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Can You Read Your Reactions?

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It is amazing how much we can discover about ourselves by reviewing our reactions. Luke 6:45 says, “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Our spoken and silent responses to circumstances reveal what’s inside inside our hearts. How do you answer when someone points out your shortcomings? How do you feel when you are forgotten but your friend is favored? What is your response when your boss asks to see you? What is your first thought when…

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I Need Mercy!

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Favor opens doors, brings promotion, makes the way for breakthrough and so much more. Someone once said that you don’t need many people to like you. But when the right person likes you, you’re set up for success.  Getting more favor The Bible is clear that when we follow God, we are favored. However, the Word also teaches that we can increase in favor. So how can we attract more of His favour? Let’s look at Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let not…

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Disappointment Is A Big Deal

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We all get disappointed. Perhaps you were passed over for a long awaited promotion. Maybe you have been believing for healing but you’re still sick. It could be that your dreams have been dashed. We all get disappointed, so although we know it hurts, we think it’s harmless. But disappointment is a major heart problem. There are three reasons why we have to deal with disappointment. 1. Discouragement Disappointment opens the door to discouragement which makes us feel like throwing…

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I Hope So…

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All things are possible to him who believes. Every God given desire in your heart can be accomplished by faith. If we have faith, we can also move the mountains in our lives.  Faith is the currency of the kingdom and it pleases the heart of God. We all need to grow in faith. Hebrews 11:1 explains where faith comes from: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…” The forerunner  This verse explains that hope produces faith. Hope is…

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The Day I Faced The Truth

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While I was growing up, I experienced my fair share of hurt but I never considered myself to be wounded. The day I got my school results set my life on a new course. I was 16 and I did well.  The achievement gave me a rushing sense of self-worth. It felt like I’d taken a harmless drug and I liked the effects. I liked them very much.  Success  As the years went on, I continued to seek success. I…

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Discouraged.

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The devil wants to discourage you. He will whisper doubts in your ears to make you give up.  There are several words in the Bible translated as discourage. One means to weaken (rapa). Another means to faint (masas). A third means to cut down or shorten (qasar).  These definitions lay out satan’s plan for your life. The enemy wants you to throw in the towel. If he can’t get you to give up altogether, he wants you to slow down….

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Cracks

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Relationships cause more dents in our self-worth than just about anything else. Cutting comments from friends, friction with family or trouble in childhood can wound us within.  Breakups, betrayals, harsh remarks by teachers or the actions of leaders can cause cracks in our confidence. Vacuum  It’s not just the things that happen that can hurt. It is also the things that don’t happen that can create a vacuum in our lives.  Pain is part of life, so we think it…

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Stubborn

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After restoring the temple to its former glory, leading the people of Israel back to the Lord, after loving and honouring God all his days, King Josiah cut his life short.  He was a wonderful leader with a great heart, but he was stubborn. The King of Eqypt attacked a neighbouring province and Josiah insisted on fighting with his neighbour against Egypt.   The King of Egypt told him to relent but Josiah would not listen: “Nevertheless Josiah would not…

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Whose Voice Shouts Loudest?

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We are called to walk by faith and the Bible says that faith is a fight. That means we will go through many tests and trials in life. You may be in a battle right now. You could be contending for your health, you might be fighting for finances to pay off debts. You may be battling over family or ministry. Perhaps your struggle is with work. Chapter & verse The first step towards winning any faith battle is to…

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That’s Not Fair!  

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What’s the point of serving if I never get promoted? Why has he got his breakthrough when he hardly comes to church? Why has she got her miracle when she barely know the Bible?  What is the point of praying when I am never the one celebrating? It is not fair! These are the type of painful injustices we feel when we compare ourselves with others. The sad irony is that while we compare our walk with someone else’s and…

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