Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot [ever] enter the k
It was reported to David that the Philistines were raiding Keilah and looting the grain. David went in prayer to GOD: “Should I go after these Philistines and teach them a lesson?” GOD said, “Go. Attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” But David’s men said, “We live in fear of our lives right here in Judah. How can you think of going to Keilah in the thick of the Philistines?” So David went back to GOD in prayer. GOD said, “Get going. Head for Keilah. I’m placing the Philist
Energise the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! GOD is here, right here, on his way to put things right And redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!
Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped, Lame men and women will leap like deer, the voiceless break into song.(Isa 35:3)
Like most of GOD’s Children, I have witnessEd many miracles. Some mental, some physical and some spiritual.
The ones that stick out to me
Get out of bed … Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. GOD ’s bright glory has risen for you. The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But GOD rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you. Nations will come to your light, kings to your sunburst brightness… (Isa 60:1) To my mind there’s never been a time like this – not in my lifetime anyway! A time when people are openly asking why you believe what you do, and what really happens in a
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Neh 8:10) Read it again – slowly. Now quieten your hearts to listen … “…The voice you heard was not for my benefit, but for yours— to help you believe.” (John 12:30) ❤️ #health #answeredprayers #grace #worship #lov
“… I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. “I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all
Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face. (Psa 34:19) Difficult subject this … when I was first introduced to GOD, Time itself seemed to slow right down! I was able to see myself for the first time, who I really was, in the beautiful river of Life. I was ecstatic and somehow thought that all my troubles would be over. I’d never be poorly, money would flow in for everything and anything I
Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, end
As you yield freely and fully to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life. For your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your old self-life from dominating you! … The cravings of the self-life are obvious: Sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hat
The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshipers who love him— those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong, steady love of God. (Psa 33:18) Our GOD can (and will) come through for us in the most amazing ways. One that sticks in my mind was from a missionary to the Amazon. He told us that he was in a party of 3 missionaries who were trying to cross a particularly difficult river during monsoon. The river wasn’t particularly deep but it was running fast an
… each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because: God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble. (1 Peter 5:5) Most of us would rather be elsewhere than band practice on a cold Friday November evening at 7:30. She came in with her mother. She was only about 10 or 11 and although you could tell she was nervous, her mother didn’t try and pamper her. She calmly whispered something in her ear, gave her a t
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels— everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him… So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—p
speak the truth,
avoid evil amusements. This is how you raise your standard of living! A safe and stable way to live. A nourishing, satisfying way to live. (Isa 33:15) It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing, and it certainly doesn’t matter where the boundary lines have been moved to. If as you think about each one of these GOD breathed rules you sigh ‘Oh me,’ then you need to pray for a change of heart
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope! (Rom 15:13) I’m an optimistic person generally, but as I approach my last semester I accept that the main times that I have struggled with hope is when I’ve desperately wanted something to happen – and it didn’t …! Jus
Those who hunger for him will always be filled, but the smug and self-satisfied he will send away empty. (Luke 1:53) I watched a short video this morning that some parents had posted on their small children receiving their hearts desire – a puppy! In both cases the children didn’t immediately laugh and hug the dog, but instead cried openly and gratefully hugged their parents. Let’s not be smug or self-satisfied with what we have and what has been given to us by His Grace
“The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they’ll be as unified and together as we are— I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, And give the godless world evidence That you’ve sent me and loved them In the same way you’ve loved me.” (John 17:22) She’d made it ‘very’ clear that she didn’t want ‘anything’ to do with Christianity and for almost 6 months went out of her way to make my day at work as miserable as possible. It had been a particularly d
“The same glory you gave me, I gave them, So they’ll be as unified and together as we are— I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, And give the godless world evidence That you’ve sent me and loved them In the same way you’ve loved me.” (John 17:22) I’d finished my lunch at my desk and was chatting with a young lady how the Lord had miraculously healed her back when a man in our office who was not known to ever talk much said, “Miracles! I’ll tell yo
Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most. (Psa 37:4) A scientist just posted a fascinating experiment whereby birds have been taught to gather and deposit bottle tops in a container, and each time they do this successfully, a machine drops a peanut down a tube for them to eat. It’s called utilising a means to an end, and we can all be really good at that. Even though none of us likes being used or ignored,
O Lord our God, others have ruled us, but you alone are the one we worship.
(Isa 26:13) I was at a church service in Italy a few years ago. The worship group were just finishing up when the main door burst open and a man staggered in holding a young unconscious woman in his arms. They were followed in by a young sheepish man who looked scared to death and stared around at us open mouthed as if we were all sea creatures! As we were guests, we were sat next to the Pastor and