(Finding God's Will) 4. Guidance through external means
The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirits through the following external means also, when we are seeking His guidance:-
(i) The teaching of the Bible.
(ii) The witness of circumstances.
(iii) The advice of other believers.
If we have ascertained the wil ... read more
(Finding God's Will) 5. Vocational calling
One of the first major problems of guidance usually faced by young people is knowing what vocation God wants them to take up and where they should work.
God's perfect will in vocation needs to be sought not only by those contemplating full-time Christ ... read more
(Finding God's Will) 6. Final consideration
It should be evident to the reader by now that no perfect formula exists for infallible guidance. Very often we shall be faced with perplexity when seeking to know God's will. God permits this so that we may press closer to Him and thus know more of His ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 1. Called, chosen and faithful
It is one thing to be accepted by God; it is quite another thing to be APPROVED by God.
The Faithful Remnant
The book of Revelation speaks of the triumph of the Lamb of God. But we are told that the Lamb has an army of disciples through whom He f ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 10. The company of God's approved ones
In Revelation 14:1-5, we read of a small company of disciples who followed the Lord wholeheartedly in their earthly lives. They stand with Jesus in the final day, as overcomers - for God was able to accomplish His full purpose in their lives.
Those who ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 2. Well-pleasing to the Father
In the New Testament, we read of One with Whom the Father was well-pleased, and also of a group of people with whom God was not well-pleased. A study of this contrast is most interesting.
God Was Not Well-Pleased With Them
Of the 600,000 Israelite ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 3. The testing of Adam and Eve
God had great plans in mind for Adam and Eve, when He created them. But these plans could not be fulfilled apart from their being tested. And so He placed in Eden an attractive tree with luscious fruit called the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And He ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 4. The testing of Job
The biographies of men of God and of those who failed God have been written in the Bible for our instruction and our warning. There is much that we can learn, if we meditate on them, with an ear attuned to the voice of the Spirit.
When reading of peopl ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 5. The testing of Abraham
A day came in Abraham's life, almost fifty years after God had first called him, when God Himself gave Abraham this certificate of approval, "Now I know that you are a fearer of God" (Gen. 22:12).
That was no cheap Bible college degree or honorary d ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 6. The testing of Moses
Moses was another man who got a certificate of approval from God, God said concerning him, "My servant Moses is faithful in all My household" (Num. 12:7).
It was recorded of Moses at his death that, "since then no prophet has risen in Israel like Mo ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 7. The testing of David
God testified concerning David saying, "I have found David, a man after My own heart, who will do all my will" (Acts 13:22).
Saul had been God's first choice as king of Israel. But Saul failed in both the tests that God gave him - through impatience ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 8. The testing of Elisha and Gehazi
At a critical time in the history of Israel, God raised up the prophet Elijah to be His witness to the nation. Elijah had a servant called Elisha whom God selected as the next prophet to the nation.
Elisha had a servant called Gehazi.
It is an inter ... read more
(Gaining God's Approval) 9. The testing of Peter and Judas
Among the twelve apostles that Jesus chose, perhaps the greatest contrast in personality was between Peter and Judas Iscariot. Peter was simple, unlearned and warm-hearted. Judas Iscariot was intelligent, shrewd and ambitious.
Peter's Attitude to Mo ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 1. How Not to Pray
"When you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner r ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 2. God Who is Our Father
"Our Father Who art in heaven"
Children usually pray to the Lord Jesus and there is nothing wrong with that. But it is good to remember that in the only prayer Jesus ever taught His disciples, He taught them to address their prayers to God the Father ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 3. The Glory of God's Name
"Hallowed be Thy Name"
Prayer is essentially a matter of our life, and that is why Jesus told us to pray always (Lk. 18:1). That does not mean that we are to be on our knees all the time. We do have seasons when we go on our knees for a time. But we ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 4. The Kingdom of God
"Thy kingdom come"
True salvation should give us a longing to be delivered from self-centredness, so that God now becomes the centre of our lives and the centre of our petitions in prayer. We who were wrong side up at one time, have been straightened ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 5. The Will of God
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven"
We can call Jesus Lord only when we are willing to do His will in our daily life. True conversion takes place, not when a man is stirred in his intellect and his emotions, but when he yields his will say ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 6. Our Physical Needs
"Give us this day our daily bread"
God is interested in meeting all our bodily needs. But these needs have to be met in such a way that we are not harmed thereby. Material prosperity and physical blessing have a way of ruining people spiritually if t ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 7. Forgiveness of Sins
"Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors"
Sin is a debt to God - whether that sin be a coming short of God's standards or a trespassing and going beyond what God has permitted.
The Value of Conscience
Only man, of all crea ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 8. Freedom from Evil
"Do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil"
There are two sides to this petition - one, asking God to protect us, and the other, asking Him to deliver us.
Having prayed for deliverance from the guilt of sin in the previous petition, ... read more
(God-Centered Praying) 9. To God be the Glory
"For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
This prayer begins with God, "Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done", and it ends with God, "Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory."
God has ... read more
(Know Your Enemy) 1. Why You Should Know Your Enemy
I want to show you some truths from God's Word that many of you young people may never have known before. It concerns the enemy of our souls.
You have heard a lot about salvation and about what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us. But you may not hav ... read more
(Know Your Enemy) 2. The Origin Of Satan
We know that God existed from all eternity. The Bible begins with the statement, "In the beginning God.... (Genesis 1:1). Those are the first four words in the Bible. That is referring to the ages of eternity past - so far back that our minds cannot even ... read more
(Know Your Enemy) 3. The Deception Of Satan
In Genesis 3, we can see how Satan attacks. It says there that the serpent was the craftiest of all the animals. Satan entered that serpent (just like the demons entered the pigs when Jesus cast them out of the man of Gadara). And Satan spoke to Eve throu ... read more
(Know Your Enemy) 4. Why God Has Not Destroyed Satan
What is it that reduces man to the level of an animal?
It is when he is interested only in his bodily needs and in his earthly existence. What is an animal interested in? Food, sleep and sexual satisfaction - that's about all. And when a man is intereste ... read more
(Know Your Enemy) 5. The Methods Of Satan
If you as a young person do not know how to resist Satan in your life, it can not only ruin your life on earth, it can also affect your eternal destiny. Satan won't wait until you have grown up, before he begins his attacks on you. He will start on you ri ... read more
(Know Your Enemy) 6. The Defeat Of Satan
The Defeat Of Satan
I want to share something with you now concerning the defeat of Satan.
The greatest battle that ever took place on this earth is not written about in any of the world's history-books. It was on Calvary, when Jesus through His dea ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 7. Every Church Must Have A Doorkeeper
"It is like a man, away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. (Mark 12:34)."
We see here that the Lord has put His servants in char ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 1. Knowing God's Ways
"God made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel" (Psa.103:7).
"This is eternal life that they may know Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent" (Jn.17:3).
There is a lot of difference between observing God' ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 10. Lessons From Cain and Abel
Reading: Genesis 4:1-12.
This is the first incident recorded in the Bible after Adam and Eve were turned out of the garden of Eden.
Here were two children brought up in the same home, under absolutely identical circumstances, with the same backgroun ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 11. Owe No Man Anything
God is never in debt to any person. Under the new covenant, we are called to partake of God's nature. So we too are commanded to "owe no man anything" (Romans 13:8). Having to borrow from others was part of the curse of the law - a curse that God said ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 12. Do You Accuse Or Do You Intercede?
Are you a co-worker with Satan or with the Lord Jesus?
We read in Revelation 12:10 that Satan is the `Accuser of the brothers', and that he accuses them before God day and night. This is a full time ministry that Satan is engaged in. And in this minis ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 13. A Consuming Fire In The Midst of The Church
"Our God is a consuming fire...." (Heb.12:29).
We have often seen the words "God is love" hanging on the wall in many homes. But have you ever seen the words "God is a consuming fire" hanging anywhere? Both these verses are in the New Testament. ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 14. Valuing The Church
"Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her" (Eph.5:25).
We will not give up our lives for anyone and everyone. But for certain people we will give up even our very lives.
For example, if your child is dying and needs your kidney, you wou ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 15. Seeing The Glory Of Christ And Partaking Of It
"Beholding the glory of the Lord, we are transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Lord, the Spirit. Therefore, since we have received this ministry we do not lose heart. (2 Cor.3:18; 4:1)
When most believers think of a ministry they ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 16. A Clean Heart And A Pure Life
Manifesting The Life Of God
Our Lord said that while He was in the world He was the light of the world (Jn.9:5). After Jesus left the world, he has ordained us to be the light of the world (Matt.5:16).
The light that Jesus brought was not some doctr ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 17. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
The great contrast that we see in the closing pages of the Bible is between Babylon the Harlot (Rev.17,18) and Jerusalem the Bride of Christ (Rev. 21 & 22).
The Bible says that those who are "friends of the world are adulteresses (harlots)" (Jas.4:4) ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 18. The True Grace Of God
"This is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it" (1 Pet.5:12).
Here at the end of Peter's first letter, he says that what he has written in his letter is all about the true grace of God. In these days when false grace is being preached so much, it ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 19. The Truth About Speaking In Tongues
"Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation (change)" (James. 1:17).
God never makes a mistake, He never changes and He gives only perfect gifts. Therefore when He gave the gift of "speak ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 2. Some Important Truths That I Have Learnt
During the 40 years that I have been a born-again Christian, I have learnt some important truths that have encouraged me and given direction and purpose to my life. I share them here with you with the hope that they will be an encouragement to you as well ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 20. Shibboleths Among Believers
In the days of the judges in Israel, the Gileadites devised an unique method of testing who belonged to their camp and who didn't. They asked everyone to say the word "Shibboleth". Their enemies, the Ephraimites, would pronounce this as "Sibboleth", ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 21. Understanding The Truth Accurately
We are commanded in the Scriptures to pay close attention to ourselves and to our teaching, for only thus can we ensure salvation for ourselves and for those we preach to (1 Tim.4:16).
Our life and our doctrine are like two legs that give stability to ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 3. Principles Of Serving God
(A message given to evangelical Christian leaders at the All-India conference on the church's mission and leadership training - December 17, 1997).
I'd like to turn to the Word of God in Revelation Chapter 4. After the Lord had given John a revelatio ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 4. How A Spiritual Movement Declines
"Lord! Help! Godly men are fast disappearing. Where in all the world can dependable men be found? Everyone deceives and flatters and lies. There is no sincerity left" (Psalm 12:1 - Living).
The state of affairs described in the above verse is an apt ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 5. Three Marks Of A Spiritual Man
"I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh" (1 Cor.3:1).
We read in 1 Cor.1:5,7 that the Corinthian Christians excelled in three areas - knowledge of the Scriptures, preaching and the gifts of the Spirit. Yet in spite of ha ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 6. Five Sins That Jesus Hated The Most
As we grow spiritually, we will discover that the righteousness of God is not primarily external, and that sin too is not primarily external.
When we talk about righteousness, most people think of the standard mentioned in the ten commandments. But rig ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 8. An Axe To The Root
Most believers don't believe that Satan can lead them astray through God's Word. But Satan comes as "an angel of light" (2 Cor.11:14). So he won't come to you quoting from some heathen religious book, but from the Bible. If Satan could try to tempt e ... read more
(Knowing God's Way) 9. New-Covenant Servants And New-Covenant Churches
There are three passages of Scripture that tell us who a true servant of God is under the NEW covenant. When we read those three passages without any preconceived opinions, we will discover that all of us can be servants of God, i ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 1. God's Purpose For Man
God did not create man because He needed a servant. He already had millions of angels to serve Him. He created man because He wanted someone who would manifest His character and His nature.
If we forget this truth, it is easy to get sidetracked into im ... read more