Tagged: Jesus

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Judgment and the abuse of wisdom

Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are all good gifts from God’s Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, when we use such gifts without the fear of the Lord in our hearts, we can become judgemental and condemning. Exodus 31:3 NIV  and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding,...

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Finding God’s promises in our pain

Psalm 22:34 ESV  For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. Pain can be a powerful teacher. It offers valuable lessons on: Endurance and focus Wisdom  Empathy Humility What we...

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Preparing our hearts for baptism

In Jewish weddings, brides are ceremonially bathed in purification rituals before they are married. So when the Jewish people heard Jesus refer to Himself as the Bridegroom of His people, they understood that they had to wash and purify themselves before they could be united with Him. This is the...

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Kingdom citizenship

Once we ask Jesus to be our personal Lord and Saviour, God makes us full-fledged citizens of His spiritual Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. God doesn’t ask us to wait until we go to heaven to become perfect like Jesus. He tells us to obey Him now, so we...

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How Satan camouflages his deceptions

Deception is subtle and can even comprise 95% truth. When we are not alert, Satan will cunningly slip in a little lie in the midst of truth and cause us to stray from our loving Father in heaven. The Bible warns us to be alert. How does Satan camouflage his...

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Fear, an ungodly use of imagination

Fear is often driven by us imagining the worst and asking “what if?” We needlessly “spin our wheels” going nowhere – until God releases the brakes and sends us off in His planned direction. All our initial anxious activity ends up bringing us no benefit whatsoever. Instead, it only exhausts us...

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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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Experiencing God’s love 

God’s love is perfect. He is full of grace, love and compassion and will never forsake us. Yet every one of us has had a broken image of God at one time or other. How can we know God’s love in our hearts, and not just in our heads?   Psalm...

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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 idolisation of comfort

Many who live in Asia enjoy extremely comfortable lives. Everything we need or want is just a short trip or click away; food, living essentials, family, friends, entertainment etc. There are none of the wars, diseases or hardships faced by millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, a life filled...

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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.  ...

Facing people who do evil

As followers of Jesus Christ, how are we to interact with people who indulge in wickedness and treachery? We live in a time where evil and injustice are becoming more prolific and it is all too easy to label people as “good” or “bad”. How should we choose to view the...

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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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Understanding God’s forgiveness

Many believers carry a shadow of shame that sounds like this, “If a sinful person like me wouldn’t even let myself off for my wrongs, why would a righteous, perfect God forgive me?” When we don’t understand God’s love and forgiveness, we continue to condemn ourselves.   Understanding God’s character When...