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You belong to God

‘You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people.’ Ephesians 2:19 NIV ’His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came [...]

God has placed you where He wants you

‘You were made queen for just such a time as this.’ Esther 4:14 NLT The story of Esther teaches us two important truths: (1) You need mentors to guide you. Because she was willing to listen to Mordecai, Esther discovered that her calling wasn’t just to be a queen but a deliverer of her people. So, who [...]

Go overboard for the Lord!

‘He jumped into the water.’ John 21:7 CEV ‘At dawn, Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who He was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then He said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, [...]

Overcoming discouragement (3)

‘Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.’ James 1:22 NKJV To identify the source of your discouragement, it’s helpful to talk to someone who can offer you insight and guidance. But be careful—you can talk your problems to death and get nowhere! That’s why the Bible says, ‘Be doers of the word, and not hearers [...]

Overcoming discouragement (2)

‘He will have whatever he says.’ Mark 11:23 NKJV To overcome discouragement, here are two things to help: (1) Speak the right words. One of the main causes of discouragement is negative self-talk. In his book Spiritual Depression, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of Britain’s finest heart surgeons, writes, ‘Most of your unhappiness in life is due to [...]

Overcoming discouragement (1)

‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.’ Jeremiah 32:17 NIV If the issue you’re wrestling with has discouraged you and got you down, here are some things to do: First, take a short look at the problem. Someone once said, [...]