Yesterday I was reading one of my Christian fiction stories — one of my all time favorite pastimes, when I came across the part of the story where the main character was in grave danger. She was desperate for help when the hymn “What a Friend” came to her mind. The author wrote out the first two verses of the hymn and as I was reading them, my heart was touched. I read and reread that passage, singing it to myself, and taking in the beautiful words of that song. Read more »
Hebrews 4:14-15 states that we have a great high priest who knows and understands our weaknesses and what it is like to be tempted. The high priests in the Old Testament were the only ones who could go into the holy of holies in the temple and make the proper sacrifice for the sins of the people. Read more »
This morning in my daily Bible reading, I came across Romans 15:13 which says: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What a glorious prayer Paul prayed for believers in Christ! Read more »
So many times we stumble and fall in our walk with God. We know, as followers of Christ, that we want to be pleasing to Him. But how can we? Read more »
Jesus instructed us to enter through the narrow gate in order to have eternal life. To the world this sounds the same as narrow minded but to the believer it means joy, peace, salvation, provision, protection and everything else God offers his children. Read more »
God inspired these verses in me this morning and blessed me. I pray you are blessed also. Read more »
Nothing saddens me more than to hear of someone who backs away from salvation because they feel as though God could never forgive them or love them. I can’t think of anything further from the truth! Read more »
I love the Bible passage found in Romans 8:28-39. My Bible entitles verses 31-39 as More Than Conquerors. I love that thought because God’s Word itself tells us plainly that we cannot be separated from God’s Love and that Jesus Himself intercedes for us. Read more »
This past Sunday we heard a very good teaching on relationships and marriage in particular. The basis of the message came from Hosea where God told the prophet to marry an adulterous woman. What an extraordinary request! Hosea, however, was obedient to God and married Gomer. She most certainly was adulterous and was unfaithful to Hosea as she returned to her life of prostitution.
God, however, told Hosea to go after his wife even though she has had other lovers and bring her back to live with him. Another extraordinary request!
Again, Hosea obeyed. Read more »
There are many times in my walk with God that I wonder where He is and if He has heard my prayers, especially those that have not been answered after a long period of time. The thought came to me, however, that my time of feeling like God has forgotten me is like winter time for a tree. The tree may look dead because the branches are completely bare of leaves, fruit, or blossoms. The fact is, though, that the branches are still very much alive. Read more »
I once heard Joyce Meyer say unforgiveness is like drinking poison; hoping the other person dies.
That completely explains why forgiveness is so vitally important and, quite frankly, how we are set free from the burden of unforgiveness as well as then receiving all the blessings God has in store for us. Read more »
We are not alone, never, ever!
Sometimes our circumstances leave us feeling as if we are all by ourselves struggling to make ends meet, resisting temptations, raising our children, and overcoming great trials. The list could go on and on. Read more »
According to the dictionary, an ambassador is a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative. It is obviously a high ranking position with the authority to speak and negotiate for the country they represent. Read more »
What does “guard your heart” mean to a Christian? The Bible tells us that we are in spiritual warfare–not physical. Therefore, we are to put on the full armor of God to be able to resist the evil day. Read more »
Today, I want to share with you a poem the Lord gave me. It is based on Ephesians chapter 6 and I pray it is as meaningful for you as it is for me. Read more »
God knows all and sees all. He knows your every sin and every thought. That can be a very heavy weight on your shoulders and very burdensome on your heart. The good news is when you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, He has lifted that entire burden from you. What’s more, He has promised to not only forgive you, but to blot out all of your transgressions as though they never happened. That is true liberation! Read more »
What are you wearing today? Are you dressed formally or casually? Well, no matter what physical clothes you have on, as Christ’s ambassador you are clothed by Christ. Read more »
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
It is interesting to realize that when God’s people, the Israelites, were in exile in Babylon for their rebellion and sin, he encouraged them! Verses 11-13 confirm this when he said he had plans for them; plans to prosper them and not to harm them! And the same verses apply to us. Read more »
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
The other day I received in the mail a letter from Charles Stanley’s ministry, In Touch. I admire Dr. Stanley’s wisdom concerning God’s word and I enjoy listening to him on television and reading his letters. Read more »
“I WILL bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble and afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:1-3 The Amplified Bible
“Magnify the Lord.” When we have troubles, great or small, remember these scriptures and meditate on them. To magnify is to enlarge. When you look to your circumstance and worry about it, you are magnifying or enlarging it as if you are looking at it under a microscope. Read more »
Jehoshaphat is one of my Bible heroes. When he was faced with a vast army that was coming to attack Judah, he was overwhelmed and alarmed. He immediately went to the Lord in prayer and called the people of Judah to pray and fast.
Jehoshaphat’s prayer spoke of God’s faithfulness and power in past times of need and the promise that God would save them when they cried out to Him. Read more »
There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:5 (NKJV)
I was substitute teaching at a local school the other day. On this particular morning, teachers could wear t-shirts of their favorite college team. I saw many different schools represented. Naturally, in my area of the country there were a number of Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M shirts as well as others. Two of the teachers wearing shirts of rival teams greeted one another in the hall with smiles and chuckles. I thought, “They love one another in the midst of conflict.” Read more »
I love to see how God reveals himself in everyday things and situations. In my case it is through my grandchildren. A few weeks ago, our plumbing stopped up and we had to call a plumber. It turns out that our little three year old grandson was responsible and the short five minute visit it took to fix the problem cost us seventy-two dollars! There is no way he can repay us no matter what he did, but I still love him and I love unconditionally. Read more »
Do you want to know what the best thing in the world is? (No it’s not sliced bread nor even “the best thing since…”).
The other day I was listening to a song by Point of Grace called “The Best Thing.”
It’s about knowing Jesus as your Savior. It’s one of those cute fun songs with an upbeat tempo. My little granddaughter and I used to sing and dance to this song. We loved it. It’s hard to sit still when you’re listening to it. Read more »
The song He is Here is one of my favorites. I heard it at Christmas time a few years ago and, of course, that is the appropriate time because that is when we think of Jesus’ birth and that He is Emanuel, God with us.
However, the thought occurred to me that we need to know as Christians that God is always here with us.
At His birth, his mission was to redeem us from sin and restore a relationship with God the Father by dying on that terrible cross. Quite simply, that was the plan and Jesus fulfilled His mission for you and for me. Read more »
I love the story of the prodigal son (Matthew 15:11-32). It so clearly tells of how gracious and forgiving our Heavenly Father is. The story tells how the father ran to his son and embraced him even before he was cleaned up! Then, he threw a huge party to celebrate his son’s return.
What a great picture of how God wants his wayward children to come back to Him and how He rejoices when they do! Read more »
There are many times in my walk with God that I wonder where He is and if He has heard my prayers, especially those that have not been answered after a long period of time.
The thought came to me, however, that my time of feeling like God has forgotten me is like winter time for a tree. The tree may look dead because the branches are completely bare of leaves, fruit, or blossoms. The fact is, though, that the branches are still very much alive. They are still connected to the tree itself and the life of the tree flows through every one of those branches from the largest to the smallest.
Just as the bare branches stay connected to the tree in winter, so must I stay connected to God in my “Winter Seasons.” The branches go dormant for a season or two, and my spiritual life may go dormant periodically as well. This is the time to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through me as I read and meditate on the Word and continue to praise God regardless of how I may feel.
God will sustain me through this time and then, like the tree sprouting beautiful leaves, fruit or blossoms in the springtime, my life will begin to sprout the fruit of the Spirit again.
God will never leave us nor forsake us and He is faithful to take care of us. So, continue to trust Him in your seasons of “Winter”. Then, when your see your circumstance change, or your longtime prayer answered, you can give God all the glory and the praise!
Be encouraged. Stay connected to God in the “Winter”!
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Christine Walker is the creator and webmaster of Christian Fiction Book Club, where she reviews popular Christian novels. This article may be reprinted in your e-zine, e-book and/or on your web site so long as it includes this resource box and a link back to her website at http://www.ChristianFictionBookClub.com.
What is prayer? When do I pray? Why and how do I pray? These are all commonly asked questions. They are good questions and God wants us to have the answers to each of them.God wants us to know Him. We can know Him in His fullness according to what Ephesians 3:19 says:“[That you may really come] to know [practically,through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” (Amplified)So, understanding first what prayer is opens the door to knowing God. Read more »
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