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 ..
Our manner of life expresses the value we place upon Jesus. Our lives become a pleasure to God because we are conformed to His wishes, changed to His ways, and delighting in His desires. Philippians 2:3-8 describes this manner of living: "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with hu ..
The Holy Spirit (http://dennisburkeministries.org/books/Yielding-to-the-Holy-Spirit) expressed His desire for us through the prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the Colossian church: “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be fill ..
An alert shepherd knows each of his sheep and quickly recognizes when one is missing. When a cast sheep is found, realizing that each minute is critical, the shepherd tenderly rolls it over and stands it upright, rubbing its legs until the circulation returns. Guiding its steps, he leads it back ..
Unlike our spiritual new birth, restoring our souls comes step by step. As we begin to meditate in the Word of God, our souls are renewed. James 1:21 says, "...receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." God's Word contains all that is necessary to bring free ..
When Jesus became Lord of our lives, we became a new creation! We received a new source of life — God Himself! He immediately began to initiate changes in our lives. Changes that were not imposed from the outside; instead they were inspired from the inside. These changes begin the restorat ..
The 23rd Psalm is considered by many to be the most beautiful passage in the entire Bible. It seems to articulate the desire of every heart: The need for guidance and care, the feeling of personal vulnerability, and yet the confidence that under the protective leadership of the Good Shepherd we ..
There are two types of inheritances. First is the inheritance we receive at the death of a loved one. If we were listed in their will we receive according to that will. We may inherit money, furniture, property, etc. These are the benefits of this inheritance. Psalm 103:2-5 describes the benefit ..
When the wayward son returned home to his father, the ring of authority was placed on his finger. This ring restored the son's dignity. He once again had the rights as a member of the family. Notice what John 1:12-13 says about our rights as sons: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave th ..