When You Know What’s Right

MAKES

Ever had a time when you knew what you were supposed to do … but you just did not do it? Sometimes, we know what God is telling us to do, but we have a hard time doing it. And when we intentionally do wrong, it affects ourselves, as well as others. Jonah is an example of a person who knew the right thing to do and he just could not do it. The Lord said, “I want you to go and help the Ninevites Read More

Time and Opportunity

Time & Opportunity

God wants us to change our perspective on “mammon” or the “mammon of unrighteousness.” “Mammon” is an umbrella term. It means our possessions, money, talents or anything of this world that perishes. In this parable, God shows us that it’s not our possessions, but our perspective on our possessions needs to be changed. “Now He was also saying to the disciples, ‘There was a rich Read More

Faith When No One is Looking

Faith

The Lord is looking for people of genuine faith — men and women who have a faith that is clear-to-the-bone and authentic. These people naturally attract others by their lifestyle. They also attract the presence of someone supremely important — God. “Oh, Lord, who may abide in thy tent and who may dwell on thy holy hill? He who walks with integrity, works righteousness and speaks truth in his Read More

When Prayers Don’t Get Answered

When Prayers

Sometimes when we pray, we receive answers the way we expect. Other times when we pray, we don’t. Paul the apostle prayed to God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what the thorn was or whether it was something physical or spiritual. God answered Paul’s cries by saying, “… My grace is sufficient for you …” (2 Cor. 12:9). Like Paul, there are others Read More

The Gift of Youth

The Gift of

There are seasons in our lives that all of us will go through and one if them is the season of youth. And then you will go into single adulthood, then for some, marriage and family, and then golden years. These are seasons and we will see that there is a season of youth that comes with a wonderful privilege, but it also comes with an assignment. Let’s look at how the Bible speaks of youth as a Read More

A Distinguishing Mark

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We live in one world with two kingdoms intersecting — the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we were born naturalized citizens of the kingdom of the world. But, because of the love of Christ, He transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son. The Bible says, “If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation.” We have Read More

The Dark Side of Success

THE DARK SIDE OF SUCCESS

Samson is someone who had reached success but didn’t have the inner strength to sustain that success and the pressure of that success destroyed his life. He was someone who had a great start, but a poor ending. When the Philistines surrounded Israel as their enemies, God raised up Samson as a judge. God gave him divine strength, great gifts and the ability to bring people together and catalyze Read More

In the Midst of Storms

In the Midst

In Acts chapter 27, we find the Apostle Paul in the middle of a storm. And what does he do? He paused, broke bread and gave thanks to God. God puts these stories in the Bible so that we may learn lessons from them and find our compass in the midst of a spin-cycle word. We are going to have to stop in the middle of it. Sometimes, it is hard to do that because it is too easy to get caught up if we don’t Read More

In the Quiet Times

In the

If we’re going to be effective in hearing God and successful in walking with God, we have to develop certain habits. Staying close to God requires that we develop the habit of spending quiet time with our Father, Lord and King. Developing that habit is critical to our growth in Christ. How to Develop a Daily Quiet Time: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). If we are going Read More

Against All Odds

AGAINST ALL ODDS

God loves to turn the tables and beat the odds makers by His miraculous power and He loves to surprise us by His grace and wisdom. The odds makers think that, in the real world, God is somewhat irrelevant or non-existent, but the wisdom of God is real, unmatched and unparalleled. The Word of God says: “… the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood Read More