(Living As Jesus Lived) 2. Living In Humility
The greatness of God is seen by the world in the marvels of creation (Psalms 19:1). The universe is so vast that the human mind cannot comprehend it. Galaxies of stars have been flung out across space, billions of light-years apart. At the same time, each ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 3. Living In Holiness
God is Light and Love (1 John 1:5; 4:8). He "dwells in unapproachable light" (1 Timothy 6:16). Because He is holy, He calls us also to be holy.
But holiness, for a human being, can come only through temptation. Adam was created innocent, without even t ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 4. Living In Love
We have seen that God is both Light and Love. The glory of God was seen in the Lord Jesus, full of Light as well as of Love. Light and Love are inseparable. True holiness is full of love and true love is perfectly pure. They are distinguished here only fo ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 5. Living In The Spirit
In the last three chapters, we have seen the way Jesus lived on earth - in humility, holiness and love.
The danger now is to think that we can imitate Jesus in these areas and thus become like Him. The glory of God is to be manifested through us, not t ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 6. Living In The Will of God
From Him are all things" (Romans 11:36).
Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belonged to the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). He also said that only those who do the will of the Father would enter that kingdom (Matthew 7:21). The kingdom of heaven is et ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 7. Living By The Power of God
"Through Him are all things" (Romans 11:36)
Adam was created by God with fantastic powers in his soul. He could give a name to every animal and bird that God had made (Genesis 2:19). We find it difficult to remember even a few of those thousands of nam ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 8. Living For The Glory of God
To Him are all things" (Romans 11:36)
God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. And so, as all things of an eternal nature originate in Him, they find their consummation in Him too.
All things were created by ... read more
(Living As Jesus Lived) 9. The Bride Of Christ
In the closing pages of Scripture, we find the result of the Holy Spirit's work - the Bride of Christ. We also see there the result of Satan's counterfeit work - the Harlot church.
I saw the HOLY CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM, beautiful as a BR ... read more
(Needed-Men Of God) 1. Men of Spiritual Calibre
Throughout the centuries, the men and women whom God has been able to use to rout the forces of darkness, to make a lasting impact upon the heathen for His Name and to establish a testimony for His glory, have always been few in number. The blessings of G ... read more
(Needed-Men Of God) 2. A Holy Man of God
"And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that t ... read more
(Needed-Men Of God) 3. A Servant
Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord that we may inquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah"
(2 Kings 3:11). ... read more
(Needed-Men Of God) 4. An Anointed Man
Elisha took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; and he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitt ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 1. new wineskins
Jesus spoke about new wine being put into new wineskins (Luke 5:37). The new wine is the life of Jesus and the new wineskin is the church that Jesus builds.
The New Wine
At the marriage in Cana, where Jesus was present, the old wine ran out. The old ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 10. Overcoming the spirit of the Antichrist
We are living in the days immediately preceding the emergence of the Antichrist on the world scene. But before he becomes manifest as Satan's chief representative on earth, there will be a gradual build-up of the world situation to pave the way for him - ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 11. Victory through praise
Our calling as disciples of Jesus is to live by faith. The chief mark of faith is praise and thanksgiving. "They believed His words ....they sang His praise" (Psalm 106:12). The Israelites referred to there could however, praise God only after they saw th ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 12. Why Christians fall
Why do Christians fall into sin?
Before we consider the reasons for this, we must distinguish clearly between being tempted and sinning. James 1:14, 15 clearly states that everyone is tempted when he is lured by his own fleshly desires. Then when his min ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 13. Dead works
The New Testament speaks of the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19) as well as of dead works (Hebrews 6:1).
Those who indulge in the works of the flesh such as immorality, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, etc., will certainly not inherit the kingd ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 14. God's blessing or God's approval?
There are two types of believers - those who seek only God's blessing and those who seek God's approval; and there is a world of difference between the two. In Revelation 7:9-14, we read of a great multitude of believers - so vast that they cannot even be ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 15. Another 'Jesus' and his ministry
Imagine that you were in Palestine over 1960 years ago and that you heard of the ministry of someone called "Jesus of Nazareth" who was healing the sick. Not having seen Him yourself, you are delighted when you come across a large crowd attending a healin ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 16. The marks of cultism
"Let no one defraud you of salvation's victory prize, no one who indulges in assumed (false) humility and the cult of messenger-worship ....instead of keeping hold on the Head from which the whole body grows with God's increase" (Colossians 2:18, 19 - Ber ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 17. Signs that point to the return of Christ
The world has never been the same since 1939. Something happened at that time that started a chain reaction in many areas that will end only with the second coming of Christ.
Jesus said that no one but the Father knew the exact day and hour when He wou ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 18. Being ready for the coming of Christ
When we think of the return of Christ to this earth, the important thing is not to know the exact date, but to be spiritually ready for His return. Many who are familiar with the prophecies concerning His coming, are not purifying themselves daily to His ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 19. Evangelism and making disciples
It is a common mistake among Christians to be taken up with one Scripture on a subject, to the exclusion of other Scriptures on the same subject.
Satan's first attempt (as we see in the temptation that came to Jesus in the wilderness) is to get us to a ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 2. God needs men
God Needs Men Today -
men who will stand before His face and hear His voice daily,
men who have no desire in their heart for anyone or anything other than God Himself,
men who fear Him so greatly that they hate sin in every form and love righteousness ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 20. Our distinctive calling as a church
What is our distinctive calling as a church in the different localities in our country where God has placed us?
There are at least seven areas where our emphasis is to be different from what is currently the norm in much of Christendom, if we are to be ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 21. Breaking of bread - a covenant
When Jesus instituted the 'breaking of bread', He used a word that He never used before - the word 'covenant'. A proper understanding of this word is essential if we are to partake in the Lord's table meaningfully.
A Covenant Relationship with God
The ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 22. The church and tribulation
We are told in Ephesians 3:10 that in the new covenant, God desires to manifest His wisdom through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. From Ephesians 6:12, we know that these rulers and authorities in the heavenly places are S ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 23. The truth that we believe
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 Timothy 4:16).
Our life and our doctrine are like two legs that give stability ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 24. Christmas and Easter - Christian or pagan?
Men are likened to sheep. And sheep have a tendency to follow the crowd without questioning. Jesus however came and taught us to examine everything by God's word. The Pharisees exalted human traditions. Jesus exalted God's word. Man was to live by every w ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 25. God's perfect plan for those who have failed
There are many brothers and sisters who feel that because they have sinned and failed God at some time in their past lives, therefore they cannot fulfil God's perfect plan for their lives now.
Let us look at what the Scriptures have to say on this matt ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 3. God needs women
God needs women today who will faithfully portray through their lives, the glory that He originally intended to manifest through a woman, when He created Eve.
Her Glory as Man's Helper
When God made Eve, it was in order that she might be a helper suit ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 4. Religiosity or spirituality?
One of the greatest dangers that faces the Christian in his pursuit of a holy life is that of ending up being religious and not spiritual. Religiosity is often mistaken by the undiscerning believer for spirituality. But there is a world of difference betw ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 5. The spirit of the new covenant
In the Old Testament, just after the giving of the ten commandments (Exodus 20), comes a beautiful ordinance that God gave to the Israelites that aptly describes the difference between the old and the new covenants. There, in Exodus 21:1-6, we read of the ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 6. The new covenant - a partnership with Jesus
No one has seen God at any time, but Jesus came to reveal Him as a Father (John 1:18). Jesus revealed the Name of God as 'Father' (John 17:6). In that Name (and in all that lay behind it) the disciples were to find their security (John 17:11, 12).
In ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 7. Jesus - tempted as we are
In His Person, Jesus was still God when He lived on earth in the flesh - for God can never cease to be God. The clearest proof of Jesus' Deity in the days of His flesh, is seen in the fact that He received worship. Seven times in the gospels we are told t ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 8. True spirituality - seeking God's interests
"I am afraid lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ ....for Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, and his servants disguise themselves as servants of ... read more
(New Wine In New Wineskins) 9. Sanctification and fellowship
The word 'fellowship' is a new covenant word. The fellowship spoken of in the new covenant is patterned after the fellowship that Jesus and the Father had with each other during Jesus' earthly days. Jesus' prayer was that the fellowship among His disciple ... read more
(One Body In Christ) 1. One Body - the Basis of Fellowship
Despite man's advancement in many areas, human relationships continue to present problems all over the world. Business concerns and agencies spend huge sums employing personnel to promote harmony among workers.
Well, one might think it is understandabl ... read more
(One Body In Christ) 2. Growing in love
The Body of Christ is built up and grows by the exercise of spiritual gifts and by love (Ephesians 4:11, 12 & 16). Gifts and love are both needed. Hence we find that wherever gifts are spoken of in the New Testament, the exercise of love is also simultane ... read more
(One Body In Christ) 3. Equal members
Scientists tell us that no two snowflakes anywhere in the world have the same patterns. Likewise, no two human beings anywhere in the world are completely alike.
God has created infinite variety in the universe. That is what makes creation so wonderful ... read more
(One Body In Christ) 4. Helping one another
Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, Who is the Head, even Christ, from Whom the whole Body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, caus ... read more
(One Body In Christ) 5. Submission and leadership
The laws of the Kingdom of God are quite opposite to the laws of earthly kingdoms 6 as different as Heaven is from earth (Isaiah 55:8, 9).
On earth, leaders who exercise authority over others are considered to be superior, and those who have to submit, ... read more
(One Body In Christ) 6. Power through unity
Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he's in trouble.....And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand ba ... read more
(Practical Discipleship) 1. Disciples Or Converts?
It is a common mistake among believers to be taken up with one Scripture on a subject, to the exclusion of other Scriptures on the same subject.
Satan tempted our Lord with the words "It is written ...." (Matthew 4:6). But the Lord rejected the temptat ... read more
(Practical Discipleship) 2. Discipleship And The Home
A disciple is a learner and a follower of the Lord Jesus. He is one who has made Jesus his Example and seeks to conform his life to his Master's in every possible way.
Like charity, discipleship also begins at home, first of all.
Discipleship and Pa ... read more
(Practical Discipleship) 3. Discipleship And Money Matters
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon." (Luke 16:13)
Here our Lord made it clear that the alternate master to God, is Mam ... read more
(Practical Discipleship) 4. Discipleship And Church Matters
A disciple of Jesus can never be a loner. He will always live in fellowship with other disciples in a local church.
Jesus said that the primary mark of His disciples would be "love for one another" (John 13:35). This is possible only when the disciple ... read more
(Principles Of Serving God) 1. 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 revelat ... read more
(Principles Of Serving God) 2. God Needs Men
God needs men today -
men who will stand before His face and hear His voice daily;
men who have no desire in their heart for anyone or anything other than God Himself;
men who fear God so greatly that they hate sin in every form and love righteousnes ... read more
(Principles Of Serving God) 3. 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 ... read more