How’s Your Relationship with God? (2)

'...I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.' John 5:30 NKJVThree things describe Christ's relationship with His Father: intimacy, dependency and obedience. Today let's look at His dependency on God. 'The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He ...Read More

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The ‘Spirit of Wisdom’

'The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom...' Isaiah 11:2 NKJVDuring His earthly ministry Jesus needed 'the Spirit of wisdom' when it came to making decisions and dealing with the enemy. As believers, that same Spirit lives in us. James 3:15 says ungodly wisdom has three aspects. It's: (1) Earthly, ...Read More

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Meditate and Ruminate

'...meditate on it day and night...' Joshua 1:8 NIVPastor, are you an emaciated chef? Are you serving healthy meals to your congregation every Sunday, while you yourself are starving to death spiritually? Have you allowed the business side of the church to steal your prayer life and rob you of time spent in the Scriptures ...Read More

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Staying When You Feel Like Quitting

'Love...endures through every circumstance.' 1 Corinthians 13:7 NLTWhen Ed and Alice went for marriage counselling the therapist asked Alice, 'What first attracted you to Ed?' She replied, 'His strong, silent temperament.' The counsellor continued, 'So why do you want a divorce?' Alice answered, 'His strong, silent temperament!' Sometimes what drew us together ends up a ...Read More

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More Than Conquerors (3)

'...who always leads us in triumph in Christ...' 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJVFew things can discourage you like children who don't follow in your path. As Christian parents we long to see our children serve God. If you've prayed, lived your faith before them as best you could and yet they choose another path, your heartache ...Read More

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More Than Conquerors (2)

'...who always leads us in triumph in Christ...' 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJVSometimes you have to overcome your family environment. None of us come from an ideal family. Many will experience things like rejection; physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse; poverty; rage; drug addiction; alcoholism; divorce etc. Years later we still struggle with things like low ...Read More

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More Than Conquerors (1)

'...who always leads us in triumph in Christ...' 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJVJesus said, '...Here on earth you will have many trials...' (John 16:33 NLT) Having problems doesn't mean you're a fake, a failure or the focus of God's displeasure. The storm tested both the believer's and the unbeliever's house. (Matthew 7:24-27) But the believer overcame ...Read More

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Don’t Give Up!

'...There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure...trials...' 1 Peter 1:6 NLTIn the 1950s Mary Kay Ash was the first woman to sit on the board of directors at the World Gift Company. But it wasn't all smooth sailing! Although she'd earned a place in the corporate world, her associates refused to ...Read More

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Thirsty for God

'...My soul thirsts for You...in a...land where there is no water.' Psalm 63:1 NASMark Roberts writes: 'On a hike...we spotted a peak that seemed to be just a couple of [kilometres] further, so we headed for it. By the time we conquered the peak we'd used up almost all of our water. Our return...was mercifully ...Read More

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Faith and Fantasy (2)

'...They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.' Jeremiah 23:16 NKJVJesus said, 'Ask, and it will be given to you...' (Matthew 7:7 NKJV) But that promise is qualified by this condition: what you're asking for must be in harmony with God's will. (1 John 5:14) When you sign ...Read More

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Faith and Fantasy (1)

'...They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.' Jeremiah 23:16 NKJVMany people have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to dreams. The saying, 'If you believe it, you can achieve it,' is simply not true. Just about every child dreams of being able to fly ...Read More

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Keep Your Priorities in Place

'...I must be about My Father's business...' Luke 2:49 NKJVAs a boy of twelve, Jesus said, 'I must be about My Father's business.' During His ministry He said, 'I must work the works of Him who sent Me...' (John 9:4 NKJV) Before He died He said, 'I have finished the work which You have given ...Read More

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