Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you (Zechariah 9:12 NIV).
God is our fortress. Those who remain within the fortress are surrounded with God’s strength. The fortress thus is a symbol of divine protection. This protection is available to a child … Read the rest
The hurts of life are painful.
And the agony of some life-experiences are like volcanic lava that boil and occasionally erupt under great pressure.
The suffering is real.
And words of comfort or care from your dearest may not wipe away those tears.
The question is: Can God?
The first thing to note is that, … Read the rest
Like a newborn child grows day by day, a born again person is also like a child growing in the life of faith. Here are different stages of a Christian’s walk of faith. These stages may not happen exactly in the order described below. But it might help in understanding the changes that can happen … Read the rest
Saul asked this question as soon as he got the answer to his previous question: “Who are you, Lord?” (Acts 22:8). The answer was: “I am Jesus of Nazareth.”
If you know for sure that the person with whom you had an encounter in life is Jesus, then the next question to ask is: “What … Read the rest
“Behold, I am coming soon!”
The truth that Jesus is coming soon should excite you. It should create in your heart a great longing to see Him appear. This is the blessed hope to which you and the other believers are looking forward to.
A “crown of righteousness” is promised to you and … Read the rest
There is great danger in living in the past. If you have a problem in this area of life, then you ought to remember that there is an empty tomb in the land of Israel. Only one of its kind exists in the world. This empty tomb is the symbol of your hope for the … Read the rest
One dictionary defines complacency as: “A feeling of satisfaction with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not think any change is necessary; the state of being complacent1.”
This sin of complacency is what destroyed the Israelites from enjoying the fullness of the Promised Land of Canaan. Joshua asked this question to them: … Read the rest
Most people are anxious to know their future. For this they depend on horoscopes or palm reading or go to meet astrologers. A few resort to more powerful methods or persons.
The sad fact is that all these sources of knowledge about the future have their origin in evil. The not so known … Read the rest
The Bible is unapologetic in its stand on Atheism. It says in unmistakable terms: “The fool says in his heart, `There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1, 53:1 NIV).
The Atheist is challenged to look at God’s creation. The wisdom and power of God is clearly evident in His creation. The infinite variety, the … Read the rest
Life is not easy. The life of faith not easy at all.
In my Sunday School days I grew up fascinated by stories of young David killing Goliath, Daniel unharmed in the den of lions and the dreamer Joseph becoming Prime Minister in Egypt.
As I grew up I also dreamed of becoming such a … Read the rest
Salvation is a joyous affair. Its sounds of joy echo in the heavens above where there is joy in the presence of angels when one sinner repents. God is made glad when one is saved. This joy is so huge that Jesus was willing to endure the shame of the cross. He is so full … Read the rest
Open doors in life mean opportunity, progress and promotion. But unexpectedly certain open doors close. It leaves you desperate. Then you cry out, “O my God, where are you? Is it all over for me? Open one door for me. Give me a sign of your goodness.1”
This cry comes from desperation. … Read the rest
We have a God who encourages us. He is One who “knows how we are formed,” and “remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14 NIV). Therefore He has compassion on us. He makes His compassion known by giving us encouragement. It comes in a variety of ways. A timely word, a needed financial help, a … Read the rest
Lessons from the Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry
We should understand that God has a perfect time to begin everything.
Let us look at Jesus’ life to understand this. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was announced even before He was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20,21; Luke … Read the rest
Evil is on the increase everyday. Whether you like it or not, you are constantly being exposed to evil influences.
The different kinds of evil influences that surround you are deadly. For example, the many advertisements that you see constantly make your mind a battlefield. The colorful sights and seductive sounds that abound around you … Read the rest
STOP. Do not take your life. Help is on the way.
God is watching over you. He loves you unconditionally. He loves you in this moment of your trouble. He loves you just as you are.
Do you think that you are so dirty inside out that even you hate yourself? Even here and now, … Read the rest
1, 2, 3 … 100 … 1000 … 10000 … million … trillion … zillion … infinity!
As the numbers grow big we stop counting. We assign them names. And when we lose count totally, we say “infinity!”
But, as usual, let us start with “One!” You are one among many. You have a name. … Read the rest
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV Bible).
There is something in our lives that separates us from a holy God. It is sin. Sin present in us is what makes us … Read the rest
Prayer can never be fully understood this side of heaven. But even a child can pray. Beyond doubt, our God listens when we pray. He is a God who answers prayer. And the Bible records God’s miraculous answers to prayers.
There is no short cut to prayer or any substitute. To learn to pray, … Read the rest
Pathways of Prayer contains Insights for today from moments of prayer in the Old Testament. In these chapters, you will learn how to pray in different and challenging situations of life.
Introduction to Pathways of Prayer
Assurance in Prayer
A Prayer for Mercy During a Crisis
Prayer Brings Revival
Sin Blocks Prayer
A Prayer for … Read the rest
God has given an invitation. Call to Me. This calling is prayer. It is an invitation. God is saying, welcome to have a friendship with Me.
It is by talking that friendship grows and lovers get to know each other. The Bible says, God so loved the world through His Son Jesus. So you are … Read the rest
Jesus prayed! Even though He was the Son of God, Jesus prayed while He was on earth. This is amazing because it tells us of our deep need of prayer. If even the Son of God needed to pray, how much more do we stand in need of prayer!
The First Step
The beginning of … Read the rest
God Loves You!
You are unique. There is no one else like you on earth. There never was one like you, nor will there be one again. This fact itself tells you that you are special!
You are special because of a more important reason too. You have been created in the image and likeness … Read the rest