If the Holy Spirit is not residing in the heart of a counselee, then no amount of Scripture, exhortation, or biblical encouragement will bring lasting change. Counselors teach, but it is the Spirit of God who changes hearts. Ask her to tell you again her testimony of conversion. Help her to see if there truly is evidence of the fruit of salvation in her life. Ask her where God is in her problems. Where has He shown Himself faithful in her life, and how does the Spirit of God inform her speech, actions, and decisions?Read More
Category: Gospel Centered
Gospel-centered justification means that I do not look to my own Christian performance to make me acceptable to God. God’s acceptance is not based on anything we do, but what Christ did for us (Romans 8:1). The Christian’s standing before God is not in jeopardy ever because we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ.Read More
Most of us are not being threatened physically but sometimes, honestly, we act like it! We are so fearful of stirring up an argument or offending someone with the Gospel in our conversations, that we become as anxious as if it were a threat of physical harm. This is definitely something that needs to change, and the only way that will happen is if we line up our hearts with the truth. We do this by prayer, as Peter and John and their friends did. We ask the Lord to understand the threat that we are perceiving, and help us overcome our fear. He alone can supply the boldness we need to speak the truth in love to our families, so we must ask Him directly for it.Read More
The gospel is marvelous. Christ died in our place on the cross. He took our sin upon himself, bore our punishment, and rose again so that we might be justified and reconciled to God. Instead of being God’s enemies, because of the work of Christ, he is always for is. What wonderful, life-changing truth!Read More
The truth of the matter is that we are entitled to one thing: To be separated from God forever because of our sin. But, because of His great love for us, God chose to sacrifice His Son to pay the penalty for that sin, so that we would not get what we deserve.Read More
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