November 30, 2018

Why Sin Doesn’t Work

‘We are tempted by our own desires.’ James 1:14 CEV James writes: ‘Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and He doesn’t use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead. Don’t be fooled, my dear friends.’ (James 1:13–16 CEV) When you keep sinning and violating your values, you can reach a place where it’s hard to live comfortably in your own skin. Any appetite that’s overindulged can […]
November 29, 2018

Moses and You

‘God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”‘ Exodus 3:4 NKJV Moses had all the potential in the world at forty but felt like a lost cause at eighty. Instead of doing God’s will God’s way, he tried to expedite God’s will and delayed it for four decades! At some point in our lives, most of us feel like life has passed us by. Our dream seems like a lost cause. That crisis presents us with a choice: throw in the towel, or throw our hat back in […]
November 28, 2018

Giving and Receiving

‘Give, and it shall be given unto you.’ Luke 6:38 KJV Many of us want to give to people we love and causes we believe in. But fear stops us. We’re afraid that if we give, we might not have enough left for ourselves. So instead of sowing, we hoard our seed and miss the harvest God promised us. Why? Because on some deeper level, we wonder if God would actually bless someone like us. Jesus said, ‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.’ If a bank promised that […]
November 27, 2018

Choose To Live Victoriously

‘We achieve this victory through our faith.’ 1 John 5:4 NLT The Bible says, ‘Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.’ To live victoriously you must do these three things: (1) Restrict the devil from moving in your life. Jesus said: ‘I promise you that God in Heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth, but He will not allow anything you don’t allow. I promise that when any two of you on earth agree about something you are praying for, My Father in Heaven will do it for you. Whenever […]
November 26, 2018

Take Your Stand

‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ Matthew 16:18 KJV You cannot sit on the sidelines, because God has called you to the frontlines. Sometimes that means taking a stand for what is right. Jesus said, ‘I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’Note, gates are defensive measures. That means we have been called to attack the powers of hell. In 1517 a monk named Martin Luther picked a fight with the religious establishment. He challenged the status quo by attacking the selling of indulgences (licenses to sin). He posted the […]
November 25, 2018

God Knows Exactly Where You Are

‘He lifted me out of the pit of despair.’ Psalm 40:2 NLT When an earthquake struck Haiti, an aid worker trapped under a collapsed hotel prayed, ‘Lord, I haven’t been in touch with You lately. Now I need You more than ever.’ He writes: ‘I heard a sound. “Who’s there?” I shouted. “Jim,” a man replied. He and five others were trapped too. “Would you like to pray with me?” I asked. “Yes,” he answered. So I said, “Lord, we’re asking You for a miracle. Please rescue us.” I was drifting off to sleep when rhythmic thumping woke me. Helicopters! […]
November 24, 2018

Retrain Your Brain

‘Be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.’ Colossians 3:10 NLT Lasting change happens gradually on the inside, often before there’s any outward evidence of it. Pastor Jim Penner says: ‘A friend of mine recently went through hip-replacement surgery… the joint had worn to the point where he walked with a limp and had to use a crutch. Thanks to the skill of a modern-day surgeon he was quickly up and around again. Yet for months after the surgery, his limp remained… I ran into him this morning and the limp was gone. Where did […]
November 23, 2018

Friends In Disguise

‘I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT When you’re insulted, you can retaliate with a stinging comeback or see it as a growth opportunity. David said, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes.’ (Psalm 119:71 NKJV) Psychologist Dr. Brenda Shoshanna says: ‘The person who insults us is a teacher… come to help us reduce our ego, develop patience and compassion, practice unconditional forgiveness, and teach us about life and relationships. If you don’t perceive an […]