When God Contests His Children

No matter how much I struggled, there was no relief. I could not win the fight. At the time, none of it made any sense. Who or what was this enemy anyway? All I saw was wave after wave crashing upon me. I fought and fought but to no avail. At first, I was resolved to win, but the battle continued, the … Continue reading When God Contests His Children

If Necessary, You Have Been Grieved

In this, you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials. - 1 Peter 1:6 Those two little words, “if necessary,” contain a world of truth. In the prior verses, Peter has just informed us of our glorious salvation in Jesus and the new birth he has … Continue reading If Necessary, You Have Been Grieved

Set Aside Your Corroded Crown

Those who teach works must be added to faith as a condition for salvation can never tell you when you have done enough. This fact alone exposes the reason why you will never find assurance of salvation in their systems. The problems with believing our right standing before God is a result of Christ’s work … Continue reading Set Aside Your Corroded Crown

Self-Denial Leads to Happiness

If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. - Luke 9:23-24 This law of the dying of self, and the magnifying of Christ is … Continue reading Self-Denial Leads to Happiness

Fortresses of Falsehood

The world builds fortresses of falsehood. Secularism’s prophets are all around us. They speak to us on the news. They preach to us on social media. They weave their deceptions into the stories they tell us in TV shows and movies. Even corporations and stores attempt to become temples to these unholy delusions, and the … Continue reading Fortresses of Falsehood

A Different Kind of Fear

There is a fear that will make you fearless. Many of God’s saints have gone through times that shook them with such terrible fright they felt paralyzed. These times usually involve getting a glimpse of the holiness of God. Like Isaiah, we tremble and come undone, but it is during those times we learn that … Continue reading A Different Kind of Fear

Salvation is Only for People Who Are Entirely Sinful

Then the priest shall look, and if the leprous disease has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean of the disease; it has all turned white, and he is clean. Lev. 13:13 This verse may seem strange to many of today’s readers, but if leprosy had only covered part of the body and not … Continue reading Salvation is Only for People Who Are Entirely Sinful

Our Cold Hearts Tend to Wander

Our cold hearts tend to wanderand fancy for its flightWhen sin we start to ponderwith darkness reunite The warning’s loud and clearthe Word of God proclaimTo Christ we must adhereor cause Him open shame Do not be led astrayby enticements of this worldFor some have gone awayto be entirely unfurled Remember what was saidabout those … Continue reading Our Cold Hearts Tend to Wander

What Makes a Good Systematic Theology?

What makes a good systematic theology? In speaking primarily of Evangelical systematic theology, there are at least four important aspects in addition to it being derived from scripture. 1. It is comprehensive, 2. it involves coherent organization, 3. it should apply to issues of the day, and 4. it should all be done for the … Continue reading What Makes a Good Systematic Theology?

Finding Joy in the Immutability of God

Futility. That is what every attempt at rebellion against God entails. Every railing of sin, every shaking of the fist in His face, results in the same thing: nothing. We serve an unchanging God, and nothing can diminish His perfections. For I, the LORD, do not change. – Malachi 3:6 Thomas Brooks once said, “If … Continue reading Finding Joy in the Immutability of God