Our real strength comes from the Lord.

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19; Titus 2:1-15; Proverbs 26:3-12 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights” - These are the last words of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:19). “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches …

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How can we hear what the Lord is saying to us, if we’re too busy speaking?

"This is the Word that the Lord spoke to Zephaniah" (Zephaniah 1:1). Straightaway, our attention is drawn away from the prophet to the Lord - "The Lord spoke His Word" (Zephaniah 1:1). How are we to hear the Word of the Lord? - "Be silent in the presence of the Almighty Lord" (Zephaniah 1:7). How …

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Whenever things are going badly… In the Lord, I take refuge.

Genesis 38:1-39:23; Matthew 13:36-58; Psalm 11:1-7 What a contrast there is between the unrestrained lust of Judah (Genesis 38) and the sexual restraint of Joseph  – “How then can I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). Joseph was unjustly treated, and put in prison. Nevertheless, God’s purpose was not hindered …

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“From the Lord comes deliverance” (Psalm 3:8).

Psalm 3 begins with the human situation – ‘O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him”’’ (Psalm 3:1-2). It ends with the divine provision – ‘From the Lord comes deliverance’ (Psalm 3:8). How does the Psalmist rise above his deeply …

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Let Christ bring you from “no peace” to real peace.

Joshua 9:1-10:15 Some chose 'to make war against Joshua and Israel' (9:1-2). The Gibeonites came, looking for peace. They achieved their objective - 'Joshua made peace with them' (9:15). In this story we see the work of Satan, and we may catch a glimpse of the work of God. The 'peace' was based on deception. …

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Praying Through God’s Word: 1 Peter

1 Peter 1:1-25What kind of people are we to be? You’re calling us to be holy. You’re calling us to be loving. It’s not holiness without love. It’s not love without holiness. It’s holiness. It’s love. This, Lord, is the life You’re calling us to live. Help us to walk with You in holiness and …

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