Ask for a Dream (Part 1)

“Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed.” Ge 42:9 NKJV The dream God gave Joseph sustained him through experiences that would crush many of us. He was resented by his family, repeatedly tempted by his boss’s wife, then thrown into prison for thirteen years for a crime he never committed. Yet at his lowest points God was with him, arranging each step he took and positioning him to fulfill his calling as the deliverer of his people. The psalmist talks about the strange way in which God … [Read more...]

Time to clean house!

“Sanctify the house of the Lord…carry out the rubbish.” 2Ch 29:5 NKJV In Scotland they have a New Year’s tradition that involves cleaning out your house, dumping the old ashes from your fireplace, and paying off your outstanding debts. It’s about clearing out the old to make room for the new. And from time to time you must clean your spiritual house too. The Bible says, “Carry out the rubbish.” Why? Because over time wrong attitudes, shoddy workmanship, and bad habits creep in and blind us to … [Read more...]

How To Deal With Depression

“For I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Ps 42:5 NIV Some of the godliest people in the Bible and in church history battled depression. Job experienced it through the back-to-back losses of his children, his wealth, and his health. Moses “spoke face to face [with God] as a man speaks to his friend” (Ex 33:11 NKJV). Yet the pressures of leading Israel overwhelmed him to the point of despair. Elijah conquered the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, and afterwards became so depressed that … [Read more...]

You’re Part of the Family

“In love he predestined us for adoption.” Eph 1:4-5 NIV We all have a need to belong, to be part of a family. One pastor writes: “I know couples with hearts of love who yearn to focus it on some little one, but no little one arrives. When these couples find children to adopt, they don’t tell the children they’d better measure up to expectation if they want to stay in the family. There’s no such thing as three strikes—then back to the agency. No, they accept them with open arms and joy-filled … [Read more...]

How to Help People

“What I do have I give you.” Ac 3:6 NIV The Bible says, “Peter said, ‘Look at us…Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong” (vv. 4-7 NIV). Peter did three things you must do if you want to help people: (1) Get their attention.Peter told this incapacitated man, “Look at us” (v. 4 NIV). Hurting people are often so distracted by … [Read more...]

Seeing Yourself as God Sees You

“We…saw giants…we felt like grasshoppers.” Nu 13:33 NLT Ten of Israel’s twelve spies returned from the Promised Land saying, “We…saw giants …we felt like grasshoppers.” The other two, Joshua and Caleb, saw the same giants but believed that with God’s help they could be conquered: “Let us go up at once and possess it…for we are well able” (v. 30 TLB). That’s the language of a winner! Understand this: God has a plan for your life, but you’ll never fulfill it until you come into agreement with His … [Read more...]

How To Be Made “Whole”

“Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?’” Lk 17:17 NKJV Let’s read how Jesus healed these ten lepers, and see what we can learn: (1) They seized the moment. “They lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’” (v. 13 NKJV). Desperate people pray desperate prayers. Who cares about propriety and outward appearances when you’re dying? These men realized that Jesus was “passing through” (See v. 11), and the worst thing that could happen … [Read more...]

Visited by an Angel

“Some…have…entertained angels without realizing it.” Heb 13:2 NLT One day Debby Gass was driving through Nevada when her sports car ran out of gas. A young woman, alone in a small car, on a desert highway with no one around—it had all the elements that cause us to be afraid. Soon a big tractor-trailer pulled up and a six-foot-tall driver got out and asked, “Can I help you, lady?” When she explained her predicament, he told her to lock her car and come with him to a service station a few miles … [Read more...]

Getting Through Your “Nighttime Experiences”

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Ps 30:5 NKJV God is with us during our “nighttime experiences.” Think about it; you’ve been knocked down, but by God’s grace you’ve gotten back up. No matter how dark the night, you’ve lived to see the morning. Times change and relationships change, but God is always the same. He’s the one who brought you through every difficulty in the past, and He promises to be with you every day of the future. Note the words “joy comes.” That … [Read more...]

Encourage Your Pastor

“Honor…your leaders in the Lord’s work.” 1Th 5:12 NLT If you want to encourage your pastor: (1) Cut the criticism. Most workers are evaluated each year based on their job performance; pastors are evaluated every week. Remember, if a particular sermon doesn’t scratch where you itch, chances are somebody else needs to hear it. (2) “Remember your leaders who taught you the word” (Heb 13:7 NLT), and pray for their spiritual growth. Goethe said, “If you treat a person as he is, he’ll stay that way. … [Read more...]