God Has Something Better for You

'The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.' Psalm 84:11 NLT  When God knows something is good for you He says ‘Yes’, and when it’s not, He says ‘No’. Why would God say ‘no’ to you? Maybe the timing is wrong, or He has something better in mind. Gratitude ...Read More

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Accepting Others

'Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.' Romans 15:7 NIV   Sometimes people don’t make it easy to accept them. They can be bad–tempered, selfish, critical, irritating, dismissive, aggressive and pompous. Sometimes you want to give them a piece of your mind; give them what they deserve—anything but acceptance. The command, ‘accept one ...Read More

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God Can Lift You Up (2)

'All things are possible to him who believes.' Mark 9:23 NKJV   In order to access power, you have to go to the outlet and plug in to the source of it. That’s what happens when you pray in faith; you plug in to God’s power. Picture a boat trapped in mud and stuck on ...Read More

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God Can Lift You Up (1)

'He will lift you up.' James 4:10 NKJV  The Bible says, ‘Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.’ It works this way: when you try to exalt yourself, God brings you down, but when you humble yourself in His sight, He lifts you up. He does it because ...Read More

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Accepting Yourself

'Predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.' Romans 8:29 NIV  Studies show that many of us don’t like ourselves. A poll of college students confirmed that over 50 per cent suffered from low self–acceptance, with the majority citing their looks as the source of their unhappiness. ‘My nose is too long. My ...Read More

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Accepted by God!

'He made us accepted in the Beloved.' Ephesians 1:6 NKJV  There’s no pain worse than rejection and no pleasure greater than acceptance, which helps explain the length some people go to in order to avoid rejection and earn acceptance. But the good news is, with God you’re already accepted. JB Phillips translates Ephesians 1:6 like ...Read More

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Seeking God (2)

'They saw the young Child...and worshipped Him.' Matthew 2:11 NKJV  Notice two more things about the wise men: (1) How God guided them. ‘The star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was…And when they had come into the house, they saw ...Read More

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Seeking God (1)

'Wise men...came...saying, "Where is He...?"' Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV  Notice two things about the wise men: (1) Who they were. Astrologers. Jews considered astrology to be a counterfeit to true prophecy. Be careful; there are people whose lifestyles you may disapprove of, who are honestly seeking God. So be gracious in your dealings with them. The ...Read More

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Brokenness

'Not My will, but Yours be done.' Luke 22:42 NIV   If your goal is to be used by God, don’t be surprised when He permits seasons of adversity and brokenness. Jesus experienced it, and He said, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ (John 15:20 NKJV) Jon Walker points out: ‘God’s intent isn’t ...Read More

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Stop Fighting in Your Own Strength

'We do not wage war as the world does.' 2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV  During World War II, Allied bombers carried machine guns in the nose, under the belly, on top, and in the rear. B–17s, better known as ‘flying fortresses’, carried thirteen .50 calibre machine guns. At one point scientists suggested the planes might actually ...Read More

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Words or Actions?

'Let us not love with words...but...actions.' 1 John 3:18 NIV  We must care about people’s spiritual and practical needs. It’s hard for someone to grasp the concept of God’s love when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or where they’ll sleep tonight. Food banks worldwide are seeing a dramatic upsurge in ...Read More

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Mind Management (4)

'Don't cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself.' Romans 12:3 PHPS  Here are two more examples of mind management. A thought knocks on the door of your mind and says, ‘You’re so wonderful, the world is lucky to have you.’ Typically it’s the kind of thought you’d welcome, but you don’t do things the typical way. You ...Read More

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Mind Management (3)

'For we are God's handiwork.' Ephesians 2:10 NIV   Your mind is the doorway to your heart, and when a questionable thought arises, you always have a choice. You can throw the door open and let it in, or do what the Bible says: ‘Fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of ...Read More

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