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‘SHARE EACH OTHER’S TROUBLES AND PROBLEMS, AND OBEY THE LAW OF CHRIST.’ GALATIANS 6:2 NLT

Everyone is hiding something, and it’s not because they’re deceptive. It’s just that some wounds are too private. When your husband is being insensitive and uncaring the pain can be too deep to discuss. When your wife wounds you with acid words you’re crushed inside but you can’t show it. So you both go off, lick your wounds and try to avoid the comments and questions of others. Is that where you are today, struggling with something too painful to talk about? If so, realise that others are too! Their anger is a symptom. Their aloofness just hides their fear of being known and maybe rejected because they’ve been hurt before. Jesus saw the best in the worst of people and went out of His way to be gracious to them. Do you remember how He treated the woman ‘caught in the act’ of adultery? (See John 8). Public exposure! Can you imagine the depth of her shame? Yet Jesus saw someone worth saving, loved her, lifted her and gave her the strength to do better. You are called to do that too! So …

‘SHARE EACH OTHER’S TROUBLES AND PROBLEMS, AND OBEY THE LAW OF CHRIST.’ GALATIANS 6:2 NLT

Everyone is hiding something, and it’s not because they’re deceptive. It’s just that some wounds are too private. When your husband is being insensitive and uncaring the pain can be too deep to discuss. When your wife wounds you with acid words you’re crushed inside but you can’t show it. So you both go off, lick your wounds and try to avoid the comments and questions of others. Is that where you are today, struggling with something too painful to talk about? If so, realise that others are too! Their anger is a symptom. Their aloofness just hides their fear of being known and maybe rejected because they’ve been hurt before. Jesus saw the best in the worst of people and went out of His way to be gracious to them. Do you remember how He treated the woman ‘caught in the act’ of adultery? (See John 8). Public exposure! Can you imagine the depth of her shame? Yet Jesus saw someone worth saving, loved her, lifted her and gave her the strength to do better. You are called to do that too! So …

Thinking about cutting corners? (2)

‘…Set an example…in life...’ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV

 In 1994 golfer Davis Love III called a one-stroke penalty on himself during the second round of the Western Open. He moved his marker to get it out of another player’s putting line and later he couldn’t remember if he’d moved his ball back to its original spot. Since he wasn’t certain he gave himself an extra stroke, and that one stroke caused him to miss the cut. He was eliminated from the tournament, (ironically, if he’d made the cut, even if he finished last he’d have earned $2,000 that week). At year’s end Love was $590 short in winnings to automatically qualify for the Masters and needed to win a tournament in order to get into one of golf’s most coveted events. Fortunately, the story ends well. The week before the big event he qualified by winning a tournament in New Orleans, and went on to earn $237,600 by finishing second in the 1995 Masters. Later when Love was asked how he’d have felt if he’d missed the Masters be…

Thinking about cutting corners? (2)

‘…Set an example…in life...’ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV

 In 1994 golfer Davis Love III called a one-stroke penalty on himself during the second round of the Western Open. He moved his marker to get it out of another player’s putting line and later he couldn’t remember if he’d moved his ball back to its original spot. Since he wasn’t certain he gave himself an extra stroke, and that one stroke caused him to miss the cut. He was eliminated from the tournament, (ironically, if he’d made the cut, even if he finished last he’d have earned $2,000 that week). At year’s end Love was $590 short in winnings to automatically qualify for the Masters and needed to win a tournament in order to get into one of golf’s most coveted events. Fortunately, the story ends well. The week before the big event he qualified by winning a tournament in New Orleans, and went on to earn $237,600 by finishing second in the 1995 Masters. Later when Love was asked how he’d have felt if he’d missed the Masters be…

Thinking about cutting corners? (1)

‘…Set an example…in life...’ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV Writer Kathryn Lay learned about honesty when she was on holiday in Texas. She and her husband were having lunch at a little restaurant when a lady walked in, handed her a dollar bill and said, ‘I’m sorry, but I short-changed you earlier.’ Recognising her as a sales assistant from a store she’d been in earlier Lay asked, ‘How’d you know I was here?’ Amazed, she learned that the woman had gone from store to store looking for her. Lay also tells about another man who returned a TV to the store and got his money back. Later, after realising the amount had also been credited to his Visa he did nothing. Lay writes: ‘Does God want us to be just a little honest…or only in certain situations…or only when someone’s looking? How much dishonesty is too much? Sometimes I’m the only person who knows whether I’m being honest or not. Do I keep the extra change, cheat on my expenses, ignore the double credit on my statement? Do I tell my da…

Thinking about cutting corners? (1)

‘…Set an example…in life...’ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV Writer Kathryn Lay learned about honesty when she was on holiday in Texas. She and her husband were having lunch at a little restaurant when a lady walked in, handed her a dollar bill and said, ‘I’m sorry, but I short-changed you earlier.’ Recognising her as a sales assistant from a store she’d been in earlier Lay asked, ‘How’d you know I was here?’ Amazed, she learned that the woman had gone from store to store looking for her. Lay also tells about another man who returned a TV to the store and got his money back. Later, after realising the amount had also been credited to his Visa he did nothing. Lay writes: ‘Does God want us to be just a little honest…or only in certain situations…or only when someone’s looking? How much dishonesty is too much? Sometimes I’m the only person who knows whether I’m being honest or not. Do I keep the extra change, cheat on my expenses, ignore the double credit on my statement? Do I tell my da…

‘YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.’ JOHN 3:7 NIV

BE BORN AGAIN.’ JOHN 3:7 NIV

The Bible says 130 years after Adam first sinned, he was still fathering children ‘in his own likeness’ (Genesis 5:3 NIV). And as Adam’s descendants we have all been born with the nature of fallen man. Sometimes people say, ‘He’s just like his old man.’ Or we say, ‘My dad was an angry man, now I’ve got his temper!’ ‘My dad couldn’t stay with my mom, now I’m going through a divorce.’ ‘My dad was an alcoholic, now look at my drinking and drugging!’ ‘My dad was a workaholic, now I put in14 hours a day.’ ‘My dad wasn’t affectionate with us, now I don’t know how to be loving toward my children.’ History repeats itself over and over through our fallen nature. Here’s a fascinating example: ‘Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her’ (Genesis 20:2 NIV). Abraham was willing to sacrifice Sarah to save his own neck. What would you have done? Before you answer, notice that Isaac wasn’t even born when his…

‘YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.’ JOHN 3:7 NIV

BE BORN AGAIN.’ JOHN 3:7 NIV

The Bible says 130 years after Adam first sinned, he was still fathering children ‘in his own likeness’ (Genesis 5:3 NIV). And as Adam’s descendants we have all been born with the nature of fallen man. Sometimes people say, ‘He’s just like his old man.’ Or we say, ‘My dad was an angry man, now I’ve got his temper!’ ‘My dad couldn’t stay with my mom, now I’m going through a divorce.’ ‘My dad was an alcoholic, now look at my drinking and drugging!’ ‘My dad was a workaholic, now I put in14 hours a day.’ ‘My dad wasn’t affectionate with us, now I don’t know how to be loving toward my children.’ History repeats itself over and over through our fallen nature. Here’s a fascinating example: ‘Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her’ (Genesis 20:2 NIV). Abraham was willing to sacrifice Sarah to save his own neck. What would you have done? Before you answer, notice that Isaac wasn’t even born when his…

{ 7 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

We learn from the spider that: a) your size doesn't determine your potential, your spirit does b) no matter where you start, you can end up in the king's palace. What's the message of the spider? As long as you live, keep producing! You might not produce as much as somebody else but you've got to keep producing. You might not be able to produce what you used to but keep producing. Jesus taught that some of us produce thirty fold, others sixty fold and some a hundredfold (Matthew 13:8). We don't all produce at the same level, but we must all produce at some level. Don't get intimidated because the other guy is producing a hundredfold and you're only producing sixty fold. You're only accountable for what God gives you! The Bible says, 'They shall bring forth fruit in old age' (Psalm 92:14). Look out; retirement can be dangerous to your health! Keep your mind alert, your dreams alive, and your body moving. You might be old and less agile but you ha…

{ 7 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

We learn from the spider that: a) your size doesn't determine your potential, your spirit does b) no matter where you start, you can end up in the king's palace. What's the message of the spider? As long as you live, keep producing! You might not produce as much as somebody else but you've got to keep producing. You might not be able to produce what you used to but keep producing. Jesus taught that some of us produce thirty fold, others sixty fold and some a hundredfold (Matthew 13:8). We don't all produce at the same level, but we must all produce at some level. Don't get intimidated because the other guy is producing a hundredfold and you're only producing sixty fold. You're only accountable for what God gives you! The Bible says, 'They shall bring forth fruit in old age' (Psalm 92:14). Look out; retirement can be dangerous to your health! Keep your mind alert, your dreams alive, and your body moving. You might be old and less agile but you ha…

{ 6 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

Some spiders have so much venom in them that they can kill anything they come in contact with, simply by releasing what's in their mouth. What's the message of the spider? Check what's coming out of your mouth! Paul writes, 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God' (Romans 10:17). What are you taking in? What are you giving out? Faith or fear, hope or discouragement, joy or sadness, truth or error, love or bitterness? The Bible says, 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof' (Proverbs 18:21). Notice two things in this Scripture: 1) this is a life and death issue 2) your words are like seeds; they always produce fruit. You can't believe God for His best then go around expecting and expressing the worst. When what you say consistently contradicts what God's Word says, you're sabotaging yourself. The words you speak have power and consequences. So begin to correct yourself. In…

{ 6 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

Some spiders have so much venom in them that they can kill anything they come in contact with, simply by releasing what's in their mouth. What's the message of the spider? Check what's coming out of your mouth! Paul writes, 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God' (Romans 10:17). What are you taking in? What are you giving out? Faith or fear, hope or discouragement, joy or sadness, truth or error, love or bitterness? The Bible says, 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof' (Proverbs 18:21). Notice two things in this Scripture: 1) this is a life and death issue 2) your words are like seeds; they always produce fruit. You can't believe God for His best then go around expecting and expressing the worst. When what you say consistently contradicts what God's Word says, you're sabotaging yourself. The words you speak have power and consequences. So begin to correct yourself. In…

{ 5 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

How come a spider can walk across the sticky threads of its web and not get stuck, yet those same threads will trap every predator that enters? The secret is oil! Its tiny suction-cup shaped feet exude fresh oil with every step so it glides through stuff others can't survive or get bogged down in. What's the message of the spider? You need to be continually anointed with the oil of God's Spirit! Looking back, you realise that's what kept you sane when you thought you were going to lose your mind. It's why you made it when others didn't and it's why you need to stay filled with God's Spirit every day. The Psalmist said, 'I shall be anointed with fresh oil!' (Psalm 92:10). There are four truths in Exodus, chapter 30, concerning the anointing oil, that we need to keep in mind if we're going to live an anointed life. 1) Without it, our ministry is ineffective. 'Thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons…that they may minister unto me' (Exodus …

{ 5 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

How come a spider can walk across the sticky threads of its web and not get stuck, yet those same threads will trap every predator that enters? The secret is oil! Its tiny suction-cup shaped feet exude fresh oil with every step so it glides through stuff others can't survive or get bogged down in. What's the message of the spider? You need to be continually anointed with the oil of God's Spirit! Looking back, you realise that's what kept you sane when you thought you were going to lose your mind. It's why you made it when others didn't and it's why you need to stay filled with God's Spirit every day. The Psalmist said, 'I shall be anointed with fresh oil!' (Psalm 92:10). There are four truths in Exodus, chapter 30, concerning the anointing oil, that we need to keep in mind if we're going to live an anointed life. 1) Without it, our ministry is ineffective. 'Thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons…that they may minister unto me' (Exodus …

{ 4 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

The spider may have eight eyes, yet many spiders can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that's going on around it. What's the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you can see with your eyes. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things' (1 John 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that he would show us 'things to come' (John 16:13). But He won't do it so that we can ego trip or run around acting flakey. No, 'He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you' (John 16:14). God gives 'inside information' to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, 'The Holy Ghost done told me, everything's gonna be all …

{ 4 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

The spider may have eight eyes, yet many spiders can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that's going on around it. What's the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you can see with your eyes. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things' (1 John 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that he would show us 'things to come' (John 16:13). But He won't do it so that we can ego trip or run around acting flakey. No, 'He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you' (John 16:14). God gives 'inside information' to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, 'The Holy Ghost done told me, everything's gonna be all …

{ 3 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

The spider may have eight eyes, yet many spiders can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that's going on around it. What's the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you can see with your eyes. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things' (1 John 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that he would show us 'things to come' (John 16:13). But He won't do it so that we can ego trip or run around acting flakey. No, 'He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you' (John 16:14). God gives 'inside information' to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, 'The Holy Ghost done told me, everything's gonna be all …

{ 3 } 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS,AND IS IN KINGS'PALACES.'PROVERBS 30:28

The spider may have eight eyes, yet many spiders can barely see. What makes it an avid hunter is that the hair follicles on its legs are full of sensitivity and it can discern everything that's going on around it. What's the message of the spider? Use your God-given sense of discernment! You can discern more with your spirit than you can see with your eyes. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things' (1 John 2:20). God will let you know things you can neither prove nor explain. Jesus said that he would show us 'things to come' (John 16:13). But He won't do it so that we can ego trip or run around acting flakey. No, 'He shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine, and shall [show] it unto you' (John 16:14). God gives 'inside information' to those who seek to glorify Him. So stop living beneath your spiritual privilege. The old country church folks used to sing, 'The Holy Ghost done told me, everything's gonna be all …

{2} 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS, AND IS IN KINGS' PALACES.' PROVERBS 30:28

When it's time to lay eggs the spider produces a particular type of silk thread and spins it into a protective sac, then deposits them. When an enemy comes to steal the spider's offspring, it gets trapped on the sticky fluids that line the silk. Then the spider wraps the enemy in another kind of thread and turns it into food. What's the message of the spider? The battle is over your future! Don't let the enemy have your children. Don't let him rob you of your potential. Don't let him steal your destiny. When those with weak wills, weak knees and weak faith saw the giants in the Promised Land they wanted to go back to Egypt. Not Caleb. He said, 'Neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us' (Numbers 14:9). When you understand what the battle in your life is about, you actually begin to feed off the stuff the enemy throws at you and say, 'Bring it on, what does not destroy me will only make me stronger.' Be like Shammah. '…

{2} 'THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS, AND IS IN KINGS' PALACES.' PROVERBS 30:28

When it's time to lay eggs the spider produces a particular type of silk thread and spins it into a protective sac, then deposits them. When an enemy comes to steal the spider's offspring, it gets trapped on the sticky fluids that line the silk. Then the spider wraps the enemy in another kind of thread and turns it into food. What's the message of the spider? The battle is over your future! Don't let the enemy have your children. Don't let him rob you of your potential. Don't let him steal your destiny. When those with weak wills, weak knees and weak faith saw the giants in the Promised Land they wanted to go back to Egypt. Not Caleb. He said, 'Neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us' (Numbers 14:9). When you understand what the battle in your life is about, you actually begin to feed off the stuff the enemy throws at you and say, 'Bring it on, what does not destroy me will only make me stronger.' Be like Shammah. '…

‘THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS, AND IS IN KINGS’ PALACES.’ PROVERBS 30:28

Everything a spider needs to survive and succeed in life, God put within it. Swipe it with a broom and before it hits the ground, its fall is broken. It just reaches inside, releases another protein-filled silk-like thread, slides down, finds a safe place, then comes back stronger than ever and builds a new web. What's the message of the spider? Everything you need, God has placed within you! The Bible says, 'His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature' (2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV). What has God given us? 'Everything we need.' What has God made us participants in? 'His divine nature.' Wow! Your future is not determined by who you know and who you don't, who likes you and who doesn't. The power to fulfil your destiny is within you! The warfare over your life and the struggle you're in is about what you were born, …

‘THE SPIDER TAKETH HOLD WITH HER HANDS, AND IS IN KINGS’ PALACES.’ PROVERBS 30:28

Everything a spider needs to survive and succeed in life, God put within it. Swipe it with a broom and before it hits the ground, its fall is broken. It just reaches inside, releases another protein-filled silk-like thread, slides down, finds a safe place, then comes back stronger than ever and builds a new web. What's the message of the spider? Everything you need, God has placed within you! The Bible says, 'His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature' (2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV). What has God given us? 'Everything we need.' What has God made us participants in? 'His divine nature.' Wow! Your future is not determined by who you know and who you don't, who likes you and who doesn't. The power to fulfil your destiny is within you! The warfare over your life and the struggle you're in is about what you were born, …

Identity crisis...‘ “…I KNOW WHERE I CAME FROM AND WHERE I AM GOING…“ ’ JOHN 8:14 AMP

A national news network recently reported on a man who was released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. A case of mistaken identity had stolen many of his best years. And unless you understand who you are before God, satan will sentence you to a life of worthlessness, fear and manipulation. Identifying somebody means having the ability to recognise and say exactly who they are; so when you identify with what people say you are versus what God says, you’re setting yourself up for problems. Jesus identified only with God’s opinion. ‘ “…I know where I came from and where I am going…“ ’ People said terrible things about Jesus, yet the Bible says, ‘The stone…the builders rejected has become the…Cornerstone’ (Psalm 118:22 NKJ). Sometimes we’re so busy telling people what to do, that we neglect to tell them who they are. Knowing who you are in Christ gives you the confidence to hold your head high! Paul says, ‘In [Christ] you have been made complete…’ (Colossians 2:1…

Identity crisis...‘ “…I KNOW WHERE I CAME FROM AND WHERE I AM GOING…“ ’ JOHN 8:14 AMP

A national news network recently reported on a man who was released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. A case of mistaken identity had stolen many of his best years. And unless you understand who you are before God, satan will sentence you to a life of worthlessness, fear and manipulation. Identifying somebody means having the ability to recognise and say exactly who they are; so when you identify with what people say you are versus what God says, you’re setting yourself up for problems. Jesus identified only with God’s opinion. ‘ “…I know where I came from and where I am going…“ ’ People said terrible things about Jesus, yet the Bible says, ‘The stone…the builders rejected has become the…Cornerstone’ (Psalm 118:22 NKJ). Sometimes we’re so busy telling people what to do, that we neglect to tell them who they are. Knowing who you are in Christ gives you the confidence to hold your head high! Paul says, ‘In [Christ] you have been made complete…’ (Colossians 2:1…

Choose to live!...‘Do you want to be made well?’ John 5:6 NKJV

He can’t walk, the pool isn’t easily accessible, and there are no motorised lifts. Then Jesus comes along and asks this man who’d been incapacitated for 38 years, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ What a question! Now, Jesus didn’t ask it because He didn’t know the answer; He did it to direct the man’s (and our) thinking along the right lines. He could just as easily have asked: ‘Are you ready to assume responsibility for your life? Do you really want that promotion, or is it easier to just gripe about money? Are you ready for marriage, for somebody who’ll share your life and make you reconsider your self-centred ways?’ Answers to our prayers often come with a price. For example, the family of an addict sometimes spends years praying for change, then when it happens they experience their own crises. Because their lives have centred around drama and dysfunction, they’ve never learned how to live any other way. At that point they have a choice to make: to keep blaming their problems on som…

‘Say unto this mountain, Be thou removed...’ Mark 11:23

How to move the mountain How can you move the mountain in your life? By: 1) Using God’s Word: In the wilderness satan tempted Jesus in three ways: a) put your temporal needs ahead of your spiritual ones: ‘Turn these stones into bread’ b) use your power for the wrong reasons: ‘Throw yourself down from the pinnacle of the temple’ c) take the easy way, not the cross: ‘The world is yours, just submit to me.’ Each time Jesus overcame satan by saying, ‘It is written’ (Matthew 4:1-11). Your most powerful weapon is God’s Word – learn to use it! 2) Being persistent: Jeremiah said that God’s Word is ‘…like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces’ (Jeremiah 23:29 NKJV). Ever wonder how a hammer can hit a rock ninety-nine times, but on the one-hundredth blow it shatters? That’s because all the previous blows kept weakening it. Live in God’s Word; keep speaking it over your situation and it will work. 3) Forgiving: The story is told of a pastor who asked his congregation, ‘How many of you are willin…

‘Say unto this mountain, Be thou removed...’ Mark 11:23

How to move the mountain How can you move the mountain in your life? By: 1) Using God’s Word: In the wilderness satan tempted Jesus in three ways: a) put your temporal needs ahead of your spiritual ones: ‘Turn these stones into bread’ b) use your power for the wrong reasons: ‘Throw yourself down from the pinnacle of the temple’ c) take the easy way, not the cross: ‘The world is yours, just submit to me.’ Each time Jesus overcame satan by saying, ‘It is written’ (Matthew 4:1-11). Your most powerful weapon is God’s Word – learn to use it! 2) Being persistent: Jeremiah said that God’s Word is ‘…like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces’ (Jeremiah 23:29 NKJV). Ever wonder how a hammer can hit a rock ninety-nine times, but on the one-hundredth blow it shatters? That’s because all the previous blows kept weakening it. Live in God’s Word; keep speaking it over your situation and it will work. 3) Forgiving: The story is told of a pastor who asked his congregation, ‘How many of you are willin…

God’s indwelling Spirit interprets for us...Romans 8:26 NKJV

‘We do not know what we should pray for…but the spirit …makes intercession for us.’ Romans 8:26 NKJV
When you go to a foreign country you can feel uncomfortable and a bit lost, because you don’t speak the language. Everything is different from what you’re accustomed to. The language of the spiritual world is prayer and since the spiritual world is the source of our power, victory, peace, joy, and everything else we need, it’s essential that we learn to speak it. The good news is, we have the perfect teacher and interpreter; the Holy Spirit Himself. One of His jobs is to teach us the language of prayer and guide us when it comes to addressing God and He’s good at this job! The Bible says the Holy Spirit can interpret our prayers to God even when we don’t know what to say. ‘If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans’ (Romans 8:26 TM). Isn’t that wonderful? Prayer is the link betwee…

God’s indwelling Spirit interprets for us...Romans 8:26 NKJV

‘We do not know what we should pray for…but the spirit …makes intercession for us.’ Romans 8:26 NKJV
When you go to a foreign country you can feel uncomfortable and a bit lost, because you don’t speak the language. Everything is different from what you’re accustomed to. The language of the spiritual world is prayer and since the spiritual world is the source of our power, victory, peace, joy, and everything else we need, it’s essential that we learn to speak it. The good news is, we have the perfect teacher and interpreter; the Holy Spirit Himself. One of His jobs is to teach us the language of prayer and guide us when it comes to addressing God and He’s good at this job! The Bible says the Holy Spirit can interpret our prayers to God even when we don’t know what to say. ‘If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans’ (Romans 8:26 TM). Isn’t that wonderful? Prayer is the link betwee…

Don’t just pray, listen!...‘As I hear, I judge.’ John 5:30 NKJV

Ever wonder why Jesus never made a single misstep? He tells us: ‘The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does…I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me’ (John 5:19-20, 30 NKJV). Jesus often prayed all night, yet few of His prayers are recorded. Why? Because He didn’t just talk to His Father, He took time to listen and get instructions. Jesus prayed on mountaintops and in gardens. He even prayed on the street outside the house where He had slept the previous night. No doubt if He’d had a car, He’d have prayed driving to work. Prayer and listening to God were as natural to Him as breathing; it was the spiritual oxygen He thrived on. When the Bible says, ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17), it means we are to stay in to…

Don’t just pray, listen!...‘As I hear, I judge.’ John 5:30 NKJV

Ever wonder why Jesus never made a single misstep? He tells us: ‘The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does…I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me’ (John 5:19-20, 30 NKJV). Jesus often prayed all night, yet few of His prayers are recorded. Why? Because He didn’t just talk to His Father, He took time to listen and get instructions. Jesus prayed on mountaintops and in gardens. He even prayed on the street outside the house where He had slept the previous night. No doubt if He’d had a car, He’d have prayed driving to work. Prayer and listening to God were as natural to Him as breathing; it was the spiritual oxygen He thrived on. When the Bible says, ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17), it means we are to stay in to…

‘Teach the older men [and women] to be…self-controlled.’ Titus 2:2 NIV

Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers) loved Jesus with all her heart and made sure folks in Hollywood knew it. Here’s one of her prayers: ‘Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself, that I’m growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me from getting too talkative; particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Deliver me from the need to try and straighten out everybody’s affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. I ask for grace to listen to the tales of others’ pains; but seal my lips when it comes to my own aches and pains, for they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them gets sweeter as the years go by. I ask not for improved memory, but for a growing humility and less cocksureness, especially when my memory seems to clash with the memory of others. Teach me that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I don’t necessarily want to be a saint – s…

‘Teach the older men [and women] to be…self-controlled.’ Titus 2:2 NIV

Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers) loved Jesus with all her heart and made sure folks in Hollywood knew it. Here’s one of her prayers: ‘Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself, that I’m growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me from getting too talkative; particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Deliver me from the need to try and straighten out everybody’s affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. I ask for grace to listen to the tales of others’ pains; but seal my lips when it comes to my own aches and pains, for they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them gets sweeter as the years go by. I ask not for improved memory, but for a growing humility and less cocksureness, especially when my memory seems to clash with the memory of others. Teach me that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I don’t necessarily want to be a saint – s…

LOOK TO THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH; SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS. 1 CHRONICLES 16:11 NIV P-R-A-Y!

To help you remember the four parts of prayer, think of the acrostic P-R-A-Y: P – Praise the Lord! Not sure how? Think you’ll run out of words? Not if you use the Scriptures. David gives us a beautiful example in 1 Chronicles 29:11-13. It’s one you can use: ‘Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor…Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom…In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.’ R – Repent of your sins! Just as heat forces impurities to the surface so the metal refiner can remove them, your prayer time will reveal attitudes that must be changed, habits that must be broken, and barriers to blessing that must be removed. It’s not enough to tell God about your sins. He already knows them. You must ask Him to help you turn away from them. This is true repentance. A – Ask for yourself and others! Your prayers invite God into the situation, and your faith…

LOOK TO THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH; SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS. 1 CHRONICLES 16:11 NIV P-R-A-Y!

To help you remember the four parts of prayer, think of the acrostic P-R-A-Y: P – Praise the Lord! Not sure how? Think you’ll run out of words? Not if you use the Scriptures. David gives us a beautiful example in 1 Chronicles 29:11-13. It’s one you can use: ‘Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor…Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom…In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.’ R – Repent of your sins! Just as heat forces impurities to the surface so the metal refiner can remove them, your prayer time will reveal attitudes that must be changed, habits that must be broken, and barriers to blessing that must be removed. It’s not enough to tell God about your sins. He already knows them. You must ask Him to help you turn away from them. This is true repentance. A – Ask for yourself and others! Your prayers invite God into the situation, and your faith…

Rivers and reservoirs...‘ “YOUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS TO THE POOR HAVE COME UP AS A [CONSTANT REMINDER] BEFORE GOD.“ ’ ACTS 10:4 NIV

The things you do for others don’t go unnoticed. God is keeping track of every single one. He ‘doesn’t miss anything. He knows…the love you’ve shown…by helping…’ (Hebrews 6:10 TM). God heard the kind words you spoke to that person who was hurting. He saw your sacrificial giving when you could least afford it. By doing what you did you paved the way for God to help you. He’s storing it all up so that in your time of need you’ll have a rich account to draw on. The Bible speaks about a Roman soldier named Cornelius, a ‘…good man…always helping people in need…’ (Acts 10:2 TM). And what happened to Cornelius? His family became the first Gentile household to hear and receive the gospel. What a payoff! Why did God pick Cornelius? Because of his generous spirit, ‘…an angel…came to him and said…“Your…gifts…have come up as a [constant reminder] before God.’’ ‘ A lady was praying about starting a pet grooming business but couldn’t afford to advertise. So she went to her local animal shelter and…

Rivers and reservoirs...‘ “YOUR PRAYERS AND GIFTS TO THE POOR HAVE COME UP AS A [CONSTANT REMINDER] BEFORE GOD.“ ’ ACTS 10:4 NIV

The things you do for others don’t go unnoticed. God is keeping track of every single one. He ‘doesn’t miss anything. He knows…the love you’ve shown…by helping…’ (Hebrews 6:10 TM). God heard the kind words you spoke to that person who was hurting. He saw your sacrificial giving when you could least afford it. By doing what you did you paved the way for God to help you. He’s storing it all up so that in your time of need you’ll have a rich account to draw on. The Bible speaks about a Roman soldier named Cornelius, a ‘…good man…always helping people in need…’ (Acts 10:2 TM). And what happened to Cornelius? His family became the first Gentile household to hear and receive the gospel. What a payoff! Why did God pick Cornelius? Because of his generous spirit, ‘…an angel…came to him and said…“Your…gifts…have come up as a [constant reminder] before God.’’ ‘ A lady was praying about starting a pet grooming business but couldn’t afford to advertise. So she went to her local animal shelter and…

Mind prayers...‘…THROUGH FAITH IN HIM WE MAY APPROACH GOD WITH… CONFIDENCE.’ EPHESIANS 3:12 NIV

Did you know that you can pray in your mind without having to speak a word out loud? All of us know the power of unspoken communication. Many of us grew up with parents who didn’t have to say a thing to make their will known. It may have been the way they cocked their heads, a certain look in their eyes or some other signal; but whatever it was, we knew exactly what was being communicated and how we were expected to respond. Our goal in prayer should be to maintain such a close relationship with God that we can communicate back and forth no matter what the situation, the time of day, or anything else. And we don’t have to shout, or use the right words in the right order, because our hearts are in tune with God’s heart. It’s like the story of the little boy who wanted a bicycle for Christmas. He was praying one night at the top of his voice, telling God the kind and colour of bike he wanted. His mother said, ‘Son, you don’t need to shout for God to hear you.’ He replied, ‘I know, mummy…

Mind prayers...‘…THROUGH FAITH IN HIM WE MAY APPROACH GOD WITH… CONFIDENCE.’ EPHESIANS 3:12 NIV

Did you know that you can pray in your mind without having to speak a word out loud? All of us know the power of unspoken communication. Many of us grew up with parents who didn’t have to say a thing to make their will known. It may have been the way they cocked their heads, a certain look in their eyes or some other signal; but whatever it was, we knew exactly what was being communicated and how we were expected to respond. Our goal in prayer should be to maintain such a close relationship with God that we can communicate back and forth no matter what the situation, the time of day, or anything else. And we don’t have to shout, or use the right words in the right order, because our hearts are in tune with God’s heart. It’s like the story of the little boy who wanted a bicycle for Christmas. He was praying one night at the top of his voice, telling God the kind and colour of bike he wanted. His mother said, ‘Son, you don’t need to shout for God to hear you.’ He replied, ‘I know, mummy…

‘REMEMBER YE NOT THE FORMER THINGS, NEITHER CONSIDER THE THINGS OF OLD. BEHOLD, I DO A NEW THING.’ ISAIAH 43:18-19

Realise that it’s not God who’s bringing up your past! His Word says, ‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions…and remembers your sins no more’ (Isaiah 43:25 NIV). If satan is dragging up your past – it’s because he has nothing new to attack you with. All he can do is resurrect old memories and rearrange old pictures in an attempt to discourage you. Don’t let him! Focusing on tomorrow will help you move away from today. God’s Word says: ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way’ (NIV). God is going to make a way for you! As surely as Pharaoh and Herod tried to wipe out every baby boy in order to get at Moses and Jesus, so satan will do whatever it takes to keep you from reaching your destiny. The battle is always over your future! No matter what your past is like your future is worth fighting for – so rise up and fight! ‘Where do I begin?’ you ask. Talk to God: ask Him to sh…

‘REMEMBER YE NOT THE FORMER THINGS, NEITHER CONSIDER THE THINGS OF OLD. BEHOLD, I DO A NEW THING.’ ISAIAH 43:18-19

Realise that it’s not God who’s bringing up your past! His Word says, ‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions…and remembers your sins no more’ (Isaiah 43:25 NIV). If satan is dragging up your past – it’s because he has nothing new to attack you with. All he can do is resurrect old memories and rearrange old pictures in an attempt to discourage you. Don’t let him! Focusing on tomorrow will help you move away from today. God’s Word says: ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way’ (NIV). God is going to make a way for you! As surely as Pharaoh and Herod tried to wipe out every baby boy in order to get at Moses and Jesus, so satan will do whatever it takes to keep you from reaching your destiny. The battle is always over your future! No matter what your past is like your future is worth fighting for – so rise up and fight! ‘Where do I begin?’ you ask. Talk to God: ask Him to sh…

PRAYER: OUR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH THE FATHER

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1)

Communication is probably one of the most important activities in life. There are different kinds of communication. We shall however, discuss the communication between man and God, which is established through prayer. In Luke 18, the Lord Jesus taught on the importance of prayer. Man is a spirit and his needs are essentially spiritual. This is why he always craves for that contact with God, who is described in Hebrews 12:9 as “the Father of spirits.”

What a blessing to know that you can communicate directly with your heavenly Father; that you can have His hundred percent attention through prayer: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1Peter 3:21) This is one reason you ought to always be excited to pray. Some people only pray when they need something. That’s wrong! The time…

PRAYER: OUR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH THE FATHER

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1)

Communication is probably one of the most important activities in life. There are different kinds of communication. We shall however, discuss the communication between man and God, which is established through prayer. In Luke 18, the Lord Jesus taught on the importance of prayer. Man is a spirit and his needs are essentially spiritual. This is why he always craves for that contact with God, who is described in Hebrews 12:9 as “the Father of spirits.”

What a blessing to know that you can communicate directly with your heavenly Father; that you can have His hundred percent attention through prayer: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1Peter 3:21) This is one reason you ought to always be excited to pray. Some people only pray when they need something. That’s wrong! The time…