God’s Word Is Penetrating Aussies Hearts…

Dear friends, Is your Christian voice penetrating hearts and minds in Australia? You don’t have to look far to see the impact of corrosive thinking playing out in our nation—it’s all over the news every day. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover powerful stories of God’s Word penetrating the hearts and lives of …Read More

Remembering Bob Gass

Dear friends, When a friend goes to be with the Lord, it is a time of both sadness and joy. That is how we all feel at Vision following the passing of our dear friend Bob Gass, author of The Word for Today, who went to be with Jesus on June 5. We stand on …Read More

Uncompromising Truth

‘I love how uncompromising you are in speaking the truth of the Gospel.’ – Rachel, SA Dear friends, When you do the right thing, people notice. Even though it may not be popular, or easy, we must continue to unashamedly do the right thing—speaking the truth—because people need to hear it! Perhaps one of the …Read More

God is Still on the Move

CLEARLY, God is still on the move! It’s amazing what can happen when you step out in faith. About this time last year our board decided to negotiate for the purchase of a much needed new building, not knowing where the money would come from. As we’ve stretched our faith, we have seen so many …Read More

Foundations

In the early centuries of church history, the Hebrew foundations of Christianity were removed due to anti-Jewish biases and the cost to both Jews and Christians was huge. Context and culture are incredibly important for understanding the Bible correctly. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was painted in 1498 and over half a millennia later …Read More

Today's Word For Today reading

How To Win Life’s Battles (3)

‘Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord.’ 2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV

Third, take your problems to the Lord. In the midst of his crisis, Jehoshaphat ‘set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast.’ Prayer is often the last thing we think of. Why? Because we want to work our problems out on our own. A deacon approached the pastor one day and said, ‘Pastor, we’ve got a problem we can’t solve. We’ve tried everything and nothing works.’ The pastor said, ‘Well, I guess all we can do is pray about it.’ The deacon replied, ‘Pastor, has it really come to that?’

When you’re facing life’s battles, prayer should be your first resort, not your last! And sometimes when the problem doesn’t yield to prayer alone, God leads you to add a second element: fasting. Ever tried it? Fasting isn’t something mystical and mysterious; it’s about focus! It’s saying: ‘Lord, I can do without many things, but I can’t solve this problem without You. So instead of being preoccupied with TV, or food, or social media, I’m going to spend time seeking Your face.’

Cornelius, a Gentile, fasted and prayed for four days, asking God for direction. As a result, God sent Peter to his house to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and in the process changed the course of history (see Acts 10). In order to know whom to appoint to leadership positions, the New Testament church fasted, prayed, and asked God for guidance. And as a result, one of the most dynamic evangelistic teams of all time, Paul and Barnabas, was born (see Acts 13:2–3). When you get serious enough to fast and pray about your problem, God will show you the solution.

SoulFood: Rom 15–16, Matt 15:15–28, Ps 28, Pro 5:3–6

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

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