We all face temptations of many kinds. God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory. 1. Pray before you are tempted Jesus instructed his disciples to ask God, “Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.” And as he told … More BIBLE STUDY: 8 Ways to Beat Temptation
“That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven” (Daniel 2:19 NLT). Most of us don’t really know what to do when we’re confronted by an impossible situation. Did you know that a teenage boy from thousands of years ago can help? Over the past few devotionals, … More BIBLE STUDY: Praise God No Matter What
The Bible tells us we should “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Unfortunately, for many of us, a few minutes spent in prayer feels like forever. Why do we struggle so much with prayer when we know how vital it is to our relationship with God? We certainly don’t lack information about how to pray. Christian bookstores … More BIBLE STUDY: Prayer with an Attitude
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives” (Colossians 3:16a NLT). Studying the Bible in a way that changes your life doesn’t take a bunch of expensive tools. You don’t need commentaries or Bible study software. In fact, if you were stuck on a desert island with just a Bible, you … More BIBLE STUDY: Start Unlocking Scripture with This Study Method
When Moses asked Pharaoh to “Let my people go,” Pharaoh responded, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?” If Pharaoh could have read the book of Hosea, he would have known that the Lord was a sovereign God (Chapters 1-3); a holy God (Chapters 4-7); a just God … More BIBLE STUDY: The Book of Hosea
What is the significance of using different postures in prayer? Understanding Postures of Prayer let your posture express the attitudes of your heart In the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon … More BIBLE STUDY: What is the significance of using different postures in prayer?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 RSV). When you’re stressed out, how do you typically unwind? How do you de-stress when you’re exhausted and overloaded? Maybe you go to a movie or out to dinner so you don’t have to cook. Or maybe … More MOTIVATE ME: Only God Can De-stress Your Soul
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV). Failure is never final. You’re never a failure until you quit, and it’s always too soon to quit! You don’t determine a person’s greatness by his talent, his … More MOTIVATE ME: What Will You Do Today That Requires Faith?
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am” (Matthew 16:24 MSG). How do you let go and let God? First, you have to make Jesus the manager of your life. The problem is, we usually want to be the manager of our own lives, … More MOTIVATE ME: Let God Take the Driver’s Seat
“It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding”(Proverbs 2:6 TEV). You say, “I want to trust God, but I don’t hear him.” You don’t hear God when your mind is filled with a thousand other distractions. To hear God, you’ve got to get near to God. You’ve got to get … More MOTIVATE ME: To Hear God, Get Near to God