Numbers 13 recounts the story of the twelve spies who surveyed the land of Canaan. The purpose of their venture was not to see if the land could be taken. God had already declared that the land belonged to them. They were supposed to bring back a report of the location of cities and other inform ..
In Matthew 6:22-23 Jesus said: "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" (NKJV). A s ..
Notice the way The Message translates Hebrews 12:2: "Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed..." Someone may ask, "How can I keep my eyes on Jesus when I can't see Him with my eyes?" That ..
God has a specific plan for every individual to fulfill. We cannot do what God has told someone else to do and expect to be successful at it. We must look to Jesus and find out what His desire is for us, then begin taking steps to fulfill it. That will make us successful! Hebrews 12:1-2 says ..
If we are going to reach for God's highest, we must look to Jesus as our source and final authority. Notice how the Phillips translation states this challenge: "...let us run the race that we have to run with patience, our eyes fixed on Jesus the source and the goal of our faith" (Hebrews 12:1). ..
Second Timothy 2:15 says: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth" (NASB). This is a day-by-day effort requiring deep-rooted confidence and commitment. As Christians, we must constantly strive to liv ..
There are people in the Bible whose lives clearly provide us with a warning. The warning is this: Unless we are careful to follow God's instructions and complete our task, the destroyer is waiting to bring ruin into our lives. Look, for example, at the young prophet in First King 13. In obed ..
In any race it is not the start that is remembered. It is the finish! Of course, the better the start, the greater the possibility the finish will be great also. It is, however, how we finish that really counts. Many of the great men and women recorded in the Bible had very good beginnings, ..
When we obey God's instructions, our obedience opens us to receive the blessing of God; however, when we are slow to obey things change. We call this kind of obedience "delayed obedience." That is when we know God has specifically told us to do something but we wrestle with obeying for a time, w ..
We will only receive deeper understanding of God and His ways if our hearts are receptive and ready to obey. If we are to experience God's continued abundance in our lives, it will require a commitment to obey His Word. "And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son ..