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“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).

We have an ongoing struggle with sin!

Sin has a way of multiplying and reviving itself-

– and launching a new and an unexpected assault on our most vulnerable areas.

The Bible paints a very graphic picture of a person-

– who becomes entrapped by his own sin.

It says, “And he will be held with cords of his sin.”

Now what does that mean?

Have you ever seen a little bug caught in a spider’s web?

The more that bug struggles to become free-

– the more entangled in the web it becomes.

That’s what this verse is talking about.

The person is trapped by his sin, and even when he comes to his senses and recognizes the need to change, he cannot escape by his own strength.

He just gets more tangled.

But there’s hope for the person caught in his sin.

We can all be free from bondage by admitting our sin to God and giving Him control of our life through Jesus Christ.

Only He can untangle us-

– from the tangled web of sin that we weave!

No strings attached!

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Nov 232015
 
Monday, 23 November 2015 

“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified” (Psalms 70:4).  

A chaplain appreciated a loyal soldier in the hospital.

“Bless you son, you saved a fellow soldier’s life and lost an arm in the great cause doing it,” the chaplain said. 

“No,” said the soldier with a smile. “I didn’t lose it…I gave it.” 

We have so much.  

The Lord has blessed many of us with good health, the use of our eyes, ears, mouths, hands, feet and minds.

He’s given us various talents of sorts.

He’s blessed many of us with homes, cars and good paying jobs.  

Most importantly-

He’s bestowed upon us the wonderful knowledge of His Son, Jesus. 

We are all soldiers in God’s great army.  

In the same way this young soldier gave his arm to save a life-

– we should be offering our gifts toward God’s great cause of salvation for the world. 

Let’s make it a point to start giving consistently of the gifts God has given us, whatever they may be.  

After all, Jesus did not lose His life-

He gave it purposefully for us, no strings attached! 

(PR)

Strength in the midst of struggles!

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Sep 142015
 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

A speaker was talking about managing difficult situations.

He raised a glass of water and asked the audience about the weight of the contents in the glass.

The answers varied from 20 to 500 grams.

The presenter told them that the absolute weight did not matter too much.
The important thing was the length of time he could hold the glass.

If he held it for a minute, said the speaker, nothing happens.
If he held it for an entire day, he would have to call an ambulance because it would cause him a serious problem.

The glass was the same weight.
But the longer he held it the heavier it became.

Many people, with their different experiences of bitter conflicts in their lives-
– start to load themselves with grief, grudges, and hate.

As time goes by, they become unable to bear any of it.
The burden is so heavy that despair and bitterness take over their lives.

For people with this negative attitude, conflicts become huge.
In their despair, they seek a solution but suffer great anguish in the process.

They do not want to forgive and do not even want to receive the forgiveness of those they have offended.
Their negative attitude is harmful to them and affects their personal lives.

When in the course of your life you face conflicts-
– always remember to look to our God, the Creator of life and love.

It is through faith in His Son, Jesus, that all burdens are removed.
It is through Christ that forgiveness is both received and given.

Rest in Him-
– so you may be able to enjoy His peace and protection.

Our dear Lord gives us the necessary strength in the midst of our struggles!
His presence leads us on paths that make us stronger by taking away our weaknesses and grief.

In order to get out of difficulties,
– and not surrender to them-
– come to Christ.

(PR)

Give it to God!

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May 302015
 

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).

A little boy was trying to roll a rock.
His father was watching from a distance.

The boy was heaving and sighing.
But he couldn’t turn the stone over.

His dad with a smile said, “Son, are you using all of your strength?”

The boy said, “Yes, Daddy, I’m using all my strength.”

And the father said, “No, you’re not because you haven’t asked me to help you. My strength is your strength.”

Sometimes we wrestle with problems and say, “I don’t know what to do.”

Our Father’s strength is ours.
Run into His.
He is standing nearby only.

There is no problem too big for Jesus to solve.
Do you believe that?

Your problem is His project!
Is there a problem too big for you to solve?

Give it to God!

He can and will handle it!

(PR)

Nov 082014
 

A young woman at a textile mill in a rural area was new on the job.

A flaming red warning sign on her sewing machine read:

“If Your Thread Becomes Tangled, Call the Foreman Immediately.”

After working diligently for an hour or two, suddenly the young worker’s thread became tangled.

Fearing the foreman’s reaction at such an early mistake, she thought, “I’ll just quickly straighten this out myself.”

Though she tried desperately to untangle the thread, the situation only worsened.

Finally she had no choice but to call the foreman.

As soon as he arrived, the foreman could tell that the young worker had tried to do some of her own maneuvering before calling him.

“I did the best I could,” she said.

“No you didn’t,” the foreman replied. “To do the best, you should have called me. Now this sewing machine will need to be repaired. If this happens again, you will be fired.”

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have tried to do something on my own strength.

I exhaust myself trying before becomes clear that I just can’t do it without my Great Foreman.

Thankfully, He hasn’t fired me!

It may sound radical to say but when we rely on our own strength-

– really, it is a form of idol worship.

We exalt our own strength above the Lord’s.

This is unacceptable to a Holy and All-Powerful God.

Even our greatest efforts cannot compare with how much more effectively a job can get done-

– if we would only call upon His Name!

We are weaklings in need of a great God.

We cannot do anything without Him.

Let’s begin putting our trust fully in the Lord today.

And see great things get accomplished!

(PR)