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The Word for Today Daily Devotional for 2024


Friday, April 12, 2024

Your personal guide

‘The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.’ Psalm 23:1 NKJV

It’s easy to say, ‘The Lord is my shepherd,’ but how can you tell if it’s real for you or if you’re just saying the words? Here is a simple test: when you need help, who do you turn to first? Most people go to God only after they have tried everything else. And when nothing else is working, then they try praying. Think about your last crisis. Whatever or whoever you turned to first for help, that’s your shepherd. A man on a trip to the African rainforests was following a guide. As they pushed deeper into the jungle, the guide with his...More

Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Holy Spirit prays through you

‘The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us...’ Romans 8:26 NKJV

Life can wear you down. You can get to the place where your anxiety runs so deep or your stress levels increase so high that you can’t think clearly. The problem or pain you’re experiencing is so overwhelming that you can’t put it into words. Good news: that’s when the Holy Spirit living within you prays for you and through you. As you bring your burden to the Lord and kneel in His presence, a wonderful thing happens. The Bible says, ‘Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we...More

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Having job security (4)

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

Losing your job can be devastating. This is when you must keep the right perspective. Having less doesn’t make you a lesser person. God still values you, and you must keep valuing yourself. The Christian life is one of trial and triumph. Paul writes: ‘I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:12-13 NLT). What...More

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Having job security (3)

‘With favour You will surround him as with a shield.’ Psalm 5:12 NKJV

To have job security you should:

1) Increase your visibility in your industry. Establish contacts and relationships with others outside your company by attending local industry gatherings wherever possible. Your goal should not merely be to know enough to get by but to develop your skills so that you will get noticed and get ahead. When the time is right, and you’re ready, God will open doors for you. ‘For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favour, You will surround him as with a shield’ (Psalm 5:12...More

Monday, April 8, 2024

Having job security (2)

‘Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity...’ Proverbs 21:5 NLT

To have job security you should:

1) Endeavour to be as indispensable as possible. ‘Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.’ (Proverbs 21:5-6 NLT). Strive for integrity and excellence in your work, while learning as much as possible about procedures and processes beyond your area of responsibility. Be willing to help others – but not at the expense of your own effectiveness.

2) If the fear of losing...More

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Having job security (1)

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food...’ Proverbs 12:11 NIV

God created the Garden of Eden, then He created Adam, and then He told Adam that his job was to take care of it. Why? Because work gives dignity and meaning to our lives. That’s why the Bible says, ‘Those who work their land …will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense’ (Proverbs 12:11 NIV). For the next few days, let’s talk about how to have job security.

Negative world events can have a devastating impact on the economy, which in turn affects employment security. Accidents or illnesses can...More

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Show grace under fire

‘He gives greater grace. …’ James 4:6 CSB

Here are three important principles you need to keep in mind when conflict arises:

1) Deal with the issue without attacking the person. Some of the most vicious personal attacks have been waged over religion. What a shame! Some of us would rather lose the relationship than lose the argument.

2) Sometimes it’s best to go separate ways. When Paul and Barnabas argued over whether or not John Mark should travel with them on their next missionary journey, ‘They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company …’ (Acts 15:39 CSB). But...More

Friday, April 5, 2024

Praying without saying a word

‘For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.’ Matthew 6:32 NKJV

Jesus said, ‘”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”’ (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). You ask, ‘When I think about God, is that the same as praying?’ It can be. We’re all familiar with the power of unspoken communication. Many of us grew up with parents who didn’t have to say a thing to make their will known. It may have been a certain look in their eye or some other unspoken signal. But we knew exactly what was being communicated and how we were expected to...More

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Get out of debt and stay out of debt!

‘The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.’ Proverbs 22:7 NIV

It’s not by accident that these two Scriptures are back-to-back: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.’ (Proverbs 22:6-7 NKJV). Your child’s college university education, an affordable home, and a reliable car are okay to borrow money for. Otherwise, unless you can pay for something – learn to wait!

Jesus said, ‘… “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and...More

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

God will speak to you – if you listen

‘I can do nothing on My own. …I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent me.’ John 5:30 NASB20

Jesus did only those things placed in His mind by His Father. And He wants you to learn to live that way too. You ask, ‘Is such a life possible?’ Yes, it’s not only possible, it’s essential to fulfilling God’s will for your life. The Bible says that Mary took time to listen to Jesus, but her sister Martha didn’t because she was too busy ‘serving’ (see Luke 10:40). You can get so busy serving the Lord that you lose your sensitivity to His voice and end up preoccupied with secondary...More

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

To know God, examine what He has made

‘God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made...’ Romans 1:20 NIV

The New Testament Greek word translated as ‘disciple’ means ‘learner’. By definition, a disciple is someone who never ceases to learn. He or she makes the most of the hundred billion brain cells God has loaned to them. They keep asking and seeking and knocking (see Matthew 7:7). Famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci, carried a notebook wherever he went. Some have estimated that he left fourteen thousand pages of notes to painter Francesco Melzi in his...More

Monday, April 1, 2024

Be interested in everything God does

‘It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.’ Proverbs 25:2 NKJV

Anything that reveals something about our Creator is something we ought to be interested in. Scripture is in a classification all by itself as God’s written revelation. But mathematics discloses a distinctive dimension of God’s personality too. Along with art, and science. The Bible says: ‘And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. … He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also,...More

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Evidence of Christ’s resurrection (3) – Easter Sunday

‘This story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.’ Matthew 28:15 NIV

Here are two more pieces of evidence of Christ’s resurrection:

1) You would be hard-pressed to find a time in recorded history when someone willingly gave up their life for what they knew to be a lie. American author Paul E. Little said, ‘Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not, however, die for what they know is a lie.’ The fact that those early disciples were willing to endure such suffering makes the foundations of Christianity...More

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Evidence of Christ’s resurrection (2)

‘How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?’ 1 Corinthians 15:12 NIV

Here are three more pieces of evidence that will convince any open-minded seeker of the truth of Christ’s physical resurrection from the dead:

1) The Christian sacraments.The Christian sacraments point to the death and suffering of Christ and also to His resurrection and power. These can be traced back in uninterrupted sequence to the exact time of the death of Jesus Christ.

2) Christian art.In the catacombs of Rome, from the period of the persecutions, we discover etched into the walls,...More

Friday, March 29, 2024

Evidence of Christ’s resurrection (1) – Good Friday

‘He was raised on the third day.’ 1 Corinthians 15:4 NIV

Trust the fact that Jesus rose from the dead! Here are two evidences of it:

1) The Lord’s Day.

For thousands of years, the Hebrew people had maintained their Sabbath doctrine. Then later, a group of early Christians who were Jews changed the day of worship from the seventh day to the first day! What could account for their deserting a tradition to which they had held so steadfastly? The resurrection of Christ, which happened on the first day of the week, His appearance to the disciples on the first day of the week, and the...More

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Work on growing closer

‘Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.’ Proverbs 5:18 NKJV

The more history you have with your spouse, the more joy and pain you have experienced. You’re closer at times than others as the circumstances of life rise and fall. Yet if you did due diligence at the onset of the relationship, were clear about what you desired in a partner, and honestly evaluated who that person is, what will keep your union going forward is remembering what brought the two of you together in the first place. What you initially enjoyed and esteemed about this person probably hasn’t changed. But...More

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Your secret place

‘When you pray, go into your room.’ Matthew 6:6 NIV

Jesus said, ‘But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you’ (Matthew 6:6 NIV). The Christian life could be compared to the Old Testament tabernacle, which was divided into three compartments. There was an outer court to which everyone had access. And you, too, have an outer court; the place you go to work, shop, and play. It represents your outward appearance or public persona, the part of you everyone sees.

The Tabernacle also had...More

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Walking with God

‘Enoch walked with God.’ Genesis 5:24 KJV

Did the people in Scripture who ‘walked with God’ ever stumble? They did. Did they get off track sometimes? Yes. But when their feet hit the floor every morning, their commitment was to walk with God throughout the day. They drew on His strength, endeavoured to do His will, and aimed towards the goal that He had set for them. Paul writes, ‘I … beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called …’ (Ephesians 4:1 NKJV). That means you must know the direction God is leading you in and stay in step with Him. When He acts – you act. When He...More

Monday, March 25, 2024

You’re growing in grace

‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.’ 2 Peter 3:18 NIV

When Peter exercised enough faith to get out of the boat and walk on water, he sank and looked worse than any of the other disciples. When he tried to defend Jesus, he cut off a man’s ear. When he promised to be loyal, he fell flat on his face. When he tried to advise Jesus, he was the devil’s advocate (see Matthew 16:22-23). Eventually, he became a leader in the church—but he got worse before he got better. And his behaviour didn’t surprise or discourage Jesus one bit. He will never stop helping a follower of His who is sincerely seeking...More

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Don’t shout about it

‘Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them...’ Matthew 6:1 CSB

Jesus said: ‘“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward with your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don't sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do … to be applauded by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’...More

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Prophecy fulfilled

‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Matthew 16:16 NKJV

One of the most convincing proofs that the Bible is truly the Word of God lies in the number of prophecies fulfilled during the life of Christ. Daniel prophesied the coming of the one and only Jewish Messiah prior to the temple’s demise. The Old Testament prophets declared He would be born in Bethlehem (see Micah 5:2) to a virgin (see Isaiah 7:14), be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (see Zechariah 11:12-13), die by crucifixion (see Psalm 22), and be buried in a rich man’s tomb (see Isaiah 53:9). Jesus Himself predicted He would be...More

Friday, March 22, 2024

How to enrich and strengthen your relationships

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is...’ Galatians 5:22 NKJV

You can enrich and strengthen any relationship by developing and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit. The Bible speaks about being filled with the Spirit (see Ephesians 5:18) and walking in the Spirit (see Galatians 5:16). To be ‘filled’ with God’s Spirit means you’re a receptacle, whereas ‘walking’ in the Spirit means you’re a dispenser – a vessel God can fill and pour out into the lives of others. ‘What’s this fruit you’re talking about?’ you ask. The Bible describes it this way: ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,...More

Thursday, March 21, 2024

God and work

‘They go from strength to strength.’ Psalm 84:7 NIV

The phrase ‘discover your strengths’ was made famous by researcher Marcus Buckingham in what’s referred to as the ‘Strengths Movement’. It calls us to stop focusing on our weaknesses and name and develop our strengths – which reflects God’s design. God didn’t say, ‘Moses, your craftsmanship skills are weak. Let’s have you stop leading these people for a while and try to become more like Bezalel’ (see Exodus 31:1-5). The Bible speaks of going ‘from strength to strength’. And strength is an activity that, when you engage in it, makes...More

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Set other things aside and serve

‘Jesus … poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet …’ John 13:3-5 NKJV

When it came to serving others, Jesus went first. He ‘… rose from supper and… laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He… poured water into a basin and… began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. … Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”’ (John 13:4-6 NKJV). Try to imagine God incarnate with an apron on, kneeling to wash the feet of those who were unworthy. The Bible says, ‘Jesus … laid aside His...More

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Learning to listen to God (4)

‘My immediate response was not to consult any human being.’ Galatians 1:16 NIV

God’s direction will often be followed by a season of preparation. And the length of that season is determined by the size of your assignment. So when God speaks to you, it’s not always wise to rush out and tell people. Who wouldn’t want to talk about the amazing experience Paul had with Christ on the Damascus road? And there would be a right time for Paul to do that – but not yet. So don’t move until God gives you the green light. Why? Two reasons:

1) You need time, maturing, and equipping

so that...More

Monday, March 18, 2024

Learning to listen to God (3)

‘For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know...’ 1 John 2:27 NLT

When you pray diligently and believe you have heard from God, but then you start asking other people what they think, you’re honouring their opinions above God’s. That kind of mindset will prevent you from developing a relationship where you constantly hear from Him. You need to trust Him. If you have made bad decisions in the past, this can be difficult. But you must learn to listen to God without constantly needing reassurance from others. The Bible says: ‘But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you...More

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Learning to listen to God (2)

‘If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;...’ Isaiah 1:19 ESV

People think they can’t hear from God when, in reality, there are things they already know He wants them to respond to, and so far, they haven’t done it. The quicker you do whatever the Lord has already told you to do, the sooner He will reveal the next step to you. His promise is, ‘If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;’ (Isaiah 1:19 ESV). Hearing from God is something you only develop with practice – especially if you’re a talker! That’s why He says, ‘Be still, and know that...More

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Learning to listen to God (1)

‘He, the Spirit of truth...will tell you things to come.’ John 16:13 NKJV

Jesus told His disciples, ‘”However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own [authority], but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”’ (John 16:12-13 NKJV). Jesus spoke these words to men He had spent the previous three years with. Now, wouldn’t you think if Jesus was with us in person, day and night for three years, we would have learned all there is to know? Not so. In fact, Jesus tells us to stay tuned because He always has...More

Friday, March 15, 2024

Don’t give up!

‘Let’s not get tired of doing what is good.’ Galatians 6:9 NLT

Paul writes, ‘Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up’ (Galatians 6:9 NLT). Look at Job the patriarch: attending the funerals of his ten children, losing his health and wealth in a single day, and listening to a wife with a tongue sharp enough to cut through steel. Yet he didn’t give up. Learn from him! ‘You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord’ (James 5:11 NKJV).

Job stayed focused on the end goal and...More

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Take control of the small things

‘Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself...’ Daniel 1:8 NKJV

Can you imagine being uprooted from your home and taken prisoner to a hostile country? It happened to Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar conquered his homeland and carried him off to slavery in Babylon. He lost his house, his job, his freedom, his culture, his friends, and his status as a member of Israel’s nobility. He had to learn to speak a foreign language and live in a place where he didn’t want to be.

If you had been Daniel, wouldn’t you have been tempted to focus on the things you couldn’t control, like blaming exile...More

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Four principles for victorious living

‘Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.’ 1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

Jesus said: ‘”Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”’ (Matthew 5:11-12 ESV). If you’re thin-skinned, you will have a rough time in life because you will be an easy target for the devil. Paul endured desertion by his friends, ugly letters from the Corinthians, disappointment with the Galatians, mistreatment in...More

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Put your heart into your part

‘The whole body … builds itself up … as each part does its work.’ Ephesians 4:16 NIV

You have probably heard that unless you’re the lead dog, the view seldom changes. The problem is, however, not everybody can be the leading man or woman. And it’s better to be a working actor than an out-of-work star; at least you get to be in the play! Besides, most great achievers, if they are honest, will tell you they couldn’t have done it alone; they needed the contributions of each member of the team.

So if God has placed you in a supporting role today, accept it without complaining. Do your part to...More

Monday, March 11, 2024

Turning two families into one

‘“Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”’ Genesis 33:5 NKJV

Due to the divorce rate today, both inside the church and outside, couples are falling in love and facing the challenge of blending two families into one. Here are some of those challenges: visiting rights, custodial care, court intervention, and ex-in-law involvement. Add to that a mountain of paperwork and legal specifications. It’s an incredibly stressful time for all involved, especially children, who may be struggling to express their feelings. So, it’s not enough to bring them...More

Friday, March 8, 2024

Live the living Word

‘I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.’ Psalm 119:100 ESV

If someone opened your Bible, would there be any evidence that it is being read daily? Would they find notes on the margins, highlighted text, dog ears or markers on your favourite pages? If someone looked on your social media accounts, would they find evidence that you’re a Christian? Do people at your workplace or in the community know you’re a Christian? How do you behave behind closed doors at home towards your family?

It’s not enough to read God’s Word daily; you must practise its principles consistently. The...More

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Do the Word

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

A pastor writes: ‘The Latin word for ‘listen’ is where we get our word audit. When you audit a class, you take in lots of information, but you don’t do anything with it. You don’t do the homework, or if you do, you don’t turn it in to get it graded. You don’t take the tests. And you don’t get any credit, either. The same is true in our spiritual lives. You don’t get credit for auditing Scripture. You’ve got to put it into practice. Every word of Scripture must be translated via...More

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Pull down those strongholds!

‘The weapons of our warfare are … mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.’
2 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV

When the Bible speaks of a stronghold, it’s referring to an area in your life that’s controlled by wrong thinking. And that stronghold will attract people who think the same way and feed off it. But there is good news. Not only will God reveal to you the strongholds in your life, He will also show you the experiences that caused them. Some of us worry obsessively about money because we grew up in hard times. As a result, we’re inclined to depend more on ourselves than on God. When it comes to...More

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Are you tired of living in defeat?

‘You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.’ John 15:3 NKJV

God’s Word is like a prescription from your doctor. You don’t have to understand how the medication works – you just have to faithfully keep taking it. Something amazing happens when you feed regularly on God’s Word. Temptation begins to lose power, and overcoming strength begins to replace it. Each time a Scripture opens up and becomes real to you, your desire for God’s Word increases. But that means reading your Bible even when you don’t feel like it, or think you don’t have time to do it, or you don’t seem...More

Monday, March 4, 2024

Don’t doubt your salvation

‘That you may know that you have eternal life.’ 1 John 5:13 NIV

You would be surprised how many people harbour doubts about their salvation. So, let’s open God’s Word and settle the issue once and for all: ‘… God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life … I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life’ (1 John 5:11-13 NIV). Are you trusting Christ to save you instead of depending on your own good works? Then you’re saved! Jesus said, ‘He who believes in Me has everlasting life’...More

Sunday, March 3, 2024

What you will do in heaven

‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.’ Revelation 21:1 CSB

Perhaps the reason some people are not as excited about heaven as they should be is because they have no idea what to expect heaven to be like. One thing we can look forward to is finally getting to meet Jesus face-to-face and being able to worship Him freely without persecution. How amazing will that be! But worshipping Him will not just consist of singing songs of worship forevermore. Think about it. When the singing and prayers in the average Sunday morning service last longer than fifteen minutes, many get bored. We will also be worshipping God...More

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Is your business struggling?

‘God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.’ Psalm 46:1 NLT

When your business is failing, you can lose your sense of security, your peace of mind, and your ability to sleep. It even affects your family. If that’s where you are today, read these words: ‘God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.’ Clear your mind for a moment and think about this: everything you have belongs to God, including your business, right? He is the owner, and you’re the manager. So when trouble comes, you have the right (and the responsibility) to go to Him for help...More

Friday, March 1, 2024

Respond with love

‘Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.’ 1 Peter 3:9 NIV

Some of the negative people in your life lack intimate relationships. So, they keep others at arm’s length, rarely share their feelings, and are uncomfortable with those who do. They find it easier to condemn than to accept. Their hard-and-fast views make them inflexible. Often, these people can’t handle freedom. They need rules that limit their choices, and they only feel secure within their own boundaries. Understanding that will help you deal with them the right way, which is to ‘take the high road’.

Peter gives us the...More

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Let God remould you

‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

What would you like to change about yourself? How would you change it? To ask it another way, what would your spouse or your best friend like you to change? Maybe that would be more enlightening. How would you end the sentence, ‘It’s just like me to …’? Always be late? Not stay on a diet? Say the wrong thing? Burst out in anger? Be sad? Jeremiah puts it this way: ‘…Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you have always done evil’ (Jeremiah 13:23 NLT).

You say, ‘I guess it’s...More

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Changing how you pray

‘I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.’ Ephesians 1:16 NIV

Bible prayers are powerful. They put things into perspective. For example, Paul prayed that God would give the Ephesians ‘… the Spirit of wisdom and revelation … that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you … and his incomparably great power’ (Ephesians 1:17-19 NIV). With this model in mind, American author JoHannah Reardon writes this:

1) Make your prayers God- centred. The creator of the...More

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Hope for the future

‘There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.’ Proverbs 23:18 NIV

Are you surrounded by people whose mission is to inject a dose of reality into your life? They continually point out how tough the economy is, how dismal the job market is, and how the sky is falling down. American author Jon Gordon writes: ‘I remember my high school English teacher telling me not to apply to Cornell University because they wouldn’t accept me, and if they did, I wouldn’t be able to do the work … I almost didn’t apply, but a few days later a former teacher said, ‘If you get in, go. You can...More

Monday, February 26, 2024

Try to be more flexible

‘The wisdom from above is … willing to yield to others.’ James 3:17 NLT

Flexible people are happy people. They experience a lot less stress than the rigid types who insist on things always being done a certain way. One of the reasons inflexibility is so stressful is that we have to achieve our goals through thinking human beings who often have their own ideas, ideas different from ours. If you’re not the type who is receptive to new ways of doing things because you view them as a personal rejection of your own ideas, ask Jesus the Great Physician to perform some corrective surgery on you.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Armed for spiritual warfare (3)

‘Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.’ Ephesians 6:18 NLT

Your spiritual armour must be put on correctly so that all the pieces fit; otherwise, you’re vulnerable to defeat at Satan’s hands. So, how do you do that? Paul tells us how: ‘Pray in the Spirit at all times...’ Your clothes closet is where you find what you need to wear in the natural realm, and your prayer closet is where you find what you need to wear in the spiritual realm. Only through prayer do you become clothed for spiritual warfare, so don’t go into battle undressed.

Paul writes, ‘But put on the Lord...More

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Armed for spiritual warfare (2)

‘Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.’ Ephesians 6:13 NLT

Let’s look at the next three pieces of spiritual armour God has provided for us to live victoriously:

1) ‘Hold up the shield of faith’ (Ephesians 6:16 NLT). For what? ‘ … to stop the fiery arrows of the devil aimed at you by Satan’ (Ephesians 6:16 NLT). Do you remember in the old western movies the battles between the Native Americans and the settlers? The settlers circled the wagons, and the Native Americans shot flaming arrows into them. They both understood that you can’t fight fires and...More

Friday, February 23, 2024

Armed for spiritual warfare (1)

‘Put on the full armour of God...’ Ephesians 6:11 NASB20

Every day you live, you will battle the world, the flesh, and the devil. In order to be armed for spiritual warfare, Paul gives us six specific pieces of spiritual armour. Here are the first three:

1) The sturdy ‘belt of truth’ (Ephesians 6:14 NLT). During World War II, a plane flew many miles past its destination. Why? Because the crew, not realising there were such strong tailwinds, refused to believe the cockpit instruments. As a result, everyone on board perished. Yet when the plane was found years later, the instruments were still in...More

Tuesday, February 21, 2024

Live with integrity at home

‘But to his sons-in-law, he seemed to be joking.' Genesis 19:14 NKJV

Make your life an open book. Establish a system of values against which all of life is judged. Walk with God; maintain your integrity at work and at home, and you will make the right choice every time. Lot failed to do this, and it cost him dearly. ‘So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law and said, "Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!" But to his sons-in-law, he seemed to be joking' (Genesis 19:14 NKJV). When you lose your integrity, you lose your credibility.

If you're a parent, guard...More

Monday, February 20, 2024

What's the ‘most important' thing to you?

‘My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me '' Acts 20:24 NIV

The story is told of Major Arthur Godfrey Peuchen, a wealthy Canadian man who survived the Titanic. After it struck the iceberg, he returned to his stateroom and, ignoring cash, jewellery, and other valuable possessions worth around $300,000, grabbed a favourite pearl pin and three oranges. Later, he was reported to have said, ‘The money seemed to be a mere mockery at that time.' Circumstances transformed his values; tragedy clarified his priorities. The question is not, will your calendar be full,...More

Sunday, February 19, 2024

The breaking process (3)

‘He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples.' Matthew 14:19 NKJV

The Bible says that Jesus ‘ took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes' (Matthew 14:19 NKJV). Notice the progression in this story: the loaves were taken, blessed, broken, and then given to others. That's how God works! In order to bless others through you, He will take you, bless you, break you, and give you to others. Paul had to be broken of pride. ‘ I have received such wonderful revelations...More

Saturday, February 18, 2024

The breaking process (2)

‘A broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise.' Psalm 51:17 NASB20

Brokenness leads to blessing. To receive a double portion of the spirit of Elijah, Elisha, who was a farmer, had to break and burn his plough. To demonstrate her love for Jesus, Mary had to break open her box of costly ointment and pour it over Him. To defeat the armies of Midian, Gideon's three hundred soldiers had to break their pitchers, let their light shine, and make themselves a target. The truth is God has to break each of us in different areas in order to use us. What areas? Bad habits. Stubborn wills. Inflated egos. Evil...More

Friday, February 17, 2024

The breaking process (1)

‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;...' Psalm 51:17 NASB20

Brokenness is the process by which God strips us of pride and self-sufficiency so that the character of Christ can shine through. Brokenness doesn't necessarily mean experiencing some tragedy. Many people suffer tragedy without drawing closer to God. The issue in brokenness is not so much your circumstances but your response. What's God trying to teach you? Brokenness is when God strips you of self-sufficiency to the extent that you have no strength left to fix yourself. When He blocks every exit you try to take, and you come to see that He...More

Thursday, February 16, 2024

Prepare yourself

‘Make this valley full of ditches.' 2 Kings 3:16 NKJV

All things don't come to those who wait but to those who prepare. There is a great illustration of this in 2 Kings 3. As part of God's strategy for defeating the Moabites, God told the Israelites to dig a ditch, and He would fill it with water until it became a mighty river. They did, and as a result, they experienced a spectacular victory. But don't miss the point here. God said, ‘When you have dug the ditch, then I will fill it!' (see 2 Kings 3:17). God can use anybody, but He doesn't; He uses prepared people. Moses lived to be 120. His first...More

Wednesday, February 15, 2024

God ideas

‘David gave Solomon the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the temple of the LORD.' 1 Chronicles 28:11-12 NIV

The first Jewish temple ranks as one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. It was built in the tenth century BC, and the project's scope was so massive that Solomon employed thirty thousand loggers and eighty thousand stonecutters. More than three thousand foremen managed the seven-year project. The temple was the epicentre of Judaism. It was the place of sacrifice. It was the place of worship. It was the place of pilgrimage. But like everything else, the temple was...More

Tuesday, February 14, 2024

Keep hope alive

‘Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen.' Hebrews 11:1 NASB20

At some stage in our lives, most of us will or have gone through times when things looked hopeless. But, when you decide things are hopeless, you slam the door in God's face.

First: Take all your troubles or desires to God. If you've gotten to the stage where you feel things are hopeless, you've clearly neglected your faith, or you've been hoping for something that is not in God's will. ‘Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen.' (Hebrews 11:1...More

Monday, February 13, 2024

Tackle your giant head-on

‘David prevailed with a sling and a stone.' 1 Samuel 17:50 NKJV

American Pastor Chuck Swindoll says: ‘Goliath reminds me of the visually impaired discus thrower. He didn't set any records but he sure kept the crowd awake! Every day, Goliath paraded along the slopes of the Valley of Elah, issuing threats. The only response from the Israeli troops was the sound of knees knocking and teeth chattering! The giant's strategy of fear and intimidation worked until David introduced him to the Lord of Hosts, and ‘ with a sling and a stone struck the Philistine and killed him, "' (1 Samuel 17:50 NKJV)....More

Sunday, February 12, 2024

Being friends with God

‘The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.' Exodus 33:11 NLT

When you talk to a close friend, you're relaxed, trusting, unguarded, and open. There is no need to watch your p's and q's; you can express how you feel without fearing you will be judged or rejected. That's how Moses and God talked to each other - like two friends, trusting and transparent. They said what they felt and thought straightforwardly, not in churchy language or religious jargon.

The Israelites had made a golden calf to worship, and God was angry enough to disown them and choose a new people. Moses...More

Saturday, February 11, 2024

Let's work together

‘For we are labourers together with God.' 1 Corinthians 3:9 KJV

The Bible says we must love, honour, and work together. So, why don't we do it? Ego! We like to think we can do everything ourselves - but that's not reality! There are no supermen or superwomen. So, the question isn't whether or not you can do everything on your own; it's how soon are you going to realise you can't?

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie declared, ‘It marks a big step in your development when you come to realise that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.' After training His disciples for...More

Friday, February 10, 2024

The right attitude

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

What separates the best from the rest? Have you ever given that some thought? What separates a gold medallist from a silver medallist in the Olympics? What separates a successful entrepreneur from someone who doesn't make it? What makes it possible for one person to learn and flourish after making a mistake while someone else just gives up? It's attitude!

The Bible says, ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.' (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). Your attitude can be your greatest asset or your greatest liability. It makes you or breaks you....More

Thursday, February 9, 2024

Moving from failure to success (4)

‘We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.' Psalm 126:2 NLT

To move from failure to success, you must do these:

1) Learn to laugh at yourself. No matter what you lose or how often you lose, never lose your sense of humour. When you take your mistakes too seriously, everything becomes a life-or-death issue. The psalmist wrote: ‘When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, "What amazing things the LORD has done for them." Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy!...More

Wednesday, February 8, 2024

Moving from failure to success (3)

‘Many say of me, "There is no help for him."' Psalm 3:2 NKJV

A Christian leader writes: ‘Oliver Goldsmith was born the son of a poor preacher in Ireland in the 1700s. Growing up, he wasn't a great student. In fact, his schoolmaster labelled him a ‘stupid blockhead'. He did manage to earn a university degree, but he finished at the bottom of his class. He was unsure of what he wanted to do. At first, he tried to become a preacher, but it didn't suit him Next, he tried law but failed at it. He then settled on medicine, but he was an indifferent doctor not passionate about his profession. He was...More

Tuesday, February 7, 2024

Moving from failure to success (2)

‘You are snared by the words of your mouth.' Proverbs 6:2 NKJV

A noted psychiatrist remarked that two of the saddest words in human vocabulary are ‘if only'. He believes people who get trapped by their failures spend their lives saying, ‘If only I had tried harder. If only I had been kinder to my kids. If only I had been more truthful. If only ' The way to change that mindset is to change your vocabulary by substituting ‘if only' with the words ‘next time'. ‘Next time, I will try harder. Next time, I will be kinder to my kids. Next time, I will be more truthful.'


Monday, February 6, 2024

Moving from failure to success (1)

‘Whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle.' Hebrews 11:34 NIV

The writer of Hebrews said: ‘I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies' (Hebrews 11:32, 34 NIV). Some of the biggest success stories in Scripture are about people who struggled with weaknesses and character flaws. They were mired in seeming failure and defeat, yet by God's grace, they overcame the obstacles and odds stacked against them. The...More

Sunday, February 5, 2024

Who are your true friends?

‘There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.' Proverbs 18:24 NIV

Ancient Roman writer Marcus Tullus Cicero said, ‘Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.' The fact is, it's impossible to have more than a few close friends because true friendship takes time, attention, and commitment. ‘One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother' (Proverbs 18:24 NIV). The hallmarks of real friendship include these:

1) Trust. American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson...More

Saturday, February 4, 2024

Never stop learning and growing (2)

‘Wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.' Proverbs 8:11 NLT

To keep learning and growing, you must recognise these:

1) Successful people view learning differently than unsuccessful people.

Joshua learned from Moses. Timothy learned from Paul. Who have you chosen to learn from? American author Sydney J. Harris wrote: ‘A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others. A loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows.' It's all a matter of...More

Thursday, February 2, 2024

Heed your own advice

‘My son, pay attention to my wisdom.' Proverbs 5:1 NLT

Solomon told his son: ‘Pay attention to my wisdom the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end, she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword Stay away from her! Don't go near the door of her house! If you do, you will lose your honour and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved. Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labour You will say "If only I had not ignored all the warnings now I must face public disgrace'"...More

Wednesday, February 1, 2024

Treasure your children

‘Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD...' Psalm 127:3 ESV

A Christian psychologist writes: ‘Several months ago, I talked to a man who described one of the most painful experiences of his life. When he was seventeen, he was one of the stars on his high school football team. But his father, a very successful man in the city, was always too busy to come and see him play. The final game of the season came around, which happened to be the state championship. The boy was desperate to have his dad there. The night of the big game, he was on the field warming up when he looked into the stadium just in...More

Tuesday, January 31, 2024

Give your worries to God

‘The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds.' Philippians 4:7 NIV

When you feel anxious and afraid, here are two things you should do:

1) Find a ‘faith friend'. When anxiety grabs your mind, one of the most powerful ways to break the worry spiral is to disclose it to a ‘faith friend'. When Israel went out to occupy the promised land, here is what God said to them: ‘Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too' (Deuteronomy 20:8 NIV). Pessimism, fright, and discouragement are contagious. And so is...More

Monday, January 30, 2024

Hear God's voice

‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.' Revelation 2:11 NKJV

You can read the same Scripture on different occasions, and it will speak to you in totally different ways. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is attributed with saying, ‘You never step into the same river twice.' And you never read the same Bible verse the same way twice. That is a testament to its heavenly author. And His illumination is based on His intimate and unlimited knowledge of your circumstances, your desires, your fears, your past, your personality, and your destiny. But you must take time to listen and cultivate...More

Sunday, January 29, 2024

Hold fast

‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.' Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

You will notice that during the creation process, God counts days based on the previous nights. The Bible doesn't say, ‘The morning and evening were the first day.' No, it says, ‘God called the evening and the morning the first day' (Genesis 1:5 KJV). That means God specialises in bringing light out of darkness - you just have to get through one to get to the other! God told Moses that the angel of death would come at night, and wherever he saw the blood of the lamb on the...More

Saturday, January 28, 2024

Fulfilling God's plan for your life

‘Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.' Ephesians 5:17 ESV

To fulfil God's plan for your life, you need to do these:

1) Map out your day. Plan your time and stick to your plan. Only one out of three people do that. One leadership expert says, ‘It's rare that I get up in the morning wondering what I'll be doing that day.' That's why he is a leader - and an expert!

2) Keep first things first. German author, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.' Most of us don't...More

Friday, January 27, 2024

‘Just as I am'

‘By the grace of God I am what I am.' 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV

There is a tale about a boy who comes home and doesn't know his mum is visiting with their pastor. He carries a dead rat in his hand. ‘Mum, you'll never guess what. There was a rat running around in the garage. I saw it, threw a stone, and hit it. It just lay there, so I went over and stamped on it. Then I picked it up and hurled it against the wall.' Then he sees the pastor, and if his mum's looks could kill, he knew that he would be one dead kid. So, he holds the rat up and adds in a pious voice, ‘And then the dear Lord called him...More

Thursday, January 26, 2024

Insecurity in leadership

‘They loved human praise more than the praise of God.' John 12:43 NLT

The Bible says: ‘Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn't admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God' (John 12:42-43 NLT). How secure are you as a leader? When someone else has a great idea, do you support it or suppress it? Do you celebrate other people's successes, or feel threatened by them? If your answers are that you suppress and feel threatened, you have a problem with insecurity and...More

Wednesday, January 25, 2024

Be disciplined

‘Do not neglect the gift that is in you.' 1 Timothy 4:14 NKJV

The only way to keep improving is to keep practising. If you desire to grow in a particular area, figure out what it will really take, including the price, and then determine to pay it. David didn't suddenly discover his talent as a harpist when he arrived at King Saul's palace. He developed it through years of practice on lonely hillsides while tending his father's sheep. Paul instructed Timothy: ‘Till I come, give attention to reading Do not neglect the gift that is in you Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that...More

Tuesday, January 24, 2024

Listen more carefully

‘Hear Me, everyone, and understand.' Mark 7:14 NKJV

Jesus said, ‘Hear Me, everyone, and understand.' He spoke life-changing words, but He understood that preoccupied minds don't always listen too well. Are you a good listener?

1) If you're a leader, do you listen to your followers?

The kind of leaders people want to follow do more than conduct business when they interact with you; they take the time to get a feel for who you are as a person. Philip Stanhope, the Earl of Chesterfield, believed, ‘Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.' If you're...More

Monday, January 23, 2024

Bracing your children for the turbulent years

‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful...' Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

In order for your child to thrive and have self-worth, they must understand four things:

1) How God feels about them. The psalmist says, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever' (Psalm 136:1 NIV). Knowing this is foundational to your child's spiritual development and to their relationship with God.

2) How you feel about them. So, let them know that though you correct them, you will never reject them.

3) How they feel about themselves. The most painful aspect...More

Sunday, January 22, 2024

A relationship problem? Take action!

‘To whom much is given, from him much will be required.' Luke 12:48 NKJV

One author writes: ‘It took me half my life to discover the great power of choices and chances. Good relationships are God's gift to you; what you do with them is your response to Him. Too often we drape our passivity, or lack of courage, or disregard for our relationships in the frayed tapestry of fate. We weave excuses and give alibis to our guilty hearts, which failed to alter circumstances. We then dismiss our responsibility like a cheap attempt at religious absolution, living in denial that things could have been better in...More

Saturday, January 21, 2024

What the Bible teaches about money

‘Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.' Psalm 62:10 NIV

Let's settle it once and for all. If God can trust you with something small, He will trust you with more (see Luke 16:10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11). But His blessings come with certain conditions, and here are four you need to honour.

1) Don't try to claim credit. God told the Israelites, ‘You may say to yourself "My hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth If you ever forget you will surely be destroyed' (Deuteronomy 8:17-19...More

Friday, January 20, 2024

Grace in marriage

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Who in the Bible would you say had the best marriage? Adam and Eve started in Paradise, and it all went downhill from there. Abraham lied and said his wife, Sarah, was his sister, then impregnated her servant, Hagar. Isaac and Rebekah spent much of their marriage battling because he favoured Esau and she favoured Jacob. Jacob had children by two different wives and the wives' servants. All we know of Moses' wife is they had an argument over circumcising their son and she called Moses a ‘bridegroom of...More

Thursday, January 19, 2024

Prayer gives us a God's-eye view

‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' Colossians 4:2 NIV

The word ‘watchful' is a throwback to the Old Testament-era practice of sitting on a city wall and keeping watch. Watchmen were the first to see attacking armed forces or travelling merchants. They had the optimal vantage point. They saw what nobody else saw. They saw them sooner than others saw them. That is exactly what happens when we pray. We see what nobody else sees, and we see them sooner than others see them. Why? Because prayer provides us with a God's-eye view; it enhances our awareness and gives us a sixth sense...More

Wednesday, January 18, 2024

Sensing and seeing God

‘But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.' 1 Corinthians 2:10 NKJV

The Bible says, ‘"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit' (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV). The Holy Spirit compensates for our sensory limits by enabling us to conceive things we cannot perceive with our five senses. Think of Him as a sixth sense. That sense must be cultivated, matured, and fine-tuned. And that can only happen when we spend time meditating in the Scriptures and...More

Tuesday, January 17, 2024

Read the signals with your children

‘My children, listen as I teach you to respect the LORD.' Psalm 34:11 CEV

Smithsonian magazine once featured a British master stonecutter named Simon Verity. He restored thirteenth-century cathedrals in Great Britain. As the authors watched him work, they noticed something fascinating. ‘Verity listens closely to hear the song of the stone under his careful blows. A solid strike and all is well. A higher-pitched ping could mean trouble. A chunk of rock could break off. He constantly adjusts the angle of the chisel and the force of the mallet to the pitch, pausing frequently to run his hand over the...More

Monday, January 16, 2024

Stop and ask for directions

‘The Spirit of truth will lead you and tell you what is to come.' John 16:13 NCV

Making decisions without seeking God's guidance is like trying to fly without radar and a compass. You can do what makes sense based on your past knowledge and experience, but what ‘looks right' can end up destroying what's most important to you. The Bible says even the most profound human thinking is foolish to God (see 1 Corinthians 1:18-20). He alone knows the way, and He wants to go ahead of you. It's a mistake to assume that every opportunity that comes along is from God. Paul says, ‘Satan changes himself to...More

Sunday, January 15, 2024

Guard against envy and jealousy

‘Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.' Galatians 5:26 CSB

Paul cautioned the early church about envy, and it's still a problem. Your co-worker gets a raise, a friend's child wins a scholarship, and a neighbour takes a dream holiday. Do you rejoice with them, or force a tight smile? We're human; an occasional flicker of envy is normal. But beware of harbouring a chronic sense of being short-changed. Tacitus said, ‘When men are full of envy, they disparage everything good or bad.' When somebody else prospers, before you ask, ‘Why not me?' ask yourself if you...More

Saturday, January 14, 2024

Growing through criticism

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

Solomon said, ‘If you accept correction, you will be honoured.' American author, Charlie Shedd gives us ten ways to grow through criticism:

1) Criticism is often a compliment. The barbs in daily life strike only those who raise their heads above ground level. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man' (Luke 6:22 CSB).

2) Accept that you have faults that are open to censure. Stay humble, and criticism won't...More

Friday, January 13, 2024

Don't be afraid of getting old (2)

‘They shall still bear fruit in old age.' Psalm 92:14 NKJV

Does the thought of getting older depress you, make you anxious, or make you fatalistic in your outlook? If so, read this: ‘Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing' (Psalm 92:13-14 NKJV). Here is how to stay fresh and flourishing as you grow older:

1) Guard your health. Studies show that good health is the number-one factor in determining the level of happiness in old age. So try to eat healthy, and exercise...More

Thursday, January 12, 2024

Don't be afraid of getting old (1)

‘My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.' Isaiah 65:22 NIV

We live in a fickle society where a few wrinkles can devastate our self-worth. But we don't have to be victims of that value system. ‘For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands' (Isaiah 65:22 NIV). Someone said, ‘Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!' So:

1) Build a strong relationship with God. Spend time talking with Him and reading His Word. ‘Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you...More

Wednesday, January 11, 2024

What it means to love someone

‘God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.' 1 John 4:16 ESV

In today's culture, the word ‘love' means different things to different people. You can love your husband or wife, your country, your dog, your new mobile phone, and your car. But you don't love your husband or wife the same way you love your mobile phone or your car, right? The television and tabloid kind of love where you fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat isn't real love, it's selfishness and immaturity. The Bible word agape (God's love) is an unconditional commitment to love that's rooted in an...More

Tuesday, January 10, 2024

Are you dealing with relationship problems?

‘For a righteous person falls seven times and rises again...' Proverbs 24:16 NASB20

When it comes to handling relationships, we all have our pluses and minuses, strengths and weaknesses. So to survive and flourish in a relationship, we must learn to persevere. Even when we have done the best we can to lessen our potential for failure, we must still be ready for it. If we stay mired in self-defeat, guilt, and shame over missed chances and incorrect choices in one particular relationship, we will never encounter the freedom to sustain our other relationships. Some good advice is to allow yourself a 10 per cent...More

Monday, January 9, 2024

The gift of confession

‘Walk in love as Christ also has loved us.' Ephesians 5:2 NKJV

Spiritual healing takes place when you're able to confess your problem to someone mature enough to handle it and committed enough to not give up on you. What does it mean to walk in love?

a) To be confident of God's unfailing love towards you.

b) To show His love to others.

c) To be able to accept their love in return.

Only then can you become spiritually whole. You can only be loved to the extent that you're known. When you keep part of your life a secret, others may tell you they love you, but deep...More

Sunday, January 8, 2024


‘He will command his angels to guard you in all your ways.' Psalm 91:11 NIV

In Scripture, there are over three hundred references to angels, and they're described in two words: many and mighty. But it took only one angel to shut the mouths of lions for Daniel and bring Peter out of prison the night before he was due to be executed. And do you remember Elisha's servant? When an enemy army surrounded the city of Dothan, Elisha asked God to open his servant's eyes: ‘And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about...More

Saturday, January 7, 2024

Work on improving your communication skills

‘When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.' Proverbs 21:11 NKJV

Whether in your personal life or your career, learning how to communicate with others is essential to success and happiness in a relationship. Apart from obtaining facts, communication should deliver a way to gain some understanding into the heart and mind of another person. And good communication calls for translation. Really, you're learning that other person's language. We all use the same words, but we have unique languages when it comes to love. What you mean when you say, ‘I need someone to be here for me,' might not be...More

Friday, January 6, 2024

Blind chance versus God's command (2)

‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.' Hebrews 11:3 NIV

Speaking of our amazing bodies what about DNA? Each human cell (up to 100 trillion) contains a database larger than the Encyclopedia Britannica! Could all that have originated by chance? English physicist Paul Davies makes this comparison: ‘It's rather like exploding a stick of dynamite under a pile of bricks and expecting it to build a house. You may liberate enough energy to raise the bricks, but without coupling the energy to the bricks in a controlled...More

Thursday, January 5, 2024

Blind chance versus God's command (1)

‘I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...' Psalm 139:14 NKJV

Could life as we know it - plant, animal, and human life - have spontaneously happened by chance? Could our amazing solar system be the result of an accident? The more advanced science becomes, the more evidence there is for a Master Designer. Researchers continue to uncover the divine order in each tiny human cell. American biochemist Bruce Alberts, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, writes, ‘We have always underestimated cells; undoubtedly we still do Cells are the basic unit of life indeed the...More

Wednesday, January 4, 2024

Never stop learning (2)

‘A wise person will hear and increase in learning...' Proverbs 1:5 NASB20

Loving God with all your mind means managing your mind and making the most of it. It means loving God logically and creatively, intuitively, and thoughtfully. Albert Einstein, one of history's greatest minds, said: ‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy...More

Tuesday, January 3, 2024

Never stop learning (1)

‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your...mind.' Mark 12:30 NKJV

God has created us with the capacity to keep learning until the day we die, which is something we shouldn't take for granted. The average brain weighs approximately three pounds, yet neurologists approximate that we have the ability to learn something new every second of every minute of every hour of every day until the day we die. Awesome, right? But it's more than that. It's an awesome obligation. Learning isn't an indulgence; it's a stewardship matter. Jesus said, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all...More

Monday, January 2, 2024

This year, do first things first

‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.' Psalm 90:12 NIV

We all get the same twenty-four hours every day. That's 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. And we ‘must give an account to God' for how we use them (see Ecclesiastes 11:9). A good place to start is by asking yourself, ‘How would I spend the next twenty-four hours if I knew I would stand before God tomorrow?' Your answer can help you prioritise your life. Think about it: if somebody steals your car, you can get another one. If they steal your wallet, a few phone calls to the credit card company usually resolve the...More

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