‘The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives… self-control.’ Galatians 5:22–23 NLT Are you self-controlled, or controlling? Let’s find out. Controlling people blame things like the devil, people, or circumstances for their problems and respond by blaming, resenting, or projecting frustration. They manipulate people and circumstances to their advantage. But it doesn’t work—their [...]
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‘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 [...]
During the course of our life, we encounter stress. Some in high levels, and some in low. Emails, global linking, social media… it seems that over-night everything has impacted our modern life, creating overwhelming deadlines, frustrations, and demands.
‘As they went, they were cleansed.’ Luke 17:14 NLT ‘Ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, [...]
‘To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me...’ Psalm 3:4 NIV Regardless of when or why you stumbled, God wants to pick you up and put you back on your feet. People who have never experienced failure usually don’t accomplish much. There’s a certain security in playing it safe. Nothing’s lost, but nothing’s won. They [...]
Have you ever felt invisible? If it’s especially bad, people don’t notice you at all, if a softer version, they sort of see you, but have placed you in an inaccurate and limiting box.
‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God.’ James 1:5 NIV Solomon said: ‘Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost [...]
‘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 [...]
‘We must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.’ Hebrews 2:1 NKJV We must constantly reaffirm our Scriptural foundations. What are these foundational truths on which the church of Jesus Christ is built? The infallibility of the Bible; Christ’s virgin birth; His sinless life; His atoning death; His bodily [...]
‘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 [...]
This week’s memory verse is Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
How can we prepare ourselves well to have healthy conservations around our concerns with others?
‘He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.’ Psalm 147:3 NIV Please don’t suffer alone. Take the following steps today. (1) Get help. Solomon said, ‘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 easily broken.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT) Be careful [...]
‘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 [...]
‘This is the Lord’s battle, and He will give you to us!’ 1 Samuel 17:47 NLT To defeat giants like addiction, resentment, fear, lust, pride, envy, or anger, you must understand these three Scriptures: (1) ‘The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.’ (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT) Goliath was born a baby, but he grew into [...]
‘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 [...]
Despite everything Kamal has seen his country go through over the last 50 years, he knows God is building His Church and raising a new generation of workers.
‘You have forsaken the love you had at first.’ Revelation 2:4 NIV Jesus told the church at Ephesus three things: (1) Remember. ‘Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen.’ (Revelation 2:5 NKJV) Instead of focusing on the depth to which you have fallen, think about the height you once knew. Not the worst of times, but the best. Recall [...]
‘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 [...]
‘He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 NLT When God called Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt, Moses first tried doing it his own way. Killing an Egyptian to save an Israelite’s life, he winds up a fugitive for forty years. [...]
‘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 [...]
We need the past in order to plot the future and make sense of the present. In our current cultural context however, there are great efforts being made by those who wish to erase the parts of the past with which they take issue.
Take the time today to step back and see what the Lord has done in your life.
‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Proverbs 29:18 KJV God has a plan for your life, one that will help you see what’s truly important. When God gives you a vision, you begin to see things as He sees them. Otherwise, things get blurred, and you end up not knowing where you’re supposed to go. [...]
‘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 [...]