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  • The Power of God’s Word – Part 2 – June 30, 2016

    The Power of God’s Word – Part 2 – June 30, 2016

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    The Power of God’s Word – Part 2

    The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalms 19:8

    Observe: 1) ‘The commandments of the Lord are right…’When people like Plato and Shakespeare speak, the effect of their words on us depends on what we bring to the process. Some of us may be informed and entertained, while others may be indifferent or bored. Their words could be described as intrinsically neutral but this is not so with God’s words: they radiate! Like heat and light, they are sources of spiritual energy. They possess a dynamic power that produces change wherever they go. Likewise, God’s Word is dynamic. It radiates transforming power that changes anyone who lives in its ‘environment’! 2) ‘…The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy…’ (v. 9). The Hebrew word for ‘trustworthy’ comes from ‘certainty, honesty and faithfulness‘. With absolute confidence, you can stake your all on the reliability of God’s Word. It guarantees you that God says what He means, and means what He says. You can stand secure on every syllable of it. In other words, you can ‘…live…by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4). 3) ‘By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded’ (Psalms 19:11). God’s Word is more than just a list of ‘dos and don’ts’. It’s like radar that signals to you when you’re in danger of straying off course and getting into trouble. Your conscience alone is inadequate. ‘How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults…Don’t let them control me’ (vv. 12-13). By obeying God’s Word, you will be ‘greatly rewarded’!

    Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Word that gives me daily energy and strength to face my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


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  • The Power of God’s Word – Part 1 – June 29, 2016

    The Power of God’s Word – Part 1 – June 29, 2016

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    The Power of God’s Word – Part 1

    The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalms 19:7

    Of all the words ever spoken, only ‘…the word of God is alive and powerful’ (Hebrews 4:12). So when you read your Bible, you tap into a life-changing force. Let’s look at some of the wonderful characteristics and effects attributed to God’s Word in Psalm 19. 1) ‘The law of the Lord is perfect…’ To understand the word ‘law’, think of governing forces by which things like gravity, aerodynamics and physics work. When you deny or defy these laws you suffer; when you operate according to them you succeed, but either way they are always in force! So is God’s Word. It cannot be improved upon, added to, or taken from. It is adequate and able to accomplish His purposes in your life. Additionally, it ‘refreshes the soul’! Why wouldn’t you embrace it? 2) ‘The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy…’ (v. 7). You can count on the reliability and accuracy of God’s Word in every circumstance of life. In a world of changing values, conditions and relationships, you can place your full weight on the Scriptures, confident they will hold up—and hold you up, too! Furthermore, it will ‘make wise the simple’—the ignorant and immature. It will produce in you wisdom far beyond what’s available through study and education. 3) ‘The precepts of the Lord are right…’ (v. 8). God’s precepts are accurate, correct and virtuous, and we are called to ‘…add to [our] faith virtue…’ (2 Peter 1:5) or moral excellence. This cannot be accomplished through will-power, but through God’s supernatural word-power.

    Heavenly Father, help me draw strength from Your Word and walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


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  • Affair-Proof Your Relationship – June 28, 2016

    Affair-Proof Your Relationship – June 28, 2016

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    Affair-Proof Your Relationship

    So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12

    Most people don’t plan on getting into an affair. They just happened to be with the wrong person, at the wrong time, in the wrong frame of mind. The Bible plainly warns, ‘Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall.’ When you think, ‘It couldn’t happen to me,’ you’re a target for Satan! So how can you affair-proof your marriage? By consistent communication. 1) Communicate regularly with God. Jesus said, ‘…when you pray, [say]…Give us this day our daily bread’ (Matthew 6:7-11). Daily communication with God arms you against marital mischief. He also knew you’d need to pray together. ‘Our Father…Give us…forgive us our sins’ (vv. 9-12) assumes we’re needy people praying together. Couples praying together are harder to pry apart. 2) Communicate faithfully with God’s Word. Books about marriage can inform you, but only the Bible, God’s marriage manual, has the power to transform your life together. Shared Bible reading illuminates your understanding; it exposes, sensitives, and purifies your hearts’ intentions; it safeguards your relationship. 3) Communicate openly with each other. Build ‘relationship hedges’ so that temptation doesn’t get a foothold. Establish sensible guidelines for interacting with the opposite sex. Be open and honest with each other about your social, workplace and church relationships. Anything that makes your spouse uncomfortable should be noted, and where possible changed. Next to God, you are each other’s best protection against failure. So, listen, learn, and love!

    Heavenly Father, help me to be faithful to You and others and keep me in communication with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


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  • Lead With Your Strengths – June 27, 2016

    Lead With Your Strengths – June 27, 2016

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    Lead With Your Strengths

    This is what the LORD says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17

    In case you’re wondering whether or not God wants you to succeed, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ He told the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.’ But you’ll only succeed if you know and do the right things. Only as the leader grows, will the company or ministry grow. It’s amazing how much time, money and energy we spend on things that can’t produce growth. Logos, websites, brochures and slogans are all important, but they’ll never make up for incompetent leadership. So what should you do? Once you know you’re walking in God’s will and your private life is in order, the keys to success are priorities and concentration. A well-known pastor and business leader offers the following guidelines: 1) Focus 70 per cent of your energy on developing your strengths. Effective leaders who reach their potential spend more time on what they do well than on what they do badly. 2) Focus 25 per cent on new things. If you want to get better you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas. If you dedicate time to new things related to your strong areas, you’ll grow as a leader. 3) Focus 5 per cent on areas of weakness. Nobody can entirely avoid working in their areas of weakness. (Note: we’re not talking here about sin or character weaknesses that must be dealt with.) The key is to delegate to gifted people the things that you’re not particularly good at. That way you’re free to concentrate in the areas of your God-given strengths.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my weak areas and giving me areas that You can develop in me if I allow you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


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  • There Is Power in Forgiveness – June 26, 2016

    There Is Power in Forgiveness – June 26, 2016

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    There Is Power in Forgiveness

    “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32-33

    In our lives we experience situations that leave bitterness in our hearts. Perhaps a loved one was killed, or abused, or wronged in some way. Or perhaps a wrong was done personally to us. We can be wronged in friendships, relationships, and by complete strangers. We can probably think of several times when something occurred in our lives that left us feeling terribly angry or hurt. Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” This means that God’s grace has been given to everyone, including those who hurt us. Luke 6:28 says, “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” As if the healing process was not hard enough, now we are commanded to pray for those who have mistreated us. Where to begin? First, we know that we need Christ in everything we do. It is in Him that we have faith, hope, and love. We have faith in the one true God who gives us grace and forgiveness. He gives us hope by which we know one day life will not have hurt and bitterness. And He loves us, so much that He suffered and died for our salvation, and He encourages us to love our neighbors as ourselves. It is incredible to think how much we sin and hurt God every day, yet He forgives us and loves us. Prayer is a good place to begin. We are not alone. Christ is with us, and He hears every prayer. He hears us when we cry for help, when we are struggling, and when we are afraid to let go. Holding on to those bitter feelings only keeps us feeling bitter, and where is the peace in that? Forgiving is not forgetting. It does not exempt the broken trust, nor does it repair the relationship. But it gives the hurt and broken feelings over to God, which then allows us to be at peace instead of harboring bitterness. Louis B. Smedes, the author of The Art of Forgiveness, said, “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” The weight of the hurt can be lifted, and we can feel peace and hope. The chains of that bitterness can set our hearts free, and allow us to have compassion as Jesus tells us to. Smedes also said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Christ set us free from sin when He went to the cross and poured out His grace and forgiveness. We are able to set others, as well as ourselves, free from the hurt in our hearts when we forgive. God gives us faith, hope, and love, which we are able to spread once our hearts are free from bitterness.

    Lord God, it is tough when we struggle with the pain in our heart from others and ourselves. Help us to forgive one another as You have forgiven us. Help us to pray for and love those who have hurt us. Amen


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