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 us here 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!

 

A Meeting In The Air

‘Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.’ 1 Thessalonians 4:17 TLB

Christ’s return will come about in this way: ‘One word of command, one shout from the archangel, one blast from the trumpet of God and the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven! Those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then we who are still living on the earth will be swept up with them into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And after that we shall be with Him forever.’ (1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 PHPS)

The second coming of Christ will begin with the trumpet blast of the archangel. Cemeteries and seas will give up their dead. ‘Christ… will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.’ (Hebrews 9:28 ESV)

The event will be seen by all humanity. ‘Every eye shall see Him.’ (Revelation 1:7 KJV) From Adam to the baby born just as the trumpet sounds, every one of us will witness the moment. But not everyone will welcome it. ‘All the nations of the earth will wring their hands as they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky in power and great splendour.’ (Matthew 24:30 PHPS)

You don’t go to Heaven by chance, you go by choice. And God will honour your choice. Those who acknowledge Christ as their Saviour will arise to celebrate the greatest reunion of all time. Are you going to Heaven? If you’re not sure, don’t let this day end until you put your trust in Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. Turn to page 32 to find out how to do that.

SoulFood: Jer 36:27–40:16, Matt 5:21–37, Ps 102:12–17, Pro 15:3

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

Having Trouble Sleeping?

‘You can go to bed without fear, you will lie down and sleep soundly.’ Proverbs 3:24 NLT

Insomnia is a miserable thing. At any given time it affects 30–50% of the population. You dread bedtime, toss and tumble all night, and walk around exhausted the next day. And when it continues for weeks or even months, it can depress you and rob you of your joy.

Is that what’s happening to you right now? Then let God help you. His Word says He ‘gives rest to His loved ones.’ (Psalm 127:2 NLT) His promise is, ‘You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.’ And if you’re addicted to sleeping pills, the Great Physician can heal you.

Make this your prayer today: ‘Father, shine Your light on the root cause of my sleeplessness. Whatever anxieties are stopping me from entering into a state of restorative slumber, I cast them all on You as instructed, knowing You care for me (see 1 Peter 5:7). Calm my racing thoughts and restless mind. Help me to be still and know You are my God (see Psalm 46:10). I submit to Your command not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything instead. I bring my needs to You, and thank You for all You have already done. Your Word assures me that if I do this I’ll experience Your peace, which is more wonderful than the human mind can understand, and that it will guard my heart and my mind (see Philippians 4:6–7). By faith I will lie down tonight without fear or anxiety and enjoy pleasant dreams. Yes, I will lie down in peace and sleep because You, Lord, will keep me safe (see Psalm 4:8). In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.’

SoulFood: Num 22–24, Mark 6:45–56, Ps 37:25–31, Pr 11:5–6

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

Instead of Complaining, Change!

‘Let us examine our ways and test them…’ Lamentations 3:40 NIV

One child complains about the other: ‘Mummy, he hit me!’ She’s convinced it’s her brother’s fault, that he ought to be punished, and that she should have Mum’s sympathy. But her brother is equally certain: ‘She started it. She took my toy.’ We grow older, but not always wiser! It ‘just happened’, we say, then proceed to blame people and circumstances. We don’t want to pay the price for our decisions, so we complain about our consequences, saying it wasn’t our fault. This is not the way God does business, and it doesn’t work. ‘Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?’ (Lamentations 3:39 NIV) What works with God is this: First, acknowledge your wrong behaviour. Someone else may have started it, but your part in it is your responsibility. Plus, complaining offends God. ‘…The people complained…in the hearing of the Lord, and…His anger was aroused.’ (Numbers 11:1 NIV) Leave other people’s sin to God and deal with your own. Second, look at your behaviours: ‘Let us examine our ways…’ Look beyond this specific event to how you usually act in similar situations. Learn from it, so you can change! Third, determine whether your ways really work: ‘Let us…test them…’ Analyse, observe and judge how well your ‘ways’ have actually worked—or not! Finally, if they don’t work, change them; ‘…Let us return to the Lord.’ (Lamentations 3:40 NIV) Repeating wrong behaviour guarantees continued failure. Returning to doing things God’s way, brings the end of frustration and the beginning of joy and fulfilment!

SoulFood: Rom 1:1–3:20, Matt 13:47–58, Ps 141, Pro 4:18–19

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

Pray That God Will Open Their Hearts

‘As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart.’ Acts 16:14 NLT

Some of us think that successful people are difficult to win to Christ because they don’t have the same needs as others. But they do. Everyone has an emptiness within them that only God can fill, and He wants to use you to fill it. Consider the story of Lydia. ‘One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth… As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She and her household were baptised, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.’ (Acts 16:14–15 NLT)

Not only did Lydia respond to the Gospel, she opened her home so that others could come and hear it too. In many cases it’s easier to reach successful people with the Gospel. Why? Because they know that to be successful you must be open to new ideas and concepts. And they understand that in order to enjoy continued success, you must stay open to change.

Don’t let the fact that someone is not from your tribe keep you from telling them about Jesus. Note the words, ‘As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart.’ It’s your job to tell them, and it’s God’s job to open their heart! So sow the seed of His Word into their life when you have an opportunity, and believe that the ‘Lord of the harvest’ will do the rest.

SoulFood: Lev 23:15–22, Acts 2:1–18

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You get another chance!-

‘…Go…tell his disciples…especially Peter…’ Mark 16:7 CEV

Max Lucado writes, ‘I’d read the passage 100 times, but never seen it. Maybe I’d passed over it in the excitement of the resurrection… the women’s surprise when they find the stone moved… that beautiful phrase by the angel “He is not here, He is risen.” But go a bit further… and enjoy this jewel…“Go…tell his disciples, especially Peter that he will go ahead of you to Galilee”… All of heaven had watched Peter fall, and wanted to help him get back up. “Be sure and tell Peter he’s not left out…one failure doesn’t make him a flop”… [there are] not many second chances in the world today…ask the kid who didn’t make the sports team…the mother of three whose husband left her for someone younger… Nowadays it’s “We don’t tolerate incompetence” or “Not much room at the top” or “Three strikes and you’re out” or “It’s a dog-eat-dog-world!”… Jesus has a simple answer…“Be sure to tell Peter he gets to bat again.” It’s not every day you get a second chance. Peter must have known that. The next time he saw Jesus he got so excited that… he jumped into… the Sea of Galilee! It was also enough… to cause [Peter] …to carry the Gospel of the second chance to Rome where they killed him. If you’ve ever wondered what would make a man willing to be crucified upside down, maybe now you know. It’s not every day you find someone who’ll give you a second chance—much less someone who’ll give you a second chance every day. In Jesus Peter found both.’ And you will too!

SoulFood: Gen 22:1–18, Matt 27:45–56, Ps 22, Isa 53

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Finding Real Contentment

‘Acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace…’ Job 22:21 NKJV

A wealthy businessman was upset to find a fisherman sitting beside his boat. ‘Why aren’t you out fishing?’ he asked. ‘Because I’ve caught enough for today,’ replied the fisherman. ‘Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?’ the businessman asked. ‘What would I do with them?’ replied the fisherman. The businessman said, ‘You could earn more money, buy a bigger boat, catch even bigger fish and make more money. Soon you’d have a whole fleet of boats and be rich like me.’ The fisherman said, ‘Then what would I do?’ The businessman replied, ‘You could sit down and enjoy life.’ The fisherman said, ‘What do you think I’m doing now?’ Contentment comes from two things: great relationships and God-given purpose. The first great relationship you must have is with God. In the book of Job we read, ‘Acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.’ The second relationship you must have and treasure is with your family. When you reach the end of your life that’s the relationship that will matter most. When it comes to God-given purpose, you must identify your core strengths, know what God’s called you to do, then go to work. Comedian Sam Levenson said, ‘My folks are immigrants. They fell under the spell of the American legend that said the streets are paved with gold. But when Papa got here he found out three things: (1) The streets are not paved with gold. (2) Many streets are not paved at all. (3) He was supposed to do the paving.’ What are you supposed to do? Do it, and you’ll find contentment.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 27–31, John 1:43–51, Ps 23, Pro 23:4–5

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

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Don’t Give In To Fear

‘The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.’ Psalm 118:6 KJV

You’ll always have to deal with fear in one form or another. And your fears will be different at different seasons of life. Once you accept that, you can make progress. For example, Julius Caesar conquered the world, but is alleged to have been afraid of cats. Peter the Great of Russia cried like a child when he had to cross bridges. Dr Samuel Johnson, the celebrated British writer, wouldn’t enter a room with his left foot first. If he did accidentally, he backed up, and re-entered it with his right one. (Talk about putting your best foot forward!)

If you let fear control your life, it’ll keep you from reaching your destiny. What a price! Fear breeds inaction, inaction breeds lack of experience, lack of experience breeds ignorance, and ignorance breeds fear. If you’re caught in this cycle, then here are some ‘fear fighters’ to help you today.

(1) ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!’ (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

(2) ‘Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ (John 14:27 NIV)

(3) ‘When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.’ (Proverbs 16:7 NLT)

(4) ‘In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?’ (Psalm 56:4 NAS)

(5) ‘God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’ (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV) These promises are yours today. Stand on them, claim them, and refuse to give in to fear.

SoulFood: Lev 5–7, Luke 20:27–33, Ps 72:1–11, Pro 9:1–6

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

The Importance of Loving Others

‘…Everyone who loves is born of God…’ 1 John 4:7 NKJV

Tragically, a 12-year-old boy in Florida, USA, hanged himself just because the next day was his first day at a new school and, being overweight, he couldn’t face being teased by other children. Few things are more painful than shame. One of the greatest kindnesses we can show others is to take away their false shame through love and acceptance.

When the disciples met a man who was blind from birth they asked Jesus, ‘…Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?’ (John 9:2 NLT) They weren’t concerned that the man needed help or that he’d spent his life in total darkness. No, they started discussing his shortcomings—right in front of him! It’s easier to label people than love them. We label things because we think we know what’s inside, and we label people for the same reason. We’d rather debate homosexuality than befriend someone who’s gay, condemn divorce than help its victims, argue about abortion than support an orphanage, or complain about social services than help the poor. Jesus didn’t see this blind man as a victim of fate, he saw him as an opportunity waiting to happen. He said to His disciples, ‘…This happened so the power of God can be seen in him.’ (John 9:3 NLT) If you don’t love people, you don’t love God; actually, you don’t even know Him! You need to pray, ‘Lord, remind me today that the greatest gift I have to give others is Your love.’ When you get serious and begin to pray that way, people will open up to God’s help and healing.

SoulFood: Matt 21:1–16, Ps 118:19–29

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Set Your Mind (2)

‘Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.’ Romans 12:2 NIV

If an animal dies under your house, fanning the air and using cans of air freshener won’t solve your problem! The only way to solve the stinking problem is to deal with the source of the smell.

How does all this relate to your thinking? Simply this: your feelings are the odours/smells and your thoughts are the dead animal! To change your feelings, you must go to the source and deal with the thing that produced them—how you think. Thoughts produce feelings, not the other way around.

Worried people tend to think anxious thoughts, and eventually those thoughts become so automatic that, like a lingering bad smell, you stop noticing and learn to live with it. You get used to ‘stinking thinking’! Your thought patterns become as habitual as brushing your teeth. You get so accustomed to thinking bitter, anxious, selfish thoughts that you stop paying attention. If you want to change the quality of your life, you must change the way you think. The psalmist prayed, ‘Test me and know my anxious thoughts.’ (Psalm 139:23 NIV)

God will help you become aware of what’s going on in your mind from one moment to the next. He’ll direct you to the place where the dead animal is and help you deal with it. Not only will He show you how to remove wrong thoughts, but how to replace them with the right ones by setting your mind on ‘what the Spirit desires.’ (Romans 8:5 NIV)

SoulFood: Gen 20–23, Luke 8:40–56, Ps 125, Pro 4:3–4

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

Wonderful ministry in Timor-Leste

Pastor Elienae writes:

Happy Family in Timor-Leste

“During the 17 years of Radio Voz ministry in Timor-Leste, this year 2020 has been one of the most fruitful of our radio ministry in this beloved country.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, we intensified our ministry on air, specially praying for the listeners, and also sharing words of comfort and hope in God.

Just in the latest days four people have come to meet us, to receive prayers and guidance from the Word of God. Two of them have surrendered their lives to Jesus. One of them, a young woman got very impacted by the on air reading of the Bible, a program we have every morning.

During the prayer program, 6am everyday, people send their prayer request and have their name mentioned right away in the presence of God.

For me as the one who conducted the morning prayer program, I feel very honoured for the opportunity to lead the people (most of them not believers yet) in prayer in to the presence of God, at the same time we are creating the habit of seeking God daily in the Timorese society.

Praise God for Radio Voz, and for UCB that have faithfully partnered with us in this ministry.

Thank God for all the faithful donors who generously have contributed for this radio ministry. The Lord bless each one them.”

Ps Elienae, Timor Leste

Encouragement in Loss

Milia Pino is a The Word for Today reader in Papua New Guinea. Her husband was a police chaplain but he recently passed on leaving Milia a widow.

Due to loneliness, she was left alone and The Word for Today was her best friend.

Tragically, her house burnt down and she lost her power sewing machine. But she read in last year’s The Word for Today a similar story and that story encouraged her. It quoted Isaiah 43:19-20.

Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past, see I am doing a new thing.

Amen. She felt like God was talking to her. She immediately felt God’s peace. She is now trusting God for new things to happen in her life.

A blessing in Vanuatu

Good afternoon

I have started to read The Word for Today since 2020 and it helps me a lot in my daily life maintain and it supports my well being.

God bless
Joyce

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

Away from home but close to God

Greeting,

Originally, I am from western part of Nepal now I am at Dubai for my work purpose.

I am regular of the Message of Hope Nepal’s program. This program became one my source of encouragement and help me to draw more closer to my Almighty. It inspires me many times when I am down.

The Word for Today is one my favorite daily devotion book in my life. Here at Dubai I hardly get chance to go church but this book helped me to gain Biblical knowledge in different ways and reflect on it. I am thankful to the writers who have written these powerful messages and I hope I will be able to read more contents in upcoming days.

Thank you to the whole Message of Hope team for spreading words of God through different mediums. I am so blessed and I am sure many people are blessed as well.

Roshan
Dubai, UAE

Motivated and Blessed

Greetings,
I am very much Thankful to you all of you, for your hard effort in such a difficult situation. The Word for Today is my daily capsule. I got motivated and blessed every morning through word of God shared by Message of Hope Nepal. And this book has become one of the mediums to carry answer to my questions and solutions to my problems. Every day It inspires me to read the Scriptures and personally it has helped me to gain Biblical knowledge in different ways and reflect on it. I am thankful to the writers who have written these powerful messages.
Anup
Kathmandu

Supporting

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am happy to write here that I have reading this devotion book edition, The Word for Today from the month of March to April, 2021. It has really encouraging me. I happened to pick this edition 2020 from someone in our house, who placed it unattended and without reading it. But I took it for just an interest of local cover page.

After reading through, I now took it with me a help to my daily devotion, using what you have written in. I am really blessed with the word.

I am in support of your work and will support the work of the master soon.

Can I access other articles?

Willie
Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

Finding God

Nikolau from Maliana is one of the Radio Voz’ young listeners. Every night he listened to Radio Voz and consequently decided he wanted to learn more about God’s Word.

At the time of the JLND event he told me (Rio) of his eagerness of learning the Word of God. And now Ps. Samuel of the Nazarenu Church is following up with him.

On the run from the police

Pictured is one of Laif FM listener’s from Kubalia in the East Sepik Province of PNG. He shared his testimony on how he got saved through listening to 98.3, Laif FM.

He was in prison in 2000 for rascal activities and being involved in some hold ups. He was on the run from the law enforcement for many years and was even on the shoot-to-kill list. Then, he landed up with Pastor Abraham Kumbia & his wife Anna. Pastor Abraham took him to Mr Kasieang the PSE at that time. The PSE was very angry but Pastor Kumbia & wife Anna covered told the PSE, “You didn’t find him, we found him and brought him to you… he will be under our custody”.

Now… what happened next?

He got changed, accepted the Pastor’s advise but didn’t attend a church. He was tuning his radio one day and suddenly, heard Gospel music, and later, heard a voice on the radio. Then he heard the Word of God, “wow” he said…. I think this is my “Church” coz this Christian radio is talking to me, encouraging me with the Word of God. Inspirational programs all throughout the day, with the Word of God. This is my FM station cause I got saved and love all the programs. I am a die hard fan for this Christian radio 98.3 Laif FM

He is now attached to the New Apostolic Church as an evangelist in his community.

He appeals to those on the run from law enforcement, please stop what you are doing, surrender for change and become a true citizen for your community, district, province, country and ambassador for Christ.