September 30, 2017

Shame-Based Thinking (2)

‘Do not merely listen to the Word… Do what it says.’
 James 1:22 NIV Shame grows in the dark, but once you expose it to the light of God’s Word, it loses its grip on you. Feelings can be so fickle. And often they’re triggered by everyday things like a familiar song, the mention of someone who hurt you, an anniversary, a birthday, a holiday such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day. That’s why James tells us, ‘Do not merely listen to the Word… Do what it says.’ Melody Beattie, co-dependency counselor, writes: ‘Shame can hold us back, hold us down, and keep us […]
September 29, 2017

Be Careful Whom You Confide In

‘Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.’
 Proverbs 11:13 NLT If you need help with a problem in your personal life, your family, or your career, keep the following things in mind: (1) Bad news is often remembered longer than good news. Long after you have resolved the issue and moved on with your life, the wrong people will continue to focus on it and talk about it. That’s why God’s Word says, ‘Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.’ (2) Be careful who advises you. ‘The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.’ 
(Proverbs 12:5 NKJV) […]
September 28, 2017

Shame-Based Thinking (1)

‘Let God change the way you think.’
 Romans 12:2 CEV When you’ve been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, it undermines your self-worth. You think, ‘If someone did that to me, there must be something wrong with me.’ You feel like your soul is soiled; like you’re ‘damaged goods’. But you’re not! These two Scriptures are from God’s lips to your heart: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again and you… will be rebuilt.’ (Jeremiah 31:3–4 NIV) ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past… 
I am […]
September 27, 2017

Protect Your Home

‘The Lord… took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to… keep it.’
 Genesis 2:15 NKJV The Bible says God put Adam into the garden ‘to work it and take care of it.’ (Genesis 2:15 NIV) So even when you have a great home environment, you’ve still got to ‘work it and take care of it’. Left unattended, the best garden in the world will eventually turn into a weed patch. Similarly, if you devote all your time and energy to your career and none to your marriage and family, your home life will become a trouble zone. The Hebrew word for keep is […]
September 26, 2017

Not Out, But Through

‘When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned.’ Isaiah 43:2 NKJV Before God changes our circumstances, He often uses our circumstances to change us. Yes, He has promised to deliver us from our troubles, but not necessarily on our schedule or in the way we think. God wants to do more than just deliver us; He wants to develop us into the likeness of His Son and into the fullness of our God-given potential. Notice how often the word ‘through’ is used in Scripture. To get to the Promised Land, Israel had to go through the Red Sea, through the wilderness, and through the […]
September 25, 2017

Sharing Your Life With Someone

‘A married man has to think about… how to please his wife.’ 1 Corinthians 7:33 NLT When four-year-old Sarah attended her first wedding in America, she had lots of questions. At the reception her mum explained there were two cakes—a groom’s cake and a bride’s cake. ‘What’s the matter, Mum?’ Sarah asked. ‘Haven’t they learned to share yet?’ Seriously, the Bible says, ‘A married man has to think about his…wife… a married woman has to think about…her husband.’ (1 Corinthians 7:33–4 NLT) If you devote more time to your career than your relationship, there’s a good chance it won’t last. That’s […]
September 24, 2017

Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul

‘Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.’ John 4:14 NKJV The line from an old hit song goes, ‘Looking for love in all the wrong places.’ That was true of a woman Jesus met at a well in Samaria. Here’s her story: (1) She tried religion but it didn’t satisfy her. She told Jesus, ‘Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.’ (John 4:20 NKJV) So she had religious head knowledge but it didn’t satisfy the longings of her heart. Has that […]
September 23, 2017

You’ve Been Called By God

‘I knew you… I sanctified you… I ordained you.’ Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…sanctified you [set you apart]… I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Observe: (1) God knew you. The word knew means ‘to have intimate knowledge of’. When your delicate fingers were just a web, before your heartbeat registered on the monitor or the doctor could predict your gender, God knew all about you. ‘You… scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe.’ (Psalm 139:16 TLB) God knew what you were born to be, and provided everything you’d need […]