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Friday, December 31, 2021

Believe In Your Vision

‘I will pour out My Spirit.’ Joel 2:29 NKJV

God spoke through the prophet Joel saying, ‘Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.’ (Joel 2:28–29 NKJV) Regardless of your age or gender, God has a vision for you to fulfil. And sometimes it won’t make sense because you don’t feel qualified.

In the musical Man of La Mancha, there is a scene where Don Quixote and his servant stand gazing at a dilapidated inn. When Quixote describes his vision of turrets and magnificent gates,...More

Thursday, December 30, 2021

You Don’t Have To Hide Anymore

‘God called to the man, “Where are you?”’ Genesis 3:9 NLT

When you don’t feel good about yourself, you use things like work, food, relationships, money, and mood-altering substances to build a wall and keep people from getting too close. But lasting relationships can only be built when you stop hiding and become transparent with others.

Another hiding tactic we employ is keeping the focus on other people by asking, ‘How come she got a new house and I didn’t?’ Or, ‘Why did he get that job and not me?’ That kind of thinking just makes you miserable. But even worse than pretending with...More

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Your Heart Must Be Circumcised

‘The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendents so that you may love Him.’ Deuteronomy 30:6 NIV

Hebrew baby boys went through the rite of circumcision. It signified that they were in a covenant relationship with God in which He promised to protect, guide, and bless them. And in the New Testament, Paul ‘spiritualises’ this rite. ‘True circumcision… is a change of heart produced by the Spirit.’ (Romans 2:29 NLT) Spiritually understood, circumcision means ‘cutting off’ anything that promotes and produces in us wrong impulses and actions.

Jesus said,...More

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Avoid Habits That Can Enslave You

‘Even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.’ 1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT

Paul said, ‘You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.’

If you’re serious about spiritual growth, look for opportunities to say no to yourself in small areas. Then one day you will be able to say it when it really counts. Daniel started by saying no to eating the king’s food, and later was able to say no to bowing to the king’s idols. Zero in on the...More

Monday, December 27, 2021

How To Forgive Yourself

‘I will not remember your sins.’ Isaiah 43:25 NKJV

God says in His Word that He ‘blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.’ (Isaiah 43:25–26 NKJV) Today if you’re condemning yourself because you think your sins are too big to merit God’s grace, go back and reread those Scriptures carefully.

Why did God say He would forgive your sins? ‘For My own sake.’ So what should you do? ‘State your case, that you may be acquitted.’ Why do we have such a hard...More

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Celebrate Christmas! (2)

‘This day is holy.’ Nehemiah 8:9 KJV

The word holiday comes from the Old English word haligdæg, which means ‘holy day’. So, when Nehemiah announced, ‘This day is holy,’ he was declaring a celebration; a time to ‘eat and drink before the Lord.’ (1 Chronicles 29:22 KJV)

Today, overindulgence and overspending have become synonymous with Christmas, making Christians hesitant to celebrate. Jack Hayford writes: ‘Often it is from those newly associated with our fellowship who have allowed themselves—perhaps for the first time—to enter into the wonder and fullness of Christmas joy and...More

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Celebrate Christmas! (1)

‘I am like an evergreen tree, yielding My fruit to you throughout the year.’ Hosea 14:8 TLB

The word ‘celebrate’ means to rejoice, delight in, revel, and appreciate.

Jack Hayford writes: ‘There is so much done in the name of Christmas that is neither pleasing nor honouring to Christ. Even so, I find myself doing battle… with… religious superstitions which argue against almost every observation of Christmas… against giving… against decorations, trees, or just plain fun, as though such participation defiled something holy. Such harsh debunking is nothing more than “holy humbug”. A...More

Friday, December 24, 2021

The best gift ever!

‘I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’ Luke 2:10 NIV

For many people Christmas is filled with dread instead of delight.

Author Jon Walker writes this: ‘I’m sitting in a fast-food restaurant observing a young girl celebrating an early Christmas with her mother. Her presents are spread out across the booth and she just said, “I miss you, Mommy.” “I miss you too, Baby,” her mother says. Beyond the booth… a woman casually, but carefully watches them. Using my journalist’s eye, I put it all together. The watching woman is a social worker supervising a...More

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Handling Your Money Wisely (3)

‘He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house.’ Proverbs 15:27 NKJV

J. Paul Getty’s estate exceeded four billion dollars. He was considered the richest man on earth at the time. The Los Angeles Times quoted something Getty wrote: ‘I have never been given to envy, save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily. It’s an art I have never been able to master. My record: five marriages, five divorces. In short, five failures.’

The newspaper article continues: ‘He termed the memories of his relationship with his five sons...More

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Handling Your Money Wisely (2)

‘Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.’ Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

Next to teaching your children how to walk with God, you will never teach them a more important life lesson than how to handle their money wisely. Dr James Merritt writes: ‘We began teaching our kids early these principles of industry, honesty, and responsibility. Here are a few methods we used, which I recommend to you.

(1) Give your kids some jobs early on without pay, such as making up their beds, picking up their toys, and cleaning their rooms. Inspect their room each time, encouraging them as...More

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Handling Your Money Wisely (1)

‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich.’ Proverbs 10:22 NKJV

There are about five hundred Bible verses on prayer, and more than two thousand on handling money and possessions. It’s a make-or-break issue! It’s no surprise that money-related issues are often cited as a reason for divorce. And there’s good reason for this: money and stress often go hand in hand. The Bible says, ‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich.’ Not only does God expect us to make money, but when we honour Him, He will help us to make more. But there is a right and a wrong way to do it.

The Bible teaches that money...More

Monday, December 20, 2021

Pray For Discernment (3).

‘Those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.’ Hebrews 5:14 NKJV

In the 1940s, Switzerland manufactured 80 per cent of the world’s watches. Then in the 1960s, when an inventor presented a concept for a new typea of watch to the leaders of a Swiss company, they rejected it. All the other Swiss companies he approached did the same. They lived by the philosophy, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’ Believing that his design had merit, the inventor took it to a company in Japan. The name of the company was Seiko, the design of the watch was digital, and guess what?...More

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Pray For Discernment (2)

‘Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.’ 1 Kings 3:9 NIV

‘The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream… and… said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”’ (1 Kings 3:5 NKJV) Solomon said, ‘Give to Your servant an understanding heart to… discern between good and evil.’ (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV) Next, we read, ‘The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.’ (1 Kings 3:10 NKJV) But God wasn’t through talking to Solomon: ‘I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honour, so that there shall not be anyone...More

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Pray For Discernment (1)

‘All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course.’ 1 Chronicles 12:32 NLT

Who said, ‘I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle the matter by lunchtime’? Napoleon Bonaparte over breakfast with his generals just before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Who rejected an offer from Alexander Graham Bell to purchase the patents for the first telephone? William Orton, president of Western Union.

Who said, ‘I think there is a world market for about five computers’? Thomas Watson, president of IBM.

What did all...More

Friday, December 17, 2021

You Can Get Back What You Have Lost!

‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’ 1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV

While David and his men were off fighting, the Amalekites destroyed their homes and took their families captive. First, David’s army wept. Second, they looked to David for guidance. Third, David sought God, saying, ‘“Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”’ Notice four important points:

(1) Satan will attack your loved ones to get to you. It may be big stuff like your husband losing his...More

Thursday, December 16, 2021

How To Solve Your Problems

‘The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things.’ John 14:26 NIV

First, listen to the Holy Spirit within you. He will constantly remind you of God’s plan and show you how to carry it out. He will ‘teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.’ (John 14:26 NKJV) What has God’s Word instructed you to do? Have you done it yet? Obedience is the doorway to blessing.

Second, spend time with God in prayer daily: ‘In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion.’ (Psalm 27:5 KJV) Originally a tent, a...More

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Look For The Hand Of God In ‘All Things’

‘Who works all things according to the counsel of His will.’ Ephesians 1:11 NKJV

God can make the wrong decisions of the people around you to work in your favour. So instead of looking for someone to blame, try to see the hand of God at work in your situation. Joseph discovered three things:

(1) When God wants you in a palace, nobody can keep you in a prison.

(2) Your future isn’t in the hands of others; it’s in the hands of God.

(3) Your God-given assignment in life doesn’t call for the cooperation or approval of everyone, but it does require the cooperation of one...More

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Keep Your Spiritual Priorities In Place

‘We must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.’ Hebrews 2:1 NLT

Your highest priority should always be your relationship with God and fulfilling His will for your life. Don’t let that priority ‘drift’. A sobering illustration of this occurs in Scripture. A prophet pretended to be a soldier who was given custody of an important prisoner. He claimed he was told, ‘If by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.’ (1 Kings 20:39 NKJV) In spite of the warning, he said he allowed his prisoner to escape...More

Monday, December 13, 2021

Caring Means Getting Involved

‘We are all parts of the body of Christ.’ Ephesians 4:25 AMP

Many people have no one who loves them enough to tell them the truth. That’s because it’s easier to say nothing when others are messing up. But it’s not the loving thing to do!

The Bible says, ‘Giving an honest answer is a sign of true friendship.’ (Proverbs 24:26 CEV) Usually we know what needs to be said, but fear keeps us from saying it. However, if you knew the brakes on a car weren’t functioning properly, would you allow a loved one to drive it? No? Well, in a similar vein, Paul writes, ‘If someone in your group does...More

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Coping With Crises (2)

‘Keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.’ Philippians 1:9 NLT

When you find yourself in a crisis, having the right attitude makes the difference between despair and determination. Dr Jeffrey Rossman offers these six steps:

(1) Look for ways to find meaning. Resilient people use their experience to help others. ‘[God] comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them.’ (2 Corinthians 1:4 NCV)

(2) Examine your priorities. ‘Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.’ (Psalm 90:12 CEV) How would you like to spend your time...More

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Coping With Crises (1)

‘When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.’ Psalm 142:3 NKJV

How you handle a crisis can determine whether you end up feeling overwhelmed or come out stronger. Dr Jeffrey Rossman suggests five ways to do it:

(1) Acknowledge your feelings. David said, ‘When my spirit was overwhelmed… You knew my path.’ God already knows how you feel, and stifling your emotions just saps your energy, leaves you tense, depressed, and slows the healing process.

(2) Confide in someone. That doesn’t mean pouring your heart out to everybody and anybody; it means opening up to those...More

Friday, December 10, 2021

Heman and Jeduthun

‘With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord.’ 1 Chronicles 16:41 NIV

There is a good chance you have never heard of these two men; they’re among the Bible’s more inconspicuous characters. In the wonderful worship choirs of King David, they were appointed to give thanks. Heman and Jeduthun were under the king’s authority (see 1 Chronicles 25:6). It was literally their job.

And it’s your job too! You’re under the authority of the King of Kings who commands you to ‘be thankful’ (Colossians 3:15 NIV), ‘offer to God...More

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Use Your Key

‘Blessed are the people who know how to praise You.’ Psalm 89:15 GWT

To open a locked door, you need the right key. It’s the ‘how-to’ that enables you to get inside and get what you need. Praise is like a key that enables us to come into God’s presence. ‘Those who have learned to acclaim You… walk in the light of Your presence.’ (Psalm 89:15 NIV) Praise isn’t simply a reaction to coming into God’s presence; it does much more. It opens the door through which God enters your life and goes to work on your behalf. In other words, praise brings God’s presence along with His direct...More

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

How To Discover Your Vision (5)

‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Proverbs 29:18 KJV

From 1923 until 1955, Robert Woodruff presided over the Coca-Cola Company. He wanted the beverage to be made available to every American serviceman around the world for five cents, no matter how much it cost the company. That’s a bold goal! But it was modest compared to the big picture he saw in his mind’s eye. In his lifetime, Woodruff wanted everybody in the world to taste Coca-Cola.

Observe three things: (1) Vision starts within. When you look inside yourself, what do you see? You can’t buy, beg, or borrow vision; you must...More

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

How To Discover Your Vision (4)

‘He saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”’ Acts 10:3 NKJV

When God wants to change the status quo, He often starts by giving someone a vision. That’s what broke a centuries-old racial barrier and allowed the Gentiles to hear the Gospel for the first time. Did you know you can be a Christian and be prejudiced? Yes, you can be a believer and be biased towards people you don’t know or understand because you’ve spent your life avoiding them and making judgments about them.

Jesus told His disciples, ‘This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in...More

Monday, December 6, 2021

How To Discover Your Vision (3)

‘To him the Lord said in a vision.’ Acts 9:10 NKJV

Maybe you think because you haven’t been to Bible college that God would never give a vision to someone like you. But you would be mistaken.

The Bible says: ‘There was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on...More

Sunday, December 5, 2021

How To Discover Your Vision (2)

‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ Acts 9:6 NKJV

Paul believed he was doing God’s will by imprisoning and killing Christians. And when he discovered his true calling, it was in a dramatic way. ‘As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from Heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to...More

Saturday, December 4, 2021

How To Discover Your Vision (1)

‘They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.’ Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV

You don’t get to decide God’s purpose for your life, you discover it. How? Through prayer. God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you.’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. You may be overwhelmed with problems, but God sees your potential.

David’s family didn’t think he would amount to much. But where they saw a shepherd boy, God saw a king. Looking back, David wrote: ‘You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every...More

Friday, December 3, 2021

How Are Things At Home?

‘I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.’ Psalm 101:2 NLT

After King David’s affair with Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan told him, ‘The sword shall never depart from your house.’ (2 Samuel 12:10 NKJV) And it happened. His son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar, and because David had lost his moral authority at home, he did nothing about it. When his other son Adonijah staged a coup, his father ‘never crossed him at any time by asking, “Why have you done so?”’ (1 Kings 1:6 NASB) If ever there was a time David needed to be a husband and father, this was it.

As a leader he...More

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Let Their Criticism Strengthen You

‘Listen to what they are saying. Afterwards, you will be encouraged.’ Judges 7:11 NIV

Are you being criticised? Has it shaken your confidence? God told Gideon, ‘If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp… and listen to what they are saying. Afterwards, you will be encouraged.’ (Judges 7:10–11 NIV) Why did God send Gideon and his servant into the enemy camp? To hear what they were saying, and to encourage him. When they arrived, a soldier was telling a friend about his dream: ‘“A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the...More

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Reasons For Your Discontent

‘They have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!’ Jeremiah 2:13 NLT

Let’s take a moment to understand some reasons for our discontent:

(1) Looking for happiness in the wrong places. God said: ‘My people have done two evil things: They have abandoned Me—the fountain of living water. And they dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!’ There is an emptiness inside you that only God can fill, and He will, if you invite Him in.

(2) Failure to serve others. How we treat others is often a reflection of how we feel about ourselves....More

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

You’re In A Time Of Testing

‘Joseph remained a slave until his own words had come true, and the Lord had finished testing him.’ Psalm 105:19 CEV

God may not respond exactly when you want Him to, but He is always on time. ‘No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.’ (Psalm 84:11 NKJV) It’s difficult to watch God blessing others while you’re forced to wait. The Bible tells us, ‘Joseph remained a slave until his own words came true, and the Lord had finished testing him.’ God’s plan was for Joseph to live in a palace, yet for years he lived in a prison, charged with crimes he never committed. But it was...More

Monday, November 29, 2021

Take The Initiative (3)

‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.’ Proverbs 29:25 NIV

Fourth, change your mindset. Does risk scare you? Are you discouraged by past failures? Do you not see the potential that opportunity offers? You won’t be able to move forward until you discover what is holding you back. ‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.’ A snare is a trap. And when you begin to see your fears as a trap, you will want to be free from them.

Fifth, don’t wait for opportunity to knock. Opportunity seldom comes...More

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Take The Initiative (2)

‘Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.’ Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

Second, take action. There is an old saying ‘you can if you will’. Initiators don’t wait for others to motivate them. They know it’s their responsibility to move themselves forward beyond their comfort zone, and they make it a practice. President Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.’

The Bible says, ‘Trust in the Lord, and do good [take action]; dwell in the...More

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Take The Initiative (1)

‘Be strong and of good courage, for you must go.’ Deuteronomy 31:7 NKJV

When God gives you an unconditional promise, all you need to do is wait for it. But when He makes a conditional promise, you have a part to play in its fulfilment. Sometimes that calls for taking the initiative. For Israel, it meant being willing to face opposition and drive the occupying nations from the Promised Land so it could be theirs.

‘Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their...More

Friday, November 26, 2021

The Danger Of Rising Too Quickly

‘Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader.’ 1 Timothy 5:22 NLT

Before David became the king of Israel, he spent years tending a flock of sheep in the wilderness. That’s not an impressive start. But that’s where he built his relationship with God and honed his skills as a strategist and warrior. If you want to succeed, here is an immutable principle you must understand: God will let you practise in a place where your weaknesses can be worked on, your gifts developed, and where your mistakes won’t affect too many others.

A pilot received word from the control tower saying,...More

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Positioned For God’s Blessing

‘And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me.”’ Exodus 33:21 NKJV

God told Moses, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you.’ (Exodus 33:19 NKJV) But in order to see that promise fulfilled, Moses had to be properly positioned, so God said, ‘Here is a place by Me.’ When you function in the place where God has assigned you, you can claim His promise: ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you.’ Why would the Prodigal Son leave his father’s house when everything he needed was there? Because:

(1) He wanted his father’s blessing, but not his oversight. Jesus said, ‘Why do you...More

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Don’t Get Ahead Of God!

‘In due season He will honour you with every blessing.’ Psalm 37:34 TLB

When God gives you a promise or a vision for your life, it’s like a seed; it needs time to take root before it can bear fruit. It’s like the birth of a baby. First conception, then implantation, then pregnancy, and finally the day of delivery. And what do the parents do during this time? Prepare! They get ready for the challenges and responsibilities of parenthood.

You may think you’re ready, but God knows when you’re ready. Though he had already been anointed king, David had to wait about 15 years until God removed Saul...More

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

You Must Know Truth From Error

‘An enemy has done this!’ Matthew 13:28 NLT

Jesus said: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. The farmer’s workers went to him and said, “Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds!”… “An enemy has done this!” the farmer exclaimed. “Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked. “No,” he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together...More

Monday, November 22, 2021

To Be Godly Is To Be Good (3)

‘They acted with complete honesty.’ 2 Kings 12:15 NIV

In the Old Testament, when King Joash repaired the temple, we’re told: ‘The money brought into the temple… was paid to the workers… They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.’ (2 Kings 12:13-15 NIV) And because integrity was practised, the nation of Israel prospered.

James Madison, one of America’s Founding Fathers and a signatory to the Constitution, wrote: ‘The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for...More

Sunday, November 21, 2021

To Be Godly Is To Be Good (2)

‘The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in His sight.’ Proverbs 15:26 NIV

Sometimes we say to people, half in jest, ‘Try to be good. And if you can’t be good, be careful!’ The idea being that if you decide not to be good, make sure you’re clever enough not to get caught. But in reality, our lack of goodness is no laughing matter.

In the words of Robert Fitch: ‘Ours is an age where ethics has become obsolete. Morality is superseded by science, deleted by philosophy, and dismissed as emotive by psychology. It drowns in compassion, evaporates in aesthetics,...More

Saturday, November 20, 2021

To Be Godly Is To Be Good (1)

‘Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways.’ Psalm 25:8 NIV

How would you define ‘goodness’ or ‘the good life’? French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau defined happiness as ‘a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion’.

Some would say the good life is physical. They think it doesn’t get any better than a long soak in a hot bath, a back rub, and a drink at the pub. Others would say the good life is material. They think if you have the mansion, the Mercedes, and the money, you’re living the good life. But goodness isn’t about feeling good,...More

Friday, November 19, 2021

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

‘Look beneath the surface.’ John 7:24 NLT

John Wesley said, ‘We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.’ Why did Jesus say, ‘Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly’? (John 7:24 NLT) Because He had experienced the pain of rejection and misunderstanding. ‘He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.’ (John 1:11 NKJV)

The apostle James writes: ‘Practice your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ by not favouring one person over another. For example, two men come to your worship service. Suppose you give special attention to the...More

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Walking With A Limp

‘He was limping because of the injury to his hip.’ Genesis 32:31 NLT

Concerning Jacob, the Bible tells us: ‘A man came and wrestled with him until… dawn began to break… He touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”…Jacob named the place...More

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Have An Attitude Of Faith

‘Everything that has happened to me here has helped.’ Philippians 1:12 NLT

Shortly before he was executed, Paul wrote: ‘I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.’ (Philippians 1:12–14 NLT)

Later, he wrote, ‘Always be full of joy in the Lord.’ (Philippians 4:4 NLT) Paul had a...More

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Try Praying—And Fasting!

‘He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.”’ Mark 9:29 ISV

Are you facing a problem that prayer alone hasn’t yet solved? Do you have a loved one who has been taken captive by drugs, or alcohol, or some other destructive power? Try praying—and fasting. Sometimes the spiritual battle you’re in is so intense that it calls for denying the legitimate needs of your body and building up your faith through prayer and fasting so that you are able to prevail.

Jesus had told His disciples, ‘Whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing’ (John 14:12 NIV),...More

Monday, November 15, 2021

Overcoming Your Insecurity (2)

‘You will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.’ 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT

If your sense of well-being comes from any source other than God—including yourself—chances are you will always struggle with insecurity. That’s why Paul wrote: ‘God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.’ The New International Version puts it this way: ‘God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Overcoming Your Insecurity (1)

‘Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.’ NIV 2 Corinthians 3:5–6

Insecurity can sideline you. When you feel like you’re unqualified and unworthy of success, self-doubt can make you act in ways that sabotage your chances to be successful. The truth is, it’s impossible to live for long on a level that’s inconsistent with how you see yourself. And one of the biggest problems with insecurity is that it’s almost impossible to acknowledge, so you don’t deal with it and overcome it. Why is that? Because you’re afraid that an admission of vulnerability will:

(1) weaken you...More

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Does Your Love Have Staying Power?

‘Love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.’ 1 John 4:7 NIV

When we watch celebrities move through multiple marriages and hop from one relationship to another, it reminds us that you can have charisma without character, talent without trustworthiness, and skill without staying power. A cartoon in a magazine showed a couple standing before a minister during their wedding ceremony. The minister, looking at the bride, said, ‘The correct response is, “I do,” not, “It’s worth a try.”’

Love—in marriage and in any other relationship—requires unselfishness...More

Friday, November 12, 2021

You Must Hear From God For Yourself

‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ Joshua 5:14 NKJV

In the New Testament, God emphasised different things to each of the seven churches in Revelation. Why? Because they each had a different assignment and faced different challenges. It’s wise to read good books and listen to good mentors and teachers, but don’t assume that what God told them is what He is telling you. There are times when you need to hear from Him for yourself.

You may adopt certain principles, but you must get your plan from God. That’s why it’s sometimes hard for God to get through to preachers. When He speaks to them...More

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Understanding Satan’s Schemes

‘We are not unaware of his schemes.’ 2 Corinthians 2:11 NIV

One of Satan’s favourite schemes is getting us to use legitimate things in an illegitimate way. During the wilderness temptation, he tried to take advantage of Christ’s hunger by saying, ‘Tell these stones to become bread.’ (Matthew 4:3 NIV) But Jesus knew the Scriptures, so He replied, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”’ (Matthew 4:4 NKJV)

Had Jesus given in to His human impulses, He would have gone along with Satan’s scheme and forfeited His...More

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

God’s Remedy For Depression (5)

‘I have loved you with an everlasting love.’ Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

Let’s take a moment and look at the kind of self-talk that can increase feelings of depression—and keeps us stuck there. For example, instead of simply saying, ‘I made a mistake,’ we say, ‘I’m a total failure.’ Instead of saying, ‘I accidentally tripped,’ we say, ‘I’m clumsy.’ Instead of just saying, ‘I ate too much,’ we say, ‘I’m a pig.’

And when we label ourselves with such titles, we reinforce our problems and may begin to feel worse. Let God change the harmful misconceptions you have of yourself,...More

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

God’s Remedy For Depression (4)

‘The Lord said to him, ‘Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus.’ 1 Kings 19:15 NIV

Let God give you new direction. God told Elijah to go to the Desert of Damascus and anoint a new king and also a new prophet to take his place (1 Kings 19:15–17). In other words, He gave Elijah a new assignment. Try to avoid spending too much time in self-pity. Try to get your eyes off yourself and start looking at the needs of others. Get involved in their lives through a ministry where you’re giving out and God is giving through you.

If you are constantly looking at yourself, you will...More

Monday, November 8, 2021

God’s Remedy For Depression (3)

‘Stand out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ 1 Kings 19:11 NIV

Pursue a fresh awareness of God’s presence in your life. The third thing God did in dealing with Elijah’s depression was to tell him, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Next, we read: ‘Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a...More

Sunday, November 7, 2021

God’s Remedy For Depression (2)

‘The Lord asked, “Elijah, why are you here?”’ 1 Kings 19:9 CEV

Tell God your frustrations. After being restored through proper food and rest, Elijah travelled for forty days. Then he went into a cave and spent the night. In the morning, the Lord asked him, ‘Why are you here?’ Elijah answered: ‘I’ve always done my best to obey You. But Your people have broken their solemn promise to You. They have torn down Your altars and killed all Your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!’ (1 Kings 19:10 CEV)

Elijah poured out all his feelings, and God allowed him to let...More

Saturday, November 6, 2021

God’s Remedy For Depression (1)

‘Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.’ 1 Kings 19:7 NIV

If you are experiencing depression, it is important to seek the support of a medical professional or counsellor. But God also has some wisdom. Take care of your physical needs. Elijah was exhausted, so he stretched out under a tree and fell asleep. ‘All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.’ (1 Kings 19:5–6 NIV) Then the angel came to him a second time and said, ‘Get...More

Friday, November 5, 2021

Prepare Through Prayer

‘Can’t any of you stay awake with Me for just one hour?’ Matthew 26:40 CEV

In Gethsemane, Jesus ‘came back and found His disciples sleeping. So He said to Peter, “Can’t any of you stay awake with Me for just one hour? Stay awake and pray that you won’t be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak.”’ (Matthew 26:40–41 CEV) Jesus was just hours from the cross, and He asked His disciples to pray for Him. Imagine His disappointment when He found them sleeping! Perhaps they didn’t get enough rest the night before. Maybe they were worn out from a hard day’s work.


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Say, ‘God is my dwelling place’

‘Lord, You have been our dwelling place.’ Psalm 90:1 NKJV

Even though the Israelites were God’s people, they ‘wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.’ (Psalm 107:4–5 NKJV) If you feel that way today, perhaps your soul needs a ‘dwelling place’. A home where it’s at peace, secure, and nurtured; a place where you can lay down your worries, weariness, and frustrations. David said, ‘My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and… flesh cry out for the living God.’ (Psalm 84:2...More

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

When Things Go Wrong

‘To give them beauty for ashes.’ Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

The world is not going to devote itself to making you happy. Only when you accept that, can you begin to move forward. Life doesn’t always work the way you want it to. Paul wrote, ‘I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain.’ (Romans 15:24 ESV) But it seems unlikely he ever got to Spain; instead he landed in one of the worst prisons in Europe. But from there he wrote the epistles.

Your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment. The Bible says, ‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’ (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)...More

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

His Servant and His Witness

‘I have appeared to you to appoint you as My servant and witness.’ Acts 26:16 NLT

A ‘servant’ focuses on doing his master’s will. And a ‘witness’ testifies to what he or she has seen and personally experienced. And as a redeemed child of God, you’re called to do both. Let’s look at each one individually.

(1) You’re God’s servant. That means your ears must be attuned to what He wants you to do, when He wants you to do it, in the way He wants it done. Doing His will should be the most important item on your daily agenda.

(2) You’re His witness. The value of a witness...More

Monday, November 1, 2021

Be At Peace—God Is Still In Control!

‘This peace will control the way you think and feel.’ Philippians 4:7 CEV

People often say God won’t give us anything we can’t handle. But it’s truer to say He won’t give us anything He can’t handle. Do you feel like there is too much to do and not enough of you to do it? Let this Scripture percolate in your mind: ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ (Romans 15:13 NIV)

The way to have peace in the midst of a troubled situation is by staying filled with the power of the Holy...More

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Conquering The Giants In Your Life (2)

‘Today the Lord will conquer you.’ 1 Samuel 17:46 NLT

Goliath’s ancestors were Israel’s long-standing enemies. When Joshua entered the Promised Land, he annihilated them all—except for a few isolated pockets like the area where Goliath eventually came from. Why is that important to note? Because if you don’t kill the enemy, he’ll rise to fight you again. Maybe you’re wrestling with issues your parents and grandparents grappled with; things like addiction, marriage problems, anger, worry and depression.

David put ‘five… stones from a stream… into his shepherd’s bag’ (1 Samuel...More

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Conquering The Giants In Your Life (1)

‘I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.’ Luke 10:19 NLT

When he went out to fight Goliath, David said, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord… and He will give you to us!’ (1 Samuel 17:45, 47 NLT) Nobody in King Saul’s army seemed to have factored God into the equation, but David talked about nothing else. He saw what they didn’t, and refused to be intimidated by what they did. He believed that the God he served was bigger than the giant he faced.

Do you believe that too? Do you see God as bigger than your problem?...More

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Answer Is: Gratitude

‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits towards me?’ Psalm 116:12 KJV

The surest way to ruin your child’s prospects for a happy life is to indulge their every whim, teach them that the world ‘owes them’, cultivate in them a sense of entitlement, under no circumstances allow them to ‘work by the sweat of their brow’ and experience the satisfaction that comes from discipline, sacrifice and a job well done.

In the classic Little Women, Mrs March tells this story to her daughters: ‘Once upon a time there were four girls who had enough to eat and drink and wear, a good many...More

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Red Lights And Green Lights (3)

‘This is the road! Now follow it.’ Isaiah 30:21 CEV

Someone quipped, ‘When Columbus set out, he didn’t know where he was going. When he arrived, he didn’t know where he was. And when he returned home, he didn’t know where he’d been.’ We all need help knowing what direction to go; whether or not to relocate, take a certain job, commit to a relationship, etc. Good news! God will direct you, and when you make a wrong turn he will redirect you. Here are three ways in which He does it:

(1) Through wise counsel. Others have sat where you’re sitting: ‘Consider the outcome of their way of...More

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Red Lights And Green Lights (2)

‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.’ Psalm 32:8 NLT

Vincent’s passion for ministry led him from Holland to the Belgian coalfields where he preached to miners, fed the hungry, and earned a place in the people’s hearts. His church was filled to capacity with those eager to learn about Jesus. But his superiors weren’t happy because Vincent wore cast-offs, lived in a shack, and gave his salary to the people.

‘You look worse than the people you teach,’ they said.

‘Wouldn’t Jesus have done the same?’ Vincent asked.

His superiors disagreed, and he...More

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Red Lights And Green Lights (1)

‘The Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.’ Acts 16:7 NLT

When God gives you a green light, you must go. And when He gives you a red light, you must stop. ‘Paul and his friends went through Phrygia and Galatia, but the Holy Spirit would not let them preach in Asia. After they arrived in Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not let them. So they went on through Mysia until they came to Troas. During the night, Paul had a vision of someone from Macedonia who was standing there and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” After Paul had seen the vision, we...More

Monday, October 25, 2021

How To De-Stress

‘The Lord said, “I will go with you and give you peace.”’ Exodus 33:14 CEV

Answer the following ten questions honestly.

(1) Are you sometimes grumpy without knowing why?

(2) Do you work hard but feel unappreciated?

(3) Do you feel guilty and unproductive when you’re caught relaxing?

(4) Do you increasingly find yourself shouting to make your point instead of talking calmly?

(5) Can you remember the last time you laughed till you cried?

(6) Are you exhausted after a day off because of all the chores you had to do?

(7) Do you tend...More

Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Seven Sons Of Sceva (3)

‘Having a form of godliness but denying its power.’ 2 Timothy 3:5 NIV

Here are three more important lessons from the seven sons of Sceva:

(1) Those around you aren’t necessarily with you. Just because somebody hangs out with you, admires you, and tries to emulate you, doesn’t mean they’re with you. These men followed Paul, studying his every move and trying to do what he did. But they had the wrong motives. They were never ‘with’ him at all! Are you concerned about losing certain people? Are you always trying to keep them happy? Do you wonder if you can make it in life without them? John...More

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Seven Sons Of Sceva (2)

‘Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.’ 1 John 4:4 KJV

From the seven sons of Sceva we learn two very important things:

(1) Satan knows who you are. The demons in this man spoke to the sons of Sceva, saying, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’ (Acts 19:15 NKJV) Question: Do you have the kind of relationship with God that causes Satan to know your name, and acknowledge that you’re a force to be reckoned with? When God asked Satan, ‘Have you noticed My servant, Job?’ he basically replied, ‘Yes, and every time I come up against him I hit a force field...More

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Seven Sons Of Sceva (1)

‘And the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.’ Acts 19:17 NKJV

The Bible says: ‘Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know;...More

Thursday, October 21, 2021

God Connects The Dots

‘Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass.’ Isaiah 46:10 NLT

One day a businessman called his wife to say that he was bringing a foreign visitor home for dinner. His wife had three children in school and one toddler at home, so she had a full workload. But she consented, and the meal she prepared was both delicious and graciously served. The foreign guest, an important official in Spain, had a delightful time and thanked the couple repeatedly for inviting him and treating him to a home-cooked meal and an evening of family warmth and fellowship.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Take The High Road

‘Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated.’ Acts 15:39 NLT

Paul and Barnabas had travelled and ministered together, encouraged one other, endured persecution side-by-side, and won many to Christ. But even the best of relationships can go awry, and they were no exception. ‘Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated.’ Paul and Barnabas never intended to hurt each other. They were both good men, and God’s Kingdom was their top priority. God chose Paul to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, and the Bible calls Barnabas ‘a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith.’ (Acts 11:24 NIV)...More

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Telling It Like It Is

‘Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ.’ Ephesians 4:15 NLT

Jon Walker says, ‘It’s hard to… confront… it’s easier to stay superficial… to demonise one another when we don’t agree.. .and to cut and run at the first sign of trouble… But the Bible says, “An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship,” (Proverbs 24:26 NLT); it deepens relationships… and keeps our fellowship open and authentic, freeing us to speak the truth in love… No more lies or pretence. Tell your brother the truth. Remember… when you lie to others, you end up lying to...More

Monday, October 18, 2021

How’s Your Spiritual Appetite? (3)

‘As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in Your commands.’ Psalm 119:143 NLT

Thank God for skilled doctors who know how to diagnose illnesses and prescribe medications that bring health and healing. But here’s something for you to think about: what if many of our stress-related illnesses could be helped with meditation as well as medication?

The psalmist wrote: ‘As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in Your commands. Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live… Those who love Your instructions have great peace.’ (Psalm 119:143–144,...More

Sunday, October 17, 2021

How’s Your Spiritual Appetite? (2)

‘They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.’ 2 Chronicles 15:15 NIV

Prolonged starvation can have a profound effect on your health. You lose your ability to think clearly. Your vision gets blurry. Your strength wanes, and you stop being productive. Guess what? It’s the same with your spiritual life.

Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4 NIV) So knowing that, how come we don’t spend time reading the Bible? We know it’s essential to our spiritual, mental and...More

Saturday, October 16, 2021

How’s Your Spiritual Appetite? (1)

‘He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’ Psalm 107:9 NKJV

When you’re sick, one of the first questions a doctor asks in order to diagnose your problem is, ‘How’s your appetite?’ That’s because when you lose your desire for food, something’s wrong in your body. And the same principle applies to your spiritual health. One of the characteristics of the great men and women in Scripture is that they hungered for God in prayer and disciplined themselves to study and understand His Word.

What made evangelist George Müller so successful? During his lifetime he...More

Friday, October 15, 2021

Recognising God’s Voice

‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ 1 Samuel 3:9 NKJV

As a boy working in the temple, Samuel didn’t recognise God’s voice when He spoke to him. But later as a prophet, his ear was the portal through which God spoke to an entire nation. Learning to recognise God’s voice isn’t a skill that’s acquired overnight because He speaks to us at different times, in different ways, and in different settings. Recognising God’s voice:

(1) Calls for spiritual maturity. Jesus said, ‘The sheep follow Him, for they know His voice.’ (John 10:4 NKJV) Note, he said His sheep, not His lambs, know...More

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Today, Practise Humility

‘Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ Matthew 23:12 NLT

Paul had a prominent and far-reaching ministry, yet he said of himself, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.’ (1 Timothy 1:15 KJV) When people told Paul how great he was, he stayed humble by remembering what he used to be. If you believe God has called you, your response should be to bow down in humility before Him.

When the Angel of the Lord told an ageing Zacharias he would father a son named John the Baptist, Zacharias was struck dumb and froze...More

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Be An Exhorter (3)

‘Your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him.’ Deuteronomy 1:38 NLT

When it comes to being an exhorter, observe two things:

(1) Exhortation is a neglected gift. No ministry is more needed in the church today, as that of encouragement. It’s so easy to find discouragement and so difficult to find encouragement. Even in the church. Most churches have what’s called a ‘cold water committee’. They’re always ready to tell you why something won’t work and point out how some programme went wrong. They seem to talk louder and longer than the...More

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Be An Exhorter (2)

‘Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith.’ Acts 14:22 NKJV

An exhorter has the ability to do three things:

(1) Confirm. ‘When they had preached the Gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God.”’ (Acts 14:21–22 NKJV) An exhorter is a pillar of strength in difficult times. They know how to motivate the tough to get going, when the going...More

Monday, October 11, 2021

Be An Exhorter (1)

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‘Exhort one another daily.’ Hebrews 3:13 NKJV

The Greek word for ‘exhort’ is parakaleo. It comes from two words, one meaning ‘alongside of’ and the other meaning ‘to call’. This is the root of the Greek word paraclete, which is the name Jesus gave the Holy Spirit. The real ministry of the Holy Spirit is to exhort and encourage us in our walk with God. So you are never more like the Holy Spirit and never more in tune with His ministry, than when you are exhorting and encouraging others. An exhorter can turn a loser into a winner, a shirker into a worker, and a pessimist into an optimist. They...More

Sunday, October 10, 2021

How God Deals With Our Self-Centredness

‘Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there.’ Galatians 5:24 NLT

It’s estimated that the average person speaks about nine million words a year, and more than half are, ‘I, me, my, mine.’ But following Christ means dying to self, and self-centredness doesn’t give up without a fight. That’s why Paul writes that we need to nail our sinful desires to Christ’s cross and kill them off. Self-interest won’t just roll over and die; it must be killed. And it’s a daily battle, because we have a tendency to cling to our...More

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Strive To Become Intimately Acquainted With God

‘All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised Him to life.’ Philippians 3:10 CEV

It’s one thing to know about God, but it’s entirely another thing to know Him intimately. Take a moment and examine your life today. Has your walk with God slowed to a crawl? Are you running on empty? A full tank is only possible by making regular visits to the fuel pump; that means paying attention to your fuel gauge. And a full tank doesn’t just happen; it requires vigilance, commitment and action. Your flesh will work against you every day, and adverse circumstances will come to discourage you. Even those close...More

Friday, October 8, 2021

Get Free From Debt

‘The borrower is servant to the lender.’ Proverbs 22:7 NLT

To get free from debt:

(1) Write down your financial goals. Decide what’s truly important—how much you’ll save, how much you’ll spend, and how much debt you can handle without jeopardising your future. One reason we never reach our goals is because we don’t set any. You must know where you’re going and how to get there.

(2) Start small. Tackle one bill at a time. It’s amazing what you accomplish when you’re serious and stick with it. The Bible says, ‘At the proper time we will reap a harvest...More

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Through Christ, You Can Break The Habit!

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13 NKJV

Stubborn habits assume a life of their own; that’s why they keep growing. They have a mind that thinks for you, a voice that speaks to you, and a power that keeps conquering you. So… what should you do? Pray and proclaim God’s Word over your habit!

God said, ‘I am watching over My word to perform it.’ (Jeremiah 1:12 NASB)

Pray: ‘Lord, Your Word says that if I call on You, You’ll answer me, that You’ll be with me in trouble, You’ll honour and deliver me (see Psalm 91:15). You promised that...More

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Learn To Be Alone With God

‘Moses alone is to approach the Lord.’ Exodus 24:2 NIV

It’s essential to be alone with God in order to hear clearly from Him. For a texting/tweeting generation hooked on mobile phones and bombarded by round-the-clock media, this can be a tough concept to grasp. But until you do, you’ll get nowhere spiritually.

Are you serious about following Jesus? He ‘often withdrew… and prayed.’ (Luke 5:16 NIV) He ‘went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray.’ (Matthew 14:23 NIV) How did Jacob the deceiver become ‘Israel, a prince with God’? (see Genesis 32:28). The Bible says he ‘was left...More

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Peace, In Spite Of The Circumstances

‘My peace I give you.’ John 14:27 NIV

God rarely sends us into situations where our comfort level is high. Instead He promises to be with us in spite of our fear. It’s God’s presence, not comfortable circumstances that strengthens our faith and brings out the best in us.

God told Abraham to leave a wealthy, well-known family, and go to a land he didn’t know. He explained that Abraham would give birth to a new nation that would bless the world. Abraham went, and a nation was born.

God told Moses to confront Pharaoh, the most powerful man on earth, and that God Himself would use Moses...More

Monday, October 4, 2021

The Child That Needs You Most

‘When he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion.’ Luke 15:20 NKJV

Good parents try to love all their children equally. But it’s the child who needs us most, that becomes the special object of our love.

Author and humorist Erma Bombeck once wrote: ‘Every mother has a favourite child. She cannot help it. She is only human. I have mine—the child for whom I feel a special closeness, with whom I share a love that no one else could possibly understand. My favourite child was the one who was too sick to eat ice cream at his birthday party, who had measles at Christmas, who...More

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Thoughts On Giving (3)

‘You must decide in your heart how much to give.’ 2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT

We each give for different reasons.

(1) Some people give out of guilt. They give to God’s work because they would feel bad if they didn’t.

(2) Some people give out of greed. They give only to get. They stand on Scriptures such as: ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ (Luke 6:38 NIV) What’s wrong with this kind of thinking? It’s ‘me-centred’, rather...More

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Thoughts On Giving (2)

‘If it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously.’ Romans 12:8 NIV

The Bible says; ‘We have different gifts… If a man’s gift is… contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously.’ (Romans 12:6–8 NIV) Every believer receives grace for giving, but some of us have the gift of giving. Who are these people? They have a gift of making money. Everything they’re involved in turns out well. They have the golden touch. They know how to make wise investments and recognise a good deal. Indeed, good deals are drawn to them like iron to a magnet. They know how to get the...More

Friday, October 1, 2021

Thoughts On Giving (1)

‘See that you abound in this grace also.’ 2 Corinthians 8:7 NKJV

Paul writes, ‘As you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.’ What’s Paul talking about here? Giving! God has not called you to be a reservoir that stores up all His blessings for yourself, but a river that carries His blessing to others. Many Christians have learned how to get, but not give. If you get into a posture of being a getting Christian without being a giving Christian, your life of faith will wither and die on the...More

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Think More About Others (3)

‘Not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many.’ 1 Corinthians 10:33 NKJV

Here’s a group you don’t want to be part of: ‘In the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.’ (2 Timothy 3:1–4 NKJV) There’s nothing wrong with making money. Indeed, if you honour the Lord He will help you to make more of it (see Deuteronomy 8:18, Isaiah 48:17, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:8).

But here’s a Bible principle you must live by to walk in the blessing of God. When you have enough money to meet your...More

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Think More About Others (2)

‘He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.’ Proverbs 19:17 NKJV

Here are four ways in which you can express kindness and generosity towards others.

(1) Giving your time. Giving a few hours of your time to someone, especially if you’re a busy person, can mean the world to a person who’s hurting.

(2) Giving your talent. Organisations like Mercy Ships marshal the talents of gifted people to relieve suffering and provide shelter to the needy. That’s Scriptural! (See Matthew 25:34–46.)

(3) Giving your treasure. ‘He...More

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Think More About Others (1)

‘How can the love of God be in that person?’ 1 John 3:17 NKJV

On a scale of one to ten, how often do you think about the needs of others and try to meet them? Before you answer, read this: ‘If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?’

Selfishness is defined as ‘the state of being overly concerned with one’s self’. Now God is not asking you to sacrifice for others to the point where you jeopardise your own health and mental well-being, then end up resentful for doing so. Nor does He expect you to...More

Monday, September 27, 2021

Recognise When It’s Wise To Compromise

‘That I might by all means save some.’ 1 Corinthians 9:22 NKJV

Paul wouldn’t yield an inch on Bible truth, but when it came to customs, traditions, and people’s preferences, he refused to fight about them. For example, some of the Corinthian Christians thought because certain meats were offered in worship to idols it was sinful to eat them. So did Paul handle it by standing up and declaring, ‘I’m not going to allow you to impose your unscriptural convictions on me’?


He wrote: ‘Some are accustomed to thinking of idols as… real, so when they eat food that has been offered...More

Sunday, September 26, 2021

How To Protect Yourself When You’re Alone

‘Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress.’ Psalm 25:16 NLT

David, who committed adultery with another man’s wife, prayed: ‘Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!… See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in You I take refuge. May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in You.’ (Psalm 25:16–21 NLT)

How can you protect yourself in areas where you’re vulnerable?

(1) By...More

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Get To The Root Of Your Problem

‘Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.’ Ephesians 3:17 NLT

Did your parents fail to make you feel loved? Did your partner desert you? Were you physically, sexually, mentally or emotionally abused? These are painful experiences. And recognising their source is crucial, especially when it’s a root of rejection. You can resort to all kinds of tactics from people-pleasing to work-a-holism to make yourself feel better, but without a root system of healthy self-esteem, nothing works.

Flawed roots produce flawed fruit: feelings of inferiority, worthlessness, anger, inability to...More

Friday, September 24, 2021

Speculation Or Revelation?

‘No one takes this honour on himself.’ Hebrews 5:4 NIV

When it comes to knowing what God has called you to do in life, you have two options.

(1) Speculation. Dr Hugh Moorhead, who heads the philosophy department at Northeastern Illinois University, wrote to 250 well-known philosophers, scientists, writers and intellectuals, asking them the time-honoured question: ‘What is the meaning of life?’ Then he published their responses in a book. Some offered their best guesses, some admitted they had made up a purpose for life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless. In fact, a number...More

Thursday, September 23, 2021

God’s Answer To Worry

‘God has not given us a spirit of fear.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

The Bible says, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.’ Overcoming fear begins with understanding that fear is a ‘spirit’, and it doesn’t come from God. Each time you realise that, you’re less likely to give in to it. So, what has God given us in place of fear? Three things:

(1) Power. Now we’re not simply talking about self-help techniques and stress management. This is deeper than anxiety reduction to make your life more pleasant. It’s a settled conviction that...More

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Let God’s Love Dispel Your Fear

‘There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear.’ 1 John 4:18 NKJV

Modern science confirms the truth of the Scripture: ‘There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear.’ Love and fear are incompatible; they can’t co-exist. Children have several basic needs. Two important ones are:

(1) A need to explore. That’s how they learn, grow and develop.

(2) A need to feel safe. If they don’t feel secure, they won’t explore. Every human being needs a secure base from which to investigate and grow.

Research confirms that, generally speaking, one parent more...More

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

What’s In A Name? Everything! (6)

‘The name of the city from that time on will be: The Lord [Yahweh Shammah] Is There.’ Ezekiel 48:35 NIV

During Israel’s twenty-fifth year in captivity in Babylon Ezekiel received from God the name Yahweh-Shammah: the Lord is there. He described their future home, Jerusalem, saying, ‘The name of the city from that time on will be: The Lord Is There.’

It applies not only to the Lord of the old covenant, but equally to Jesus, the Lord of the new covenant whose name, ‘Immanuel’, means ‘God is with us.’ (Matthew 1:23 NLT) It means that at all times, in all places, under all circumstances,...More

Monday, September 20, 2021

What’s In A Name? Everything! (5)

‘And this will be His name: “The Lord Is Our Righteousness.”’ Jeremiah 23:6 NLT

The name, Yahweh-Tsidkenu: the Lord my righteousness, was given by God to Jeremiah, announcing the coming of Jesus. ‘I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line… And this will be His name: “The Lord Is Our Righteousness.”’ (Jeremiah 23:5–6 NLT) Before Jesus came, our righteousness was dependent on our own efforts.

‘We will be counted as righteous when we obey all the commands the Lord our God has given us.’ (Deuteronomy 6:25 NLT) But we failed the righteousness test big time!...More

Sunday, September 19, 2021

What’s In A Name? Everything! (4)

‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.’ Judges 6:23 NIV

The name Yahweh-Shalom: the Lord my peace, was discovered by Gideon when God assigned him the job of leading Israel against the Midianites—a position Gideon saw as far beyond his abilities. ‘How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’ (Judges 6:15 NIV) The Lord responded, ‘I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites… Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.’ (Judges 6:16, 23 NIV)

A frightened Gideon believed God before the battle was...More

Saturday, September 18, 2021

What’s In A Name? Everything! (3)

‘Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring.’ Exodus 14:13 NIV

Let’s look again at Yahweh-Nissi: the Lord my banner. It isn’t easy to hand our battles over and let God fight for us. We feel like we’re copping out or being irresponsible. Popular thinking says, ‘Don’t just sit there, do something!’ We’re like the drowning man who can’t stop grasping at his rescuer. We imagine they need our help, and as a result we end up making their job almost impossible. The truth is—we become their worst nightmare! But just because God fights for us doesn’t mean we’re not involved....More

Friday, September 17, 2021

What’s In A Name? Everything! (2)

‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV

When Israel was threatened by the armies of Amalek, God gave them a glorious victory. Realising that God was fighting the battle for them, Moses built an altar to Yahweh-Nissi: the Lord my banner. Fighting our own battles was never God’s idea. The Bible says, ‘The Lord is a man of war.’ (Exodus 15:3 KJV) ‘The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.’ (Exodus 14:14 KJV) ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged… for the battle is not yours, but...More

Thursday, September 16, 2021

What’s In A Name? Everything! (1)

‘You alone are the Most High over all the earth.’ Psalm 83:18 NIV

The Israelites called God Yahweh, a name they thought of as incommunicable and inexplicable. The name means the ‘self-existing one’; the ‘I AM’. He was before all things, the Creator of all things; an awesome but seemingly impersonal, unknowable being. However, God wanted us to know Him in a personal way, so in Scripture He added five revealing titles to the name Yahweh, five word-portraits to help us understand and relate to Him. The Israelites usually discovered the truth of these word-portraits during times of crisis and distress. And...More

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Practise Self-Control

‘Do not give in to sinful desires.’ Romans 6:12 NLT

Paul writes: ‘Consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ… Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires… [or] let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God.’ (Romans 6:11–13 NLT) If you let it, your body will lead you astray. It’s not that it’s evil, but it has certain appetites which are always ready to respond to surrounding stimuli, all of which are terribly appealing and temporarily...More

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Spiritual Growth Is A Group Project

‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ Psalm 122:1 NKJV

The psalmist said, ‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”’ Do you feel that way about God’s house too? And if not, why not?

Paul writes: ‘You are members of God’s family. Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through Him you… are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit.’ (Ephesians 2:19–22...More

Monday, September 13, 2021

God Will Never Abandon You

‘Everyone abandoned me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me.’ 2 Timothy 4:16–17 NLT

When someone you love dies, divorces or deserts you, it hurts deeply. Even Paul wasn’t exempt. Here are some of his last words: ‘Timothy, please come as soon as you can. Demas has deserted me… Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me… Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm… The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me… But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength… He rescued me from certain...More

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Don’t Lose Sight Of Your Goals

‘His heart is established; he will not be afraid.’ Psalm 112:8 NKJV

To achieve success in life there are three obstacles you’ll have to be aware of and overcome:

(1) Weariness. Racehorses run at approximately the same speed; sometimes the difference between winning and losing the race comes down to their ‘heart’ to win. So, look into your heart today and see if you are truly committed. ‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’ (Hebrews 10:35–36...More

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Love Is A Verb

‘He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.’ 1 John 4:8 NKJV

Love is not just a noun; it’s a verb. It’s not what you think or feel; it’s what you do. Elizabeth Geikie was a Salvation Army missionary in India. One day she heard a scream and, running out of her hut, she saw some men carrying another. They laid him at her feet. He was in agony. She examined him and realised his foot was horribly swollen because of a huge imbedded thorn. She had no forceps and couldn’t get a grip with her fingers, so she knelt down and clamped her teeth around the thorn’s protruding end and slowly removed...More

Friday, September 10, 2021

Put Away The Measuring Stick!

‘Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you.’ Proverbs 3:3 ESV

Before the Passover meal, the disciples forgot to wash Jesus’ feet. Bad performance! After Jesus explained the bread and wine symbolised His upcoming crucifixion, they started arguing who would be the greatest in the Kingdom. Bad performance! Within hours they’d fallen asleep on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Bad performance! And He knew Peter would deny him. Bad performance! So how did Jesus grade them? He didn’t! Jesus doesn’t grade people. And you don’t have to either.

You’ll find wonderful rest in your soul...More

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Care Enough To Confront

‘Warn and seriously advise those who are out of line.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:14 AMP

‘Warn… those who are out of line… encourage the timid and fainthearted, help and give your support to the weak.’ Sadly, we’d rather stay quiet and be popular than speak difficult truth into the lives of others. Henry Blackaby writes: ‘A church isn’t a group of individuals who happen to meet in the same place every week; it’s a spiritual body… a loving family. It’s far easier to comfort and encourage than to warn or exhort, but both are necessary. Ephesians 4:15 tells us to speak the truth in love so that the...More

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

When Justice Seems Denied

‘The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.’
Psalm 103:6 NKJV

When OJ Simpson was tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown, the jury ruled: ‘Not guilty’. In court, Nicole’s mother wept and said, ‘God, where are you?’ It’s a question we ask when life seems unfair. The Bible answers, ‘For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.’ (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV) But we want the score settled now. So we struggle, we question, and we doubt.

The psalmist did too: ‘How long will you judge unjustly, and...More

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Prioritise Your Relationship With God

‘The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man.’ Genesis 39:2 NKJV

Admission to certain social clubs depends on your family of origin: blue blood, or blue collar. Sadly some employers and some churches do that too. But God doesn’t. Imagine you were Joseph. You share a father with your siblings, but four different mothers have given birth to your brothers and sister along the way. Your dad’s a con artist. He has been one his entire life and everyone knows it. The whole family knows he cheated your uncle out of the inheritance, and then hid behind his mother’s skirts before running off like a...More

Monday, September 6, 2021

Giving Brings Receiving

‘Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.’ 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV

Jim Penner says: ‘It was a cold snowy day as my mother drove my sister and me to church. Living at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains I’d become accustomed to slipping and sliding. I remember my mother being tense… and hoping she’d have enough traction to make the curve without ploughing into the semi-truck ahead. Her tyres were bald—new ones were low on our priority list that included food and shelter. As Mom placed a cheque in the offering that day, I remember thinking there were better uses for those funds. Yet here she was...More

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Don’t Short-Change Your Children

‘My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice!’ Proverbs 23:15 NLT

Dad, if you succeed in making a good living but fail to teach your children how to live ‘right’, your success will be empty, and you’ll end up living with regrets. The average child spends six to seven hours each day on the internet, or watching television, or interacting with their peer group. And every minute of it is creating their value system and moulding them into the person they will become. So be there for them! If you have to sacrifice materially in order to develop them spiritually, it’s a trade-off you’ll...More

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Speak Positively (4)

‘If our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace.’ Romans 8:6 CEV

Pessimism affects you spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Negativity is directly related to heart disease, immune system deficits, and the ability to cope with physical pain. The famous Mayo Clinic conducted a 30-year study of 800 patients—and the results are telling. The pessimists’ risk of early death was 19% higher than that of the optimists in the group.

In Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, Dr Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania concluded that optimism and...More

Friday, September 3, 2021

Speak Positively (3)

‘Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’ Philippians 4:8 NLT

Positive self-talk isn’t a new concept; it’s a Scriptural one. Paul writes, ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true… honourable… right… pure… lovely, and admirable… things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’ Here are three ways you can do that:

(1) Avoid comparisons. Each of us has a different skill set. You’re unique. The way you do things may differ from the techniques of others, but that doesn’t make it wrong. There’s almost always more than one way to achieve the same end-goal. Comparison...More

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Speak Positively (2)

‘I decided to forget my complaints, to put away my sad face and be cheerful.’ Job 9:27 NLT

Let’s begin by acknowledging that sometimes life is hard. And some of us have it harder than others. That’s why the Bible says there is ‘a time to cry and a time to laugh.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:4 NLT) But what if you just keep ‘crying’ about life? How can you reduce the strain and drain produced by negative self-talk? Here are three ways:

(1) Cut and paste. Train yourself to recognise negative inner chatter the minute it starts and delete it immediately. If you have to, take a chainsaw to it. If it...More

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Speak Positively 1

‘I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.’ Philippians 4:13 NLT

When you can’t choose or control your circumstances, you can still decide how you’ll respond to them. Paul was in prison when he wrote, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always.’ (Philippians 4:4 NKJV) We’re addressing those who have a perpetually pessimistic outlook on life and talk negatively most of the time. This is serious stuff!

‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV) That means you can talk yourself to death or talk yourself to...More

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The ‘If Only’ Trap

‘Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.’ Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT

Author Betty Mahalik says in this day and age we’re surrounded by messages that scream, ‘My life would be perfect if only I’d a different job… house… car… nose… spouse… bank account (you fill in the blank). Or if I could be like some celebrity whose life appears well ordered and perfect. Well this week I stopped playing “my life would be perfect if,” and started playing “my perfect life”. What’s the difference? Three things:

(1) Being in the present;

(2) An attitude of...More

Monday, August 30, 2021

Use The Smile Strategy

‘When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them.’ Job 29:24 NLT

A pastor tells of being in a church for twelve years. He had a custom during Sunday morning service of calling the children forward just before his sermon so that they could go to a ‘children’s church’ especially for them. The children would march past the pulpit and he would make it a point to smile at each of them. In return he received smiles. ‘It was one of the high points of the service for me,’ he recalled. But one day he apparently missed smiling at a child. A curly-headed four-year-old ran...More

Sunday, August 29, 2021

There Are No Menial Jobs

‘Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT

David said, ‘I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.’ (Psalm 84:10 NLT)

Joni Eareckson Tada writes: ‘Elsie runs a Christian home for young girls who’ve left lives of prostitution and drug dealing on the streets of Hollywood. She walks the streets, shares the Gospel, and leads these girls to Christ. If these new converts truly desire to change their lives and commit to new responsibilities, they’ve a place in Elsie’s home. Pam is one such...More

Saturday, August 28, 2021

God Is Only A Prayer Away

‘This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.’ Psalm 34:6 NKJV

JC Penney has died and gone to heaven, but hundreds of department stores across America still carry his name. When he started out in life he was interested in one thing only: making money. Working as a clerk for six dollars a week, his consuming ambition was to be worth a hundred thousand dollars. When he reached that goal he felt temporary satisfaction, but soon set his sights on being worth a million dollars. Then tragedy struck his life. His wife caught a cold that developed into pneumonia, and she...More

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Four Fundamental Elements Of Prayer

‘Pray in the Spirit on all occasions.’ Ephesians 6:18 NIV

To help you remember these four fundamental elements, think of the acrostic P-R-A-Y.

(1) P — praise the Lord. Before you petition God, spend time praising Him. There’s a specific protocol involved when approaching a president or prime minister, and it’s the same when you approach God. The psalmist said, ‘Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him.’ (Psalm 100:4 NIV)

(2) R — repent of your sins. Just like the heat from a furnace forces the impurities in metal to surface so that...More

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Change Your Thinking!

‘You will spread out to the right and to the left.’ Isaiah 54:3 NIV

God told His people: ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!’ (Isaiah 43:18–19 NIV) So, if you’re asking God for a vision, or to enlarge the one He’s already given you, you need to make room mentally. ‘Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left.’ (Isaiah 54:2–3 NIV)

Somebody said dreams always come a size too big so you can grow to...More

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How To Find Your Calling

‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul.’ Acts 13:2 NIV

The Bible says: ‘As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted… prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.’ (Acts 13:2–3 NKJV) Notice three things:

(1) Barnabas and Saul were in church when God called them. And the Holy Spirit still speaks to us when we gather to pray, worship, and hear God’s Word. One reason we don’t have clear direction for our lives is because we aren’t in the place where God can...More

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Strive For Excellence (2)

‘That you may approve the things that are excellent.’ Philippians 1:10 NKJV

Excellence requires two things: extra time and extra effort. It calls for going ‘above and beyond’ what is required of you by others, because you consider it a matter of character and integrity. Now we’re not talking about striving for perfection. That can drive you crazy, as well as everybody else around you. Perfectionism is based on self-centredness. It seeks approval and applause. Your goal should be to perform every assignment or endeavour as if God Himself required it of you and will be evaluating and rewarding your...More

Monday, August 23, 2021

Strive For Excellence (1)

‘Understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’ Daniel 5:14 NKJV

Even though Daniel lived in captivity, he refused to settle for mediocrity. This brought him to the attention of the king of Babylon who said, ‘I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’ What a recommendation. What a reputation. And what a rebuke to those who ‘just want to get by’.

The Bible says, ‘Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.’ (Proverbs 22:29 NLT) The way...More

Sunday, August 22, 2021

How To Approach Bible Reading

‘The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.’ Psalm 19:8 NIV

How you approach reading the Bible is crucial. You must do two things:

(1) Approach it with integrity. When a new Christian in a Bible study group said, ‘I’ve had a hard time believing some parts of the Bible,’ the others smiled and applauded. They didn’t do it because unbelief is good news; they did it because he’d finally been honest enough to admit his doubts. Don’t worry; God’s not upset with you. Until you’re willing to talk about your doubts, you can’t resolve them. When Thomas questioned the...More

Saturday, August 21, 2021

A Spirit-Controlled Mind

‘The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.’ Romans 8:6 NIV

The Bible says: ‘Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.’ (Romans 8:5–6 NIV) The presence of God in your life comes through the Holy Spirit working to bring peace and shift anxiety. You either give control of your mind over to external influences and circumstances, or to the Holy Spirit.

What would a life like that look like? Well, imagine not being so fearful anymore....More

Friday, August 20, 2021

Thinking Of Yourself Less

‘Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.’ James 4:10 NKJV

Here’s a true saying: ‘Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.’ That doesn’t mean being a doormat for people to walk on or being spineless with no convictions and opinions. True humility is acknowledging God as the source of all you have, and all you need, and always remembering to give Him credit for both.

The Bible says, ‘God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.’ (Genesis 2:7 NKJV) God’s intention for...More

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Your ‘Euroclydon’

‘A tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.’ Acts 27:14 NKJV

The ship Paul was sailing on to Rome was wrecked by a storm named Euroclydon, meaning typhoon, tempest or cyclone. Here are some valuable lessons we can learn from his experience.

(1) God can make a bad situation work for your good. Because of this shipwreck, Paul ended up on Malta, where the people heard the Gospel for the first time. Plus, when he and his followers ‘departed, they provided such things as were necessary.’ (Acts 28:10 NKJV) Sometimes your problem can provide a platform for God to work in ways that’ll amaze...More

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Have You Consulted God About It?

‘But they did not ask the Lord.’ Joshua 9:14 CEV

When you consult God before making decisions, it keeps you out of all sorts of trouble. Joshua learned this the hard way. He had just conquered Jericho, the biggest city in the Promised Land. Flushed with victory, the Israelites felt like they didn’t need to consult God concerning their next move. But over-confidence can be deadly!

The Gibeonites, one of the enemy nations in the Promised Land, realised they couldn’t win against God’s people, so they sent negotiators in to make peace with them. And it worked. Even though the Gibeonites were...More

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

To Advance, You Must Overcome Adversity

‘In everything and in every way we show that we truly are God’s servants.’ 2 Corinthians 6:4 CEV

The Christian life comes with blessings—and battles. You can’t have one without the other. Paul describes it this way: ‘In everything and in every way we show that we truly are God’s servants. We have always been patient, though we have had a lot of trouble, suffering, and hard times. We have been beaten, put in jail, and hurt in riots. We have worked hard and gone without sleep or food. But we have kept ourselves pure and have been understanding, patient, and kind. The Holy Spirit has been with us, and...More

Monday, August 16, 2021

God Wants You To Succeed

‘God gave him success.’ 2 Chronicles 26:5 NIV

Think about these questions and answer them honestly.

(1) Do you believe you can be successful and spiritual at the same time? Some folks equate poverty with humility and conclude that successful people can’t be humble. Not so. ‘As long as [Uzziah] sought the Lord, God gave him success.’ Success doesn’t give you the right to look down on others but, when successful people speak, others listen. Leaders like Joseph and Daniel influenced entire nations for God. The fact is, we’ve a message of hope others need to hear, but without adequate...More

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Does Your Loved One Need A Miracle Today?

‘Four people came up, carrying a man on a mat.’ Mark 2:3 CEV

‘Jesus was still teaching when four people came up, carrying a man on a mat because he could not walk. But because of the crowd, they could not get him to Jesus. So they made a hole in the roof above him and let the man down in front of everyone. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, He said to the man… “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.”’ (Mark 2:2–5, 11 CEV)

If your loved one needs a miracle today:

(1) Use your faith. Even though you’re praying for someone who may have little or no faith of their...More

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Are You Struggling With Temptation?

‘Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’ 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Your areas of vulnerability will change as the seasons of your life change, but the truth is that you’ll always be tempted in some way. But the good news is that you can be tempted and triumphant. Jesus showed us how to do it. When He faced the tempter in the wilderness He stood on God’s Word. Here are some Scriptures you can stand on when you’re tempted.

(1) ‘The Lord knows how to rescue Godly people from their trials.’ (2 Peter 2:9 NLT)

(2) ‘This High Priest of ours...More

Friday, August 13, 2021

Make Things Right With God

‘Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.’ James 4:10 KJV

In the Old Testament, the priests were consecrated to God by blood marked on their right ear lobe, their right thumb, and the big toe of their right foot. That meant they were called to honour God in their hearing, their skills, and their daily walk. You can’t just do your own thing; you’re called to walk according to God’s Word. When you don’t, God will call you to repentance. And if you don’t repent, He will discipline you. ‘Do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes...More

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Work On Your Marriage

‘The two are united into one.’ Matthew 19:5 NLT

Dr Joyce Brothers once joked, ‘My husband and I have never considered divorce… sometimes murder, but never divorce!’ Getting married is easy; living together successfully is hard. So how do you do it? By identifying issues that must be resolved, working on them, and learning to live with the rest! Snoring, endless hours of watching tv, not communicating, dirty socks on the floor, unmade beds—your partner’s habits can drive you crazy. And since Jesus said, ‘Let no one split apart what God has joined together’ (Matthew 19:6 NLT), how should you...More

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Make Criticism Work For You

‘Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.’ Proverbs 12:1 NKJV

There are two kinds of criticism:

(1) Unfair criticism. There’ll always be people who love to rain on your parade; people who try to build themselves up by tearing others down. Mark Twain said, ‘Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.’

(2) Constructive criticism. Solomon said, ‘Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a...More

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Things Are Going To Get Better

‘I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good.’ Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Are you grieving the death of a loved one? Are you walking through the fires of divorce? Have you lost your home or your job? Are you trying to pick up the pieces of your life and start over? God says, ‘The plans I have for you… are plans for good.’ When you involve God, the best is yet to be! But it’s impossible to move forward when you’re trapped in the past.

When ‘The Great Paderewski’ first started studying piano, his teacher told him his hands were too small to master the keyboard....More

Monday, August 9, 2021

Failing In Order To Succeed

‘Have you caught any fish?’ John 21:5 NLT

Sometimes God uses failure to get our attention and draw us closer to Him. At one time, the disciples ‘went out in the boat, but… caught nothing all night. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who He was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then He said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the...More

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Do You Want To Do Right?

‘Guard your heart above all else.’ Proverbs 4:23 NLT

Solomon said, ‘Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.’ Note the progression of events that led to David’s downfall: ‘He saw a woman bathing… inquired about the woman… and took her.’ (2 Samuel 11:2–4 NKJV) He saw… he inquired… he took. If you’re hankering after someone who’s not yours, pull your eyes away immediately.

‘Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) Police your mind. Instead of filling it with fantasies from magazines, tv or...More

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Build Others Up (2)

‘We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.’ Romans 15:2 NLT

Billy Graham once said, ‘The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.’ Are others naturally attracted to you? Are you well liked? If not, it may be because of:

(a) Pride. Nobody wants to follow someone who thinks they’re better than everyone else.

(b) Insecurity. If you are uncomfortable with who you are, others will be too.

(c) Moodiness. When people never know...More

Friday, August 6, 2021

Build Others Up (1)

‘Let everything you say be good and helpful.’ Ephesians 4:29 NLT

The apostle Paul writes, ‘Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.’ (Ephesians 4:29 NLT) Think of the people you most enjoy spending time with. How would you describe them? Grumpy? Bitter? Negative? Of course not! They’re celebrators, not complainers. They’re passionate about life.

As you live this day, realise that everyone you meet, you will leave: (1) better off; or (2) worse off; or (3) unaffected. The way to build others up is to see them as...More

Thursday, August 5, 2021

What Has God Promised You? Stand On It!

‘Be still!’ Mark 4:39 NLT

‘Jesus said to His disciples: “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out… But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back… with His head on a cushion. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t You care that we’re going to drown?” …He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have...More

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

God Will Guide You

‘You shall not go out with haste.’ Isaiah 52:12 NKJV

When you’re under pressure and tempted to move too quickly, if you stop and pray you’ll hear God saying: ‘You shall not go out with haste… for the Lord will go before you, and… be your rear guard.’ What an awesome promise! God goes before you to prepare the way and comes behind you to correct your mistakes and redirect your steps. When you’re about to make a wrong turn His Word says, ‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’ (Proverbs 16:9 NLT) If you let Him, God will overrule your decisions and re-route you when...More

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Focus On What’s Good

‘Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’ Philippians 4:8 NLT

Let’s face it, we don’t have to look very far to find things to complain about. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where they had everything they needed to be happy. But what did they focus on? The one tree they couldn’t have! God miraculously divided the Red Sea, guided the Israelites through the wilderness and provided food from heaven each day so they’d never go hungry. And did they appreciate it? Yes, for a while. ‘They… sang His praise. But… soon forgot what He had done.’ (Psalm 106:12–13...More

Monday, August 2, 2021

Confession Is Good For The Soul

‘If we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins.’ 1 John 1:9 NCV

Sunday school teacher Ranai Carlton writes: ‘I was trying to teach the children that we all need God’s forgiveness. So, I asked one of the girls, “Lisa, when is a time you might need God’s forgiveness?” Her blank stare prompted a response from my son, “It’s ok, Lisa. You don’t have to tell her.” Then he turned to me and said, “We don’t have to tell you our problems. This isn’t the Oprah Winfrey Show.”’ It’s true you don’t have to tell others your sins, but you do have to tell God. David said, ‘When I kept...More

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Communicating With Your Family

‘A house is built by wisdom.’ Proverbs 24:3 NLT

The storms of life will test whether or not you’ve done a good job with your family. And an important key to succeeding at home is communication. So, ask yourself these four questions:

(1) How well do I communicate with the people I love? You may unwittingly have adopted a style that doesn’t work well for you. For example: do you retaliate? That has a degrading effect. Do you dominate? That has an intimidating effect. Do you isolate? That has a frustrating effect. Or do you co-operate? That has an encouraging effect. If you’re in the habit of...More

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Don’t meddle in other people’s business

‘Some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.’ 2 Thessalonians 3:11 NLT

Scan any news stream or watch any TV talk show and you’ll discover that ‘meddling’ has become a multibillion-dollar business. But it’s not the kind of business a follower of Christ should be in. And while mothers-in-law sometimes have a reputation for being meddlers, they haven’t cornered the market. Men, relatives, co-workers, and well-meaning friends also tend to interfere.

Unlike gossips, meddlers like to elicit personal information directly from their subjects....More

Friday, July 30, 2021

The rewards of kindness (2)

‘I will draw water for your camels also.’ Genesis 24:19 NKJV

The story of Rebekah teaches us a very important truth about life: when opportunity knocks, make sure you’re ready to answer the door. Rebekah didn’t think about the extra effort and time required to water ten thirsty camels. She didn’t say, ‘I don’t do that kind of work, that’s not in my job description.’ She lived by the principle: ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.’ (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV) She didn’t suddenly develop a work ethic when Eliezer showed up, she practised one every day. And there...More

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The rewards of kindness (1)

‘I will draw water for your camels also.’ Genesis 24:19 NKJV

One day Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Isaac. Standing by a small town well, Eliezer basically prayed, ‘Let the woman who offers to water my camels be the one You have chosen.’ Suddenly Rebekah showed up and said, ‘I will draw water for your camels also.’ (Genesis 24:19 NKJV)

Rebekah had no idea that Eliezer would change her life. She didn’t know that her act of kindness would open the door to great blessing. In the Old Testament it was customary to offer water to a stranger. It was called the...More

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Putting ‘self’ on the altar

‘If we have built an altar for ourselves to turn away from the Lord.’ Joshua 22:23 NLT

In the Bible an altar represented different things. It represented sacrificing to God by giving Him the best of the sheep in your flock. It represented worshipping God and putting Him above all else in life. It represented humility, acknowledging your need of God and your total dependence on Him. But it’s also possible to build an altar ‘for ourselves’. By doing so, we rob God of His rightful place in our lives and begin to put ourselves first. In other words, we build an altar to self-interest, self-promotion,...More

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Become willing to change

‘If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!’ Deuteronomy 32:29 NIV

Unless you’re willing to change, in a few years from now you’ll be exactly the same as you are today, except you’ll be older, with less time and fewer options. The Bible says, ‘If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!’

How do you become willing to change? Recognise that change will happen whether you like it or not. If you do that, you’ll be prepared. John Maxwell writes: ‘The only thing certain about tomorrow is that it will be...More

Monday, July 26, 2021

Invest in your children

‘Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly.’ Job 8:7 NKJV

The Lazy B ranch sits on 67,400 hectares. Most of it is scrub brush, and it’s been in the Day family since 1881. When Harry and Ada Mae Day had their first child, a baby daughter, they travelled three hundred kilometres to a hospital for the delivery and brought her home to a difficult life. The four-room mud-brick house had no running water or electricity, and there was no school within driving distance. You would think with such limited resources, the little girl’s future might be limited. But Harry and Ada Mae...More

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Refuse to be fearful

‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature.’ 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

We pride ourselves on our ability to judge people and situations based on appearance—and lots of the time we’re wrong. Goliath issued the same basic challenge to Israel for forty days. It went like this: ‘Send me your best fighting man, and I’ll kill him. I’m the champion. I’m the greatest.’

That kind of fear-based harassment applies to every giant you encounter in life. Chuck Swindoll writes: ‘Fear and worry… don’t come just once; they come morning and evening, day after day, relentlessly trying to...More

Saturday, July 24, 2021

God will take care of you

‘The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us.’ Psalm 115:12 NKJV

How much time do you spend worrying about things that usually never happen? Be honest! And has anything improved as a result of your worrying about it? Of course not!

Paul writes: ‘The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ (Philippians 4:5–6 NIV) He then encourages us by saying that when we do this, the peace of God will fill our hearts and minds (see Philippians 4:7). The instant you begin to worry or feel...More

Friday, July 23, 2021

Take a load off your mind

‘My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’ Matthew 11:30 NLT

Jesus said: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’ (Matthew 11:28–30 NLT) Note the words, ‘easy to bear’ and ‘give you rest’. It’s good to know we don’t have to worry about things, figure everything out, or carry the burdens in our lives. It can actually be quite refreshing to...More

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Today, magnify the Lord

‘Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.’ Psalm 34:3 NKJV

Notice two things about the Lord’s Prayer. It begins with the words, ‘Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name’ (Matthew 6:9 KJV), and ends with: ‘Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.’ (Matthew 6:13 KJV) God wants you to begin and end your prayers thinking of Him. Why? Because it does you twice as much good to focus on God as it does to focus on anyone or anything else!

When you magnify an object, you enlarge it so that you can see and understand it more. When...More

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Become a nurturer

‘When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion.’ Matthew 9:36 NKJV

Jesus was a good leader. He loved people, but He never exploited them or used them for His own ends. He was busy, but never too busy to stop and help them. In relating the parable of the Good Samaritan who came across a robbed and injured man, Jesus said: ‘A Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him… bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.’ (Luke 10:33–34...More

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Ask and listen

‘The accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.’ Revelation 12:10 NIV

Have you ever been guilty of accusing someone before you knew all the facts? If so, be aware that you’re tugging on the same end of the rope as Satan, the official ‘accuser’ of God’s children. The Bible says: ‘The accuser of our brothers and sisters… who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.’ (Revelation 12:10 NIV) Emotional and spiritual maturity demand that you first seek to understand, rather than making a hasty...More

Monday, July 19, 2021

Be tenacious

‘Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord.’ 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

One of the most prevalent themes in the Bible is perseverance. The apostle Paul writes: ‘Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.’ Again he writes: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ (Galatians 6:9 NIV) And James adds: ‘Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial...More

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Bring out the best in others

‘I thank my God every time I remember you.’ Philippians 1:3 NIV

The ability to bring out the best in others is important for two reasons. First, we usually see in people what we expect to see. Second, they generally rise to our level of expectation. Dr John Maxwell writes: ‘I’ve never known a positive person yet who didn’t love people and try to see the best in them. And one of the most effective ways to help you see the best in others is to do what I call putting a “10” on people’s heads. Here’s what I mean: We all have expectations of others, but we can choose whether those expectations are...More

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Are you worried? Pray about it!

‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.’ Philippians 4:6 TLB

If after praying, your emotions are still in turmoil—pray more. By cultivating the discipline of frequent prayer, you’ll discover the ability to remain calm and quiet. As you wait before the Lord, you’ll find relief from fear’s grip on your spirit. You might be tempted to think your prayer was ineffective, or you somehow failed because your anxiety returned—perhaps as soon as you said ‘Amen’. Just take persistent anxiety as a signal that you need more time with God; reviewing all the details of your problem,...More

Friday, July 16, 2021

Never betray a confidence

‘A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.’ Proverbs 11:13 NIV

Betrayal is worse than gossip. A gossip may not necessarily harbour ill-will towards his or her victim; but a betrayer knowingly divulges information in a breach of confidence. They commit ‘relational treason’ by violating the trust someone has placed in them. Judas was in a position to betray Jesus with very little effort because he was familiar with His comings and goings.

The Bible says, ‘Judas, who betrayed Him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples.’ (John 18:2...More

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Do the right thing by others

‘Teach those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money.’ 1 Timothy 6:17 NLT

Taskmasters don’t come much tougher than Bob Thompson. For forty years he pushed his highway workers hard six days a week from April to December to finish the job before the first frost. Their loyalty, sweat, and hard work helped make him a very rich man. Thompson remembered this and returned the favour. When he sold his company, Michigan’s largest asphalt and paving business, he gave his 550 current and retired employees $128 million from his gains. Even surviving spouses got cheques. Some ninety employees...More

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Fishing lessons (5)

‘Because you say so, I will.’ Luke 5:5 NIV

Lesson five: Stand on the promises of God. In their previous fishing attempt, the disciples were trusting in their own experience and ability. But this time they were trusting in Christ’s promise: ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ (Luke 5:4 NIV) Now, Jesus didn’t specifically say, ‘Peter, if you go fishing with Me, I promise you a big catch.’ He didn’t need to say it because Peter realised that when Christ told him to go fishing, and then told him exactly where to put down the net, there was no way it was going to come up...More

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Fishing lessons (4)

‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets.’ Luke 5:4 NKJV

Lesson four: God’s plan for your life always involves risk. Why? Because He wants you to live by faith. Why do you think Jesus said to Peter, ‘Launch out into the deep’? Because that’s where the big fish are.

Most people live out their days in the shallow waters of life. They exist on a superficial level. There’s little depth to their lives; they’re content to play around the edge, never getting out into deeper water. Why? Because it’s safer in shallow water. They think, ‘If I get out into the deep water, there might be...More

Monday, July 12, 2021

Fishing lessons (3)

‘Nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.’ Luke 5:5 NKJV

Lesson three: Cooperate with God’s plan for your life. ‘He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.’ (Luke 5:4–6 NKJV)

Jesus taught the disciples where to fish, when to fish, and how to fish. And He will teach you how to succeed in life...More

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Fishing lessons (2)

‘He and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish.’ Luke 5:9 NKJV

Lesson two: God is interested in your success. Peter knew Jesus was a great teacher and that He could even heal the sick. What he was about to learn, however, was that Jesus wants you to succeed in your career. Peter probably had the best nets, owned a good boat, and knew exactly where to catch the most fish. And his income depended on a good catch. But after fishing all night and catching nothing, Peter made the best move of his life: he got Jesus involved in his business!

Did you know that God wants you to succeed?...More

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Fishing lessons (1)

‘He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s.’ Luke 5:3 NKJV

Lesson one: Invite Jesus into your boat. That’s the starting point! Always! Nothing has greater influence on your personal success than whether or not you have Jesus Christ in your life. By himself, Peter fished all night and caught nothing. But when he brought Jesus on board, he caught more fish than he had ever caught before.

Now, Jesus never performed a miracle without a purpose. He always used His miracles to illustrate principles. So this incident teaches you what to do when you’ve failed, or when your best is not good...More

Friday, July 9, 2021

Are you successful but unfulfilled?

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart.’ Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

In 1987 the Minnesota Twins baseball star Kirby Puckett saw a childhood dream come true when he led his team to a World Series Championship. Greg Gagne, the Twins’ shortstop, described the scene in the clubhouse after their win. He related the hugging, the shouting, the laughing, the obligatory dousing of champagne over the players’ heads, and the presentation of the trophy. But the memory that would stick with him forever, he said, took place ten minutes into the celebration when he noticed the normally cheerful Puckett sitting silently on a stool...More

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Don’t be a know-it-all

‘The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge.’ Proverbs 12:23 NLT

Do you have a hard time refraining from offering unsolicited advice? Do you routinely use expressions like ‘You should’, or ‘You shouldn’t’? People tend to resent someone who always assumes that they know what’s best for them. Even when you feel like you’ve earned the right to speak into someone’s life, proceed with caution. Saying ‘Have you considered?’ sounds a lot less controlling, and will be more readily received, than telling somebody ‘You must’, or ‘You mustn’t.’

Deborah Pegues writes: ‘Even...More

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

How to stay on course

‘I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.’ Psalm 119:11 NIV

Senator Bill Nelson trained for and flew on a six-day space shuttle mission aboard the Columbia just prior to the Challenger disaster. In his book Mission he explains how difficult it is to maintain a proper orbit in space. There’s no resistance in space, so an astronaut can literally turn that huge orbiter over by himself. To maintain a proper orbit, the onboard computers constantly make course and altitude corrections by firing small rockets which make minute adjustments, while larger jets burn fuel to make major...More

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Monitor your children’s close friends

‘My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!’ Proverbs 1:10 NLT

If you have children, you’ll never have a more important job in life than being a parent. And as long as your children are under your roof, you are responsible to God for them. With that in mind, do the following:

(1) See who influences your child most. Your child will gravitate towards certain friends for a variety of reasons. They ‘hang out’, text, talk with them on the phone, invite them home, sit with them in church, and so on. You can’t monitor every relationship your child has, but you need to know the ones...More

Monday, July 5, 2021

How to help hurting people

‘Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious.’ Ecclesiastes 10:12 NIV

Are you are easily hurt? Do you hurt other people without intending to? Three things cause that:

(1) We speak out of our own hurt. German poet Hermann Hesse wrote: ‘If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.’ It helps to remember that people often lash out in response to what’s happening inside themselves.

(2) When we’re hurting, we get touchy. Let’s say you ignore a splinter in your finger, and it gets infected. Someone...More

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Try to be tactful

‘Let your conversation be gracious and attractive.’ Colossians 4:6 NLT

If you habitually put your foot in your mouth, there’s a Scriptural remedy. ‘Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.’ (Colossians 4:6 NLT) Notice this: to speak effectively requires you to be ‘gracious’ in your dealings with others. And while honesty is always the best policy, it’s not a licence to say whatever you want.

One of the most important skills you can develop is the ability to deal with others tactfully and with sensitivity when you find...More

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Being ready

‘It did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.’ Matthew 7:25 NKJV

Did you know that before it snows, certain fir trees retract their branches so that the weight of the snow they’ll have to bear will be reduced? This withdrawal response is programmed into their branches. God has enabled these trees to anticipate the problem before it occurs, thereby reducing the risk that they will break in a storm. And you need to do the same thing in your relationships. You can’t avoid problems and crises, but you can prepare for their arrival. Most of the stress points in our families are common, and therefore...More

Friday, July 2, 2021

Bearing spiritual fruit (2)

‘Abide in Me, and I in you.’ John 15:4 NKJV

A branch doesn’t bear fruit by trying, working, or straining. It bears fruit by simply ‘abiding’. What does this mean? How do you abide in Jesus? Let’s illustrate it this way: when you put a tea bag in a cup of hot water, something happens. As the tea bag abides in the water, the tea begins to flavour the water until it takes on the taste of the tea bag. And the longer the tea bag abides in the water, the stronger the colour and flavour of the tea. That’s what happens when you abide in Christ and He abides in you. The longer you abide in Him and the deeper...More

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Bearing spiritual fruit (1)

‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.’ John 15:4 NIV

Jesus said: ‘My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch… that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me… If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.’ (John 15:1–5 NIV)

What does God want from you today?...More

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Learn to set boundaries

‘Follow the Lord’s rules for doing His work.’ 2 Timothy 2:5 TLB

Are you so eager to stay in everybody’s good graces that you comply with their every demand? You’re not alone—good people burn out every day because they can’t set boundaries. And once that happens, it’s hard to fix because none of us, not even those ordained by God, can break His natural laws without suffering.

Ray Comfort writes: ‘Once when I was complaining about my heavy schedule, I heard God’s Spirit say, “You’re the one who makes the schedule; if you don’t like it, do something about it!”’ Paul told...More

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Putting ‘self’ on the altar

‘If we have built an altar for ourselves to turn away from the Lord.’ Joshua 22:23 NLT

In the Bible an altar represented different things. It represented sacrificing to God by giving Him the best of the sheep in your flock. It represented worshipping God and putting Him above all else in life. It represented humility, acknowledging your need of God and your total dependence on Him. But it’s also possible to build an altar ‘for ourselves’. By doing so, we rob God of His rightful place in our lives and begin to put ourselves first. In other words, we build an altar to self-interest, self-promotion,...More

Monday, June 28, 2021

‘Casting’, or ‘keeping’

‘Casting all your care upon Him.’ 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

When it comes to dealing with your fears and worries, you have two choices; cast them on the Lord, or keep them and try to handle them yourself. When the communists came to power in China, missionary Isobel Kuhn decided to escape on foot across the snow-covered mountains into Burma. There she was—stranded at the world’s end, with no money and no way to get home.

‘I cannot tell you the dismay and alarm that filled me,’ she wrote. But she made two decisions. ‘The first thing is to cast out fear,’ she said. ‘The only fear a Christian...More

Sunday, June 27, 2021

How to handle disagreements (2)

‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.’ Matthew 5:9 KJV

Lesson one: sometimes the best resolution to a conflict is a separation, even if it’s temporary. When emotions run high, you need space to think clearly. And God can use this time of separation for His glory. Because Paul and Barnabas parted, the Gospel was preached in even more cities. But when a temporary separation is the best option, you need to agree on how long it will be. In some friendships, one person may have outgrown the relationship. But this should be handled with love and wisdom, realising that we can all learn...More

Saturday, June 26, 2021

How to handle disagreements (1)

‘Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. But Paul disagreed strongly.’ Acts 15:37–38

Paul and Barnabas were a great missionary team. On their first tour, a young man named John Mark had joined them. But for some personal reason, he left and returned to Jerusalem. On their second missionary tour, Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them again, but Paul said thought he was unreliable and said no. ‘Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark… Paul chose Silas.’ (Acts 15:39–40 NLT)

Can you imagine it; two spiritual giants couldn’t resolve...More

Friday, June 25, 2021

Answering the big questions (5)

‘Without faith it is impossible to please God.’ Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Some sceptics like to say, ‘Which “god” are you talking about: Thor, Zeus, etc.?’ The inference in this question is, ‘These were mythical gods, and so is yours.’ Atheists are correct about these gods being myths. Man gravitates towards idolatry as a moth does to a flame. There are millions of false gods. Hinduism has about 330 million.

But there is only one Creator, and that’s the God who revealed Himself to Moses and gave us His moral law. That’s the God who became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, died and rose for...More

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Answering the big questions (4)

‘Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.’ Romans 9:5 NIV

Some people say that Jesus Christ never existed. Ray Comfort writes: ‘While sceptics may choose to reject the Bible’s moral message, they cannot deny its historical accuracy. Over 25,000 archaeological finds demonstrate that the people, places, and events mentioned in the Bible are real and are accurately described [25,000, no less!] No archaeological finding has ever refuted the Bible. In fact, the descriptions in the Bible have often led archaeologists to amazing discoveries. Non-Christian journalist Jeffrey Sheler, author of the book...More

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Answering the big questions (3)

‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.’ 2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV

How can we trust the Bible when human beings wrote it? Answer: Do you write the letter or does the pen? The pen is merely the instrument you use. In the same way, God used men as instruments to write His ‘letter’ to humanity.

That’s why Sir Isaac Newton said, ‘I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible, than in any profane history whatsoever.’

That’s why Billy Graham said of Scripture: ‘If I didn’t believe that the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ held the answer to this world’s baffling...More

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Answering the big questions (2)

‘Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?’ Romans 2:4 NLT

Isn’t the church full of hypocrites? The word hypocrite comes from the Greek word for ‘actor’. Hypocrisy is ‘the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold’. The true church of Jesus Christ is made up of true believers; hypocrites are ‘pretenders’ who sit among God’s people. Jesus even had one among His twelve disciples— Judas. Let’s be honest; people have left the church because of hypocrisy. There are more actors in the church than in Hollywood. Hypocrisy...More

Monday, June 21, 2021

Answering the big questions (1)

‘We are looking forward to a new Heaven and a new earth.’ 2 Peter 3:13 NIV

What about suffering—doesn’t that prove there isn’t a loving God? Adam was given a choice: to obey God or disobey Him. He chose disobedience, and God said, ‘Cursed is the ground [earth] because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.’ (Genesis 3:17 NIV) Note the word ‘painful’. Think how many people are living with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, emphysema, Parkinson’s disease, and other debilitating illnesses. Did God ‘blow it’ when He...More

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Your words reveal your heart.

‘Your speech betrays you.’ Matthew 26:73 NKJV

The words you speak will give you away every time. It happened to Peter. On the night Jesus was arrested and all His disciples scattered, Peter stayed close enough to see what was happening—but not close enough to be identified with Him.

The Bible says: ‘Those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster...More

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Putting ‘self’ on the altar

‘If we have built an altar for ourselves to turn away from the Lord.’ Joshua 22:23 NLT

In the Bible an altar represented different things. It represented sacrificing to God by giving Him the best of the sheep in your flock. It represented worshipping God and putting Him above all else in life. It represented humility, acknowledging your need of God and your total dependence on Him. But it’s also possible to build an altar ‘for ourselves’. By doing so, we rob God of His rightful place in our lives and begin to put ourselves first. In other words, we build an altar to self-interest, self-promotion,...More

Friday, June 18, 2021

Be generous

‘You shall open your hand wide.’ Deuteronomy 15:8 NKJV

God instructed the Israelites, ‘If there is among you a poor man… you shall open your hand wide to him.’ (Deuteronomy 15:7–8 NKJV) Giving is the loftiest level of living. Generous people focus their time and effort on what they can give to others, not what they can get from them. And the more you give, the better your attitude becomes.

Many people don’t understand this concept. They think the amount you possess determines the amount you should share. It’s not what you have that matters; it’s what you do with what you have. And...More

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Either rule, or be ruled

‘Then God said, “Let Us make humans in Our image, in Our likeness. Let them rule.”’ Genesis 1:26 GWT

At creation God said something interesting about us: ‘Let them rule.’ In other words, He invested you with full authority for managing your life. You serve as His agent on earth to make sure His will is done. But beware. Satan will try to get you to hand your rule over to him, or deceive you into believing you have no power and he has it all. Or else he’ll encourage you to rule your life based on your own skewed judgments and distorted views. It’s not until you rule with wisdom and walk according to...More

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Crossing the ‘what if’ line

‘You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.’ 2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV

Pastor Andy Stanley writes: ‘As you move forward in your relationship with God, occasionally He will test your grip on your wallet. It’s a faith thing… every so often, God will prompt you to step out of your generosity comfort zone. And if you really want to keep God in control of your finances, you need to follow. There’s a line you must be willing to cross. You must be willing to go where you can’t rely on your own financial stockpiling, but only on the Lord Himself as your provider. I’m not...More

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sow for the future

‘Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.’ Matthew 6:32 NLT

Jesus gave this advice to a group of people who were anxious about their finances: ‘Don’t worry about these things… your heavenly Father already knows all your needs… and He will give you everything you need.’ (Matthew 6:31–33 NLT) He will do this from day to day, if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

What do you fear most? Not having enough money, or not having God’s blessing on your finances? If your fear of not having enough is trumped by your fear of missing out on God’s...More

Monday, June 14, 2021

Tell someone about Jesus today

‘Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.’ John 4:35 NIV

Jesus said, ‘Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest”? …Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.’ Someone close to you today may be in desperate need of God’s love. Wouldn’t it be worth risking rejection to find that one who’s ready and willing to respond? The fact is, you may be the only Christian they will meet—or meet today. So if you don’t tell them, who will? Generally speaking, there are five reasons we don’t share our faith more often.

(1) We think it’s...More

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Your old nature and your new one

‘The Spirit and your desires are enemies.’ Galatians 5:17 CEV

The Bible says: ‘If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. The Spirit and your desires are enemies… always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should.’ (Galatians 5:16–17 CEV) Sound familiar? Here are four keys to winning the daily battle between your old and new natures.

(1) Be honest. Acknowledge that your flesh will always crave satisfaction in the wrong things—and it never takes a day off.

(2) Be humble. Acknowledge that you’re powerless to win the...More

Saturday, June 12, 2021

The secret to surviving hard times

’Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ.’ Philippians 3:8

The secret to surviving hard times doesn’t lie in what you know, but who you know. You say, ‘Right now I’ve got more troubles than Job.’ Well, when the bottom dropped out of Job’s world, he said: ‘He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.’ (Job 23:10–12 NIV)

And Paul’s life...More

Friday, June 11, 2021

Harmony at home (3)

’It’s smart to be patient, but it’s stupid to lose your temper.’ Proverbs 14:29 CEV

It’s never okay to explode at those God has entrusted to your care. The Bible says, ‘Don’t get so angry that you sin. Don’t go to bed angry and don’t give the devil a chance.’ (Ephesians 4:26–27 CEV) Satan would like nothing better than to gain entry to your home and turn it into a living hell, and every time you fly into a rage, you lose ground to him. That’s why the Scriptures say, ‘It’s smart to be patient, but it’s stupid to lose your temper.’

The key to managing your anger lies in...More

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Harmony at home (2)

‘A house divided against itself will fall.’ Luke 11:17 NIV

They say, ‘The apple never falls far from the tree,’ and Jacob certainly proved that. Nearing the end of his life when he should have been preparing to bless his sons Simeon and Levi, he told them, ‘I place a curse on you because of your fierce anger.’ (Genesis 49:7 CEV) But their behaviour should have come as no surprise. The fact is, Jacob had already shaped them by his own example when he deceived his father (see Genesis 27) and his father-in-law (see Genesis 30). And his mother facilitated the deception. Behavioural patterns are passed...More

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Harmony at home (1)

‘Patiently put up with each other and love each other.’ Ephesians 4:2 CEV

Without harmony on the home front, all your successes can feel empty. Anytime you find it easier to talk to outsiders than to your own family, something’s broken—and urgently needs fixing. God designed your family to be a support system, and a safety net to catch you when you fall. And His Word gives us the prescription for creating harmony at home: ‘Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God’s Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.’...More

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Don’t listen to the accuser

‘The accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.’ Revelation 12:10 NIV

A man who worked in an office loved to play a particular trick on new employees. He would approach them and whisper, ‘They know what you did,’ then walk away smiling. First, the person would look bewildered. Then they would get anxious and wonder, ‘What have I done?’ Then they would think, ‘Who are they?’ ‘What do they know?’ and ‘What are they saying about me?’ And since even the most innocent have a knee-jerk tendency to conceal and protect, the new employee...More

Monday, June 7, 2021

Are you struggling with change?

‘That same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into His likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18 GNT

They say a rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out. And once you get into a rut, it’s hard to get out, especially if it’s comfortable. But you’ll never become what God wants you to be, or all that you could be, as long as you resist change and insist on staying as you are. There are two kinds of change.

(1) The change you personally must make. Astronaut James Irwin said: ‘You might think going to the moon was the most scientific project...More

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Conquering your toughest enemy—yourself!

‘Follow in the footsteps of Christ.’ 1 Peter 2:21 CEV

Richard C. Halverson, former chaplain of the United States Senate, said: ‘Want to be a winner? Compete against yourself, not somebody else… Outrunning your rival doesn’t mean you ran your best race. You can win over another and still not fulfil your potential… To be your best, you must compete with yourself. It’s life’s biggest contest. A loser is a winner—however many his losses—if he conquers himself. A winner is a loser—however many his victories—if he loses the battle with himself. Alexander the Great conquered the world, and cursed...More

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Seek God’s ‘peace’ concerning it

‘You will go out in joy, and be led forth with peace.’ Isaiah 55:12 NIV

God reveals His will in several ways. One is by giving us a sense of ‘peace’ that we are doing the right thing. Paul writes, ‘Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.’ (Colossians 3:15 NKJV) That means you should follow ‘the peace rule’. Again he writes, ‘The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.’ (Philippians 4:7 NKJV) You don’t need all the answers to have peace about it.

General Eisenhower was faced with the responsibility of making one of the most...More

Friday, June 4, 2021

Approval addiction

’Fear of man will prove to be a snare.’ Proverbs 29:25 NIV

You can be addicted to a lot of different things like alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, and even food. But did you know you can also be addicted to approval? When Moses chose seventy leaders to help govern Israel, he told them, ‘Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone.’ (Deuteronomy 1:17 NIV) That is advice Peter should have taken. ‘Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because...More

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Give God the first moments of your day

‘Early will I seek You.’ Psalm 63:1 NKJV

What are the first moments of your day like? Do you turn on the TV, or rush into the bathroom, or allow your ‘to do’ list to come rushing in? Instead, try lying there quietly and allowing God to speak to you. With your mind clear and your heart open, He will give you insights, ideas, solutions to problems, and the knowledge that He will be with you today.

Author Colleen Townsend Evans writes: ‘Silence need not be awkward or embarrassing, for to be with one you love without the need for words is a beautiful and satisfying form of communication. I...More

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

How to strengthen your marriage

‘Enjoy life with your wife.’ Ecclesiastes 9:9 NIV

To strengthen your marriage you must realise three things:

(1) Marriage is one of Satan’s favourite targets. He was angry because Job’s family was a source of delight to God. So when your home is harmonious and blessed, he’ll try to attack it. He wants to be the third party in your relationship; to agitate and disappoint, using your weaknesses. He inspires unrealistic expectations and diverts your focus from servanthood to self-absorption. He fuels your imagination through unhealthy relationships until God’s presence ceases to be the goal of...More

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Always be honest

‘A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapour and a deadly snare.’ Proverbs 21:6 NIV

One day a clergyman was walking down the street when he saw a group of boys surrounding a dog. ‘What are you doing?’ he demanded.

One of the boys replied, ‘He’s a neighbourhood stray. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we’ve decided whoever can tell the biggest lie will get to keep him.’

The preacher declared, ‘You boys shouldn’t be having a contest that involves lying!’ Then he launched into a sermon beginning with, ‘It’s a sin to lie,’ and ending...More

Monday, May 31, 2021

Keep on persevering

‘The testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ James 1:3 NIV

Perseverance keeps you going when friends fail you, discouragement whispers, ‘Give up,’ and doubt says, ‘It can’t be done.’ It’s your anchor in life’s storms, your compass when you’re lost, and the head of steam that gets you up the next hill. James says, ‘The testing of your faith produces perseverance.’

Perseverance, which means to ‘keep on keeping on’, develops your faith. When the process is complete, God will end the trial, and not before. Meanwhile, here are three Scriptures you need to stand...More

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Don’t worry, God is faithful

‘The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you.’ 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV

Most of our worries can be summed up in two words: ‘What if?’

What if the medical tests are bad… what if the economy plummets… what if my spouse walks out… what if I lose my job… the list is endless. ‘Fear involves torment’ (1 John 4:18 NKJV), and by focusing on your worries instead of God’s faithfulness, you’re letting Satan torment you. But you don’t have to! Jesus tells us not to be ‘fearful… and unsettled.’ (John 14:27 AMPC) Paul says, ‘Leave no room or foothold for...More

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Getting beyond ‘the splat’

‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’ Hebrews 12:1 NIV

The story is told of a traveller who met a leadership expert along the road and asked him, ‘Where’s the road to success?’ The expert didn’t speak but instead pointed to a place off in the far distance. The man, thrilled at the prospect of quick and easy success, rushed off in the direction indicated. Splat! Down he went! He limped back, bruised and stunned. Assuming he must have misinterpreted the message, he repeated his question, and again the expert pointed silently in the same direction. So the traveller took off once more....More

Friday, May 28, 2021

Keeping the excitement alive

‘A married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife.’ 1 Corinthians 7:33 NIV

Doctor James Dobson writes: ‘Which of the following couples is more likely to enjoy the greatest physical attraction in the marriage? The couple that spends every waking hour together and focuses almost exclusively on one another, or the man and woman who have other interests, and then after some time of independence, come closer together again as the pendulum swings? Surprisingly, it’s the one that varies from time to time. According to behavioural researchers, the healthiest marriages and...More

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Set free to fulfil your destiny

‘He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives.’ Luke 4:18 NKJV

Michelangelo’s masterpiece David is in a gallery in Florence, Italy. Thousands of tourists wait for hours every day to get a glimpse. But many of them fail to notice the series of unfinished sculptures that line the corridor on the way to David. Their forms are identifiable—a body part here, a torso there. The statues were intended to adorn the tomb of Pope Julius ll, but they were never finished. It’s almost as if these sculptures are trying to break free and become what they were intended to be, but they are...More

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Do what God called you to do

‘I have brought You glory on earth.’ John 17:4 NIV

Joseph’s brothers despised his dream, so they threw him into a pit. Jesus’ family didn’t understand His calling; one time they actually thought He was mad. Yet, when He reached the end of His life, He could say, ‘I have brought You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave Me to do.’ If you wait for everybody to understand and agree with you, you’ll never do what God called you to do.

In the latter part of the nineteenth century when the Methodists were holding a denominational convention, one leader stood up and shared his vision...More

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Prayer: make it simple and frequent

‘When you are praying.’ Matthew 6:7 NASB

Knowing our tendency to complicate things, Jesus said, ‘When you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition… for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.’ (Matthew 6:7–8 NASB) By using the words ‘thoughtless repetition’, He’s teaching us that prayer doesn’t have to be long, loud, or laboured. And because He said ‘your Father knows what you need before you ask Him,’ He’s inviting you to find a Scriptural promise that corresponds to your need and stand on it.

Charles Swindoll, who uses his driving time to pray, writes...More

Monday, May 24, 2021

The power of influence (2)

‘The fruit of the Spirit.’ Galatians 5:22 NIV

Everybody has influence over somebody. It’s what you do with that influence that determines whether it’s negative or positive. Sociologists tell us that over a lifetime even the shyest and most introverted person will influence about ten thousand people. Every interaction you have with another person enriches or impoverishes them. Influence is never neutral. And you can’t turn it off, because it’s built into the structure of life itself. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what your title is. Ultimately, your character will determine if the title fits...More

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The power of influence (1)

‘They took note that these men had been with Jesus.’ Acts 4:13 NIV

To be ‘under the influence’ means to be controlled by something or someone other than yourself. Who you are, what you are, and where you are today is because you were under the influence of certain people. The company you keep influences your thinking; your thinking influences your actions; your actions influence your character; and your character determines your destiny. Influence is impossible to escape. It’s like the weather—always there to be reckoned with.

That’s why it’s essential to monitor your children’s use of...More

Saturday, May 22, 2021

What will your legacy be? (3)

‘The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.’ Proverbs 10:7 NIV

Inventor Charles F. Kettering once said, ‘The greatest thing this generation can do is lay a few stepping stones for the next generation.’ Short term, when people recall your name, they may talk with admiration about what you accomplished and acquired for yourself. Long term, what they’ll remember most is what you did for others. That’s why the Bible says, ‘The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.’

If you want to be a blessing to...More

Friday, May 21, 2021

What will your legacy be? (2)

‘You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear Your Name.’ Psalm 61:5 NLT

What would you like your legacy to be? In Walden, Henry David Thoreau voiced his concern that when it came time to die, he would discover he had never fully lived. When it comes to your legacy, here are two things you need to keep in mind:

(1) Nobody will care about the legacy you leave as much as you do. So, be intentional when you decide on your legacy; that way, you greatly increase the odds of making an impact on the next generation.

(2) The sum of how you live your life each day becomes your...More

Thursday, May 20, 2021

What will your legacy be? (1)

‘A good person leaves an inheritance.’ Proverbs 13:22 NIV

Leadership expert Dr John Maxwell writes: ‘On December 18, 1998, I had a serious heart attack. That night as I lay on the floor waiting for an ambulance, I remember thinking two things: First, I was too young to die. Second, I had not completed some of the things I wanted to accomplish… One of the most beneficial outcomes of my heart attack experience was that it motivated me to ask myself, “What will my legacy be?” A legacy is something we leave behind to the next generation. It can be possessions that we place in the hands of others. It can be...More

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Accept responsibility for your life

‘The wise are glad to be instructed.’ Proverbs 10:8 NLT

If you want to walk in God’s blessing, stop making excuses and take responsibility for your life. The Bible says, ‘The wise are glad to be instructed… fools fall flat on their faces.’ The ability to accept responsibility is a hallmark of character and maturity. More importantly, God can’t restore you until you acknowledge and turn away from your sin. Nowhere in Scripture does God excuse our sin because of someone else’s behaviour. The Bible says He will ‘repay all people as their actions deserve.’ (Proverbs 24:12 NLT)


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

God will visit you again

‘Your visitation has preserved my spirit.’ Job 10:12 WEB

There’s no cure for past pain like present desire. When the longing for something is powerful enough, it can wipe out the pain of the past, enabling you to rise again with renewed energy and purpose. If you ask women who have experienced the pain of childbirth whether it was worth everything they went through, many would be willing to go through it again to experience the joy of holding that little one in their arms.

Maybe you’ve experienced a tragedy that has left you feeling indifferent about the future, or a heartbreak that still has...More

Monday, May 17, 2021

Don’t belittle your gift

‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.’ Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

Next time you see a big oak tree, remind yourself that it began as a tiny acorn. What you have to offer today may seem small, but when God blesses it, it can grow.

In 1912, Dr Russell Conwell, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia, USA, told the story of Hattie May Wiatt, a Sunday school student. Because of overcrowding, Dr Conwell had told little Hattie May he’d love to have buildings large enough for everyone to attend. When Hattie May became ill and died, Conwell was asked to...More

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Cast out your fears

‘Perfect love casts out fear.’ 1 John 4:18 NKJV

You would be surprised how many people, even successful ones, struggle each day with unexpressed fears. Maybe you’re one of them.

The Bible says, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) Now if our fears don’t come from God, where do they come from? Different sources:

(1) The way you were programmed growing up in your family.

(2) Overdosing each day on the news, which is overwhelmingly negative.

(3) Satan. The point is, your fears don’t...More

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Loving people you don’t like

‘His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family.’ Ephesians 1:5 TLB

In the Bible God commands us to love one another. Interestingly, He doesn’t command us to like one another. And that’s a good thing because you can love someone and not like certain things about them. Paul writes, ‘We are His workmanship.’ (Ephesians 2:10 KJV) The word ‘workmanship’ comes from the Greek word poiéma from which we get the word ‘poetry’. And poetry is a diversified and creative thing; it comes in many forms. That’s why the Bible says God works through different people in different ways...More

Friday, May 14, 2021

Cultivate an awareness of God’s presence

‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’ Genesis 28:16 NIV

Jacob lived life on the fast track doing business deals and making lots of money, unlike David who was on the slow track tending a flock of sheep in his pasture. But notice what each of them said about God. ‘When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”’ On the other hand, David said: ‘I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my...More

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Let God use your business

‘He sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.’ Luke 5:3 NLT

Do you want God to bless your business? Invite Him into it! Allow Him to use your business to do His business. Peter did that. He had a fishing boat, and one day he invited Jesus on board so He could use it to preach to the crowd on the shore. Jesus brought blessing with Him and, afterwards, worked a miracle that caused Peter’s boat to be so full of fish it almost sank.

Some people think that business isn’t a spiritual activity. (So they don’t consult God until a crisis occurs!) But that’s an artificial separation and, if...More

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Show some enthusiasm!

‘Make full use of the gift that God gave you.’ 2 Timothy 1:6 CEV

Unless you maintain your enthusiasm, life can wear you down. A job that once challenged you can become monotonous, a relationship that once excited you can grow stale, and a daily walk with God that once inspired you can feel like just going through the motions. The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word which means ‘possessed by or inspired by God’.

But how do you stay inspired? Just as the Israelites gathered fresh manna every morning, you need a daily infusion of God’s Word and God’s Spirit. Paul challenged the Christians...More

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Our nation can be saved

‘I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Winston Churchill often repeated the famous saying, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ Take a look at society today; the conditions that preceded the fall of many great civilisations are in place. You ask, ‘Can our nation be saved?’ Yes! God told Abraham if he could find as few as ten righteous people in the city, He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah from judgment. And a righteous minority can still save our nation. How? Through prayer!

God said: ‘If My people, who are called by My name,...More

Monday, May 10, 2021

Your family background doesn’t matter

‘Jesus is not ashamed to call [us] brothers and sisters.’ Hebrews 2:11 NIV

Every family has its secrets. A cousin with a prison record, or a dad who abandoned the family, or a grandparent who ran off with a co-worker. It may surprise you to know Jesus didn’t come from a perfect family either. The Bible records the details of Jesus’ ancestral lineage—and it includes some flawed characters! There’s Tamar, who tricked her father-in-law and seduced him, and there’s Jacob who pressured his brother and took advantage of his father-in-law in order to get rich. And how about King David? One day he was...More

Sunday, May 9, 2021

In praise of mums!

‘Her children rise up and call her blessed.’ Proverbs 31:28 ESV

Throughout history poets and orators have been lavish in their praise of motherhood. George Washington said, ‘My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.’

Abraham Lincoln wrote, ‘My mother’s prayers… have always followed me. They’ve clung to me all my life.’

And Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, ‘I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good...More

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Preparing for greater things

‘You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.’
Matthew 25:23 NIV

To succeed in life you need thick skin when it comes to handling criticism. It’s what separates those who say they want success from those who are prepared to pay for it.

For example, if you’ve been praying for a mate to share your life, ask yourself if you’re prepared for the sacrifice and responsibility that comes with marriage. Are you stable? Are you unselfish? Are you mature enough to provide for a family?

Or if you’re asking God to increase your business, are you...More

Friday, May 7, 2021

Prayer can change your life

‘Pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy.’ 1 Timothy 2:1 TLB

Prayer is simply communicating with God. And communication can be spoken or silent. It can even be expressed in song. Many of the psalms are just prayers set to music. Prayer is connecting with God. Whether it’s confessing a sin, praising His name, pursuing His will, interceding for a friend, or petitioning for your own needs, your prayer must be God-centred, never self-centred. Sincere prayer comes from a heart that longs for God to reveal what He desires. So you must allow adequate time for listening and waiting intently before your...More

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Goodness (2)

‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ Matthew 25:21 NIV

When you stand at the judgment seat of Christ, you’ll have one final opportunity to hear the word ‘good’: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ Note, He doesn’t say ‘well thought’, or ‘well intentioned’, but well done! You’ll be rewarded for what you do.

On that day, God will zero in on your actions, not your opinions or intentions. Goodness should be the last thing you think about when you go to bed and the first thing you think about when you wake. The Bible says, ‘Even small children are known by their actions, so...More

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Goodness (1)

‘Conquer evil by doing good.’ Romans 12:21 TLB

It’s easy to forget why God saved you, what He’s called you to do, and how you’re supposed to live.

So here’s a memo from Heaven:

‘Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honouring each other. Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble and prayerful always. When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them...More

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Today try to be gracious

‘Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.’ Ecclesiastes 10:12 NIV

Aesop, the famed fable author from ancient Greece, said, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever is wasted.’

James Merritt writes, ‘It costs to be unkind, but it pays to be kind.’ Now, being kind doesn’t mean tolerating wrong or refusing to confront a problem in order to be politically correct. Sometimes we must confront. But it should always be done in a gracious way. A calm demeanour will go a lot further than a harsh comment or an ugly tone of voice. You can make your...More

Monday, May 3, 2021

Can you pay the price?

‘I run straight for the finish line.’ 1 Corinthians 9:26 GNT

Long-distance runners don’t just focus on speed, but on endurance. They pace themselves so that as they approach the finish line, they can pull out all the stops. Paul said, ‘I run the race then with determination… I am my body’s sternest master for fear that… I should… be disqualified.’ (1 Corinthians 9:26–27 PHPS)

For long-distance runners, giving up isn’t an option. Despite delays and disappointments along the way, they know they’ll never be satisfied sitting on the sidelines cheering for those who’ve paid the...More

Sunday, May 2, 2021

People-pleasing (2)

‘I trust You and am not afraid. No one can harm me.’ Psalm 56:11 CEV

The approval of others is something we all enjoy, but you don’t need it in order to have self-worth. In fact, people-pleasing will cause you to lose self-worth. You turn yourself inside out for others and just when you think you’ve succeeded, they change their minds. Besides robbing you of your peace of mind, people-pleasing makes it impossible to follow God’s direction—and that ultimately is your greatest loss.

If you’re a people-pleaser, changing the habits of a lifetime won’t be easy. It will require facing what you...More

Saturday, May 1, 2021

People-pleasing (1)

‘Fearing any human being is a trap.’ Proverbs 29:25 ISV

To ensure victory in battle, King Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel the prophet to come and offer a sacrifice to God. But as the week wore on and the people grew impatient, Saul offered the sacrifice himself. When Samuel demanded to know why, Saul replied it was because the people were scattering. Samuel said, ‘You have done foolishly…The Lord would have established your kingdom… forever, but now your kingdom will not continue.’ (1 Samuel 13:14 NRS)

Because Saul needed people’s approval, he lost everything. Speaking truthfully...More

Friday, April 30, 2021

Always Keep Your Conscience Clear

‘I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.’ Acts 23:1 NKJV

At the Mark Twain memorial in Hartford, Connecticut, you will find these words framed: ‘Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. Truly yours, Mark Twain, New York, February 16, 1901.’

When your conscience is programmed and governed by God’s Word, it will lead you to do the right thing every time. And it’s created by the first lessons you learn about right and wrong; which is why, as a parent, you have the most important job in the world. If you’re never taught those lessons, you fail...More

Thursday, April 29, 2021

‘Be of good courage, and do it.’

‘Arise, for this matter is your responsibility but we will be with you. Be of good courage, and do it.’ Ezra 10:4 NKJV

You probably haven’t heard of Harlow Curtice because he wasn’t a graduate from a prestigious university; he was a country boy with only a high-school diploma (roughly equivalent to finishing Year 10). But he had big dreams. He started out as a bookkeeper in General Motors and rose to become a company president by the age of thirty-five. By the time he was forty, he was the general manager of General Motors’ esteemed Buick division. He worked his way to the top of his profession with a...More

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Use What God Has Given You

‘One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.’ Proverbs 11:24 NIV

Jesus taught His disciples to be distributors of His blessing and ‘first responders’ to those in need. That’s why He involved them in the process; He was equipping them to represent Him in the future. In the feeding of the five thousand, the miracle of multiplication did not take place when the food left Christ’s hands, but the disciples’ hands. He blessed the five loaves and two fish, gave it to them, and they set out to do what seemed ridiculous: feeding a multitude with a boy’s...More

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

‘Do’ God’s Word

‘God will bless you for doing it.’ James 1:25 NLT

Dr David Jeremiah tells of a well-known seminary professor who spent a summer studying in Jerusalem. In his apartment building lived an orthodox Jewish rabbi with whom he studied Hebrew throughout the summer. One day the professor sat and listened to his Jewish friend recite the entire book of Psalms, in Hebrew, without missing so much as a jot or tittle. Now that’s pretty impressive, right?

But God doesn’t bless you for merely reading His Word, or memorising it, or even being able to repeat it word for word in the original languages. God only...More

Monday, April 26, 2021

Understanding True Holiness

‘Holiness unto the Lord.’ Zechariah 14:21 KJV

Holiness should always be ‘unto the Lord’. Any time we make it ‘unto men’, it’s wrong and misguided because it’s just pride and pretence. Jesus condemned the Pharisees not for their acts of piety, but because they performed them to impress others. Not only did they live by a long list of religious ‘do’s and don’ts,’ they also kept a scorecard on others who didn’t live up to their list and denounced them for it.

Some of us grew up in homes and churches where this happened and, when the word ‘holiness’ is mentioned, we squirm and...More

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Dealing With Our Sin

‘Against You, You only, have I sinned.’ Psalm 51:4 NKJV

We need a new way of looking at sin; a fresh understanding of it that recognises it involves denial and moral blindness. And the only way to see it clearly is through the eyes of the One we’ve sinned against. David prayed, ‘Against You, You only, have I sinned.’

A Christian college professor put it like this: ‘I’m nice to my students; respectful to my colleagues; love my family; don’t steal, commit adultery, use drugs or swear; and I floss regularly. But when I look at myself honestly, I see that I harbour bitterness, hoard my time,...More

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Live For Something Greater Than Yourself

‘Unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone.’ John 12:24 NLT

Jesus said, ‘Unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels.’ Someone has estimated that one kernel of wheat will produce a stalk bearing three heads of wheat. In each head there are fifteen to thirty-five kernels, altogether producing close to a hundred kernels from a stalk. After they are planted, these kernels will produce ten thousand kernels. When those are replanted, they will produce a million kernels. And if you keep going, you will...More

Friday, April 23, 2021

The Power to Change

‘I will strengthen you and help you.’ Isaiah 41:10 NIV

We go to seminars and conferences looking for a painless cure by which our lives can be zapped and changed. We go on diets. We join health clubs and our enthusiasm runs strong for about two weeks. Then we fall back into the same old rut. We don’t change. We read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do but can’t give us the power to do it. We are told things like: ‘Get rid of all your bad habits. Be positive; don’t be negative.’ But how? Where do we get the power to change?

The Greek word...More

Thursday, April 22, 2021

When You Don’t Understand

‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us.’ Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV

When you don’t understand what’s happening in your life, start with what you know for sure; namely, that God is good all the time, and His ‘love for those who respect Him continues forever.’ (Psalm 103:17 NCV) He’s not fickle. He doesn’t bless you one day and curse you the next: His ‘mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning.’ (Lamentations 3:22–23 ESV) But there are things God chooses to reveal to us, and ‘secret things’ He doesn’t—for our own...More

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Get A ‘Preparation Perspective’

‘We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV

Paul writes: ‘Our goal is to please Him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.’ (2 Corinthians 5:9–10 NLT) If you are wise, you will live each day with this truth uppermost in your mind. You’ll have a ‘preparation perspective’!

Think about it this way: you don’t just wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve decided just for today I’m going to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or an accountant’; no, you...More

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

How Are You Coming Across?

‘Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt.’ Colossians 4:6 NKJV

The Chinese Christian leader Watchman Nee devoted a chapter in his book The Normal Christian Worker to watching what you say and how you say it. ‘Because of unrestrained speech, the usefulness of many Christian workers is seriously curtailed. Instead of being powerful instruments in the Lord’s service, their ministry makes little impact on account of the constant leakage of power through their careless talk.’

Paul writes, ‘Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt.’ That means when you speak,...More

Monday, April 19, 2021

Giving To Your Supplier

‘All things come from You, and of Your own we have given You.’ 1 Chronicles 29:14 NKJV

Generous people are always comfortable talking about money, and they are even more comfortable giving it. Self-centred people obsess over keeping what they have, and how to get even more. That’s possibly why Jesus, who was the most generous person in history, spoke so much about money. He understood its source, its use, and who owns it all. Sixteen of his thirty-eight parables deal with how to handle money and possessions. In the four Gospels, one out of every ten verses deals with the subject. The Bible has five hundred...More

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Take It To God In Prayer

‘Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you.’ Psalm 55:22 AMPC

After preaching about taking our worries to God in prayer, a lady approached the great preacher G. Campbell Morgan and said, ‘I don’t bother God with little things; I only take the big ones to Him.’ Morgan replied, ‘My dear lady, everything we take to God is little.’

The Bible says, ‘Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you.’ God knows you’re not built to carry the weight of worry, so He invites you to give it to Him today. Anything that’s...More

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Your Identity Determines Your Inheritance

‘We are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.’ Romans 8:16–17 NKJV

When our favourite sports team wins, we say, ‘We won!’ What do you mean ‘we’? You weren’t on the field. You didn’t get tackled. You didn’t throw or kick the ball. You didn’t even score a single goal. What do you mean ‘we’won? You mean that, because the team you support and identify with won, you won too.

There’s an important spiritual truth here for you as the redeemed child of God. When Jesus died, you died with Him. When Jesus arose, you arose with Him to...More

Friday, April 16, 2021

Turn Your Loss Into Gain (3)

‘New things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.’ Isaiah 42:9 NKJV

The same townspeople who declared Jephthah ‘persona non grata’ were the very ones who turned to him for help when they were threatened by a powerful enemy. So here’s lesson one: other people don’t determine your future, God does!

The Israelites were living in exile and bondage when God made them this promise: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”’ (Jeremiah 29:11 TLB) God’s plan for you will...More

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Turn Your Loss Into Gain (2)

‘Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.’ Matthew 3:8 NLT

When Israel’s leaders turned to Jephthah for help, they were in distress and wanted to ‘use’ him. So Jephthah said, in essence, ‘Let’s get an understanding of the type of relationship we’re going to have.’ At that point, he negotiated with them and ended up in a top leadership spot. When your trust has been violated, you need to forgive. By doing so, you set yourself free. But you must exercise wisdom in how to move forward. God doesn’t expect you to put yourself in a position to be hurt...More

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Turn Your Loss Into Gain (1)

‘Jephthah, a brave soldier from Gilead, was the son of a prostitute.’ Judges 11:1 GNT

Jephthah was the illegitimate son of a man called Gilead. His mother was a prostitute. When he grew up, Gilead’s legitimate sons turned on him and chased him away. ‘“You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,” they said.’ (Judges 11:2 NLT) So he ended up living in a cave. While there, he took a band of misfits and rebels and developed them into a great army. When the Ammonites threatened Israel, the elders turned to him for help.

‘But Jephthah said to them: “Aren’t you the ones who...More

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

You Must Respond With Grace

‘You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.’ 2 Peter 3:18 NLT

How do we overcome past hurts in relationships? How do two people combine separate and unique perspectives to create a satisfying and loving relationship? There’s a very special ingredient called ‘grace’ that must be added to the mix. It calls for extending to the other person the same grace that God extends to you. It bandages broken people and permits the defeated to develop winning ways to escape their pasts. It gives strength to those who struggle to be functional in areas where historically they’ve been...More

Monday, April 12, 2021

Generational Blessings

‘The promise is for you, and for your children.’ Acts 2:39 ESV

Every family has unique and different strengths. And you can give an inheritance to your children by passing on the values, insight, and love that got your family as far as it is today. Having a sense of your history can inspire in them a desire to perpetuate the greatness. You need to tell them how you made it over your ‘Jordan River’ and into your ‘Promised Land’. You need to pass on the generational blessings that helped your family for years. It is necessary to highlight each family member’s gifts.

There’s something in...More

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Loving And Accepting Others

‘In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.’ Philippians 2:3 NKJV

You can learn to love and accept someone, without necessarily agreeing with their opinions and endorsing their actions or lifestyle. An important key is learning to see people as individuals. The more we realise that despite certain differences we’re all human and all created by our Father in His image, the freer we become to focus on our common needs. When we don’t understand someone else’s motives, views, or personality, it’s easy to assume the worst about them and project irritation and...More

Saturday, April 10, 2021

God Will Provide ‘All’ You Need

‘How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’ Romans 8:32 NKJV

George Müller is considered to be one of the spiritual giants of the church. Do yourself a favour and read his life story. Faced time and time again with overwhelming needs, he turned to God in prayer, claiming His promises and experiencing amazing miracles. But great faith does not come overnight; it comes over a lifetime of walking with God. Müller said: ‘My faith is the same faith which is found in every believer. It has been increased little by little for the last twenty-six years. Many times when I would have gone insane from...More

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Sting

‘I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted.’ 2 Corinthians 11:3 NLT

Have you heard of the velvet ant? It has a coat of tiny hairs that feel smooth and velvety. But it’s all a disguise. It isn’t an ant at all, but a wingless wasp with a nasty sting. After injecting its victims with a venom, it lays eggs in their incapacitated bodies.

One of Paul’s greatest concerns was that, after being saved by grace, the churches would go back to living under the Old Testament law. He constantly warned them about basing their salvation and their relationship...More

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Dealing With Your Doubts (2)

‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into His side, I’ll never believe!’ John 20:25 ISV

Some of us have taken the message of Christianity and put it in a box marked: ‘Don’t ask—don’t tell.’ Ever feel like you need permission to weep when you lose a loved one? Or feel intimidated about admitting, ‘I really don’t know for sure’?

The story of doubting Thomas teaches us that not only is it ok to doubt—sometimes it’s necessary! If you don’t, you won’t grow. You’ll wind up with somebody else’s answers, and in many cases they will...More

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Dealing With Your Doubts (1)

‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, put my finger into them, and put my hand into His side, I’ll never believe!’ John 20:25 ISV

Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus first appeared to His disciples after the resurrection. And like many of us, other people’s experiences weren’t good enough for Thomas—he had to have his own. And Jesus made sure he got them. Note, He didn’t put Thomas down for having doubts. He understood that any question arising from an honest heart isn’t a sceptical question; it’s a search for truth.

The Bible tells us: ‘After eight days His disciples were again...More

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Decide, And Stick With It!

‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ Joshua 24:15 NKJV

People who succeed in life set their priorities early and maintain them daily. That way they don’t have to keep re-establishing them. That’s a good idea for two reasons:

(1) It takes the emotion out of it. If you’re not careful, you can make a life-altering decision based on a temporary situation, rather than God’s will. Or worse, base your decisions on your feelings! By establishing your life’s priorities before you have to, you can do it without your emotions manipulating and controlling you. Plus, you’re more likely...More

Monday, April 5, 2021

Renew Your Love For Christ

‘Turn back and do as you did at first.’ Revelation 2:5 CEV

Addressing the Ephesian church, Jesus said: ‘I know everything you have done, including your hard work and how you have endured. I know you won’t put up with anyone who is evil… You have endured and gone through hard times because of Me, and… not given up. But I do have something against you! And it is this: You don’t have as much love as you used to. Think about where you have fallen from… then turn back and do as you did at first.’ (Revelation 2:2–5 CEV)

Think back to your early days as a Christian. Remember how excited...More

Sunday, April 4, 2021

God Honours Faithfulness!

‘An angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, went to the tomb, and rolled the stone away.’ Matthew 28:3 NCV

When the two Marys went to the tomb that first Easter morning, the last thing they expected was to find it empty. After all, they’d witnessed Jesus crucified, along with most of their dreams. Now they came with oils and spices to anoint Him.

That day they didn’t come to receive, they came to give. And there’s no nobler human aspiration. Service prompted by duty is the hallmark of true discipleship. That’s why God commands us to love, expecting nothing in return: calling us to give to...More

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Battle Over The Resurrection

‘If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!’ 1 Corinthians 15:17 NKJV

In 2013, Fox News reported that an exercise in a university course textbook involved instructing students to write the name of Jesus on a sheet of paper, put the paper on the floor, and stomp on it. In one Florida university class, all the students participated—except one! Out of love and loyalty to Jesus, he wouldn’t do it.

This leads us to ask the following question, ‘Why would anyone, even an atheist, agree to do such a thing?’ Answer: because sometimes we fight what we fear. It’s called...More

Friday, April 2, 2021

Redefining ‘Good’ Friday

‘God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in Heaven back to Himself through Christ.’ Colossians 1:20 GWT

Carolyn Arends writes: ‘Easter Sunday is the Christian faith’s gold medal victory lap… the Happily Ever After… But I dread Good Friday… images of torture and suffering… the terrible recollected cry, “My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” Left to my own devices, I’d probably skip Good Friday. But… if I did, Easter morning would become increasingly hollow. I’d forget how much my salvation cost… I’d start to believe that you can have victory without sacrifice… I’d buy...More

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Why You Need A Relationship With God

‘He walked with Me in peace and equity.’ Malachi 2:6 NKJV

From the very first chapter of Genesis, it’s clear that a relationship with God is the foundation upon which everything in our lives must be built. If we try to build on anything else, we’re building on quicksand. Why? Because sooner or later our relationship with our children, our siblings, our spouse, our parents, and our friends will break down.

If we don’t understand that we were created with an intense hunger for a relationship with God, we won’t understand where the inner void and loneliness come from. And as a result, we’ll...More

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Are You Under Pressure Today?

‘As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in Your commands.’ Psalm 119:143 NLT

It takes a long time and an incredible amount of pressure to turn a worthless piece of carbon into a valuable diamond. That’s why James writes: ‘When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.’ (James 1:2–4 NLT)

Once you grasp that Scriptural truth, whenever your life is...More

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

You’re ‘Graced’ For This Test

‘When He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.’ Job 23:10 NIV

Job lost his family and his fortune in a single day. Yet, looking back he wrote, ‘When He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.’ It takes much more heat to produce gold than it does to produce tin. So which of the two do you want to be? To enjoy the blessing God has in mind for you, you’ve got to pass life’s tests.

In the early days of television programming, schedules were routinely interrupted by a thirty-second test of ‘The Emergency Broadcast System’. And those tests are a lot like the ones that come into our...More

Monday, March 29, 2021

How To Walk In God’s Blessing (2)

‘You are already clean because of the Word.’
John 15:3 NASB

Your new nature is programmed to want to obey God in much the same way a calculator is programmed to compute numbers. When you put in the right information, you get the right response. And when you feed your new nature with God’s Word, it’s designed to give you the right response. That’s why Satan tries to keep you so busy doing other things that you don’t spend time reading your Bible. His goal is to keep you weak and ineffective.

Paul writes, ‘We all… beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being...More

Sunday, March 28, 2021

How To Walk In God’s Blessing (1)

‘Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’ James 1:22 NIV

James writes: ‘Prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has… gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law… and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.’ (James 1:22–25...More

Saturday, March 27, 2021

You Can Have Peace

‘Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.’ Job 22:21 NIV

Today we don’t just have regular stress, we’ve got cyber stress. Emails multiply like rabbits. Turn your mobile phone off for even a couple of hours, and when you turn it back on, it has gained ten kilos from the influx of recent voice mails.

Then we have hyper stress. Go to the supermarket and see how much small talk you get from the cashier whose speed and efficiency is being tracked by computer as he or she electronically scans your groceries, calls out your total, and digitally sweeps you out the...More

Friday, March 26, 2021

Have You Stumbled?

‘You will all stumble in your faith on account of Me.’ Matthew 26:31 NCV

On the night before His death, Jesus made this announcement: ‘All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: “I will strike the Shepherd, and the… flock will be scattered.” But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.’ (Matthew 26:31–32 NKJV) Think about it! If the disciples who had spent three-and-a-half years walking and talking with Jesus, hearing His messages and seeing His miracles could stumble, then any of us can. ‘You will all stumble.’

But the...More

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Assurance Of Salvation

‘I give them eternal life.’ John 10:28 AMPC

Your salvation isn’t guaranteed by your performance—but by Christ’s performance at the cross. Yes, you’ll have moments you’re proud of and moments you’re ashamed of. But as long as your trust is in Christ, you’re saved, and you’ll go to Heaven.

Jesus said: ‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.’ Even more, God stakes His claim to us. ‘He has put His seal of ownership on us and...More

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Today God Is With You

‘God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you.’ Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT

Consider these timeless words by Margaret Fishback Powers: ‘One night I dreamed… I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord. When the last scene of my life shot before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set… I realised that this was at the lowest… times of my life. This always bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma....More

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Live For What Matters!

‘I must leave to others everything I have earned.’ Ecclesiastes 2:18 NLT

If you work harder you can earn more money, but you can’t earn more time. To coin a popular song, ‘Time may be money, but your money won’t buy time.’

There’s an old story about a man who worked the late shift at a factory and walked home just after midnight. One night he took a shortcut through the cemetery. Failing to notice the new grave that had just been dug in the centre of his path, he fell into it. After several unsuccessful attempts to get out, he decided to relax until morning when someone would be around to...More

Monday, March 22, 2021

You’re Commanded To Love

‘This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ John 15:12 NKJV

If love was a sentiment that depended on someone else’s actions and reactions, or an emotion over which you had no control, Jesus wouldn’t have said, ‘This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ That means love is a choice you make. It’s initiated by your will.

Jesus also said, ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.’ (Luke 6:27–28 NKJV) And what He commands you to do, He will give you...More

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Dealing With Fear (7)

‘God has not given us a spirit of fear.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

During the American Revolution, Spain gained control of the Bahamas. In April of 1783, Andrew Deveaux, a lieutenant-colonel from South Carolina, recruited a handful of militiamen and Harbour Island settlers to retake the capital of the Bahamas using a clever strategy. Deveaux had only two hundred men with him, a far smaller force than that of the Spanish, but he managed to capture the high ground on the island after a brief skirmish. The Spaniards then watched as boats repeatedly ferried load after load of men from Deveaux’s ships to his defensive...More

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Dealing With Fear (6)

‘What I dreaded has happened to me.’ Job 3:25 NKJV

Do you ever fantasise about solutions to problems you fear may or will come your way? Ironically, when you do, what started out as an unfounded fear can turn into a real problem because you expended energy on wasteful thinking instead of productive action.

Joe Tye, author of Never Fear, Never Quit, says: ‘Wishful thinking is the lock that fear puts on the prison gate. Fear lets you indulge yourself, for a while, in flights of wishful thinking. Somehow, you think, something will happen to make the problems go away. By the time you wake up, it’s...More

Friday, March 19, 2021

Dealing With Fear (5)

‘The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ Psalm 27:1 NKJV

An old adage says, ‘Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.’ It exaggerates the problem, and as a result, you expend valuable energy in ways you shouldn’t. For example, sometimes you avoid things that can’t really harm you at all.

Like the man who returned to his holiday cabin from a hike, badly scratched and bruised. ‘What happened?’ his wife asked.

‘I met a snake on the trail,’ he answered.

‘Don’t you remember,’ his wife responded, ‘the park ranger told us yesterday that...More

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dealing With Fear (4)

‘As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.’ Joshua 3:13 NLT

To enter the Promised Land, the Israelites had to cross the River Jordan at flood stage. Were they afraid? Wouldn’t you be? Nevertheless, the only way to reach their destiny was to do the very thing they feared! When you let fear take hold, you become even more fearful and end up creating a debilitating cycle that works like this: Fear breeds lack of action. Lack of action breeds lack of experience. Lack of experience breeds ignorance. And ignorance breeds fear. It...More

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dealing With Fear (3)

‘Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.’ Job 4:14 NKJV

Fear can be devastating. Why? Because it breeds more fear! And the most insidious thing about fear is its ability to exaggerate. C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general of the United States, observed, ‘People just have an inappropriate sense of what is dangerous.’

Do you fear flying? The fact is, you’re more likely to die from choking on a piece of food than in a commercial airline crash. Are you afraid of dying in a robbery? You’re twice as likely to be killed playing a sport than you are to be stabbed to death...More

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Dealing With Fear (2)

‘I was afraid and hid from You.’ Genesis 3:10 GNT

We tend to think that successful people are exempt from fear. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every generation in history has experienced fear. The first person God created was Adam, and the first recorded words Adam spoke were these: ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ (Genesis 3:10 NKJV) Fear is genetic; it’s part of human nature.

Studies confirm that our seven greatest areas of fear are these:

(1) finances

(2) health

(3) career...More

Monday, March 15, 2021

Dealing With Fear (1)

‘The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ Psalm 118:6 NKJV

During the Great Depression unemployment hit 25 percent of the American population. Savings accounts were wiped out by bank failures, farmers lost their land to repossessions, and people were having trouble just feeding their families. During this dark time Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation in these words: ‘Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.’


Sunday, March 14, 2021

‘Spinning’ The Truth

‘Love should always make us tell the truth.’ Ephesians 4:15 CEV

How do you think Paul, ‘the apostle of grace’, would have handled the following inquiry: ‘Dear Paul: We’re thinking about hiring Alexander the coppersmith as a company manager, and because you know him well, we’d appreciate your opinion.’ Knowing the problems Alexander had caused in the past (1 Timothy 1:19–20; 2 Timothy 4:14–15), how would Paul respond?

Or what about this one: ‘Dear Abraham: Lot has applied for a loan to expand his cattle property in the Jordan Valley near Sodom. So we’re writing to...More

Saturday, March 13, 2021

‘Choice Morsels’

‘Words of a gossip are like choice morsels.’ Proverbs 18:8 NIV

Gossip can be a ‘choice morsel’ that’s hard to resist. So what’s the solution? Catch yourself before you indulge in it! Ask yourself why you’ve decided to be a bearer of bad news. Is this the only way you know to establish camaraderie with others? Do you enjoy being the centre of attention? Does it make you feel superior to know something negative about somebody that the listener doesn’t know? Are you envious of the subject’s accomplishments? Why are you willing to use the temple of God as a ‘rubbish bin’ by receiving gossip? (See...More

Friday, March 12, 2021

Trust God’s Saving And Keeping Power

‘Kept by the power of God through faith for salvation.’ 1 Peter 1:5 NKJV

If our salvation is assured when we place our trust in Christ, might not some people take advantage of this assurance? Yes, they might—for a time. But as grace goes deep, and as God’s love and kindness sink in, they change. Grace fosters obedience. ‘The grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.’ (Titus 2:11–12 NIV)

God’s grace does more than comfort you...More

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Where Can You Find Peace?

‘The Lord blesses His people with peace.’ Psalm 29:11 NIV

Increasing our pace has decreased our peace. There’s an old joke about a stressed-out personal assistant who told her boss, ‘When this rush is over, I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. I’ve earned it, I deserve it, and nobody’s going to take it from me!’

We might smile, but chances are you can relate. Not long ago we marked the passing of time in seasons. But seasons begat monthly calendars, which begat day-timers, which begat one-minute managers, which begat handheld personal organisers. And what does it all lead to? As our...More

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Learn To Wait

‘At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ Galatians 6:9 NIV

There’s no such thing as instant success, with either people or problems. Whether you need to lose ten kilos or one hundred kilos, the weight can only be shed one kilogram at a time. Standing on top of the mountain is a thrill, but you can only get up there one step at a time. Nothing great is created suddenly; almost every significant success in life comes at the end of a long, arduous wait. And unless you accept that truth, you’ll give up too soon and settle far short of the success God has in mind for you.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Have You Read Your Bible Today?

‘From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith.’ 2 Timothy 3:15 NKJV

People are intimidated by the Bible for any number of reasons. For some, it’s such a big book that it scares them, and they don’t know where to start. Others think because it’s such an ancient book, spans such a long historical time period, and includes so many themes, that they could never figure it out. So let’s try to simplify it. Think of the Bible as a library of books that includes sixty-six volumes of widely varying length, written over a period of fifteen-hundred...More

Monday, March 8, 2021

Why Pray?

‘Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.’ Matthew 21:22 NKJV

You say, ‘If God loves me and knows what I need, why should I have to ask Him for it?’ Because prayer means talking to God and listening to God, which leads to building a relationship with Him. Jesus said, ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you.’ (Matthew 6:33 ESV) When your prayers are based on your relationship with God, your needs get met. When you love God and spend time with Him, His Word says: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has...More

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Be Creative (4)

‘Speak to all who are gifted artisans.’ Exodus 28:3 NKJV

God told Moses: ‘You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments.’ (Exodus 28:2–3 NKJV) Note the word ‘artisans’. God gives us artistic ability, and when we use it we glorify Him. Clothes ‘for glory and for beauty’ call for creativity. Stop separating the spiritual from the secular! ‘Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.’ (Colossians 3:17...More

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Be Creative (3)

‘Be fruitful and multiply.’ Genesis 1:28 NKJV

Your heavenly Father created the world—and you are made in His image. That means you are wired to think creatively. God finished His creative work in six days, then our work began. God said, in essence, ‘I’ve provided you with all the resources and talents you need to have an abundant life. Now do something good with it.’ The sheep He made give wool, from which we create beautiful fabrics in differing colours for warm outfits to protect us in cold weather. God didn’t make cheese; He made cows that give milk so that we can create dairy products from...More

Friday, March 5, 2021

Be Creative (2)

‘God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.’ Philippians 2:13 NLT

You will only have good ideas if you value ideas. Otherwise you’ll drift through life living off other people’s ideas. Creative thinkers:

(1) Explore every option. Exploring a multitude of possibilities helps to stimulate your imagination, and imagination is crucial to creativity. Albert Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Why? Because it looks for new ways to put your knowledge to work.

(2) Embrace ambiguity. Creative people don’t feel the need to...More

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Be Creative (1)

‘So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God, He created them; male and female He created them.’ Genesis 1:27 NLT

Why do we celebrate the birth of our children? Because we helped to create something that bears part of our image. In doing so, we reflect God’s own creativity. The famous American football coach Vince Lombardi said, ‘The joy is in creating, not maintaining.’

It’s a mistake to believe that God is only interested in ‘spiritual things’ and not ‘secular’ things. Yes, we must grow spiritually. But we must also use the gifts He’s given us to fulfil His...More

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

When Your Family Doesn’t Understand You

‘Anyone who does God’s will is My brother and sister and mother.’ Mark 3:35 NLT

The Bible says: ‘Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him. They stood outside and sent word for Him to come out and talk with them. There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for You.” Jesus replied, “Who is My mother? Who are My brothers?” Then He looked at those around Him and said, “Look, these are My mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is My brother and sister and mother.”’ (Mark 3:31–35 NLT)

One of your...More

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Keep Persevering

‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’ Hebrews 12:1 NIV

Before you were born, God anticipated your arrival and had a specific plan for you. And that plan involves dealing with problems and overcoming obstacles because that’s how character is developed. The mark of a successful person is his or her ability to see problems as opportunities instead of obstacles. And the most important lessons take place not when you celebrate the good times but persevere during the bad ones. Indeed, that’s why the bad times make the good times so good!

If you know anything about the birth of...More

Monday, March 1, 2021

Trust God And Don’t Be Afraid

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.’ Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Fear will rob you of your creativity and self-worth. It is the enemy of greatness; the antithesis of faith. The longer it lives inside you, the stronger it grows. And it’s fertilised by words; not just the words others say, but the words you say to yourself. When you tell yourself, ‘There’s no way I’m going to make it,’ you’ve dented your armour and undermined your effectiveness. And if you let it fester, it will affect you like a plague.

To overcome fear, you must first identify and expose it. It will...More

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Have You Been Betrayed?

‘My best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.’ Psalm 41:9 NLT

Not only must we leave room for unexpected disappointments and unknown variables in life, we must realise that inevitably we’ll be betrayed and hurt by other people. Perhaps they deceived us into believing they were trustworthy, or they began sincerely and became infected with the viruses of jealousy and greed. In either case, you’ll face betrayal at some point along the way. Even the psalmist David wrote: ‘My best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned...More

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Focus On The Solution Not The Problem

‘In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’ Isaiah 30:15 NKJV

As problems arise in your relationships, you’ll be forced to become a translator, negotiator, diplomat, and peacekeeper. And good communication skills are essential. Nothing is more frustrating than being misunderstood, misheard, ignored, or misconstrued.

But talking isn’t always the answer. Sometimes it exacerbates the problem. Our mistake is we’re often too wordy about the issue itself; in other words, we talk about it when we should be quiet and focus on a solution. God has given you the gifts you need to change the...More

Friday, February 26, 2021

Be Flexible

‘Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’ Philippians 2:4 NKJV

When it comes to the truth, you should be unbending. But when it comes to relationships, you must learn to be flexible. If you always need to be in the ‘right’ and to ensure the other person is ‘wrong’, you’ll never enjoy stable, long-lasting relationships. No human being is perfect—apart from Jesus, of course—and it’s not the wrong we do that is most deeply destructive to relationships. It’s the inability to acknowledge that wrong! For relationships to thrive, we not only...More

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Try Brainstorming (2)

‘Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.’ Proverbs 20:5 NLT

The founder of IBM, Thomas J. Watson, said: ‘Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity… Every time we’ve moved ahead in IBM it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.’

Many of us have good ideas that never go anywhere. At some point, you must reduce your list to the best idea for you. This isn’t easy, but it’s necessary....More

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Try Brainstorming (1)

‘Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisors.’ Proverbs 24:6 NIV

Solomon said, ‘With the right strategy you can wage war, and with many advisers there is victory.’ (Proverbs 24:6 GWT) There are wise and experienced people around who are willing to help you, so get together with them periodically and brainstorm. Make sure everyone involved knows there are no limits, boundaries, or even budget constraints. The purpose is to get everything out on the table. You never know what your next big idea is, so don’t limit yourself to what you think is possible or affordable...More

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Keep Your Conscience Clear

‘My conscience [enlightened and prompted] by the Holy Spirit bearing witness with me.’ Romans 9:1 AMPC

Paul writes: ‘My conscience [enlightened and prompted] by the Holy Spirit bearing witness with me.’ Note that when the Holy Spirit speaks to your conscience, two things happen.

First, He illuminates your heart with the truth.

Second, He prompts you about what to do. Some things may be ‘right’ for others and be ‘wrong’ for you. Why? Because God has a particular plan for your life and He doesn’t want you to be negatively influenced, or even derailed. Read the following...More

Monday, February 22, 2021

Hold On Until Your Joy Comes

‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’ Psalm 30:5 NKJV

Pain is an inevitable part of life and growth; a beneficial part! Stop and consider some of its benefits:

(1) It lets you know when there’s something wrong in your body that needs to be made right.

(2) It forces you to acknowledge a condition you didn’t know about; one that could potentially claim your life.

(3) It makes you rearrange your priorities and your schedule and seek help.

(4) It makes you willing to submit to treatment you may not enjoy, believing that it will make you...More

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Forget It And Move On

‘Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal.’ Philippians 3:13–14 AMPC

We all have a ‘past’. It’s filled with hurts others have done to us, mistakes that got us into trouble, and things we’re so ashamed of we wouldn’t dare talk openly about them. What to do? There are only two things you can do with your past: focus on it, or forget it and move on. If you need forgiveness, ask God for it, receive it by faith, learn from your mistakes, and try to do better next time.

Paul wrote: ‘One thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting...More

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Have You Prayed About It?

‘We fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.’ 2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT

God hasn’t made prayer difficult or complicated, but really simple. The truth is, many of us pray more often than we know. And we have a more effective and successful prayer life than we realise. The trouble is, we don’t always recognise when we’re praying. That’s because we’ve got the wrong idea about it. We’ve been taught that prayer requires a specific environment like church, or a prescribed posture like kneeling, or a particular form of words like ‘Thee’ and ‘Thou’, or that we must strictly adhere to certain...More

Friday, February 19, 2021

Notes and Diamonds

‘By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.’ Ephesians 2:8 NASB

To understand how God sees you, try to think of these two things:

(1) A ten-dollar note. What makes it more valuable than any other piece of paper of equal size? The wealth and stability of the government whose treasurer’s signature is on it. You can crumple that ten-dollar note up, step on it, even cut it in two and tape it back together again, and it’s worth is still the same.

(2) A diamond. If you rub a diamond in the dirt, it’s still a diamond, although a dirty...More

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Set Healthy Boundaries For Yourself

‘Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.’ Proverbs 25:28 NKJV

David Jeremiah wrote: ‘The Great Wall of China was erected in the third century BC as a defence against raids by nomadic peoples from the north. Throughout succeeding centuries, especially during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), the Great Wall was repaired and extended in length, finally stretching for forty-five-hundred miles.’

Centuries before the Great Wall was begun, Biblical cultures used walls to protect themselves, as well as to draw boundaries around their land for the purposes of...More

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Mickey Mantle Story

‘Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

Mickey Mantle is one of the true legends of baseball history. He played two thousand four hundred and one games for the New York Yankees from 1951 until 1968, hit a record eighteen homers in twelve World Series, and was honoured in baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974. The crowd loved him. He was famous. He was rich. But he still felt empty inside, so he turned to alcohol.

In a Sports Illustrated interview, he once described his long battle with alcohol and his heartbreaking...More

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Truth of Creation (5)

‘And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds.”’ Genesis 1:24 ESV

God said in creation, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds.’ And ‘when God created mankind, He made them in the likeness of God… When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness.’ (Genesis 5:1,3 NIV) In other words, man isn’t just another animal in the evolutionary chain.

‘Microevolution’ teaches variations or adaptations within species. For example, there are different types of dogs, etc. But there is no scientific evidence to...More

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Truth of Creation (4)

‘All flesh is not the same flesh.’ 1 Corinthians 15:39 NKJV

The Bible says, ‘All flesh is not the same… there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.’

Ray Comfort writes: ‘The Bible tells us that animals are created “without understanding.” (Psalm 49:20 ESV) We are made in God’s “image”. We aren’t merely a higher form of species on the evolutionary scale. As human beings, we are aware of our “being”. God is “I AM”, and we know that “we are”. We have understanding that we exist. Among other unique...More

Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Truth of Creation (3)

‘The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’ Genesis 1:2 KJV

Science defines the universe as being made up of five components: time, space, matter, power, and motion. With that clearly in mind, read this: ‘In the beginning [time] God created [power] the heavens [space] and the earth [matter]. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved [motion] upon the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be…” and there was.’ (Genesis 1–3 KJV) The first thing God tells us in the Bible is that He created all things and that...More

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Truth of Creation (2)

‘He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female.”’ Matthew 19:4 NKJV

A fascinating quote from a 1995 issue of U.S. News & World Report reads: ‘Researchers suggest that virtually all modern men—99 per cent of them, says one scientist—are closely related genetically and share genes with one male ancestor dubbed “Y-chromosome Adam.” We are finding that humans have very, very shallow genetic roots which go back very recently to one ancestor… That indicates that there was an origin in a specific location on the globe, and then it spread out from there.’

Furthermore, we...More

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Truth of Creation (1)

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ Genesis 1:1 NKJV

A growing number of educators and scientists around the world believe the Biblical account of creation. They point us back to the truth of these words: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ The question ‘evolution or creation?’ becomes clearer when you rephrase it as ‘accident or design?’

Self-declared atheist Sir Fred Hoyle, professor of astronomy at Cambridge University, said: ‘The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way [through evolution] is comparable to the chance...More

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Bible and Your Health (2)

‘You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats.’ Leviticus 7:23 NLT

God warned His people about the dangers associated with animal fat. If you’re hooked on fried or fatty foods, check out this Scripture: ‘Give the following instructions to… Israel. You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats. The fat of an animal found dead or torn to pieces by wild animals must never be eaten, though it may be used for any other purpose.’ (Leviticus 7:23–24 NLT)

While polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found mostly in plant-based foods and oils promote dietary...More

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Bible and Your Health (1)

‘A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body.’ Proverbs 14:30 NLT

In the last half century, doctors have come to understand and emphasise the correlation between mental and physical health. Yet the Bible talked about it over three thousand years ago when King Solomon gave us these four proverbs:

(1) ‘A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.’

(2) ‘A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.’ (Proverbs 15:30 NLT)

(3) ‘Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.’ (Proverbs...More

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

You’re Accepted, Loved, And Secure

‘He adopted you as His own.’ Romans 8:15 NLT

If you’re adopted, that means your parents chose you. They could have picked a different gender, colour, or ancestry. But they selected you. You may think, ‘But if they could have foreseen the rest of my life, they might have changed their minds.’ That’s the point exactly! God has foreseen our entire lives from beginning to end, and He was still convinced ‘to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.’ (Ephesians 1:5 NLT)

We can now live ‘like God’s very own children, adopted into… His family, and...More

Monday, February 8, 2021

Make Your Life Count For God

‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ 2 Timothy 4:7

In Mount Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha, Kansas, you’ll find several large gravestones erected by John Milburn Davis. Davis began his working life as a lowly hired hand and managed to amass a considerable fortune. In the process, he didn’t make many friends. Nor was he close to his wife’s family, since they thought she had married beneath herself. Embittered, he vowed not to leave them a cent. When his wife died, Davis erected an elaborate statue depicting her sitting with him on opposite sides of a love...More

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Protect Your Mind

‘Your minds may somehow be led astray.’ 2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV

Paul writes, ‘I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray.’ Temptation always begins in your mind, and in order to protect it, you need to dwell on God’s Word. It was Satan who planted the idea in Eve’s mind to eat the forbidden fruit. Eve wasn’t standing around trying to figure out how to disobey God.

So remember when you’re tempted, it’s not God speaking to you. The new nature you have from God doesn’t think that way. The devil studies you in the same way an...More

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Try To Make Restitution

‘If I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Luke 19:8 NIV

If you’ve defrauded someone, God expects you to make restitution. Don’t sweep it under the rug and try to save face. Zacchaeus was a first-century con artist who worked for the Romans collecting taxes from his own people, the Jews. He fleeced everything that walked. The Bible says he was rich (Luke 19:2). Filthy rich!

But after spending a night with Jesus, he was radically changed. How do we know this? Because he said: ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if...More

Friday, February 5, 2021

Forgive Because You’ve Been Forgiven

‘Shouldn’t you have mercy?’ Matthew 18:33 NLT

Jesus said:

‘The Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. But the man fell down before his master and begged him, “Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.” Then his master was filled with pity for him, and… forgave his...More

Thursday, February 4, 2021

We Serve A Generous God

‘That you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.’ 2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

God doesn’t just love; He lavishes love on us (see 1 John 3:1 NIV). He doesn’t dole out wisdom; He ‘gives generously to all without finding fault.’(James 1:5 NIV). The Prodigal Son got the fatted calf, the guests at the wedding in Cana got the best wine, and Peter caught so many fish that his boat started to sink.

Paul tells us God ‘supplies seed to the sower’ (2 Corinthians 9:10 NKJV), and the Greek word for ‘supplies’ comes from two roots. The first...More

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Sustaining Grace

‘My grace is sufficient for you.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

There are two kinds of grace:

(1) Saving grace. The moment you place your trust in Christ, God expunges the entire record of your sin.

(2) Sustaining grace. Paul writes: ‘I was given a thorn in my flesh… Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”’ (2 Corinthians 12:7–9 NIV)

Such vivid imagery! A thorn pierces the soft skin and lodges beneath the surface. Every step is a reminder of it: The child...More

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Strength Through Sharing

‘Many of the believers began to confess openly.’ Acts 19:18 NCV

Speaking about the church at Ephesus, Paul writes: ‘Many of the believers began to confess openly and tell all the evil things they had done… So in a powerful way the Word of the Lord kept spreading and growing.’ (Acts 19:18–20 NCV) Spiritual healing happens in churches like this one. So if you find yourself trapped in a pattern of repeated sin and failure, seek out mature, committed Christians who aren’t shocked by your problem, who won’t divulge your confidence, and who know how to pray for you and with you.

Jesus gave...More

Monday, February 1, 2021

By God’s Grace You Can Overcome

‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ Romans 8:31 NKJV

Some of the world’s greatest people faced the world’s greatest challenges, but they overcame them. Novelist Sir Walter Scott was physically disabled. John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, was imprisoned. Abraham Lincoln was raised in abject poverty. Statesman Benjamin Disraeli was harassed by harsh and bitter prejudice. Franklin Roosevelt was struck down with paralysis. Educator Booker T. Washington, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, singer Marian Anderson and agricultural inventor George Washington Carver were subjected to continual racial...More

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Insecurity In Leadership

‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.’ Philippians 2:3 NLT

Here’s the dilemma of an insecure leader: if others excel in doing a job, they fear it will make them look bad. But they also fear that if they do the job poorly, they will still look bad. So they try to do everything themselves. As a result, they fail to succeed or their success is limited. Paul addresses it this way: ‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.’(Philippians 2:3–4...More

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Keep Improving

‘From everyone who has been given much, much more will be demanded.’ Luke 12:48 NIV

Author H. Jackson Brown Jr quipped, ‘Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.’ If you know you have talent and you’ve seen a lot of motion but little concrete results, you may lack self-discipline. Look at last week’s schedule. How much of your time did you devote to regular, disciplined activities? Did you do anything to grow and improve yourself? If you have been putting these things off and...More

Friday, January 29, 2021

What’s Your Vision?

‘According to the vision that I saw.’ Ezekiel 8:4 KJV

When God gives you a vision it will change your life. John Sculley, former president of PepsiCo and CEO of Apple computers said, ‘The future belongs to those who see the possibilities before they become obvious.’

The Bible tells us God ‘calls those things which do not exist as though they did.’ (Romans 4:17 NKJV) Vision paints the target, lights a fire within you, and draws you forward. If what you’re pursuing in life doesn’t come from a burning desire within you—from the very depths of who you are and what you believe—you...More

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Think Realistically (2)

‘A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.’ Proverbs 22:3 NLT

Here are three things realistic thinking will do for you:

(1) It will give you a sense of security. When you have thought through the worst that can happen and developed contingency plans to meet it, you become more confident and secure. It’s reassuring to know that you are unlikely to be surprised. Disappointment is the difference between expectations and reality. Thinking realistically minimises the difference between the two.

(2) It will give you credibility. Leaders who are continually surprised by the...More

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Think Realistically (1)

‘Don’t begin until you count the cost.’ Luke 14:28 NLT

Reality is the difference between what you wish for—and what is. If you’re a naturally optimistic person you may find it difficult to think realistically. Indeed, you may think it’s the opposite of having faith. No, faith doesn’t deny the problem, it connects you with God through whose strength you can overcome. Here are two things that thinking realistically will do for you:

(1) Minimise unnecessary risks. All actions have consequences. Thinking realistically will help you determine what those consequences could be. This is...More

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Lean On God’s Presence And His People

‘He is not far from each one of us.’ Acts 17:27 NKJV

The Bible says God ‘is not far from each one of us’! God does not play favourites. From the masses on the city streets to the isolated villagers in valleys and jungles, all people can enjoy God’s presence. But many don’t. They plod through life as if there were no God to love them. As if their only strength was their own. As if the only solution comes from within, not above. They live godless lives. But you don’t have to do that. You can:

(1) Lean on God’s presence. ‘For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake...More

Monday, January 25, 2021

Personal Growth (2)

‘The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.’ Proverbs 2:6 NIV

Personal growth involves four things:

(1) Environment. You must place yourself in a setting that fosters growth. Certain fish grow according to the size of their surroundings. If you keep them in a small tank they stay small, but when you release them into the ocean they grow to their intended size. The same principle applies to you. You must spend your time with the right crowd, in the right place, doing the right things, in order to grow.

(2) Strength. Leadership expert Peter Drucker said: ‘The...More

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Personal Growth (1)

‘Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.’ Proverbs 3:13 NIV

Here are three reasons we don’t experience personal growth:

(1) We think it comes strictly from experience. Believing personal growth comes only from experience, is like an archer shooting arrows off-target and thinking he’s improving simply because he keeps on shooting. Experience is only profitable if you learn from it and start hitting your target. Pulitzer prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti said, ‘Hell begins on the day God grants us a clear vision of all we might have achieved… the gifts we wasted…...More

Saturday, January 23, 2021

You Are Gifted By God (3)

‘The body is not made up of one part but of many.’ 1 Corinthians 12:14 NIV

You cannot determine your spiritual gift any more than you can determine your eye colour. The Holy Spirit gives us His gifts ‘as He wills.’ (1 Corinthians 12:11 NKJV) Notice three things:

(1) We are different from one another. ‘A body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body.’ (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV) Why are there different gifts? Because there are different needs!

(2) We are dependent on one another. It takes every part working together to have a healthy body that will...More

Friday, January 22, 2021

You Are Gifted By God (2)

‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.’ Romans 12:6 NIV

Don’t say, ‘I’m of no use to God,’ or ‘I’m not needed in the church,’ or ‘There’s no way God could use me.’ You are gifted by God! You are called to use your gift to bless others, build up the church, and display His Kingdom to a watching world. ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the...More

Thursday, January 21, 2021

You Are Gifted By God (1)

‘The same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.’ 1 Corinthians 12:11 NKJV

The Bible says, ‘There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.’ (1 Corinthians 12:4 NKJV) The word ‘gifts’ comes from the Greek word ‘charis’, which literally means grace. That means you cannot earn, qualify for, work for, or deserve a spiritual gift. The Holy Spirit gives them to each of us ‘individually as He wills’. They are not something you get by study, practice, or inheritance. They are not highly developed natural talents. They are supernatural...More

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Temptation (2)

‘With the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.’ 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV

God’s plan for turning temptation into triumph is not to ‘endure’ temptation, but to ‘escape’ temptation. That calls for two things:

(1) Don’t get into a tempting situation. Too many people are like the little boy sitting under the farmer’s apple tree. When the farmer asked him, ‘Son, are you trying to steal my apples?’, he replied, ‘No sir, I’m trying not to.’ His problem was being under the apple tree in the first place. Martin Luther said, ‘You can’t keep...More

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Temptation (1)

‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man.’ 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV

Is there a particular temptation that’s constantly meeting and beating you at every turn? God has made a way for you to turn temptation into triumph. Satan is called ‘the tempter’, and he knows which temptations you succumb to most easily. But Paul writes: ‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man.’ Jesus Himself was ‘in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV) And here’s the reason: ‘In that He Himself has suffered, bbeing tempted, He is able to...More

Monday, January 18, 2021

Keep Persevering And You’ll Win

‘The Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.’ Isaiah 50:7 NKJV

Prize fighter James Corbett was once asked: ‘What’s the most important thing for a man to do to become a champion?’

He replied, ‘Fight one more round.’

Successful people have different talents, but they all have these qualities: perseverance, tenacity, and stick-to-it-iveness. Thomas Grey wrote seventy-five drafts of ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ before he was satisfied with his poetic masterpiece. S.N....More

Sunday, January 17, 2021

You Can Begin Your Life Over Again

‘As he thinks within himself, so he is.’ Proverbs 23:7 NASB

It was a long hard road that took the Chandler family out of the cotton fields and out of poverty in Mississippi. All nine children have memories of the sharecroppers’ cabin and having nothing to wear or to eat. But today, all nine are college graduates! Here’s their inspiring story. Their parents borrowed two dollars to buy a bus ticket for their son Cleveland, who worked his way through school, and became Chairman of the Economics Department at Howard University. Luther went to the University of Omaha, and became the public service employee...More

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Areas Of Success, Areas Of Struggle

‘Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.’ Romans 12:6 NKJV

The Bible teaches that God gives each of us certain gifts, and the grace to use them. And when we are not operating in our area of giftedness, we struggle. We need to keep that in mind when we see a great achiever, or become a great achiever ourselves. Paul is believed to have spoken four languages and he wrote half the New Testament. Yet he constantly struggled with what he refers to as a ‘thorn in the flesh’. When he prayed and asked God to remove it, God said no. ‘My grace is sufficient for you:...More

Friday, January 15, 2021

Don’t Obsess Over The Future

‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ Matthew 6:34 TLB

The story’s told of a clock that spent a great deal of time worrying about its future, reasoning that it had to tick twice each second. ‘How much ticking might that be?’ the clock thought. So it began to calculate that it would tick 120 times each minute, which is 7,200 times each hour. That meant in a twenty-four-hour day it would have to tick 172,800 times, and 63,072,000 times every year. By this time the clock began to get overwhelmed and sweat profusely. Finally, it...More

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Protocol For Church

‘Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.’ Psalm 100:4 NKJV

One Sunday a plainly dressed, scholarly-looking man went to a church in the Netherlands and took a seat near the pulpit. A few minutes later, a lady approached the pew. Seeing a stranger sitting in it, she curtly advised him that this was ‘her seat’. He graciously apologised, and moved to one of the pews in the back of the church reserved for the poor. There, he joined in the service and left afterward without further incident.

When the service was over, one of the...More

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Learn To Say Yes Or No

‘Just say a simple, “Yes, I will,” or “No, I won’t.”’ Matthew 5:37 NLT

Good negotiators understand that talking too much is a sign of insecurity and weakness. Sometimes the most potent word in any language is a simple yes or no, without further explanation or elaboration. Most decisions eventually come to that point. In order to do that, you must be able to answer these three questions:

(1) Is this decision mine alone to make? If you are the sole decision maker or the final decision maker, don’t hesitate and don’t vacillate, make the decision. And before you do, stand on this...More

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

You Need Purpose, And Persistence

‘My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus.’ Acts 20:24 NLT

To live your best life you need two things—purpose and persistence. And if you ask Him, God will help you develop them.

(1) Let’s look at purpose. On the historic monument commemorating the life of author Jack London, who wrote the classic White Fang, are these words: ‘I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than that it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a...More

Monday, January 11, 2021

We Need Each Other

‘Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.’ Romans 1:12 NCV

Next time you take a walk in dense bush stop and think about what is taking place right under your feet. As the roots of the trees connect with each other they form a support system, using a network of fungi to communicate. One has access to water, another to nutrients, and another to sunlight. No single tree has it all, but together they can grow, thrive, and withstand the storms of life. ‘Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the Head of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as...More

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Obstacles To Answered Prayer (6)

‘Wait for it; it will certainly come.’ Habakkuk 2:3 NIV

Before leaving our study on obstacles to answered prayer, let’s be clear about one thing: some of our unanswered prayers have been answered. The answer is ‘wait’. But because we don’t like the answer, we keep hoping God will have a change of heart. The truth is God won’t change His mind to accommodate us. So we have two options:

(1) Keep complaining to Him.

(2) Start cooperating with Him.

When the prophet Habakkuk needed an answer to his prayers in order to give direction to Israel, what did God tell him? Wait!...More

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Obstacles To Answered Prayer (5)

‘First go and be reconciled to them.’ Matthew 5:24 NIV

The fifth obstacle to answered prayer is an unforgiving spirit. Your anger may feel justified, but it can produce long-term results that hurt you. Regardless of ‘who did what to whom’, resentment is hazardous to your health and spiritual well-being. Jesus said, ‘If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.’ (Matthew 5:23–24 NIV) Satan will keep hurting you every...More

Friday, January 8, 2021

Obstacles To Answered Prayer (4)

‘If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish.’ John 15:7 NIV

The fourth obstacle to prayer is unscriptural prayers. Jesus said, ‘If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.’ Those who live by the principles of God’s Word don’t pray to win the lottery, or for their horse to finish first in the Melbourne Cup. They know that those are unscriptural prayers God won’t honour.

When you pray, your request must line up with His will. After leading the children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness...More

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Obstacles To Answered Prayer (3)

‘If our hearts do not condemn us.’ 1 John 3:21 NIV

The third obstacle to answered prayer is unconfessed sin. After conquering Jericho, the strongest city in the Promised Land, the Israelites were defeated by a handful of soldiers in a small village called Ai. Joshua was devastated! He ‘tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the Ark of the Lord.’ (Joshua 7:6 NIV)

Listen to his prayer: ‘The other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will You do for Your own great name?’ (Joshua 7:9...More

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Obstacles To Answered Prayer (2)

‘You don’t get it because your motives are all wrong.’ James 4:3 NLT

Another obstacle to answered prayer is selfishness. In the Lord’s Prayer, you won’t find the words ‘I’, or ‘me’, or ‘my’, or ‘mine’. What you will find instead, is: ‘Give us this day our daily bread; forgive us our trespasses; deliver us from evil’ (see Matthew 6:11–13). Are you getting the idea? The man who prays, ‘Lord bless me, my wife and two children: us four and no more,’ won’t get a favourable response from Heaven.

Jesus said, ‘Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe...More

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Obstacles To Answered Prayer (1)

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV

For the next few days let’s look at some reasons why our prayers aren’t answered.

First, fallen angelic powers. For three weeks Daniel prayed and got no answer. Why? Because an evil force in the spiritual realm, ‘the Prince of Persia’, blocked it href="" title="But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.">(see Daniel 10:13). So God assigned Michael,...More

Monday, January 4, 2021

A Word For The New Year (4)

‘A land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end.’ Deuteronomy 11:12 NKJV

This year God will take care of you. Like a good father taking care of a child he loves, God will watch over you, never taking His eye off you. And He will do it ‘from the beginning of the year to the very end.’ Who else can make such a promise—and keep it? Your lawyer and your banker are normally available to you Monday to Friday, if they’re not too busy; otherwise, you can end up playing ‘telephone tag’. And if you get sick, unless...More

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A Word For The New Year (3)

‘A land of hills and valleys which drinks water from the rain of Heaven.’ Deuteronomy 11:11 NKJV

This year look to God for your needs: ‘The land which you cross over to possess… drinks water from the rain of Heaven.’ No matter what political party is in power, what the interest rate is, or what shape the housing and job markets are in, believe God to supply all your needs. And He may use different people to do it!

Jesus said, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.’ (Luke 6:38 ESV). God will use people to...More

Saturday, January 2, 2021

A Word For The New Year (2)

‘A land of hills and valleys.’ Deuteronomy 11:11 NKJV

This year you will face some mountains and go through some valleys. And you need both. The strength gained from climbing and conquering your last mountain is what will get you through your next valley. It’s in the valley that the sweetest fruit grows. That’s because it’s watered by streams that flow from the mountains.

Jesus said, ‘By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.’ (John 15:8 NKJV) This year Jesus wants you to be more fruitful in His service. And He tells you how: ‘Abide in Me, and...More

Friday, January 1, 2021

A Word For The New Year (1)

‘From the beginning of the year to its end.’ Deuteronomy 11:12 NIV

As you enter the New Year, read this Scripture and stand on it: ‘The land you are entering to take over is not like the land… from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot… [It] is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from Heaven. It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.’ (Deuteronomy 11:10–12 NIV)

For the next few days, let’s look at this Scripture. ‘The land you are entering to...More

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