Tony Evans’ Blog

Perfected by the Spirit

Perfected by the SpiritHow blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God. – Psalm 146:5 Football coaches are always concerned about turnovers. With each fumble or interception, the team quits playing offense and has to start playing defense. Unfortunately, many Christians are playing in spiritual defensive mode. They may have a clear profession of faith, but they are regressing instead of progressing. When the church at Galatia began judging spiritual maturity by how […]

The Context of Giving Thanks

The Context of Giving ThanksIn everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 First Thessalonians 5:18 commands us to be thankful in everything; it doesn’t say be thankful for everything. There is a distinct difference. When things go wrong, we are to give thanks to God in the midst of the trouble. Even if all your worldly efforts and pursuits fail and you’re in the worst season of your life, you can and must still praise […]

Expect Great Things from a Great Name

Expect Great Things from a Great NameFor this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. – Ephesians 3:14 If you want to rise up spiritually, you need to hang out with people who will inspire you to higher expectations and help you reach them. If you want a better job, you hang out with the experts in the field, not with unmotivated, unfocused people. Similarly, if you want to see God move supernaturally in […]

God Wants to Amaze You

God Wants to Amaze YouWhen Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” – Luke 5:8 We all want to be blessed. But how do you respond when you receive a tremendous blessing? Do you accept it with gratitude? Or do you let the blessing absorb you? When Peter let down his net in the water at Jesus’ direction, the blessing was so huge that the abundance of fish tore holes […]

Do You Need to Change Your Level of Hope?

Do You Need to Change Your Level of Hope?Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” – Acts 3:6 As a pastor, I witness people accepting their hard circumstances with a “crippled” mindset rather than believing God for something better in life. These people are like the lame man in Acts 3 who sat by the temple gate begging for money. His only expectation was that a passerby would take pity […]

Adjust Your Expectations

Adjust Your ExpectationsNow to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us… – Ephesians 3:20 Life is filled with expectations. Look at our everyday lives. Some of us wake up expecting the best in our workday or family life or health or finances. Others dread the day or, at best, never expect anything to change for the better. Childhood dreams and hopes might be crushed by comments […]

God Can Meet Your Needs

God Can Meet Your NeedsYou have anointed my head with oil, My cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5 In these challenging times, many people are living from paycheck to paycheck. And if the truth were known, at some point or another most of us have been concerned about money. We imagine that wealthy people don’t have this problem because they always have enough to cover the checks they write. We believe they have more than enough. On the other hand, some people fall just short of […]

Keep the Fires Burning

Keep the Fires Burning…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25 The immature Christian withdraws from the fellowship of other Christians. One of the ways we know we’re on the road to immaturity is when we feel that church doesn’t matter much anymore. We don’t have to go to church to become Christians, but attending church is necessary for us to grow […]

A Simple Test

A Simple TestBy this time you ought to be teachers. – Hebrews 5:12 The writer of Hebrews contrasted anemic Christians, who live on milk, with mature Christians, who live on meat. If we’re “meat” Christians, we should be able to explain biblical truths to our children. Husbands should be able to answer their wives’ questions. We should be able to sit down with the Bible and help someone else know the truth. We should be able to lead an unbeliever to the Lord. […]

The Typology of Jesus Christ

The Typology of Jesus ChristAll things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. – Luke 24:44 The term typology refers to the study of the many pictures in the Old Testament that depict New Testament truths. New Testament realities were prefigured in the Old Testament, so in this way, the New Testament is the clarification of the Old. The pictures in the Old Testament were painted in anticipation of what God was […]