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The Word For Today


One day a pastor told the manager of a big department store, 'I've talked about carpets and bedding and appliances with you many times, but I've never talked about my business. Will you give me a few minutes?' After being led to a private office, the pastor took out his New Testament and urged the manager to become a Christian. Finally, tears began to roll down the man's cheeks and he said, 'I'm seventy years old. I was born in this city, and more than a hundred ministers and five hundred officers of various churches have known me in a business capacity. But you're the only man who has ever talked to me about my soul.' That day he knelt down and gave his life to Christ.

We've got the cart before the horse! We keep thinking if we can just bring visitors to church they'll get saved. And thank God that happens. But when those in the New Testament church met together to celebrate, usually they'd already been won to Christ by someone before they got there! Christ's last act before He died was winning a soul. His last command was for us to win souls. And His last prayer on the cross was for the forgiveness of a soul.

You don't have to be theologically articulate; you just have to be in love with Jesus. When you're in love, it shows on your face and expresses itself in your words. Jesus said, 'I, if I am lifted up...will draw all peoples to Myself' (John 12:32 NKJV). Don't worry about drawing people to Christ; just introduce Him and He will do the drawing.

Soulfood : Josh 5:1-8:29, Lk 19:11-27, Ps 103:1-12, Prov 22:27-29



Almost three thousand years ago, God said through the prophet Amos that just before the coming of the Lord, the Jews would return from the four corners of the earth and rebuild the nation of Israel. 'I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God' (Amos 9:14-15 NIV).

In 1948 the nation of Israel was born. In 1949 they elected their first president, hoisted their own flag, instituted their own constitution and started minting their own money. It's an amazing fulfilment of prophecy. Now read what Jesus said: 'Learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near - at the doors' (Matthew 24:32-33 NKJV)! In Scripture the fig tree represents the nation of Israel. Surrounded and threatened by hostile neighbours, she stands today as a testimony to the accuracy and reliability of God's prophetic Word.

And the same Christ who announced the rebirth of Israel made an even greater promise to those of us living in the end of the age. 'Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown' (Revelation 3:11 NKJV). Are you ready? Are you living your life in the light of His soon return?

Soulfood : Josh 1-4, Lk 19:1-10, Ps 84, Prov 22:24-26



When King Saul disobeyed God, the prophet Samuel told him, 'When you were little in your own eyes...did not the Lord anoint you King over Israel?...Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord' (1 Samuel 15:17-19 NKJV)? There's a sobering lesson here. The most dangerous moment in your life is when you think you can succeed without God. When you get a few wins under your belt, it's easy to forget Who's responsible for your success. Where once you would have consulted God, you now launch out on your own and ask Him to add His blessing to your decisions.

You say, 'But things are going pretty well for me these days.' Then remember Who made your success possible, and live with gratitude and dependence on God! Looking back on how God blessed Israel, the Psalmist records, 'Then they believed His words; they sang His praise. [But] they soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel' (Psalms 106:12-13 NKJV). Our capacity for forgetfulness is staggering. The old-timers used to tie a string around their finger to remind them of something they might easily forget. Maybe you need to wear a string on your finger to remind you that God is the secret, the source of all your blessings. Frustrated by how long he had to wait in line to renew his driver's licence, the CEO of a big plumbing company asked his wife, 'Don't they know who I am?' She responded, 'Yes, you're a plumber's son who got lucky.'

The word for today is: stay humble, and don't get too big for your boots!

Soulfood : Phil 2:5-11, Rev 19:11-16, Acts 3:1-16, Mt 1:18-21

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