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 ..
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 ..