In his book, Real Christianity, Wilberforce suggested that we "fix our gaze upon Jesus." He meant, among other things, that we should acknowledge Jesus as our chief model of genuine love and humility. Then by the power of Christ's indwelling Spirit, we will be able to align our lives with His. read more
Spring is the perfect time to assess where you are regarding your finances. Are you surviving or thriving? God has wisdom for you in this area. Become a wise steward of the resources the Lord has given you, and you will prosper. read more
In these days of great evil and strife, there is no doubt about it that Satan is at war with God's people. As the evils of the age advance, you and I must advance the cause of Christ. God's Word gives us the power over darkness.
READ: Matt. 8:29; John 14:12; Rom. 16:20; Eph. 6:12; Heb. 11:3; Luke 10:19. HEART ISSUE: Have you been too passive in speaking up for your faith? Are you standing firm and ready to defend what you believe? PRAYER FOCUS: Father God, in the name of Jesus, thank You for showing me how to speak up for Christ. Thank You for giving me strength, confidence and peace in standing firm as a witness for You. Amen and amen.
In the Word of God we can find great wisdom and the tools we need to combat our fears and overcome the power of the devil. You must learn to use the sword of the Spirit effectively, and to draw strength from God's Spirit in order to walk in victory with Him each day.
READ: Matt. 10:1; Mark 3:14-15; Luke 9:1; Luke 10:1-20; Eph. 5:16; 1 John 3:8. HEART ISSUE: Ask God to reveal the opportunities you may be missing to influence others for Him. In your prayer time, ask Him to show you specific ways in which you can be a stronger witness. PRAYER FOCUS: Thank You, Lord, for empowering me to be Your vessel to shine in this dark and mixed-up world. Give me the words to speak when I witness to others. Let me not shrink back in fear. Allow me to be forceful and courageous, always showing Your love. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Regardless of any shame you have about the circumstances of your life, God's love and mercy can cover you. Despite how fragmented and torn apart you have felt, God loves you deeply and, by His Spirit, you can be made completely whole. Absolute cleansing is a promise to all who seek and accept His forgiveness. read more
A proven formula for spiritual growth and transformation combines the right approach to Bible study with the practice of Christian disciplines.
GOD, IN HIS SOVEREIGN GRACE AND outrageous love, has given us in the Bible a written revelation of who He is and what His purposes are for humanity. There is no book that is remotely close to achieving the significance and influence of this one. But the intrinsic power and greatness of the Bible does not make it easy for us to receive the life it offers.
In point of fact, we can often use the Bible in ways that stifle spiritual life or even destroy the soul. The source of the problem is rooted in the two most common objectives of Bible study: (1) The practice of studying the Bible for information or knowledge alone and (2) the tendency to study specific passages of the Bible that speak to particular needs rather than seeking whole-life discipleship to Jesus. read more
It is extremely difficult to live in the midst of so much that is tempting to our flesh, yet keep your mind and heart pure before God. One safeguard is to intentionally lift your heart to the Lord each day. Doing so will reaffirm your devotion to Him and re-establish your heart in His peace. read more
We live in a culture of excess. Where is the peace of God in our frantic and frenetic quest for more things? God's Word will not only help you master your emotions and anxieties over getting more stuff, it will also help you to walk in His wisdom concerning your spending, so you can be blessed. read more
Look around you, and you will discover people in your local congregation who desperately need to feel connected to others. Reach out to them. It will make their adjustment easier and bring glory to the Lord. read more
God offers redemption and eternal life to humankind because of His love for us. The more you read His Word, the more blessed you are sure to be, and the more deeply you will come to love God, Your heavenly Father, and God the Son, Jesus Christ. read more
God is calling you to yield to the wind of His Spirit in a new way. Ask Him to cleanse and purify you, in order to use you. Let His Word guide you and get you ready for the great things ahead.
READ: Ps. 1:1-6; Luke 12:12; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 1:8; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 1:4. HEART ISSUE: Take some moments in your prayer time this week and ask the Lord to show you what areas of your life need to be cleaned up. Be open to hear His voice and follow His direction. PRAYER FOCUS: Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You that by the wind of Your Spirit, You are sifting out the impurities and chaff from my life. Fill me afresh with Your presence. Amen.
Because we are in Christ Jesus, our Vine, we can look forward to new levels of wholeness and healing. Let God's Word serve as your guide to walking holy in Christ, so that the light of Christ will increase in you and shine to others in a dark world. He will remove all the chaff if we walk faithfully with Him.
READ:John 3:30; John 15:1-7; Eph. 4:1-3; Eph. 5:15; Eph. 5:27; Phil. 2:15. HEART ISSUE: Are you willing to let Christ prepare you for greater service to Him? This means letting Him take away the wrong stuff in your life and replace it with His presence. Let the power of His Word help purify you and the power of His Spirit to set you on course for the great things ahead in His service. PRAYER FOCUS: Father, in the name of Jesus, thank You for refining me and transforming me into the likeness of Jesus. Thank You that the more I am cleansed of the unrighteousness in my life, the more I am readied and equipped to do the great things of ministry that You have for me. Amen.