Tony Evans’ Blog

Focus on God’s Plan

Focus on God's PlanHe brought us forth by the word of truth, so we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. – James 1:18 To overcome temptation, the third and final element we must focus on is God’s plan. James 1:18 refers to believers as the “first fruits” among God’s creatures. First fruits are of utmost value. In the Old Testament, the first fruits refer to the tithe to bring to the Lord. The first 10 percent of what was harvested […]

Focus on God’s Word

Focus on God’s WordMan shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4 In order to overcome during a time of trial and temptation, we must focus our attention not only on our Savior but also on God’s Word. Sometimes we don’t understand the importance of the Word and the fact that it is alive and active. We view Scripture like we view the Queen of England: She holds the top position […]

Overcoming Temptation

Overcoming TemptationEvery good thing given and every perfect gift is from above. – James 1:17 When we sin, the consequence is separation from God. When we sin, we break fellowship with Him. Paul conveyed his struggle with sin in Romans 7:19: “The good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” Paul wanted us to know that he understood our struggle against sin and temptation. He too wanted the victory but […]

Transformed by Temptation

Transformed by TemptationLet no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. – James 1:13 Temptation can be defined as a solicitation to do evil. Remember, nothing can come your way without divine approval. Whether it’s a test or a temptation, positive or negative, it has to flow through God’s fingers first. God has to allow the devil to tempt us, and at the same […]

Praying and Seeking Real Change

Praying and Seeking Real ChangeThe tragedies over the last few days are deplorable, and they have shaken all of us. Horrifically, this is even more true for the families of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and now the people, officers and their families of Dallas. The events are shocking, revolting and tragic. Yet they also, once again, bring to the surface an undercurrent swelling quietly below as a billow of bias for far too many people in our nation for far too long. Our prayers […]

Transformed by Trials

Transformed by TrialsConsider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials. – James 1:2 The popular television show Extreme Makeover puts people through all kinds of adverse circumstances so that they might look better than they did when they started the makeover process. They undergo surgical procedures, grueling workouts, and physical pain in order to be transformed into something externally beautiful. One of the primary ways God makes us more like Christ is to allow us to face challenges, hardships, and […]

Caring Enough to Connect

Caring Enough to ConnectThe one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness…The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother…walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. – 1 John 2:9-11 Those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior form a community of believers. This community […]

God Does Not Waste Your Pain

God Does Not Waste Your PainJoseph said to his brothers . . .“I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here . . . God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me…ruler over all the land of Egypt.” […]

Forgiving and Forgetting

Forgiving and Forgetting“They will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” – Jeremiah 31:34 God doesn’t forget anything. He couldn’t be God if He could forget. He forgives our sins, not forgetting that they ever happened, but in spite of the fact that they did happen. He then relates to us on the basis of forgiveness rather than our sinfulness. […]

The Freedom of Forgiveness

The Freedom of ForgivenessAs those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. – Colossians 3:12-13 Many of us today find ourselves on a leash. The links in the chain are anger, bitterness, resentment, and revenge. All these, however, come down to one thing—unforgiveness. Unforgiveness holds us hostage, and when we try to pull […]