Posts by Matthew Holst

 

If our mental diet consists predominantly of the world and its allurements, don't be surprised when we start thinking and living like the world. If, however, we allow the word of God to shape our minds, even when devastating providences accompany our lives, we will be standing safely on good and holy ground.

 

Perhaps now, more than ever, Christians need wisdom to process the multitude of temptations of sexual sin with which they are confronted. While it is true that sexual sin has always been a problem in the church, there should be little doubt that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are a seemingly ubiquitous danger for Christians today. We need biblical principles by which we may guard ourselves from sexual sin.

 
 

Proverbs is, at one level, a simple book to understand, and, at another level, a book that equires a great deal of spiritual discernment and wisdom. To get wisdom, we must read wisdom and we must pray for wisdom. As James tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). 

 

Suffering in the pastorate tends to fuel the temptation for ministers to run to the “don’ts” of which Paul speaks in 1 Thess. 2:3-6.

 

The days are spiritually perilous with the spirit of anti-Christ alive and well (1 John 2:18). These are the days where we ought prepare ourselves for what is to come.