A Beacon of Hope to the Nation

Dear friends, What a challenging start to the new decade it has been for many Aussies! Fire, flood, drought and high anxiety fuelled by the constant barrage of speculation and negativity from our nation’s media (most but not all… 🙂). Who we choose to listen to will shape our thinking and our lives. We saw …Read More

What’s Shaping Your Perspective on the Future?

Dear friends, When I started high school way back in 1980, I remember working out that in the year 2020 I would be 51 and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, that’s old!’ Well, here we are. Perspective is an interesting thing! So as we begin a new decade, I have a question for you: what will …Read More

Helping Aussies Focus on God and His Word

Dear friends, As with each letter that I write to you, this morning I prayed: ‘Lord, what would you have me say?’ Just then an email arrived. It was from a young lady in a town where Vision Christian Radio was first switched on 17 years ago. Her words captured me. She said: ‘I’ve listened …Read More

Focus on God and His Word

Dear friends, We live in an age of distraction. It seems to me that there have never been as many things competing for our attention as we have now. It’s interesting that in Joshua 3:4, the Lord commanded the people of Israel to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits (about 800m) between them and the …Read More

Real Hope For Our Spiritually Thirsty Nation

Dear friends, Is Australia getting drier? The scientific definition of drought is ‘a serious or severe rainfall deficiency’ or ‘a period of prolonged dryness’. The dryness of our land is pretty obvious. Every day farmers across the country are crying out for rain, and we all should be crying out with them. But physical drought …Read More

Today's Word For Today reading

How To Win Life’s Battles (4)

‘The battle is not yours, but God’s.’ 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV

Fourth, learn to relax in faith. Notice how God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer: ‘The battle is not yours, but God’s.’ Many of us wear ourselves out trying to fight God’s battles in our own strength. In the initial flush of becoming Christians, we’re eager to win the world to Jesus, and want to go out and single-handedly bring about His Kingdom. That’s because we don’t realise what’s involved. Then after we’ve worked hard under our own steam, reality sets in. We end up crawling back on our hands and knees, disappointed, because we think we’ve let God down. But He reassures us, ‘You didn’t let Me down, because you weren’t holding Me up.’

The truth is, we don’t hold God up—He holds us up! We don’t have Him in our hands, He has us in His hands! And He’s telling us to relax in faith and let Him do the work through us. Paul wrote, ‘As you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him.’ (Colossians 2:6 NIV)

In other words, remember how you first became a believer—by simple faith in the finished work of Christ—and continue to live by simple faith. You didn’t become a Christian by striving for perfection and doing good works. Good works have nothing to do with it! Salvation is a free gift. God doesn’t need us to micromanage things; He has everything under control, and He wants us to relax and let Him live through us. Bottom line: victory in life is a gift from God! ‘Thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 2:14 GWT)

SoulFood: Ecc 1–4, Matt 15:29–39, Ps 33:1–12, Pro 5:7–14

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

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