What Is Entrusted To You?

O Timothy, guard most carefully your divine commission. Avoid the Godless mixture of contradictory notions which is falsely known as “knowledge”—some have followed it and lost their faith. 1 Timothy 6:20–21 (Phillips)Something has been committed to your trust. In 1 Timothy 6:20, Paul told Timothy t


Your Commission From God

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 (NKJV)On a trip to Israel, I visited the Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in Jerusalem. Over the years, sev


The Process Of Meditation: Part 2

And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. Mark 4:24 (AMPC)God’s Word is so potent that as you meditat


The Process Of Meditation: Part 1

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8 (NLT)Wherever Jesus went, the Kingdom of God dominated. The sick were healed, peace entered the room and dar


You’re The Farmer

Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?” Mark 4:13 (NLT)In Mark 4, Jesus told a parable that He said was the key to understanding the rest of His teachings—the story of the farmer scattering seed. This parable has


Build Your Future

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. John 24:15 (NLT)Much of your life up to this point has been determined by your upbringing, surroundings and circumstances. Especially as children, we aren’t in control of the many things that influence our “default settings.


Building What Matters

I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)In today’s verse, Jesus specifically mentions He’s building one thing—His church.Why? Because it’s through His church that salvation is brought to cities and to countries. Government puts systems and str


Thankfulness Is A Choice

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Psalms 100:4 (NKJV)If you want to sense the presence of God, start with thankfulness.On rough days we may think, “Well, I have nothing to be thankful for.” But truthfully, we always do. We just need to make a choice—we can focu


Powerful Meditation

I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. Psalms 119:15 (NKJV)Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to encourage yourself!Everyone meditates, although few do it on purpose. Without even realizing it, we often meditate on the future. Biblical meditation is different. It’s abo


Prayer Strengthens You

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)Prayer can strengthen you, but not all types of prayer.Many of us were raised to believe prayer involves begging, bugging and pleading with God to get Him to do so


Encouragement Is Contagious

David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him… But David felt strengthened and encouraged in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 (AMP)Did you know that encouraging yourself influences those around you?1 Samuel chapter 30 provides an example of the power of encouraging yourself in


Encouraging Yourself

Whatever was written beforehand is meant to instruct us in how to live. The Scriptures impart to us encouragement and inspiration so that we can live in hope and endure all things. Romans 15:4 (TPT)How do you encourage yourself? It’s awesome when someone is around to share a timely word of encourage


Misunderstood Love

For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which pas


You Need Agape Love

I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. John 15:9 (AMPC)Do you ever struggle with bad habits?Often people try to use self-discipline alone to change their behaviour, then they experience guilt and shame when they have a setback. While sel


Plant Better Relationships

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT)Did you know that giving your life to Christ is just the beginning when it comes to living the incredible life God has planned for you?We all h


God’s Word Shows His Love

And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke 15:20 (NLT)Do you find that you sometimes make poor decisions when it comes to your relationships?This may be because you’ve based those decisions


Love Is Not Earned

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 (NLT)Love is not something you earn with good looks or a winning personality. Love is a gift that you give someone, and it’s a gift that God has given to you. It can be easy to assume that lo


Overly Dependent On Others?

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25 (NKJV)Do you ever rely on others for what you have no right to expect from them?I’m not saying that you can never rely on others, or that you need to be able to handle everything on your own. You need health


You Repeat What You Believe

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)Why are some people stuck in a destructive pattern where they seem to recreate the same painful circumstances over and over?I’ll give you a hint. It’s not fate. It’s not some external force that keeps recreating the same problems.We often


God’s Word Chokes Out Misbeliefs

“Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked. “No,” he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do.” Matthew 13:28–29 (NLT)Have you ever had something happen in the morning that seemed to make your day take a turn for the worse?Maybe you were almost out the door when one of the kids spilled grape juic


Two Keys: Relationship And Truth

If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31–32 (NKJV)Does today’s verse mean that those of us who know the truth about Jesus are automatically free in every area of life?Actually, when you read both verses together,


Making Decisions Quickly

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. James 3:2 (NLT)Do you struggle to make decisions quickly?If you’re often indecisive, it might be because you’re afraid to make the wrong decision. The prob


Pursue Love First

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 11:32-34 (NLT)I once led a funeral attended by only three people—and two were the



I hate those who are double-minded, but I love and treasure Your law. Psalm 119:113 (AMP)What are you all-in for? The trouble with many people is that they won’t commit to anything. They say they’re committed to their marriage…as long as their spouse treats them the way they want. They’re committed