October 31, 2018

Try God

‘Then Peter said to them, “Repent…”’ Acts 2:38 NKJV A sign on a church notice board read, ‘Try God Week.’ The idea was simple enough: if you try Him for a week and don’t like the results, you can go back to your old life again. Peter didn’t tell the crowd on the Day of Pentecost to try God for a week. He preached, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you […]
October 30, 2018

Change Can Begin With You

‘Build an altar to the Lord your God.’ Judges 6:26 NKJV We may all be aware of individuals who have done something really wrong, and then try to hide it or find someone else to blame. Often we might try to excuse ourselves by saying our shortcomings are hereditary, or try to blame our faults on our past—‘it was the way I was brought up;’ ‘I didn’t know any better;’ ‘it’s not my fault.’ We may even try to cover up mistakes that our family has made in the past, thinking that it reflects badly on us. When it comes […]
October 29, 2018

God Will Protect You

‘He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.’ Daniel 6:27 NLT Sarah Utterbach writes: ‘There have been times when I wanted God to rescue me from certain pits, but He didn’t. Why? Because He wanted me to learn that His grace was sufficient in the pit. The question is never, “What will God do when all around me spells destruction?” The question is, “What will I do?” I may not be able to conquer the lions, but I don’t have to—that’s God’s job. Daniel said, “My God sent His angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions… […]
October 28, 2018

United By The Spirit

‘I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh.’ Acts 2:17 NKJV Jesus was called a ‘friend of…sinners.’ (Matthew 11:19 NIV) Why? Because He didn’t analyze and label people. He didn’t seek out the well-heeled and well-behaved. He included them, but He didn’t limit Himself to their company. He sought out those who were marginalized and ostracised by society and reached out to them with God’s love. ‘But what about their sinful practices?’ you ask. ‘Mightn’t it look like we’re excusing their lifestyle?’ One day the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus, saying, ‘This woman was caught in adultery, in […]
October 27, 2018

We Are Trained By Our Troubles

‘Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us.’ 2 Corinthians 4:17 NKJV Contrary to what you may think, the ideal environment for your children is not one that’s devoid of problems and trials. Though it’s hard to accept at the time, your children need the minor setbacks and disappointments that come their way. How can they learn to cope with problems and frustrations as adults, if their early experiences are totally without them? Nature tells us this. A tree that’s planted in a rainforest is never forced to extend its roots downward in search of […]
October 26, 2018

Spirit-Filled Living

‘Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Ephesians 5:18 NLT Sometimes people get drunk to try to fill an emptiness on the inside. But it doesn’t work. Like the man quipped, ‘It’s champagne tonight and the real pain in the morning!’ Recognizing that His disciples wouldn’t survive without Him when He left, Jesus said, ‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever—the Spirit.’ (John 14:16–17 NIV) Once you understand what the Holy Spirit can do, you won’t want to live […]
October 25, 2018

Thoughts For Dreamers

‘Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him.’ Genesis 37:5 NKJV First, dreamers are willing to make trade-offs. When God puts a dream in your heart you’ll have to make certain trade-offs, like forfeiting popularity for the pursuit of excellence and short-term pleasure for long-term fulfillment. Paul understood this principle: ‘The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me.’ (Acts 20:23–24 NKJV) Second, dreamers aren’t always appreciated. ‘Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated […]
October 24, 2018

Stop Complaining About Your Parents

‘Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother.’ Proverbs 23:22 NLT You don’t learn how to be a parent in school or college, you learn it ‘on the job’. And you make lots of mistakes—ones you sometimes look back on and cringe. But through it all, you love your children and want only what’s best for them. What’s the point here? If your parents failed you, then you probably have wounds that need to be healed. And God says, ‘I am the Lord, your healer.’ (Exodus 15:26 ESV) But don’t fall into the trap of […]