“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?”1 The ones who raised this question three times in rapid succession themselves give the answer too: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
Seasons of discouragement come to the best of people. … Read the rest
When everything fails and you have no one to hold on to, seek God’s mercy.
If you have wondered whether God can stretch his mercy a little bit more; yes he can and he will; for you!
He is holy; and God is a God of justice. Yet he listens to the cry of a … Read the rest
When my heart is broken,
And hope no longer I see;
When all that comes out is a sigh–
O Lord remember me.
When my heart is broken,
And regrets cloud my mind;
When joyous notes are muted–
O Lord remember me.
When my heart is broken,
And all around troubles mount;
When I in … Read the rest
All of us face troubles big and small each day. Some of them irritate us. Others make us feel helpless. Often we feel like giving up.
Most problems are people problems. We find others unlovable and get angry at the slightest provocation. Not to mention difficulties in forgiving past wrongs. Often some fear or … Read the rest
Believe in Your God-given Dreams
Joseph’s story in the Bible has always inspired young people. He was just seventeen years when God gave him dreams of greatness. But it took several years before those dreams were fulfilled. From his life we can learn several lessons about achieving success.
Dreams Are about Possibilities
The first thing … Read the rest
It is only when you get lost somewhere that you realize, “I simply wanna go home!”
The moment you realize you are lost is a starting point.
You can choose to give up everything as lost. Or, you can start redirecting your steps towards home. In your mind’s eye you can think of your tearful … Read the rest
586 B. C. A nation was being led into exile and captivity. Only few were left. All that they had pinned their hopes on were now gone–their city, the well fortified city of Jerusalem; it was destroyed, and their temple, the magnificent temple of great splendour that Solomon built; it was burnt to the ground.… Read the rest
Every drop of blood
The Saviour shed
Was for you my dear–
None else to him counted more dear.
He was lifted high
For all the world to see;
That One Sacrifice
For all our sins would bleed.
It cost him much
To gain the pardon
That would set us free
From death’s grip for … Read the rest
Hope of a better tomorrow;
a brand new beginning in life today;
and a clean break from the failures of the past
is what Christmas is all about.
Its message is life-changing.
This message came to us not as a printed text or spoken word difficult to understand; instead it came as a child born … Read the rest
In his eyes
I saw that look
Of love’s gentle light.
It stripped my soul
Naked and bare
And lit up all past
Snapshots of remote access.
It was quite unlike
The vulturous looks
Of those who tore apart
My flesh; and left me empty
Like the beer cans that littered the streets.
And then … Read the rest
The Book of Revelation says,
“they overcame him* by the blood of the Lamb.”
The precious blood of Jesus which he shed on the cross of Calvary for the sins of all mankind has tremendous power.
First of all, it is the innocent blood of the Son of God.
Secondly, this blood is the result … Read the rest
God is speaking to a people whose land was devastated by an army of locusts. Their sin and rebellion against God invited this disaster.
Yet God is promising them a restoration. He was asking them to return to him so that he could make good the promise to repay the years the locusts have eaten.… Read the rest
A burden becomes too heavy to carry at times.
It is at those moments that you long for someone who has passed through such trouble to come and be with you. Perhaps speak an encouraging word. For only those who have experienced what you are going through can offer any help.
It is at this … Read the rest
All the four gospels show us that the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus at the time of his baptism. If the Son of God needed the Spirit of God in his life and ministry, can we do ministry without the enabling of the Holy Spirit? Think … Read the rest
When God is offering you something, do not dare to refuse it. Especially when he is offering mercy to you. Not that you deserve it. No. Not at all. God sees you are faithless. Yet he is offering mercy to you today.
What is your faithlessness? It is showing your back to your relationship with … Read the rest
“The punishment that brought us peace was upon him (Isaiah 53:5).”
Your peace depends totally, absolutely, completely and finally on this accomplished fact. There is nothing left for you to add to this fact. Just trust in what Jesus did on the cross for you.
You come to such an acceptance by humbling yourself before … Read the rest
Immanuel. God with us (Matthew 1:23).
Jesus is God with us. His birth brought God near to us. A holy God shook hands with sinners, visited their homes and ate with them.
He attended weddings as well as funerals. He blessed weddings with his abundance and disrupted funerals with life-gifting power.
He was a doctor … Read the rest
Some religious thinking call for the suppression of desires. Some others say that desires are the root cause of much suffering. The Bible on the other hand says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).” What a positive statement of truth that is!
Our God … Read the rest
There are some moments in life you are left alone—deserted by friends and family. Those are moments everyone blames you. And you have no one to turn to for comfort or support.
David faced numerous such situations in life. But in none was he left alone like the situation he found himself in Ziklag. All … Read the rest
But God. Two words. What a difference it makes if you can look at your situations through these two words.
But God (Genesis 45:7, 8). Joseph is looking at his life through this lens.
But it took him a long time; nearly twenty-two years to come to this point. All along the way, right when … Read the rest
A sunset. Can it have this kind of impact? Yes, when God is the key player in the drama.
The sun had set when Jacob rested his head on a stone pillow. He then had a dream. A ladder touching heaven and resting on earth. Angels of God were going up and down on it.… Read the rest
But now. So begins what some teachers say the most important paragraph in the entire Bible (Romans 3:21). Now what does it say.
First of all what was before “but now.” Before this was the time the law of Moses governed human behaviour. But the law could not make anyone righteous or perfect in God’s … Read the rest
Fear strikes at times we least expect it.
Does being a believer insure you from being afraid? No is the answer.
Is being afraid something to be ashamed about? Again, no is the answer. The Bible honestly shows us how great saints of God were afraid at certain difficult times in their lives. We also … Read the rest
So many youngsters are worried about finding God’s will. In today’s world they are more in confusion about right sexual conduct.
The Bible speaks about this in very clear terms.
That means run away from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Tim 2:22). So do not stay in a place, situation or in … Read the rest
Did you wake up with heaviness in your heart this morning?
Perhaps you were troubled by disturbing dreams at night. Or you had promised God not to do something again; but did it one more time.
Sometimes your problems and worries looked so large and threatening. There was great fear in your heart and mind.… Read the rest
Some moments in life cannot be forgotten. One such moment is when God comes searching for you. It can be a time when you had sinned and walked away from him.
More often it can be a time of barrenness when nothing good seems to happen and you are depressed. Out of nowhere God brings … Read the rest
Jesus sent us another helper. Just like him. The Holy Spirit.
+ He is the one who makes God’s presence and love real in our lives.
+ He is the one called alongside to help. That is what his name parakletos (in Greek) means.
+ He is the one who not only authored the Scriptures … Read the rest
Are you discouraged now? Most likely you felt close to God yesterday. Today it is back to the ordinary life. And emotionally you do not feel God near.
But God is an unchanging God (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). He is faithful. So do not try to judge God by your feelings. He will never leave … Read the rest