If we will be among those who consistently pray to God in heaven, we will be among those who consistently overcome on this earth!
All Christians are called to spiritual warfare. It is the greatest battle we face. Yet too often we neglect to prepare well for the fight, falsely hoping to avoid it. But God wants us to do battle—to be light in the darkness, to fight in his strength, putting on the full armor of God so we'll be able to stand, and having done all, to stand firm and live a life that makes a difference and glorifies our Lord.
Employer or employee, management or hired hand, all are slaves of Christ. Regardless of position, we all are equal before God—sinners in need of a savior and called to work as unto the Lord.
Humanly speaking parents are the most important influence in a child's life—for good or ill. It is a terrific responsibility. Our child will hear our voice and remember our words and actions, good or bad, in the years to come. Thus Scripture admonishes us not to provoke our children to anger, but rather to raise the children that God entrusts to us in the nurture and discipline of the Lord: sacrificing for them, training them well, and loving them...remembering always that love is not easily offended.
We all know children should honor and obey their parents, but the Ephesians 6 command to do so is far more than a mere order children must follow. It is a command full of promise and encouragement and even strength. The promise is the fruit of your obedience – that "it may go well with you" – not because your parents are perfect but because the maker of that promise is. Even when life or sin make it hard to obey or honor our parents, we can find encouragement and strength in the promise because we know God's plans and purposes will stand, and his plans are for our good.
Husbands are called to a radical, Christ-inspired, self-sacrificial love for their wives. Called to love her as Christ loves the church: sacrificially, passionately, enduring and demonstrable. This means choosing—regardless of changing circumstances or feelings in the moment—to nurture, cherish, care for, protect, and even suffer for her benefit and well being as Christ has for his bride.
Three truths help inform our understanding of the biblical command for submission in marriage: the dignity of womanhood, the equality of man and woman in creation, and the unity of believers in redemption. This sermon looks faithfully at what submission is and is not, factors that can make submission challenging, and why the wife should submit to her husband.
We are called to be filled with the Spirit, every day, in every moment. To be filled with the Spirit is to be constrained, inspired, empowered by what the Spirit thinks and does. People drink to forget, but the Holy Spirit causes us to remember all that God has done in Christ—the Cross, his faithfulness, his promises fulfilled, his promises to come. That is a source of great joy!
All of us are born foolish, yet the wisdom of God is made manifest through his church. How does that work? Wisdom begins with acceptance of the gospel! Then, as Christians grow in the knowledge of God's Word, he gives us the ability to apply that truth – with the help of his Spirit – in the midst of every situation.
We have no light in ourselves, but when the light of Christ shines on us, everything changes. Like the moon reflecting the sun, Christians reflect the light of Christ into the dark world around us. Yet often we are very poor reflectors of that light, which is why Paul reminds us to live a life consistent with the light that is in us—a life where the light of Christ might shine in the darkness through our thoughts, words, and deeds.