We all need wisdom and understanding. God understands us more than anyone – even ourselves! We all have a need to understand and to be understood. Jesus understands us when we feel overwhelmed, when problems come, even though we may fail to fully understand the reason. Understanding in our lives is the key that unlocks many doors. It broadens our insight, widens our horizons.
The Christian’s hope is hope in God in Jesus Christ. The Bible says it is the confident assurance that God is faithful, and will complete what He has begun. It is an assured trust in God’s promises ‒ not a hoping for the best with fingers crossed!
The perfect example of love is in God our Creator. Agape love is the highest form of love ‒ selfless and sacrificial. It is steadfast and unchanging and unconditional. God gave His only Son to die for the sins of the world. For God so loved – that He gave. He gave the best He had for you and me to have eternal life.
Jesus brings peace in the storm. Trusting God is more than just hoping for the best! It’s knowing in our hearts, deep down inside that He is in control ‒ no matter what is happening around us.
We need to hold fast in the storm and remember that He is the master of the wind and the waves. Jesus turns darkness into light.
If we lose our joy, we lose our strength. Joy is not happiness – it is much more than that. Happiness is dependent on circumstances. The deep lasting joy that Jesus gives us is not moved by circumstances.
Obedience brings much blessing, not only to us but to others. As we do what God tells us to do, and go where He sends us in His plan and purpose, many lives get blessed and saved delivered and set free.
Very often many seeds have been sown in someone’s life. Seeds bring forth life! We may see that person come to Jesus, but many others in prayer and sowing seeds.
Jesus’ shoulders are big enough ‒ ours are not. That is why He carried everything we would ever go through in life – so we could live and walk in freedom and wholeness, with no heavy weights from the past. These weights will stop us living in the blessing and release He bought for us on the cross. He came to make us whole (Luke 17:17).
No one knows what time it will be. No one knows the hour when Jesus will appear. If Christ hadn’t come the first time as a tiny baby on that first Christmas, we wouldn’t know God, and our sins would not have been forgiven.
We can be sure Jesus will keep His promise to come the second time and take us to Heaven to be with Him for ever – if we are born again and ready!
Romans 14:1: “Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.” Paul wrote about accepting, welcoming, and making allowances for those who are not exactly like us. We need to accept and love them even if they are weak in faith, and not argue about what they think is right or wrong. Paul wasn’t talking about putting up with each other!
Think of justice, mercy and grace. If we are guilty, then we deserve justice. Or if we are guilty maybe we can hope for mercy. Grace is completely different. Yes, we are guilty, but through the death of Jesus on the cross we are justified ‒ made “Just as if I’d never sinned,” That’s an example of Grace. We are saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:4-6). It is the gift of God.
Read, meditate and listen to the Word of God. Hearing the Word of God causes faith to come, to grow, and increase richly. Reading and meditating on God’s Word causes our minds to be renewed. As we hide God’s Word in our hearts, it will keep us on the right path and direct us away from sin. God’s Word is a light on our pathway, a lamp to our footsteps.
When we accept Jesus as our Saviour we are clothed in His righteousness. We are fully accepted, and fully forgiven for every sin we have committed, and ever will commit, from the cradle to the grave. Paid in full! Baptism is the confession of our faith. We are baptised in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 3:21).
If we surrender our will to God, then deliverance can come. It’s not weak to surrender to God, it’s wise. If we are surrendered we will obey God ‒ even if it doesn’t make sense! Surrender brings victory! As we let go of our lives, and allow God to take the central place, and yield to Him, as we obey Him and do what He says, we shall be overcomers.
God’s truth is our shield and armour in the battle (Psalm 91:4). If we take our focus off the truth of God’s Word, we end up believing lies. We can always trust God’s promises in every situation of life. When we feel discouraged and feel like giving up, think about Jesus and all that He went through for us ‒ all that we have because He didn’t give up. Then we won’t become weary and faint hearted.
If we have asked Jesus into our hearts, and said sorry for our sin, then we have Eternal Life! We know we will go to Heaven when we leave this earth. We know we are Born Again. In John’s Gospel chapter 3 we read how Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night. Jesus tells him that unless he is born of the Spirit of God he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
John baptised crowds of people in water, but he let the people know that Jesus who was coming after him was the One who would baptise in the Holy Spirit and with fire. Jesus is the One who baptises in the Holy Spirit. God is pouring out His Spirit today, and we are told in the Word of God to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
In Luke 8:43-44 we read of a woman with an issue of blood who pressed through the crowd to Jesus and touch the hem of His garment. She was healed immediately! She took her illness to Jesus, touched Him by faith, and was made completely whole.
She was determined to overcome any obstacles in the way. So let us be determined to push past all the obstacles in prayer, and activate our faith.
Real, true repentance is being sorry for our sin, sorry enough for it to change our heart and our direction with God’s help. The moment we trust in Christ we are forgiven every sin and made righteous, in right standing with God. From that point, God sees us in Christ, washed in His blood. So we are not righteous because of what we do, but because of what He has done – if we put our trust in Him.
The Kingdom of God is within us. We need to believe it!
1 Corinthians 2:3-5: “I came to you in weakness ‒ timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”
"Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything" (1 John 3:20 NLT). No load is heavier to bear than guilt. We weren’t made to carry it. That’s why Jesus carried it for us on the cross, so we wouldn’t have to carry it. Let the past be in the past!
The revealed will of God in His Word is our guideline for life. Fill your life with its Truth. Don’t stray away from its instruction. When we buy something new, like a car or a washing machine, we refer to the handbook to follow instructions, to see how best it functions. The Bible is our handbook for life. It is our instruction manual for the best way to live our lives.
God promises us that He will instruct us, guide us and teach us. He will show us His pathway for our lives.
John 16:13: When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future.
We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and be ready to be obedient to Him.
If you had to choose one thing that you would want from God, what would it be? The thing you would seek after most of all? Answer to a certain prayer? Increased fruitfulness? Healing? Breakthrough? Family salvation? To fulfil your destiny?
For David, the one thing he wanted most of all was to be living in God’s presence, delighting in Him.
Look out for the unexpected! Moses was doing his daily task tending the sheep, when an angel appeared to him as a flame of fire in a bush! Moses was alert and ready to turn aside and investigate the unexpected. It was then that God called out to him, by name, and told him to take off his sandals for he was standing on holy ground. If Moses hadn’t been alert he could have missed that bush!
Our thoughts affect every aspect of our lives. The kind of thoughts that habitually occupy our minds determine whether we are filled with confidence or with fear. Everything about us flows from the way we think. As we focus on the Word of God, our minds are transformed and renewed. The truth of the Word of God overcomes the lies of the enemy.
We all have a need for acceptance and approval from others. It is one of the deepest needs of the human heart, and we all feel its pull.
We can look in all the wrong places for that sense of approval and acceptance, but we can only find it in God Himself. Nowhere else.
When we live securely in God’s love, we are not prisoners seeking the approval of others. Also published as a booklet.
If we don’t forgive, we can’t be forgiven. Jesus says in Mark 11:25: “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9).
Worship is a weapon! If we are walking in obedience and seeking to please Him, we can come with confidence before Him. When our enemies are trying to distract us and disarm us, we need to focus and worship the King of Kings! We were created to worship our Creator. If we don’t worship our Creator we will find something or someone else to worship.
In the Bible, Samuel says, “Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening.” It is all too easy for us to say, “Listen, Lord, Your servant is speaking!” Prayer is a foundational need in our Christian lives. Jesus is the great example of what our prayer life should be.This is a very short book that is also available as a printed booklet.
“Oh, that You would burst from the heavens and come down!” This was the prayer of Isaiah. Is it your prayer too? Long ago, a Welsh preacher who experienced revival wrote, “Revival is God bending down to the dying embers of a fire about to go out, and breathing into it until it bursts again into flame” (Christmas Evans 1766–1838). This is a very short book, also available as a printed booklet.
God has a special plan for each and every one of us ‒ that includes YOU! He has given all of us unique gifts. Not sure what that might mean for you? Seven Keys to Unlock Your Calling will help you discover how to explore those gifts and encourage you to go deeper into all that God has for you. This is a very short book, but a challenging one.
How is your Christian life going? Finding it hard and not sure why? Wherever you might be, Seven Steps to Walking in Victory is a very short book to help you see where you are in the Christian life, and help you keep on the right path to the victory that comes through walking closely with Jesus — to live the Christian life you always wanted to live!