Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Word for the Week

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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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The second great prayer of Paul’s in his letter to the Ephesians is in chapter three. He prays for five things. That we will be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit (3:16). That Christ will dwell within us (3:17) That we will be established in love (3:17) That we will understand the extent of…

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What we can be is simply an extension of what we already are! Living in the image of God is not trying to be what we are not–it is just the opposite. So I can live life saying to myself, ‘I am becoming what I am.’ This puts a whole new perspective on everything. If…

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Living in the image of God means ruling in life. When impossible situations come our way, we should not necessarily give in to them. Sometimes we need to run through a troop and leap over a wall by faith in God. How often Jesus talked about world-changing faith! If you have faith as small as…

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We have a responsibility to handle our personal funds with care. Today’s credit card society lays many a trap for the unwary. Once you get on the borrow-to-buy conveyor belt it can be very hard to get off. Paul’s advice is still relevant: ‘Owe no one anything’ (Romans 13:8). Some years ago, I closed off…

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God’s original plan was for us to rule over the world and everything in it. He still wants us to live positively, productively, confidently and successfully. When I was 19 years of age, I was involved in a serious motor cycle accident. I crashed into a tree and as a result suffered life-threatening, multiple injuries….

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Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a sublime piece of Christian literature. It contains profound and penetrating insights. The apostle writes with a sense of wonder at the enormity of the power and grace of God. He piles adjectives on top of one another (1:19; 3:18) and builds up monuments of nouns (1:21; 4:31). At…

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The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) It is possible to exercise self-control. It is not beyond our ability to do so. Remember that in Christ the original purpose of creation is restored–and that includes mastery. Self-control is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This is a popular passage of Scripture, but…

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In the Garden of Gethsemane, when the disciples panicked and tried to resort to arms. Jesus alone was calm and assured (John 18:11). When on trial before Pilate, Jesus, although evidently the prisoner, was really the one in control. If you had looked casually at the scene, you would not have thought so. Jesus wore…

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RESIGN IN LIFE, OR REIGN IN LIFE?

Sometimes we are faced with real opposition. It might be serious sickness, for instance. Or criticism. Or bitterness. Or depression. Or fear. We have a choice of giving in to the opposition–or taking charge of it through Jesus Christ. We can either resign in life or reign in life! The difference in spelling is minimal–only…

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