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Doug Knighton

Doug Knighton has written 345 posts for Promises for the Battle

I Was Just Thinking … About a Good Reason to Rejoice at Easter

Sometimes the answer to the question Why celebrate Jesus’ resurrection? focuses on the forgiveness of our sin. That is a good reason to celebrate. Knowing that God no longer holds our sin against us, because Jesus cleared God’s name of any charge of unjustly doing good to those who deserve punishment, should take a load … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Humble Exultation

Because the gospel writers frame their narratives differently, we sometimes need to weave them together in order to see the big picture. Only Luke reprises Jesus’ parable about the noble who went to a distant land in order to receive the authority to rule as king. Because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his … Continue reading

Transformation #4—Holy Transformation

Fix your hopes totally on the grace which will be yours when Jesus Christ reappears. As obedient children, do not conform yourselves to what you desired when you were ignorant, but, like the Holy One who called you, you be holy in all your behavior. 1 Peter 1:14–15 Almighty God, who was revealed through the … Continue reading

Transformation #3—Transforming Thoughts

Do not conform yourselves to our current culture. Rather, transform yourself by renewing your mind so you can experientially confirm what the will of God is—that which is good, soul-satisfying and well-designed. Romans 12:2 Picture an ox-drawn wagon traveling down a wet dirt road; then another cart and another and another … Imagine how deep … Continue reading

Transformation #2—Glorious Transformation

With unveiled faces, we who are beholding the glory of the Lord in the gospel of the glory of Christ—who is the image of God—are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 It seems to be a natural law that we become like those we admire. After all, imitation … Continue reading

Transformation #1—Purposeful Transformation

When Jesus calls us to follow him, he’s not just inviting us to go where he’s going; he’s challenging us to imitate him while we walk through life with him. When we respond to him, we agree to begin a process of transformation called discipleship. But as we look at the first disciples, we see … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Defeating Covetousness

The Bible teaches that certain attitudes of mind and heart give Satan a foothold in our lives. For example, Ephesians 4:26–27 says that to allow anger against others to persist is to give place to the devil. 2 Corinthians 10:4–5 urges us to cast down all those attitudes (“arguments”) which scorn the knowledge of God. … Continue reading

Success #9—Successful Praise

God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good. … God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it he rested from all his work which he had created. Genesis 1:31; 2:3 O God our Creator, in your successful rest we do our work. Because you were satisfied with … Continue reading

Success #8—Attributed Success

David said, “When a lion or a bear took a lamb from my flock, I attacked it and rescued the lamb. So, this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them. Yahweh, who delivered me from the lion and the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34–37 David was … Continue reading

Success #7—Wise Success

If the axe is dull and the user does not sharpen its edge, then he must use more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. Ecclesiastes 10:10 Success involves completing all the steps of a process that lead to the outcome we desire, so that when we finally achieve our goal, we are able … Continue reading