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Come back to God



'When he was still a great way off.' Luke 15:20 NKJV

The Bible says concerning the Prodigal Son: 'When he was a great way off, his father...had compassion...ran...fell on his neck and kissed him' (Luke 15:20 NKJV). The truth is, you're not beyond the reach of God's grace, so your future can be greater than your past! When he was 'a great way off', his father ran to him. Why? Because his relationship with his son wasn't based on performance, but on the fact that he'd given him life and brought him into the family.

When you think about the things his father gave him that day, you realise the significance of each item. (1) The robe. That confirmed his identity as a son. God doesn't see you in your weakness; he sees you clothed in the righteousness of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV). (2) The ring. This was a signet ring with the family seal that gave him back authority to do business in his father's name. (3) The shoes. Household servants didn't wear shoes, only family members did. He returned home thinking the best he could hope for was a job in the servants' quarters. But his father not only restored his identity and authority, he restored him to full son-ship in the family. (4) The party. Back then when you rebelled against your father's authority and left home, they conducted 'a ceremony of shame', which meant you could never return. Not this father - he threw a party! The point? Because Jesus took our shame! 'For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT).

The word for you today is - come back to God!

Soulfood: 2 Chr 1-4, John 10:22-42, Ps 83:1-8, Pro 26:13-16

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Resistance training



'Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.' James 4:7 NKJV

Have you ever watched someone doing resistance training? They get stronger every day as they press against more and more weight. That's how to view the verse 'resist the devil'. Satan is out to do three things: 'Steal, kill and destroy' (see John 10:10). Destroy what? Everything God has given you! And he doesn't play fair. Using a whole arsenal of weapons, he'll attack your mind, your health, your marriage, your children, your finances and your character. And if you're a spiritual weakling, he'll crush you! Satan studies you. He knows your quitting points, and he'll push you to the brink every chance he gets.

So what should you do? Push back - and keep pushing! Use every spiritual weapon God has given you - prayer, praise, his Word and fellowship. It's time to turn the tables on the enemy and start using him as your spiritual gym! The Bible talks about 'God's Word as the sword that the Spirit supplies' (Ephesians 6:17 GWT). When you're filled with God's Spirit, he will fight in you, through you and for you. When that happens, Satan reaches the place where he knows he can't defeat you on a particular front, so what does he do? He attacks you on a different one! But with victory after victory being chalked up, you develop the boldness and strength to defeat him on that front too.

With enough resistance training under your belt, you'll experience the joy of walking in the truth of this wonderful promise: 'God...will soon crush Satan under your feet' (Romans 16:20 NIV).

Soulfood: 1 Chr 26:20-32, 1 Chr 27, 1 Chr 28, 1 Chr 29:1-30, John 10:11-21, Ps 133, Pro 26:7-12

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Anger management 3



'He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty.' Proverbs 16:32 NKJV

The Bible says, 'He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city' (Proverbs 16:32 NKJV). As a Christian you have the Holy Spirit living within you, and one of the fruits of the Spirit is 'self-control' (see Galatians 5:23). That means as a Christian you can control your temper, and as a Christian you must control it.

You say, 'I get mad easily because I was born with that nature!' You're not supposed to live according to your old nature, but your new one! Anger is like a river. Controlled, it can generate enough electricity to power an entire city. Uncontrolled, it can overflow its banks and become a raging flood that destroys everything in its path. And as surely as a river can be controlled, so can your temper. Have you ever been in a big argument at home with your spouse or one of your children? Suddenly the telephone rings; instantly you pick it up and answer in a soft, controlled tone, 'Hello-o-o-o. May I help you?' What just happened? You proved that your anger can be controlled and tamed. The Bible says, 'People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness' (Proverbs 14:29 NLT).

The more calmly you see a situation, the more clearly you'll see how to handle it. So if you have a quick temper, here's some good advice. When you're angry, count to ten before you speak. And when you're really angry, count to one hundred - then don't say anything.

Soulfood: Gen 14:18-24, Ps 110, Heb 5:5-10

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