• Topic > Spiritual Growth

    The Unrivaled Power of Prayer

    We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. —Romans 8:26

    We realize that we are energized by the Holy Spirit for prayer; and we know what it is to pray in accordance with the Spirit; but we don’t often realize that the Holy Spirit Himself prays prayers in us which we cannot utter ourselves. When we are born again of…

    Even the Worst

    Every Christian has a story to tell. Some conversion testimonies are more dramatic and spectacular than others. Some claim to have seen a vision of Jesus, or that He healed them of a terminal disease. My simple story is that 45 years ago, someone shared the gospel with me and I believed. There was no thunder and lightning, but my heart was changed forever.

    The Undetected Sacredness of Circumstances

    We know that all things work together for good to those who love God… —Romans 8:28

    The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can’t understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God brings you to places, among people,…

    Partakers of His Suffering

    …but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings… —1 Peter 4:13

    If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of…

    The Authority of Truth

    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. —James 4:8

    It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual— you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves…

    A Bondservant of Jesus

    I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me… —Galatians 2:20

    These words mean the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands, and the surrendering of my life to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, I must do it myself. God may bring me up to this point three…

    Teach Us to Trust

    “Risen Lord, teach us to trust: the power of your cross.” I read the words of this liturgy after a week of heartbreaking news in my country, the kind of week when trust is difficult. For many people today, despair feels easier than hope, and fear and hatred feel more powerful than love.

    Obedience or Independence?

    If you love Me, keep My commandments. —John 14:15

    Our Lord never insists on obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning,…

    There Is Fullness In Being Part Of The Body Of Christ

    As Christians, we’re not isolated individuals scattered across the globe. We’re a formidable force, united with one another through Jesus Christ. Today on Discover the Word, the team encourages us to pursue the fullness and richness that comes from being part of a community of believers. Pull up a chair to the table as we […]

    Being Firmly Rooted In The One Who Never Fails Us

    The storms of life are powerful and often feel relentless. But if we’re firmly rooted in God’s love, nothing can knock us down. And so be part of the group today on Discover the Word, as the team encourages us to root our hope and happiness in the One who never fails us. Join us […]

    Perfect Unity

    I’ve witnessed church conflict close up, and it’s often not pretty. Accusation and counteraccusation, name-calling, gossip, betrayal, and heartache—all of these can oppose the fullness of life that God has brought. Unresolved conflict among God’s people can not only rip apart its members, but can also weaken and destroy our witness to a watching world.

    Discover How The Holy Spirit Encourages Our Hearts

    In our day-to-day struggles, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with negative emotions; fear, anxiety, anger, despair. But gratefully, we don’t have to deal with those feelings alone. Today on Discover the Word, the team will explore how the Holy Spirit strengthens and encourages our hearts. Tune in today for Discover the Word!

    Turning To Christ When You Feel Defeated

    When life doesn’t go as planned, we often feel defeated and hopeless. But there’s one place we can always turn for help. Today on Discover the Word, the team reminds us that God is our ever-present source of help in times of need. We’ll save you a seat at the table, today as we Discover […]

    Discover How The Apostle Paul Prayed

    When a family member falls ill or a financial crisis rears its head, we pray. But are there other reasons we should be praying—not just in crises? Today on Discover the Word, the team discovers what motivated the apostle Paul to pray. We’re in the book of Ephesians, learning the value of “Praying Paul’s Prayers” […]

    Your Way, Not Mine

    Kamil and Joelle were devastated when their eight-year-old daughter Rima was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. The disease led to meningitis and a stroke, and Rima lapsed into a coma. The hospital medical team counseled her parents to make arrangements for Rima’s funeral, giving her less than a 1 percent chance of survival.

    Kamil and Joelle fasted and prayed for a miracle. “As we pray,” Kamil said, “we need to trust God no matter what. And pray like Jesus—not my way, Father, but Yours.” “But I want so much for God to heal her!” Joelle answered honestly. “Yes! And…

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