How to love people What is the greatest spiritual activity you have ever engaged in?Some would say praying, others reading or meditating on the Word of God while others might say preaching or giving to the poor.The truth is it is none of these.The greatest spiritual a
Winning the war There is a war raging.It is being fought with some very sophisticated weapons.One Army officer said'we need to win the hearts and minds of the people'.
Have you seen Pride? Pride gets upset when corrected. Pride accepts praise for work that is not his/hers own doing. Pride does not accept being wrong
Holy - set apart Holiness means that there are certain things we should not do, not necessary because they are wrong but because they are not worthy or desirable of those who are joint heirs with Christ.
There is something about our praise Praise becomes a sharp sword against the enemy when we let it come out of our mouths.
The praise we are referring to here is not the silent type. Praise as a sword requires our verbalising our thoughts and appreciation to God.
Watching in the Spirit Watchfulness is necessary if we are to be constant in prayer and free from Satan. To watch we must pay attention to the natural conditions and circumstances around us and note how they affect us.
The Ten Commandments The first three deal with our worship of God. Taking idols, i.e, placing places, people or things above God has been the reason many have strayed from the truth
A thankful heart Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Mast
How to stand on the word God sent His Word to heal you, and His word works! He keeps His word. So (this is important), don't let lingering symptoms discourage you. Your healing may be instant, but if not, don't let doubts arise just because you do not see immediate results. It ma
Pleading the blood Pleading the blood simply means applying the blood to our life and circumstances just like the Israelites applied it to their door posts and were protected from the destroyer (Exodus 12).
The heavenly or spiritual realm The spiritual realm is as real as the natural realm. In fact the spiritual realm determines what takes places in the natural realm.
Godly character When a defense lawyer wants to win a case he makes every attempt to discredit the evidence against his client. This sometimes means attacking the evidence so vigorously that it is destroyed and no longer worth anything.
Three deadly things about anger Cain got angry as a result of his rejected offering. Anger in itself is not a sin. Holding onto anger is where the danger comes. When you understand what anger can do, you would be a fool to entertain it.
Renewing the mind The television presents a good illustration. When a television station sends out signals they are received and decoded by our television sets. The decoded signals are then used to paint a picture on our television screen. We sit back and watch the picture
The Road to Emmaus - part 1 As the two men conversed along the seven-mile journey to Jerusalem talking about all that had happened to Jesus, the Lord Himself came along side them. They were to have an experience with the Lord Himself. It is no coincidence that the Lord appeared to t
The Road to Emmaus - part 2 Jesus does not want to leave us with a shallow experience of His glory, but a tangible and reliable experience of His presence. The Lords seeming reluctance to stay with the men that night was a merciful mission to draw a deeper thirst for His presence ou
The Name Have you ever considered the significance of the name of Jesus? Indeed His full title is Jesus Christ. Most people just think that Christ is Jesus surname.
The virgin birth Mary was privileged to be trusted with bringing up our Lord Jesus Christ. She was the only person who was present at His birth and death.
Salvation and consecration Salvation is an act of faith. Every generation faces their own difficulties. The foundation of all these difficulties is always the same - sin. Whether it is idol worship, religion or lust, you only have to take a causal glance at any country or age group
Our saviour but not Lord - 1 Samuel 8:1-24 The Lord would still be their saviour: the one who brought them out Egypt, but they wanted a new Lord. Someone human who would direct their day-to-day activities and have authority over them. They had observed the heathen nations around them and longed fo
Bearing much fruit in ministry We are all called to be fishers of men. Below are seven baits for effective ministry. Follow them diligently and you will become a master fisher of men. All these baits are things that Jesus Himself stated or did during His life ministry. Follow them and
God's first promise to mankind God's first promise to mankind can truly be described as awesome. Awesome is a word grossly overused in this day and age. Nevertheless here it finds a suitable use.
Friends of God I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.- Genesis 17:2. Three times over in Scripture Abraham is called "the friend of God."
When Heaven is silent Read the above story carefully. On first inspection it seems our Lord Jesus Christ had no desire to answer the desperate cry of the Canaan women. He answered her not a word (verse 23).
Praise from the upright is beautiful We don't always feel like praising God. The enemy can give us numerous reasons why we should not.
No wonder why the Bible sometimes calls praise a sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15)
Power of the spoken Word The power of the spoken word, or to be more exact, God's Word, should never be under estimated.
Taken Captive Daniel was a God fearing man. The Bible records nothing negative about him. He lived a life totally dedicated to God.
Yet when the land of Judah fell into the hands of the king of Babylon because of the sin of the people Daniel was also taken captive.
Have you taken the Lord?s Supper recently? Christ?s body was crucified on a tree so that your sins might be forgiven. His blood was shed to bring us back into relationship with God. By this amazing act of love, Jesus gave Himself to pay for all our shortcomings. In the process He also broke every
Watch your thought life When we accept the thoughts or words of God they bring us life. If we accept or make as our own the thoughts of satan they bring death. If you accept the thoughts of satan they bring death. If you accept the thought of God they open your heart to the life
Praying on the Mountain When, by simply faith, you step into the presence of the Almighty God, you bring yourself into the company of the heavenly host. For indeed, this is what we do each time we consciously acknowledge the presence of God and bring our praise and petitions to
Faith towards God What are the essential ingredients that make a Christian? Did I hear you say faith? But faith in what? Many people in the world today claim to have faith in one thing or another.
Godly fear and obedience Fear was a result of sin. Sin had made Adam naked and exposed. When you expose yourself you have cause to fear, because you have made yourself open to an attack.
Salvation Bridge Picture in your mind a bridge that is so long that it spans all of eternity, but this bridge, some travelers think, has very low sides. This bridge is called "Salvation."
Five reasons for failure Many Christians have a sense of a God given call on their lives. They perceive within themselves a heavenly mission. Many even start out on the road to the Promised Land. They have a deep desire to achieve all the things God has promised them. But they ne
Healing belongs to us Jesus died and shed His blood to pay for our sins and restore us back into fellowship with God our Father. What many of us do not realise is that the same blood that washes away our sins also brings about healing from sickness, disease and every oppressio
A Sign of hope They were no ordinary flowers, no indeed, they brought a message of hope from God, and how desperately I needed their confirmation at this most vulnerable time in my life.
Catch a Vision In our walk with Christ we need to have a vision; an understanding that we have a part to play in the overall purpose and plan of God.
Jesus Christ Jesus was born 2000 years ago. He was in all respects human and in all respects God. He had been sent into the world primarily as a way to counter the effects of sin which was causing every human being to be eternally separated from God.
Acts of Angels The appearance of angels was not an uncommon occurrence in the book of Acts.
As Christians, we too should not shy away from the fact that God sometimes sends angels to minister to us.
Happy Birthday America - Independence day 4 July marks the day the United States of America was founded in 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. America is celebrating it's 227th birthday this year (2003)
Creation - power of the spoken word Now God made man in His images and likeness. Being in someone?s likeness means being like Him. We have been made with the ability to speak faith filled words like God.
Learning from our fathers Fear, drive and character. Fear comes from the enemy - resist it. Drive comes from within you - use it. Character comes from God - embrace it. You need all three to succeed.
Watch and Pray To watch, is to pay attention to anything that may hinder our walk with God (i.e. the flesh, natural conditions, circumstances around us e.t.c) and make sure they do not make us grow dull spiritually. Watchfulness is the price of constant victory.
Waiting on the Lord Waiting (or hoping) is not a passive thing. It is like waiting for a child to be born during pregnancy. There is nothing passive about that. This is a tendering period as you observe the child grow, even though you cannot see the child physically.
The Apostles' Creed The Apostles' Creed dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.
Giving - A personal study guide Time for another dose of personal Bible study.
Get your Bible out and do a bit of gold digging.
Read through the following Bible passages and write down your thoughts on giving.
You will be amazed at what God can teach you directly from his Word.
Make the right choice Do you know that you are created in the image of God ? (Genesis 1:26) God is love and we too have been made to love and be loved ( 1 John 1: 7-11). Notice how many cards and presents are exchanged during Christmas. Even animals benefit from the love that
God bless you this Christmas God bless you this christmas.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, [ 9:6 Or [ Wonderful, Counselor ] ] Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
30 Great Topical Chapters Below are some of the great Bible teachings condensed into single Bible passages.
How familiar are you with them?
These topics have changed lives in and out of the Bible.
You should know them.
Do you believe in Miracles? There are about 36 instances of Jesus working miracles. Some of these involved multitudes of people so it is impossible to know how many people in all got healed during Christ?s ministry.
Looking forward Faith comes by dwelling on God's word.(Romans 10:17). The Israelites had been through many experiences. Unfortunately experiences in themselves do not increase our faith.
The Thief - Who comes to steal Jesus is the way to the father. A bold statement that might even sound arrogant to some, yet its true. Knowing Jesus is eternal life (John 17:3). We only start to live to the full when we receive Jesus into our hearts.
The Thief - Who comes to kill Jesus came to give us life. When you received Jesus you received the right to become the Child of God (John 1:12). Satan however wants to kill your relationship with God.
10 simple keys to a Happy life The May 2004 (UK edition) of the Reader?s Digest carried an interesting article on keys to a happy life. Here is a quick review of them with my comments added.
Why we need to renew and protect our minds By Gentiles the Bible refers to those that do not know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read Ephesians 4 again. If you have a copy of the Amplified Bible try reading that version. It makes the need to renew our minds abundantly clear.
Understanding our thought life When a television station sends out signals they are received and decoded by our television sets. The decoded signals are then used to paint a picture on our television screen. We sit back and watch the picture.
Breaking the stronghold of lust Lust manifests itself in many ways. Most church leaders would acknowledge that lust is one of the greatest hindrances facing the church today. Many struggle with it themselves.
The way up is down He saw two goats making their way over a narrow path on the mountain. One was ascending the trail, the other descending. He also noticed that they must pass at a point where the trail was so narrow that there was room for only one goat.
You are priceless But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still
God is richly blessing us The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine upon his children with beams of love. Like a river, his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fulness inexhaustible as his own nature.
Protection in the warfare I will be of sober spirit and on the alert. My adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But I will resist him, firm in my faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9).
Adoration How great are Your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep.
The senseless man does not know;
Fools do not understand
A Voice in the wilderness Its easy to read through several chapters of the Bible without realizing how many years we are skipping over in the process. Matthew Chapter two ends with Joseph taking abode in the regions of Galilee with baby Jesus. Jesus would not have been more than t
Epigram On Prayer Prayer is not overcoming God?s reluctance, it is laying hold of His highest willingness.
The Spare Tire Some Christians seem to look upon God as a kind of spare tire.
Livingstone Thinks It No Sacrifice People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of the great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?
Truth about the death of Christ The death of Christ was not an accident; it was an appointment. It was not a mistake; it was planned. It was not martyrdom or suicide.
Walking in obedience Obedience that is not motivated by love cannot produce the spiritual fruit that God wants from His children. If we obey because of fear or because of greed, then we cannot expect that close communion with the Father that Jesus promised to those who
Job Job is mentioned three times outside his book (Ezekiel 14:14, 20; James 5:11). The book of Job is one of the three places satan is mentioned by name in the Old Testament (1 Chronicles 21:1 and Zechariah 3:1-2).
Listening My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Favoritism! My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.
Taming the Tongue Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways.
Wisdom But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Submit to God What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it.
Boasting About Tomorrow Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Resist and flee immorality or it will kill you Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
A thousand years And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The Dead Are Judged Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
Jesus Is Coming Jesus Is Coming.Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.
Breaking the bread of life by meditating Jesus does not want to leave us with a shallow experience of His glory, but a tangible and reliable experience of His presence. The Lords seeming reluctance to stay with the men that night was a merciful mission to draw a deeper thirst for His presence ou
No Condemnation No Condemnation. God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of t
Your sins are forgiven God has forgiven the sins of those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ. Even before Jesus was manifest on earth God had promised this. Below are a few promises reminding you of what God has done with your sins.
Fear and failure Fear and failure are not what God has instore for you. He wrote several things in His letter to you to assure you of this. lets read a few of them.
Wisdom Do you need wisdom to face the many challenges and decisions you have to face each day. Then turn to the one who has promised to give you wisdom. All you need to do is ask.
Sexual Sin What does the Bible say about sexual sin? Is it something to be avoided. A few comments from the Bible follow.
The Grace of God September 3, 1941 - the first victims of the Auschwitz camp met their death by gas. The deadly Zyklon B Gas was used. In all 6 million Jews and 5 million others met their death. Auschwitz was only one of the several death centers. Gypsies, Soviet POWs, ho
Self discipline Why not turn to the Lord right now and ask him to help you with self-discipline in those areas you know you are struggling.
What is failure Failure doesn?t mean that you are a failure;
it does mean you haven?t yet succeeded.
The unwritten story The powers of government are ordained by God (Romans 13:1). God has an interest in the affairs of men. God knows the overall picture and often prompts people to pray that the best and most profitable path for a Nation or continent maybe followed. When we
Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently However, your victory depends on your response. In this instance we see Jesus praying more fervently because he knew through prayer he would be strengthened, renewed and his will would be realigned with his fathers will in heaven.
First Thoughts Let God have your first awaking thoughts; lift up your hearts to Him reverently and thankfully for the rest enjoyed the night before and cast yourself upon Him for the day which follows.
Praise Him! Praise Him! This is another of the many favorite gospel hymns written by Fanny Crosby, blind American poetess.
In all she wrote between 8,000 and 9,000 gospel hymn texts and supplied our hymnals with more beloved hymns that are still sung today than any other wri
Welcome to 2006 Many people lost friends, family and loved ones in the year 2005. Terror attacks; natural calamities; and man made disasters such as plane crashes all took their toil. For many the pain and loss of 2005 will linger on for as long as they are on earth. May
The God way Lets use this ?lease of life on earth? God us given us to fill His earth and ourselves with His goodness. That is the greatest investment you can make
The HAPPY church H - Stands for holy. This means we have to be separated to God and consecrated. In order to be holy we need to be conscious that the Holy Spirit of God is in us. Eph 4:22-31
The key to living a life pleasing to God is the renewing of our minds.
The Prophet and prophecy Abraham?s life gives us an insight into the ministry of a prophet. He not only spoke the words of God but also fulfilled a prophetic lifestyle. His actions (Genesis 12:4), prayers (Genesis 20:7) service (Genesis 22) and intercession (Genesis 18:16-33)
Revisiting the Ten Commandments Imagine receiving a letter through the post from someone you do not know. This mysterious person somehow seems to know you very well. Not only does the letter address you by name but it also mentions all the hardships you have been through in the past.
Welcome to 2007. Things like the power of His resurrection - not the mental assertion of Christ?s resurrection that we often mechanically profess but the living reality that would cause our moral, social and ecclesiastical conduct to reflect the beauty of the ?life of
Discernment in 2008 Before you rush to place your goals and focus on anything this year, ask God for godly discernment. Are you focussing on the right things? Or are you just ?flowing with the stream of popular opinion?.
Psalm 67 (NASB) God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us