December 31, 2018

Trust God And Step Out In Faith (1)

‘Begin the joyous tasks I have assigned to you.’ Matthew 25:21 TLB Nicole Unice, director of women’s ministries for Hope Church, says: ‘There are ideas I know would be beneficial, yet I hesitate to share too much or dream too big. What if they don’t work? Or people don’t like them? What if the people above me second-guess hiring me? One day I scrawled on my office wall: So what if it fails? Question: What are you yearning to try and haven’t because you’re afraid you’ll fail? What programmes do you keep alive even though they aren’t serving their purpose? […]
December 30, 2018

Is Your Name In The Book?

‘Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will enter.’ Revelation 21:27 NCV One night in 1912, Titanic, the largest passenger steamship in the world and considered by many to be unsinkable, struck an iceberg and sank in the icy Atlantic. Many people died. Following the disaster, the scene outside the White Star Line office in Liverpool was one of anxiety and grief as friends and relatives of those on board the ill-fated vessel thronged the building. On both sides of the main entrance​,​ notices were posted. One said, ‘KNOWN TO BE SAVED’; the other said, […]
December 29, 2018

Not Who, But Whose You Are

‘Who am I that I should go…?’ Exodus 3:11 NIV When God told Moses He was going to use him to deliver the Israelites from slavery, the conversation went like this: ‘“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.”’ (Exodus 3:10–12 NIV) Moses summarised his fears and insecurities in one question, ‘Who am I?’ But that’s the wrong question. It’s not […]
December 28, 2018

Understanding Your Heavenly Father (2)

‘The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.’ Psalm 103:13 NLT To see God as a loving Father may not come easily if you carry the scars of a neglected or abusive childhood. Perhaps you had so many unmet needs growing up: affection, security, trust, comfort, material necessities, etc. Your lack of these things back then makes it hard to believe God will provide for your needs now. What to do? ​Recognize that your ‘father-image’ is flawed and in no way resembles your heavenly Father. Even the best earthly father can’t […]
December 27, 2018

Understanding Your Heavenly Father (1)

‘They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.’ John 8:27 NKJV The people in Jesus’ day found it hard to grasp the concept of God as a Father. Lord, king, judge, they understood—but not Father. The Old Testament rarely speaks of God as Father, whereas the New Testament mentions it often. Until Jesus came and revealed the Father, He remained a mystery. ‘No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.’ (Matthew 11:27 NIV) And many of us still don’t comprehend His Fatherhood and the rich blessings […]
December 26, 2018

Let God Replant You

‘You are like a garden locked up.’ Song of Solomon 4:12 NCV A farmer’s fruit tree consistently produced bumper crops and became a real money-maker for him, so he put all his efforts into marketing and never noticed that the tree was dying. Then one day he woke up and realised the root had dried up. He’d been so focused on the fruit that he neglected the root. How about you? Are you focusing on numbers and outcomes, or are you focusing on the purpose, people, innovation, culture and root of your success? Nurture the root and you’ll always have fruit. […]
December 25, 2018

What Is Your Life Founded Upon?

‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?’ Luke 6:46 NIV Jesus told a story of two men who built a house. The wise one built his house on solid rock; the foolish one built his on sand. When a storm hit both houses, only the wise man’s was left standing. Now, Jesus wasn’t comparing wisdom with foolishness, because we’re all apt to be wise at times and foolish at others. And He didn’t say the house that survived was a believer’s house while the one that was destroyed belonged to an unbeliever, though that’s […]
December 24, 2018

Don’t Be A Blame Thrower (2)

‘We are each responsible for our own conduct.’ Galatians 6:5 NLT Sally managed a small marketing company, and when problems arose she automatically looked for a scapegoat. At sales meetings she berated and criticised her co-workers, choosing to call her tirades ‘pep talks’. Her associates began to resign in droves, and when company revenues declined Sally blamed it on the slow economy, inefficient staff and bad working conditions. Finally her boss had enough and fired her. Blame-shifting was how Sally survived. It never occurred to her that she may have contributed to the problem, in even a small way. Blaming others […]