Start the New Year Right

‘...forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another...’ Colossians 3:13 NIV Start the New Year right! Let go of any old grudges that are weighing you down! Philip Yancey describes forgiveness as an unnatural act and says, ‘You don’t find dolphins...

Put Your Faith to Work (4)

‘...Your faith has made you well.’ Luke 17:19 NKJV Let’s look again at the ten people with leprosy Jesus healed. The disease decreases your sensitivity so that you can easily and permanently damage your body. But notice, Jesus didn’t lay hands on them or pray for...

Put Your Faith to Work (3)

‘...Your faith has made you well.’ Luke 17:19 NKJV Luke records: ‘As He… passed through… Samaria… there met Him ten… lepers, who… lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ So when He saw them, He said… ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’...

Put Your Faith to Work (2)

‘...Your faith has made you well.’ Luke 17:19 NKJV The Syrian army had surrounded the city of Samaria and its population was dying of starvation. Having lived off scraps of bread that folks threw over the wall each day, four lepers quickly realised that they were in...

Put Your Faith to Work (1)

‘...Your faith has made you well.’ Luke 17:19 NKJV We become so engrossed in what we see, feel and hear, that we operate within our natural senses rather than our spiritual ones. ‘Through your faith, God is protecting you by His power.’ (1 Peter 1:5 NLT) Your ‘faith’...

Get Down on Your Knees

‘Now there were…shepherds...’ Luke 2:8 NKJV The Christmas story goes like this: ‘There were… shepherds… keeping watch over their flocks by night. And behold an angel of the Lord stood before them… The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good...

Simeon

‘I can die in peace… I have seen the Saviour.’ Luke 2:29–30 TLB The Bible says: ‘There was a man named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem. He was a righteous man and very devout… and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come… The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would...

The Truth of the Virgin Birth

‘The virgin will…give birth to a son...’ Matthew 1:23 NIV Heaven announced the birth of Jesus in these words: ‘The virgin will… give birth to a son, and… call Him Immanuel—which means, “God with us.”’ Isn’t it ironic that the first people to question the miracle of...

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (4)

‘A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...’ Proverbs 24:16 NKJV Solomon writes: ‘Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.’ (Proverbs 14:4 NLT) If you insist on always having a nice neat barn, you’ll have an empty...

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (3)

‘A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...’ Proverbs 24:16 NKJV The Psalmist wrote: ‘Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word.’ (Psalm 119:67 NKJV) By doing it the wrong way, he eventually learned to do it the right way. The truth...

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...