April 30, 2015

Roll with the Punches!

‘I can do all things through Him [Christ] who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13 ESV There’s a spiritual disease you need to be inoculated against—hardening of the attitudes. It’s a disease that makes you think your opinion is the only right one. And as long as life cooperates with you, you’re fine, but when it doesn’t, you charge ahead from one brick wall into another, bruised and bloodied, until you quit in frustration. Then you start blaming others, life, the devil, or God. Your faith may be well–intentioned, but faith without flexibility is just setting yourself up for failure! Experienced kayakers […]
April 29, 2015

Taking Your Place in God’s Family

‘God places the lonely in families…’ Psalm 68:6 NLT Life in God’s family can be challenging. To enjoy and fulfil your role as a family member you must understand three things: (1) Your rights. When you trusted Christ as your Saviour you became a member of God’s redeemed family (John 3:3–6). That means you have the right to be accepted, loved, protected, respected, provided for, trained, equipped, and rewarded. Regardless of your past mistakes, God guarantees you these rights, so embrace and enjoy them. (2) The rules of the house. Without the rule of law, you end up with anarchy. […]
April 28, 2015

Do It Now!

‘…Don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”‘ Proverbs 3:28 NLT The Bible says: ‘Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbour now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”‘ (Proverbs 3:27–28 NLT) Procrastination is deceptive. You don’t think of it as disobedience because you intend to obey God. It’s just that you’re going to do it…when you have more money, when you’re not so busy, when the holidays are over, when the kids go back to school etc. Before […]
April 27, 2015

Making a Difference

‘By faith Noah…built an ark to save his family…’ Hebrews 11:7 NIV The story of Noah teaches us: (1) You can make a difference in your family. ‘By faith Noah…built an ark to save his family.’ Noah’s decision didn’t just benefit him personally, it saved his entire household. It took many years, but he did it. And by God’s grace you can win your family to Christ too. (2) You can make a difference for future generations. Noah not only survived the flood, but God used him to start the world all over again. What a calling! What an impact! […]
April 26, 2015

Thriving in the Combat Zone (3)

‘…God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.’ 1 John 4:4 NCV The third attack: the attack from Satan. We either trivialise or exaggerate Satan’s power and each spells trouble! The first makes you feel vulnerable; the second creates in you an unfounded fear. Understanding Satan’s ways—and your weapons—equips you to handle his attacks and resist him. How can you do that? (1) By understanding that God effectively destroyed Satan’s power through Christ’s victory at the cross. ‘He stripped the rulers and authorities of their power and made a public spectacle of […]
April 25, 2015

Thriving in the Combat Zone (2)

‘…Make no provision for the flesh…’ Romans 13:14 NAS The second attack: the attack from the flesh. Your most vulnerable point is your ‘flesh’, which drives you to do your own thing. Its motto is ‘It’s all about me!’ From start to finish it ‘looks out for number one’, always wanting to be ‘first in line’. That’s the genetic make–up of our flesh. And it can’t be saved, sanctified, or spiritualised because ‘That which is born of the flesh is flesh…’ (John 3:6 NKJV) and nothing else. ‘The Spirit and your desires are enemies of each other. They are always […]
April 24, 2015

Thriving in the Combat Zone (1)

‘Share in the troubles we have like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.’ 2 Timothy 2:3 NCV Salvation enlists you into the service of Jesus, the King of Kings. His battles become your battles, and His strategies your strategies. There are no exemptions; you’re ‘in for the long haul’. Satan has declared war on you, and it’s ‘conquer or be conquered’. He will attack you on three fronts. Let’s look at each: First, the attack from the world. Do you ever feel like you don’t ‘fit in’? You’re not supposed to! ‘…Don’t you realise that friendship with the world makes […]
April 23, 2015

Prepare Yourself

‘Wise people are rewarded…’ Proverbs 14:24 GNT The Bible says, ‘Wise people are rewarded.’ So keep learning. Knowledge in most major fields is exploding, and if you don’t stay up to date you’ll be left behind. Repeating the same lessons over and over means you’re not learning enough. Study those who’ve succeeded where you want to succeed, in order to know what to do and what not to do. U.S. Admiral Hyman Rickover said, ‘You have to learn from the mistakes of others; you won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.’ So: (1) Respect those with experience and […]