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How come when someone talks to God we say, ‘They are praying’, yet when someone claims that God talks to them we think they are ‘flaky’? Has God suddenly stopped speaking to His children? Would you stop speaking to yours? John Calvin described God’s guidance as ‘the inner testimony of the Holy...

How can you learn to be guided by the Lord? In three different ways: 1) Through prayer. Thomas Kelly wrote: ‘There’s a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing … but … at a profound level, we may also be in prayer … and...

Before talking about what divine guidance is, let us be clear about what it’s not: 1) A last resort. We don’t think much about spiritual guidance until we face major questions like who to marry, what house to buy, and which stock to invest in. Spiritual guidance isn’t a hot line! The key to...

No experience is ever wasted if you use it wisely. God can use what you’ve been through to develop you into the person He intended you to be. Moses grew up in a foster home. As the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter he spent forty years learning the language and ways of the Egyptians. What better...

If you’ve ever been caught in a hurricane, you know it’s one of the most powerful natural forces known to man. Wind gusts of up to 155 miles an hour; rain up to 5 inches an hour; the ability to create waves 10 storeys high, with surges up to 25 feet wide. It’s been known to level entire cities...

How do you get God’s Word ‘deep inside you’? 1) By meditating on it each day. The psalmist said the way to succeed in life is by meditating on God’s Word ‘day and night’ (Psalm 1:2 NLT). But you must slow down in order to do it. Ever watch a cow chewing cud? The more it chews, the more it gets...

There are two kinds of people who’ll never understand your need to take care of yourself: 1) Legalists. They never stop trying to measure up to certain perfectionistic moral, ethical, and religious standards. 2) Serve-a-holics. They sacrifice themselves on the altar of endless church activity,...

Jesus allowed others to minister to Him. Do you? ‘A woman … having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil … poured it on His head … But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” … when Jesus was aware of it, He said … “She has done a good work”’ (vv. 7-10...

When we’re stressed - and who isn’t nowadays? - often our first inclination is to consult the latest ‘how to’ book or DVD, or seek out the camaraderie of Christian friends. Reimar Schultze observes: ‘At best we get a splash of what we’re looking for. Time about God never replaces time with God....

A member of parliament took his little daughter to visit Westminster Abbey. As she stood looking up at its magnificent columns, her father asked, ‘What do you think, sweetheart?’. With childlike candour she replied, ‘I was thinking how big you look at home, Daddy, and how small you look in here...