The Value of a Confidant

‘The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.’ 1 Samuel 18:1 KJV It hurts when you discover that not everyone has your best interests at heart. So you must learn to be more discerning, and know on what level to interact...

Your Daily ‘Spiritual Supplements’

‘Our sufficiency is from God.’ 2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV Christian counsellor Dr Ann Shorb writes, ‘Each morning I reach for an assortment of nutritional supplements. Each has something I need, but not one by itself is enough to provide everything.’ Here are the...

Conditional Blessings

‘All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord.’ Deuteronomy 28:2 NKJV Many of God’s blessings come with conditions: ‘If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord… all these blessings shall come upon you.’...

‘Imputed’ righteousness

‘God will also count us as righteous if we believe in Him.’ Romans 4:24 NLT The New King James Version says righteousness will be imputed to us. To understand ‘imputed’, think of money being transferred from one account to another. Banks do it every day. Imagine...

Live A Life Of Integrity

‘The integrity of the upright will guide them.’ Proverbs 11:3 NKJV After leading the tribes of Israel for several decades, the prophet Samuel didn’t get a retirement party and a gold watch. He got something much better! It was this commendation: ‘You have not cheated...

Trust God He Knows What He’s Doing

‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46:10 KJV Let’s take a look at this Scripture. (1) ‘Be still’. Activity born out of anxiety actually prevents God from showing Himself strong on your behalf. That doesn’t mean you can be passive or lazy; it means doing what...

Overcoming Temptation

‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.’ Matthew 26:41 NKJV Why did Jesus tell His disciples, ‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’? Because He knows that without the indwelling power of the Holy...

At Your Breaking Point—Turn To God

‘Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.’ Psalm 27:14 NKJV David had reached his breaking point. ‘I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.’ (Psalm 27:13 NKJV)...

The Law of Location

‘The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there He put the man whom He had formed.’ Genesis 2:8 NKJV First God made the garden, then He made man and woman and placed them in the garden. This is called ‘the law of location’. Understand this: you will succeed...

You’re Called To Be An Overcomer

‘To him who overcomes.’ Revelation 2:7 NKJV Nothing becomes great until it overcomes something. Paul writes, ‘For a great… door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.’ (1 Corinthians 16:9 NKJV) Great doors of opportunity come with great challenges, and...

Most Recent Devotional Readings

Stop ‘Awfulising’!

‘Do not worry.’ Matthew 6:31 NIV No matter what happens in life, try to keep things in perspective. When you don’t, you end up viewing minor problems as major ones. Or you do the opposite, treating significant situations as ‘no big deal’. Either tendency—‘awfulising’...

Try Bird Watching!

‘Look at the birds.’ Matthew 6:26 NLT You may not like the political party that’s in power, but you’re much better off than the Jewish people Jesus was speaking to here. Their country was occupied by the Romans, and they paid extortionate taxes to keep them in power....

Stay Calm!

‘Keep your head in all situations.’ 2 Timothy 4:5 NIV A woman was sitting in her lounge when a small black snake suddenly appeared, slithered across the floor, and made its way under the sofa. Being deadly afraid of snakes, she ran to the bathroom to get her husband,...

Doling Out God’s Grace (2)

‘Do not nullify the grace of God.’ Galatians 2:21 NASB Chuck Swindoll says as believers we’re often intolerant ‘of those who don’t fit our mould—an attitude that reveals itself in the stoic [statue-like] stare or burning comment. Such reactions will thin the church...

Doling Out God’s Grace (1)

‘You would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ John 4:10 ESV When the woman at the well offered Jesus a drink of water, He replied, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him,...

Avoid ‘Whelks’

‘Don’t befriend angry people.’ Proverbs 22:24 NLT Ever seen an oyster shell without an oyster inside, and wondered how the oyster got out? Look for a small hole in the top of the shell made by a whelk. This little ocean creature has an appendage that works like a...

Use Your Talents

‘Do not neglect the gift you have.’ 1 Timothy 4:14 RSV Luigi Tarisio was born in Italy in 1796. A collector of violins, he took great pride in searching out rare finds, and purchasing only instruments of the finest quality. No one really knew about Tarisio’s passion,...

Be Slow To Anger

‘A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.’ Proverbs 15:18 NKJV Solomon repeatedly advises us to be ‘slow to anger’ (Proverbs 14:29; 15:18; 16:32). Take your Bible and read those Scriptures slowly, thoughtfully, and prayerfully....

The Transforming Power Of Gratitude (2)

‘Rejoice always.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16 NKJV Ever find yourself asking, ‘Why me, Lord? How come You don’t answer my prayers? Why doesn’t Your Word work for me like it does for others?’ Well-meaning friends tell you to keep your chin up, things will get better, but you...

The Transforming Power Of Gratitude (1)

‘In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV Giving thanks brings joy and resilience into your daily life. British theologian John Henry Jowett said, ‘Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the...