Essentials of the Spirit Filled Life

Below is a digest of the daily email messages composed by Pastor Stuart Nice, addressing the topic of essentialism. Click the title of each to read the full article.

July 20, 2015 – Essentials: Part 1
"The first part of the essential practices is simply answering the call to come to God."
Isaiah 55:3

July 21, 2015 – Essentials: Part 2, The Hypocrite
Jesus tells us, "When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites." ... It is interesting that the warning against hypocrisy is Jesus' first lesson of prayer.
Matthew 6:5

July 22, 2015 – Essentials: Part 3, The Secret Place
Jesus longs to be with us in the private places we have prepared to meet with Him, but He also loves to be invited into the private places of our hearts. 
Matthew 6:6

July 23, 2015 – Essentials: Part 4, Your Father Knows
Since He knows everything, the asking is to reveal to us our constant need to rely upon His care, and when we do see the answer, it creates a greater thankfulness in our hearts.
Matthew 6:7-8

July 27, 2015 – Essentials: Part 5, Know Your Daddy
Know your Father is close. Know He wants you to know Him like He knows us. Know that He cares for you intimately.
Matthew 6:9

July 28, 2015 – Essentials: Part 6, The Adoration
Let's give value to Him and weight to His words, and let's adore Him. He is so worthy of our hearts.
Matthew 6:9

July 30, 2015 – Essentials: Part 7,  An Invitation
Let's remember to invite Him daily into the dark places that keep us, our loved ones and the world from experiencing His full love and power.
Matthew 6:9-10

August 12, 2015 – Essentials: Part 8, The Prayer Of Provision
The daily pattern of prayer that Jesus gives us includes this covenant of provision. He promises to provide. Go ahead and ask. Then when you see His provision, don't forget to thank Him. He loves looking out for your every need. 
Matthew 6:11

August 13, 2015 – Getting Free
Here is the pathway to be free. "... as we also have forgiven our debtors." Until we have set everyone free around us, we will never truly be free because we are still attached by pain. When we set them free, then we will know the grace that we ourselves have received. 
Matthew 6:12