Be Strong. Be Resilient.

“Lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isa 54:2 NIV The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco can move up to twenty feet in either direction at its center. All of its parts, including its concrete roadway, steel railings, and crossbeams, are connected from one welded joint to another through the vast cable system to two great towers, then down to a rock foundation beneath the Pacific. Here are two important biblical truths we learn from this: (1) You must be strong.Paul writes: “God is … [Read more...]

Stand Up for Jesus

“I will in no way be ashamed.” Php 1:20 NIV Over half of all Christians now live in the Third World, often in an anti-Christian environment. More Chinese Christians take part in Sunday worship than the combined attendance of Christians in all of Western Europe. Lebanon is 39 percent Christian; Sudan, 5 percent; Egypt, about 10 percent. Many of these saints worship at their own risk. You may be one of them. You may be the only Christian in your Iraqi university, or an Arab woman who offers … [Read more...]

Learning from the Rich Young Rule (Part 2)

“All these things I have kept from my youth.” Lk 18:21 NKJV The rich young ruler may rank as one of the most religious people in Scripture. He kept all the commandments. But you can do nothing wrong, and still do nothing right. By definition, righteousness is doing something right. But we’ve reduced it to doing nothing wrong. We fixate on sins of commission: Don’t do this, don’t do that—and you’re okay. But that is holiness by subtraction. It’s your sins of omission—what you would have, could … [Read more...]

Learning From the Rich Young Ruler (Part 1)

“You still lack one thing.” Lk 18:22 NKJV Luke records: “A certain ruler asked Him, saying, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ So Jesus said to him…‘You know the commandments: “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not bear false witness,” “Honor your father and your mother.”‘ And he said, ‘All these things have I kept from my youth.’ So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute … [Read more...]

A Father’s Prayer

“Manoah prayed…‘tell us what to do for the son we are going to have.’” Jdg 13:8 CEV The following prayer was written by General Douglas MacArthur, a hero of World War II, on behalf of his son whom he loved dearly. If you’re a parent you may want to keep it handy and pray it often: “Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. … [Read more...]

Protect Your Sense of God’s Presence

“How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 2Sa 6:9 NKJV In the Old Testament the most recognized symbol of God’s presence was the ark of the covenant. Wherever the ark was, God’s presence was there. But Israel allowed the Philistines to steal it. There’s an important lesson here. Satan is out to rob you of your sense of God’s presence! Israel lost the ark for one reason—disobedience. You always lose your sense of God’s presence at the point of disobedience. What is God telling you to do, or stop … [Read more...]

Believe God for “Good Things”

“How much more shall your Father…in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Mt 7:11 The cross proves how much God loves you. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not…freely give us all things?” (Ro 8:32). And “all things” means all things! If it’s promised in God’s Word, it’s God’s will—so refuse to settle for less. But you must be single-minded in your approach or it won’t work (See Jas 1:6-8). The Psalmist said, “One thing have I desired of the … [Read more...]

God Is Directing Your Steps

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Ps 37:23 NKJV Elijah’s destiny was to stand on Mount Carmel, call down fire from heaven, and deliver Israel from idolatry. But he could only get there one step at a time. That’s how God works. First God sent him to a brook at Cherith (which means “covenant”). At some point in your spiritual journey you must discover that God is a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God. He miraculously dried up the Jordan River, made an axe-head float, and caused … [Read more...]

The Parental Guilt Trip

“My son [and daughter], if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice.” Pr 23:15 NKJV Since there are no perfect people, there can be no perfect parents. So though you love your children dearly, at times you’ll get tired, frustrated, disappointed, and irritable. The secret is to make such times the exception rather than the rule. A Christian psychologist writes: “A few years ago I asked one thousand mothers and fathers to describe their greatest frustrations in raising kids. I heard many … [Read more...]

Half-Truths and False Impressions

“Deliver my soul…from lying lips, and…a deceitful tongue.” Ps 120:2 When you deliberately create a false impression, the Bible calls it dealing in “falsehood…error, deception, cheating” (Rev 22:15 AMPC). That may sound harsh, especially if all you had in mind was making an extra dollar, sparing someone’s feelings, or trying to make yourself look better. No human being would set such a standard, but God does. And He’s serious about it. Case in point: Ananias and Sapphira. When this couple tried … [Read more...]