When it comes to your spiritual armor, integrity protects you and holds everything together. If you don’t have integrity in big things and small things, you’re going to lose the battle. Without integrity, everything falls apart.
While everybody else was preparing to fight, Rahab was preparing to surrender. She wasn't about to fight God, for she knew it's a fight you can't win. For her the path to victory was—surrender! And that is the right path for you too.
Some of us don't want to die until we've seen the world; Simeon didn't want to die until he had seen the Redeemer of the world.
Have you ever wondered why the angel talked to shepherds, a job considered to be the lowest on the social totem pole? He gave the greatest news story in history to those with no axe to grind, no reputation to protect, and no ladder to climb; people with humble hearts and open minds; people with simple, child-like faith.
Heaven announced the birth of Jesus in these words: "The virgin will give birth to a son, and call Him Immanuel which means, 'God with us.'" Understand this: Jesus had to be man in order to die, and He had to be God in order to save.
The Devil doesn't mind you speaking words of faith as long as you don't take steps of faith. So trust God. What's God asking you to do? Step out in faith and do it!
Jesus said, "If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples" (John 8:31 NAS). Note the word "continue;" it's the secret of true greatness. Your success can be found in your daily routine. If you're serious about changing your life you must stop practicing bad habits and start instituting good ones.
Only when the apostles delegated the administrative side of things to others and got back to what they were called to do, did things start to go right. Think about it.
Armed with God's might you have more capabilities than you think, and you are able to do a lot more than you've done in the past. So put your confidence in Him and stop doubting yourself.
Mother Nature and Father Time may have brought you backaches, baldness and bifocals, but you don't have to act old. And you don't have to think old. Instead of trying to add years to your life, try adding life to your years.
Don't be like the old man who said, "It's not hard to tell when your youth has been spent, 'coz your get-up-and-go has got up and went." Get up and go after it! Caleb was climbing mountains and slaying giants in his last years. And Caleb's God is your God!
Senior citizen, God has a word for you today: "Even to your old age…even to gray hairs I will carry you!" (Isaiah 46:4 NKJV). Do you remember the commercial for Maxwell House coffee, "Good to the last drop"? Make that your life's motto!
Someone said, "The largest room in the world is room for improvement." If you doubt that, look at the disciples Christ picked and promoted—then look in the mirror.
The fact that Matthew invited Jesus over to his house for dinner is surprising. The fact that Jesus accepted is truly amazing. That's because "This man welcomes sinners."
Jesus took thirty years to prepare for a ministry that would last just over three. What's the point? The quality of your preparation determines the quality of your performance. Jesus was willing to wait and prepare Himself. You must too.
Have you ever encountered a homeless person, given them some money, watched them shuffle away and wondered, "Have I just paid for their next drink or drug, or rewarded laziness?" In some cases you may be right, in other cases wrong. So what should you do?
"He who gives to the poor will lack nothing." Try it. Next time God nudges you to show compassion and give, do it. Then when you have a need, pray, "Lord, I have honored You, now I believe You will honor me."
Donna VanLiere writes: "When life blindsides us…and the diagnosis, abuse, foreclosure, broken marriage, death, or financial collapse brings us to our knees…grace says there's more love after infidelity, more joy after the diagnosis, and more life after financial ruin…grace is real…an indomitable gift with power to change your life.
God can help you to see His hand at work in what you're going through today. He never promises to remove us from our struggles, but He promises to change the way we look at them.
The word Gethsemane means "crushed olives." And from crushed olives comes oil that heals, illuminates, and nourishes. We all have our Gethsemane. To understand and embrace yours, look at the night Christ spent there before going to the cross.