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!

 

If You Love Them, Level with Them (1)

‘…each part…helps the other parts grow…’ Ephesians 4:16 NLT

None of us enjoys confronting others, but sometimes it must be done. So be honest and direct. Tenderness is not a matter of being diplomatic or tactful, or using vague language that ‘beats around the bush’ just to soften the blow. Don’t do that. Weigh what needs to be said in clear and unmistakable terms, then lay it squarely on the line. If you love them, tell them straight! But a word of caution here: don’t use words such as ‘love’ and ‘transparency’ to disguise a judgmental attitude. Unfortunately people get screamed at, told off and verbally abused in the name of love. Don’t vent your anger at someone in the name of honesty. Not one of us is qualified to confront the other until we have carefully examined our motivations for doing so—including, as much as humanly possible, those motives that evade [slip] our conscious minds. You should always confront with reluctance, never with eagerness. You should confront directly, yet gently, and always with a desire to bring about God’s best in the other person’s life. It is far more Christ-like to confront another person through tears than with a voice raised in anger. At all points, the listener should never be in doubt as to your love and acceptance. Genuine love says, ‘I’ve got something to tell you. I know this won’t be easy for either of us, but I respect you enough to give it to you straight. I care about you, I’m committed to our relationship, and I want you to be the best you can be.’

SoulFood: Eph 4:17–6:24, John 2:12–25, Ps 89:1–14, Pro 23:10–14

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

Your Time Has Come

‘You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’ Esther 4:14 NKJV

Moses began his ministry when he was 80. Esther started hers as a teenage girl. When she heard the words of Mordecai—‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’—she could easily have said, ‘Give me time to grow up, get married, have children, and fulfil my dreams before asking me to put my life on the line to save the Jewish people.’ But she didn’t. She said, ‘I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.’ (Esther 4:16 AMPC)

Often what God does in you while you’re waiting is more important than the thing you’re waiting for. Sometimes you think you’re ready but God knows you’re not, so He puts you into the school of faith. That’s where you learn to listen to ‘the teacher’ (the Holy Spirit), study your lessons, pass the tests, and graduate so that God can use you. It’s not a comfortable place to be, but God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

Missionary Nancy Cockrell writes: ‘It was God’s plan all along to bring you here to serve Him, by using your gifts to minister to others—for such a time as this. He has given you the grace to reflect the love and character of Christ, to be a light in a darkened world—for such a time as this. You have a unique place of service in God’s Kingdom, touching lives as only you can do—for such a time as this.’

So here’s the question: is God telling you today—your time has come?

SoulFood: Jos 22–24, John 16:19–33, Ps 147:1–11, Pr 29:1–5

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

When the Whistle Blows

‘…You will…be led…with peace…’ Isaiah 55:12 NAS

Have you ever felt ‘checked’ in your spirit when you were about to do something? Chances are, God is trying to get your attention. His promise is, ‘…I will make you wise… show you where to go…and watch over you.’ (Psalm 32:8 NCV) A Christian couple was buying their first home. When it came time to sign the papers the wife said, ‘I couldn’t shake the feeling of uneasiness. My husband had the same sick feeling in his stomach, so we decided not to go forward… A few months later my husband died in an accident. I wouldn’t have been able to make the payments and support a new baby and myself… Our lack of peace was the Holy Spirit calling “time out”…’

We don’t know the future, God does, and He directs our steps by the way of peace, or lack of it. The Holy Spirit acts like a referee. When the players stay within the boundaries, they’re free to move about. But when there’s trouble, or the ball goes out of bounds, the referee blows the whistle, stops play and restores order. The absence of peace can mean ‘the heavenly referee’ has blown the whistle. Sometimes the ball gets kicked out of bounds by unexpected adversity; at other times we step out of bounds by giving way to temptation and sin. If we’re smart, when we hear the whistle we’ll wait for God to restore our peace.

The Bible says, ‘…You will…be led…with peace…’ Does that mean you’ll always feel certain about your decision? No, but the right decision will be accompanied by a sense of God’s peace.

SoulFood: Rom 15–16, Matt 15:15–28, Ps 28, Pro 5:3–6

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

Be Spiritually Sensitive

‘To be spiritually minded is life and peace.’ Romans 8:6 NKJV

Paul writes, ‘Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.’ (Romans 8:5 NKJV) Aeroplanes are designed to fly under the skill and control of the pilot combined with the instructions the pilot receives from the control tower. To ‘live according to the Spirit’ means using your wisdom/skill and obeying His promptings. You do that by going through your day with an awareness of His presence. Submit, as you feel Him tugging at your heart to take a particular course of action, even if you don’t quite understand why. You may be prompted to drop a particular conversation, turn away quickly from a certain television programme, walk away from a questionable environment, or even go ‘by another way’. (Remember the wise men in Matthew 2:12?) Whatever it is, do it immediately.

The Holy Spirit may be warning you about a temptation you’ll be unable to resist unless you obey Him there and then. Perhaps there’s someone who comes to your mind during the day, and you know he or she is going through a difficult time and could use some support. Get in touch with them. God wants to minister to that person through you, and He will bless you when you do it. The Holy Spirit may guide you to do a certain thing, or take a risk you never imagined you’d take. The wisest thing is always to submit to His plan, regardless of whether or not it makes sense to you. God knows all things, including your future, and His direction is always for your benefit.

SoulFood: 2 Chron 12–15, John 11:28–37, Ps 50, Pr 26:27–28

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

Live For What Matters!

‘I must leave to others everything I have earned.’ Ecclesiastes 2:18 NLT

If you work harder you can earn more money, but you can’t earn more time. To coin a popular song, ‘Time may be money, but your money won’t buy time.’

There’s an old story about a man who worked the late shift at a factory and walked home just after midnight. One night he took a shortcut through the cemetery. Failing to notice the new grave that had just been dug in the centre of his path, he fell into it. After several unsuccessful attempts to get out, he decided to relax until morning when someone would be around to help him. As he sat in the corner of the grave half asleep, a fellow traveller who had overindulged at a local bar stumbled in beside him. Desperate to get out, the drunk started yelling and clawing frantically at the sides. At that point our hero reached out, touched him gently on the leg, and said, ‘It’s no use, friend, I’ve tried. You’ll never get out of here.’ Not surprisingly—the drunk did! He jumped out!

A periodic visit to the local cemetery might help you re-evaluate and reprioritise your life! For example, it might encourage you to stop and ask yourself what you’re really living for. Solomon had an ‘aha moment’ like that: ‘All my hard work here on earth… I must leave to others everything I have earned.’ (Ecclesiastes 2:18 NLT)

A rut is simply a grave with the ends kicked out. Don’t just make a living; get out of your rut and make a difference. Don’t just leave an inheritance; leave a legacy that will enrich the lives of those who follow you.

SoulFood: Job 32–34, Matt 25:1–13, Ps 55:12–23, Pr 8:19–21

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

Personal Growth (2)

‘The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.’ Proverbs 2:6 NIV

Personal growth involves four things:

(1) Environment. You must place yourself in a setting that fosters growth. Certain fish grow according to the size of their surroundings. If you keep them in a small tank they stay small, but when you release them into the ocean they grow to their intended size. The same principle applies to you. You must spend your time with the right crowd, in the right place, doing the right things, in order to grow.

(2) Strength. Leadership expert Peter Drucker said: ‘The great mystery isn’t that people do things badly, but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that’s universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific!’ When you try to be good at everything, you end up being good at nothing. God gave you specific strengths—identify them and use them.

(3) Change. Most of us want things to get better without having to change anything. The Bible says, ‘Let us… be taken forward to maturity.’ (Hebrews 6:1 NIV) To grow, you must commit yourself to not only accepting change, but to pursuing it.

(4) Enjoyment. Most grandmasters of chess learn and relearn their moves over a period of more than 15 years before winning their first world title. That’s almost 1/5 of their lives! If you’re going to spend that much time doing something, you’d better enjoy it! If the destination appeals to you but you’re not enjoying the journey, you’d be wise to seek God’s guidance and make sure you’re heading in the right direction. If you’re on the wrong bus, don’t keep going—get off at the next stop!

SoulFood: Is 22–25, Matt 10:1–10, Ps 100, Pr 3:7–8

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

How To Negotiate Well (1)

‘To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

In order to negotiate well, it helps to understand what’s happening on both sides of the table. People seldom buy a product for the reason you want to sell it. If you show more interest in making a profit than meeting their need, you’ll fail. So here are a few things to keep in mind when negotiating with someone:

(1) The right attitude. Nobody likes being taken for granted, coerced, and pressured.

(2) The cost involved for others. There’s a world of difference between negotiating with someone who has so much money that whatever the cost they can afford it, and someone who is sacrificing because they really need your product. If you want a long-term customer rather than a short-term sale, practise the Golden Rule: ‘Whatever you want others to do for you, do for them.’ (See Matthew 7:12).

(3) The proper timing. Solomon tells us there’s ‘a time to gain, and a time to lose.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:6 NKJV) Whether you’re asking for a raise or trying to sell a product to a customer, timing is all-important. When someone is hungry, lonely, angry, tired, stressed or in a crisis, you risk losing out, whereas if you’d waited for the right time, chances are you’d have won. Does God really care about stuff like that? Yes. ‘The Lord watches to see if we are fair or if we cheat others.’ (Proverbs 16:11 CEV)

As a follower of Christ, you want both sides to walk away knowing they were treated fairly.

SoulFood: Gen 6:9–8:4, Matt 24:37–51

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

Distributors of God’s Blessing

‘I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.’ Genesis 12:2 NIV

God promised to bless Abraham and make his name ‘great’ for one reason—so he would be a blessing to others. Jesus taught His disciples to be distributors of blessing and first responders to those in need. That’s why He often involved them in the miracle process; He was training them. In feeding the 5,000, the miracle of multiplication took place after the bread and fish left the disciples’ hands. Jesus was the source, they were the distributors (see Matthew 14:13–21).

And God is calling you to be a distributor too. Sometimes we don’t recognise our blessing because it’s in seed form, so we conclude we don’t have what it takes. Not so. Jesus said: ‘This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.’ (Mark 4:26–29 NIV)

Note the words: ‘The seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.’ Instead of saying, ‘How could God possibly use me?’ become aware and alert to people’s needs. You have something God can use, and when He blesses it, you’ll be amazed at your potential. The miracle of the loaves and fishes began when someone said, ‘These people need to be fed.’ That’s when the disciples discovered Jesus could use what they had, even though it seemed inadequate.

SoulFood: Zech 9–11, John 21:1–14, Ps 12, Pr 31:1–5

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

Recognise When You Need Help

‘…Moses…became so tired…Aaron and Hur…stood on each side… holding up his hands…’ Exodus 17:11–12 NLT

We like to think of ourselves as self–sufficient, but it’s wise to know when you need help. When Israel was fighting the Amalekites, as long as Moses held up his staff the Israelites were winning. But when he lowered it the enemy gained the advantage. Like the rest of us, Moses was human and his ‘arms… became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side… holding up his hands.’ God not only gave Israel the victory that day, He showed Moses there are times when we all need help. Mark Roberts says: ‘I remember a time I was deeply discouraged… I questioned whether I was the right person to pastor the church… A friend sensed my despair… took me out for coffee and listened to my concerns. He took time to [remind me] of all the ways God was using my leadership… He helped me gain the perspective I’d lost. By the end of our time together, I felt encouraged, ready to continue… I’ll always be thankful for the way “he held up my hands”.’ Most of us find it easier to give help than to receive it. Sometimes accepting help means giving up your role as the martyr or victim, tearing down walls of independence you’ve spent years building and letting other people be there for you. If that sounds like you, pray this prayer: ‘Lord, You know I tend to rely on myself. Help me to accept the gift You’ve given me in the people who want to support and encourage me.’

SoulFood: 1 Chr 19:1–23:20, John 11:1–16, Ps 4, Pro 26:17–22

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

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 is, when you fail in one area, it can drive you to explore other areas. Most of life’s successes are based on the principle of trial and error. Often failure is not falling short of your goal, it’s simply not making the effort. Failure can actually help you discover your area of success. For example, when you hate your job you will likely fail in it. Yet it’s in losing that hated position that you may be pressed to pursue what you really like to do, and are called to do.

Another benefit of failure is that it makes you less judgmental of others. When you’ve experienced failure you become more sympathetic. Instead of pointing an accusing finger, you see the need to extend a helping hand. Instead of saying foolish things like, ‘I can’t believe you did that,’ you remember the pit God dug you out of and say with gratitude and humility, ‘Yep, I’ve been there and made that mistake too.’ You know how it hurts to fail, and you feel their pain because of what you’ve been through. This makes you a better friend, a better mentor and a better example of grace. Jesus told Peter: ‘Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’ (Luke 22:31–32 NKJV)

SoulFood: Zech 1–4, Matt 1:1–6a, Ps 128, Pro 31:10–13

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

Drawing closer to our Lord

Firstly, I personally would like to thank Message of Hope Nepal for sharing The Word for Today through various medium. I am regular listener of The Word for today every morning. This devotional book helped me a lot to draw close to Lord and build up my Spiritual growth and relationship with Him.
Thanks to entire team of MOH Nepal keep going, keep multiplying for Glory of GOD. Thank you!

Jyoti
Dangadi (western part of Nepal)

They lift up my spirit and motivated my life

Just letting you know of a testimony of a lady I met up with again on the road yesterday morning. She looked very happy and excited…

This lady had gone through a very tough and rough time for a very long time. She shared a number of things (experiences) but this is one that I clearly picked up yesterday and I quote…

“When I read the book each day, I felt as if those words are written specifically for me. The words and the Scripture references speak directly to my situation and needs. They lift up my spirit and motivated my life each day. They empowered my prayer life and I feel like sharing Christ to anyone I meet.

Many work colleagues at the hospital really like the book. We have prayer &  fellowship time twice a week at the hospital’s Conference Room. We also take some of our time ministering to the sick people at different wards. We really want to use this devotional book in our prayer & fellowship time at the hospital…”

This lady is now strongly connected to a Church and is beginning to get actively involved in small outreaches, missions and prayer activities.

Coxwain, Chairman, UCB Solomon Islands

Finding Motivation

I am a regular listener of this daily The Word for Today. I work in a faith-based organization where we daily do devotion from this Book. We are glad to start our day after reading this devotional book with prayers. This motivates and encourages us in our daily life. Seems like this devotional message is prepared for me, every day message is directly related to my life’s situation. Thank you so much Message of Hope Nepal for this blessed Message every day.

Rebika Tamang
Kusunti Lalitpur. Nepal


To find out more about the work of MoH Nepal with Christian radio and The Word for Today visit their website www.mohnepal.org

Carry The Word for Today always

Being part of CY [Central Youth] Ministry I’m so blessed to have this special edition “the Word for Today”. Although I did not attend the CY programs for a couple of months, this handy book  is very helpful ad become my motivation. I recommend CY members to have this and carry around wherever you are and continue to reach others!

May God bless us all

Suzie – Solomon Islands

A youth leader in Nepal loves The Word for Today

Jaimashi,
Street in KathmanduGreetings!!

I’m doing fellowship in Emmanuel Ecclesia Church as a youth leader. I have started hearing The Word for Today when I was in Grade 12th. Now, it’s been a long time I’m continuously listening and reading The Word for Today in my daily morning devotion with my family members. I’m also using The Word for Today in my youth fellowship to teach other young people.

I’m so blessed to have this devotional book in my life. This devotional book helps me a lot in my hard time and also helps to grow spiritually. I’m really grateful to the team MOH Nepal.

Thank you!
Prabin – Dang, Nepal

Slowly Recovering, but Blessed

Mrs. Albertinha, is very grateful and feeling blessed by the delivery of God’s Word and prayers from Radio Voz for her. So many changes in her life. She used to be sickly but has slowly recovered.

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.

God and Grades

Junior with his school friends and PNG’s The Word for Today

Junior Pingu is a year 12 student @ Brandi Secondary High School. He started reading The Word for Today in 2018. He says since then, he can’t skip a day without reading. The encouragement & daily devotion is always guiding him in his studies & Christian faith.

He is loving this year’s special 12 month edition.
He says since he started reading, he always feels like God is always talking to him and his academic results have improved.

 

The Word for Today guides us

The Word for TodayI used to read The Word for Today for many years. I thought that this is very useful and easy to understand for all levels of believers so I started to distribute it within the Youth Groups. Nowadays people don’t want to study books they use social media to listen to these programs. Anyway, it is very effective and practical teaching about Bible This guides us to develop our spiritual life very much.

Thank you so much Message of Hope Nepal for this ministry.

Rupendra Buda Magar
Baglung, Nepal.

Patrick from Angoram

Patrick from Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik Province is encouraging all his friends and family to read The Word for Today. He says…
I encourage every fellow Sepiks to buy and read this devotional The Word for Today book printed by UCB Christian radio here in Wewak.
Its a pure Bible extract messages filling everyday life and challenges.
Right now it help me with the Story of Naomi in Ruth 1:20,,,Stating Your best days are still yet to come.
I’m Patrick Sumbre
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