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Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4

 

I’d like to cut through the mystery and confusion about God’s will today and remind you that there are specific ways you can discover God’s will for your life.

 

If you’re facing a major decision, personal dilemma, or relational challenge, then let me share with you a five-point checklist you can use.

 

First, is what you’re doing or thinking about doing consistent with the Scriptures? God will never ask you to do anything that is inconsistent with what He says in His Word.

 

Secondly, have you prayed about it faithfully? As today’s verse as says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I believe if you stay in communion and union with Christ in prayer, God will implant in your heart the right desires! 

 

Thirdly, have you sought the wisdom of godly friends and counselors? Proverbs 11:14 tells us that in “an abundance of counselors there is safety.” If you’re facing a big decision in life right now, be sure to seek counsel from godly friends… people who are passionately pursuing Christ and who understand the Scriptures. 

 

Number four, what do the circumstances surrounding your decision look like? Are they lining up with what God wants you to do? Does it look like is opening a door… or is He shutting a door? Pay attention to your circumstances.

 

And finally, number five, if you’re dealing with a relational challenge… and you’re not sure how or...

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Money can’t buy you love
By | September 6, 2017

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

—Luke 12:20-21

 

When the Scripture stresses the principle of riches in God over the riches of the world, you and I need to pay close attention.

 

For instance, the man Jesus was talking about in today’s verse had invested all that he had in his crops. And when he had a bountiful harvest, he hoarded everything he had. And in the end, the man lost his soul.

 

You see, there are things that money can do for you… but there are some very important things it cannot do:

 

·       Money can buy you entertainment, but not happiness.

·       Money can buy you a bed, but not sleep.

·       Money can buy you a reputation, but not character.

·       Money can buy you medicine, but not health.

·       Money can buy you influence, but it can’t buy you salvation in Jesus Christ!

 

Take this to heart: Never substitute money for the things that only God can provide. Money might buy you things, but it can never make your soul prosper!

 

MONEY MIGHT BUY YOU THINGS, BUT IT CAN NEVER MAKE YOUR SOUL PROSPER!

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Power up your life with new joy and energy
By Jack Graham | September 4, 2017

So many Christians today waste their energy on trying too hard.

They try hard to be strong and vibrant for the Lord. And yet, many are dragged down by stress. Many feel tired and empty, and they are just running on fumes.

You can go to church on Sunday and get so full and excited singing wonderful praise songs, thinking, Lord, my life’s going to be different! But when you wake up on Monday morning, you think, Dear God, what happened? Did I backslide in my sleep? How could I feel so lifted up yesterday – and now so dead and dull?

Maybe you’re wondering the same thing today: Where is the reality of my relationship with Jesus?

As a believer, you have the Spirit of the Living God living within you – ready to give you all the joy and energy you need. He wants to help you live a powered up, fruitful, and fulfilled life.

That’s why Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “be filled with the Spirit.” The way to plug into that Holy Spirit power is to make the daily decision to pray and yield to His wise direction.

When I call my own shots, I’m depending on me. But when I pray, I begin living in dependence on God. So pray about everything – your needs, your decisions, and the people you’re going to meet. Soon you’ll find that rather than struggling to get by, you’ll be walking with new strength and energy in the Spirit-filled life God wants for you.

     

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Every single person wants to make the best decisions he or she can. And if you’re a believer in Christ, then you don’t have to make those decisions alone. But how does God lead us in life’s big decisions?

Perhaps you recall the wonderful story in Acts, when the Lord told Philip to leave Jerusalem and go south to the desert road. As he followed the Lord’s command, he came across a chariot carrying an Ethiopian eunuch who looked puzzled:

“And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31)

So one way God leads you is by speaking through an inner voice… just as He spoke to Philip. This kind of direction isn’t a gut feeling or intuition. This is the work and the witness of the Spirit of God in your life.

We see this ministry of the Spirit clearly described in Romans 8:14,

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

So, if you’re a child of God, the Spirit is leading you!

When you read in John 14:26 how Jesus promised the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit as our “Helper,” that word in the original Greek manuscript is paraklete.

This special word describes the Spirit as “one who is called alongside.” So the Spirit is walking with you, leading you into God’s plans for your life, and guiding you through the important choices...

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Your support is changing lives!
By PowerPoint Ministries | September 1, 2017

Your gifts and prayers help share the truth of God’s Word through PowerPoint on TV, the radio, and online – impacting many lives like these:

“I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I started reading my Bible. God gave me a peace I’ve never known before. I asked Him many questions – and my questions were answered by Pastor Graham whom I listen to daily. My life is so much better! Thank you!” – Klaus

 

“Pastor Graham gives us a powerful, encouraging word first thing in the morning. Thank you!” – Dana

 

 

     

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