Category: Practice

Practice

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Spiritual hindrances to planting God’s Word in our hearts

Christians sometimes say that they can’t seem to understand, remember, or quote a lot of the Bible, despite having studied it for years. The issue isn’t their desire or brain capacity. After all, neuroscience research has shown that our brains have the capacity to store 4.7 billion books*. Perhaps it...

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What it feels like to be purified by the Holy Spirit

Followers of Jesus Christ are called to turn away from sin and be purified by His Spirit. One can compare a pure connection with God’s Spirit to the pristine environment of the Alpine mountains, as opposed to the chaotic congestion of a bustling, polluted city. A life that is entirely...

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Do we bless God or do we blaspheme Him?

Most of our prayers revolve around asking God for blessings and protection. The idea of blessing God through our attitudes and words may be foreign to some of us, yet it is central to an authentic relationship with Him. God is not a static vending machine of blessings. He is...

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What it means to truly know God

God delights in those who understand and know Him. To know God is to recognise His voice, be well-acquainted with His ways, be able to discern His sovereign will, and be fully assured of His perfect character. The more we know God as our Lord and Best Friend, the more we...

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Spiritual pitfalls of chasing financial security

God is not against wealth. Many great men of God were very wealthy; King David, King Solomon, Job, and Abraham. But God does not want us to spend our mental and physical energies chasing money in the name of “financial security”. That is when we place more faith in money...

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A biblical understanding of death and funeral rites

Funerals and memorials are solemn events where we gather to remember, grieve over and bury the dead. Many times, funerals also involve unbiblical beliefs and practices. How can we honour the family of the dead without dishonouring Jesus, who conquered death on our behalf through His resurrection?   1 Corinthians...

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How Satan hijacks our minds

Jesus describes Satan as a thief. Thieves cannot steal from us or break into our homes when we remain alert. Satan is only able to steal from us when we let our guard down. Here are some ways he will hijack our minds and blind us to his tactics.  ...

What total submission to God looks like

Deep in every person’s psyche is a subconscious desire to find the answer to, “What am I here for?” Many things in this world, however, keep us from going to the only One with the answer, our Creator. Yet it is only through total submission to God that we flourish...

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Cleansing ourselves to qualify for heaven

Jesus described Himself as a “bridegroom” who makes us all a “marriage offer”. If we accept His offer and remain faithful to Him, He will return to gather all of us, male and female, for His “marriage feast” and an eternal union with Him. As His “bride-in-waiting”, we are responsible for...

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Sharing the gospel with our testimony

The Bible describes those who reject Jesus as living in spiritual darkness. Followers of Jesus are called to shine His light to a dark world through the way we live our lives. Our personal testimonies and attitudes towards others go a long way in sharing the gospel, much more than...

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Reading the Bible with God’s Spirit

Jesus is described as the Word of life who came to earth in human form to reveal God’s glory and truth. How we approach the Word will also affect our relationship with God. When we read the Bible with the expectation to have an encounter with God, we will. When...

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Spiritual cleansing at home

No one leaves rotting food lying around our homes. It only attracts flies and brings disease. Yet spiritually, we may leave objects in our homes that attract spiritual destruction, not only for the owners but everyone who shares the same premises. Are we aware of the things in our homes...

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How God answers prayers

God hears every single prayer, even our unspoken ones. He faithfully answers each time we seek Him with humble hearts, with responses that are always affirming, instructive and comforting. Seldom are His answers just “yes” or “no”. That would make our relationship with Him much too boring. Our Heavenly Father...

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Remember our deliverance at Communion

Jesus introduced Communion to His disciples at Passover, the festival where Jews solemnly remember their forefathers’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt to their Promised Land. Unleavened bread and wine are usually taken at Passover. In a way, Communion is like a Christian Passover, where we remember our deliverance from enslavement...

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When to agree or disagree with Satan

Figuratively speaking, our beliefs first begin as ideas that come knocking on the “door” of our hearts. Once we open the door to let certain ideas in and agree with them, they become part of our lives and influence our perspectives. As disciples of Jesus, it is critical for us to identify...

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Serving God vs. our belly god

The love for good food leads people to travel long distances to hunt down restaurants, queue up for famous delicacies, watch cooking shows and talk about food. For “foodies” or “food connoisseurs”, eating has become a preoccupation and an identity. In contrast, the Bible warns believers not to worship our...

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Testing for deceitful spirits in churches

Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan in this world. As Jesus’ followers, we must protect our Saviour’s beloved church from the devil’s cunning schemes. How do we recognise when subtle demonic influences start to creep into our churches and lead God’s people away from Him?   1 John...

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Sharpening our spiritual gifts

Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. He equips every believer with spirituals gifts so that we are able to continue His critical mission to reconcile the lost and hurting to Him. Let us actively sharpen our gifts, and not squander them, or worse, use them against God’s will....

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Why we don’t truly believe

A true believer is not merely someone who calls Jesus ‘Lord’ or believes that He is the Son of God. Even demons believe Jesus is God and tremble. Jesus said that His true believers will perform greater miracles than Him. Would Jesus be pleased with the state of our belief...

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What stops answered prayers

Our prayers are meant to be a fragrant offering to the King of kings. Instead, we can unwittingly bring the foul-smelling stench of toxic worldly thinking and stubborn hearts into God’s throne room. Some of us may not even be aware that past involvement in idol worship and witchcraft or...