… 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
What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:6) We had just moved from the Nort
Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because GOD will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sou
GOD commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.” (Gen 2:16) In its simplest form, sin is just missing the mark. And the mark you were created to achieve has been set by GOD long before you were even born – and no matter what your head, or your circumstances tell you, GOD is Faithful – He won’t (can’t) fail you! Keep in mind that sin’s funda
… the One who is living in you is far greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) You wake, but you’re not alone. Your dreams may have disturbed you, but you weren’t alone. You check yourself in the mirror, but you’re not alone. Your thoughts drift to the day ahead, but you won’t be alone. You have much to do today, and much to accomplish, but you won’t be alone. You finally grab five minutes to recuperate on your own, but you’re still not alone… He will never l
Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you. For the Scriptures tell us: Whoever wants to embrace true life and find beauty in each day must stop speaking evil, hurtful words and never deceive in what they say. Always turn from what is wrong and cultivate what is good; eagerly pursue peace in every relationship, making it your prize.
So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. (Heb 12:3) ‘Sinners who opposed their own souls’ this goes to show that we were created to know instinctively right from wrong. We can thank GOD that His Holy Spirit is no respecter of persons and like a caring Mother doesn’t let go until He shakes away everything that is wrong and clinging to us. Wha
Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life. Come every day to me and you will never be hungry. Believe in me and you will never be thirsty… I have come out of heaven not for my own desires, but for the satisfaction of my Father who sent me.” (John 6:35) My old tutor, John McKay called it ‘The Drama of Salvation.’ The beauty of our Salvation story is that it’s living, Interactive and constantly evolving. This means we ALL get to play an amazing part in the storyline – ea