciples. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” The truth is, what Jesus says next is of no consequence, because He just said He has all power. Rather than focusing solely on the responsibility of this … Read more
Jesus calls Christians “salt” and “light.” There’s nothing negotiable about it. If we are truly children of God, then we are, by our position in Christ, salt and light in the world. That will never change. Jesus is obviously speaking to believers, for unbelievers are never referred to as salt or light. Indeed, unbelievers are “darkness” (Eph. 5:8).
Ye are the salt of the earth … Ye are the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14).
The problem is that many Christians become “unsalty” and hide their light. Yet they never cease to be saved. I would allege they have become carnal in some degree.
Three Spiritual States
Before exploring the … Read more
Did you ever sing, “Be careful little eyes what you see”? I am a pastor in Brooklyn, New York. I want to be very candid with you. Honestly, it is very difficult to be a male in New York City, especially in the summer time, if you know what I mean. Even though I am getting older all the time, it is still a constant battle to maintain purity within. Any genuine outward holiness must flow out of a pure heart.
In order to live victoriously, it is important to realize just where the battle is won or lost. If the spiritual war is not won in the thought … Read more
The deadline for the early registration discount for the upcoming Christ Life Clinic is July 15. See here for brochure details.
The Christ Life Clinic emphasizes experiencing Christ as your very life. Will you pray about coming and letting the Spirit of God reveal more of Christ?
“Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver” (Acts 19:19).
The Ephesian converts were serious about serving God. They had radical New Testament Christianity that destroyed things of value in obedience to the Lord.
Dr. Ironside says about this passage, “Today we would like to see revival; we would like to see marked blessing; we would like to see a great awakening. It will come when the people of God put eternal things above all else. How many of God’s beloved saints are trifling with … Read more
A few days ago I spoke with a lady who attended the Christ Life Clinic last year. She said that since the conference, she and her husband were “moving” forward after years of stagnation. Only the Spirit of God can do this kind of life-changing work! This is the purpose of the Christ Life Clinic.
We use the word “clinic” to emphasize the burden of spiritual diagnosis through the Word and the Spirit—and the cure of appropriate remedies of liberating truth through personified truth—Jesus Christ. As we seek the Lord through the Word and the Spirit, the living Word divides between soul and spirit. That is between the self-life and … Read more
I’m learning. I’m learning that ministry without prayer is futile. (Are you learning this too?) God answers prayers that are prayed, but prayers that are not prayed are not answered. We can do a lot of good things in service to God, the church, and the world at large, but without a backdrop of prayer, these good things accomplish very little, if anything, of genuine spiritual significance.
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not (James 4:3).
I’m also learning something else. I’m learning that prayer with fasting makes a particular difference. … Read more
July is here, and here is a new desktop background for you! As always, a big thanks to Benjamin Smith and the guys at IFB Design. They do excellent work and would be a great source for your ministry graphics needs. Don’t miss the terrific graphics they designed for previous months!
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