Category: Practice

Practice

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The significance of fasting

We are probably familiar with the phrase, “listen to your body”. Every day, we pay a lot of attention to our physical well being; our hunger, needs and desires. They determine our priorities and actions. The Bible warns us that such fleshly messages are not from God but from the...

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Responding to “Christians are hypocrites”

Have you ever been in one of those awkward conversations where you find people around you criticising Christians they know for being hypocritical; self-righteous, rude, selfish, greedy, unfair and so forth? How can we respond to others in loving ways when they say that “Christians are hypocrites”?   Before we...

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Praying for others through God’s lenses

When we first start to pray for other people, it is not unusual to worry that we may say something wrong or look stupid. Once we take the focus off ourselves however, our prayers will flow more naturally as we allow God’s Holy Spirit to work through us. We can...

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Understanding the gift of prophecy

In spite of all the scientific and technological advances man has made, we can only explain a tiny fraction of how things work in this universe. God has set everything in place for eternity, according to His will and timing, and has given us the privilege of understanding as much...

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The urgent truth about repentance

When Jesus was on earth, He repeatedly called all people to repent of their sins. He didn’t preach much about God’s love, blessings or prosperity. Jesus’ central message was “repent!” God places so much importance on repentance that Jesus died on the cross, to make repentance possible. Have we missed...

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A biblical and practical understanding of tongues

It has taken 2,000 years for science to catch up with what the apostle Paul said to the Corinthian church about speaking in tongues. When we give up all control to the Holy Spirit, He will speak through us in a language that is unknown to us, which our minds...

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Prayers that protect our thoughts against Satan’s lies

Have you noticed how some Christians exhibit such peace, joy and wisdom from God that you can “see” Jesus Christ just by observing their actions? It is because their minds are firmly rooted in God’s Word and they have allowed Jesus to be Lord over all of their thoughts.  ...

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Surrendering our will to God

The words “surrender” and “sacrifice” are synonyms for the word “investment”. The dictionary defines investment as “an act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result”. It also lists the words, surrender and sacrifice, as having similar meanings.   Surrendering our...

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The practice of honouring God’s will

Many Christians ask, “How do I know if this is God’s will for me?” when deciding where to live, whether to get married or stay single, what job to take and how to use the money He has given us to steward etc. How do we choose when there are...

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Recognising and resisting spiritual attacks

As we grow closer to God, the enemy will try to distract, discourage or disunite us. Such spiritual attacks are more annoying than alarming. How do we arm ourselves with the knowledge to rebuke Satan and reject his schemes?   Satan and his demons tremble at the mention of God....

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How to practice faith when discouraged

Things don’t always go “our way”. Work, finances, school, relationships and family problems become a drag on our lives when they teeter out of control. Our faith in God and hope for our futures can waver. How can we keep walking along the path that God has chosen for us?...

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Using God’s Word against spiritual attacks

The Bible tells us to stay alert against Satan’s schemes. The apostle Peter told us to actively resist our enemy – not ignore him. The apostle James also said the same thing; to submit everything to God and to resist the enemy so he will flee. How do we use God’s...

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Choosing to be still

Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with someone who seemed more interested in their mobile device than they are in you? The subtle but unintended message is that you are less important than some mobile game, online conversation or social media. That’s probably how God feels when He...

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Submitting to God

Submitting every area of our lives to God can be a real challenge for most believers. We don’t like to acknowledge that we are weak, blind and helpless without God. Yet the truth is we are unable to tolerate rejection, ascertain the future or guarantee our next breath.    Revelation...

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Exercising our spiritual authority

Jesus promised that when we pray with faith in His name, we can dismantle all spiritual obstacles and powers. As incredible as this may sound, this is the truth. After all, the reason why Jesus came was to destroy the works of the enemy in our lives. We are to...

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Confessing to receive freedom

Confessing our sins and saying sorry to God is an ongoing part of our journey with Him while we are on earth. Even in our relationships with people, there will be times when we do or say things that offend each other – what more when we are in a...

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Practical ways to nurture time with God

Jesus Christ ministered to thousands of people but He also spent substantial amounts of time alone with Father God. We often neglect to set time aside to revel in the Father’s love and draw upon His strength. This opens the door to all sorts of traps for failure and fatigue. Like...

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The joy of meditating on God’s Word

Many people can tell you what’s on the menus at McDonald’s or Starbucks better than they can recite 20 Bible verses. Yet it is those who have made it a practice of meditating on God’s Word that have the joy, hope and peace that this world is so hungry for.  ...

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How to prepare our hearts to hear from God

Probably every Christian wants to know, “How do I hear clearly from God? How can I be sure that what I think is His will is truly from God, and not my own wishes?” It’s a question God loves to answer. Here are some ways we can prepare our hearts...

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Begin a journey of spiritual transformation

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be in Christ and to live as new creations. What does that mean? What does it look like? Our natures don’t change instantly, once we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour. How do we begin our journey of spiritual transformation?   2...