Live and Serve in a Christ-like Way
When Paul called the elders of the church in Ephesus to bid farewell to them, notice what he told them in Acts 20:17-35. He reminded them that he had been with them for three years(verse 31) and that he had preached to them night and day. Three years is m ... read more
Living by Faith
Many Christians through the ages, have sincerely sought after holiness and victory over sin by taking up their cross and denying themselves. But they have often found the Christian life to be a "hard grind" instead of the glorious life that the Bible de ... read more
Living For The Glory Of God
"To Him are all things" (Rom. 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 God ... read more
Living In The Will Of God
"From Him are all things" (Rom. 11:36) Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belonged to the poor in spirit (Mt. 5:3). He also said that only those who do the will of the Father would enter that kingdom (Mt. 7:21). The kingdom of heaven is eternal, and ... read more
Look Backward, Upward And Forward
We need to look back. Many times in my life I have looked back over how the Lord has led me and that has renewed my faith. When I face a difficult situation and it looks as if there is no way out, I remind myself of the promises in ... read more
Look for the Anointing of God and the Grace of God upon a Man
In 1 Chronicles, Chapter 12, we read of those who stood by David when Saul was persecuting him. It was easy to join David after he had become king. But here we read of people who joined him at a time when he was rejected and being hunted for his life. It' ... read more
Look Forward to a Wonderful Year in Christ
Look Forward to a Wonderful Year in Christ
1. Make a new beginning today: In the story of the prodigal son, we read that the father brought out the best robe for a son who had failed him so badly. This is the message of the gospel: God gives His very b ... read more
Love - The Basis Of All God's Dealings With Man
We need a solid foundation for our love for the Lord. That foundation is His own unchanging love for us. "We love him, because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). Many Christians experience difficulties later on in their lives, because they were never cle ... read more
Lovers of the Truth
"Hearing of how the New Covenant is superior to the Old in many ways; and one of the ways we read in Psalm 51, David said when he had sinned and was repenting of his sin, he says in verse six, "Behold, Oh God, Thou doest desire truth in the innermost be ... read more
"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write : The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this : "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are l ... read more
Make A New Beginning Today
Nothing is impossible for God - not even to bring us into His perfect will, after we have failed miserably and repeatedly. Only our unbelief can hinder Him. If you say, "But I have messed up things so many times. It is impossible for God now to bring me ... read more
Make It Your Ambition to Please the Lord
God's approval rested on Jesus when He was thirty years old, because of one reason: Jesus had faithfully overcome temptation during all those years. He had lived a life centered in His Father and not in Himself. He never did what pleased Himself ( Rom. 15 ... read more
Man's Extremity - God's Opportunity
Isaac, unlike Ishmael, was not the product of Abraham's strength, for Abraham had become sterile by then. Isaac was born through God strengthening impotent Abraham. This is the type of service that lasts for eternity. One " Isaac " is worth a thousand ... read more
Men With A Burden And A Concern
The whole movement of Israel FROM BABYLON TO JERUSALEM was born and carried forward by men who were selflessly concerned for the furtherance of God's work. For this they fasted and prayed. This is how it is going to be in the church in our day too. Those ... read more
Mercy and Grace
We are told to come boldly "to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16). Mercy and grace are not the same. Mercy refers to the forgiveness of our sins. That relates to our past. But we also need ... read more
Mercy is a Very Important Antidote to Pharisaism
Mercy is a very important antidote to Pharisaism. Being merciful to others means more than just forgiving those who harm us or do evil to us. It means doing good to others in need. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus explained what "mercy" meant ( ... read more
Ministry of Ezra and Nehemiah
The Book of Nehemiah shows us the tremendous revival that God brought among the Jews through the influence of two godly men - Ezra and Nehemiah.
In Chapter 8 of Nehemiah, we read what God did through Ezra. He took the Word of God and gathered all the m ... read more
Ministry Of Intercession
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world (Jn. 3:17). And the reason our Lord is able to save us completely is because He always lives to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25).
The ministry of accusation and cond ... read more
Moses Manifested the Spirit of Christ
God tested Moses when he made the tabernacle to see whether he would make it exactly according to the pattern that he had received on the mount. The glory of the Lord coming on that tabernacle was the visible indication of God's satisfaction with Moses' w ... read more
Mystery of Godliness and Mystery of Iniquity
It is written in Rev. 10:7, "but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel,when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets."
Once the seventh of the seven-fold trumpet is sounded, the 'mys ... read more
Never Forget Your Past
Peter himself warned other Christians saying, "Don't ever forget how you yourself were once cleansed from your sins" (2 Peter 1:9). He warns them there that if they do forget that, they will become blind and short- sighted. I don't ever want to be bli ... read more
New Wine in New Wineskin
Jesus said, "New wine must be put into new wineskins" (Lk. 5:38). And here is where our obedience is tested. In acquiring the new wine, our battle is against sin. But in acquiring the new wineskin, our battle is against religious traditions that have annu ... read more
The one identifying mark of a new-covenant church is the presence of God in its midst. When the spirit of prophecy is powerfully present in a church meeting, those coming to that meeting will fall on their faces and "acknowledge that God is there" (1 Cor. ... read more
Nine Effects Of The Word Of God
1.In Psalm 119:105, the Word is likened to light. "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." When we walk through unknown terrain in the dark, we use a light in order to see our way. That is a picture of what the Bible does for us in a ... read more
No Confidence In Ourselves
Under the old covenant, the primary mark of an Israelite was circumcision. Anyone who was not circumcised was to be cut off from God's people, for he had broken the Divine covenant (Gen.17:14). In the new covenant, the spiritual meaning of circumcision i ... read more
Nobody Can Harm Us Except We Ourselves
"Who can harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?"(1 Pet.3:13)
God is so powerful that He makes ALL THINGS work together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose - that is, for those who have no ambition o ... read more
Not Knowing One's Wretchedness
The elder in Laodicea (Rev.3:14-22) was rebuked strongly by the Lord for a number of reasons. He felt he was rich and increased with goods and had need of nothing. Riches are not related only to money. One can be rich in knowledge, gifts and talents too - ... read more
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, t ... read more
Our Accomplishments Or God's Gifts?
(A message given at Christian Fellowship Centre on April 23, 2000)
Let's turn to Genesis chapter 4.
We read here of two of Adams children Cain and Seth - who were given names by Eve.
She named her firstborn son "Cain" meani ... read more
Our Attitude To Corrections
One way in which God breaks our strength and pride is by correcting us through our leaders. Almost all believers find it very difficult to receive correction. It's not easy for even a two-year-old child to receive correction - especially if it's given p ... read more
Our Choices Determine Our Future
When God sent Adam and Eve into the Garden of Eden, although He gave them ample freedom, He did make one restriction. He forbade them from eating of one tree. There was a reason for that. Without choice, no-one can be a son of God. No-one can be holy with ... read more
Our God Is A Consuming Fire
There are only TWO categories of people before God - not those who do right and those who do wrong, but those who are HUMBLE and those who are PROUD, or in other words, those who followed Jesus in His humility and those who followed Satan in his pride. It ... read more
Our New-Covenant Birthright
Under the old covenant, the Holy Spirit came only upon certain people, to enable them to fulfil a specific task for God. Under the new covenant, however, the Holy Spirit can be received by all. He has come to show us the glory of Jesus and to transform us ... read more
Our Salvation is a Work of God
Salvation as described in the New Testament has three tenses - past, present and future. If we are born again, we have already been saved from the PENALTY of sin. We are now to be saved from the POWER of sin. And one day, when our Lord returns in glory, w ... read more
Overcoming Satan through Praise
In Psalm 8:2, we read this statement which Jesus quoted once in the Temple when the little children were shouting and praising God. As we read in Matthew 21: 15-16, they held palm branches and lay down their clothes on the road for Jesus to ride on a donk ... read more
We have an Almighty Father and so we're certainly not orphans. Let's not behave like orphans then. When you're fearful or anxious, you're insulting your heavenly Father - for you are thereby saying that you have no confidence in Him, that you feel He ... read more
Persecution Is Inevitable
We read in Daniel 11:33, that in the last days, godly people will be attacked, imprisoned and killed. True servants of God are always persecuted.
James was killed by King Herod (Acts 12:2). No angel came to set him free. Abel was killed. Every true pro ... read more
Peter's Attitude To Money And Correction
God had a great calling for Simon Peter. But it could not be fulfilled until he had been tested and approved. Peter however had no idea about God's wonderful plan, at the time that Jesus called him. God unfolds His plan to us only one step at a time. One ... read more
Peter's Experience Of A Miracle
In John 21:3, we read of Peter telling His fellow- apostles, "I am going fishing". He didn't mean that he was going to fish just that evening. What he meant was that he was quitting being an apostle - because he had been a failure at that - and was goi ... read more
Pharisees accuse others
"The Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, 'Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You ... read more
Pharisees are ascetics
"Why do the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" (Matthew 9:14).
Pharisees forced people to fast and pray. They emphasised bodily disciplines like fasting as a means of becoming spiritual and they boasted about it. Jesus fasted even more th ... read more
Pharisees are easily offended
"The disciples came and said to Jesus, 'Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?' Jesus said, 'Leave them alone.'" (Matthew 15:12-14).
When Jesus corrected the Pharisees for teaching people to dishonour their parents ... read more
Pharisees are hard-hearted
"This people honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me." (Matthew 15:8).
The heart of a Pharisee is hard, because it is far from God. If you place butter close to a fire, it will melt immediately. But if you put it in the freezer, ... read more
Pharisees are hypocrites
"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy" (Luke 12:1).
The word "hypocrite" is actually a Greek word that has been imported into the English language and means "actor". If you went to Greece in the first century and asked people where ... read more
Pharisees are jealous of those who can do miracles that they cannot do
"The Pharisees said, 'What are we doing? For this man is performing many miracles'. From that day on they planned together to kill Him" (John 11:47, 53).
Here, in John 11, Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead. The Pharisees should have been exci ... read more
Pharisees are liars and murderers
Jesus said, "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, ... read more
Pharisees are motivated by jealousy and hatred
"The Pharisees went out and conspired against Jesus, as to how they might destroy Him" (Matthew 12:14).
Your jealousy of someone may not reach the point where you kill him. But you must remember that jealousy and hatred are the first steps to murder. T ... read more
Pharisees are spiritually blind
Jesus said, "They are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit" (Matthew 15:14).
Pharisees are great scholars of the Bible. But they are spiritually blind and so they don't have any revelation on spiri ... read more
Pharisees are sticklers for the letter of the law
"You Pharisees tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law" (Matthew 23:23).
Pharisees take some small aspect of a commandment in Scripture, and emphasise that. They "major on minors". There is a lot of preach ... read more
Pharisees are suspicious and assume the worst about other people
"The Pharisees said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons." (Matthew 12:24).
When Jesus cast out a demon, the crowds said, "This must be the Son of David (the promised Messiah)" (Matthew 12:23). But the Pharisees were di ... read more