Who is Jesus Christ?

This is one of the most important questions you can ever ask because, you need Jesus.

God loves you. He desires to have a living relationship with you and give you salvation, purpose and eternal life. It is an important decision that only you can make, but you need to make it!

1. You have a past

Scripture states clearly that everyone in the world is guilty of sin — and that includes you and me. Romans 3:23 says: ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’

2. Sin has its price

Romans 6:23 tells us: ‘For the wages of sin is death.’ The wage we earn from work is money, but the wages of sin is death. Death means separation from God forever. But there is good news.

3. Christ paid for your sin

Even though we are sinners, Christ loves us so much that He died in our place to pay for our sin. ‘But God demonstrated His own love for us in this while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)

4. You must believe

To become a Christian and have assurance of eternal life is a personal decision only you can make. Romans 10:9 says: ‘if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ The word ‘believe’ here means to entrust your life completely over to Jesus Christ. That’s what real faith is, asking Jesus Christ to be Lord of your Life.

If You’d like to begin a personal relationship with Jesus today, please pray this prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You died for me and that Your blood paid for my sins. Please forgive me for my sin. I want You to be my Lord. Thank You for dying for me, forgiving my sin and giving me the gift of eternal life. I wish to turn away from sin and I acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour. Lead and guide me in Your way, Amen.

You have just made an important and very wise decision. We encourage you to now contact your local Christian church for regular, ongoing fellowship and guidance in becoming a disciple. Anytime you would like us to pray for you, either now or in the future, you can always contact the team at Vision Christian Prayer.

We’d love you to send us an email to tell us the story behind your decision.

We’d also love to send you a complimentary copy of our devotional, The Word for Today to help you search the Scriptures daily, know Jesus better and follow Him more closely. Give us a call if you’d like a copy.

1 John 5:11-12 tells us there are two groups of people. ‘He who has the Son has life’ and ‘He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.’ Because you have prayed and believed in the Son you have life!

 

Where Is God When It Hurts?

‘Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?’ Job 2:10 NKJV

If you could ask God one question and be guaranteed an answer, what would you ask? When Barna Research asked this question in a national survey in the USA, the primary response was: ‘Why is there pain and suffering in the world?’

The short answer is: Christ’s first coming was to save us from the penalty of our sin; His second coming is to save us from the presence of sin and restore paradise lost. But at some point in your life you will face pain and suffering. Job was a good and godly man, yet all ten of his children died tragically in a single day. ‘Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her…“Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.’ (Job 2:9–10 NKJV)

Notice two things about adversity. First, the opposite of integrity [wholeness] is fragmentation; we either fall apart or draw closer to God. Second, what we say is crucial: ‘In all this Job did not sin with his lips.’ Yes, he grieved deeply. And he had lots of questions for God, including unanswered ones. Yet when he spoke later, here’s what he said: ‘He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.’ (Job 23:10–12 NKJV)

SoulFood: Num 11–13, Mark 5:31–43, Ps 2, Pr 10:30–32

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

Living God’s Way

‘If our lives are centred in the Spirit, let us be guided by the Spirit.’ Galatians 5:25 PHPS

Paul wrote: ‘The fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22–23 AMP)

Let’s think about two of these Christ-like qualities:

(1) Unselfish concern for others. You stop seeing people as objects that need to be straightened out, avoided or used for your own benefit. When Jesus looked at people, ‘He was moved with compassion.’ (Matthew 9:36 KJV) When that happens, two wonderful things occur. First, you conquer selfishness and become concerned with somebody other than yourself. Second, you develop a sense of gratitude for blessings you may have taken for granted. In other words, compassion expands your field of vision beyond your immediate friends to others.

(2) How we act while waiting. When you hold back your impatience, you stop seeing people who have gentle, loving spirits as ‘wimps’ who never achieve much. Paul wrote, ‘We behaved gently when we were among you.’ (1 Thessalonians 2:7 AMP) And Paul was no wimp! Sometimes the reason we’re so driven is we fear that if we become more gentle and loving, we might stop getting ahead and fall behind in the race. That kind of fearful, frantic thinking drains the creativity out of your life—not to mention the joy. And any success you enjoy is in spite of your stress, not because of it. Look at Jesus. He wasn’t in a hurry, He seldom raised His voice, He took time for children, He loved people and lifted them. He gave us an example of the kind of life God has invited all of us to live.

SoulFood: Num 30:1–32:24, Mark 5:1–10, Ps 44:9–16, Pro 11:10–11

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

What Paul Prayed For

‘…we have not stopped praying for you…’ Colossians 1:9 NLT

Paul prayed for the people he loved, noticed what he prayed: (1) That they would understand the will of God. ‘We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.’ Rome was not an easy place to be a Christian, yet Paul wrote: ‘Everyone has heard about your obedience…’ (Romans 16:19 NIV) Obedience to God’s will should be your number one priority. When your name is mentioned, no one should have any doubt as to the level of your commitment to Jesus. (2) That their lives would be pleasing to God. ‘That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way…’ (Colossians 1:10 NIV) When you stand before God to be rewarded you won’t hear the words ‘well said’ or ‘well planned’ but ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…’ (Matthew 25:21 NKJV) (3) That they would prosper in the work God had given them.‘…bearing fruit in every good work…’ (Colossians 1:10 NIV) Nothing brings joy to the heart of a parent like seeing their child succeed. And God feels the same way about you. (4) That they would keep going by drawing on His strength.‘Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance…’ (Colossians 1:11 NIV) Like a light bulb, you depend on power from another source. So you must stay connected to God. (5) That they would praise God. ‘Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints…’ (Colossians 1:12 NIV) In other words, live with an attitude of gratitude and a heart of praise.

SoulFood: Eze 22–23, Luke 20:41–47, Ps 78:9–16, Pro 20:11–14

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

Pray From Your Heart

‘When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites.’ Matthew 6:5 GWT

Back in Jesus’ time, actors were called ‘hupokrités’, meaning a stage-player or one who pretends. When Jesus called the Pharisees ‘hypocrites’, He was accusing them of acting out a role and not being genuine. Papa God isn’t moved by our attempts to fake it.

Author John Ortberg points out five things about their prayers:

(1) They had become a shallow exercise rather than a deep relationship-building one.

(2) They were rituals, rather than authentic expressions of a loving heart.

(3) They were long and wordy, designed to impress others.

(4) They were filled with meaningless clichés.

(5) They became a cause for pride rather than an opportunity to express humble reliance on God.

Can you imagine your child approaching you with a whole bunch of religious ‘thee’s’ and ‘thou’s’? How would you feel? When it comes to prayer, Jesus said: ‘When you pray, don’t be like the play-actors. They love to stand and pray… so that people may see them at it. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are going to get. But when you pray, go into your own room, shut your door and pray to your Father privately. Your Father who sees all private things will reward you. And when you pray don’t rattle off long prayers like the pagans who think they will be heard because they use so many words… God, who is your Father, knows your needs before you ask Him.’ (Matthew 6:6–8 PHPS)

You can pray anywhere, at any time: in the PMV, lying in bed, while you’re walking, or at work. All God asks is that you be spontaneous, personal and honest. In other words, pray from your heart.

SoulFood: Rev 15–18, Mark 11:1–11, Ps 124, Pro 12:26

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

Walking on Water (1)

‘…He walked on the water…to Jesus.’ Matthew 14:29 NKJV

The disciples were out fishing one night when a huge storm struck. About 3 a.m. they were terrified by a figure approaching them on the water. ‘…Immediately Jesus spoke… “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid”… Peter answered…“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You”…So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water… to Jesus.’ (Matthew 14:27–29 NKJV)

This story teaches us, first, that if the Lord doesn’t call us to do it, don’t! There’s a story about a man standing at the gates of Heaven. Peter says, ‘Name one great deed you’ve done.’ The man replies, ‘Well, a gang of bikers was threatening a woman so I smacked them, kicked over their bikes and ripped out their nose rings.’ Impressed, Peter asks, ‘When did this happen?’ The man answers, ‘About 30 seconds ago!’ To walk on water you must learn to discern [tell the difference] between God’s voice and your own impulses. Second, it teaches us that to experience miracles, we must get out of our comfort zone. Exchange places with Peter. The storm is raging and he’s afraid. The boat’s secure and comfortable. Wouldn’t you want to stay there? But you can’t. God designed you to do more than simply avoid failure; He’s calling you to step out in faith and accomplish things. You say, ‘What’s my boat?’ It’s anything you put your faith in when life gets stormy, like a job or a relationship. Your boat is anything that stops you from getting out of your comfort zone. Leaving it is the scariest but most rewarding step you’ll ever take!

SoulFood: Dan 11–12, Mark 4:26–41, Ps 144:9–15, Pro 10:22–23

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

Insights into Ageing (1)

‘The fear of the Lord adds length to life…’ Proverbs 10:27 NIV

When asked about the benefits of living to be 100 years old, one man smiled and said, ‘There’s very little peer pressure.’ Thanks to medical science more and more people are living into their eighties and beyond. But living longer means dealing with the realities of ageing. Our youth-orientated culture often gives old age a bad image, but clearly God doesn’t agree. To Him, old age is the reward for a life well-lived, a privilege earned, an accomplishment worth celebrating, and wisdom shared to benefit succeeding generations. For the next few days let’s look at some things about ageing.

Note how God sees ageing. He views long life as evidence of His favour. He says, ‘…Through Me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.’ (Proverbs 9:11 NIV) Long life, with all its aches and pains, is a blessing. ‘The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.’ You say, ‘But who will take care of me when I get old?’ Don’t worry, God will be there for you: ‘…I have cared for you since you were born… I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age… I will care for you…’ (Isaiah 46:3–4 NLT) Wow! Is there proof that He does? Yes, ask the Psalmist. ‘Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.’ (Psalm 37:25 NLT)

SoulFood: Job 18–20, Matt 25:1–13, Ps 55:12–23, Pro 8:19–21

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

What’s Distracting You?

‘Don’t get sidetracked.’ Proverbs 4:27 NLT

Many of us fail, not because we aren’t talented, determined, or passionate, but because we get ‘sidetracked’. God told the prophet Habakkuk, ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.’ (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)

Unless you have a clearly defined goal and keep it before you at all times, you won’t run in the direction you should. As motivational speaker Sam Horn said: ‘It’s hard to stay on purpose, if we don’t know what our purpose is.’

In his book One Big Thing, Phil Cooke writes: ‘I’ve never been a fan of the person who invented the “open door policy”. Sure, we want to be accessible to employees and co-workers, but at some point it’s time to shut the door and get to work. After your next interruption by a visitor, make a note of how long it takes to get back to your previous level of intensity and focus. You’ll be shocked at how much time that steals from your day… Too often other people’s needs come before our dream. Obviously we need to care for our children, honour our spouses, and deal with our primary responsibilities around our families or jobs. But the first step in achieving our dream is to take responsibility for it. That means scheduling it, and “unscheduling” the lesser needs of co-workers and friends. These daily commitments chip away at our time, and before long our dream gets lost in the shuffle. Stop doing what other people think is urgent, and start focusing on what matters to you.’

And more importantly, what matters to God!

SoulFood: Jer 7–9, Luke 2:8–20, Ps 8, Pr 14:9–12

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

How To Help People

‘What I do have I give you.’ Acts 3:6 NIV

The Bible says, ‘Peter said, “Look at us… Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.’ (Acts 3:4–7 NIV)

Peter did three things you must do if you want to help people:

(1) Get their attention. Peter told this disabled man, ‘Look at us.’ (Acts 3:4 NIV) Hurting people are often distracted by their pain, their past experiences, and their future fears. So, in order to get through to them, you must first get their attention. Why? Because faith must be focused if it’s to be effective.

(2) Introduce them to the Name that’s greater than their problem. That name is ‘Jesus’, and it’s greater than every sickness and situation. Unfortunately only a relatively small percentage of people stay free from their addiction. That’s the bad news. Now here’s the good news: the name of Jesus is stronger than every addiction! ‘At the name of Jesus every knee should bow.’ (Philippians 2:10 KJV) So introduce those who are hurting to Jesus!

(3) Give them a hand up. As Peter pulled the man up, ‘immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.’ (Acts 3:7 KJV) Because he’d been in the same condition since birth, he needed help to get up. And there are people around you who need help to get up too. They need someone to pull them out of their despair and get them to Jesus, and God can use you to be that someone.

SoulFood: Gen 50, Hag 1–2, Luke 11:14–28, Ps 40:1–8, Pro 6:1–5

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

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 them. He didn’t even address their leprosy. Instead He commanded them to go and show themselves to the priest. How odd. To some of us it might even seem ridiculous. But before God will do the miraculous, sometimes He’ll ask you to do the ridiculous. Indeed, when He tells you to do something it may not seem like it’s even related to what you’re praying about at all. When that happens, you have a decision to make: doubt Him or obey Him. Instead of discussing the issue endlessly, just do what He’s told you to! Sometimes God will give you ‘a word’ and it looks like it’s not working but it is, even when it doesn’t look like it. The faith that God responds to does not require explanations. ‘And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.’ (Luke 17:14 NKJV) Note the words, ‘as they went.’ The Bible says, ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.’ (Psalm 37:23 NKJV) When God tells you something, step out on it. Try to imagine this: while they are walking, their damaged toes are being restored. As they move in obedience to His word, a stub turns back into a finger. Don’t stop now. Keep walking. ‘…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it…’ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV) Rise up in faith and declare, ‘I’m coming back!’

SoulFood: 2 Cor 6:14–7:1, Matt 3:1–10, Ps 116, Pro 31:30–31

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

Your Breakthrough!

‘[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before [you]…’ Micah 2:13 NIV

Are you thinking, ‘If I don’t get a breakthrough, I’m not going to make it?’ Try to understand these two things. (1) Your problem is just an opportunity for God to work on your behalf. You are positioned to experience the truth of these words: ‘[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.’ By God’s grace you can prevail [win] over your circumstances. You can rise above discouragement and the self-defeating mentality that says: ‘Nothing’s going to change for the better’. You say, ‘But I tried and failed!’ Fine, mark that off your list and say, ‘Now I know what doesn’t work.’ Rejoice, God knows the way, and He’s going before you! (2) Before you experience a breakthrough there’s usually a shake-up. Chuck Yeager, the World War II hero who broke the sound barrier, broke his ribs in a horse-riding accident the day before he got into the cockpit and attempted to do what had never been done with a plane before. His friends said, ‘You’re in too much pain. Don’t do it.’ His fears told him, ‘Nobody’s ever done it before. You won’t either.’ At 1100 km/hr the plane began to shake violently. Then suddenly he broke through into what he described as ‘a great calm’. That’s how it is when you’re about to experience a breakthrough. When everything around you starts to shake and your fear level skyrockets, you’re not about to crash and burn, you’re on the threshold of a breakthrough!

SoulFood: 1 Tim 4–6, John 6:52–71, Ps 114 Pro 24:23–25

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

Gaining Biblical Knowledge

Jaimashi,
First of all, I would like to give thanks our heavenly Father for this wonderful time and also Message of Hope Nepal. In my daily morning devotion I use to listen “The Word for Today” which is broadcast from YouTube and Facebook. I usually participate the quiz competition organized by Message of Hope Nepal, through
which I got the encourage to read Holy Bible.

When I listen “The Word for Today” from Message of Hope Nepal, I felt so blessed because it is very meaningful and useful God’s word in our life. It is very easy to understand and easy to relate those words in our life. Through this program I’m able to achieve Biblical knowledge as well as other things also. This program helps me to became strong in my Spiritual life. Once again thank you Message of Hope Nepal.

Shanta
Bharatpur, Nepal

 

New listeners and new readers in the Solomon Islands

It’s encouraging to hear about what the Lord does in the lives of those who just begun to tune into Laef FM 93.5 and also to those who accessed The Word for Today.

A Taxi Driver said yesterday morning that his Bible study group at Tuvaruhu is growing since they started having devotions and Bible study on The Word for Today. He was enthusiastic and happily expressed his heart that the devotional booklet with the radio programme have created the desire and excitement to his family members and the young people from his neighborhood. Actually he and his wife bought a portable radio receiver together with 2 boxes of AA batteries, just so they could tune in.

Their 13 year old son also testified on how God helped him through the devotional booklet on the radio programme the other evening. The Taxi Driver got a FM radio band expander yesterday morning so he could increase his car radio band to receive 93.5 FM.

Dipendra is blessed

Hi!

I am so blessed with this Word of God which you are sharing with me. I am listening to it from Dubai. Though it is about 2 or 3 minutes short it gives me strength everyday. Last few days I was feeling very low but The Word for Today gave me courage, strength, hope and peace. When I have to work long hours, I am not able to study Bible but when I get free time I am used to hearing this message and pray.

Thank you so much! Please remember me in your prayers. Hope to see your whole team in coming future.

Praise the Lord!

(From Message of Hope Nepal)

Listening in Munda

The ladies at the local hardware store in Munda, Solomon Islands are very happy that their Laef FM station is back on air, as she says in this video.

Growing towards God

I am glad to connected with such kind of media ministry page. I have started listening this program from last one year from that day I never missed it. I am very much blessed to listen this every morning and love to share with my church’s member and family members .

This book has become one of the supporters of our ministry as well. Similarly this daily devotion helped around members to grow more and more towards His presence .

We are really thankful for this ministry family.
Hanna Thapa Thakuri
Shillong, India

Suva Church and Taxis, and The Word for Today

In Suva, a Methodist church minister distributed 2 cartons of The Word for Today to his congregation.

Before being given out, the books were prayed over and delivered under the guidance of our team. He also distributed some to taxi drivers servicing the greater Suva area, pictured here.

YouTube Channel Makes it Easy

Hi,

I go to Samdan Church Rupendehi.

I am a regular reader of ‘The Word for Today’ I used to read books before lockdown but during the lockdown, I came to know about the YouTube Channel of MoH Nepal after that it’s become very easy to listen to The Word of God every morning. In this book every day I relate to my life which best part of it, not only that every evening we use this daily devotional book in my family prayers to encourage each other. So we are really grateful to Message of Hope Nepal Team for this service in the Nepali community.

Thank you so much
Joseph Thapa Magar
Western Nepal

The Word for Today in Tetum

Our team in Timor-Leste translate The Word for Today into Tetum and both read it on air and make it available on their website. They received this encouraging feedback…

Lola’s mother always feels blessed by this program.  He [Lola] not only heard, but he asked us to send it via WhatsApp so that he could share it with his children and his extended family. In his text message in Tetum on
WhatsApp he is very grateful because his family is mega blessed.

Received as a Gift

In this lockdown, I received this book from one of my brother.

I was searching for this type of book for a long time I am so happy when I found this book. This daily devotional book helps me to know more about the lord and reflect on myself. It is written in a very simple way so this is very easy for me to understand. I am so blessed by this book.

Thank you so much Message of Hope Nepal team for this wonderful devotional book. I pray to God to continue this type of ministry all over the nation.

Sajan Lama
Hetuda’s Pabitra Church, Nepal