From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible has a lot to say about obedience. In the story of the Ten Commandments, we see just how important the concept of obedience is to God. Deuteronomy 11:26–28 sums it up like this: “Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed.” In the New Testament, we learn through the example of Jesus Christ that believers are called to a life of obedience. OBEDIENCE DEFINITION IN THE BIBLE The general concept of obedience both in the Old and New...

by School Of Life on 7 September 2017

While you’re cleaning out closets and sweeping under the furniture, think about this: Spring cleaning, while worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an eternal influence. So don’t just dust behind those book shelves. Instead, dust off that favorite Bible and get ready for a spiritual spring cleansing. STEPS TO SPIRITUAL SPRING CLEANSING 1) Cleanse your heart to become spiritually healthy: The Bible encourages us to draw close to God and allow...

by School Of Life on 7 September 2017

Christians quite often have misconceptions about God, the Christian life and other believers. This look at the common misconceptions of Christianity is designed to dispel some of the myths that typically hinder Christians from growing and maturing in the faith. 1 – ONCE YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN, GOD WILL SOLVE ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS. Many new Christians are shocked when the first trial or serious crisis hits. Here’s a reality check — get prepared — the Christian life is not...

by School Of Life on 7 September 2017

Temptation is something we all face as Christians, no matter how long we have been following Christ. But there are a few practical things we can do to grow stronger and smarter in our struggle against sin. We can learn how to overcome temptation by practicing these five steps. 5 PRACTICES TO RESIST TEMPTATION AND GROW STRONGER 1. RECOGNIZE YOUR TENDENCY TO SIN James 1:14 explains that we are tempted when we become enticed by our own natural desires. The first step toward overcoming temptation...

by School Of Life on 7 September 2017

Many people view the Christian life as a long list of “do’s” and “don’ts.” They haven’t yet discovered that spending time with God is a privilege that we get to do and not a chore or obligation that we have to do. Getting started with daily devotions takes only a bit of planning. There’s no set standard of what your regular devotional time should look like, so relax and take a deep breath. You’ve got this! These steps are meant to help you put together the basics...

by School Of Life on 7 September 2017

Jesus relied on the Word of God alone to overcome obstacles, including the devil. God’s Word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), useful for correcting us when we are wrong and teaching us what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). So, it makes sense for us to carry God’s Word in our hearts through memorization, to be ready to face any problem, every difficulty, and whatsoever challenge that life can send our way. BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FAITH FOR EVERY CHALLENGE Presented here are a number of problems,...

by School Of Life on 7 September 2017

Forgiveness in the Bible is a prominent theme. Yet, it’s not uncommon for Christians to have questions about forgiveness. The act of forgiving does not come easy for most of us. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we’ve been injured. We don’t naturally overflow with mercy, grace, and understanding when we’ve been wronged. Is forgiveness a conscious choice, a physical act involving the will, or is it a feeling, an emotional state of being? The Bible...

by School Of Life on 6 September 2017

Much of your happiness in life depends on how you think God sees you. Sadly, many of us have a wrong idea of God’s opinion of us. We base it on what we’ve been taught, our bad experiences in life, and many other assumptions. We may think God is disappointed in us or that we’ll never measure up. We may even believe God is angry with us because try as we might, we can’t stop sinning. But if we want to know the truth, we need to go to the source: God himself. You are a beloved...

by School Of Life on 6 September 2017

There are so many Bible verses on God’s comfort that can help us remember He is there in troubled times. We are so often told to look to God when we’re in pain or when things seem so dark, but not all of us know how to do that naturally. The Bible has answers when it comes to reminding ourselves that God is always there to provide us with the warmth we desire. Here are some Bible verses on God’s comfort: DEUTERONOMY 31 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally...

by School Of Life on 6 September 2017

Some people aren’t willing to be relational in the body because they are afraid others will find out what they’re really like. Surprisingly enough, as we become involved in the body of Christ, we find out that other people have weaknesses and problems just like we do. Because I’m a pastor, some people get the wrong idea that I have somehow arrived at the height of spiritual maturity. They think I don’t have faults or weaknesses. But anyone who hangs around me for very...

by School Of Life on 6 September 2017