The writer of Hebrews tells us what to do when burdens hinder our progress: "...Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on ..
We can continually progress toward the powerful resurrection living that the Word of God (http://dennisburkeministries.org/books/How-to-Meditate-Gods-Word) promises us. Notice the bold and challenging statement Paul makes to the Colossian church: "If indeed you have experienced God's resurrectio ..
Jesus reserved the best for last. Jesus called the fourth soil representing the condition of the heart good soil that belongs to the receptive heart. Simply defined, this is someone who hears the Word and is willing to accept any changes needed. This person has a listening heart that pursues und ..
The second type of soil representing the condition of the heart that Jesus spoke about is stony ground, referring to a shallow heart. This is someone who has not allowed the Word of God (http://dennisburkeministries.org/books/How-to-Meditate-Gods-Word) into his life with any depth. They joyfully ..
Most Christians have a burning desire to be controlled by the Spirit (http://dennisburkeministries.org/books/Yielding-to-the-Holy-Spirit) of God. This burning desire has the same effect on us that fire has on gold: It purifies. When a goldsmith removes impurity from gold, he heats a small am ..
When we consistently look into God's "perfect law of liberty" we will not forget what we see. Instead, we will begin to recognize the freedom that belongs to us. We accept God's image of our lives rather than our old distorted thoughts. The "law of liberty" frees us from the limitations of o ..
Many so-called Christian leaders have made inadequate progress, having become content with their spiritual walk. In the same way, many believers have settled for immaturity as the norm. And many have lost the zeal for spiritual growth. Maybe they never had it. After years of a successful min ..
The deep, heartfelt desire of God is that His will be expressed in our character and behavior. If we are to hear and understand clearly what God is saying, then there must be continual strides toward positive spiritual progress. Notice from First Corinthians 2:9-10 what the Apostle Paul says ..
In order to truly understand the nature of God's demand for holy living we must perceive the purpose for holy living. God yearns to lift people everywhere into a successful and powerful experience in life. He desires that His very own image be reflected in us so that His goodness can be shown to ..
When we grasp the impact of the new lifestyle of living under the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit (http://dennisburkeministries.org/books/Yielding-to-the-Holy-Spirit), then we can understand why God sets such a high premium on it. He gave us a great goal to reach for; then Jesus became ..