Friday, July 30, 2021
Word for the Week

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Loss of control is a great stress factor. We feel most tense when things seem to have got out of hand and we are no longer in command of the situation. When I first started using a word processor, I had great trouble. All those keys and control codes–a baffling mystery. On one occasion, I…

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Lamentations chapter three is one of the most moving passages in Scripture. Written by Jeremiah at a time of disaster for the nation of Judah, it describes appalling atrocities. Such was the intense famine in Jerusalem that mothers had even cannibalised their own babies! (2:20). Young and old had died or been slain in the…

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Failure to trust God is a sin. This seems a strong statement, but it is true. The Scriptures never give any excuse for lack of faith. Jesus was really tough on his disciples when they showed fear rather than faith. ‘Why are you so afraid?’ he asked them. ‘Do you still have no faith?’ (Mark…

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Basically, self-mastery finds its source in the mind. When we make up our minds to exercise self-control we usually finish up doing so. It is easy to blame things like tiredness, pressure of work, lack of money, misunderstanding and the like for loss of control. But if we make up our minds to reign in…

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HOPE AND VISION

Once, while in Singapore, I was invited to visit Changi prison. I was most interested to do this, as an uncle of mine had been incarcerated there during World War 2. I was to speak briefly to the prisoners. This proved to be a memorable experience. I can still picture the serious faces of those…

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HONEST TO GOD

An important aspect of self-mastery is that of honesty and integrity. First, it is important to be honest with God. Not that we can deceive God anyway. But the Bible does warn us that God is not to be mocked (Galatians 6:7) and that nothing in all creation is hidden from his sight (Hebrews 4:13)….

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‘In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us’ (Romans 8:37). One day, during that first critical week after my motor cycle accident, when my life hung in the balance, I was trying to read a small New Testament. It was not easy. With my left arm and left shoulder…

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When we understand all that we are in Christ, we can form what evangelist Oral Roberts used to call a ‘faith-image’ of ourselves that will affect how we live. By reading the Scriptures and believing what they say, we can see ourselves as God sees us. With such a faith-image, we can cope with life…

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For three months I clung to the promise of Jesus that believing prayer and laying on of hands would bring recovery (Mark 16:17-18). Day after day I tried to do what it was impossible for me to do. Then one day, there was a slight movement. In fact, it was so undramatic that I hardly…

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Inspired by Psalm 18, I once wrote this song. People seemed to enjoy its bright, positive mood. Today I can be what he wants me to be, By faith I can! Today I can do what he wants me to do, Without fear of man. I can run through a troop, I can scale a…

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