Description : Biblically, the heart is the source of a person's behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, desires, motives, and values. The heart is so important to who we are: our inner nature that is given a new body for our eternity in Jesus. God made the heart naturally stable by making it greatly fear getting changed. This is good, but also causes the heart to be very self-deceptive. If it needs to be cleaned, how can we proceed? This book shows the Biblical picture of the heart more fully, so that we can see ways for believers in Jesus to work with Him to clean our deceiving hearts for our eternity and for our close life-giving fellowship with God on earth. I gave two related books the same cover, so that readers can choose the best fit. Purifying the Heart puts solutions of heart-problems with their discussion: this complicates the picture of the heart. Destroying Spiritual Strongholds more fully explains this picture from the Bible, which is a harder introduction to this picture.
Description : God’s powerful promises to us who abide in Christ have been mostly unfulfilled because of strongholds in our hearts. A stronghold consists of well-protected walls in the spiritual heart, so that it refuses to let God or anything else touch a sensitive area. The heart’s natural fearfulness gives the devil room to manipulate us out of most of our boundless love and power of staying in Christ without the mind being aware of these decisions. Therefore the heart is very self-deceptive, even as Jeremiah 17:9 says. In this book we see how experiences and demons create a stronghold, and also see how to destroy it in oneself and in others who want to be free. Destroying it includes a good preparation and good follow-up to Jesus' work of deliverance: all help the freedom to last. Therefore this book shows the nature of the spiritual warfare that comes with seeking to move into God’s mighty provisions for us in Jesus.
Description : In Luke 17 the apostles asked Jesus, "Increase our faith." He answered that if they had faith like a mustard seed, then a tree would obey them. This verse is often misunderstood. As this book shows, the Bible's 5 verses about a mustard seed emphasize its growth from a tiny seed into a large plant that provides for others. These verses do not teach that a tiny amount of faith does miracles: they show faith that grows greatly from its seed-like start, and show the great growth of the Kingdom of God from its tiny start. Faith is a trusting relationship with God that includes His miracles and much more. Little faith is being more like a mustard seed than its tree. In Luke the apostles had mustard seed faith. In Acts they had mustard tree faith. This book shows from Luke how God worked to transform their faith into mustard tree faith. Faithful believers in Jesus can see how God works to transform their own faith in the same way, and can see how to work with Him for this blessing.
Description : The lies of homosexuality dissipate because a life of purity in Christ Jesus decidedly removes the homosexual deception. Each step toward Jesus brings us closer to His image, and we are changed. We emerge free to be exactly whom Father God created us to be. Leaving all secrets with honesty and transparency before God and man, forgiving ourselves and all abusers, we emerge in our true identity with a heterosexual desire. This desire for the opposite sex is as natural as apple pie. Leaving the judgments, the facades, the sins, and all idols, the stark truth remains. Our true identity is found in Jesus Christ alone.
Description : Every day, there are treasures to be discovered by anyone who will honestly come to hear the voice of the Savior in his Word. The Lord Jesus indicates that there is an added blessing for those who will write down the insights he gives by his instruction: Every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old (Matthew 13:52). The poems in this book are the result of going to the Bible each day with an expectation that God has something very valuable to say. That expectation has NEVER been disappointed. Our risen Lord said, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20). This intimate, two-way communion with God is offered to all those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12) and thereby have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God (1 Corinthians 2:12). My prayer is that God may use this book for his glory, for the encouragement of his own children, and for the persuasion of those who may yet be awakened to their need of our Savior. Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the post of My doors (Proverbs 8:34). Heaven is waiting. Dont miss it for the world.