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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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Anger Management

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Anger can be awful. Fury and frustration build on the inside while peace vanishes.  We express anger in different ways. You may retreat and shut the door while your thoughts fester. You could become impatient, agitated and snappy.  You might bark at people, ensuring everyone knows you are cross. Perhaps you get huffy or moody. Maybe you explode when it reaches a crescendo. Venting When anger has built on the inside, it has to be released. The place to vent…

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Broken Trust

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When trust is broken, it can be devastating. It leaves us reeling with disappointment and feeling disillusioned. It can rock our view of friends, family, certain sections of society and even churches. If one or two teachers mislead us, all too easily we mistrust educators in general. If a church leader lets you down, you can end up suspicious of all ministers. Betrayal Betrayal is possibly the worst kind of broken trust. It is when we are forsaken by someone…

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But How?

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God gives us His promises in His word. The Lord reassures us that He will bring our breakthrough, our promotion, our healing. Very rarely does He tell us how He will bring it all to pass. And yet, if you’re anything like me, you probably want to tell God the best way for Him to get the job done. Recently I was reading about the life of Joshua. Time and time again, God called Joshua into battle and God caused…

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Defeating Depression

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Depression can be debilitating. It feels like a heavy cloak hanging over your soul, squashing the desire for life. Too many people battle with depression. Others suffer with some of the symptoms. Most inner issues are rooted in trauma or unhealed hurt. To be completely free, we need to be healed. At the same time, there are two biblical principles that can help us find freedom. I covered the first last week. Now let’s look at the second. Secret weapon…

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Depressed

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Maybe you have a sadness beneath the surface that will not go away. Perhaps the motivation to thrive seems to have died. Maybe you feel blank inside. Too many people battle with depression. Others find themselves suffering with some of the symptoms. Doctors define depression as periods where sad thoughts dominate. If you are battling with depression, you will almost certainly need healing. Most inner struggles are rooted in unhealed hurts and trauma. It’s real One successful young man told me…

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Heavy Hearted

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Heaviness of heart is horrible. It may be brought on by bad news or unwanted bills. Sometimes it comes as a result of stress & strain. When we are weary or overwhelmed, we can feel like there is a weight in our souls. Whatever the cause, it is a sinking sadness. It is as if a blanket is covering your heart making it hard to be happy. You are weighed down & despondent. When we are heavy hearted, we find…

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Where Is Your Heart Taking You?

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Many of us treat our cars better than we care for our hearts. We take our vehicles for regular checks yet what do we do to service our souls? Your car may take you to another city but it is your heart that will ensure you reach your destiny. Let’s look at five reasons to prioritise your heart: 1. Your GPS “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT). Your heart is…

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