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Mercy

Posted on July 9th, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification

Mercy is showing kindness to those who are weak, sinful, and needy, because Christ loved me first when I was his enemy. Prayer to be merciful: Father, thank you for being merciful to me all the time, when I never deserve it.  I want to be merciful too, but I often care more about fairness than mercy. Help me to be quick to forgive or overlook an offense. Help me to have compassion for those in need. In Jesus name, Amen. From Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts

Bill, Jill, Will and Lil

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification

Bill and Will, have a problem. Bill borrowed Will’s commentary on Acts. However, Bill then set it down on his desk at home and soon forgot that he had it because his desk was covered with stacks of mail, papers, other books, McDonald’s bags, a bowling ball bag, an old T-shirt and several shopping lists. After several weeks had passed, Will began to fume—and fumed some more. Where was his commentary?  He waited in vain. Day after day, Will began to think, “Why can’t Bill buy his own commentary? Why.. read more

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Posted on June 30th, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification, Worship

Conformed or Transformed There should be a level of apprehension when you go to church. Why? Because God’s intention is that meeting him in corporate worship should do something radical in your life. Worship is not meant to be a comfortable experience. Worship, whether corporate or individual, should leave you a changed person. This is what Paul is getting at in Romans 12:2. Conformity with the world, with regard to worship, means that you go to church for the benefit you will receive. Transformation means that you engage in worship.. read more

The Gospel and Self-control

Posted on May 6th, 2013 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting, Sanctification

Self-control is not about changing behavior. Self-control is the good yield of the Holy Spirit’s work producing his fruit. Self-control is the ability to say no to my wrong desires and yes to what God wants me to do. Prayer for Self-Control: Father, please help me to say no to sin and yes to obedience and pleasing you. I really want to do whatever you want me to do, but it’s too hard by myself. I need your help all the time to say “yes” to you. Please help me… read more

Prayer for Repentance

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification

God, thank you for making repentance possible by sending Jesus to live and die in my place. Thank you that my sin doesn’t separate me from your love. But still, sometimes it is hard to repent, especially when I am stubborn and angry and I just want my own way. Please give me a repentant heart and help me to love you more. In Jesus name, Amen.   Ruth Younts in Get Wisdom!   Beautiful prayer for children. I find that it fits my own heart more than I would.. read more

7 Ways Biblical Sexuality Differs From Lust

Posted on April 30th, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Sanctification

1. True sexuality is intimate, directed only towards your spouse. Lust is impersonal, directed towards anyone or anything that titillates your greedy desire. 2. True sexuality cares for the satisfaction of your spouse. Lust cares only that you are satisfied. 3. True sexuality results in gratitude to God and earnest prayer for his blessing in your sexual union. Lust knows nothing of gratitude or prayer. 4. True sexuality requires sensitivity. Lust craves sensual desires. 5. True sexuality is motivated by personal inner beauty. Lust is motivated physical outward appearance. 6… read more

Self-control

Posted on April 19th, 2013 · Posted in Prayer, Sanctification

Self-control is the ability to say no to my wrong desires and yes to what God wants me to do.   Encourage your child to pray this prayer for self-control:   Father, please help me to say no to sin and yes to obedience and pleasing you. I really want to do whatever you want me to do, but it’s too hard by myself. I need your help all the time to say “yes” to you. Please help me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.   Ruth Younts from Get Wisdom!  .. read more

Self-Pity – the DNA of Sexual Obsession

Posted on April 17th, 2013 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification

Our youth are falling prey to sexual sin and sensuality. However, the reason for these sins started much earlier in their life. Following is a lightly edited revison of a recent post on self-pity.   Driven by self-pity, Amnon became a sexual predator. He was a disgusting, pathetic, miserable young man. He is someone you need to understand.  The Holy Spirit has something for you to learn regarding Amnon.    The core information about Amnon is written in 2 Samuel 13:2. All of the other events in this sad narrative.. read more

Self-Pity & Sexual Immorality

Posted on April 12th, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification, Wisdom

A toddler sulks because she can’t play when it is time for a nap. A nine-year-old feels deprived because he has to share the video game console with his little brother.  A young teenager thinks he is an outcast because no one who is “cool” ever talks to him. All three of these children are candidates for sexual immorality and perversion.  You might think, how did you make that connection? Good question. Here is the why behind this thinking. Sexual immorality is rooted in selfishness. The lusts of the flesh.. read more

Meekness

Posted on April 9th, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification

Meekness   Meekness is being willing to give up my rights in order to put others first.  Meekness waits for God to bring about justice.   Ruth Younts Get Wisdom!

Grief and Anxiety: Diseases or Not?

Posted on April 1st, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Sanctification

Here is the latest entry of Dr. Charles Hodges’s blog. Dr. Hodges is the author of Good Mood, Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.  In this blog post, he cites a leading British Professor, Peter Kinderman,  who comments about new findings in the psychological community regarding grief and anxiety. Since these issues touch so many, these are important matters to consider. Dr. Hodges has done a tremendous service in bringing the light of Scripture to bear on a problem where the secular medical community is finding more.. read more

Controlling Anger is Futile!

Posted on March 15th, 2013 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Shaping Influences

Loving God enough to end rage, anger, inner seething, and resentment is not a matter of simply saying no to bad behavior. If you or your children have been controlled by patterns of anger, there is only one way to address this attitude of the heart that will bring lasting change. When anger becomes a way of life you know It is wrong. You can deeply want to change. You know your anger hurts others. But just knowing these facts will not remove anger from your heart and life.   .. read more

Your Teenager, Pornography, & Compassion

Posted on March 12th, 2013 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Teenagers

You have found out your teenager is caught in pornography. How should you respond? Yes, he has been disobedient. Yes, he has been disrespectful. Yes, pornography is nasty stuff and ungodly at its core. But he, or she, has been trashed and played by lies that deceive and cheapen his very soul. Pornography runs deep, straight to the heart.   Your teenager knows that he has been wrong. But he has also been played for a fool. No, he is not a victim. Pornography, was his own wretched choice. But.. read more

How we Hide the Gospel

Posted on March 8th, 2013 · Posted in Parenting, Sanctification, Shaping Influences

As we saw in the last post, manipulation of behavior obscures the beauty of the gospel. Manipulation also builds walls that relationships cannot penetrate. So, instead of identifying with our children in their battle with sin, we stand apart from them and critique their failures.  We may even discipline faithfully.  But if we discipline without coming along side our kids and showing them that their struggles are the same as ours, we hide the gospel.   In the previous post Tedd Tripp used the issue of selfishness to show how.. read more

Jehoshaphat and Peer Pressure – Part 2

Posted on March 7th, 2013 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Shaping Influences

Jehoshaphat and Peer Pressure – Part 2 God Blesses a Foolish & Stupid King   The narrative of King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab in 2 Chronicles 18 provides insight into the dynamics of peer pressure. When you or your children yield to peer pressure you are, in effect, dividing your loyalties between God and man. This double-mindedness simply does not work. It results in decision making that is not sound. Many sins that young people become entangled with begin when they yield to peer pressure. The story of King Jehoshaphat.. read more

We are God’s

Posted on February 21st, 2013 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification

We are God’s: let us therefore look for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal. O, how much has that man profited who, having been taught that he is not his own, has taken away the dominion and rule from his own reason that he may yield to God! For, as consulting our self interest is the pestilence that most.. read more

Biblical Counseling Coalition & Good Mood, Bad Mood

Posted on January 17th, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification

Check out that the Biblical Counseling Coalition bas to say about Good Mood, Bad Mood, by Dr. Charles Hodges. Here is the link: http://biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/books/interview/good-mood-bad-mood More information about Good Mood, Bad Mood.  

Interview with Dr. Charles Hodges, author of Good Mood, Bad Mood

Posted on January 4th, 2013 · Posted in Sanctification, Worldview

  Listen to gain insight into Dr. Hodges reasons for writing Good Mood, Bad Mood. You will find a compassionate, compelling account how Dr. Hodges brings the light of scripture to this important topic.            

Truthfulness

Posted on December 29th, 2012 · Posted in Sanctification

Truthfulness is telling information accurately, without exaggerating or misleading. A prayer to teach your children, and yourself, about truthfulness: Lord, help me to be truthful. Sometimes, I am afraid if I tell the truth I’ll get in trouble or someone will be angry with me. Thank you that Jesus died to pay for all the sins of his people. Please give me the courage to please you be being truthful. In Jesus’ name, Amen. This definition and prayer are taken from Get Wisdom!. Though the book is written to instruct.. read more

The Gift of Sex in a Post-Marriage Culture

Posted on December 14th, 2012 · Posted in Ruling Desires, Sanctification, Worldview

  Imagine opening presents on Christmas morning. One person receives a number of gifts with delight. But then, upon opening the next gift he shouts, “…what a stupid gift”!  He then proceeds to the trash can where he angrily deposits the gift. Such a show of ingratitude would be almost universally condemned.    But, when it comes to the gifts that God has given to mankind, this sort of ingratitude is common. For example, take the gifts of marriage and sex. Modern culture has determined that sex is a gift.. read more