February 28, 2018

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone (1)

‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’ Isaiah 41:10 NLT Two of our biggest fears are—failure and criticism. And they never completely go away. You can overcome them, but they’ll show up when you face your next challenge. It’s in accepting fear as part of life’s journey instead of running from it, that you learn to conquer it. Indeed, as you look back at what you’ve already overcome, you realize that most times failure doesn’t do permanent damage—you actually grow stronger through it. If you’re anxious today, God is saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.’ […]
February 27, 2018

The Open-Door Policy

‘We could only conclude that God was sending us to preach the Good News there.’ Acts 16:10 TLB The Bible says, ‘Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in […]
February 26, 2018

Protected By The Blood Of Jesus

‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.’ Revelation 12:11 NKJV Irene Park became a committed Christian. Her story is remarkable. She said she was once a high witch in the state of Florida, seducing boys and girls into occult activities. She stated that the children she could never reach were those whose parents protected them by praying over them in the name of Jesus, standing on the merits of Christ’s atoning blood. Today the occult has made its way into some of our public school systems under the guise of ‘pluralism’ and […]
February 25, 2018

Bearing Fruit and Sharing Fruit

‘By their fruits you will know them.’ Matthew 7:20 NKJV When we speak about ‘the fruit of the Spirit’, we are talking about these nine qualities of character: ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22–23 NKJV) These fruits are not for ‘show’, they are for sharing with others; otherwise they’re no better than fruit that was never grown in the first place. Suppose you drive up to a roadside produce market with your heart set on buying fresh vegetables. You see home-grown tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and several varieties of peppers—everything you need and more. Just as you start to select […]
February 24, 2018

Say Yes To God

‘Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”’ Isaiah 6:8 NKJV William Carey is referred to as ‘the father of modern missions’. But the number of his accomplishments in India was almost equaled by the number of obstacles he overcame just to get there. He was told by a group of ministers, ‘If God wants to save the heathen, young man, He will do it without your help or ours.’ Carey was not a career missionary. He was a young Englishman in poor health with a pregnant wife and small children. He was just like the rest of us—trying to make […]
February 23, 2018

God’s Leadings

‘We walk by faith, not by sight.’ 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV Good leaders will tell you there are times when they’re not sure; when they don’t know all they’d like to know. And if they’re really frank they’ll admit, ‘I’m glad the people I’m supposed to lead don’t know how much I don’t know!’ Whether you’re a leader or a follower, the Bible says, ‘We walk by faith, not by sight.’ But let’s be honest; sometimes we know what God wants us to do but we don’t like it. So we pray hoping He’ll change His mind and rubber-stamp what we want. But […]
February 22, 2018

People-Building (3)

‘We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak.’ Romans 15:1 NIV If you think you’ve nothing of real value to offer others, consider the words of an unknown poet: ‘One song can spark a moment; one flower can wake a dream. One tree can start a forest; one bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship; one handclasp lifts a soul. One star can guide a ship at sea; one word can frame the goal. One vote can change a nation; one sunbeam lights a room. One candle wipes out darkness; one laugh can conquer […]
February 21, 2018

People-Building (2)

‘Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.’ Romans 15:2 NIV Two men who shared a hospital room ended up becoming friends. One was allowed to sit up for an hour every day. His bed was beside the only window. The other man spent his life flat on his back. Each day the man at the window would describe the activity and color of the outside world: the park overlooking the lake, ducks swimming, children playing, couples walking hand-in-hand, the skyline in the distance. His friend, who could see none of this, smiled and imagined […]