“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”. – Proverbs 4:23




Our thoughts control our lives. If your spirit harbors thoughts of bitterness, hate and envy, your mind will be drenched with negative and destructive thoughts, and you will never experience the dynamism of the Christian faith.

By living in harmony with the living Christ, and allowing His Spirit to become an inspiration to your spirit, you can achieve the impossible. Embrace God’s ways with joy, build a healthy and profound prayer life and engage in faithful Bible study. This will give your mind the inspiration and strength that is only experienced by those who have put Jesus Christ first in their lives.




Through Your enabling grace, Lord Jesus, my mind is open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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“Pray continually”. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17




It is difficult to create a pattern of prayer in your life. It is even more difficult to cultivate a sustained prayer life.

The motive behind sustained prayer is to listen to God and to be sensitive to His guidance through the Holy Spirit. In the quiet of your deepest being you will feel His presence and experience His omnipotence. Regardless of where you may find yourself, or what you may busy yourself with, you can lift your heart to God, even for a single moment and in a fleeting thought, and in doing so, experience the reality of His presence.



Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayers of supplication and thanksgiving, and that You bless those who wait on you in prayer. Help me to maintain a childlike trust in You – now and forever. Amen.



SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.



“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered You, Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple”. – Jonah 2:7



Many people deny themselves the privilege of the peace of God, simply because they feel too undeserving to talk to God.

Yet Jesus promised that He will not cast out anybody who comes to Him. He also emphasized that He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to salvation. Throughout the Scriptures you can read of His unfathomable mercy and endless love that reach out to all people: the good and the bad, the worthy and the unworthy.

However unworthy you may feel at this moment, reach out to Him in prayer and He will take you by the hand – and nobody will snatch you from Him.



Father, I want to live my life glorifying you. Help me not to lose sight of you when times are difficult. Guide me towards obedience through Your Spirit. Amen.




SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.




“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5 (NIV)



Last week we indicated that there are eleven ministries of the Holy Spirit and started with His

ministry concerning the spiritual gifts.  We ended on “not using the gifts in love” and said that

those who are blessed with gifts often abuse it and that only eternity will reveal the number of

men in the ministry who should never have been there.


We continue our study this week on the Holy Spirit ministry concerning the spiritual gifts as




In three main passages, the Apostle Paul lists eighteen separate spiritual gifts for us.  These passages are:  Romans 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-7; Ephesians 4:11.



It would seem that these eighteen gifts can be placed into two basic categories, the permanent stationary gifts and the temporary sign gifts.


  2. The Seven Temporary Sign Gifts.  These would include the gifts of apostleship,

prophecy, miracles, healing, tongues, interpretation of tongues, and knowledge.

At this point it is relevant to ask by what right do we designate the sign gifts as temporary in duration.  The answer is found in the miraculous nature of the gift itself.  Imagine yourself to be a spokesman sent from God some twenty centuries ago, before most of the New Testament was written.  You have a message from the Lord.  But how can your listeners be sure you are not one more false prophet among the many of the day?  One dramatic indication of your genuineness would be the ability to perform miraculous signs.  Note the following verses which bring this out. “He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” – John 3:2“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.” John 20:30   “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done”Romans 15:18.  “I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.”  – 2 Cor. 12:12.  “God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” – Heb. 2:4

The sign gifts were given primarily to validate the authority of the Saviour and His apostles prior to the writing of the New Testament.  Afterwards, this miraculous proof was no longer needed, for the Scriptures themselves reveal the true from the false.


A reference to certain men called by Christ Himself and endued with special power to function as the official “charter members” of the newly organized church.   So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,” – Eph. 4:11.  “And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.” – 1 Cor. 12:28

(a)   Apostolic Requirements.  One must have seen the resurrected Christ.  “Beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” Acts 1:22.  “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?1 Cor. 9:1.

(b)   Apostolic Number.  The total number of the early apostles  was not limited to twelve – Luke 6:13; Acts 1:26; 14:14; Romans 1:1; 11:13; Gal. 1:19; 1 Cor. 9:1; 15:7; 2 Cor. 11:5; 12:12.


“to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing

between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” – 1 Cor. 12:10.  “ Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”  “During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)” – Acts 11:27-28.  “After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.  Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.” – Acts 21:10-11



A supernatural ability to perform those events outside and beyond the realm of nature; the ability to set aside for a time the regular laws of nature.  “And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.” – 1 Cor. 12:28



A supernatural ability to cue human ills, whether of physical, mental, or demonic origin. “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,” And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.” “Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.” – 1 Cor. 12:9, 28,30.


  • The purpose of the gift of healing. As in the case of miracles, this gift was apparently given to attest to the authority and power of the one doing the healing.


  • The limitation of the gift of healing. Christ did not heal all those He encountered –

Luke 4:25-27; John 5:3-9.


Paul was limited in his healing abilities as seen in his own affliction – 2 Cor. 12:7-10.


As seen in the case of Epaphroditus – Phil. 2:26-27

As seen in the case of Timothy – 1 Tim. 5:23

As seen in the case of Trophimus – 2 Tim 4:20.



to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” – 1 Cor. 12:10.


Until the completion of the New Testament God used the gift of tongues to act as a sign to the unbeliever (both Jew and Gentile) and as a means to edify the believer.  “Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.” – 1 Cor. 4:22



1 Cor. 12:10 This is the supernatural ability to clarify and interpret those messages uttered in an unknown language.



The supernatural ability to receive by revelation and transmit by inspiration, a portion of the Word of God.  “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,” – 1 Cor. 12 8


To be continued!

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“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”. – Colossians 4:2




There are many people whose lives are ruined by anxiety, worry and fear. Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Especially in times of adversity, there is absolutely nothing that you can do in your own strength to solve your problem. Jesus said that without Him we can do nothing, but take heart because He also said that in God, all things are possible.




How wonderful, Lord, that I may come to you when I am sad and when I repent of my sins. Thank You for hearing my prayers. Amen



SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.


We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.  And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.” – Romans 6:6-8 (NLT)



People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live.  We are to live full of light.  Paul told the Ephesians to leave behind the old life of sin, since they were followers of Christ.  Living the Christian life is a process.  Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Christ.  But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time.  As you look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes and actions?  Although change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you.


Our old way of life before we believed in Christ is completely in the past answered – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Cor. 5:17  We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away.  When we decide to accept Christ’s gift of salvation, it both a one time decision, as well as a daily conscious commitment.  We are not to be driven by desire and impulse.  We must put on the new nature, head in the new direction, and have the new way of thinking that the Holy Spirit gives.


We have decided to quote straight from scriptures today to remind us that the word of God is indeed “living and active.”



With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused.  Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.  They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.  But that isn’t what you learned about Christ.  Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.  Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.  So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.


If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.  Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:17 -32



Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.  Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.  Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.  You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.


Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.  Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!  For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.  Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.  It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”


So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”Ephesians 5:1-20.



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“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:16




Many people long for a stronger faith. At one point or another we all need to answer the question that Jesus asked Simon Peter, “What about you? Who do you say I am?”

To benefit fully from the Christian experience, and to know the fullness and abundance of the true life that Jesus offers us, you must have a personal knowledge of the living Christ. This does not only mean learning everything about Him; it means acknowledging Him personally and surrendering your life to Him.

Acknowledging Christ’s sovereignty over all creation and abundant life will be yours. That is why Jesus came to this world.



Make me a prisoner of your love, O Lord, because only then will I be truly free. Amen



SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each




“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42:10.




It is not hard to make enemies. But remember, it is always possible to turn an enemy into a friend – although this isn’t easy, as forgiveness requires true greatness.

Only those who have undergone meaningful spiritual growth can transform enmity into friendship. One sure and practical way to turn enemies into friends is to pray for them. This may sound absurd but it is a truly wise act if you desire a pleasant life. Prayer changes your attitude toward people and events, and when this happens, the battle is just about won. With God on your side you will have the ultimate victory.




Dear Lord, help me to grow in you so that I may develop a forgiving spirit. You have forgiven me through your grace. Help me to follow your example. Amen



SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.




“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you.”. – Zephaniah 3:17.




When things go wrong in life it is easy to despair and become overwhelmed by a sense of complete helplessness and hopelessness.

If ever anything seemed hopeless, it was on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. The hopes and dreams of those who thought that He was the promised Messiah were shattered when He died on the cross. But then God intervened and miraculously turned apparent defeat into victory. The sorrowful Good Friday was transformed into the triumphant resurrection of the Easter Sunday – when Christ rose victoriously from the grave.

Whatever circumstances you might find yourself in, however dismal, always remember that God is with you and that He is in control of your circumstances.




Redeemer and Friend, thank You that I can be sure that God loves me and is always with me. Amen.



SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.




“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. – Jude 1-2.




It seems as if the world is in perpetual state of chaos. Lawlessness and violence are increasing, and people live in fear and insecurity. What is the solution to such a sad state of affairs?

There can only be one answer and that is to turn to Jesus Christ. He has already conquered this dark and hostile world and replaced fear with love so that you can confidently place your faith and trust in Him.

Believe in Jesus and His promises and He will give you the blessing of His peace that transcends all understanding. Trust in Him and He will lead you from the darkness into the light of His immeasurable love for humankind.




Thank You, my Lord and God, that you grant perfect peace to your children in this dark world. Amen.



SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.