January 21, 2019

Your Good and His Glory

‘If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.’ 1 Peter 2:20 NIV Many of the people we admire in Scripture were badly treated. And God permitted it to happen. Think about Daniel being thrown to the lions, and Joseph being tossed into prison. They did nothing to deserve it. The Bible says: ‘If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.’ (1 Peter 2:20–21 NIV) Notice, […]
January 18, 2019

Joseph’s Three Coats (3)

‘He clothed him in garments of fine linen.’ Genesis 41:42 NKJV The third coat Joseph wore was: the coat of destiny. Because Joseph honored​ God in the most difficult of circumstances, he ended up on the throne of Egypt, wearing the coat of rulership and fulfilling his destiny. The psalmist said God ‘sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people […]
January 17, 2019

Joseph’s Three Coats (2)

‘Joseph left his coat in her hand and ran.’ Genesis 39:12 NCV The second coat Joseph wore was: the coat of temptation. The Bible says that when Joseph ‘was in the house going about his work… she came and grabbed him by the sleeve, demanding, “Sleep with me.” He tore himself away, but as he did, his jacket slipped off and she was left holding it as he fled.’ (Genesis 39:11–12 TLB) Joseph was young, handsome, lonely, far from home, and facing repeated temptation at the hands of his boss’ wife. Yet he resisted her advances and said, ‘How then […]
January 16, 2019

Joseph’s Three Coats (1)

‘Jacob had given Joseph a fancy coat.’ Genesis 37:3 CEV Let’s look at the three different coats Joseph wore—because they present a picture of your life as a Christian. First, the coat of salvation. Notice, it was a ‘gift’ from his father; Joseph never paid a cent for it, or sewed a stitch, or provided a single bit of fabric. And that’s the story of our salvation, isn’t it? The Bible says, ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.’ (Ephesians […]
January 15, 2019

Knowing God’s Will—It’s A Powerful Thing!

‘He made known to us the mystery of His will.’ Ephesians 1:9 NIV What a joy it is when the will of God is no longer a mystery, because He has made it ‘known to us’. Suddenly your outlook is different, your attitude changes, and fear can no longer play games with your mind. Now you know—and knowledge is power! The Bible says, ‘The people who know their God will display strength and take action.’ (Daniel 11:32 NAS) There are times you know things in your spirit that you can’t figure out in your head. And it can cause you […]
January 14, 2019

Where To Go For Help

‘To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.’ Psalm 25:1 ESV When you need help, turn to Psalm 25 and note what David did. (1) He knew where to go. ‘To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.’ Recently a reader called to ask for prayer for a family member who had just been diagnosed with stage four cancer. How quickly our lives can change! Where can we turn in such moments? To God. He’s known by many names in Scripture, and one of them is Jehovah-Rapha—the Lord who heals you. How wonderful! His Word says that He […]
January 13, 2019

Believe God For Great Things!

‘With God all things are possible.’ Matthew 19:26 NIV The poet wrote, ‘Beware of those who stand aloof​ and greet each venture with reproof. The world would stop if things were run, by those who say, “It can’t be done.”’ Refuse to let the word impossible stop you. Jesus said, ‘With God all things are possible.’ If those who’ve changed the world had left every ‘impossible’ task undone, we’d still be living in the Dark Ages. Here are four examples: (1) German experts predicted that trains traveling​ at 40 km/hr would cause severe nose bleeds and the passengers would suffocate […]
January 12, 2019

The Roller-Coaster Ride Of Life (5)

‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11 NAS Giving up in mid-ride isn’t an option—it’s foolish! A depressed church member told his pastor, ‘I’m tired of trying. I’ve been down so long, I can’t muster up the faith to believe God for deliverance anymore.’ The pastor said, ‘First, you can never justify quitting​ because you have the Lord on your side. He won’t quit on you, He promised He’ll “never leave you nor forsake you …do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV) Second, His Word says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.” […]