Two years in a row now, my friend Neil Olcott, who runs our local chapter of the C.S. Lewis Institute discipleship program, has made the unfortunate blunder of inviting me to lecture on the topic of the Holy Spirit and spiritual warfare. You’d think the poor chap would have learned his lesson after the first … Continue reading The Indwelling Holy Spirit and Authority in Spiritual Conflict
Why are we naming our daughter Lydia? Acts 16 has the answer—and contains the basis for our prayer for her.
When the believer suffers affliction, the Holy Spirit places within him a certain yearning. For relief, indeed. But properly understood and experienced, the sort of craving relief from affliction imparted by God is of wholly different nature from man's regular self-preservation instinct. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, … Continue reading Further Clothed, Not Unclothed
Charles Spurgeon once said, "Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right." Discernment is a powerful gift of the Spirit. It allows believers to unravel false teaching, make accurate judgments quickly, spot demonic counterfeits and expose the plans … Continue reading Discerning Your Own ‘Discernment’
Some spiritual lessons come from years of experience, trial and wisdom. Others come from desperation, repentance and a realization: "Quick, I'd better write this down before I forget it!" What I'd like to share falls into the second category. The way I'm wired in the flesh, I tend to think that I'm always right or … Continue reading 3 Lessons on Spiritually Leading Your Spouse
If you have been cleansed from sin through Christ's death, you are a vessel of God's very own Holy Spirit—the same Spirit who enjoyed eternal fellowship with the Father and the Son for all eternity past. That's an incredible thought. But amid all our seeking the gifts of the Spirit, discussing what it means to … Continue reading Why God Gave You the Holy Spirit