When it comes to the Holy Spirit, most evangelicals fall into one of two extremes. Some seem obsessed, relating to him in strange, mystical ways. Their experiences with the Spirit always seem to coincide with an emotionally ecstatic moment created by the swell of music in a worship service or a weird confluence of events: “I was praying about whether to ask Rachel out, and suddenly I saw a billboard whose background was the same color as her eyes, and I got goose bumps—I knew it was the Holy...

by School Of Life on 17 May 2018

One of the tragic losses in modern Christianity is the near-elimination of the Holy Spirit from the life and activity of many believers. Religion that is learned and formalized can function without the Holy Spirit; true spirituality cannot. A prominent church leader once said of his denomination that “If the Holy Spirit were to disappear from the Church 90% of its work would go on as if nothing happened.” In many cases that is so. The loss is enormous. While your church or denomination may...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

If you ever feel at a loss for what to pray, there’s no better guidebook for petitions to our Heavenly Father than the very book He wrote—the Bible. Almost every book in there contains a plea or request, and page after page points to another reason we need a Savior. So, when you feel like you just don’t have words, turn first to the Word. Although we could list hundreds of prayers, we plucked out five of our favorites to show just how filled to the brim the Bible is with ways to call upon...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

A New Year signals new beginnings. For many of us, this means embracing new goals (or re-kindling old ones). If you’re like me, you can often find yourself creating a “spiritual” checklist, hoping that this next year will be the one that you really get with it spiritually. You grit your teeth and jump into January determined to change some things, only to find yourself frustrated and feeling guilty. I’ve got a word for you. “Don’t”. I know it’s technically a contraction, but go...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

1. GOD IS IMMANENT BECAUSE HE IS TRANSCENDENT. The Lord is “God in the heavens above (transcendent) and on the earth beneath (immanent)” (Josh 2:11). But to understand God in full we must recognize that his drawing near to creation stems from his being distinct from creation. In other words, there is no deficiency in God that creation satisfies. The Lord doesn’t relate to this world because he lacks something within himself. No, God draws near out of the abundance of who he is. God’s transcendence...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain a stronghold. He’ll try anything to throw you off center, distract you from your focus, and render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God. And I believe that there are common areas he attacks – not just in women, but in any of us. As long as we’re aware of his strategies, we can be on guard to keep him out of his targeted entry points. These are the five areas of your life Satan wants to enter: 1. Your heart...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

The devil may act like a roaring lion but Jesus is the Lion of Judah. Many Christians have not been taught how to resist the devil. It really is not hard to make him flee from you. People just like to make it sound hard. I am not the type of person that goes around trying to figure out all the wiles and ways that the devil tries to snare us. In all honesty, I think that there is too much teaching on this subject. I think that when we focus on the devil all the time it makes him happy. It was his...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

Whatever you want to call him—Satan, Lucifer, the big red fellow, or just the plain old devil—understand this fact: He is real. He’s not a little red cartoon character with pointed ears, a pointed tale, and a pitchfork. He is far more sinister and diabolical than that. Satan is alive and well, and he seeks to destroy you. In 1 Peter 5:8 the Bible says, “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Even within Christian circles many today are...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

How many times have we heard a ourselves say “Yes, I trust You Lord” but come the trials and sufferings in life, we panic and immerse ourselves in worry, hopelessness and even depression. It is most likely that at least once in our Christian journey, there was a moment where we said “Yes I do trust You God, BUT…”. That BUT could mean a lot of things such as “BUT Lord, I think I can handle this better than You can” or “BUT God, I just can’t trust You on this. I don’t even know...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

When navigating through some of life’s darkest moments often all that we can hold onto is our faith in God. Our faith is what sustains us, what gets us through challenging times when we, ourselves, cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is in those times that through our faith we trust that God must have a plan, that there must be a greater purpose to our suffering. Without that belief, without that faith, we would have nothing to hold onto, nothing to get us through the dark night...

by School Of Life on 15 May 2018