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How to Make Bible Reading a Daily Habit

Begin a practice that nourishes your spiritual life and makes you useful to God

Written by GodLife on 07/03/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Reading, Peace, Faith, Wisdom
Be like newborn babies who are thirsty for the pure spiritual milk that will help you grow and be saved.

1 Peter 2:2
When Peter compared the Bible to the milk which feeds a newborn baby, it was a picture we can all understand. Have you ever seen a baby hungry for food? Every attitude and action comes from intense desire. This is how God wants us to approach His Word.

But the Bible is a big book! It can’t be read in one sitting. How is a new follower of Jesus supposed to get the nourishment he or she needs for growth? Read on for practical encouragement to get you started on a lifetime of growth.

To Fuel Your Desire for God’s Word:
Think of the many benefits the Bible promises the reader. Within its pages, you can read the confirming stories from those who read and treasured it while it was still being written. They experienced:

Growing faith (Romans 10:17)
Clarity for knowing and following God’s will (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Knowing God’s character (John 1:18, 16:14)
Better insight into their own nature (Hebrews 4:12)
Instruction from the successes and failures of others (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11)
Increasing peace (Psalm 119:165)
Growth in purity (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26)
Here’s How to Make Reading the Bible a Habit
First, know the benefits of doing this. (See the list above.) “By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded.” (Psalm 19:11). Meditate on these things. Appreciate what is to be gained. Do you want to know God and experience His guidance? Do you want to be instructed in how to avoid pitfalls? Do you want purity, inspiration and peace? Committing yourself to daily time in the word is the first step toward making real gains in these important areas.
Go public with your commitment. Knowing your friends, your spouse, children or parents want you to succeed can make you rethink any thoughts of simply giving up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Set aside a time each day, in a quiet place where you can focus on the most important thing — hearing from God. (Luke 10:41-42) For many, that time is first thing in the morning.
Have a plan. (Proverbs 21:5) We already mentioned that the Bible is big: 66 books, with 1,189 chapters containing over 31,000 verses. It may seem too much at first, but it isn’t hard to manage with a good plan. And there are many good ones. For example, reading about three chapters a day will allow you to read the whole Bible in a year or you can read through the New Testament in a year if you read only about five minutes a day. Whatever you choose, make a decision to eventually get to it all. As Paul advised Timothy: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Take notes. (Jeremiah 30:2) If you had the opportunity to spend the day with an honored mentor, would you take a notebook with you? Of course. Why not make notes about what God shows you each day? If you do, you’ll get more lasting benefit out of it.
Don’t have an all-or-nothing attitude. (Matthew 21:28-31) Set modest goals, but take them seriously. Forgive yourself when you miss a goal, but don’t give up.
Physical growth can only happen when a child has plenty of nourishment. It’s the same with our spiritual lives. Followers of Jesus need a good diet of God’s Word. Otherwise, our spiritual lives begin to suffer. If you read the Bible and pray daily, you will be surprised by how much you grow in your knowledge of God and His will for you.

And just as activity as well as nourishment are necessary for healthy growth, Jesus challenges His followers, “You know these things, and God will bless you if you do them.” (John 13:17) It is when you put what He shows you into practice that “what you know about our Lord Jesus” makes your life “useful and meaningful.” (2 Peter 1:1-8)

Pray this week:

God, I thank You for these invitations to appreciate the value of Your Word. Please open new ways for me to consistently read it so that I can be more in step with You.

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The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family

Bible Terms: Family
The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Divorce, Family, Relationships
Family. What would we do without it? These basic human relationships between husband and wife, parent and child shape our personalities and script our comedies. Our families love us and they aggravate us—and we them. But this first and most basic unit of society—a husband and wife and the children born to or adopted by them was God’s idea.

The Bible is God’s guide to a healthy family, even as it describes the tragedies of families broken by sin. The Bible also uses the family relationship to illustrate the relationship between God and believers. Since God places enough value on the family to compare it with the relationship He has with His children, it deserves a closer look. Standard family terms such as father, son, children, and marriage are addressed both practically and symbolically in the Bible.

The following 12 terms create a greater understanding of the two-fold plan for the family that God has created, the family of God and our human family.

LOVE
Love conjures up many images and emotions. The word may evoke  the pain of a broken heart. It may remind us of the warmth of a lover’s embrace or the care and companion-ship of a parent, sibling, or friend. In the Bible, the word “love” covers this spectrum of uses and more. God deeply desires a love relationship with each of us; that is why He created us! But sin broke the relationship between God and humans. Love is so much more than an emotion (1 Corinthians 13:4-8), and God personally demonstrated His love for us by pursuing us in spite of our rejection of Him and our sin.

UNITY
God designed us to be part of a community, a family. Each Christian possesses gifts that complement the gifts of other believers. We are far more effective in worship, ministry, and godly living when we combine our gifts for the single purpose of glorifying God (Romans 15:5). When Christians work against one another, defeat is certain. The amazing truth is that we are joined not only with other Christians, but also with God!

The Bible tells us that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are united with God because His Spirit comes to live in us. The apostle Paul used marriage to illustrate this concept: Christians are united with God, just as husbands and wives are united in marriage. Paul calls this unity a “mystery.” We are so deeply and profoundly united to God and to one another that even the inspired writer of Scripture can’t fully understand or explain it.

MARRIAGE
Marriage is God’s beautiful plan for a union between a man and woman who love each other with a spiritual, emotional, and physical commitment that continues to grow throughout the couple’s lifetime. Neither God nor humans have changed since the creation of humans and marriage, so the principles of a godly marriage, as spelled out in Scripture, are completely relevant for today (Matthew 19:5-6).

God designed and ordained marriage as a love relationship so deep and intimate that it is patterned after the relationship of Christ with His church. Since marriage is a living example of the union God desires to have with all people, this design is the foundation for the love-life God intends men and women to experience in their own marriages. The all-consuming, sacrificial love that Jesus has for those who believe in Him is the model for husbands and wives to follow.

FATHER
One of the great tragedies of our generation is the number of children who don’t know their fathers—or the children who have only been hurt by a father. But even those with present and loving fathers know that even the best dad has character flaws. Christians, however, have a Father apart from their human one: God Himself. Our heavenly Father wants us to call him by that very endearment—“Abba, Father.” He’s our tender and compassionate “Daddy,” our provider and protector (Romans 8:15).

God the Father perfectly cares for us, giving us all we need—though we may not understand how He is working. As children of God, we can expect to be disciplined if we err. And we shouldn’t be discouraged when this happens because that discipline shows that God loves us and that we truly belong to Him (Hebrews 12:5-8). Just as good parents teach their children not to do things that will hurt them, so our Father in heaven teaches us what is best for us (Hebrews 12:9-11).

CHILDREN
Today, a common misconception is that all people are born children of God. While each human being is a wonderfully unique creation of God, it is only when we choose to place our faith in Jesus for salvation that we become children of God. Then we are born into His family through the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13; 3:5).

The Bible also says that God adopts us, mere creations, as His children, giving us full access to His love and riches (Ephesians 1:3-5)! Adoption is costly, and God so desired us that He paid our adoption fee with the very life of His only Son, Jesus. Will He forget, ignore, or abandon us after all that effort? Never! (Romans 8:31-32).

SON
“If you really want to understand someone,” President George W. Bush has said, “you look at his family and where he was raised.” Using this reasoning, what can we learn about Jesus Christ, the Son of God? The Bible says that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). This means that the Son is fully God; all of God the Father’s qualities are manifested in Him: love, justice, righteousness, and holiness. God the Son was also fully human—“the Son of Man” (1 Timothy 2:5).

While He was on the earth, He shared our experiences: temptation, hunger, fatigue, pain, and death. Since we belong to God, we now have the privilege of being “sons of God” (Romans 8:14-15). In many cultures, sons are favored and given the best inheritance. As God’s “sons,” we receive a priceless spiritual inheritance and all the blessings that come with it. Women, too, are “sons” of God because, in Christ, each believer holds this privileged standing no matter what their gender.

BROTHERS
Big brothers, baby brothers, blood brothers all imply a relationship characterized by warmth and similarity of character. In the Bible, brother can refer to both natural brothers and “brothers in Christ,” all fellow believers, both male and female. Jesus Christ said that anyone who does the will of God is His brother (and sister and mother) (Matthew 12:50).

Though Jesus is our God, we enter a fraternal, co-heir relationship with Him when we become children of God (Romans 8:17). Although that does not make us equal with Him, Christ is not ashamed to call us His brothers (Hebrews 2:11).

DISCIPLINE
Parents can see when their children are headed the wrong way, and it is their responsibility to steer them in the right direction. The Bible teaches that parents should discipline their children to train them correctly. That training must take into account how God has made that child (Proverbs 22:6) and must not embitter or exasperate him or her (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21).

Nobody likes to experience the pain, hardship, or disappointment that comes as a consequence of something done wrong. But the Bible is very clear that, although discipline is not something we desire, God’s discipline always comes out of His love for us. Discipline’s purpose is correction (Proverbs 5:23). When we mess up, we have to be shown the right way to go. Rest assured that if God is taking the time to set you straight, He loves you (Revelation 3:19).

DIVORCE
Why does God hate divorce? For the same reason we do. Divorce breaks a covenant made before God (Malachi 2:14). Divorce means that anger, betrayal, emptiness, and loneliness have replaced trust, love, joy, and peace. When God instituted marriage, He never intended to join two people together and then watch them tear their relationship apart a few years (or decades) later (Matthew 19:4-6). God feels His children’s pain; their sin that leads to divorce saddens Him.

Jesus explained that the only reason God allowed divorce in the Old Testament was because of the hardness of people’s hearts—not exactly a flattering reason. He went on to say that anyone who divorces a spouse, except for marital unfaithfulness, and gets remarried commits adultery (Matthew 19:8-9). That’s how seriously God takes the making—and breaking—of the marriage vows (Malachi 2:15-16).

OBEDIENCE
Children need to obey their parents to survive. Obedience is crucial for God’s children, too. Obedience means doing what God says no matter how unpopular, strange, or difficult the command is. Although doing what God says can be difficult at times, God has every right as our Creator to demand our obedience. When we obey Him willingly from a heart that trusts Him, our obedience is a gift of love to Him. The Lord says that this kind of gift means more to Him than any other sacrifice we could make (1 Samuel 15:22).

TRUST
All relationships are built on trust or destroyed by a lack of it—especially within a family. The Bible talks about a husband having full confidence in his wife (Proverbs 31:11) and the importance of a wife being able to trust the faithfulness of her husband (Malachi 2:15). Parents build trust in their children when they nurture them instead of exasperating them (Ephesians 6:4) God alone is completely trustworthy (Psalm 119:160). Anything else in which we trust will fail, whether it’s people, position, money, or ourselves.

We can fully trust God to give us salvation, to provide for our needs, and to be with us. He will follow through on every promise, he has made. Likewise, in our own lives, we need to prove that we are trustworthy. When people can trust us to keep our word, to look out for their best interests, to do what is right, then we will be displaying Christ’s character and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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Why Do We Read the Bible?

You might hear the Bible referred to as “the Word of God,” “Scripture,” or “God’s Word.” But why did God use this book to share His story — and why should you care?

Written by Hope on 09/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible
“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

When you are learning about Jesus Christ and about becoming His follower, Christians will suggest that you read the Bible. You might hear the Bible referred to as “the Word of God,” “Scripture,” or “God’s Word.” But why did God use this book to share His story — and why should you care?

What Is The Bible?
Thousands of years ago, God began revealing His plan to people on Earth. When people responded in “faith” (Genesis 15:6), God led them and taught them His ways. The Bible tells us Who God is, as God “revealed [His plan] to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). These plans were written in laws and holy letters. God also inspired His followers to record the great things He did in their lives, and to write about what He’s like. That means the Bible is not one message; it is a collection of God’s messages through much of human history.

The Bible Guides Your Life
God gave these messages to communicate His love and plan to save all people. God’s message changes lives. The Apostle Paul described God’s Scripture as “inspired by God, useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16). Being familiar with the Bible helps you learn to trust God’s Holy Spirit, rather than yourself, so “that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17) which God calls you to.

Power From God’s Word
Jesus quoted, “‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’” (Matthew 4:4). Just as our physical bodies gain energy from daily meals, so our spiritual lives gain power from daily intake of God’s Word. God will bring to mind what you’ve read and help you overcome evil in your life. This helps you trust God for the life to come. Learn how to accept Christ so you can have power from His word today.

Pray this week:

That God will reveal His will and help you grow through His Word.

The Bible is God's love letter to you… have you read the words from your Beloved Savior today?

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Every time you speak, you shape your life and future;

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall
say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be
thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his
heart, but shall believe that those things which he
saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever
he saith
(Mark 11:23). 
Every time you speak, you shape your life
and future; you chart your course in life.
You’re today the result of your mouth-work. Proverbs
18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the
tongue…,” which means with your mouth, you can
choose which would be your lot—death or life. So, you
can see that you’re responsible for your life, because
what you say is what you get.
The Lord Jesus said, “For by thy words thou
shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
condemned” (Matthew 12:37). Notice that He didn’t
say, “By the words of your parents, friends, or teachers
in school, thou shall be justified or condemned,” no; it’s
going to be by the words that come out of your own
mouth. So, it’s up to you to chart your course towards
a greater and brighter future with your mouth. Don’t
talk about the problems and difficulties that may be
around you; declare your victories.
The Bible says, “Who shall separate us from
the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or 
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
sword?…Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans
8:35-37). You can never be disadvantaged. God
already ordained your triumphant and victorious life;
therefore, you must speak accordingly. The Bible says
He has said, so that we might boldly affirm the same
things (Hebrews 13:6).
2 Peter 1:3 says, “According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life
and godliness, through the knowledge of him that
hath called us to glory and virtue:” This should form
the basis for your faith-filled confessions. Affirm that
you have a great life. Acknowledge and declare that
you’re excellent and full of glory, living the life of
power, dominion, and righteousness. Keep speaking
the right words and your life will blossom from glory
to glory. Hallelujah!

Confession
I’m excellent and full of glory;
my path is as the shining light
that shines brighter and brighter
unto the perfect day! I’m living
the life of dominion, power,
and righteousness. I’m making
progress with giant strides, by
the power of the Spirit, and
through the Word. I’m walking
in increased grace, wisdom,
and divine provisions, in Jesus’
Name. Amen. 

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Discover His Plan For You

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give
you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
God has a plan for your life; a destiny that He
created you to fulfil. Some people aren’t
aware of this and as a result, they live empty lives. Some
others don’t believe that God could have a plan for
them; but why wouldn’t He? He created you! Discover
His plan for you and walk in the light of it.
God’s Spirit is in you, to build, strengthen, and
guide you in the path of your divine destiny. Yield
yourself to Him and let Him carry out His ministry in
your life. You can’t do it on your own; you need Him
to help you. Jesus said in John 16:13, “Howbeit when
he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he
will shew you things to come.”
The Holy Spirit knows your future and everything
about your life, and it’s His delight to help you discover
your purpose in God, so you can fulfil your destiny in
Him. He created you to bring Him glory. Therefore,
live for Him. Study the Word and always fellowship
with the Holy Spirit in prayer. Be effective in the local
church, and as you do these things, you’ll discover your  specific purpose in Him, and how to live and enjoy the good life He’s pre-arranged for you.
The Bible says, “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ
Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that
we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]”
(Ephesians 2:10 AMP).

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Pray For Your Country

As a Christian, it’s important to pray always for your
country and the leaders; be it your country of
residence or earthly nationality. Some people don’t know this:
many a time, there’s a strong spiritual conflict for the soul of
nations. In the days of Daniel, an angel had to fight the Prince
of Persia (Daniel 10:10-13). Such spiritual conflicts still happen
today, over countries of the world. There’re forces fighting for
the destruction and impoverishment of nations. But there’re
also angels, sent by God for the protection and prosperity of
those nations.
There’re very difficult days ahead, for many nations
of the world. But the Lord wants His people prepared and
ready. As we pray, angels sent by God are able to fulfil their
assignments in the nations of the world. So, in your privacy,
take time to pray for your country. Pray for the President or
the Prime Minister and leaders of your country.
As we pray, we mount pressure in the realm of the
spirit against the forces of darkness, and prevail against them.
Consequently, God’s purpose for those nations is fulfilled. It’s
been said that evil prevails when good men do nothing. So,
keep praying for your country, that the Word of the Lord
may have free course, and be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
Our prayers for the nations enable the Gospel to spread
unhindered. And when the Word of God saturates your
Pray For Your Country
nation, evil can’t prevail.
Our opening verse says we should pray “For kings,
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” When the
Bible talks about “peace” here, it means a state of rest, where
everything is flourishing and in the right direction. This is the
life God expects us to live; and our prayer brings it into reality.
Glory to God!
PRAYER
Dear Father, I pray for my country
today, that wisdom and
understanding is imparted to the
leaders, to help them make the
right decisions for the benefit of
the people, and the spread of the
Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Luke 8:22-39
Joshua 5-6
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Romans 4:11-25
Psalm 102
FURTHER STUDY:
Jeremiah 29:7
Ezekiel 33:6-7
Isaiah 62:1
Pastor Chris

 

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What is True Worship According to the Bible?

Worshiping both in Spirit and Truth

Written by Dan Lee on 23/08/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Worship, Singing
The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:23-24
In John 4:23-24, Jesus spoke about worship with the Samaritan woman. Let’s try to understand what true worship is according to the Bible, and how you can apply it to your own relationship with God:

1. True worship requires our spirit.
“. . . true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit . . .” Does this mean our spirit, or God’s Holy Spirit? Actually, it’s both! Worship is meant to include our whole self. This is why the Lord commanded Israel in Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Both publicly and privately, we must not just go through the motions of worship, but be fully involved with our heart and soul – our inner selves.

2. True worship requires to worship in the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:19-20 tells us, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” When we are filled with God’s Spirit, a natural result is heartfelt worship – singing to God, and talking about Him to others.

3. We need to worship in Truth.
What is the truth? A better question is, who is the truth? The answer is Jesus: “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)

Jesus also said, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32). The more we know Jesus, who is the truth, the more we will be able to worship in truth. We get to know Jesus through prayer (we talk to Him) and His word (He speaks to us).

When you worship God in a church or anywhere else, ask the Lord to help you “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” (Colossians 3:2). He will help you to worship him with your whole heart, and not just go through the motions. The Lord will be glorified, and your faith will grow, and others will hear about Him.

Pray this week:

Father, Please help me understand how to worship You in spirit and in truth.

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As You Look You’re Changed

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith…(Hebrews 12:2).
Everything the Father is and has is in Jesus.
Colossians 2:9 says, “For in him dwelleth
all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” He’s the
expression of the totality of divinity. Now you can
understand why He said, “…he that hath seen me hath
seen the Father…” (John 14:9). In the eleventh verse
of the same chapter, He said, “Believe me that I am in
the Father, and the Father in me…” (John 14:11).
Therefore, to behold Jesus is to behold the Father.
Today, we see Him in the Word, for He’s the living
Word. He’s the beauty of God. Another beautiful thing
is that the more you know Jesus, the more you see Him
in, and through the Word, the more you know and see
yourself, because you’re in Him. You can’t know Jesus
without discovering yourself. The Bible says as He is,
so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). So, to know Him
is to know yourself.
No wonder the Bible says, “But we all, with open
face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The glory of God is Jesus Christ; He’s the effulgence
or brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3). Thus, as you behold the glory of God in the mirror of God (His Word), you’re transfigured from glory to glory. The more you behold Him in the Word, the more you see that you’re exactly like Him: the perfect reflection and reflector of God’sglory. Keep your eyes on Him and be continually metamorphosed from glory to glory. James 1:25 says anyone who continues to look is blessed. In other words, he’s like a tree planted by the rivers of water, forever fruitful, productive, and prosperous in all things. 
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
your Word that transforms me
from glory to glory. As I study
and meditate on your Word, I’m
metamorphosed, and positioned
for the higher life of glory and
triumphs, filled with strength,
courage, faith and wisdom to do
your will, and fulfil my destiny in
you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

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Express Joy

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any
merry? let him sing psalms (James 5:13).

Imagine that someone got the news that a kind
person left him an estate worth a hundred million
dollars; how do you think he’d receive the news? I’m
most certain he won’t receive it with a listless “Thank
you.” He’ll express much joy for what he received.
Likewise, when you pray about a situation, maybe a
health condition, and you believe God answered you,
act like it. Express joy!
One day many years ago, I was leading the church
service and had invited everyone to come forward for
prayer. They all came around the altar and prayed.
After the prayer, they returned to their seats as though
they had just been whipped, and the Lord said to
me, “They didn’t receive answers to their prayer.”
He didn’t say, “I didn’t answer them,” because He
always answers when we pray. But they didn’t receive
because they didn’t act like people who had received
answers to what they prayed about.
There have been people who received healing or
other miracles in a meeting, and just as they turned
to leave the venue, everything returned to what it
was before. They lost the healing. Their healing was
a sign; God had given them attention, and got their
attention, but expected them to further act their faith.
He wanted them to rejoice, testify, and be glad about
what already happened, and thus keep their miracle,
but they didn’t.
Many people don’t know that their expressions
are a message. Faith is expressed in words and in
actions. If your words and actions don’t demonstrate
your faith, then there’s no faith. Every time people
received something from the Lord in the Bible, they
demonstrated it in their joy, and their blessing was
sustained. Some actually received more as a result of
their joyful testimonies and gratitude; an example is
the leper in Luke 17:11-19.
The Bible says faith without works—corresponding
action—is dead. If you accept what God has said about
you, you’ve got to act like it. 
Prayer
I thank you Precious Father, for
making my life a bundle of joy
and happiness, and a testimony of
your goodness. I go forth in your
glory today, in righteousness,
peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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The Bible Describes Heaven as a Real Place

The Bible Describes Heaven as a Real Place
What does the Bible say about heaven?

Written by Lois on 19/07/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Jesus, Grace, Sin, Heaven, Forgiveness
Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into Heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

Acts 7:55 (NLT)
Will good works, traditions or experiences get you to heaven? Some prophets and disciples were given a glimpse of Heaven or were taken up into Heaven. Stephen, a first-century Christian, was stoned to death because of his faith. Before his death, Stephen asked the Lord to forgive those throwing the stones. His final words were “…Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” (Acts 7:59).

So, is Heaven an experience or a real place? What does the Bible say about heaven? Here are just three times that the Bible mentions the reality of Heaven:

1. Elijah Was Taken to Heaven
Elijah the prophet did not experience death; His disciple Elisha witnessed his being taken to Heaven. It was not a surprise to him; the Lord had told him he was to be taken. “As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11:12).

2. John’s Vision
The disciple John received The Revelation of Jesus Christ (the final book of the Bible) while he was exiled on an island. In Revelation 4, John’s vision reveals what’s going to happen when Jesus comes back as Victorious Ruler. John saw God sitting on his throne as four creatures worshipped him. “Day after day and night after night they kept on saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”

3. Jesus ascends to Heaven
When Jesus went to Heaven, he left a promise for all those who believed in His resurrection: “After I go and make a place for you, I will come back and take you with Me. Then you may be where I am” (John 14:3). The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross gives us the confidence that Heaven is more than just an experience; it is the place we will spend eternity with our Savior. As He said, Jesus is the only way to Heaven. (John 14:6)

Pray this week:

Father, I want to go to the place Jesus has prepared for Believers, In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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