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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Traveling Mercies

Bible in a Year: Psalms 18–19, Acts 20:17–38

He has watched over your journey . . . and you have not lacked anything.
Deuteronomy 2:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Deuteronomy 2:1–7

You might start your journey in the southwest United States in a dusty town called Why, Arizona. Heading cross-country would take you through Uncertain, Texas. Bearing northeast, you’d make a rest stop in Dismal, Tennessee. Ultimately, you’d reach your destination—Panic, Pennsylvania. These are real places across the landscape of America, though not likely a trip you’d ever choose...More

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Mind Your Mind

‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.’ Proverbs 23:7 NKJV

When we’re young, we’re told, ‘Mind your manners.’ When we launch out into a career, we’re told, ‘Mind your business.’ Well, here is some wise counsel that applies to all of life: ‘Mind your mind!’ When you lose out in that arena, you lose out everywhere else! In Proverbs 23, Solomon outlines six principles to live by when it comes to thinking:

(1) Your thoughts determine your character. ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.’ Before you tell a lie, you first entertain it and think like a liar. Before you commit...More

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Wait On God!

‘Wait on the Lord.’ Psalm 27:14 NKJV

When we become impatient and react without thinking, we can do damage to ourselves and others. Sometimes when we pray and God doesn’t respond quickly enough, we decide to take matters into our own hands and things get worse as a result. When God tells you to wait, He is saying, ‘Trust Me with the timing, the ways and means, and you will get a better result.’

David wrote: ‘I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your...More

Monday, June 27, 2022

Jesus Knows Your Potential

‘I have come that they may have life.’ John 10:10 NIV

Have the experiences you have been through made you a different person from the one God intended you to be? Have the people, pursuits, and pleasures you chose resulted in a feeling of hopelessness about your future?

When you lose your sense of worth, it’s hard to believe God could love you—but He does. He knows that hidden inside you is a person who can do great things for Him. That’s why He is stirring your heart and letting you know He is moving in your life. So respond to Him in faith. Dare to believe that He can make you ‘a new...More

Sunday, June 26, 2022

When You Fail, Jesus Prays For You

‘I have prayed for you.’ Luke 22:32 NKJV

‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’ (Luke 22:31–32 NKJV)

Are you involved in things you never thought yourself capable of doing? You never thought you would have an affair. You never thought you would cheat, steal, and lie to get ahead. You never thought you would become jealous and resentful of someone else’s success. You never thought you would neglect or mistreat your family. You never...More

Saturday, June 25, 2022


‘Your heavenly Father feeds them.’ Matthew 6:26 NKJV

Jesus said: ‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for...More

Friday, June 24, 2022

Don’t Withhold It—Give It!

‘He makes you this solemn promise, “I will bless you.”’ Genesis 22:16–17 CEV

God won’t ask you for what you don’t have, but sometimes He will ask for the thing you really want to keep. Why? To see if there is anything you value or depend on more than Him. Abraham was tested many times in many different ways. But he passed the tests and was blessed like very few others in the Bible.

Imagine God saying to you, ‘Take now your son, your only son… whom you love… and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ (Genesis 22:2 NKJV) Can you...More

Thursday, June 23, 2022

How To Be Financially Secure

‘The righteous give generously.’ Psalm 37:21 NIV

Your desire for financial security can discourage you from giving. Why? Because each dollar you give away feels like it’s no longer available for your protection. But the opposite is true. Our sense of freedom and security actually increases when we give, because giving is a declaration that our security rests someplace other than the bank or our own earning capacity. Giving is an act of confidence in God, and it’s the only way to overcome financial insecurity.

Think of all the things in life over which we have little or no control. Illness....More

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

You Need A Support System

‘Share each other’s burdens.’ Galatians 6:2 NLT

God created our physical bodies with internal systems that support each other. And it’s the same in our relationships. Everybody needs a support system. Sometimes when others disappoint us, we say, ‘From now on it’s just going to be God and me!’ That’s a big mistake! It’s the sheep who strays from the fold that gets eaten by the wolf. Satan will isolate you in order to destroy you.

‘A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not...More

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Like Seeds Growing Within You

‘This Word is at work in you believers.’ 1 Thessalonians 2:13 GWT

When you read God’s Word and believe it and act on it, it’s like seeds growing inside you. Those seeds have life! In the natural world, you don’t have to understand the process by which seeds grow; you just have to water, nurture, and protect them. And it’s the same with Scripture.

Paul writes, ‘You welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.’ (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV) Note the phrase ‘effectively works in you.’ God’s Word is...More

Monday, June 20, 2022

God Speaks To You Through His Word

‘The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.’ John 6:63 NKJV

God will speak to you through His Word. Jesus said, ‘The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life,’ but don’t go cherry-picking for feel-good Scriptures. To grow in faith, you must spend time each day reading through your Bible. You can’t arbitrarily decide that one verse applies to you while another doesn’t. ‘All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives… God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.’ (2...More

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Be A Father To Your Children

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

The beloved radio commentator, Paul Harvey, wrote: ‘At a time when being a buddy to one’s son is popular, I am going to stay a FATHER… If a gap exists between my sons and daughters and myself, I am going to work hard to understand, but I am also going to work hard to be understood… when they tell it like it is, I will listen, even if I like it better the way it was. If old-fashioned things such as prayer, Bible study, worship and faith in God ever seem to my children to be out of date, square, or whatever—I trust God’s help to have...More

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Today, Deal With The Clutter

‘Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.’ Isaiah 43:18 NKJV

We all have emotional attics and basements where we store our ‘clutter’. And it’s the same in our relationships. It’s hard for a relationship to thrive when either party hasn’t processed their mental and emotional clutter. We are talking about:

(1) regrets we have over past mistakes;

(2) grudges we hold on to when we feel we have been wronged;

(3) hurts we hide under clouds of anger, scepticism, and isolation.

If you’re the type to hold grudges and hang on to past...More

Friday, June 17, 2022

The Godly Art Of Letting Go

‘By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac.’ Hebrews 11:17 NKJV

In Genesis 12, God told Abraham to leave his country, his family, and his security. When he said yes to God, he travelled an unfamiliar path to an unknown destiny based on the strength of a promise. Without hesitating, the seventy-five-year-old patriarch ‘went, as the Lord had told him.’ (Genesis 12:4 NIV)

Now fast-forward twenty-five years and Isaac is born; the miracle son who would fulfil God’s promise that through Abraham’s descendants ‘all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My...More

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Speak Words That Promote Wholeness

‘You have been trapped by what you said.’ Proverbs 6:2 NIV

Stormie Omartian says: ‘Early in my walk with the Lord I spoke many negatives… “I’m a failure,” “I’m ugly,” “Nothing ever goes right,” “Nobody cares about me,”… Then the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart… “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV) I had been speaking words of death, not life. One clear example had to do with my speech problems. I’d had them since childhood and was teased about them all through school. When I was old enough to afford professional help, I worked with a speech...More

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Unconditional Joy

‘Be completely filled with joy.’ 1 John 1:4 GWT

When joy is absent from your life, power is also missing (see Nehemiah 8:10). Our happiness shouldn’t be based on what’s happening around us; it should be dependent on our relationship with Jesus. John says, ‘We can be completely filled with joy.’ (1 John 1:4 GWT)

Pastor Reimar Schultze notes: ‘John did not say this when all was well, but when… everything had turned to shambles.

(1) All his fellow apostles had been murdered.

(2) Rome had destroyed the temple [so]… not one stone was left upon another. Flavius...More

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Who Advises You?

‘Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.’ Proverbs 19:20 NIV

You may be good at what you do. Indeed, you may be better than most, but without the help of others you will never be as good as you could be. You will never reach your highest potential without a good adviser. It’s impossible.

Why would a world-class tennis player need a coach, especially one who is not as good on the court as he or she is? André Agassi answered the question this way: ‘Tennis requires subtle adjustments crucial to winning and my coach, Gill, is the best at making...More

Monday, June 13, 2022

How To Build A Great Marriage

‘Place yourselves under each other’s authority out of respect for Christ.’ Ephesians 5:21 GWT

If you want a great marriage, you’ve got to work at it every day. The Bible gives us God’s blueprint for one: ‘Place yourselves under each other’s authority out of respect for Christ. Wives, place yourselves under your husbands’ authority as you have placed yourselves under the Lord’s authority. The husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the Head of the church. It is His body, and He is its Saviour. As the church is under Christ’s authority, so wives are under their husbands’ authority in...More

Sunday, June 12, 2022

God’s Faithfulness To You

‘If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.’ 2 Timothy 2:13 NIV

Here is something you should be very glad about: God’s faithfulness to you doesn’t depend on your faithfulness to Him. The Bible says, ‘If we are faithless, He remains faithful.’ Your mistakes may take you out of God’s will, but they will never place you beyond His reach.

Catherine Marshall tells of a great personal struggle she experienced after writing a novel titled Gloria. She began the book in 1969 and abandoned the project two-and-a-half years later. To her, the shelved manuscript was like...More

Saturday, June 11, 2022

You Must Tell Your Children

‘Tell it to the generation following.’ Psalm 48:13 KJV

Here is a sobering verse: ‘Another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord.’ (Judges 2:10 NKJV) How did it happen? Their parents failed to tell them. Read these three Scriptures carefully and prayerfully:

(1) ‘Tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.’ (Psalm 48:13–14 KJV)

(2) ‘We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord.’ (Psalm 78:4 NKJV)

(3) ‘One generation...More

Friday, June 10, 2022

Prove Yourself Faithful

‘There is no other god who can deliver like this.’ Daniel 3:29 NKJV

The story of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace teaches us these four lessons:

(1) Doing God’s will can land you in trouble. Don’t expect the world to appreciate you. Look at Jesus: ‘In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.’ (John 1:4–5 NKJV)

(2) God will be with you in your trouble. When Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fire, he said, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not...More

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Will You Wish You Had Given More?

‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ 2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV

The film Schindler’s List tells the story of one man’s efforts to do good in a desperate situation. As the director of a munitions factory in Poland, Oskar Schindler decided to use his position to save Jewish lives. By employing them in his factory, Schindler rescued many condemned Jews from the gas chambers. But keeping them employed was costly, and little by little he liquidated his personal property to keep his business afloat. At the end of the story, the Nazis are defeated, and the full impact of Schindler’s efforts is revealed as the dead are...More

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Keys To Answered Prayer (4)

‘Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.’ Hebrews 4:16 NLT

Boldness. Boldness isn’t arrogance, presumption, or a sense of entitlement. It’s confidence based on who you are in Christ. Paul writes, ‘Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find His grace to help us when we need it most.’ (Hebrews 4:16 NLT) As God’s redeemed child, you have a right to approach Him at any time. And understanding that enables you to overcome Satan’s attempts to make you feel unworthy. It removes your natural inclination to say, ‘I know God can do...More

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Keys To Answered Prayer (3)

‘When you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons.’ James 4:3 CEV

Right motives. The reason you pray is much more important than the words you say. The motive is the why behind the what. And having a pure heart that loves God and loves people is always acceptable to the Lord. On the other hand, selfishness is unacceptable, revenge is unacceptable, manipulation and control are unacceptable, jealousy is unacceptable, pride is unacceptable, and praying to win the lottery is unacceptable. In fact, anything that’s selfishly based is an unacceptable...More

Monday, June 6, 2022

Keys To Answered Prayer (2)

‘If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.’ 1 John 5:14 NIV

Knowing God’s will. John writes: ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.’ (1 John 5:14–15 NIV)

One of the surest ways to know you’re praying according to God’s will is to pray according to His Word. Use the Scriptures to back up what you’re praying for. Say, ‘Lord, You promised it in Your Word, and I’m believing You for...More

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Keys To Answered Prayer (1)

‘We must believe that God is real and rewards everyone who searches for Him.’ Hebrews 11:6 CEV

Just as the right key opens the door, there are Scriptural principles that act as keys to prayer. For the next few days, let’s look at them. Faith. ‘Without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and rewards everyone who searches for Him.’ (Hebrews 11:6 CEV) God doesn’t necessarily respond to your need. Look around and you will see that everyone has unmet needs. So what does God respond to? Your faith!

But Satan will try to fill your mind with doubts. And when he does, you...More

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Intimacy With Jesus—The Secret To Victory

‘I want to know Christ.’ Philippians 3:10 NLT

Paul said, ‘I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death.’

Let’s take an in-depth look at this verse.

(1) ‘I want to know Christ.’ In Scripture, the word ‘know’ indicates physical intimacy between two people who love one another. For example, ‘Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain.’ (Genesis 4:1 NKJV)

(2) ‘And experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.’ What’s dead in your life that needs...More

Friday, June 3, 2022

Recognise Your Triggers

‘Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.’ Psalm 37:8 NLT

A weapon can either protect or destroy; it all depends on who is using it. Anger works the same way; that’s why it’s wise to know what triggers or sets you off. Some of the most common triggers surface at these times:

(1) When your rights have been violated. Is it always bad to get mad? No, sometimes the problem that infuriates you most is the one God has called you to help solve. This world is a better place because of men and women who devoted their lives to fighting disease, poverty, corruption, and injustice. That’s what...More

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Begin To Say What God Says

‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue.’ Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

Don’t speak without thinking. And don’t say things that contradict God’s Word. Those aren’t easy principles to live by, but they’re life-and-death issues. The Bible says, ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue.’ That means you can bless yourself by what you say. ‘He who invokes a blessing on himself… shall do so by saying, “May the God of truth… bless me… because the former troubles are forgotten.”’ (Isaiah 65:16 AMPC)

Notice two important things in this Scripture:

(1) Your own words...More

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

When You Die! (6)

‘Longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling.’ 2 Corinthians 5:2 NIV

Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a leading authority on death and dying, and Dr Raymond Moody Jr, a well-known psychiatrist, examined the case histories of over five hundred people who came back to life after being pronounced dead by their physicians. Their research convinces anyone with an open mind. The people in the study described either a location of beauty, marvel, joy, and peace, or they described something dreadful. And although their bodies were real, they reported floating outside them. After being confirmed ‘dead’, some...More

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

When You Die! (5)

‘He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.’ Hebrews 2:15 NLT

The Bible says: ‘Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power… of death… He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.’ (Hebrews 2:14–15 NLT)

Adolf von Harnack had doubts about the gospels but still admitted: ‘Christ’s grave was the birthplace of an indestructible belief that death is vanquished and there is life eternal....More

Monday, May 30, 2022

When You Die! (4)

‘As for me, justified, I will behold Your face; when I awake, Your presence will satisfy me.’ Psalm 17:15 ISV

There has never been a race of mankind that didn’t believe in some kind of future life; whether it’s reuniting with ancestors as some Native Americans believe, or the sensual abode of bliss of the Muslim. How do you explain that?

Long before any evidence for this worldwide belief had been gathered, Cicero said, ‘In everything the consent of all nations is to be accounted the law of nature, and to resist it is to resist the voice of God.’ On the night Socrates died, Crito asked him,...More

Sunday, May 29, 2022

When You Die! (3)

‘I desire to depart and be with Christ.’ Philippians 1:23 NIV

In his Analogies of Nature, William Jennings Bryan wrote: ‘Christ gave us proof of immortality, and yet it would hardly seem necessary that one should rise from the dead to convince us that the grave is not the end. If the Father stoops to touch with Divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn and to make it burst forth into a new life, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of man, made in the image of his Creator? If He stoops to give to the rosebud whose withered blossoms float upon the autumn breeze, the sweet...More

Saturday, May 28, 2022

When You Die! (2)

‘When we die and leave this earthly body, we will have a house in Heaven.’ 2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT

When you die, you simply leave one form of life and enter another. Consider the first law of thermodynamics: neither energy (as in your soul and spirit) nor matter (as in your body) can be destroyed. They can be transformed into other forms, but they can’t be annihilated.

Burris Jenkins said it this way: ‘No single atom in creation can go out of existence, according to the scientists; it only changes in form. We cannot burn up anything; we simply change it from a solid to a gaseous state. Neither is...More

Friday, May 27, 2022

When You Die! (1)

‘If someone dies, will they live again?’ Job 14:14 NIV

After AD 616, the first Christian missionaries came to the court of King Edwin in Northumbria, England. In his great hall, ablaze with the light of numerous torches, they presented the Gospel. The king listened, then consulted his advisors.

One nobleman said: ‘Life is like a banquet hall. Inside is light… fire… warmth and feasting, but outside it is cold and dark. A sparrow flies in through a window at one end… and out through a window at the other end. That is what life is like. At birth we emerge from the unknown, and for a brief while...More

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Conquering Selfishness

‘Consider others more important than yourselves.’ Philippians 2:3 CEV

Paul writes, ‘Consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.’ (Philippians 2:3–5 CEV) That kind of thinking goes against our natural instincts, but Jesus showed us how to do it. Hanging on the cross, He took time to care for the condemned criminal hanging next to Him (see Luke 23:39–43).

As he was being stoned, Stephen prayed for those who were killing him, asking God not to lay the sin to their charge (see Acts 7:60)....More

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Use Your Faith

‘Your faith has made you well.’ Luke 8:48 NKJV

The Bible says: ‘Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years… touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped… Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden… she declared… she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.’ (Luke 8:43–47 NKJV)

There are three important lessons here:

(1) Recognise and seize your moment of opportunity. This woman understood that Jesus was visiting her town and might not be...More

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Feeling Good About Yourself

‘We have this treasure in earthen vessels.’ 2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV

When you don’t feel good about yourself, you live with a sense of insecurity. You keep looking to others for approval, and when you don’t get it, your sense of worth shrivels. As a result, you can spend your life living far short of your God-given potential. You are the only person you can’t get away from, and until you learn to accept yourself based on the fact that God loves and accepts you as you are, you will always battle insecurity.

Stop and think about the last time you were around somebody you didn’t particularly...More

Monday, May 23, 2022

Dress For Success

‘Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Romans 13:14 NIV

Since first impressions are important, we’re encouraged to ‘dress for success’. But as a redeemed child of God, your first concern shouldn’t be how you look to others, but to God. Just like a mirror reflects your physical appearance so that you can make adjustments, the Bible reveals your spiritual condition and tells you what to do about it.

James writes: ‘Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately...More

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Intercede With God For Them

‘I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.’ 1 Timothy 2:1 NLT

Paul writes: ‘pray for all people… intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.’ (1 Timothy 2:1–4 NLT)

Intercession means ‘to mediate between parties with a view to reconciling those who differ or contend.’...More

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Understanding God’s Love For You

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

Question: since we’re naturally drawn to people who love us, why is it so difficult for us to go to God in prayer?

Answer: because we need a fresh revelation of His love for us!

Paul prayed that the Ephesian church would ‘be able to understand how wide, long, high and deep His love is.’ (Ephesians 3:18 GWT) It’s multi-dimensional, going to the ends of the universe and back, above and beyond all that we deserve. The truth is, God couldn’t love you more than He does.

What’s His love like? Look at the cross....More

Friday, May 20, 2022

A Love For God’s Word

‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Psalm 119:105 NKJV

The Psalmist highlights two important things Bible reading does for you:

(1) It shows you your spiritual condition. In Bible times there were no paved roads, so when guests entered a house, they paused to wash the sand, dirt, and grime from their feet. That’s what Bible reading does. The psalmist said, ‘How can young people [and older ones] keep their lives pure? By obeying Your commands.’ (Psalm 119:9 GNT)

(2) It shows you the direction you need to go. When you’re faced with an important decision and you...More

Thursday, May 19, 2022

What Does It Mean To Meditate?

‘I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.’ Psalm 119:15 NKJV

Another word for meditation is rumination. Rumination is what a cow is doing when she chews her cud. The cow eats grass, chews all she can, and then swallows it. It sits in one of her stomachs for a while, and then a little later, she burps it up—with renewed flavour. The cow chews on it some more and swallows it again. This process continues in all four stomachs. That’s rumination. The cow is pulling every tiny bit of nourishment from the grass. And meditation is simply thought digestion.

Meditation doesn’t mean...More

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Think Right, Live Right

‘Your life is shaped by your thoughts.’ Proverbs 4:23 GNT

William James said, ‘You’re not what you think you are, but what you think—you are.’ Lasting change always begins with new thinking.

How do you become a Christian? By repenting of your sin and placing your trust in Christ. The Greek word for repentance is metanoia, and it means to change your mind. We’re not changed by willpower, but by the transforming power of God’s Word when we use it to renew our minds each day. The Bible clearly teaches that the way we think determines the way we feel, and the way we feel determines the way...More

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

How God Changes Us (2)

‘Beatings purge the inmost being.’ Proverbs 20:30 NIV

Another way God changes us is through circumstances. Problems, pressures, sorrows, hardships, and stress always get our attention. C.S. Lewis said, ‘Pain insists on being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures… but shouts to us in our pain.’ The J.B. Phillips translation of Romans 8:28–29 reads: ‘To those who love God, who are called according to His plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God… chose them to bear the family likeness of His Son.’ Nothing can come into your life without your heavenly Father’s...More

Monday, May 16, 2022

How God Changes Us (1)

‘It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.’ 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

One of the ways God changes us is through His Word. Paul tells us: ‘All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.’ (2 Timothy 3:16–17 NLT)

The tale is told of a converted cannibal in the South Sea islands. He was sitting by a large pot reading a Bible when an anthropologist approached him and...More

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Work It Out

‘Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil His good purpose.’ Philippians 2:12–13 NIV

The Bible says, ‘Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.’ This Scripture almost sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? But instead, it is a paradox. And GK Chesterton described a paradox as ‘truth standing on its head to get attention.’

The key to understanding this particular paradox lies in the little word out. Notice that the...More

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Do It Today!

‘He said, “Tomorrow.”’ Exodus 8:10 NKJV

Every plague God sent on Egypt mocked one of their gods. For instance, the Egyptians worshipped a goddess with the head of a frog, so God sent them a lot of frogs. Finally, Pharaoh called for Moses and basically said, ‘All right, I give up.’ But when Moses asked him, ‘When do you want me to get rid of the frogs?’ Pharaoh’s response was classic; he said, ‘Tomorrow.’ He must have been insane! Why would you wait any longer to have the frogs removed?

But we do the same, don’t we? We procrastinate by putting off the changes we know would be good...More

Friday, May 13, 2022

Good Leadership

‘The Lord spoke to Moses.’ Numbers 1:1 NIV

A good leader is like a ship’s good captain; they plan the whole trip in their mind before they leave the dock. They have a clear vision of their destination, they understand what it will take to get there, they know who needs to be on board for the trip to be successful, and they recognise obstacles long before they appear on the horizon. And because they prepare well, good leaders can take their people just about anywhere.

Moses was such a leader. He spent forty days praying and fasting on a mountain, refusing to leave until he understood what God...More

Thursday, May 12, 2022

God’s DNA Is In His Word

‘All Scripture is God-breathed.’ 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

On a cold day, have you ever tried breathing on your hands to restore warmth and life? That’s like what happens when you meditate on God’s Word, because ‘all Scripture is God-breathed’. Imagine yourself at a party where people are blowing up balloons and popping them with pins. A scientist could figure out which balloon was yours because your DNA (the genetic configuration that makes you unique) is in the lung cells expelled with your breath. Now apply that principle to reading the Bible, and you will understand how vital it is to your spiritual...More

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Be Faithful

‘You were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.’ Matthew 25:21 NKJV

In Scripture, to be faithful means to be steady, stable, dependable, and consistent. Do those attributes describe you? They should, because faithfulness pays big dividends with God. ‘A faithful person will abound with blessings.’ (Proverbs 28:20 NASB) Jesus said, ‘Many are called, but few chosen.’ (Matthew 20:16 NKJV) Why is that? Because talent may open the door and get you the job, but character and faithfulness will keep you there. When it comes to faithfulness, God will test you in two...More

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Aim For The Mark

‘I press toward the mark for the prize.’ Philippians 3:14 KJV

Paul writes: ‘I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 3:14 KJV) Paul describes the Christian as a marksman. ‘All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.’ (Philippians 3:15 NIV) In Paul’s day, the mark would have been hit by an arrow, but in our day, the mark could also be hit at a firing range.

If you have ever fired at a target, you know this:

(1) Your aim...More

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Smell Of Sin

‘Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.’ 2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT

When food in your fridge goes bad, you know it the moment you open the door. And your life is like that. When there is something wrong inside, the people who come in contact with you often sense it. Jesus spoke some of His harshest words to Peter: ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are… not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’ (Matthew 16:23 NKJV) What was Peter’s sin? Pride. He openly contradicted Jesus (see Matthew 16:22).

There are sins of the spirit and sins of the flesh. Peter’s was a sin of the...More

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Be Passionate About It! (3)

‘He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.’ 2 Chronicles 25:2 NIV

The enemy of passion is indifference. You go through the motions, but your focus is broken by other things. It’s not that you have said no to God; it’s that you haven’t said a resounding yes! In the Old Testament account, King Amaziah ‘did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.’

Think about it: at what point does the passion leave a marriage? It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens when you neglect and take each other for granted. Maybe you think your lack of zeal is no...More

Friday, May 6, 2022

Be Passionate About It! (2)

‘I felt a fire burning inside.’ Psalm 39:3 CEV

David wrote, ‘I felt a fire burning inside, and the more I thought, the more it burned, until at last I said: “Please, Lord, show me my future.”’ (Psalm 39:3–4 CEV) Passion is like fire; unless you feed it and stoke it, it will die.

Question: on a scale of one to ten, how wholehearted are you about serving the Lord? Before you answer, think about these Scriptures:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV)

‘Blessed are those who keep His...More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Be Passionate About It! (1)

‘Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them.’ 1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV

‘Elisha said, “Pick up the arrows and hit the ground with them.” Jehoash grabbed the arrows and hit the ground three times, then stopped. Elisha became angry at the king and exclaimed, “If you had struck it five or six times, you would completely wipe out the Syrians. Now you will defeat them only three times.”’ (2 Kings 13:18–19 CEV) Elisha had given Jehoash, the king of Israel, a plan from God for not only defeating his enemy but eliminating him permanently as a future threat. But the plan depended on two important...More

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Monitor Your Mind (2)

‘We have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV

There is a natural mindset, and there is a spiritual mindset. To live victoriously, you must develop a spiritual mindset. The Bible says: ‘The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God… and cannot understand them because they are [spiritually] discerned… But we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 2:14–16 NIV) As you programme your life in accordance with God’s Word and consciously submit yourself to do His will every day, He will plant His thoughts in your mind. What an advantage!


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Monitor Your Mind (1)

‘We take captive every thought.’ 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

If thieves came to your door, would you invite them in? No, you’d call the police and have them arrested. And that’s what you need to do when wrong thoughts come to your mind! Take them captive—before they take you captive. And you must do it the moment the first one tries to enter your mind. When you entertain a thought, you empower it, and it will overcome you.

The Bible says, ‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7 NIV) On your own you don’t have the power to resist Satan, so...More

Monday, May 2, 2022

Who Are You Depending On?

‘My God shall supply all your need.’ Philippians 4:19 KJV

How can you tell when you’re depending on people rather than God? When you get upset with your boss because you didn’t get the raise you think you deserve. When you become angry with loved ones because they turned you down for a loan. When you do things like that, you’re sitting at the wrong door waiting for your blessing! Yes, it hurts when your efforts aren’t acknowledged. But you must understand this: God will use people as instruments to bless you, but He alone must always be the source of all your blessings!

Ponder these...More

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Look Before You Leap!

‘Don’t make rash promises.’ Ecclesiastes 5:2 NLT

When it comes to making commitments and keeping them, Solomon doesn’t mince any of his words: ‘Think before you speak, and don’t make any rash promises to God. He is in Heaven and you are on earth, so don’t say any more than you have to… So when you make a promise to God, keep it as quickly as possible… Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it. Don’t let your own words lead you into sin.’ (Ecclesiastes 5:2–6 GNT)

That means don’t be impulsive, listen as much as you speak, get as much information as you...More

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Teach Your Children

‘That things will go well for you and your children.’ Deuteronomy 4:40 NCV

As a parent, you’re constantly transmitting your values to your children, so do these:

(1) Let them see you pray. Help them to understand that prayer is how we build a lifelong friendship with God. And they will need His friendship when you’re not around to help them. God said, ‘When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them.’ (Psalm 91:15 NLT)

(2) Show them what God is like. Your child’s concept of God is formed by you. Whether you’re loving and...More

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Benefits Of Being Unselfish

‘Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.’ Philippians 2:4 NLT

Unselfishness does three things for you:

(1) It improves the quality of your life. It gives you an appreciation for life and a comprehension of its higher values. Seeing people in need and giving to meet those needs sets a lot of things into perspective. John Maxwell writes: ‘There is no life as empty as the self-centred life. There is no life as centred as the self-empty life.’ If you want to enhance your world, focus your attention on assisting others.

(2) It makes you part of...More

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Have Confidence In Your Prayers

‘We are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.’ 1 John 5:14 NLT

As a leader, Grover Cleveland, the only President of the United States to leave the White House and then return for a second term four years later, was remarkable. He would often personally answer the office phone in the White House, as well as opening the door for visitors himself. At the time, the people of America had a ‘direct line’ to the President.

It’s like that in your relationship with God. But it’s much better. You not only have a ‘direct line’ to Heaven to get straight through to...More

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Strive For Integrity

‘The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.’ Proverbs 11:3 NIV

Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Matthew 19:19 NIV) But in order to love yourself, you must first be able to respect yourself. And self-respect is based on personal integrity.

Author Ted Engstrom tells the following story in his book called Integrity: ‘For Coach Cleveland Stroud and the Bulldogs of Rockdale County High School [Conyers, Georgia], it was their championship season: twenty-one wins and five losses on the way to the Georgia Boys Basketball Tournament...More

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

How To Keep From Falling

‘Whoever does these things will never be shaken.’ Psalm 15:5 NIV

In Scripture we read, ‘If you get more stubborn every time you are corrected, one day you will be crushed and never recover.’ (Proverbs 29:1 GNT) King Solomon was reputed to be the wisest man who ever lived. He wrote these words, but sadly he didn’t live by them, so he ‘crashed and burned’. And if it could happen to Solomon, none of us are immune!

Character has become a crucial issue today because so many political, business, and religious leaders have fallen so publicly. As a leader, you don’t operate in a vacuum. You...More

Monday, April 25, 2022

Competence Doesn’t Compensate For Insecurity

‘From that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.’ 1 Samuel 18:9 NLT

One of the truest tests of leadership is how you respond to somebody else’s success. Do you rejoice, or secretly resent them? Do you feel like their blessing somehow came at your expense? King Saul sent David out to fight Goliath. When he succeeded and the Israelites began to sing David’s praises, Saul couldn’t handle it. ‘From that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.’ Leaders who lack confidence are a danger to themselves, their followers, and the groups they lead. That’s because leadership doesn’t camouflage your...More

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Don’t Be A Slave To The Wrong Things

‘You become the slave of whatever you choose to obey.’ Romans 6:16 NLT

Consider some of the people who are enslaved today through no fault of their own—children sold into the sex trade and immigrants sold into forced labour. That’s not the kind of slavery Paul is talking about when he writes, ‘You become the slave of whatever you choose to obey.’ When it comes to sin, the Bible draws a line in the sand and tells us not to cross it. Why? Because when you cross it once, it’s easier to cross it again.

Whether your ‘drug of choice’ is alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, pornography,...More

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Knowing When To Let Go

‘As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother.”’ Ephesians 5:31 NLT

When our children are young, we’re so busy providing them with things like love, protection, discipline, training, and authority that it feels like these responsibilities will go on forever. But they don’t. When our children reach their late teens and early twenties, we must open the door for them to the world outside.

If you’re going through this right now and feeling anxious, try to realise that you’re in one of the most challenging and difficult parts of parenting. Your tendency to hold tightly to the...More

Friday, April 22, 2022

Don’t Lose Your Joy!

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!’ Philippians 4:4 NKJV

Paul writes, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!’ Why did Paul repeat himself? Because joy is the fuel we run on, and unless we maintain it, we can run out. That means regularly checking your fuel gauge to make sure you’re not being sucked into negativity and doubt.

In the Bible, wine represents joy. In fact, Christ’s first miracle was turning water into wine—the best they had ever tasted. Jesus is a joy giver, and when you stay connected to Him, you experience His joy regardless of your...More

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Immediately Following Death—Glory!

‘Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never ever die.’ John 11:26 NLT

At the graveside of His friend Lazarus, Jesus told his grieving sisters Mary and Martha two all-important things:

(1) ‘Your brother will rise again.’ (John 11:23 NASB)

(2) ‘Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never ever die. Do you believe this?’ (John 11:26 NLT) So, what’s going to take you beyond death and into your heavenly home? Sterling character? Charitable giving? Going to church? No. While those are all commendable, only by placing your trust in Christ can you have the...More

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

It’s All About Getting Up Again!

‘Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.’ Proverbs 24:16 NIV

If you have ever seen a child learning to walk, you know that falling down is an important part of the process. Getting back up again is crucial to developing the child’s balance and muscle development. Likewise, a boxer isn’t disqualified because he gets knocked down; he’s disqualified because he doesn’t get back up. Boxers know they will go down, so they focus on the art of falling safely and getting up quickly. Children and boxers both learn this: it’s all about getting up again.

The Bible tells us that falling...More

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

It’s Time To End The Standoff

‘God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.’ 2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV

God created us to enjoy unbroken fellowship with Him and each other. That’s why Satan’s first ploy was to separate us from God—and from each other. Using things like pride, stubbornness, confusion, resentment, and selfishness, he drives wedges and polarises relationships. What starts out as a misunderstanding often ends in angry stand-offs or toxic silences that last for hours, days, and sometimes years. Furthermore, we delude ourselves by thinking it’s nobody else’s business. The...More

Monday, April 18, 2022

Forgive And Bless

‘Put up with each other.’ Colossians 3:13 CEV

Building a successful relationship calls for focusing on the other person’s strengths instead of their weaknesses. Benjamin Franklin said, ‘Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.’ It’s a mistake to rush into a lifetime relationship without taking time to get to know the other person. Without due diligence on the front end, you are sure to have problems on the back end. But an important relationship principle lies in learning to forgive and bless.

American politician Edward Wallace Hoch is attributed with saying, ‘There...More

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Resurrection Calls For A Decision

‘He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.’ 1 Corinthians 15:4 NLT

Paul wrote: ‘Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time… Then He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all… I also saw Him.’ (1 Corinthians 15:3–8 NLT)

Some of history’s greatest intellectuals started as atheists and ended up putting their trust in...More

Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Resurrection; God’s ‘Sting’ Operation

‘O Death, where is your sting?’ 1 Corinthians 15:55 NKJV

In a ‘sting’ operation, law enforcement agents set the bad guy up in order to bring him down. That’s what God did to Satan at the cross. For three days it seemed as though Satan had won. Then Jesus rose from the dead and turned his plans upside down: ‘He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.’ (Colossians 2:15 NLT)

The thing Satan feared most, the birth of a church with the power to change the world through the Gospel, had come to pass. ‘The rulers of this world have...More

Friday, April 15, 2022

He Did It With You In Mind

‘They made a crown out of thorn branches and placed it on His head.’ Matthew 27:29 CEV

The hymnist Isaac Watts wrote; ‘See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?’ Jesus wore a crown of thorns so you could wear a crown of glory. Thorns in Scripture represent sin.

In Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed, God said, ‘Cursed is the ground because of you… both thorns and thistles it will grow for you.’ (Genesis 3:17–18 NASB) Later He told Israel that unless they purged the land of their...More

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Leadership Responsibility (2)

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

David was ‘on a roll’. He kept winning battle after battle. He had a golden touch. But success can go to your head, and David wasn’t exempt. He started wondering, ‘Just how strong are we?’ At that point, he conducted a census and discovered he had ‘one million one hundred thousand [fighting] men.’ (1 Chronicles 21:5 NIV) That could tempt any of us to think, ‘With an army this size, and a track record of success, who needs to pray for God’s help or ask Him for a plan?’ That was the point at which God stepped...More

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Leadership Responsibility (1)

‘Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census.’ 1 Chronicles 21:1 NIV

Fresh from a major victory over the Philistines, King David made a major mistake. Instead of trusting God for his next battle, he conducted a census designed to measure his military power and determine his chances of winning. As a result, seventy thousand Israelites perished. This story teaches us three very important lessons about leadership responsibility:

(1) As a leader, you’re Satan’s special target. He knows that in order to get to others, he must go through you, so he will use every strategy he has to...More

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Understanding Your Capabilities

‘Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance but try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities.’ Romans 12:3 PHPS

It can be hard to remain positive at times. Television, newspapers and social media can create such a climate of fear and depression, it clogs up your ability to say ‘yes’ to things that are uplifting. Yet when we treasure the ways of God, and decide to become firmly grounded in Him, we have to prepare ourselves to say ‘no’ to those things in life that don’t match up to His Word and His ways. In today’s world, that can be so difficult.

The Bible says:...More

Monday, April 11, 2022

A Safe Place To Unload

‘Bear one another’s burdens.’ Galatians 6:2 ESV

Have you ever said something you wish you could take back?

Chuck Swindoll writes: ‘We act impulsively and realise, after the fact, how foolish we were… On top of all that, we hurt the ones we love the most. All this stuff caves in on us… and we wonder how anybody could ever love us… especially God. When we start thinking like this, we need to turn our mind to the “one anothers” in the New Testament. Love one another, build up one another, live in peace with one another, confess your sins to one another, speak to one another, admonish one...More

Sunday, April 10, 2022

What ‘Colour’ Is Your Tongue?

‘The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart.’ Matthew 12:34 NCV

When Mary Southerland came down with a raging fever, her doctor suspected viral meningitis. ‘How long have you had the solid white coating on your tongue?’ he asked. Mary was puzzled. Why did that matter? The doctor continued, ‘The health of the tongue is a very strong indicator of the health of the entire body.’ And spiritually speaking, the same principle applies.

‘The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. Good people have good things in their hearts… so they say good things… evil people have evil in...More

Saturday, April 9, 2022

A Heart Of Flesh

‘I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NIV

When you have been hurt, it’s easy to put up barriers. But be careful—a protective shell can turn into a ‘heart of stone’: resistant, unreceptive, impenetrable even to God.

Kristin Armstrong writes: ‘The only thing more painful, and with… more serious ramifications than a broken heart, is a frozen one… Paul warns us [about]… allowing our hearts to harden. “They are darkened in their understanding… separated from the life of God… due to… hardening of their hearts.” (Ephesians 4:18...More

Friday, April 8, 2022

Jesus’ Work Philosophy (2)

‘I must work the works of Him who sent Me.’ John 9:4 NKJV

Like the rest of us, Jesus sometimes got tired (see John 4:6). But He was never stressed out by the job. He was led, but never driven. He knew what needed to be done and the amount of time required to do it, and He picked a team to accomplish it. Three of them—Peter, James, and John—were in His inner circle. It wasn’t that He showed favouritism; He just recognised the particular gifts of the people He worked with and what He needed from each of them to get the job done. An important step towards accomplishing something big is knowing the kinds of...More

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Jesus’ Work Philosophy (1)

‘I must finish the work that He gave me to do.’ John 4:34 CEV

Instead of confining Jesus to church on Sunday, let’s study His work philosophy (attitude, values, and beliefs) on how to get things done. The principles He lived by call for these:

(1) Being clear about your assignment. He said, ‘I must finish the work that He gave me to do.’ Jesus understood that focus maximises skill and opportunity. So if you’re talented, energetic, and active and you’re still not seeing concrete results, your problem may be lack of focus. When Nehemiah was rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls, his enemies said,...More

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Be Secure

‘God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 GWT

The foundation of good leadership is security. Paul told Timothy, ‘God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.’ You must know with certainty that God called you, equipped you, and guaranteed your ultimate success. And you must keep this in mind when people stop liking you, when funding drops, when morale dips, and others reject you. If you feel insecure, fear will eventually cause you to sabotage your own leadership.

Confident leaders see what is, while maintaining their vision of what can be....More

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Be Courageous (2)

‘You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ John 8:32 NKJV

Jesus said, ‘You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ It takes courage to face a painful reality. It’s easier to bail out of a troubled marriage than to stay and work your way through to a better place. It’s easier to give in to despair and self-pity than go back to school and train for a new career. It takes guts to stand up for your convictions when you’re under fire.

It’s often said, ‘Unless you stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.’ The truth is, anytime you’re willing...More

Monday, April 4, 2022

Be Courageous (1)

‘Be strong and of good courage.’ Joshua 1:9 NKJV

Knowing the battles he would have to fight in order to conquer the Promised Land, God told Joshua three times: ‘Be strong and of good courage.’ Anytime you move forward, obstacles will block your path. Count on it!

H.G. Wells asked, ‘What on earth would a man do with himself, if something did not stand in his way?’ What did he mean? That adversity is your friend—even when it feels like your enemy. Every obstacle you face reveals your strengths and weaknesses, shaping you and making you wiser and more confident.

Poet Ralph Waldo...More

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Say No To Sin

‘You live under the freedom of God’s grace.’ Romans 6:14 NLT

If you want to grow roses, you must declare war on weeds; otherwise, they will run amok in your garden. In other words, you must beware of weeds! There is a spiritual parallel at work here, and it’s this: unless you deal decisively with sin, it will take over your life.

Paul tells us: ‘We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we...More

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Choose Peace

‘When the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace.’ Galatians 5:22 TLB

Panic and anxiety are often our first reactions to conflict and problems. In those initial moments, choosing peace seems impossible. Your subconscious whispers, ‘If you really care, you will worry.’ As panic begins to rise, it’s important to turn to the Holy Spirit and tap into the peace He offers. Panic is the enemy, not the situation. Anxiety just empowers and enlarges the problems we’re facing. Your best problem-solving resource is always peace.

Fear and anxiety block...More

Friday, April 1, 2022

Living By Faith

‘The just shall live by faith.’ Hebrews 10:38 KJV

Living by faith is something you learn to do by practising it daily. Before you became a Christian, you trusted in your own ability and intellect. But those things only took you so far and no further, right? Now you’re trusting God for the wisdom, guidance, resources, and ability to fulfil His will for your life.

The Bible tells us, ‘By faith Noah… prepared an ark for the saving of his household.’ (Hebrews 11:7 NKJV) Think about it: when Noah built the ark, there was no sign of rain. Living by faith doesn’t always make sense. It doesn’t...More

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Yoked Together With Jesus

‘Take the yoke I give you.’ Matthew 11:29 CEV

Jesus spoke to people who had given up on religion. People who were burned out trying—and failing—to observe a long list of rules and regulations. Here is what He told them: ‘If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to Me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from Me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.’ (Matthew 11:28–30 CEV)

The ‘yoke’ Jesus spoke of was a harness that went around the necks of two oxen so they could...More

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


‘Do your best to improve your faith by adding goodness, understanding, self-control.’ 2 Peter 1:5–6 CEV

Ever notice how we tend to blame our circumstances for our character deficiencies? We attribute our problems to poor upbringing, financial difficulties, or other people’s shortcomings. Your circumstances may be beyond your control—but your character isn’t. You can no more blame your character flaws on circumstances than you can blame a mirror for how you look.

Integrity is always a choice, and every time you make a character-based decision, you take a step forward in your spiritual growth....More

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Be A Restorer (2)

‘And that is what some of you were.’ 1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV

After listing some of the worst sins imaginable, Paul told the Corinthians, ‘And that is what some of you were. But you were… justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.’ (1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV) So, before you pass sentence on someone else, remember what God has lifted you out of! Many of us think a ‘good’ sermon is one that goes over our head and hits our neighbour squarely between the eyes!

In Scripture, the word restore has two shades of meaning. One is to remove a tumour. A tumour can kill...More

Monday, March 28, 2022

Be A Restorer (1)

‘You who live by the Spirit should restore.’ Galatians 6:1 NIV

Sometimes when we fall we can get up by ourselves; other times we need someone to help us. And sadly, not all Christians are willing to help. Sometimes they feel that by extending grace to someone they are condoning their sin. But Paul knocked that argument down when he wrote, ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephesians 4:32 NIV) Why should we be restorers?

(1) Because God tells us to. ‘If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that...More

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Look For God’s Hand In It!

‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.’ Matthew 21:42 NIV

Sometimes the rejection of others, turns out to be ‘the Lord’s doing.’ After Joseph had been betrayed by his brothers and slandered by Potiphar’s wife, he said, ‘You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NKJV)

How often has something happened in your life, that you later realised was necessary? If you hadn’t sustained this, or walked through that, you wouldn’t be ready for the blessings you’re enjoying right now....More

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Heaven Is Real

‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Revelation 21:5 NIV

John the Revelator wrote: ‘I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is… among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was...More

Friday, March 25, 2022

Have You Sinned? God Will Forgive You!

‘He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.’ 1 John 1:9 KJV

The story of David and Bathsheba is the stuff movies are made of—lust, adultery, premarital pregnancy, murder, and cover-up. And it looked like David was home free, except for one important detail: ‘The thing that David had done displeased the Lord.’ (2 Samuel 11:27 NKJV) In the Bible, God refers to David as ‘a man after His own heart’ (1 Samuel 13:14 NLT), but the same Bible says, ‘Be sure your sin will find you out.’ (Numbers 32:23 KJV)

So God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David, ‘I anointed you king… Why then...More

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Listen To The Right Voice

‘This is the way; walk in it.’ Isaiah 30:21 NIV

Joni Eareckson Tada tells of a group of friends who were on a mountaintop discussing which direction to go. One man said, ‘That’s south!’ Another countered, ‘No, that’s east.’ Everybody threw in their two-cents’ worth, until finally someone produced a compass and said, ‘We can settle this real fast.’ Within seconds the compass confirmed they were, in fact, facing due west!

The only reliable source had the final say, and nobody was about to argue with it. During the day, many voices vie for your attention, and some so-called...More

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Stick With God’s Plan (2)

‘God is the one who began this good work in you.’ Philippians 1:6 CEV

Paul writes, ‘God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain… He won’t stop before it is complete.’ (Philippians 1:6 CEV) You will notice that Jesus regularly took time out of His busy schedule to pray. In fact, He sometimes prayed all night. And He tells us why: ‘The Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing.’ (John 5:19–20 NLT)

Under the weight of our...More

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Stick With God’s Plan (1)

‘God always does what He plans.’ Ephesians 1:11 CEV

God said, ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end.’ (Revelation 22:13 CEV) God determines the end result He wants, then starts at the beginning and works towards it. He ‘always does what He plans.’

Joseph discovered that even when your family turns against you, God’s plan is still in effect. Looking back, he said, ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NIV) But don’t confuse ‘good’ with ‘comfortable’. When God corrects or redirects you, it doesn’t always...More

Monday, March 21, 2022

Forgive Your Parents (2)

‘Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.’ Luke 6:37 NLT

Once you understand that parents aren’t always capable of giving their kids what they didn’t get themselves—namely love, nurturing, acceptance, and physical affection—it becomes easier to forgive them.

Stormie Omartian says: ‘Sometimes what one parent didn’t do hurts as bad as what the abusing one did. A parent’s uninvolvement or unwillingness to step in and rescue you feels like a betrayal. Unforgiveness for that uninvolved parent is more difficult to recognise but is more common than we think. Ask God to show...More

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Forgive Your Parents (1)

‘Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:32 ESV

There is nothing worse than the pain some parents can inflict on their kids. Often it stems from ignorance, but that doesn’t lessen the hurt when you’re on the receiving end.

Stormie Omartian writes: ‘Needs not met in childhood will be just as strong in adulthood, but they will be expertly camouflaged. If you were abused as a child, don’t be misled into [thinking]… “I’m born again—I shouldn’t still hurt.” The fact that you still hurt doesn’t negate your born-again...More

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Learning From Lepers

‘As they went, they were cleansed.’ Luke 17:14 NKJV

Ten lepers saw Jesus and shouted, ‘“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”…He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and… glorified God… So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the [other] nine?… Your faith has made you well.”’ (Luke 17:12–19 NKJV) This story teaches us these three things:

(1) Sometimes the answer comes quickly; other times it comes slowly, step-by-step....More

Friday, March 18, 2022

Don’t Let Your Feelings Control You

‘Carefully guard your thoughts.’ Proverbs 4:23 CEV

When it comes to everyday living, you can walk according to the unchanging principles of God’s Word or by your constantly changing feelings. When you live by God’s Word, you have stability. When you live by feelings, it’s like riding a roller coaster; one day you’re up, the next you’re down. God wants to bring you into emotional maturity, but you have to cooperate with Him. This calls for a daily act of your will; choosing to do things His way rather than your own. And once it becomes a habit, you discover that life is more enjoyable.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Acknowledging God’s Sovereignty

‘God is good.’ Romans 12:1 CEV

Paul writes, ‘God is good. So… offer your bodies to Him as a living sacrifice… Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him.’ (Romans 12:1–2 CEV) There are two ways to understand God’s sovereignty:

(a) through His initiative, and

(b) through our response.

In essence, Paul is saying this:

(1) Resist the pressures of a world system that pulls you in the wrong direction;

(2) Renew your mind every day through prayer and reading God’s Word;

(3) Recognise His will for you and...More

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

People With A Past (3)

‘When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him.’ Luke 13:12 NKJV

This woman tried religion, but it couldn’t help her. She tried doctors, but they couldn’t cure her. And the people around her thought her problem would never be solved. Even she did! But not Jesus. His promise is: ‘Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will… relieve and refresh your souls.’ (Matthew 11:28 AMPC)

What a relief; you can give your burden to Jesus. No matter how hard life seems, relief is just a prayer away. Regardless of the obstacles standing in your way, reach out to Jesus. You...More

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

People With A Past (2)

‘When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him.’ Luke 13:12 NKJV

We don’t know how long it took this woman to get to the front of the church when Jesus called her. People who are hurting can’t always move as quickly as others. There are two important lessons for you in her story.

(1) Sometimes you won’t grow and mature as fast as others because you have been struggling with a debilitating problem for a long time. What seems easy for others can be very difficult for you. But there is good news: Jesus will wait for you, and He will work with you until you overcome your problem.

(2) Your...More

Monday, March 14, 2022

People With A Past (1)

‘When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him.’ Luke 13:12 NKJV

‘There was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.’ (Luke 13:11–13 NKJV) This woman couldn’t walk properly because she had been bound by ‘a spirit of infirmity’ for eighteen years.

That’s a long time to struggle with something. And during that time, she had come...More

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Become A Worshipper

‘The true worshippers are being led by the Spirit.’ John 4:23 CEV

Let’s talk about how to become a worshipper.

First of all, there is no one-size-fits-all. The Bible doesn’t say you must worship God in a certain way. That’s because worship is such a powerful outpouring of our hearts towards the Lord that it can’t be limited to words or defined by a song, a shout, or silence. Jesus said, ‘True worshippers are being led by the Spirit… These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship Him.’ (John 4:23 CEV)

Second, God created you to worship Him. John the Apostle wrote, ‘You...More

Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Pharisee And The Prostitute

‘All her sins are forgiven, and that is why she has shown great love.’ Luke 7:47 CEV

One day, Jesus was eating at the home of a Pharisee when a prostitute came in. ‘The woman kissed His feet and poured… perfume on them. The Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this and said to himself, “If this man really were a prophet, He would know what kind of woman is touching Him!”’ (Luke 7:38–39 CEV) But Simon the Pharisee got it wrong. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t know, it’s that He didn’t care! That day, He forgave her sin and sent her on her way redeemed, restored, and redirected.


Friday, March 11, 2022

Your Prayers Can Make Great Things Happen!

‘When a believing person prays, great things happen.’ James 5:16 NCV

While holidaying in England, DL Moody visited a London church that was spiritually dead. The pastor recognised him and asked him to preach at the morning service. Reluctantly, Moody agreed. Afterwards, he told a friend the congregation was so unresponsive it was all he could do to finish his sermon. Later, he remembered he had committed to preach there again that night. Wishing he had never interrupted his holiday plans, he spent the afternoon dreading what was ahead.

But behind the scenes, something was happening that Moody knew...More

Thursday, March 10, 2022

What Only God Sees

‘Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ Matthew 6:18 NIV

Have you ever been to a concert where they used the latest audio-visual equipment? Chances are, you were blown away by the multidimensional sights and sounds, and afterwards, left talking about the amazing skills of the performers. If the performance went without a hitch, you probably didn’t think about the sound and lighting techs. Usually we only notice them when the equipment fails. They’re the invisible element; the people who do their job by making the star look and sound great. The real accolades go to those in the...More

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Become A Conduit

‘You will be blessed in every way.’ 2 Corinthians 9:11 CEV

Think how ridiculous it would be for an electric company to generate power and then hoard it. Their customers would be in the dark, and the company would be out of business in short order! The same principle applies to our finances. ‘God loves people who love to give. God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others… You will be blessed in every way, and you will be able to keep on being generous.’ (2 Corinthians 9:7–8, 11 CEV) Some people refuse to give because...More

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Releasing The Power Within You

‘God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey Him.’ Philippians 2:13 CEV

The engine in your car is its power source, and it’s activated when you put the car in gear. Only then do you have the momentum you need to get where you need to go. One of the dangers in seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit is that you can reduce it to an ‘experience’, rather than ‘putting it in gear’ to accomplish great things for God.

In the New Testament when someone was filled with the Holy Spirit—things happened. People turned to Christ. Healings took place. On one occasion, they had a...More

Monday, March 7, 2022

Practise Being Unselfish

‘I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you.’ 2 Corinthians 12:15 NLT

Helping people brings great fulfilment. When you spend your day serving others, you can lay your head down at night and sleep soundly. And even if you have spent much of your life chasing selfish gain, it’s not too late to have a change of heart. Even Charles Dickens’ character, Scrooge, discovered you can turn your life around and make a difference for others.

That’s what Alfred Nobel did. He was shocked when he saw his obituary in a newspaper. His brother had died, and the editor mistakenly named Alfred instead in...More

Sunday, March 6, 2022

It’s Not Too Late For You

‘God, give me strength just one more time!’ Judges 16:28 GWT

In prison Samson prayed: ‘Please strengthen me one more time… Then Samson pushed against the pillars with all his might… And the temple crashed down upon the Philistine leaders and all the people. So those he killed at the moment of his death were more than those he had killed during his entire lifetime.’ (Judges 16:28–30 TLB)

How did Samson end up in this prison? Delilah! The Bible says, ‘She nagged at him every day.’ (Judges 16:16 TLB) Satan is persistent, and he waits to catch you in an unguarded moment. That’s why there...More

Saturday, March 5, 2022

The Reason You’re Still Here

‘I saw God face to face and yet my life was spared.’ Genesis 32:30 NIV

‘Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.’ (Genesis 32:30–31 NIV) The truth is, without God’s protective hand on your life, you wouldn’t be here today! God is not finished with you yet. Do you remember when some of your friends (and your enemies) didn’t think you would make it? But God rescued you and placed you where you are today.

After God finished wrestling with...More

Friday, March 4, 2022

Never Be Jealous

‘Jealousy is like cancer in the bones.’ Proverbs 14:30 NLT

Is it hard for you to compliment others on their achievements? When someone’s name comes up in conversation, do you feel good because something bad has happened to them? When you hear something complimentary about another person, do you feel the need to say, ‘Yes, but…’ and proceed to point out their negative traits or failures? Do you keep comparing yourself to other people? Are you preoccupied with what they’re doing, buying, wearing, and who they mix and mingle with? Do you trust the people you love, or are you always checking up on...More

Thursday, March 3, 2022

What To Do When You Feel Down (2)

‘My glory and the One who lifts up my head.’ Psalm 3:3 NKJV

When Elijah was at his lowest point, God told him these three important things:

(1) Spend more time with God. ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ (1 Kings 19:11 NKJV) That was where God spoke to him in ‘a still small voice.’ (1 Kings 19:12 NKJV) The word ‘still’ teaches us that instead of always working for God, we need to spend time with Him. If you don’t, you will run on empty, and get nowhere. When David was feeling down, he wrote: ‘Many are saying… “God won’t rescue him.” But, Lord, You are my...More

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

What To Do When You Feel Down (1)

‘Elijah was just as human as we are.’ James 5:17 CEV

Elijah got so ‘down’ he was ready to end it all. And it happened on the heels of his greatest victory. He had just called down fire from Heaven on Mount Carmel, when he went from exhilaration to exhaustion. We forget that even when we’re successful and love what we do, it can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. So, if you’re a purpose-driven person with no boundaries, pay attention!

(1) Exhaustion made Elijah lose perspective. He had just defeated 850 false prophets (see 1 Kings 18:19), and now he was running from one woman:...More

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Respect Authority (2)

‘As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you!’ Jeremiah 44:16 ESV

Do those in authority sometimes abuse it and prove themselves unworthy of it? Yes, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. The Bible says that in His youth, Jesus submitted to the authority of His parents (see Luke 2:51). And even though His ministry was marked by demonstrations of supernatural power, He still taught submission to the governing authorities in Rome. ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ (Luke 20:25...More

Monday, February 28, 2022

Respect Authority (1)

‘Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive.’ Hebrews 13:17 NKJV

Until you learn to respect authority, you will never be qualified to exercise it. Why?

(1) Because you will have no credibility.

(2) Because you won’t really understand what it means to be a follower.

Today the entertainment industry glamorises rebels and turns them into heroes. But that’s not how it works in everyday life. An insubordinate attitude will buy you a one-way ticket to a life of trouble and failure. The Bible says this:

(1) Children must be taught to respect the authority of their...More

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Make The Most Of Your Time

‘Making the most of your time.’ Ephesians 5:16 NASB

The life of John Wesley is a great example of the Scriptural principle ‘making the most of your time.’ He averaged three sermons a day for fifty-four years, preaching a total of more than 44,000 times in his life. In doing this he travelled by horseback and carriage more than 320,000 km—about 8,000 km a year. Even for a very productive man, that would seem to be a full-time effort.

Still, Wesley found time to write and edit. His published works include a four-volume commentary on the entire Bible, a five-volume work on natural philosophy, a...More

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Forgiving Others (2)

‘Take me back so that I may come back.’ Jeremiah 31:18 NCV

The Bible tells us: ‘Isaac’s servants dug… a well… But the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So… they dug another well, and they quarrelled over that one also… And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called it… Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”’ (Genesis 26:19–22 NKJV)

What a great example of practising forgiveness. During a drought, Isaac dug wells...More

Friday, February 25, 2022

Forgiving Others (1)

‘“I will pay them back,” says the Lord.’ Romans 12:19 NLT

Long after you think you have forgiven someone, you can still be harbouring hard feelings. Some indicators that you still have work to do are these: you keep thinking about the person who hurt you and become resentful. You avoid them. You rehearse the incident mentally and in conversation. You take every opportunity to remind them of what they did. Do you know what you’re doing? Justifying an unforgiving attitude! There are two things God won’t share.

(1) The praise that’s due Him. ‘I will not give My glory to anyone else, nor...More

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Adjusting Your Vision

‘My eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’ Isaiah 6:5 NIV

Before God called the prophet Isaiah to a position of leadership in the nation, He adjusted his vision. Uncorrected vision leads to skewed perspective, poor judgment, and wasted effort. Israel’s constant rebellion was putting them in jeopardy with God, and they needed a leader with clear vision. So, the first thing God did was give Isaiah a vision of His glory and power. Without it, he could not have done the job. Without this life-changing encounter with God, he would never have been strong enough to complete his mission. And the same applies...More

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

It’s A Blessing In Disguise

‘All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.’ 2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV

If you’re going through a difficult time right now, let Paul’s words encourage you. ‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.’ (2 Corinthians 4:8–9 NIV)

Who was Paul talking to? Followers of Christ who were having a rough time. Here is what he told them: ‘We are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing...More

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

When Preparation Meets Opportunity

‘I have finished the race.’ 2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV

Seneca the Younger said, ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’

As you read in Scripture about the people God used to accomplish great things, you discover that much of their time was spent preparing for what seems like a relatively brief assignment. The ego in each of us craves two things—limelight and longevity! But with God only one thing matters: doing His will. When you can say like Paul, ‘I have finished the race,’ you have lived successfully.

So, who does God use? Those who are prepared! Whether you’re...More

Monday, February 21, 2022

Are You Doing It For The Right Reasons?

‘He had this testimony, that he pleased God.’ Hebrews 11:5 NKJV

When you grow up with rejection, it can manifest itself in a need to isolate and withdraw or in a drive to constantly ‘prove yourself’. One man said it like this: ‘I can still hear my father yelling, telling me I’d never be any good, never amount to anything. The more he yelled, the more determined I became to prove him wrong.’ Are the wrong voices speaking to you? If they are—read on!

The Bible says Enoch ‘had this testimony, that he pleased God.’ How? ‘By faith.’ (Hebrews 11:5 NKJV) God sees you differently from...More

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Servants To God’s Will

‘As the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.’ Ephesians 6:6 KJV

The word ‘servant’ can have a negative connotation, but not in this Scripture. Knowing how pressures and people distract us from our God-given purpose, Paul uses the strongest possible language, doulos (meaning ‘slave’ or servant’), to remind us that we’re supposed to be servants to God’s will. Jesus loved people so much that one day He would die to redeem them, but that didn’t stop Him from saying ‘no’ when He needed to.

Pleasing and appeasing people to win their approval is never a good idea...More

Saturday, February 19, 2022

God Will Give You Another Chance

‘Turn back to Me and ask for help, and I will answer your prayers.’ Jeremiah 29:12 CEV

Because they disobeyed God, the Jews spent seventy years as slaves in Babylon. They lost their joy, their freedom, and their identity; all the things that make life worth living. But God hadn’t finished with them. He told them this: ‘After… seventy years, I will be kind and bring you back to Jerusalem, just as I have promised. I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering. You will turn back to Me and ask for help, and I will answer your prayers. You will worship Me with all...More

Friday, February 18, 2022

To Succeed, You Must Study God’s Word

‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.’ Psalm 119:18 NIV

The key to Bible study is to do it daily, systematically, and prayerfully. The psalmist prayed, ‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.’ This involves three things:

(1) God will show you the truth about Himself. You will discover His nature, His opinions, and what He values. And if you grew up with an absent or abusive parent, you will discover that your heavenly Father is entirely different—lovingly different!

(2) God will show you the truth about others. You will begin to understand and...More

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Where There Is Strife, Sow Seeds Of Peace

‘For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.’ James 3:16 KJV

When a well-known pastor was asked by a sceptic, ‘Do you believe there is such a thing as a real devil?’ he smiled and replied, ‘Have you ever been to an annual church business meeting?’ Seriously, if you have been a church member for any length of time, you know that strife rears its ugly head in the family of God just like it does everywhere else.

Paul and Barnabas, a brilliant ministry team, allowed their differences over John Mark to separate them to the point where they could no longer work...More

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Don’t Exaggerate

‘My words are plain to anyone with understanding.’ Proverbs 8:9 NLT

King Solomon wrote: ‘Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding.’ (Proverbs 8:6–9 NLT)

We usually embellish the truth in order to get these two things: the attention and the approval of the listener. But eventually, it backfires. Over time, people discover your propensity to stretch the truth, and you lose your credibility with them. And once you lose that, it takes a...More

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Making Jesus Look Good, On The Job

‘You are the salt… You are the light.’ Matthew 5:13–14 NKJV

Do the people you work with know that you are a follower of Christ? What do they think of your attitude towards those in authority? How about the people who work under you—are you critical or complimentary towards them? How is your timekeeping? Do you arrive to work on time and give 100%? Do you demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and excellence on the job? In other words, on the job, are you making Jesus look good?

When you begin to think seriously about it, the eternal destiny of some of the people you work with may be...More

Monday, February 14, 2022

Remember To Say ‘I Love You’

‘Jonathan asked David to repeat his promise of love for him.’ 1 Samuel 20:17 NCV

Hoping to save their relationship, a woman dragged her husband to see a counsellor. During their session, the counsellor asked him, ‘Do you tell your wife you love her?’ The man growled, ‘I told her when we got married I loved her—and that if I ever changed my mind, I’d let her know.’

Seriously, people know you love them when you show them and when you tell them. The relationship between Jonathan and David was so strong that they were willing to lay down their lives for one another. Yet the Bible says,...More

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Learning To Confront (2)

‘For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.’ Hebrews 12:11 ESV

Healthy confrontation calls for putting the other person’s well-being above your own interests. So how do you confront someone in the right way? By doing these three things:

(1) Be sure. There must be a good reason to confront. And it should be a rare event, not an everyday one. You shouldn’t relish the experience. If you do, you need to examine your motives. Are you feeling superior? Are you redirecting your anger towards this person over a completely...More

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Learning To Confront (1)

‘If you accept correction, you will be honoured.’ Proverbs 13:18 NLT

We don’t enjoy confrontation, but it’s impossible to grow without it. Healthy confrontation calls for ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15 NIV) to those we value. Just as God confronts each of us in areas where we need to grow, He expects us to do the same for others. Is it easy? No. But here are some guiding principles to help you:

(1) Talk to the person, not about them. Healthy confrontation should be direct and, when possible, done in private. It calls for thoughtful communication, delivered firmly but...More

Friday, February 11, 2022

What Are You Called To Do?

‘Jesus went around doing good.’ Acts 10:38 NLT

Your value in God’s eyes was established at the cross. The Bible says, ‘He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?’ (Romans 8:32 NIV) Notice the words ‘all things’. We’re all equal in Christ. But when it comes to your career, your value is determined by the complexity of the problem you solve. That’s why we pay a cardiologist more money than a short-order cook.

Jesus was a problem solver. People were spiritually hungry so He said, ‘I am the Bread...More

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Supporting Cast

‘As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you.’ Luke 22:10 NLT

At Oscar time, Hollywood hands out awards to the best actor, producer, director, editor, costume designer, etc. But the Screen Actors Guild knows there would be no place for big stars and best movies without the supporting cast and the contributions of technical and artistic crews. The Oscars remind us that the brightest lights can only shine because of the lesser lights that go unrecognised.

Scripture tells us that God also has a supporting cast; people who are happy to work behind the scenes....More

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Praying And Meditating On Scripture Can Improve Your Health

‘Pray without ceasing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV

Gone are the days when gun-shy theologians bowed to the god of science. Reliable scientists are now affirming how ingenious God is and how His principles hold up under the piercing light of scientific scrutiny.

Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, who studies the relationship between spiritual phenomena and the brain, has demonstrated that we were designed physically and mentally to interact with God through prayer and Scripture. It’s a known fact that there are centres in the human brain that respond positively to prayer, reading and meditating on...More

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

For God’s Sake, Control Yourself!

‘A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.’ Proverbs 25:28 NLT

Trials, disagreeable people, and frustrating circumstances are potentially upsetting—and the bad news is, they’re not going away anytime soon. However, the good news is, they’re not your problem! The fact is, it’s not what happens to you that determines your mood; it’s what happens in you! We imagine life would immediately change for the better if we could alter people and circumstances, but there would be new people and circumstances to deal with, right?

Solomon had it right; it’s not about...More

Monday, February 7, 2022

How To Lower Your Anxiety Level (2)

‘Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.’ Matthew 6:34 NIV

When you’re anxious about the future, stop and remind yourself that two of God’s names are ‘Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.’ (Revelation 22:13 KJV) Where you’re going—God already is!

Jesus said, ‘The sheep hear his voice… he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.’ (John 10:3–4 NKJV) How do sheep get to know the shepherd’s voice? By spending time with him! Notice ‘he goes before them’, which means as long as you’re moving forward, God can...More

Sunday, February 6, 2022

How To Lower Your Anxiety Level (1)

‘Cast your cares on the Lord.’ Psalm 55:22 NIV

When we’re stressed, the surge of negative emotions can be overwhelming. And unless you unburden your soul before God, it’s easy to make wrong decisions, succumb to wrong impulses, move in the wrong direction, and explode at the wrong people.

The psalmist addresses this: ‘Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.’ The extent to which you consciously lean on God, drawing strength from Him, is the extent to which you will lower your anxiety level. It’s no coincidence that many of the psalms start with David crying out to God for help...More

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Focus On The Inward Instead Of The Outward

‘Though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.’ 2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV

Next time you’re at a supermarket checkout, notice the magazine covers. Airbrushed faces, toned bodies—ads for diets and products that promise you can look that way too. Now, there is nothing wrong with looking your best and taking care of your body. After all, it’s the temple of the Holy Spirit and you are responsible for maintaining it. But there is much more to you than clothes and a hairstyle. It’s a mistake to focus on the outside and not appreciate and cultivate the inner qualities God...More

Friday, February 4, 2022

Worry Less And Trust God More

‘The message gets choked out, and they never produce anything.’ Mark 4:19 CEV

In the ‘Parable of the Sower’, Jesus said the seed fell into four kinds of soil. Here is one of them: ‘The seeds that fell among the thornbushes are… people who hear the message. But they start worrying about the needs of this life. They are fooled by the desire to get rich and to have all kinds of other things. So the message gets choked out, and they never produce anything.’ (Mark 4:18–19 CEV)

Observe what keeps God’s Word from working effectively in your life:

(1) Worrying that God won’t...More

Thursday, February 3, 2022

God Is Teaching You Patience

‘Be patient and trust the Lord.’ Psalm 37:7 CEV

Patience is born of trust. David said, ‘Trust the Lord and live right! The land will be yours, and you will be safe. Do what the Lord wants, and He will give you your heart’s desire.’ (Psalm 37:3–4 CEV) God has a plan for your life. It includes things you can’t have today that you will be able to enjoy tomorrow. When rain comes, the grass grows on its own. So, stop struggling to accomplish something now that will be easy when the time is right.

When you refuse to give a toddler something that’s not good for him, he stamps his foot and...More

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Give Jesus A Chance

‘Come, follow Me, and I will show you how.’ Matthew 4:19 NLT

When others don’t see your potential, Jesus does. In common fishermen, He saw the capacity to change the world. Here is something you may not have considered: there are two sides to following Jesus—you believe in Him, and He believes in you.

Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew, ‘Come, follow Me, and I will show you how.’ Do you doubt that? So did Nathanael. When he was invited to meet Jesus, he said, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see for yourself.’ (John 1:46 NLT) Even after three years...More

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Overcoming Rejection

‘Think how much the Father loves us.’ 1 John 3:1 CEV

When you struggle with a sense of rejection, it will manifest itself in things like these:

(1) Perfectionism. But it doesn’t work, because other people’s needs and expectations vary so much that it’s impossible to make everybody happy.

(2) Settling for less. You put up with neglect and abuse because you think it’s what you deserve. Or you’re concerned this may be your only chance at ‘love’.

(3) Becoming aggressive. Rejection can feel like you’re being attacked when you’re not, so you put on your boxing...More

Monday, January 31, 2022

Taking In And Giving Out

‘Go, and tell this people.’ Isaiah 6:9 NKJV

When you’re involved in God’s work, it’s easy to get out of balance and end up enjoying the work of the Lord more than the Lord of the work. First, Jesus called His disciples to Him; then, He sent them out from Him. The power you need to succeed in your God-given assignment comes from the time you spend with the Lord, not people.

One day Jesus took three of His disciples to the top of the Mount of Transfiguration. ‘His face shone like the sun… there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.’ (Matthew 17:2–3 NIV) Peter was...More

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Speak Life To Their Spirit (2)

‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ Genesis 28:16 NKJV

We have all heard people say, ‘The Lord told me,’ and it turned out not to be so. As a result, we have become doubting and cynical. What a loss! God speaks through people, and your fear of someone ‘getting it wrong’ can rob you of vital input—in some cases, the very input you need.

One night, God appeared to Jacob in a dream, saying: ‘“I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and… bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Then Jacob...More

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Speak Life To Their Spirit (1)

‘We regard no one from a worldly point of view.’ 2 Corinthians 5:16 NIV

Paul writes, ‘We regard no one from a worldly point of view… if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians 5:16–17 NKJV) Here is an important spiritual principle. When you’re trying to help a believer who is battling adversity, addiction, or physical affliction, speak life to their regenerated spirit. Speak to the part of them that’s capable of rising up in faith and responding to God’s Word: ‘Faith comes from hearing the message… through the word about...More

Friday, January 28, 2022

Speak Words Of Healing

‘I would strengthen you with my mouth.’ Job 16:5 NKJV

Even when a surgery is successful, the patient can carry within them scar tissue that causes lingering pain and discomfort. And it’s the same in life. Some people around you wear a mask of success, but within, they carry wounds they’re unable to talk about.

Comedian Jonathan Winters said in an interview that his life was scarred by cruel things his parents said to him as a child. ‘I’m no cry-baby, but I remember things with almost total recall—there’s a lot of pain there.’ His father said to him, ‘You’re the dumbest kid I...More

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Remember What You Used To Be Like? (2)

‘I try to find common ground with everyone.’ 1 Corinthians 9:22 NLT

It’s easy to develop ‘spiritual amnesia’. You forget what you used to be like. And that attitude affects the people you deal with each day. Kelli Trujillo writes: ‘I’ve a workplace acquaintance who embodies all the negative stereotypes of evangelical Christians. She’s judgmental… her behaviour borders on bizarre… she’s completely (and purposefully) out of touch with culture. She considers any attempt to tone down her evangelism as persecution… None of us wants to be like that so we hop on the pendulum as it swings in the...More

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Remember What You Used To Be Like? (1)

‘God had mercy on me.’ 1 Timothy 1:15 NLT

If you want to win people to Christ, you won’t do it with a holier-than-thou attitude. Sadly, this is how society sees many Christians; their hearts are in the right place, but their ability to relate with compassion to those outside their immediate circle does God no favours. If you want people to respond to the Gospel, take a leaf from Paul’s book. He said: ‘Though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ… When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew… When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish...More

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Build On Your Strengths

‘Who makes you different from anyone else?’ 1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

Your success isn’t found in your similarity to others, but in your difference. Instead of comparing yourself with somebody else and competing with them, try to discover your point of God-given difference, for that’s where you will excel. Singer Pearl Bailey said, ‘There are two kinds of talent, man-made and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.’

Paul writes, ‘God has… given each of us different gifts.’ (Romans 12:6 CEV) Would...More

Monday, January 24, 2022

Relationships (3)

‘Don’t participate in the things these people do.’ Ephesians 5:7 NLT

Letting go of a person doesn’t mean you no longer love them; it just means the relationship is not right for you. How should you handle it?

(1) A gradual separation is sometimes the best solution. There are relationships you need to get out of for your own good. But because you have a cord to cut, doesn’t mean that it should be ripped. Dissolving a relationship is stressful, so try to end it graciously. If the cord that binds you is constant phone calls, emails, and visits, that’s a good place to start.


Sunday, January 23, 2022

Relationships (2)

‘He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.’ Proverbs 13:20 NKJV

Not everyone who starts out with you is capable of going where God wants to take you. Sometimes they don’t have the emotional capacity required. Other times their vision differs from yours. So how can you know when it’s time to exit a relationship?

Avoid relationships that leave you depleted. This calls for establishing clear boundaries for the relationship up front. You don’t have time to spend your life straightening out misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and injured egos. How far are...More

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Relationships (1)

‘Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?’ Amos 3:3 NLT

Having the right relationships will help you to soar in life; they’re like the wind beneath your wings. But the wrong relationships will drag you down; they’re like a ball and chain around your feet. To know which relationships are good for you and which are not, here are three guidelines:

(1) When a relationship is not working, acknowledge it. Sometimes you must cut your losses. The old saying goes, ‘When you’re in a hole, stop digging!’ Accept the fact that sometimes your efforts are not enough and that you...More

Friday, January 21, 2022

There Is No Turning Back

‘But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ Hebrews 10:38 NKJV

A little boy in Sunday school heard the story of how Lot’s wife looked back towards Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt (see Genesis 19:26). ‘That’s nothing,’ he said. ‘Last week when my mother was driving down the street, she looked back—and turned into a telephone pole!’

Seriously, God says, ‘If anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ Every pilot knows there is a point of no return. The runway has all been used up; it’s fly or die! In Hebrews chapter eleven we find a list of...More

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Don’t ‘Fly Off The Handle’

‘A quick-tempered person does foolish things.’ Proverbs 14:17 NIV

When people lose their temper, one of the most common expressions used to describe their reaction is ‘flying off the handle’. The phrase refers to the head of a hammer coming loose from the handle as you attempt to use it. And several not-so-good things happen as a consequence.

(1) The hammer becomes useless. Your message may be all-important, but the manner in which you deliver it determines whether or not you get the results you desire. Simply stated, when people don’t take you seriously, you don’t get the outcome you hoped...More

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Story Of Cyprian

‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

Cyprian, a wealthy noble who lived during the third century, enjoyed galloping about Carthage in his gold and bejewelled chariot. He wore fancy clothes studded with diamonds and precious stones and lived a debauched life. In a letter to one of the Christian theologians of his time, Cyprian said he couldn’t possibly conceive how he could change his life—the life he had lived for so long. The inveterate habits, tastes, and desires that he had developed, the sins he clutched to his bosom, how could he possibly give these things...More

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Be Gentle (4)

‘Whoever heeds correction is honoured.’ Proverbs 13:18 NIV

When someone corrects you, be teachable and not unreachable. ‘Let every man be quick to listen but slow to use his tongue, and slow to lose his temper.’ (James 1:19 PHPS) If you do the first two things, the third one naturally falls into place. If you are quick to listen and slow to answer back, you’re going to be slow to lose your temper.

‘Whoever heeds correction is honoured.’ So use your ears more than your mouth, and be willing to accept correction. The wisest people have a ‘teach me’ attitude and are willing to learn from...More

Monday, January 17, 2022

Be Gentle (3)

‘A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.’ Proverbs 15:1 GNT

When someone disagrees with you, be tender without surrender. You will never be able to please everyone. You will always meet people who like to argue and quarrel. Some people will contradict everything you say. How should you respond to them? One of the tests of spiritual maturity is how you handle those who disagree with you. Some people have a need to demolish anyone who disagrees with them. If you challenge them or offer a comparison, complaint, or criticism, they respond with a full-blown personal attack. Then what do you do?...More

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Be Gentle (2)

‘Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarrelling.’ Romans 14:1 NIV

When someone upsets or disappoints you, God expects you to be gracious towards them instead of judgmental. The Bible says, ‘If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.’ (Galatians 6:1 NIV) You say, ‘Tempted how?’ Tempted to become judgmental or ‘holier than thou’. That’s the wrong response.

‘Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarrelling.’ Instead of criticising their faults, you’re supposed to help...More

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Be Gentle (1)

‘Show a gentle attitude.’ Philippians 4:5 GNT

The Greek word used for gentleness means ‘strength under control’. It pictures a wild stallion that has been tamed. It doesn’t mean to be weak and wimpy. The only two people in the Bible who were called gentle—Moses and Jesus—were both strong. Gentleness is restraining your reactions. It’s choosing your response to people rather than merely reacting to them. For the next few days, let’s look at what it means to be gentle.

When someone serves you, be thoughtful and not demanding. Paul writes, ‘Don’t just think about your own affairs, but...More

Friday, January 14, 2022

Be Wise—Say Nothing!

‘The prudent hold their tongues.’ Proverbs 10:19 NIV

The story is told of a wealthy grandfather who went to his doctor to be fitted for a special hearing aid. The device not only allowed him to hear perfectly, it was hidden so no one could see it. When he went back for a follow-up visit, the doctor said, ‘Your family must be happy to know that now you can hear.’

The grandfather said, ‘Well, I haven’t told them about my hearing aid. I just sit around and listen to their conversations—and I’ve already changed my will three times!’

The Bible says, ‘The prudent hold their...More

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Go Back And Make Things Right

‘Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.’ Psalm 78:4 NIV

A legacy, good or bad, is something handed down from one person to another. Perhaps, over time, God has healed your hurts and you have moved on, but what have you left behind? The harsh words you spoke may have been based on what was happening at the time, but now you see things more clearly. It’s wonderful when you move from resenting others to forgiving them—but have you left unhealed wounds?

James writes, ‘Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God...More

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Case For God (4)

‘They began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.’ Romans 1:21 NLT

Contemplating the amazing design of our universe, physicist and Nobel laureate, Arno Penzias, tries to explain it this way: ‘Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe… created out of nothing, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.’

Harvard biologist...More

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Case For God (3)

‘Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities.’ Romans 1:20 NLT

They say, ‘There are none so blind as those who wilI not see!’ Richard Dawkins, the well-known atheist said, ‘It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane.’ But the truth is, most great scientific minds from the past—brilliant men who founded and developed key disciplines of science—were creationists. For example:

(1) Physics: Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Kelvin.

(2) Chemistry: Boyle, Dalton,...More

Monday, January 10, 2022

The Case For God (2)

‘He who built all things is God.’ Hebrews 3:4 NKJV

Imagine a human skull evolving with holes and sockets in just the right places. ‘Then,’ as Ray Comfort writes, ‘by accident came the brain, interconnected to two eyes, two ears, one nose, skin, blood, nerves, mouth, teeth, tongue, salivary glands and taste buds, connected to a neck and a body with heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, in both male and female with complex, complementary reproductive systems—and that a similar thing happened throughout all the animal kingdom.’

Atheists claim something can bring itself into being from nothing, and...More

Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Case For God (1)

‘He never left them without evidence of Himself.’ Acts 14:17 NLT

Do you believe there is a God who made all things, including you? Yes? Then you’re blessed. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in God, try to make an eye, an ear, or a brain. Only make one… from nothing! Or create a flower that can produce nectar which can be collected by bees you made and make them transform it into honey for you to eat. You breathe in life-giving oxygen released by trees, then you breathe out carbon dioxide giving the trees what they need for their survival. Brilliant, right? And since atheists believe all this came...More

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Love Is A Decision

‘You must love.’ Matthew 22:37 NLT

When a lawyer asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, He replied that he must love God, others, and himself (see Matthew 22:37–39). Observe that He said, ‘You must love.’ This tells you a lot about the true nature and behaviour of love. If love can be commanded, then it can’t be only emotional, or a matter of feelings. Genuine love is much more than feelings; it’s a matter of the will. That’s why Jesus could command us to express it. It’s a commandment followed by a commitment. Although feelings are important, true love functions regardless of how you...More

Friday, January 7, 2022

Weigh Your Words Carefully

‘If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.’ James 3:2 NLT

When it comes to your tongue, here are three rules:

(1) Don’t speak too quickly. ‘We all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we… could also control ourselves in every other way.’ Because you can never be totally aware of all the sensitivities of a person, you must rely on the Holy Spirit to direct your speech in a way that doesn’t tap into their pain or other negative experiences. Everybody has a different sensitivity level, depending on their past...More

Thursday, January 6, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (5)

‘He prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.’ John 15:2 TLB

You must submit to the pruning process. ‘He prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.’ Pruning entails cutting off dead branches and cutting back living branches. Both are necessary to shape the tree and stimulate growth.

Professional pruners will tell you that most people are too hesitant when it comes to pruning. But God is not. He not only cuts off that which is sinful and superficial, He cuts back that which is alive and successful; a business that’s doing great, a satisfying relationship, or...More

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (4)

‘They are choked by life’s worries.’ Luke 8:14 NIV

You must eliminate the weeds. In His famous ‘Parable of the Sower’, Jesus said the seed fell into four different kinds of soil. ‘The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.’ Notice, three varieties of ‘weeds’ can keep you from growing into spiritual maturity.

(1) Worry. You become so preoccupied with everyday cares that you take your eyes off Jesus.

(2) Riches. Making money and buying things dominates...More

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (3)

‘Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him.’ Colossians 2:7 NLT

Paul writes this: ‘Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ… you… are complete through your union with Christ.’...More

Monday, January 3, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (2)

‘The godly have deep roots.’ Proverbs 12:3 NLT

You must cultivate deep spiritual roots. ‘Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by… heat or worried by… months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.’ (Jeremiah 17:7–8 NLT) This Scripture gives you one reason why you need deep spiritual roots: to make it through the rough times—times of heat and drought.

Solomon said, ‘No one can be established through wickedness, but the...More

Sunday, January 2, 2022

How To Be Fruitful (1)

‘I chose you and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.’ John 15:16 NIV

When Jesus said, ‘I chose you and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last,’ He was saying, ‘Spend your life in pursuit of that which has lasting significance and eternal value!’ What does He mean by ‘fruit’? ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22–23 NIV) Those nine qualities describe the only life that’s truly worth living.

Fortunately, you’re...More

Saturday, January 1, 2022

This Year, Glorify God And Enjoy Him

‘Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV

In 1643, the Houses of Parliament in England abolished the way the Church of England was governed. An assembly of one hundred and twenty-one ministers and thirty laypeople was called together at Westminster Abbey to rebuild the English church. The documents coming out of that six-year assembly are some of the most famous in church history.

The first question in the Shorter Westminster Catechism reads, ‘What is the chief end of man?’ Answer: ‘To glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.’ The implications of that question and...More

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