Hold On to the Word You’ve Received

“As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Mk 4:15NIV In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Ever notice how you can sit at home and watch a two-hour, commercial-packed movie without feeling restless or bored, yet when the pastor’s sermon exceeds thirty or forty minutes, you keep glancing at your … [Read more...]

Your Divine Security Detail

“The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Ps 34:7 NKJV Just as a president and a prime minister are constantly surrounded by security guards, as a redeemed child of God you are surrounded by angels. You may not be able to see the president or prime minister’s security detail, but just let someone make a threatening move and trained guards instantly form a protective shield around him. Dr. James McConnell, founder of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in … [Read more...]

Discovering God’s Will (Part 2)

“That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Ro 12:2 NKJV For a redeemed child of God, nothing in life should be more important than discovering and doing His will. But you have four options: (1) You can remain ignorant of it. Chances are this isn’t you, or you wouldn’t be reading this daily devotional right now. Clearly you have a desire to know God’s will for your life and He will help you find it (See Isa 30:21). (2) You can know it and choose … [Read more...]

Discovering God’s Will (Part 1)

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Ro 12:2 NKJV The story is told of a man who lived on a beautiful farm. When he died, the property, which had been in the family for over 200 years, was sold to one of the neighbors. One day, the new owner was walking in a field when he noticed an odd-looking rock sticking out of the dirt. He took it home, washed it, and took it to a jewelry store. The jeweler confirmed what the owner already suspected. The old stone, which had been in the field for … [Read more...]

Seek His Help Today

“The Spirit also helps our weakness.” Ro 8:26 NAS Paul writes: “The Spirit also helps our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (vv. 26-27 NAS). So what is this “weakness” in prayer that we are subject to? It’s that sometimes we don’t know how to express the … [Read more...]

Muzzle Your Mouth

“I will put a muzzle on my mouth.” Ps 39:1 NIV The psalmist has a lot to say about the dangers of the tongue. Apparently he had to guard himself in that particular area. “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps 141:3 NIV). “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord” (Ps 19:14 NIV). Just because a thought comes up doesn’t mean it should come out! “A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them … [Read more...]

Take the “people of war with you.”

“Take all the people of war with you.” Jos 8:1 NKJV When you’re under spiritual attack, you need to surround yourself with “the people of war.” They are experienced in spiritual warfare and know how to deal with the Enemy. They have proven strategies for victory and a tenacious faith that rises up and says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31). The truth is, the people of war are the people of the Word. They know how to take the sword of the spirit, which is … [Read more...]

Heartfelt Prayer

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on.” Mt 6:7 NLT Here’s what Jesus taught about prayer: “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” Then He gave us two specific instructions. First: “Shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private” (v. 6 NLT). Second: “Your Father knows exactly what you need…before you ask him” (v. 8 NLT). Heartfelt prayer isn’t meant for human ears. In The … [Read more...]

God Wants to Tell You Something

“When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the…bush.” Ex 3:4 NLT Never judge a person’s potential by what they appear to be right now. Moses, one of history’s greatest leaders, was tending sheep when God called him. There’s not a corporate headhunter who would have hired him. But don’t judge him yet—he’s just between jobs. God is about to talk to him and change his life. If you’re tired of listening to everybody else’s opinions, get alone with God. He will show … [Read more...]

A Formula For Successful Living

“Accept…authority…humble yourselves…Give all your worries… to God.” 1Pe 5:5-7 NLT Somebody quipped, “The trouble with success is that the formula is the same as the one for a nervous breakdown.” The Bible gives us the realformula for successful living. It encompasses three areas: authority, attitude, and assurance. “Accept the authority of the elders…humble yourselves under the mighty power of God…Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Let’s look at each of the … [Read more...]