June 30, 2017

You Owe It To Your Child (1)

‘If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don’t love them.’ Proverbs 13:24 NLT As a parent, there are three things you owe your child. The first is: affection. The Bible says if you love your child you’ll discipline them. And you’ll do it in love, and not anger. Don’t buy into the idea that good parents don’t discipline their children because they ‘love them too much’. The truth is, if you don’t discipline your child it’s not because you love them too much, it’s because you love yourself too much. A Gallup poll revealed that more than 90 percent […]
June 29, 2017

Do Your Best To Resolve The Issue

‘Go and be reconciled… Settle matters quickly.’ Matthew 5:24–25 NIV Are your talents not being recognized and received? Do you have a particular talent, yet God doesn’t seem to be blessing you with success? This may be the key: ‘If you are offering your gift at the altar and… remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift… go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly.’ (Matthew 5:23–25 NIV) Don’t be led by your wounded ego; be led by God’s Word. You say, ‘The person I had the issue with […]
June 28, 2017

Living in a Peaceful State of Mind

‘You will keep in perfect peace… all whose thoughts are fixed on You!’ Isaiah 26:3 NLT Who are you trusting to solve your problems, God or yourself? Before you answer, read this: ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You… whose thoughts are fixed on You!… for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and You smooth out the path ahead of them.’ (Isaiah 26:3, 7 NLT) What a great promise! If you want to maintain a peaceful state of mind, live by this principle: ‘Do your […]
June 27, 2017

God Can Restore You

‘As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.’ Jeremiah 18:6 NKJV The prophet Jeremiah writes: ‘I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: …“Can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, […]
June 26, 2017

You can change

‘Put off…your former conduct…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.’ Ephesians 4:22–23 NKJV Mindsets are patterns whereby your mind automatically operates a certain way. That means you can set yourself up for misery by reacting to the same people and circumstances in the same way, yet expecting different results. Maybe you are saying: ‘After all these years I thought he’d change… No matter how hard I try, my family doesn’t appreciate me… How come I’m the only one who makes an effort to stay in touch?’ It’s easy to blame your problems on others: ‘Look what he’s doing. Look […]
June 25, 2017

Trust Requires Truth

‘Don’t lie to each other.’ Colossians 3:9 NLT Deception in a relationship destroys trust and respect. One lie or one act of betrayal can cause a wound that takes years to heal and, in some cases, is never healed at all. The person who hides something is basically selfish, protecting their own interests. They care little about the feelings of the other person. There’s nothing shallower than empty words and lying clichés that have no real meaning. There are some people who coerce others into a sexual relationship by claiming they love them. Deception at this level is emotional rape! It’s […]
June 24, 2017

Speak Well Of Them

‘Do good to those who hate you.’ Luke 6:27 NKJV When General Robert E. Lee was asked by Confederate US President Jefferson Davis to give his opinion about a certain officer, he gave a glowing report. One of the officers in attendance was amazed at his words and said to Lee, ‘General, do you know that the man of whom you speak so highly to the president is one of your bitterest enemies, and never misses an opportunity to criticize you?’ Lee said, ‘Yes, but the president asked my opinion of him. He didn’t ask for his opinion of me.’ It […]
June 23, 2017

Go By The Book

‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.’ Hebrews 10:35 NKJV How long should you keep praying and believing God for the answer? Until He tells you differently. In other words, go by the book! ‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’ (Hebrews 10:35–36 NKJV) Many of God’s promises have timelines, and you need long-distance faith to receive them. The word endurance pictures a runner determined to reach the finish line. You say, ‘But I’m not sure what God’s […]