(The Real Truth) 6. The Real Truth About Faith
Once we have repented, the next requirement for receiving God's forgiveness is faith.
The Bible says,
"By grace you are saved through faith" (Ephesians chapter 2, verse 8).
Grace is God's Hand reaching out to give us His help and His blessings. F ... read more
(The Real Truth) 7. The Real Truth About Salvation
The Name "Jesus" means "Saviour".
He came to earth with that Name, because that was what He came to do - to save people from their sins.
Salvation is more than forgiveness.
Let me use an illustration to make the difference clear.
Let us say th ... read more
(The Real Truth) 8. The Real Truth About Eternity
For one who has become a child of God, the things of eternity are more valuable than the things of time. The values of heaven become more important to him than the values held here on earth.
When the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, after rising f ... read more
(The Supreme Priorities) 1. A Proper Sense Of Values
The blind man throws away a cheque for one hundred rupees and clings on to a valueless piece of glazed paper, considering the latter more desirable because it is smoother to his touch. He lacks a proper sense of values because he is blind. Like him, the t ... read more
(The Supreme Priorities) 2. One Thing Is Needful
"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about mu ... read more
(The Supreme Priorities) 3. One Thing Have I Desired
"The Lord is my light and my salvation:
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked,
even mine enemies and my foes,
Came upon me to eat up my flesh,
they stumbled and fell.
Though an host shou ... read more
(The Supreme Priorities) 4. One Thing Thou Lackest
"And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. ... read more
(The Supreme Priorities) 5. One Thing I Do
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, tha ... read more
(The Supreme Priorities) 6. He Pleased God
In just three words the Holy Spirit records the testimony of Enoch's life: "He pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5). There is no mention of wealth amassed or of earthly honours obtained. There is no record of sermons preached or of good deeds done, nor even of the ... read more
A Bondslave Of Christ
Paul called himself a bondslave of Jesus Christ (Rom.1:1). That is what all the early apostles were. Jesus is looking today for bondslaves - not servants. There is a difference between a servant and a slave. A servant works for pay. A slave gets no salary ... read more
A Challenging Message
In Acts Chapter 10, we read of the gospel going to non-Jews for the first time. The Lord had told His disciples that they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and then to the ends of the earth. In Chapter 2, they started with the Jews in Je ... read more
A Consuming Fire
In Isaiah's prophecy we read the following words: "Sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling has seized the godless (hypocrites - KJV). Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning? He who walks righteously, ... read more
A Daniel-Ministry And A Lucifer-Ministry
Daniel (who wrote this prophecy) was one of those men whom God could use in his generation. When he was a 17-year old young man, "he determined in his heart not to defile himself" (Dan.1:8). And when Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah saw young Daniel taking ... read more
A Father And An Older Brother
From the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15, we can learn something of the depth of God's love for those who backslide from him and even exploit His goodness towards them. There we learn so much about the Divine nature - and that is the nature that w ... read more
A Great Example
In Rev. 3:7-13, The Lord describes Himself to the church in Philadelphia as the One who can now open or shut any door. If we are overcomers, we need never stand before a closed door at any time when it is the will of God that we should go through. But the ... read more
A Life Of Constant Triumph
God's will for our lives is CONSTANT VICTORY. This is clearly taught in a number of Scriptures.
Consider just a few....
"Thanks be to God Who ALWAYS leads us in His triumph in Christ" (2 Cor.2:14).
"In ALL THESE THINGS we overwhelmingly conqu ... read more
A Loving Father
Many have the wrong idea that God the Father is a very strict Person and that it is only Jesus Who loves them. This is a Satanic distortion of the truth. It was the love of the Father that sent Jesus to save us from our sins. Jesus told His disciples, "T ... read more
A New Attitude of Mind - Giving Our Maximum to the Lord
Many religious people are legalistic and are under the law. They think in terms of the minimum necessary in order to please God. This is why they calculate
exactly how much 10% of their income comes to and then offer it reluctantly to God. In the Old Tes ... read more
A New Vessel Full Of Salt
Reading: Matthew 5:13; 2 Kings 2:1-22; Acts 1:1-9.
God's Provision For This World
In the portions of Scripture listed above, we read of the days when the great prophet Elijah was about to be taken up to heaven. God sent Elijah at a ... read more
A New Vessel Full Of Salt
Reading: Matthew 5:13; 2 Kings 2:1-22; Acts 1:1-9.
God's Provision For This World
In the portions of Scripture listed above, we read of the days when the great prophet Elijah was about to be taken up to heaven. God sent Elijah at a time when Israel ... read more
When we study the "minor" prophets in the Old Testament, we notice certain themes recurring in many of them - the anger of God against sin, the certainty of judgment, the evils of pride and of exploitation of the poor, the love of money and the immorality ... read more
A Renewed Mind
"Do not be conformed to this world....But be transformed by the (entire) renewal of your mind - by its new ideals and its new attitude - so that you may prove (for yourselves) what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Rom. 12:2).
Worl ... read more
A Sovereign Ruler
"Our Father Who art in heaven," (Matt.6:9) reminds us that the One we are praying to is One Who is Sovereign and Almighty, ruling in the heavens. Even in the Old Testament, God sought to impress His sovereignty upon His people. He told them, "Relax and ... read more
A Warning from the Five Backslidden Messengers and Churches
In Revelation 2 and 3, when we look at the five messengers and churches that are rebuked by the Lord, we see in them a definite downward trend:
(1) In Ephesus, we see the loss of first love for the Lord. When we lose our devotion for Christ, we have ta ... read more
A Word from Zephaniah for Our Times
In Zephaniah 1:4,5 The Lord said,"Not only the other nations, but I will crush Judah and Jerusalem too with My fist and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship, because they go up to the roof and bow down to the sun, moon and stars. They claim to f ... read more
Abraham At Mount Moriah
When God spoke to Abraham that night to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham was 125 years old and had already obtained a name among the people as a man of God. Genesis 21:22 tells us that "at that time (King) Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his ar ... read more
The sacrifices of God are a broken and a contrite heart, that is aware of its own nothingness and helplessness (Psa.51:17). That is what Abel had, and what Cain did not have. And that is why it is written, "The Lord had regard for Abel, and (therefore) f ... read more
Accepting Our Partners as They Are in Marriage
Before sin came, "Adam and Eve were naked and were not ashamed". They were open and honest with each other and had nothing to hide. But as soon as they sinned, things changed. They covered themselves with fig leaves immediately. Why did they do that? Ther ... read more
After Death What?
Death has no terror for a disciple of Christ, for Jesus has conquered death. Death is a defeated enemy. Jesus died and made Satan powerless thereby so that we need no longer have any fear of death (Heb. 2:14,15). The keys of death are now in the hand of J ... read more
All Sufficient Grace
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Eph.2:8).
We began our Christian life - receiving forgiveness of sins and the baptism in the Spirit - by grace, through faith. One day when Jesus Ch ... read more
All-knowing, Almighty Power of Our God and Father
In Rev. 1: 4-8, we read: John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn ... read more
Amazing Faith of a Godly Mother
We read in 2 Kings 4:8-37 of a woman - a prominent, rich, wealthy and influential woman - who was also blessed by Elisha's ministry. God does not choose only the poor and the illiterate and the uneducated to bless. He has no partiality. He chose an illite ... read more
An End Of Ourselves
It is not the size of a work that impresses God. The world looks for size and numbers. But God is looking for works of faith - even if they be the size of mustard seeds.
And so, when God brings us to an end of ourselves, hedging us in on every side and ... read more
A spiritual leader will be such an example to others, that he will be able to say to them, "Follow me as I follow Christ". He will seek to lead others to be connected to Christ alone as their Head. Many Christian leaders, however, seek to attach believe ... read more
An Example of a Godly Woman with Faith
We read in 2 Kings 4:8-37 of a woman - a prominent, rich, wealthy and influential woman - who was blessed by Elisha's ministry. God does not
choose only the poor and the illiterate and the uneducated to bless. He has no partiality. He chose an illiterate ... read more
Are you making disciples or converts?
What obedience to the great commission actually involves
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 w ... read more
Arresting The Downward Trend
In Rev. Chs.2, 3 & 4 when we look at the five messengers and churches that are rebuked by the Lord we see in them a definite downward trend:
(1) In Ephesus, we see the loss of first love for the Lord. When we lose our devotion for Christ, we have taken ... read more
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
There are two needs that we all have. The first relates to the past - the forgiveness of our sins. The second relates to the future - enablement to live a life that pleases God. Our first need is taken care of by the death ... read more
Baptism in the Three-fold Name
Jesus commanded us to baptize "in the Name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit " (Matt. 28:20). The Name is singular because God is One. But Jesus revealed that although God is One, He exists in Three Persons, Who are distinct from each other.
It ... read more
BAPTISM IN WATER
One of the last things Jesus commanded His disciples before ascending up to heaven was to: (i) Go and make disciples; (ii) baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and (iii) teach them to obey everything that He had commanded. The orde ... read more
Be "In The Spirit" Every Day In The New Year (2013)
John received a revelation on the Lord's Day (Rev 1:10). The first day of the week was called "the Lord's day" because that was the day that Jesus rose from the dead, having conquered sin, Satan, death and the grave. The early disciples met together on th ... read more
Be an Ambassador of Jesus Christ
Paul was an Ambassador of Jesus Christ (2 Cor.5:20). There are 12 marks of an Ambassador of Jesus Christ. Think of these marks in your life.
1. He was called by God (2 Cor.1:1). "An apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God." He did not call himself. ... read more
Be Centred In God And Not In Yourselves
There were two trees in the garden of Eden and they represented two ways of life. The tree of life symbolized a life centred in God where God would be the centre of every decision made by man. The tree of knowledge of good and evil on the other hand, ... read more
Be Diligent to Preserve the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace
"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 b ... read more
Be Filled With The Holy Spirit
I saw a cartoon once of the disciples waiting in the upper room to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:12-14). (We know now that they waited for ten days, but at that time, none of them knew how long they would have to wait.) One of them walks out of t ... read more
Be Rooted And Grounded In What God Has Done For Us "IN CHRIST"
Our salvation began in God's mind. It was He Who "chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world" (Eph.1:4). We love Him because He first loved us (1 Jn.4:19). In Ephesians, Paul describes first of all what God has done for us (Chapters 1 to 3). ... read more
Be Saved From the Spirit of the Antichrist
It is written in Revelation 13:4 - And they worshipped the dragon, because he gave authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast saying, 'Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?'
The whole earth now worships Satan. This is ... read more
Becoming A Blessing
The gifts of the Spirit are compared in 1 Cor.12 to the organs of the human body - the eye, the ear, the hands and the feet. We need eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to help others and feet to take us to different parts of this world. Even so, God has giv ... read more
Becoming Part Of A Local Church
As soon as you're converted, you need to seek out and join a fellowship of disciples who are eager to obey God's Word and to follow in Jesus' footsteps.
This is where the new convert can be bewildered by the numerous groups and denominations that he ... read more
Being a Dignified Ambassador for Christ
In 2 Corinthians 5:20, we read, "We are ambassadors for Christ, and we are entreating you." It is a tremendous calling to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ. There is a dignity about a true child of God. Even the ambassador of a very poor country has a dig ... read more