The 3 key commitments you need to defeat spiritual cancer

The 3 key commitments you need to defeat spiritual cancer

I’m reminded of Jesus’ question to the paralytic in John 5:6, “Do you wish to get well?” It seems like an odd question to ask someone that has been sitting on the side of the road asking for money every day for many years. I’m sure the casual reader would think, “Of course he does! Who wouldn’t?” But what if the paralytic had said no? It isn’t a hypothetical question at all. And when it comes to the pride that plagues the soul, this question is pertinent. Do you want to be well from your spiritual cancer? If so there are three key commitments you’ll need. (more…)

4 Ways God develops humility in His people

4 Ways God develops humility in His people

I recently received an email pointing out an area of weakness in my understanding. I felt the familiar pang of humiliation (we all know it). It made me question whether it is right for me to pursue a particular course of action. Ultimately, humiliation is another way that the Lord humbles us. There are four primary ways God develops humility in His people. Some of His ways may appear harder to bear than others, but developing humility is a painful exercise for everyone. (more…)

5 motivations to pursue humility that will test you

5 motivations to pursue humility that will test you

I remember a time in my younger days where a wiser, older gentleman was gracious enough to tell me that I was proud. At the time I was a new Christian, and frankly, I didn’t take the news well, which served to prove his point. Over the years, I’ve come to see the truth of his words more and more, but there is one thing I wish he had told me when he exposed my pride. The Bible provides motivations to pursue humility. (more…)

Are you humble? How to avoid falling into this trap

Are you humble? How to avoid falling into this trap

As a new Christian, someone told me that I was proud. I tried to change. I grew a little and 20 years later, while thinking I had grown, someone else told me the same thing again. Of course, they were right both times, though it was hard to hear. But having tried to grow as Christian, why was I still arrogant? It turns out I had thought of humility as a destination, a place I could arrive at. In reality, I hadn’t arrived at all. Though I still haven’t arrived, I have learned to think of humility as a pursuit instead of a destination. (more…)

What does it mean to be holy?

What does it mean to be holy?

The word holy is frequently and rightly used to refer to God (Isa 6:3), but it the Bible also uses the word to refer to believers. In fact, believers are called saints, which is a translation of the Greek word for holy. Paul begins his letter to the Romans referring to those he was writing to as people who God “called as saints,” or more literally called as holy ones. We see this language all through the Bible, so what does it mean to be holy? (more…)

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