Obedience is a key that unlocks many promises in the Bible. Several people desire to enjoy the benefits of these promises. But often they miss the part that demand obedience from their part.
The risen Lord promised, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).” This is a very encouraging promise. But if read in context, we can clearly see that this … Read the rest
“Why this waste (Matthew 26:8)?” That was man’s estimate of love lavished on Jesus. But Jesus valued that act of love which made that woman pour perfume on his head.
We need more people with this kind of a give it all attitude. We need more believers who will not count the cost but sacrifice everything for the gospel.
Such “waste” happens only when love compels you to do so. … Read the rest
It is amazing how one act of obedience can go a long way in fulfilling God’s purposes. Look at the case of Ananias. He was asked by God to “Go!” The reason was that a man named Saul was praying. And Saul was blind for a period of three days.
Ananias was the answer to Saul’s prayer.
But Ananias had no clue as to the change that was happening … Read the rest
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live (Numbers 33:55 NIV).
This was an instruction to the Israelites who were about to enter the Promised Land. So it does not hold a physical relevance for us today. But … Read the rest
Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out (Numbers 9:21b, 22 NIV).
Think about a faithful dog in a home. Imagine that the dog is lying down in the living room. … Read the rest
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God (Jonah 2:1 NIV).
Disobedience to God is costly. It not only puts you under His wrath but also causes others to suffer because of you. This is shown by the way the sailors of the ship in which Jonah sailed suffered. But then God has not finished dealing with you yet. He will cause the wind and the waves … Read the rest
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death …. (1 Chronicles 10:13, 14a NIV).
Saul died. In his death, he leaves behind death-principles that can work death in you and me if we are not watchful. For the Bible … Read the rest
Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again (1 Kings 20:22 NIV).
This prophetic message is important because it was given immediately after a big victory in war. See that it is not a message of congratulation on that victory. Instead it is a message to be on guard. It is therefore worthy of our attention.
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