“The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him” Psalms 25:14 The secret, or intimate, things of God are not accessible to everyone. In fact, God hides the deeper knowledge of himself. Surrounded by clouds and thick darkness (Psa 37:2), he confounds those who would come to him filled with spiritual ambition. Driven from the garden, would-be autonomous man is unable to … [Read more...]
Life in the Spirit
This teaching stream will explore Life in the Spirit.
It will explicate, especially from Paul’s Epistles to the Romans (chs 6-8) and to the Galatians (chs 3-5), a more accurate teaching on Christian sanctification—victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. This will require dismantling some popular teachings (e.g. traditional Keswick and Wesleyan theories) that have been grounded in faulty exegesis and inaccurate translation of the key text of Romans 6:6. It will also explore how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
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Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth (mammon), who will entrust the true riches to you? Luke 16:11 The law of spiritual riches is a non-negotiable principle of the kingdom of God. There is an unbreakable connection between our relationship to money and the release of the Spirit. If we have not been faithful in regard to natural wealth, how … [Read more...]
Truly you are a God who hides himself ... Isaiah 45:15 The hiddenness of God is one of the greatest paradoxes of the spiritual life. On the one hand, he is the self-revealing God who delights to communicate with man, but on the other, he hides himself. God is a mystery. An anonymous fourteenth century divine refers to this as, the Cloud of Unknowing. The psalmist cries out … [Read more...]
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:3 JRR Tolkien's classic, The Lord of the Rings, captures the essence of the kingdom quest. Frodo Baggins, a humble Hobbit, is entrusted with the carrying of the one ring to the land of Mordor where he casts it into the Crack of Doom, destroying the Dark Lord and his reign forever. He thereby rescues Middle … [Read more...]
... for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:14 In unprecedented measures and in unusual ways God is about to pour out his glory on the earth. But before he does, let us consider what the `glory' is. The Hebrew word for `glory', kabod, carries the meaning of `heaviness' or `weight'. And throughout Scripture it usually signifies the revelation of God's … [Read more...]