There is nothing to compare to what I am going to do, says the Lord! For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I am making a way where there seem to be no way! (See Isaiah 43:18-19) I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. (See Revelation 3:8) Look! Help is on the way, says the Lord! I will send you a messenger with good news. For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Once again I say to you, don’t be afraid! I am here to help you. Then you will rejoice and glorify the Holy One of Israel, says the Lord! (See Isaiah 41:13-16/27)
Pastors who are modeling their churches after, or running it like, a business for making profit, are absolutely not fit to be shepherds. These self-ambitious money focused pastors are always big on obligating and pressuring their church members to pay at least a 10% tithe of their income, give special seed offerings, and buy their merchandise, like books, “must have” sermons on CD’s, DVD’s, and not to forget the expensive entrance tickets for their “not to miss”, “breakthrough” conferences and seminars. No, no, these pastors will never tell their congregants the New Testament way of giving, that says that you must each decide in your own heart how much to give and not to give reluctantly or in response to pressure. (See 2. Corinthians 9:7-9) And they certainly won’t tell you to give in proportion to what you have and that whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly, or that you should give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. (See 2. Corinthians 8:11-12) Therefore, these pastors will not teach what the Bible [...]
The prophet Elijah told the widow – who did not have a single piece of bread in the house, but only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug – not to be afraid, but to make a little bread for him first. Then he told her to use what was left to prepare a meal for herself and her son with the promise that there will always be flour and olive oil left in her containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again. And indeed, God did a miracle of multiplication! There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah, and they all continued to eat for many days! (See 1. Kings 17:8-16) Another story of miraculous multiplication was of another widow of whom a creditor was threatening to take her two sons as slaves. The prophet Elisha asked her: “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing [...]
Abraham’s wife Sarah laughed silently to herself when she heard she would have a baby and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” And that is indeed what happened, Isaac, the promised son was born! (See Genesis 18:11-14) The same thing happened to this very old couple, Zechariah and Elizabeth, who were unable to conceive children. After he was told by an angel that he would have a son, Zechariah said, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Against all the odds, that’s exactly what happened, John the Baptist was born! (See Luke 1:5-23/57-65) Indeed, NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR THE LORD!!!
There is always going to be people like Achan, who during a battle stole a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. These were things God specifically commanded to be set apart for Him. (See Joshua 7:1-26) Or Gehazi, the servant of the prophet Elisha who said to himself: “My master should not have let Naaman get away without accepting any of his gifts. As surely as the Lord lives, I will chase after him and get something from him.” Gehazi took more than 75 pounds of silver coins and two sets of clothing from Naaman for himself, pretending it was Elisha who asked for it to so-called give it to two young prophets who just arrived. (See 2. Kings 5:20-27) Or Judas Iscariot, who was in charge of Jesus’ disciples money. He often stole some for himself. (See John 12:6) Or Ananias and Sapphira, who sold some property and brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. (See Acts 5:1-10) In the [...]
What we eat is one of the main factors that determines the condition of our health. If we eat healthy, we will feel a boost of energy, not feeling tired, always sick, and quickly aging, but we stay young, fresh, and good looking, having much to give as a Christian. Consuming nutrient-poor foods with high levels of sugar and saturated (animal) fats in combination with limited physical activity, leads to being overweight and obese. Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of serious chronic conditions, which reduce the overall quality of life, to premature death. Especially concerning is the increasing obesity among children and teenagers. Statistics show that obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight, whereof at least 300 million of them are clinically obese. Because our bodies belong to God who created us for the purpose of honoring Him, we must not violate His standards for living. That [...]
“The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 NLT They say not to worry about evil people who prosper, but to trust in the Lord and do good and then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord, trust Him, and He will help you. Be still in His presence, and wait patiently for Him to act. (See Psalm 37:3-7) “Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3 NLT Yes, wait quietly before God, for your victory comes from Him (see Psalm 62:1), in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
Not a hair on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke after having been thrown into the blazing furnace. Not a scratch was found on Daniel who was thrown into the lions den, for he had trusted in his God. All this happened to them because they refused to bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue or pray to him. God sent His angel to protect them against the burning fire, and to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not be hurt. After going through these frightening experiences, they got promoted to even higher positions and prospered greatly! (See Daniel 3:1-30 and 6:1-28) You can also be going through similar testy situations like that of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel, but God, like these faithful brothers, will have you come out promoted and prospering as never before!
It is true what the apostle Paul said, that “we serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us.” 2. Corinthians 6:8 NLT But he also said to “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT Jesus put it this way: “If you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24 NLT That’s why we Christians should “never pay back evil with more evil,” (Romans 12:17 NLT) by being angry with someone, calling someone an idiot, or cursing someone. We would be putting ourselves in danger of the fires of hell. (See Matthew 5:22) Instead, we should make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends us. Just like the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (See Colossians 3:13) During my walk as a minister of [...]
This powerful official guy Haman – who plotted to kill all the Jews throughout the entire empire of King Xerxes, including Queen Esther’s uncle Mordecai – (See Esther 3:1-14) was told by his wise advisers and his own wife the following; “since Mordecai—this man who has humiliated you—is of Jewish birth, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue opposing him.” Esther 6:13 NLT And fatal it was, because this evil man Haman ended up being impaled on the same pole he had set up for Mordecai, the man of God! (See Esther 7:10) That tells me that if God is for you, who can ever be against you? (See Romans 8:31) And, that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” Isaiah 54:17 NKJV Or, as one of the psalms of David says; “they dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves. The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads.” Psalm 7:15-16 NLT