There are two kinds of people in this world.
The first kind love to go window shopping. There is no cost involved in the process. It is aimless wandering. The time spent is utilized just to enjoy the feel of things.
There is no serious effort to pay the price and get something in return.… Read the rest
The Word of God has a unique place in God’s dealing with man. The Bible describes itself in certain ways that help us understand this unique relationship. Some of these descriptions are in word pictures. They help us to understand the special place the Bible has in the estimate of God.
For example, the Psalmist … Read the rest
Who Wrote the Bible?
God used chosen people to write down what he wanted them to communicate. The Spirit of God enabled these people to do so (2 Peter 1:20, 21). Even when the literary characteristics like the style of writing, choice of words, and personality of the author is distinguishable in these writings, the … Read the rest
Seek God; His blessings will follow you.
Seek blessings; you forget the One who gives it.
God blesses those who obey Him.
For all His promises have a tag attached, which reads:
“IF you obey Me, then specified blessings will be given you.”
His favor rests on those who fear Him;
And not on those … Read the rest
Anger is dangerous. If it is allowed to rage uncontrolled it can destroy relationships easily. This is one area where Christians need to watch out. There may be many occasions when you need to be angry. The anger we refer to here is unnecessary anger the cause of which lies in pride. It is usually … Read the rest
When they stood still, they lowered their wings. Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings (Ezekiel 1:24z–25 NIV).
Heaven can teach us. Here we find the heavens opened. In this vision Ezekiel sees four living creatures. They had two wings to fly and two … Read the rest
“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave (Proverbs 9:17, 18 NIV).
The first part is the invitation of Folly. She is described as sitting at the door of her house on a … Read the rest
“But let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 9:24 NIV).
The people of the world boast about many things. In the previous verse God picks out three … Read the rest
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1 NIV).
There are things beyond man’s control. And they can act at any time. Those who boast about tomorrow either close their eyes to this fact or think that such things may happen to others but not … Read the rest
Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:12 NIV).
This lesson from Moses’ life is of great importance to Christians today. It teaches us vital truths.
First of all, Moses did not inquire of God as to what to do. He acted … Read the rest
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32 NIV).
Losing temper is not so uncommon today. Caught in a traffic jam and moving at snail’s pace, walking into your office or workplace to find yesterday’s work pending, or even naughty children at … Read the rest
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow”–when you now have it with you(Proverbs 3:27,28 NIV).
The power to act is a blessing indeed. And God would like you to consider using that … Read the rest
Nevertheless in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp (Numbers 14:44 NIV).
Presumption is dangerous in Christian living. It puts you in trouble and brings sorrow. But what is presumption? It is acting on what you think is … Read the rest
This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine (Genesis 41:36 NIV).
God gave Joseph knowledge about the coming famine and the specific number of years it would last. … Read the rest
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well (Ecclesiastes 11:6 NIV).
There are sure laws of success. One of them is listed here. This law calls for effort on … Read the rest
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies … Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:10,30 NIV).
A wife of noble character. She is a young man’s dream. No scheming of his can bring … Read the rest
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations (Proverbs 27:23,24 NIV).
Be sure! This is a wise advice. Many do not know for sure what is their situation in life. They live … Read the rest
The end of a matter is better than its beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8a NIV).
Take a moment to take stock of all the beginnings you have made in life. Try to find out how many of them you were able to bring to a meaningful and successful conclusion.
Take some time to read through the histories … Read the rest
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8 NIV).
Joshua was given the leadership of the Israelites. He succeeded Moses. It was a huge … Read the rest
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1 NIV).
The counsel of the wicked:
The world is full with such counsel. You will get it without asking for it. The wicked go to … Read the rest
But ten of them said to Ishmael , “Don’t kill us! We have wheat and barley, oil and honey, hidden in a field.” So he let them alone and did not kill them with the others (Jeremiah 41:8 NIV).
This incident happened soon after the Babylonian army had plundered Jerusalem. They left the city in … Read the rest
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare (Isaiah 55:2 NIV).
In these lines you are called to listen carefully. If you will do so you will be … Read the rest
Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NIV).
What the writer is advocating is really surprising! He is asking us to throw our bread upon the … Read the rest
One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house (Genesis 39:11,12 NIV).
Joseph had taken all precautions … Read the rest
“How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her (Genesis 39: 9b,10 NIV).
It is amazing to note that this incident is not from modern times. Actually this happened … Read the rest
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11 NIV).
We often think that many of the sins that we do affect only ourselves or sometimes other people. It may or may not be true. But all sin affects Someone else. This Someone is God Himself. All … Read the rest
And he said to man, “The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (Job 28:28 NIV).
Job here is trying to find out where wisdom can be found. He is seeking the dwelling place of understanding as well. He makes a search and ends up saying that only God understands … Read the rest
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy (Proverbs 28:13 NIV).
This is very plain. It looks simple. But it is not easy. Those who have tried might have found it difficult and stopped trying. The problem is that when one sins, that person derives some sinful … Read the rest
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105 NIV).
We carry lamps so that we may light it when darkness comes. God’s word is the light that makes our traveling in a dark world easy. Therefore we have to carry God’s word in our hearts. A heart … Read the rest
When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?” (Ezekiel 13:12 NIV).
In this passage, God is denouncing the false prophets of Israel. Instead of proclaiming God’s message, these false prophets were making the people of God believe in lies. They caused the people of Israel to … Read the rest