December 31, 2017

Words to Live By in Troubled Times (3)

‘The Word of our God stands forever.’
 Isaiah 40:8 NKJV Here are some more wonderful promises from the Bible that you can rely on when trouble comes: (1) ‘Because you have made the Lord… your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.’ (Psalm 91:9–11 NKJV) (2) ‘The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.’(Psalm 34:7 NIV) (3) ‘I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.’ (Psalm 57:1 NIV) […]
December 30, 2017

Words to Live By in Troubled Times (2)

‘The Word of our God stands forever.’
 Isaiah 40:8 NKJV Are you ready for more of God’s wonderful promises? (1) ‘Let all those who…put their trust in You rejoice…because You…defend them; let those also who love Your name…be in high spirits.’ (Psalm 5:11 AMPC) (2) ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you.’ (Deuteronomy 33:27 NKJV) (3) ‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.’ (Nahum 1:7 NKJV) (4) ‘Fear not… for I am with you… I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, […]
December 29, 2017

Words to Live By in Troubled Times (1)

‘The Word of our God stands forever.’
 Isaiah 40:8 NKJV For the next few days let’s renew our minds with some of the wonderful promises God has given to us through His Word. Let’s not just read them casually, but process them slowly, deeply, prayerfully and repeatedly, letting the truth of them change our thinking and strengthen our faith. (1) ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.’(Isaiah 54:17 NKJV) (2) ‘The Lord… is with you; never again will you fear any […]
December 28, 2017

Keep Your Spiritual Glasses Clean

‘Be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.’
 Isaiah 52:11 NKJV One day a man was getting his windscreen washed at a petrol station. When the attendant finished, the man said, ‘That’s a terrible job. Re-do my windscreen―it’s as dirty as when you started.’ So, the attendant wiped it again. The man looked it over and in frustration said, ‘That window hasn’t changed a bit.’ The man’s wife was sitting next to him in the car. She reached over, pulled off his glasses, wiped them, and gave them back to him. The attendant had been doing his job correctly. […]
December 27, 2017

Who’s Your Saul?

‘Go! This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name.’
 Acts 9:15 NIV Saul of Tarsus was the last person on earth you’d ever have expected to become a Christian, much less the author of half the New Testament. Describing his life before he met Christ, he wrote, ‘I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.’ (Galatians 1:13 NKJV) So, during this persecution, when God called Ananias to go and pray for Saul, Ananias wasn’t too keen on the idea: ‘“I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to Your saints […]
December 26, 2017

Forgiveness and Inner Healing

‘Who forgives all your iniquities.’
 Psalm 103:3 NKJV The psalmist wrote, ‘Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.’Notice which comes first: the consciousness that all your sins are forgiven precedes the healing of all your diseases. Note also the words ‘all your iniquities’. Some of us are comfortable with receiving partial forgiveness, but we refuse to allow God’s forgiveness to touch some dark areas we can’t let go of, and that we refuse to forgive ourselves for. Whatever those mistakes may be, allow God to forgive all your sins, and receive healing for all your diseases. Let the past go. Let […]
December 25, 2017

‘How silently the wondrous gift is given’

‘You will find a baby… lying in a manger.’ Luke 2:12 NIV One Christmas in London Phil Yancey went to hear Handel’s Messiah. He says: ‘I’d spent the morning viewing remnants of England’s glory—crown jewels, a gold mace, the Mayor’s gilded carriage… such images must have filled the minds of Isaiah’s contemporaries who heard the promise, “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” (Isaiah 40:5 KJV) No doubt the Jews thought back to the glory days of Solomon when “silver and gold [were] as common as stones.” (2 Chronicles 1:15 NIV) The Messiah who showed up, however, wore the glory of […]
December 24, 2017

Smile, and Start a Chain Reaction

‘I smiled on them… my cheerful face gave them comfort.’ Job 29:24 GNT If you think you’ve nothing to smile about, consider these words from a man who’d just experienced the death of all his children, the loss of his entire fortune, and was now covered from head to toe in boils. ‘I smiled on them when they had lost confidence; my cheerful face encouraged them. I took charge and made the decisions; I led them as a king leads his troops, and gave them comfort in their despair.’ (Job 29:24–25 GNT) That’s the power of a smile! One Christmas a big department […]