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

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 life gets messy, it’s natural for us to get stressed. Or angry. Or bitter. Especially when life takes a turn we didn’t expect – a broken engagement, the loss of a spouse, the diagnosis of cancer, the death of a dream. The unexpected mess has happened in my life many times: My daughter’s injury in high school cheer that resulted in not one, but three ACL repair surgeries in the span of 15 months. My husband’s resignation of his ministry job to take a much-needed...

by School Of Life on 15 May 2018

The goodness of God The goodness of God is immeasurable. The wisdom and grandeur of God cannot be completely understood. But yet, He communes with us, He speaks to us and call us His own. One phrase that I always say to my closest friends and family is that “God never lets his children fall into a hole.” I stand convicted to that statement, understanding that if we fall, it is not because God did not warn us, but rather, we didn’t listen. We didn’t listen to the wise counsel He sent or...

by School Of Life on 15 May 2018

Are you a Christian? If so, you have immeasurable power through the Holy Spirit The Christian Life is lived in the Spirit. He is the GAS to our engines. If you were driving in a car, you could get through life without running an engine (well… you’d have to get outside and push 2000 lbs of dead weight), but wouldn’t it be a lot more intelligent to use the power of the internal combustion engine? That’s a dramatic but fitting picture of what the Holy Spirit does for you after salvation....

by School Of Life on 15 May 2018

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, control is “to have power over” something. As humans, we love to have control over the things that we do. We love to have a plan. We have grown up hearing advice like this: “You can do anything you set your mind to do!” “Follow your heart!” Nevertheless, when things don’t go the way we’ve planned, we can feel disappointed, unfulfilled, anxious, sad — even angry. We might have pictured our lives differently than they’ve turned out...

by School Of Life on 15 May 2018

I’ve got a good friend who’s probably a lot like you. He loves the Bible and does his best to read it and live it every day. There’s one problem. Some of his friends say the Bible isn’t true, and he’s not always sure how to respond. So I’ve created a list of the best arguments I can find for the credibility of the Bible. Interested? Okay, here are my Top 10 Reasons the Bible is True. (If I missed any that are important to you, please add them in the comment section below. I’d...

by School Of Life on 15 May 2018