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Licence Granted for Vanuatu

Licence Granted for Vanuatu

It was with great excitement that we received notification from the TRBR in Vanuatu that our application for a nationwide radio licence was successful! Praise the Lord! This is a huge step forward for our fledgling...

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A Blessing for Christmas

2020 has been a year like no other and one that some people want to forget and many others want to quickly move on from. However even in the middle of all the disruption God has been working powerfully in the lives of...

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Reaching people in Pukapuka

Reaching people in Pukapuka

The Island of Pukapuka is part of the Cook Islands and 1700km north of the main island of Rarotonga. Here they are receiving copies of The Word for Today for the very first time. (the 2021 edition) They were very...

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Prime Minister – Manasseh Sogavare

From Munda, Solomon Islands. The annual Lagoon Festival started a few years ago as the Wickham Festival. It was named after Alick Wickham, a half-caste Solomon lad from Munda who entered and won an Australian swimming...

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Christian Radio in Butwal

Last week our Message of Hope Nepal team travelled to Butwal, near the Indian border, to renew Radio Chhimeki's broadcasts. Radio Chhimeki has been on air for many years but recently has been struggling to maintain...

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God’s Recovery Plan For You

‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’ 1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV

God’s Word promises that whatever you are addicted to today, you can be set free from. And there’s more! You can get back what you’ve lost, or something even better. How? By doing what David did when the Amalekite armies destroyed his home and took his family captive:

(1) He turned to God for strength to deal with his problem. ‘David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.’ (1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV) Face it; if you could have solved the problem by yourself, you’d already have done it, right? Don’t feel bad about that, feel good. Acknowledging that you are powerless is the first step to victory. ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) Now, acknowledging that you’re powerless isn’t the same thing as giving in to hopelessness. It means acknowledging that you can’t, God can, and that He will when you surrender the problem to Him.

(2) God gave David a plan to deal with his problem. ‘Pursue, for you will surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’ Armed with God’s strength and His plan, David went after the enemy and kept attacking until he recovered everything that had been stolen from him. And God wants to do that for you too. He promised, ‘I will restore to you the years that the …locust has eaten.’ (Joel 2:25 NKJV) When you turn to God, He can give you more joy and success in the years ahead than in all the years behind you. That’s His recovery plan for you!

SoulFood: Gen 25:19–27:46, Matt 18:21–35, Ps 61, Pr 6:16–19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Depend Completely On God

‘Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.’ 2 Corinthians 3:5–6 NIV

Jesus told His disciples, ‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ (Matthew 26:41 NKJV) What did He mean by that? He meant that without the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, which He’d just told them they’d soon receive, they weren’t equal to the challenges they were about to face. It wasn’t a matter of His doubting their devotion and willingness to serve Him; He just knew they couldn’t do it by themselves. And you can’t either. So the sooner you stop trying, the better off you’ll be!

God isn’t looking for educated, sophisticated, well-meaning flesh, or any other kind of ‘flesh’, for that matter. He will only bless you when you acknowledge your total dependence on Him. That means praying and leaning on Him before you start, and continuing to pray and lean on Him until you reach the finish line. It also means that if God doesn’t send you and you insist on going, or if He tells you to do something and you try to accomplish it in your own strength, you’ll surely fail. And what’s more, He will allow you to keep failing until you reach the place where you can say like Paul: ‘Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.’

It’s when we reach the end of our resources that God’s power kicks in. So the word for you today is: instead of leaning on your own strength and resources, depend wholly and solely on God.

SoulFood: Gen 24:1–25:18, Matt 18:10–20, Ps 58, Pr 6:12–15

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

God Will Vindicate You

‘Vindication will come from Me.’ Isaiah 54:17 NLT

Have you been falsely accused? So was Jesus. They called Him a glutton, a drunkard, and a friend of low-life sinners. They accused the apostle Paul of being a madman, a fool, and a babbler. Jesus called Satan the ‘father of lies.’ (John 8:44 NIV) When you’re committed to doing God’s will, Satan will attack you—and use people to do it. Don’t get discouraged and don’t despair. God will vindicate you. His Word says, ‘No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from Me.’

If you insist on retaliating, God will back off and leave you to it. But when you put the situation into His hands, the test can result in a testimony to His goodness and grace in your life. So instead of wasting time complaining, pray: ‘Let Your favour shine on Your servant. In Your unfailing love, rescue me. Don’t let me be disgraced… Lord… I call out to You for help. Let the wicked be disgraced… Silence their lying lips—those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly. How great is the goodness You have stored up for those who fear You. You lavish it on those who come to You for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of Your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in Your presence, far from accusing tongues.’ (Psalm 31:16–20 NLT)

Simply pray, ‘Father, I put this situation into Your hands today. Vindicate me.’

SoulFood: Gen 20–23, Matt 18:1–9, Ps 53, Pr 6:9–11

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Are You Asking God For A Child?

‘For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition.’ 1 Samuel 1:27 NKJV

Hannah wanted to be a mother so badly that ‘she… prayed to the Lord and wept.’ (1 Samuel 1:10 NKJV) In fact, she made a vow to God, pledging that if He gave her a son, she would ‘give him to the Lord all the days of his life.’ (1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV) And it happened. The Bible says, ‘It came to pass in the process of time that Hannah… bore a son.’ (1 Samuel 1:20 NKJV)

The same thing happened to Ruth: ‘Boaz begot Obed by Ruth.’ (Matthew 1:5 NKJV) Ruth was a penniless widow when God introduced her to Boaz, the owner of the field where she was gleaning. She was a Gentile and he was a Jew, and by law they were forbidden to marry. But God removed the barrier that stood in their way, and from their union came a little boy called Obed. He was the grandfather of King David, and so the ancestor of Jesus. God said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?’ (Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV) And in case you’re not sure of the answer, here it is: ‘Lord…You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.’ (Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV) Today if you’re asking God for a child, stand on these Scriptures and believe Him: ‘Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass… Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.’ (Psalm 37:4–7 NKJV)

SoulFood: Gen 17–19, Matt 17:14–27, Ps 40:9–17, Pr 6:6–8

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

How To Win Life’s Battles (6)

‘Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord.’ 2 Chronicles 20:21 NIV

Sixth, thank God in advance. Imagine standing on a mountaintop looking across a valley towards a mountain on the other side. A big battle is about to take place down below. On one mountain, three enemy nations are poised and waiting to devastate Israel. The Israelites are on your mountain, and their leader Jehoshaphat tells them, ‘Here’s God’s battle plan. All of those who sing in the choir, I want you out front.’

So the army goes marching into battle with the choir on the front line singing praises to God. Did the plan work? Yes. The opposing armies got confused and ended up killing each other—and all God’s people had to do was divide up the plunder! Why did God do it this way? As a visual object lesson to teach us to praise Him in faith even before the victory takes place. When you pray, ‘Lord, I know I have problems, but I thank You in advance because there’s no situation You can’t take care of,’ three things happen:

(1) Your atmosphere changes. You no longer feel afraid because you have the assurance of God’s presence.

(2) Your attitude changes. You begin to say, ‘Lord, this may be too big for me, but it’s not too big for You.’

(3) Your approach changes. Instead of speaking words of doubt, you start speaking words of faith. And because your faith honours God, He honours your faith and the battle begins to turn in your favour. And here’s another important key to victory: don’t just praise God for a while and then quit; keep praising Him until your breakthrough comes.

SoulFood: Gen 13–16, Matt 17:1–13, Ps 40:1–8, Pr 6:1–5

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Fiji’s cyclone affected areas

Families in Vanua Levu had received their copies of The Word for Today. The booklet was distributed with food rations with the help of one of UCB Fiji's Committee members, Amani Waqetia. Amani heads up the response effort of OLA FOU Fiji in Vanua Levu. The families...