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!

 

Getting Out of a Spiritual Slump (1)

‘As soon as they began singing…’ 2 Chronicles 20:22 CEV

Here’s a simple but effective formula for handling a spiritual slump. Praise your way out! David starts Psalm 22 by asking, ‘God, why have You forsaken me?’ and goes on, ‘You… dwell… [where]… praises… [are offered].’ (Psalm 22:3 AMP) You won’t always feel like praising God—that’s why it’s called ‘…the sacrifice of praise…’ (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV) But when you’re in a slump you need the discipline of praise more than ever. It brings a sense of God’s power and presence like nothing else does. That’s why the Psalmist wrote, ‘I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’ (Psalm 34:1 NKJV) By praising God in advance for the victory, you open a channel for Him to step into your situation, hope rises in your soul, and it’s impossible to stay down and defeated. And praise fits every personality, so you’ve no excuse! You can clap and shout (Psalm 47:1), use music and dance (Psalm 150:4), sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19), make a joyful noise (Psalm 98:4), lift your hands (Psalm 134:2), be still and silent before God (Psalm 4:4), you can kneel (Psalm 95:6) and you can even be loud! (Psalm 33:3) Your praises prevent the enemy’s best-laid plan! When the Israelites were outnumbered, they prayed and God told them the battle was His and that He would do the fighting. Judah (which means ‘praise’) went out ahead of the army, and ‘As soon as they began singing, the Lord confused the enemy… and… they turned against each other.’ The minute you start praising God He releases His power to start working on your behalf.

SoulFood: Acts 20–21, Luke 9:46–56, Ps 46, Pro 16:20–22

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

How to Have a Personal Revival (1)

‘…Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.’ Psalm 80:18 NKJV

The Psalmist prayed, ‘Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.’ Almost a century ago, AW Tozer wrote down ten steps that lead to personal revival. Some of the language may be outdated, but the principles still apply today. (1) Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself. Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. A complacent soul is a stagnant soul. (2) Set your face like a flint [stone] towards a sweeping transformation of your life. Timid experimenters are tagged for failure before they start. We must throw our whole soul into our desire for God. (3) Put yourself in the way of blessing. It’s a mistake to expect God’s help to come as a windfall apart from conditions known and met. There are plainly marked paths which lead straight to the green pastures; let us walk in them. To desire revival, for instance, and at the same time neglect prayer and devotions, is to wish one way and walk another. (4) Do a thorough job of repenting. Do not hurry to get it over with. Hasty repentance means shallow spiritual experience and lack of certainty in the whole life. Let godly sorrow do its healing work. Until we allow the consciousness of sin to wound us, we will never develop a fear of evil. (5) Make restitution wherever possible. If you owe a debt, pay it, or at least have a honest talk with your creditor about your intention to pay, so your integrity will be above question. If you have quarrelled with anyone, go as far as you can in an effort to achieve reconciliation.

SoulFood: Heb 11:23–28, Exo 3:1–22, Exo 33:7–23, Exo 34:29–35

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

Building Men and Women of God (4)

‘These commandments… Impress them on your children.’ Deuteronomy 6:6–7 NIV

Teach your children to handle temptation. Tell them to expect it and not be overwhelmed by how often they face it. ‘…Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.’ (James 1:14 KJV) Your children need to know how to handle two powerful sources of temptation. First, temptation in the area of sexual sin. Leave it to television and the internet and your children will be enticed to experiment with behaviours that destroy their health, relationships and life. And they need more than a brief, embarrassed ‘birds and bees’ talk. Instruct them early, regularly and clearly. ‘My son… the lips of an adulteress drip honey… but in the end she is bitter as gall… her steps lead straight to the grave… Keep…far from her… At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent.’ (Proverbs 5:1–11 NIV) Solomon spelled it out for his children. Do likewise. Second, temptation in the area of addictions. Again Solomon is right on the mark: ‘…Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine…’ (Proverbs 23:29–30 NIV) The addict’s life is not fun! ‘In the end it bites like a snake… Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things’ (Proverbs 23:32–33 NIV) Don’t let the enemy deceive your children. Pray faithfully, speak His life-changing Word into their hearts, believe God and watch Him work!

SoulFood: Gen 24:1–25:18, Matt 20:1–16, Ps 70, Pro 6:26–28

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

Let Them Go (1)

‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea.’ Jonah 1:12 NKJV

It’s a mistake to cling to someone when God is telling you to let them go. Until you obey God, the storm you’re in will keep getting worse, as in the case of Jonah. The Bible says: ‘The sea was growing more tempestuous. And [Jonah] said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know… this great tempest is because of me.” Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous… Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.’ (Jonah 1:11–15 NKJV)

God has a plan for the ‘Jonahs’ you’re dealing with, and it may require them to hit the bottom before they rise again. And as long as you keep trying to rescue them, God’s plan is being thwarted and delayed. Jonah’s problem wasn’t that he didn’t love God, it was that he didn’t want to do God’s will. So God resorted to extreme measures to get his attention, push him towards his destiny, and save the city of Nineveh. You have no idea what God has in mind for the person He’s asking you to let go of. If they are His redeemed children, He wants to prosper them (see Jeremiah 29:11). That’s why He wants to save them—so let them go!

SoulFood: Ecc 1–4, Matt 14:13–21, Ps 145:14–21, Pr 4:23–24

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

When You Don’t Understand, Trust God

‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble.’ Nahum 1:7 NKJV

As Louisa Stead and her family were enjoying a seaside trip, she noticed a youngster struggling in the surf. When Mr Stead rushed in to help, he was pulled under by the terrified child. He was drowned as Louisa watched helplessly from the shore.

A time of grief and dire poverty followed. One day, when she had no money or food, Louisa went out and found a basket on her doorstep with both food and money inside. Putting pen to paper, she wrote this beloved hymn: ‘’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word, just to rest upon His promise, just to know “Thus saith the Lord.” I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, precious Jesus, Saviour, friend; and I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.’ Trusting Jesus, Louisa went twice as a missionary to Africa, where she served the Lord for 25 years.

If you’re struggling to trust God today, stand on these Scriptures:

(1) ‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.’

(2) ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.’ (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)

(3) ‘As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.’ (2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV)

(4) ‘Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!’ (Psalm 31:19 NKJV)

SoulFood: Judges 7:1–9:33, Luke 13:18–35, Ps 119:65–72, Pr 17:23–26

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

Be Careful What You Say (1)

‘The lips of the godly speak helpful words…’ Proverbs 10:32 NLT

Your tongue can be a source of great blessing because it can provide people with two things they need. First, it gives wisdom. ‘The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice… The lips of the godly speak helpful words…’ (Proverbs 31–32 NLT) Paul told Timothy, ‘You have heard me teach [many] things… teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.’ (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT) Pass on what God has taught you to those who need guidance and are hungry for knowledge. Don’t be pushy, but don’t be timid; share with them what God has shared with you. If you give a hungry man a fish he will live for a day; if you teach him how to fish he will live for a lifetime. Second, your tongue can give correction. Nobody enjoys being corrected. But if you ‘…listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise… reject discipline, you only harm yourself… listen to correction… grow in understanding… humility precedes honour.’ (Proverbs 15:31–33 NLT) Nobody likes to risk rejection by being the truth–teller, but: ‘You can trust a friend who corrects you…’ (Proverbs 27:6 CEV) Three important principles apply here. First, you speak truth on the basis of friendship. If you haven’t proven yourself, leave the truth-telling to someone who has. You have to earn that right. Second, truth-telling isn’t a licence to go hunting. A true friend cares about others’ feelings, and speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Third, appreciation will come—but be prepared, it may be delayed! ‘In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.’ (Proverbs 28:23 NLT)

SoulFood: Isa 49–52, Matt 13:1–9, Ps 67, Pro 4:1–2

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 ©

Paul’s Thorn And Yours (3)

‘My power works best in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Paul writes: ‘Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (2 Corinthians 12:8–10 NLT) Paul didn’t get the answer he was looking for until he quit praying and started listening. Sometimes we’re so busy telling God what He ought to do for us, that we can’t hear God telling us what He wants to do in us.

If you have a stubborn problem in your life, maybe it’s time to stop talking and start listening. God taught Paul lessons at the best time he could learn them—during difficulties. So the bad news about tough times turns out to be the good news after all—that you learn more about God in the valley than you do on the mountaintop. CS Lewis describes how God uses pain to communicate with us: ‘God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pains.’

Before God spoke, all Paul wanted was to remove his problem. After God spoke, he realised that in his problem he had found something better and greater—supernatural strength reserved for those tough times when we realise God’s presence is greater than our problems and His purpose is greater than our pain.

SoulFood: 1 Cor 15–16, Matt 3:1–10, Ps 116, Pr 31:30–31

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

Are You On Overload?-

‘Who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him?’ Ecclesiastes 2:25 NLT

There will be times in life when it feels like there’s too much to do, and not enough time to do it. However, when you’re constantly on overload, it shows up in your attitude, your relationships, your job performance, and even your walk with God. If that’s where you are today, here’s what you need to do:

(1) Pray. ‘Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.’ (Psalm 55:22 NIV) Before you fall apart, ask God for the wisdom to evaluate what you are doing, and then be honest with yourself about why you’re in this predicament. The writer of Proverbs says, ‘Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.’ (Proverbs 23:4–5 NIV) Ask God to show you where you may be sacrificing your peace, health, and relationships on the altar of materialism.

(2) Delegate. Moses, one of the greatest leaders in the Old Testament, was falling apart under the weight of responsibilities he needed to share with others. He got so depressed that he asked God to take his life! There were capable people all around him who were willing to help, but he wouldn’t let them. Sound familiar? As long as you insist on controlling and doing everything yourself, your productivity will stall and your peace of mind will evaporate. Bottom line: if you’re on overload today, start making some changes.

SoulFood: Neh 5–7, John 18:12–24, Ps 150, Pro 29:22–27

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

‘Living For Others’

‘Honour one another above yourselves.’ Romans 12:10 NIV

As you approach the latter years of your life, you realise that it’s not just what you do that matters, but what you do for others. The most miserable people on earth are those who hate, hinder, and hurt others, while the happiest are those who spend their lives helping others. The degree to which you’re helpful is the degree to which you’re happy—it’s that simple.

John Andrew Holmes said, ‘It’s well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.’ So, what are you doing for others? How good are you at letting someone else take credit for what gets accomplished? Paul writes, ‘Honour one another above yourselves.’ Next time somebody shares their accomplishments, pay attention to your need to jump in and tell them something as good or better about yourself. When you do that, you minimise their joy, create distance between you, and everybody loses. Instead, bite your tongue, look at them and say, ‘That’s wonderful; tell me more.’ And mean it!

When you treat people this way two things happen:

(1) The other person enjoys your company because they sense you’re really ‘there’ for them, instead of sitting on the edge of your seat waiting your turn to speak.

(2) They feel that instead of competing with them, you care about their success. Consequently your relationships grow stronger because you no longer need to grab all the attention and glory. It’s called ‘living for others’.

SoulFood: Jer 49–50, Matt 6:19–34, Ps 122, Pro 15:10–14

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

 

Spreading through Social Media

On Thursday we (Radio Voz in Timor-Leste) started live streaming the Bible Study Program hosted by Ps. Elienae.

G’Rallya is a listener who really likes this program and always listens, she told us that she is blessed with radio programs and she has tagged several people on Facebook to hear the program.

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

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

Dad now leads his family

Greetings,

Man in a Nepal StreetOur family was a Christian family and still learning to walk in Christian life but I don’t remember my dad praying and leading us in prayer.

When our church provided us The Word for Today daily devotion we slowly started to pray together. That’s was the time when my two brothers went abroad for a job. My mom, me and dad started to read daily devotion daily and pray together.

Before my dad was unable to pray by closing eyes and weak in spirit and after we started to feed on devotional message day by day change have been started and after a year of this devotion and fellowship my dad have been able to share his Becoming Christian Testimony.

On last month it was a great fruit of walking together with word of God. This devotion inspired me never to give up on whether I am sad, stressed, and unwilling to pray I used to read daily devotion with my family. which helps me to overcome those things and help them to grow more in God’s faithfulness. ‘’Never stop feeding on God’s Word you will rip the fruit’’

It took 35 year for my dad to stand before church. It’s never late to grow in God. Thank you, Message of Hope Nepal team, for this wonderful daily devotional Book ‘The Word for Today ‘for the nutritious Word of God for daily feeding.

Ratna – from the western part of Nepal

Families in Vanua Levu (Fiji) affected by cyclone YASA received The Word for Today.

The Word for Today was distributed with food rations with the help of one of UCB Fiji’s committee members (Amani Waqetia) who heads the response effort of OLA FOU Fiji in Vanua Levu. The families who received them were very appreciative especially after being devastated by the Cat 5 cyclone which left many of them without food and shelter. In the midst of such a devastating experience, their hope lies not only in the relief items but more-so with God and the encouragement that comes with the stories of hope in The Word for Today. More than 100 copies of the The Word for Today were given to people in Cyclone and flood affected areas of Vanua Levu.

In Suva, a Methodist church minister distributed 2 cartons of the devotional to his congregation. Before that, 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.

Feedback I received is that some families are now using The Word for Today as their guide during the daily family devotion and is very simple and easy to understand.

Our friends who were recipients of the The Word for Today in Vanua Levu said that the booklet has given them a sense of hope and courage reading God’s Word in the most difficult time of their life after the hardship faced and the devastation cost by TC Yasa where they seem to have lost everything.

Please continue to pray for our nation, its leaders and the many people affected by the natural disaster.

Thank you and kind regards.

Tomu
Fiji

Finding Jesus

Virna is a longtime listener. She sent a thank you message because through Radio Voz she and her family often heard the Radio and the introduction of Jesus increasingly led them to the decision of accepting Jesus. They are now worshipping in the GPWC church. They’ve been listening to the Radio Voz since 2014.

She was very grateful that every topic presented by our station always touches their lives.

Virna – Timoe-Leste

Easy

I am a regular listener of The Word for Today. The Word of God present by Message of Hope Nepal is short and sweet which is very easy to understand for every level of people.

I am very blessed to listen to it every morning

Mahesh, from Bharatpur Chitwan, Nepal

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.

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