Onward & Upward (Part 2): The Source of Power

Romans 8 is one of the most encouraging and most powerful passages of Scripture for the person who recognizes their weakness and is seeking life changing power. All those who have received Jesus as their personal Savior are granted the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through this gift the moral weaknesses that were formerly insurmountable, can and will be overcome. True change of life is more than mere behavior modification; it is internal transformation and regeneration that overflows into new actions and a new lifestyle. This thorough internal change is only possible by the working and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Onward & Upward (Part 1): Human Weakness & Divine Aid

It may be that on a deep inner level you recognize the great need you have for moral correction. It may be that you have found yourself powerless to overcome some sort of addiction which is threatening your life and your happiness. Yet, you’ve probably also figured out that a knowledge of your great need for change does not necessary translate into power for change. Knowing and doing are two different things. But there is hope! God’s word is packed full of promises in which God pledges Himself to accomplish in your life what it is impossible for you to accomplish in your own strength. The good news is that although you may be weak, God has offered you the power of His omnipotence to overcome and rise above your inherited and cultivated moral imperfections.

Unloading the Past (Part 2): An Example of Confession

It’s one thing to know and understand that freedom from guilt and the baggage of the past comes through confession. It is an entirely different thing, though, to put the theory into practice in such a way that the freedom that comes through confession is a practical, daily reality. What does confession look like in practice? Are there any confession formulas or rules that need to be observed? Fortunately, the God who invites us to confess our sins to Him has also given us the practical model from which we can learn exactly how to go about the liberating experience of confession.

Unloading the Past (Part 1): The Assurance of Forgiveness

So many people are prevented from enjoying life to the fullest because they are carrying baggage from the past with them - whether it’s anger, resentment, an unforgiving spirit, hurt or hatred. Unresolved emotional or spiritual matters become baggage that weighs a person down as they travel the journey of life. The strange thing is that baggage attracts baggage. In other words, if one doesn’t make a point of shedding one’s accumulated emotional and spiritual baggage, the likelihood of picking up even more baggage is dramatically increased. The good news is that God’s word contains numerous promises that will enable one to shed one’s accumulated baggage. There is indeed a place of sweet release; a place where the burden of the past is rolled away.