R. T. Kendall Articles

How Leaders With Hidden Sin Can Fake It Until Revealed

Caution: Being spiritually gifted can be hazardous to your spiritual health. Why? Because your success might lead you...
A Letter to John MacArthur

A Letter to John MacArthur

Dear Dr. MacArthur,I have admired you as an able writer and speaker for years. I have not only read your book Strange Fire but have listened to your talks as well as the panel discussions at your recent conference. I am as Reformed theologically as you are and can say...

Will You Forgive God?

Will You Forgive God?

It’s an unthinkable concept—forgiving the One who grants you life—yet countless believers feel betrayed by God. Instead of harboring bitterness toward him, you can learn the truth about walking in total forgiveness­.By faith Abraham, when called to go to a...

The Value of Loneliness

The Value of Loneliness

In May 1984 Billy Graham spoke at Westminster Chapel. His
subject was “loneliness.” He took his text from a strange verse; Psalm 102:6,
in the King James Version, in which the psalmist likens himself to an owl in
the desert. Graham definitely hit a nerve! There are so many people today who
are lonely.

Loneliness is a painful condition, a dreaded state that,
given the choice, most people would do anything to avoid. It is enforced
solitude.

There is obviously a significant difference between enforced
solitude and chosen solitude. Some of us appreciate the bliss of solitude.
Jesus needed to get away from the crowds, and there are some who, by nature,
are loners; they love it that way. My friend Robert Amess calls himself “the
complete loner,” but he is not lonely.

Discipline: The Path to Joy

Discipline: The Path to Joy

path_landscapeOften we despise the thing that is designed to take us to the next level of blessing and anointing—the chastening of the Lord.

I
remember exactly where I was when the meaning of James 1:2-3 dawned on
me. I wasn’t at an all-night prayer meeting. I wasn’t at the end of a
40-day fast. No, I was at a pizzeria in Kissimmee, Fla., in the summer
of 1979, and I had just lost my temper.

I
had been looking forward to enjoying a pizza from this particular
place. But everything went wrong. First, the pizzas took 45 minutes to
prepare. Then, as I carried them to my motel room through the pouring
rain, they fell out of their wet paper bag into a puddle of water.

When You Can’t Have It Your Way

DOES GOD EVER ASK HIS SERVANTS
TO WALK WITH HIM IN PLACES THAT ARE UNCOMFORTABLE AND EVEN UNDESIRABLE?
THE SCRIPTURES AND HISTORY TELL US, YES.

One
of the most stunning comments I ever heard, almost a throwaway remark,
came from one of the most famous ministers in the world. He said to me,
“R.T., the more God uses me, the less I am able to enjoy it.”

This
may be incomprehensible to some, but I know exactly what he meant. God
has many ways of ensuring that while we enjoy His blessing, we do not
become conceited.

What If I Don’t Forgive?·

What If I Don’t Forgive?·

 Unforgiveness says three things to God (hint: none of them good).God is no fan of an unforgiving spirit—at all. Jesus was clear about it: “If you do not forgive men their trespasses, your Father will not forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:15, NKJV). Why...

His Faith and Our Faith

For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a
righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is
written: “The righteous will live by faith.” —Romans 1:17

 It is one thing for us to believe it once and be electrified and be
thrilled, to have our world turned upside down, but quite another to
keep believing it. The devil will come alongside and tell you that it
can’t be true, and he appeals to our natural reasoning. He appeals to
what we know to be true about ourselves, that we are sinners. If he can,
he will bring us right back to our bondage.

Keep No Record of Wrongs

Keep No Record of Wrongs

Though seemingly impossible, you can forgive—completely—and finally let go of the pastI received a heartrending letter from a couple who had heard me teach on the subject of total forgiveness a few years ago. They told me what their son-in-law had...

How to Recognize God

How to Recognize God

Girl worshippingI can think of nothing worse in the world than for something that God is in to be happening and I not recognize it.

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” -Genesis 28:16

The most wonderful thing that can happen to anybody is for God to turn up. The problem is that we don’t always recognize Him at the time, and we only see later that it was God.

A Grateful Nation

God loves a grateful nation. Just as an individual cannot “out-thank” the Lord-for God pours out His blessing more than ever, so a nation cannot out-thank God either.

Just as those individuals who praised God on Palm Sunday possibly did so selfishly, even ignorantly and for the wrong reasons—and God accepted their praise, so God accepts the praise of a nation that attempts to show gratitude to Him. It does not necessarily matter that every single person who participates in such thanksgiving is a faithful servant of God in his or her private life; God just notices a nation overall that makes any attempt to show gratitude to Him.

God’s View of Marriage

God’s View of Marriage

Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. ... "I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel. —Malachi 2:15-16Here we meet one of the most important things God has said in relation to the family: "I hate divorce." Why is this so relevant?...

When God Shows Up

When God Shows Up

Perhaps God spoke to you
at a particular time or was present on a particular occasion. At the time, it
didn’t seem as if it was God who was doing the speaking or even if God was
present at all. You underestimated, if not rejected, what He did or what He
said. Only years later did it become clear to you that you had failed to
recognize His presence.

I remember many years ago, when Louise and I had
moved away from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for only 18 months, we came back and
found that Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church had been started. Before we went
away, it had been a vacant lot with a big sign on it that read, “Future home of
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.” That sign just stayed there month after month
for a couple years. We wondered: What is happening here? When will that
church start?

Steps to Totally Forgiving Others

Steps to Totally Forgiving Others

Since forgiveness is a choice, what is the next step? If we are persuaded that it is right and have decided to do it (and not look back), what next? 1. Make the deliberate and irrevocable choice not to tell anyone what they did.You may need to do this for therapeutic...

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