If we have the realization that we are aliens and strangers in this world, it will make a difference in our spiritual walk.
The first thing you should know is that you will always feel the lusts of the flesh or sinful desires that war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11). But then it is … Read the rest
“I, the Lord, watch over it” — Isaiah 27:3
Have you ever wondered if God watches over you? Let us look at Isaiah 27:2–6 to find the answer. Here God is calling Israel, his people, a fruitful vineyard. Earlier he was disappointed with it (see Isaiah 5:1–7). But now God is saying that he watches … Read the rest
But the one who examines me is the Lord (1 Corinthians 4:4b NASB).
Each one of us should live our lives with this truth dominating our minds.
For we are subject to examination every day of our lives. Others judge us constantly. Sometimes they praise us; sometimes they criticise us. There could be elements of … Read the rest
Lust deceives. You might not know it. The lack of physical or emotional intimacy in marriage can make you feel attracted to someone else other than your husband or wife. Maybe lack of appreciation or care can be a sea of petrol or gasoline waiting to be ignited by a casual physical touch, a longing … Read the rest
God is merciful. He will show you compassion.
But if that is all, then you have got a wrong picture of God. He is holy.
You need to look at the holiness of God before you find reasons to justify your surfing the internet to see or read porn.
God understands your struggle. You do … Read the rest
Are you confident? If the answer is yes, the next question is on what are you basing your confidence? Some people put confidence in their family background, education or riches. All these are good but not good enough. As a believer in the Lord Jesus, you have better things to be confident about.
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“You can do this. But you shouldn’t do that.” Are these not the words that you have heard from your childhood? Yes, isn’t it?
There is a good thing about it. It clearly teaches you what is wrong. But then there is a bad thing about it. It tells you nothing about what to do … Read the rest
Have you seen men in uniform? For example, take the case of a group of soldiers. What a lovely sight it is to see them march to the tune of the army band! There is beauty, order, rhythm and harmony in their march. They follow the Commander wherever he leads. And they obey him without … Read the rest
There are roads each one of us has to travel alone. In those moments, someone walks along with us. Often we are unaware of his presence.
But at some point in the journey our eyes are opened to see the stranger who accompanies us. There is something about him that is more than a mere … Read the rest
A better understanding of prayer can help us be great communicators; for prayer is conversation with God. When Jesus taught about prayer (recorded in his famous Sermon on the Mount), he said:
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who … Read the rest
We all hide when we do wrong; don’t we? That is our first instinct. We love to move away from the light and hide in the dark.
But if we confess our sin and turn to God with a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17) we have a hiding place in God.
So let us … Read the rest
Learn to smile. But know that it is not the lips that create a smile. Instead it is your inward joy that radiates.
Then comes respect for others. Well, it is not popular. But it is the right attitude to have. Perhaps you don’t know how it hurts others when you speak without respect and … Read the rest
These are based on assumptions arrived at by husband or wife about what the other is going to say or do in a particular situation. This assumption is usually based on past experiences. And partners assume that they can precisely predict the other’s behaviour or communication. The reality is that often these assumptions … Read the rest
What matters most in martial relationships is communication, what hurts most is also related to the same.
The Sting of Criticism
Some husbands find fault all the time. Some wives nag all the time. Both are equally dangerous. The problem that criticism creates is two-fold. It generates a spirit of ill-will and a sense of … Read the rest
If someone asks you what matters most in marital relationships, you will probably say, “Love,” “Trust,” “Faithfulness,” “Finance,” “Intimacy,” and so on. All these are true and have their own importance.
But what about “communication?” Failure in many a marriage can be traced to lack of proper communication:
It is not just about avoiding conflicts.… Read the rest
Where have we failed?
God has his moments of disappointment with each one of us. Often we think that it is limited to times when we sin. Sadly, that is not true. There are many more occasions when we bring pain to the heart of God.
First and foremost we need to understand God seeks … 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
You might not get another chance. So grab this opportunity. Forget about what others say. Cry out, because Jesus of Nazareth is passing by (Luke 18:37).
Others who are not so desperate as you; others who are already walking along with him might tell you to shut up. Oh, don’t commit that mistake, for Jesus … Read the rest
What is the feeling of a little boy as he walks the street with his big elder brother? Confidence is the answer in one word. Confidence in the elder brother’s protective care, sure about his ability to meet any crisis, and almost an attitude of boasting to kids of his age “See, big brother is … 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
Many Christians are often tormented by the fear of death. Yet it is a deceptive attack of the devil. When he succeeds in putting the fear of death in your minds he effectively destroys your peace of mind and also destroys your ability to tell others about Christ.
You have to note that this attack … Read the rest