When you mention investing, what comes to mind for most people is investing in real estate or in the stock market. And every day as we watch the news, we hear about how well or how bad the market is doing. People have invested trillions of dollars, much more than we can comprehend, in the stock market. And each person who places his or her money there, does so with the Read More
“For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Cor. 1:26-28) Read More
Do you know that right now there are radio signals in the air all around you that you are completely unaware of? The atmosphere where you are is filled with sounds that you cannot perceive because they exist on frequencies that are too high for your ears to perceive. Now, just because your senses do not perceive them does not mean that they are not active and real. If you had the right equipment, you could transform the Read More
Have you ever asked God for something and then allowed negative thoughts about yourself and the awareness of your shortcomings to cause you to doubt that God would grant your request? When something goes wrong, is the first question that comes to your mind “what have I done that I am being punished”? Do you feel that other people deserve the blessings of God more than you do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you Read More
No one can deny that we are living under incredible pressure. Sometimes life seems like one continuous deadline. With projects to finish, problems to face, and relationships to hold together, we can begin to feel like a firefighter trying put out a forest fire with a glass of water. These are challenging times. Stress related problems have become major in the United States. Americans consume over 60 million anti-stress tablets annually. Every hour, every day, on average, three persons commit suicide because they
Look, Jesus has entered the home of Simon the Pharisee. He has been invited to dinner. Why? Does he believe in Jesus? Is he getting ready to confess his faith in Him as Messiah? Unfortunately, it does not appear to be so. Looks like Simon wants the opportunity to say that Jesus came to his house. He just wants to satisfy his curiosity and take some pictures with a celebrity that will make him feel important. Jesus is reclining at the table and a woman is walking in carrying an alabaster box of very expensive perfume. She makes her Read More
In Matthew 2, we find the story of wise men who traveled from the East to worship Jesus. They challenge me. How well am I responding to the good news that God has come to dwell with men? Observe three actions they took.
Firstly, they “came“. That is right—they came! Upon learning by revelation that Christ was born, they did not remain still. They immediately acted upon the revelation they had received. They took definite steps. They applied what they knew to themselves and then acted accordingly.
This is where too many fail. Hearing the Read More
God always answers the prayers of his believing children, but his answer is not always yes. When our request is wrong, even if we are right, he answers no. I have discovered that some of God’s greatest demonstrations of love for me occurred when he said no to a request that he knew was not the best for me. I realize now that when he says no to something we ask for it is that he may say yes to something even better.
Such was the case in 1986, when I was praying for a particular job after completing college. I did everything I knew to do spiritually to get the job, but Read More
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind me and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul had a drive to win. He said, “I forget the things that are behind; I am straining; I am like a runner; I am pressing because I intend to win.” When you are focused on one thing, you have a drive to win in life. You refuse to come to the end of your life as a failure. At the end of your life, you want to be able to say, Read More
The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:32). I pray that you will spend enough time with the truth of God’s Word so that you will know it – not in your head, but in your heart. If you know it, the Spirit will wake you up at two o’clock in the morning and you will know it is true. Or if you are in a ship and the winds and waves are raging and threatening to sink the ship — you will still know that God’s Word is true. No matter what circumstances you are going through or how loud the enemy shouts, there are things you need to know about God, and your heart needs to be able to rest in those things. Anchor your heart in them. Lay hold of them until they produce the kind of change that God wants you to have in your life.
Jesus gave a parable and talked about the Word going forth. There were different types of responses to the Word. One type was those who heard the Word but didn’t understand it. They didn’t spend any time trying to understand it, so it didn’t do them any good. There was another group who heard the Word and got excited for a while, but they wanted things to happen very quickly and when things did not happen quickly, they pursued other interests. Others heard the Word, but persecution and difficulties caused them not to produce any fruit either.
But there was a group of people who, when they heard the Word of God, spent the time necessary to understand it. They held on to it and refused to let go. They kept holding on and as a result of their perseverance and tenacity, Jesus said, eventually the truth changed them and they brought forth some thirty-fold, some sixty-fold and some a hundred-fold.
That is how you have to be towards the Word of God. Be tenacious. When you hear the truth, do not let it go in one ear and out the other ear. Lay hold of it. Refuse to let it go until it makes the changes God wants to happen in your life, and changes not only you but empowers you to change your environment.
Are you spending time in the truth of God’s Word? Are you allowing it to set you free?