May 2, 2020

God Has Already Gone Before You

‘The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you.’ Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV Are you feeling anxious today because you don’t know what you’re walking into? Israel was going into a good situation, the Promised Land. They had just come out of a bad one: a back-breaking, soul-destroying, hope-extinguishing 430 years of slavery. Now they were going to be free to own their own homes, raise their own families, work at jobs they liked, and be well-paid for it. But the Promised Land wasn’t problem-free. There were enemy strongholds that had to be conquered one by one, and it […]
May 1, 2020

How’s Your Marriage? (2)

‘Live joyfully with the wife whom you love.’ Ecclesiastes 9:9 NKJV Three things happen in a good marriage: (1) You get to know yourself. To grow, you must be able to look at yourself realistically. By far the best place to do that is in a home filled with love. It lets you be open about your mistakes and shortcomings. It’s a safe place to fail. It creates a listening environment filled with understanding, encouragement and support. The people closest to us form us. If you want to change your world, bring peace to your community and righteousness to your […]
April 30, 2020

How’s Your Marriage? (1)

‘He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.’ Proverbs 18:22 NKJV If you’re over sixty, chances are you grew up in an era where you didn’t know too many divorced couples and the subject was taboo. Now your children are growing up in a world where marriages fail every day. If you don’t want yours to be one of them: (1) Learn to show your love. Psychologist William James said, ‘The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.’ And if we don’t feel appreciated at home, there’s a good […]
April 29, 2020

Believe God For Your Healing

‘I am the Lord, who heals you.’ Exodus 15:26 NIV Why isn’t every sick person who is prayed over healed? We don’t know, and God doesn’t tell us. We know that doubt and unbelief can hinder His miracle-working power in our lives. When Jesus returned to His hometown to those who knew Him best, we read: ‘He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.’ (Matthew 13:58 NIV) But there are aspects of healing we will never fully understand. Paul writes, ‘I left Trophimus sick in Miletus.’ (2 Timothy 4:20 NIV) Why would Paul, who raised […]
April 28, 2020

Do You Have A Plan For Your Life?

‘Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.’ Proverbs 21:5 NLT Without a plan for your life, life just ‘happens’ to you. Some of us plan our lives one day at a time. We wake up, make our to-do list, and dive into action. Some of us even plan our lives one week at a time. We review the calendar for the week, check our appointments, review our goals, and then get to work. Leadership expert John Maxwell writes: ‘At the beginning of every month, I spend a half day working on my calendar for the next forty days. Forty […]
April 27, 2020

Satan Wants To Stop You (2)

‘There was Satan, standing at Joshua’s right side, ready to accuse him.’ Zechariah 3:1 CEV Sometimes Satan’s attacks are obvious. In the Old Testament the prophet Zechariah writes, ‘He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.’ Satan usually prefers to work incognito, so frequently he will attack you through people—especially those closest to you. The Bible tells us, ‘The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas… to betray Jesus.’ (John 13:2 NIV) So what’s your best line of defence? […]
April 26, 2020

Satan Wants To Stop You (1)

‘We wanted to return to you. I myself tried to go back more than once, but Satan would not let us.’ 1 Thessalonians 2:18 GNT Paul writes, ‘We wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.’ (1 Thessalonians 2:18 NKJV) Note the words ‘time and again’. When you have an assignment from God, Satan will repeatedly attack you and try to stop you from fulfilling it. Observe three things: (1) His attacks reveal that he believes you’re capable of accomplishing your goal. That’s why when you’re down, he wants to keep you there. He knows […]
April 25, 2020

The Importance of The Cross (5)

‘I have been crucified with Christ.’ Galatians 2:20 NKJV The cross must become a vital part of your everyday life. Why? Because you have three relentless enemies you must overcome each day: sin, Satan, self. How do you overcome them? By living the crucified life. Paul writes, ‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.’ You’re probably thinking, ‘It’s too difficult to live a Christian life!’ No, it’s not difficult… it’s impossible. The only way is to let the power and person of Christ live through you. That’s why Paul […]