November 30, 2017

Treat Your Enemy With Kindness

‘You will heap coals of fire on his head.’
 Proverbs 25:22 NKJV It’s not enough to simply leave your enemies alone; you must demonstrate God’s love towards them. ‘If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.’ (Proverbs 25:21–22 NKJV) What does it mean to ‘heap coals of fire on his head’? Charles Swindoll explains that in ancient days, homes were heated and meals were fixed on a small portable stove, somewhat like our outside barbecue […]
November 29, 2017

Listen Carefully Without Interrupting!

‘Look with your eyes… hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you.’ Ezekiel 40:4 NKJV If you train yourself to listen carefully to what someone is saying, they will generally tell you who and what they are before you get into a relationship with them. Prevention is better than cure! But more times than not, when someone begins to warn us of their weaknesses and what to expect, we jump in with our motivational ‘Oh no, that can’t be true’ thoughts, and encourage them to move forward with us. We need to learn the priceless art […]
November 28, 2017

Things Cut Off, Things Cut Back

‘So [you] will produce even more.’ John 15:2 NLT Jesus said the vine dresser: ‘cuts off every branch… that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes [cuts back] the branches that do bear fruit so they… produce even more.’Notice two things: (1) God cuts some things off. ‘What kind of things?’ Things you’re comfortable with but that stand in the way of your progress. Things He hasn’t chosen for you. Things that will bring you trouble. Things that refuse to change. Things that have served their purpose. (2) God cuts some things back. A fruit tree that’s just been pruned certainly doesn’t look its best. And when […]
November 27, 2017

God Is Real!

‘The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?’
 Psalm 27:1 NIV What hope or help does the atheist or agnostic have? None! Writer and editorialist WO Saunders said in American Magazine: ‘I’d like to introduce you to one of the loneliest and unhappiest individuals on earth… the man who doesn’t believe in God. I can introduce you to such a man because I myself am one, and in introducing myself you shall have an introduction to the agnostic or skeptic in your own neighborhood, for he is everywhere in the land. You’ll be surprised to know that the agnostic […]
November 26, 2017

You Can Change

‘We are the clay, and You are the potter.’
 Isaiah 64:8 NLT Ever watch a lump of clay being transformed into something beautiful? The clay can’t change itself; the power to do that lies in the hands of the potter. Isaiah says, ‘We are the clay, and You are the potter. We are all formed by Your hand.’ That means you don’t have to live the rest of your life with your phobias and hang-ups; God can change you. Even if you’ve been a worrier all your life, you don’t have to worry for the rest of your life. So, what if you […]
November 25, 2017

Be Passionate, Proactive and Persistent

‘Do not merely listen to the Word… Do what it says.’
 James 1:22 NIV When Nehemiah first saw the ruins of Jerusalem, he wept. Then he rolled up his sleeves and went to work. In the face of overwhelming odds and relentless opposition, he rebuilt the walls in just 52 days. How? Because it was his vision and his passion! Question: Are you afraid to say, ‘Lord, I’ll do anything You want me to do,’ in case He sends you somewhere you don’t want to go, or asks you to do something you don’t feel ready or qualified to do? You’ve […]
November 24, 2017

A Prayer For Peace

‘You will keep him in perfect peace.’
 Isaiah 26:3 NKJV Here is a prayer for peace: ‘Lord, Your Word says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) Your Word says, “The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11 NIV) Your Word says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you… Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV) Your Word says, “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in […]
November 23, 2017

Start Taking Time Off

‘On the seventh day you shall rest.’ Exodus 34:21 NKJV One of the best ways to maintain your perspective on what’s truly important is to plan times of rest and recreation. The word recreation means to ‘re-create’: to recharge your batteries physically, spiritually, emotionally and relationally. Rest and recreation restore your creativity, fuel your vision, and bring balance to your world. The fact is, some of the people we admire most are socially and relationally dysfunctional. For example, if you took the pulpit away from certain preachers and the CEO title away from certain executives, they’d be totally lost. And if you’re […]