Tony Evans’ Blog

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 […]

How to Save a Nation in Trouble

blog_9-19-16[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14   In 2 Chronicles 6, King Solomon had just finished building God’s temple in Jerusalem and had offered up a prayer of dedication. In this prayer, Solomon affirmed that he wanted to lead his people the way God […]

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 5

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 5Forgiving an unrepentant spouse What about those times when your spouse isn’t sorry—how do you forgive then? Unilateral forgiveness is when you choose to forgive your spouse even if he or she has not asked for it and may have not even repented. Essentially you are forgiving your mate on your own, without his or her involvement.  Why would you grant forgiveness to someone who doesn’t want it, has not asked for it and may not deserve it? The reason […]

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 4

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 4Filling your spouse’s “love account” So much of what married couples harbor against each other is stuffed internally. Later, when you don’t feel heard or validated by your spouse, it’s easy to throw those harbored offenses at each other in your nagging or fighting. But healing comes from a place of understanding and affirmation. When you allow your spouse the freedom to communicate what has pained him or her—and you validate that pain without becoming defensive or saying your spouse […]

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 3

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 3Resolving anger You may be surprised at the advice I give when I encounter lack of forgiveness. I’ve seen this method work in countless marriages, and I believe in its effectiveness because it addresses the unresolved anger that often feeds our failure to forgive. Arguments frequently become so toxic and volatile in their language and tone that they drive a deeper wedge of division into the marriage. So this is what I propose for couples who are in a marriage […]

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 2

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 2Ejecting offense Biblical forgiveness means you release your spouse from a debt owed to you. Forgiveness is not contingent on how you feel about your spouse. It is a choice to no longer blame your spouse for an offense. First Corinthians 13:5 details this in a most straightforward way: Biblical love “keeps no record of wrongs” (NIV). Biblical love doesn’t justify wrong, nor does it ignore wrong, excuse it or pretend it doesn’t exist. All of those types of responses […]

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 1

Having a Kingdom Marriage, Part 1Emotional wounds can be like physical wounds. If you had a cut on your arm but didn’t clean it or care for it, the wound could become infected and you wouldn’t even be able to touch it because it would hurt so much. Even if you covered that wound so that no one could see it, if someone bumped into it, you would jerk your arm back in pain and might even lash out at the person. Your reaction wouldn’t […]

The Godly Gift of Marriage

The Godly Gift of MarriageFor this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. – Ephesians 5:31 Marriage is a gift to us from God, yet so many of us don’t see it as such. Many people behave as though they were married by the secretary of war rather than the justice of the peace. Divorce is as common as it has ever been, and some trade spouses like others […]