God did not say it is impossible or difficult, but simply commanded us to be holy. So it is not an option, but a command to be followed.
We should be thankful that God pointed us to himself as the model to follow for holiness (see Leviticus 11:44). The Bible declares that God … 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
The Road Map
Think about road maps. It helps people who are not familiar with the routes to proceed in the right direction. You need not stop to ask anyone. What you need to do is follow the directions; recognize the landmarks properly and proceed. You will reach your destination quite comfortably.
So to reach … 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
Christmas is about a response to good news.
Mary accepts the plan God had for her. It is not easy for us to imagine the trembling that might have come to Mary who was a village teenage girl when twenty centuries ago angel Gabriel told her that she was going to become pregnant as a … Read the rest
A Time of Change
Life is full of change. It demands of us greater trust in God than before. But often we tremble in fear; both real and imagined. As we look at the opening chapter of the Book of Joshua we find a change in leadership and a change in direction of … Read the rest
This Lesson is part of John’s Gospel Easy Notes Series.
It was a cry of triumph. It was a cry of victory. All that needed to be done for man’s salvation was done. There is nothing more any one of us can add to it.
“Jesus died with a shout of triumph on … Read the rest
This Lesson is part of John’s Gospel Easy Notes Series.
Israel the Vine and Jesus the True Vine
Jesus is speaking about the intimate union we can have with him. In a theological sense, Israel was the vine that God had planted (see Isaiah 5:1—7). But it continually failed to witness to God … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read the rest
He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful (Isaiah 30:23a NIV).
This is a promise which should put hope in the heart of all sowing God’s Word. Many times you might have been discouraged seeing no … Read the rest
“But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son” (1 Kings 17:13b NIV).
Giving to God is never easy. Here we find an example of a widow. She was about to prepare her last meal. Then … Read the rest
So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink” (Judges 7:5 NIV).
Many come to serve God. But God does not choose all. He first of all finds those who are … Read the rest
The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites … ” (Deuteronomy 1:6, 7a NIV).
Achievers for God don’t sit still for ever. They press forward. They do not make victories an occasion for rest. But … Read the rest
At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty … the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty (Isaiah 18:7 NIV).
Is God in need of gifts from men? Certainly not. For God says, “The world is mine and all that is in it” … Read the rest
Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet (Exodus 15:25 NIV).
The place where this happened was Marah which means bitter. The occasion was just three days after the Israelites had crossed the Red sea on … Read the rest
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God (Isaiah 50:10 NIV).
Obedience can lead through darkness. Such an experience should not come as a surprise. Instead this … Read the rest
But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord (Jonah 1:3 NIV).
There is a Jonah in all of us! We do run … Read the rest
And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage” (1 Samuel 10:22b NIV).
Are you hiding yourselves among the baggage today? You, who is chosen of the Lord, are supposed to come out and be at the front. Here, Saul, already anointed king by Samuel at God’s command was hiding himself among … Read the rest
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time (Genesis 22:15 NIV).
The first call was to show Abraham God’s provision of a ram. It was sacrificed instead of his son Isaac. And Abraham acknowledged that by naming that place The Lord Will Provide.
Then came the second call. This time … Read the rest