February 24, 2020

Live With Integrity

‘Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.’ Proverbs 10:9 NIV There are those who live with integrity and those who don’t, and interestingly they’re both rewarded. The first group lives with an abiding sense of God’s peace and security, the second group with the constant fear of being found out. ‘The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.’ (Proverbs 11:3 NIV) A person with integrity is ‘complete and undivided’. They adhere to high moral principles in every area of life. Does that mean you’ll never […]
February 19, 2020

Your Time Has Come

‘You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’ Esther 4:14 NKJV Moses began his ministry when he was eighty. Esther started hers as a teenage girl. When she heard the words of Mordecai—‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’—she could easily have said, ‘Give me time to grow up, get married, have children, and fulfill my dreams before asking me to put my life on the line to save the Jewish people.’ But she didn’t. She said, ‘I will go to the king, though it is against the […]
February 18, 2020

‘Putting Skin On Jesus’

‘Whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing.’ John 14:12 NIV It’s good to read about what Jesus did when He walked among us. But when you see someone living the way He did, it’s called ‘putting skin on Jesus’. Instead of just being an historic figure, His lifestyle becomes a reality. And isn’t that what people are looking for? Gandhi once said if he could meet Christians who were like Christ, he’d become one too. Unfortunately, the Christians he knew carried weapons and subjected him and his people to servitude. But it doesn’t have to […]
February 17, 2020

Your Divine Security Detail

‘The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.’ Psalm 34:7 NKJV Just as a president or a prime minister are constantly surrounded by security guards, as a redeemed child of God you are surrounded by angels. You may not be able to see the president’s or prime minister’s security detail, but just let someone make a threatening move and trained guards instantly form a protective shield around them. Dr James McConnell, founder of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was preaching one night during the ‘Troubles’, when a paramilitary leader with a […]
February 16, 2020

Discovering God’s Will (2)

‘That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’ Romans 12:2 NKJV For a redeemed child of God, nothing in life should be more important than discovering and doing His will. But you have four options: (1) You can remain ignorant of it. Chances are this isn’t you, or you wouldn’t be reading this daily devotional right now. Clearly you have a desire to know God’s will for your life and He will help you find it (see Isaiah 30:21). (2) You can know it and choose to disobey it. Jonah knew God’s will, […]
February 15, 2020

Discovering God’s Will (1)

‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ Romans 12:2 NKJV The story is told of a man who lived on a beautiful farm. When he died, the property, which had been in the family for over 200 years, was sold to one of the neighbors. One day, the new owner was walking in a field when he noticed an odd-looking rock sticking up out of the dirt. He took it home, washed it, and took it to a jewellery store. The jeweler confirmed what the owner already suspected. The old stone was a large, uncut emerald, and proved to […]
February 14, 2020

Taking Responsibility And Risks (3)

‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received.’ 1 Peter 4:10 NIV Guess which big company felt like ‘choking on its own chocolate’ after it elected not to feature one of its products in the 1982 blockbuster film E.T.? If you said M&M’s, you’d be right! How did it happen? Turns out the Mars chocolate bar company executives decided nothing could be gained from allowing their M&M’s sweets to be used in what some of them considered ‘a silly movie’. Consequently, the little boy Elliott ended up luring the lovable alien E.T. with Hershey’s Reese’s Pieces. That one […]
February 13, 2020

Taking Responsibility And Risks (2)

‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ Matthew 25:23 NIV In 1975 a low-level Hewlett Packard engineer called Steve shared a dream with his friend, also named Steve. It was about building and selling an easy-to-use personal computer to the masses around the world. The pair worked round the clock to create their compact PC. But when they offered it to Hewlett Packard, one of the world’s great companies, the powers-that-be at the time failed to see its potential and gave it the thumbs down. So Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs went off on their own and founded a little company […]