Soon after he became king of Israel, Saul demonstrated his spiritual ineptitude for leading God’s people. His impatience with God coupled with his natural instincts caused him to justify his direct obedience to God’s commands. Like Saul, the excuses we make to keep us from total obedience to God reveal the root causes of our […]
The Philistine armies defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant. Although they had conquered Israel, the Philistine soon discovered that they were no match for Israel’s God. When the people of God cry out to him with true repentance, God helps them recover the glory he has made them to enjoy.
The best athletes in the world know that in order to perform at the highest level, they have to develop a high level of self-control. Similarly, Christians practice self-control in pursuit of a prize greater than any athlete could ever win. The Holy Spirit is the Christians’ trainer and coach, keeping them in step with […]
The eighth in the list of the fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. It is an important characteristic for Christians to pursue because of its ability to help other Christians keep in step with the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit produces gentleness in us, we are able to identify with sinners rather than judge them, […]
The Holy Spirit aims to produce the fruit of faithfulness in the life of Christians, leading them to view material possessions in a different light. Forsaking the constant appeal for temporal pleasure, the believer seeks to secure true riches though generosity, dependability, and a hope in a future reward that keeps him free of the […]
Kindness is one of the most attractive virtues one can possess as it sincerely seeks the happiness of others. But real kindness can sometimes be misunderstood, and what we intend to be an act of kindness can end up leading to more misery than joy. Kindness that is produced by the Holy Spirit always accomplishes […]
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