“I will lead blind Israel down a new path,
guiding them along an unfamiliar way.
I will brighten the darkness before them
and smooth out the road ahead of them.
Yes, I will indeed do these things;
I will not forsake them.”
—Isaiah 42.16 NLT
The word “Israel” which appears in the NLT above does not occur in the original text but it is who is referred to. See verses 19-20. God continued to work in the midst of the people, because of his commitment to the covenant. A remnant would survive. The reference here is possibly to the people’s return from exile to their own land. Continue reading
NOTE: This article uses simple English for the widest possible audience.
In ancient times, a powerful man named Naaman caught a horrible skin disease. The disease eats away the body’s limbs. It would eventually kill him.
Naaman was commander of the armies of Syria. He was a pagan. He did not worship the one true God.
Naaman heard that he could be cured of his disease in Israel. Israel was God’s people before Jesus arrived on the earth. The Syrian commander was directed to Elisha, a man of God. Continue reading
READ: “For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them” Mt 18.20.
THINK: “Church” means meeting or assembly. The saints meet regularly to worship God, edify one another in the Spirit, and teach the Word of Christ. In the meeting, we find forgiveness and unifying action. So this is not an option, Hb 10.23-27. Continue reading
- READ: “Everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world. It is our faith that wins the victory against the world.” 1 John 5.4 ICB. (More)
- THINK: Remember David before Goliath. The world seems large, but God is greater.
- PRAY: God who inspires faith, thank you for the victory over the world. I believe! Strengthen my faith.
- ACT: Show the victory of faith by turning problems into opportunity to show the glory of God.
- ASK: What can I do today to demonstrate that my faith is victorious?
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Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen.
2 Timothy 2.14 NET
I read a prayer yesterday that asked, “Teach me to recognise your presence in others.” While there might be a danger lurking behind this request, thinking that God is in everyone regardless of their disobedience, it is a wonderful request when turned toward the body of Christ. Continue reading