Do we give the Lord lip-service? or Do we serve Him with our lives?

"The Lord also called to the man of God. He said, “This is what the Lord says: You rebelled against the words from the Lord’s mouth and didn’t obey the command that the Lord your God gave you ... A lion found him as he travelled on the road and killed him" (1 Kings 13:21, …

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We must always remember to give all the glory to the Lord.

The power of God was upon Elisha. God was at work in mighty power. When we red about Elisha, we say, in our hearts, ‘This is not about Elisha. This is about God - God working through Elisha.’ We must always remember to give all the glory to the Lord. The praise does not belong …

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Speaking the Word of the Lord to the people of this generation

 "Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses" (Deuteronomy 34:9). From generation to generation, the work of the Lord continues. We read on through the Old Testament - Moses, …

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In God’s "place", the "place" of His blessing, there must be nothing that hinders true worship of the Lord.

Numbers 33:1-34:29Much of what we have here is geographical. There is also, however, a spiritual dimension. God is leading His people to their new land, the land He had promised to them. In all the names of the places, we must see the hand of God directing His people according to His perfect plan. In …

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There’s one thing that matters more than anything else – the glory of God.

“The Lord is the only true God” (Joshua 22:22,34).In this new land, the Israelites faced conflict. This was more than a conflict between nations. It was a conflict between the one God and the many gods. It was a conflict  between the true God and the false gods. God’s Word to His people was clear …

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Because Christ has been raised from the dead …

"So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless" (1 Corinthians 15:58). Paul's confidence in the Lord comes from Jesus' resurrection: "Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a …

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Overview Of The Old Testament: 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 1-7 Hannah ‘prayed to the Lord’ (1:10-11). God answered her prayer (1:20). God does not always answer our prayers in the way that we want. Sometimes, rather than changing our circumstances, He simply speaks His Word to us: ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). Always, He ‘gives grace to the …

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Good News for this generation

"God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son ... " (Hebrews 1:1-2). This is more than the prophets speaking about God. This is God, speaking through the prophets.The prophets looked forward to Jesus, God's beloved Son. God speaks …

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Learning From The Book Of Job: Chapters 8 – 10

In Job 8, we have the first speech of Bildad. Its theme is very straightforward. Sin leads to suffering (Job 8:4). Obedience leads to prosperity (Job 8:5-7). This teaching is presented in a heavy-handed way. In Job 8:20, we have an attack on Job’s character: “Certainly, God does not reject a person of integrity or …

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We must pray for the triumph of God’s grace over human sin.

The sinful and shameful times, described in the book of Judges, are summed up in the book’s final verses of chapters 19, 20 & 21. “Never has such a thing happened or been seen from the time the people of Israel came out of Egypt until today” (Judges 19:30). “Then the men of Israel went …

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We must listen to what God says and do what He tells us to do.

God speaks to His people about their sin - "The people of Jerusalem turned away from Me without ever returning ..." (Jeremiah 8:5). He is not pleased with them. He is calling them to return to Him - "Change the way you live ..." (Jeremiah 7:3). The life of Israel is “like the desert” (Jeremiah …

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Sometimes, Lord, when we think about our many sins …

Sometimes, Lord, when we think about our many sins, we wonder, “How can we possibly be forgiven?” – and, then, we remember Jesus. We remember that He died for our sins. We look at ourselves, and everything seems to be so hopeless. We look at Jesus, and we say, “Thank You, Lord, for Your wonderful …

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Holy, Holy, Holy …

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 6:3); “Your sins are forgiven” (Isaiah 6:7).“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them” (1 Timothy 1:15).—Awesome holiness: It was my sin which sent Christ to the Cross.Amazing love: Christ has taken my sin to the Cross. I receive His forgiveness.

From eternity …

"Before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58). From eternity, Jesus came. To eternity, he has returned. Through faith in him, we have eternal life. Death shall not triumph over us. Death has been defeated. Jesus Christ is Lord. He leads us on to his eternal glory.

No forgetting …

"Though a woman may forget her child, I will not forget you!" (Isaiah 49:16). The Lord doesn't forget. He forgives. "The Lord is kind and full of compassion" (Psalm 145:8). In the Lord's forgiveness, we see his compassion and his kindness.