"So he caused the ark of the Lord to compass the city." ......Joshua 6:11

Mention here of the ark alone makes it appear as though the writer were ignoring the whole army of people who marched in faith round those walls of Jericho. But of course it was the ark that really mattered. This stronghold of Jericho was not demolished by the march of the Israelites alone. As we know only too well, we may walk round our own 'Jeric...

"Being therefore, by the right hand of God exalted, He hath poured forth this." ....Acts 2:33

How can I receive the power of the Holy Spirit of God? Must I labour and prove myself worthy? Must I plead with God on bended knees for it? Must I afflict my soul by fasting and self-denial to merit it? Never! That is not the teaching of the new testament Scripture! Think again. How did we receive the forgiveness of our sins? Paul tells us it was a...

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" ....Hebrews 4:12

None of us like to have our "self" revealed to us. We don't like to be exposed for what we really are! It is not a very nice process to have the "old nature" revealed full on in all of its sin and horror. There are things we would prefer that were not revealed. However, if we are to be what God intends us to be, then it is necessary to have our "se...

"God, whose I am, whom also I serve." ....Acts 27:23

It is a great thing when I discover I am no longer my own but Christ's and that I have the love of God in my heart, causing me to be sensitive unto others. If the money in my pocket belongs to me, I have full authority over it. But if it belongs to another who has committed it to me in trust, then I cannot buy what I please with it, and I dare not ...

"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." ....Romans 7:25

" O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me?" had been Paul's despairing cry. Then in a moment of revelation, it changed to this shout of praise. The first words of the delivered man are most precious, "I thank God..." Tell me this: if someone gives you something do you thank the person who gave it or someone else? Why did Paul say, "Thank God...

"The things that are despised did God choose, yea and the things that are not." ...1 Corinthians 1:28

The cross is the greatest leveller in the universe! It brings everyone of us down to zero. It offers the whole of mankind a new beginning. The difference between a Christian who is growing in spirit, and one who is not, is in the faithfulness and obedience of the cross, never anything he possesses in himself by nature. One has been to the cross of ...

"But their minds were made dull, and to this day the same veil remains ......It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away" ....2 Corinthians 3:14

The thing that prevented the people of the old testament from seeing and knowing God personally and intuitively was this barrier called the veil. The standard church line of "study the bible to find Jesus" does not fit in here. The study of the bible for intellectual gain is fruitless. Theology does not save neither does it give life, instead it ju...

"There was a rainbow round about the throne." ...Revelations 4:3

The visions of Revelation chapters 4 to 11 are all related to the throne of God (Rev 4:2); those of chapters 12 to 22 to the temple of God (Rev 11:19). At the outside of the former we see a rainbow around about the throne; inside the latter we see the arc of the covenant in the temple. God's throne is established for the government of the universe....

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders" ... Isaiah 9:6 "For unto you is born this day ... a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!" ... Luke 2:11

  There is a wonderful plan and purpose of God for us in that Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day. One small step for God, one gigantic leap for mankind! This is the day that God Himself appeared on the earth dressed as a man. Jesus was not born to just grow up and die for our sins and to prove that He was God. Jesus was born onto the earth...

"Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." ....Revelation 13:10

There are those who cry, "How long?" who find it hard to exercise patience any more. But it is significant that right at the start of this book which deals with judgement, John should describe himself as, "Your brother and partaker with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patience which are in Jesus Christ." This book of Revelation brings us to ...

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