What a difference there was between Jesus’ teaching and those who ‘preach, but do not practise.’

Matthew 5:17-20 In verse 20, Jesus refers to 'the scribes and Pharisees'. Jesus warned against the shallow superficiality of these men who were more concerned with outward appearances than inner reality. This conflict with the Jewish religious leaders lies close to the surface in the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus says, 'This is their …

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Being strengthened by the Lord and sharing His Word with others

Matthew 5:1-2 Here, we have the introduction to 'the Sermon on the Mount' (chapters 5-7). Reference is made to both 'the disciples' and 'the crowds'. The disciples are taught with a view to becoming teachers of the crowds. Peter learned from Christ and later he taught the crowds (Acts 2:14-42). The Sermon on the Mount …

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Filled with the Holy Spirit – let us speak God’s Word with boldness.

Proverbs 1:20-33 This section begins with the words, 'Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares' (20) and ends with the words, 'whoever listens to Me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm' (33). The Gospel is not to be kept to ourselves. Christ …

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Lifted out of our negative feelings …

Praying Through God's Word

“No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate …
for the Lord will take delight in you” (Isaiah 62:4),

When everything’s getting on top of us, our feelings can take control of us and run havoc with us. When this is happening to us, we feel like we can do nothing about this.

What about the Lord? Can he do something about this?

From God’s Word, there’s an encouraging answer to this question.

The Lord knows what we’re going through. He knows how hard it is for us. He knows that we feel deserted and desolate. He says to us, ‘I have not deserted you.’ He says to us, ‘There is no need for you to feel desolate.’ He says to us, ‘I take delight in you.’

The Word of the Lord – this is what lifts us out to feeling that we have been deserted, the…

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Jesus Christ, our Saviour, is absolutely trustworthy and completely dependable.

Psalms 20:1-21:13 We boast of the Name of the Lord our God...Through the steadfast love of the Most High' we 'shall not be moved' (20:7;21:7). We do not trust in things that 'collapse and fall'. We build on 'the Rock' (20:8; Matthew 7:24-27; Psalms 18:1-3; 62:5-7). We 'rejoice' in our God. He has made us …

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You were dead. Now, you are alive.

"And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses" (Colossians 2:13). You were dead. Now, you are alive. This is the miracle of the new birth. It's not something we can do for ourselves. It's the work of God. What we could never do for …

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The child died, but the love of God did not cease.

 2 Samuel 11:1-12:31; Acts 4:1-22; Psalm 71:1-8 “David pleaded with God for the child”, born of his adultery with Bathsheba, but “the child died” (2 Samuel 12:18). David prayed that “the Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live” (2 Samuel 12:22). The child died, but the love of God did not …

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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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Thank You, Lord, for Jesus. He’s Such A Great Saviour.

‘To the far and to the near’, Lord, You speak Your Word of ‘peace’ (Isaiah 57:19). Christ is Your  Word of ‘peace’ (Ephesians 2:13-14). Christ is for ‘the Jews’. He is for ‘the Gentiles’. There is one way of salvation. Jesus Christ is our Saviour. Help us to put our ‘faith’ in Him. It's through …

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The Word of God is like a fire …

Jeremiah 4:10-5:31; Philippians 3:1-4:1; Psalm 116:1-11 The Word of God is like a fire, burning up the sin of man (Jeremiah 5:14). The purpose of this fire is not, however, destructive. God’s purpose is to burn up the pride which “puts confidence in the flesh”, to burn away the “legalistic righteousness.” All of that is …

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