Pearls of Wisdom

Read about what God is saying to His people in these last days. Let Him stir your heart and challenge you to live according to His will.

Personal Identity

Personal Identity Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.—1 Timothy 4:12 This problem of personal identity not infrequently troubles the faithful minister. The congregation has called him as their pastor and teacher, but the members have a…

Faith Must Be Demonstrated

Faith Must Be Demonstrated Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.—Hebrews 12:1 The lesson that comes to us through the many…

Acquaintance, Not Hearsay

Acquaintance, Not Hearsay And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” —Luke 24:32 “It is one thing,” said Henry Suso, “to hear for oneself a sweet lute, sweetly played, and quite another thing merely…

Desire to Be Filled

Desire to Be Filled And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.—Ephesians 5:18 Again, before you can be filled with the Spirit you must desire to be filled. Here I meet with a certain amount of puzzlement. Somebody will say, “How is it that you say…

As Holy As You Want to Be

As Holy As You Want to Be Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. —Matthew 5:6 It may be said without qualification that every man is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wants to be. He may not be as full as he wishes…

An Instrument for God to Use

An Instrument for God to Use If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.—1 Peter…

God Is Right

God Is Right And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last. —Revelation 1:17 Along with John, every redeemed human being needs the humility of spirit that can only be brought about…

The Ability to Do

The Ability to Do Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.—Luke 24:49 A definition of the word “power” means the ability to do. You know, because it is the Greek word from which our English word…

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.—1 Corinthians 12:4-6 The time is more than ripe for a rethinking of the whole matter of spiritual gifts…

The Power God Recognizes

The Power God Recognizes “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.” —Isaiah 30:1 The continued neglect of the Holy Spirit by evangelical Christians is too evident to deny and impossible to…