Tony Evans’ Blog

Living in Gratitude

Living in GratitudeBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6 Even in the worst situation, there’s always a reason to give thanks. The apostle Paul and Silas were falsely accused, arrested, and put into jail. They were beaten with rods and thrown into the inner prison, their feet placed in stocks. “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and […]

Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

Cultivating a Heart of GratitudePursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called . . . Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. – 1 Timothy 6:11-12,17 Cultivating a godly perspective of our spiritual state and our physical circumstances doesn’t happen […]

Trust in God

Trust in God[Elijah] was afraid . . . He himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree . . . He lay down and slept . . . and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” – 1 Kings 19:3-5 Elijah had just experienced a great victory. He was at the top of his game—the pinnacle of his career—but then he experienced a fall. On Mt. Carmel, […]

What Are We Thinking About?

What Are We Thinking About?I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 11:3 Why did God put a limitation on the tree in the Garden of Eden? Why do we have limitations at all? In order to enjoy freedom, there must be sufficient restriction so that we can understand what freedom is. A baseball player isn’t free to play baseball if there are […]

God Is Talking

God is TalkingHe rode upon a cherub and flew; and He sped upon the wings of the wind. – Psalm 18:10 When I was growing up in Baltimore, I visited my grandmother every weekend. Whenever I was there, she let me watch the popular mid-1950s TV shows. But if it ever started to thunder, my grandmother would say, “Tony!” Even though I knew what she was going to tell me, I would reply, “What, Grandma?” “Turn the television off!” I would try to […]

Satan Poses the Question

Satan Poses the QuestionIndeed, has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden”? – Genesis 3:1 From the time God placed man on this planet, Satan has been determined to deceive man about God’s nature and His words to us. In the Garden of Eden, Satan began his plan by talking to Eve. Satan raised a question about God’s command. Notice that he used the word not. He skipped over the first part of God’s statement and focused on the […]

The Existence of Angels

The Existence of AngelsWherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. – Ezekiel 1:12 There is little doubt that the language of Ezekiel is figurative. The principles, however, are real. The prophet is writing about future events, and God’s angels will play a very important role in those events. In fact, since the beginning of time, they have been on the move—protecting His creation, doing His will, worshipping Him, and helping to keep order in the […]

Fighting from Victory

Fighting from VictoryOur struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12  Everything you do—every step you take as a child of God—interfaces with the unseen reality of His angels. Unfortunately, we also have to face the fact that Satan has forces at work in our world too. They have been given limited ability to work woeful […]

The Body of Christ

The Body of ChristEven as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:12 As believers and followers of Jesus Christ our Lord, our spiritual well-being depends on our connection with Christ through His body. In 1 Corinthians 12, the word body appears 18 times. Paul’s conclusion in this chapter is that we must be connected to each other in order to […]

Penetrate the Culture

blog_9-22-16_4You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world . . . Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-14,16   When we […]