The breath of the enemy

Separating yourself out breeds selfishness and greater feelings of emptiness and aloneness—a perfect place to be devoured by the enemy. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the […]

A Friend

A Friend Proverbs 18:24 “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Do you have a lot of friends? Do you long for companionship? Proverbs 18:24 tells us the secret to having and keeping friends. “A man who has friends must himself be […]

Dead on.

“Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.” Acts 14:19–20, […]

The Holy Spirit said

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate out for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:2; NKJV Barnabas and Saul were back in Antioch after bringing much needed assistance to the church in Jerusalem. As they were serving the Lord, […]

A testy situation.

“He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” John 6:6; NIV2011 For some reason, lately, the Lord has been speaking to me through obscure scriptures. These are those which would normally be classified as “fly over” or “transition” scriptures. John 6:6 is an example. […]

Answered prayer, yeah, right.

“‘But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!’ Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, ‘It is his angel.’” Acts 12:15, NKJV Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24, NKJV) The […]

A great congregation

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” Acts 12:5, NKJV Constant prayer. The word means to be eager or act in earnest. It is prayer that is so intense that it will not be stopped until the answer is received. Charles H. Spurgeon said, […]

Sleeping God?

“One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.” Luke 8:22 (NIV2011) I like how the NIV2011 puts this. It was just “one day.” The disciples had no clue what was about to happen. But Jesus did. […]

Consumed

““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;” (Matthew 6:19, NKJV) Investments are important, but where you invest is particularly important. After a stock market crash, a young executive leaped from the 24th floor of his posh apartment building at 1 Wall […]

FORMIDABLE FAMINE FORSEEN

“And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.” (Acts 11:27–28, NKJV) In Greek, the name Agabus means “Locust.” […]