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Refuse to live in fear (1)

‘Fear involves torment.’ 1 John 4:18 NKJV Advice columnist Ann Landers received about ten thousand letters every month. When asked to name the most common problem in her readers’ lives, she said, ‘Fear! People are afraid of losing their health, their wealth, and their loved ones. People are afraid of life itself.’ If you allow it to, […]

Start saying, ‘I can.’

‘Many are they who say of me, “There is no help.”’ Psalm 3:2 NKJV Maybe you have repeatedly heard the words ‘You can’t’ throughout your life. Many people like to tell others what they cannot do. Even people you wouldn’t automatically consider to be against you – teachers, coaches, parents, family members, friends, and leaders of church […]

Depend more on God

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV The secret of being able to do what you need to do is in realising that you cannot do it alone; you can only do it through God’s empowering grace. God said to Paul, ‘My grace is sufficient for […]

Through Christ, you can do it

‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13 NASB Paul writes: ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’ (Philippians 4:13 NASB). Paul believed he could handle whatever life threw at him. Do you believe that too? What are the things that trigger your fear and cause you to say, ‘I could never […]

Rebuilding your marriage (4)

‘Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it.’ Song of Solomon 8:7 NLT You must be open with one another. You must be transparent, sensitive, responsive, and willing to trust one another. Stop and think about how you feel when the doctor is about to give you an injection. Your first reaction is to […]

Rebuilding your marriage (3)

‘Unless the LORD builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.’ Psalm 127:1 NKJV You must be willing to forgive the other person. Loving someone makes you vulnerable. When you give someone your heart, they can break it. A stranger or casual acquaintance could say something that would roll off you like water off a duck’s […]

Rebuilding your marriage (2)

‘Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church.’ Ephesians 5:25  Second, you must listen to each other. This requires time, patience, and focused attention. Too many couples give each other a monologue without leaving room for genuine dialogue. This is where marriage counselling is effective. It forces both of you to slow down, interpret your […]

Rebuilding your marriage (1)

‘The winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.’ Matthew 7:27 NKJV Today about 50 per cent of all new marriages end in divorce. Sadly, that’s true whether you’re a Christian or not. Sometimes the reasons are circumstantial, such as a redundancy or a home repossession. Other times it’s relational, such as a betrayal of […]

You need others

‘Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.’ Ecclesiastes 4:12 NKJV As much as we would like to think that we know it all, if we’re honest, each of us is painfully aware that we have blind spots and areas of inexperience. You have had experiences others haven’t had; they have had experiences you […]

What you must give up

‘One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek.’ Psalm 27:4 NKJV In order to succeed, there are certain things you must give up. 1) You can’t be friends with everybody. Jesus loved everybody but spent most of His time with twelve people mentoring them. And He spent extra time with Peter, James, and John, […]