The lord our peace

Knowing and believing in God’s character as revealed in his names provides great protection against enemy attack. God declared through Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). The implication here is powerful. God is telling us that having an intimate knowledge of his nature and character, as revealed through his names,…

After the sifting

When Peter was sifted he failed miserably—but not in his faith. You may be thinking, “How can that be? This man denied knowing Jesus three different times.” But you see, if Peter had failed, then Jesus’ praying would have been to no avail. I know Peter’s faith did not fail because just as he swore…

Come do your work in me

I believe if a Christian has an intensity for a holy life—if he desires to give his all to the Lord—there can be only one reason why he fails to enjoy the blessing and freedom promised by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That reason is unbelief. As surely as Jesus could not perform his…

A heart to know him

God has sworn by an oath to give us a new heart—one that is inclined to obey. “I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).…

Promises

Our great need for patience is repeated throughout the book of Hebrews: “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself…and so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise” (Hebrews 6:13-15, italics mine). “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and…