(Jesus speaking) “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience— doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselv
He will swallow up death (Isa 25:8) How many broken dreams, how many shattered hopes, how many ‘if only’s’ lay at the foot of the cross? How many times has our Heavenly Father, heard our broken hearts and stepped in and swallowed the death of something that clung to us, sucking our life and hope away in its toxic deprivation… And our Lord doesn’t just fix our mistakes and then step back tut tutting. Like the Good Father Jesus told us of, His hands remain outstretched towa
You’re kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and very patient with people who fail you. Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. God, everyone sees your goodness, for your tender love is blended into everything you do. … Every one of your godly lovers receives even more than what they ask for. For you hear what their hearts really long for and you bring them your saving strength. (Psa 145:8) Father, I read this psalm and like th
I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. “So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!” Lord, you are my secret hiding place, protecting me from these troubles, surrounding me with songs of gladness! Your joyous shouts of
Your glory-kingdom, O God, endures forever, for you are enthroned to rule with a justice-scepter in your hand! You are passionate for righteousness and you hate lawlessness. This is why God, your God, crowns you with bliss above your fellow kings. He has anointed you, more than any other, with his oil of fervent joy, the very fragrance of heaven’s gladness. Your royal robes release the scent of suffering love for your bride; the odor of aromatic incense is upon you. (Psa 4
I waited and waited and waited some more, patiently, knowing God would come through for me. Then, at last, he bent down and listened to my cry. He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. (Psa 40:1) I’ve told this story before, but it’s still worth a listen. Many years ago my wife and I were asked to attend a Way of the Spirit teaching day. During the time there I spotted a man rocking a small baby throug
Live as one who has died to every form of sexual sin and impurity. Live as one who died to diseases, and desires for forbidden things, including the desire for wealth, which is the essence of idol worship. (Col 3:5) Jealousy subtly climbs more fences than Japanese knotweed and is more toxic than an open sewer.
All day – every day, we’re assailed by sights, sounds and smells of jealousy’s enticing aromas: Their beautiful house, their fabulous cars, their amazing children, th
… submit to the authority of those who are your masters—not only to those who are kind and gentle but even to those who are hard and difficult. You find God’s favour by deciding to please God even when you endure hardships because of unjust suffering. For what merit is it to endure mistreatment for wrongdoing? Yet if you are mistreated when you do what is right, and you faithfully endure it, this is commendable before God. In fact, you were called to live this way, because Ch
After this I looked, and behold, right in front of me I saw a vast multitude of people—an enormous multitude so huge that no one could count—made up of victorious ones from every nation, tribe, people group, and language. They were all in glistening white robes, standing before the throne and before the Lamb with palm branches in their hands. And they shouted out with a passionate voice: “Salvation belongs to our God seated on the throne and to the Lamb!” (Rev 7:9) Througho
It is very common for people to swear an oath by something greater than themselves, for the oath will confirm their statements and end all dispute. So in the same way, God wanted to end all doubt and confirm it even more forcefully to those who would inherit his promises. His purpose was unchangeable, so God added his vow to the promise. So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change! And now we have run into his heart to hide ou
Quiet your heart in his presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you. (Psa 37:7) I once heard a great analogy of hope as being as a Pregnant woman. I guess no one really understands what patience in hope really means as much as than them. They begin by ‘knowing’ something is happening within them – they have a glowing joy, but they can’t see anything. As the pregnancy grows, so does their joy and their hopeful aspirations. And even at the
Do you want to live a long, good life, enjoying the beauty that fills each day? Then never speak a lie or allow wicked words to come from your mouth. (Psa 34:12) I recently (finally) got to read my wife’s favourite book: Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers. What an emotional rollercoaster! Bottom line the story is about how GOD Redeemed a ‘hardened by life’ prostitute through the awesome love of a man. Truthfully, although I wanted to throw the book at a wall every time I re
Don’t, enemy, crow over me. I’m down, but I’m not out. I’m sitting in the dark right now, but GOD is my light. I can take GOD ’s punishing rage. I deserve it—I sinned. But it’s not forever. He’s on my side and is going to get me out of this. He’ll turn on the lights and show me his ways. I’ll see the whole picture and how right he is. And my enemy will see it, too, and be discredited—yes, disgraced! This enemy who kept taunting, “So where is this GOD of yours?” I’m going to s
(Jesus speaking) “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s
Every Scripture has been inspired by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. (Please stop and think about this…) It will empower you by its instruction and correction, (Please stop and think about this …) giving you the strength to take the right direction (Please stop and think about this…) and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. (2 Tim 3:16) Begin today with GOD’s Word, never mind your ‘busyness,’ let Him draw you into His Presence and ‘minister’ to your needs. ❤️ #
(Jesus speaking) “But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you. “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. “Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” (John 14:26) All the things that happen are there to draw us into the are
GOD also says: “When the time’s ripe, I answer you. When victory’s due, I help you. I form you and use you to reconnect the people with me, To put the land in order, to resettle families on the ruined properties. I tell prisoners, ‘Come on out. You’re free!’ and those huddled in fear, ‘It’s all right. It’s safe now.’” (Isa 49:8) Each one of us plays an active part in GOD’s Salvation Message. Each one of us has been formed ‘specifically’ to perform a totally unique function
Then we cried out, “Lord, help us! Rescue us!” And he did! God spoke the words “Be healed,” and we were healed, delivered from death’s door! So lift your hands and give thanks to God for his marvelous kindness and for his miracles of mercy for those he loves! Bring your praise as an offering and your thanks as a sacrifice as you sing your story of miracles with a joyful song. (Psa 107:19) Grace is Grace. There is no additional formula necessary. No holy algorithms. No tick
We may toss the coin and roll the dice, but God’s will is greater than luck. (Pro 16:33) We all need to know GOD’s will for our lives. Think about it, if He wants me to turn right and head towards my blessing, but I’m insisting on heading left, then how can He bless me in my wilful disobedience? I can’t remember how many times someone has asked me to pray for them for ‘the will of GOD’ to be revealed to them, and I respond the same way I have for many years. “Put on your w
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.” (Jer 29:13) “We would preach and then we would pray. You felt the Glory. You felt the majesty of GOD. Today we go to the meeting-house and there is coffee, tea and fruit in the room by the platform. People speak of trivial things and then come to the platform. How can you just turn off and on the Power of GOD?”
Leonard Ravenhill, on General Booth and the Salvation Army. But you ne