How’s Your Relationship with God? (2)

‘...I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.’ John 5:30 NKJV Three things describe Christ’s relationship with His Father: intimacy, dependency and obedience. Today let’s look at His dependency on God. ‘The Son can do nothing of Himself, but...

How’s Your Relationship with God? (1)

‘...I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.’ John 5:30 NKJV The relationship Jesus had with His Father is the kind of relationship that He wants you to have with Him. Three things describe that relationship. For the next few days let’s look...

The ‘Spirit of Wisdom’

‘The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom...’ Isaiah 11:2 NKJV During His earthly ministry Jesus needed ‘the Spirit of wisdom’ when it came to making decisions and dealing with the enemy. As believers, that same Spirit lives in us. James 3:15...

Meditate and Chew

‘...meditate on it day and night...’ Joshua 1:8 NIV Pastor, are you an starving chef? Are you serving healthy meals to your congregation every Sunday, while you yourself are starving to death spiritually? Have you allowed the business side of the church to steal your...

Staying When You Feel Like Quitting

‘Love...endures through every circumstance.’ 1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT When Ed and Alice went for marriage counselling the therapist asked Alice, ‘What first attracted you to Ed?’ She replied, ‘His strong, silent ways.’ The counsellor continued, ‘So why do you want a...

More Than Conquerors (3)

‘...who always leads us in triumph in Christ...’ 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV Few things can discourage you like when your children don’t follow in your path. As Christian parents we long to see our children serve God. If you’ve prayed, lived your faith before them as best...

More Than Conquerors (2)

‘...who always leads us in triumph in Christ...’ 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV Sometimes you have to overcome your family environment. None of us come from an ideal family. Many will experience things like rejection; physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse; poverty;...

More Than Conquerors (1)

‘...who always leads us in triumph in Christ...’ 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV Jesus said, ‘...Here on earth you will have many trials...’ (John 16:33 NLT) Having problems doesn’t mean you’re a fake, a failure or the focus of God’s displeasure. The storm tested both the...

Don’t Give Up!

‘...There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure…trials...’ 1 Peter 1:6 NLT In the 1950s Mary Kay Ash was the first woman to sit on the board of directors at the World Gift Company. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing! Although she’d earned a place in the...

Thirsty for God

‘...My soul thirsts for You…in a…land where there is no water.’ Psalm 63:1 NAS Mark Roberts writes: ‘On a hike…we spotted a peak that seemed to be just a couple of [kilometres] further, so we headed for it. By the time we conquered the peak we’d used up almost all of...

Most Recent Devotional Readings

Start Exercising

‘Bodily exercise profits.’ 1 Timothy 4:8 NKJV As you move into your forties, fifties, and sixties, you’ll tend to become more sedentary. One woman made a lifelong commitment not to sweat. Another one joked that the only reason for jogging was to look better at her...

Everything You Need For Living

‘Everything we need.’ 2 Peter 1:3 NIV Peter writes, ‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life.’ (2 Peter 1:3 NIV) Living life to the fullest requires three things: (1) A little extra. This is the extra-mile principle Jesus taught (see Matthew...

Get Your Approval From God

‘Our eyes look to the Lord our God.’ Psalm 123:2 NKJV It’s always nice to be appreciated for the work you do, and when that doesn’t happen, it can affect your sense of self-worth. That’s why the Bible says, ‘As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…...

Recall God’s Lovingkindness To You

‘Your lovingkindness is before my eyes.’ Psalm 26:3 NKJV The story’s told of a little boy who was asked, ‘Do you say your prayers every night?’ He replied, ‘No, some nights I don’t need anything!’ We may smile, but the point is painfully obvious. If the only time your...

Don’t Look Back

‘His wife looked back behind him and she became a pillar of salt.’ Genesis 19:26 NKJV Before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, angels of the Lord rescued Lot and his family from the city. Then they said: ‘Run for your lives! Don’t look behind you, and don’t stop on the...

Soak Your Mind In God’s Word

‘I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.’ Psalm 119:11 NLT Are you discouraged because you keep committing the same sins over and over again? Here’s your answer: soak your mind in God’s Word! Just like you soak a sponge in water and it...

When Your Child Seems Out Of Control

‘Great shall be the peace of your children.’ Isaiah 54:13 NKJV Few things in life can break your heart like a child addicted to alcohol or drugs, or realising they’re hanging out with the wrong crowd and are involved in activities that can destroy their lives. As a...

Arrested Development (4)

‘He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.’ Proverbs 13:20 NKJV Let’s look at arrested relational development. God’s plan for your life requires connecting with the right people—and disconnecting from the wrong ones....

Arrested Development (3)

‘Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser.’ Proverbs 9:9 NKJV Let’s look at arrested intellectual development. Sometimes we use verses like ‘God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put shame to the wise’ (1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV) as excuses...

Arrested Development (2)

‘You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away.’ Job 11:16 NLT Let’s talk about arrested emotional development. When you don’t get help for your past emotional hurts, you’ll find yourself ‘acting out’, treating others like you were treated, and...