Draw Closer to God, Through His Word

Dear friend, Would you say that you hear from God? Often times we might think God is silent because we haven’t seen that big bold sign we’re looking for. But often we miss what He’s trying to tell us because we’re too busy! The real question is—are we actually listening? The best place to start …Read More

One Step Closer to a New Home base for Vision

Dear friends, Absolutely stunned! That’s the best way to describe how we all feel about your generosity and God’s faithfulness, following our Visionathon Radio appeal. I must admit that I had questioned whether we would reach the million dollar goal within the allotted 4 days, but through the generosity of His people, God has just given …Read More

A Problem and an Opportunity

Dear friends, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future. Or at least, what it might look like given the changes we see all around us. I’ve also been thinking about the responsibility we have to ensure future generations have the opportunity to hear the gospel, and how what we do now will lay …Read More

Taking Steps Closer to Jesus

Dear friends, Lately I’ve been dwelling on the words of Jesus in John 10:10 ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (NIV) ‘Life abundantly.’ ‘Life to the full.’ ‘A rich and satisfying life.’ ‘In all its fullness.’ What …Read More

“Bringing Hope and Life into the Outback…”

Dear friends, Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about the drought. It is affecting so many, like Vision radio listeners Jeffrey and Tricia Agar—they’ve been in drought for six years: ‘We have a sheep, wool and cattle station in SW Queensland. We are waiting on a knife’s edge for the healing, drought-breaking, dam-filling, …Read More

Today's Word For Today reading

Finishing Strong In Ministry (1)

‘I have finished the race.’ 2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV

Did you know that over half of those who enter the ministry leave before retirement? Why? There are lots of reasons—here is one of them: They discover that great revelation is accompanied by a ‘thorn’. The apostle Paul, who wrote half the New Testament, says: ‘To keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (2 Corinthians 12:7–10 NIV)

There are 168 hours in your week. The hour you spend in ministry preaching a sermon, teaching Sunday school or leading a small group showcases you in the areas of your gifting and strength. So your challenge will always be to remember that it is God’s Word and God’s power, not yours, that changes lives and gets the job done. Notice what Paul said: ‘To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh.’ Paul’s thorn came in the form of ‘weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties.’ What’s your thorn? You can only stand strong before people if you discipline yourself to spend time before God in prayer and Bible study. That’s how to stay effective and finish strong in ministry!

SoulFood: 2 Chr 19–21, John 12:1–11, Ps 76, Pro 27:4–6

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

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