July 15, 2019

I Thirst

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life'” (John 4:13-14). With his last breath, Thomas Hobbes, the self-confessed atheist, said, “I am taking a fearful leap in the dark.” On his deathbed the French agnostic Voltaire sadly spoke these words: “I am abandoned by God and man! . . . I shall go to hell.” In contrast to these two men, who died without Christ, is Christian evangelist Dwight L. Moody, whose last words were: “Is this dying? Why this is bliss. There is no valley. I have been within the gates. Earth is receding; heaven is opening; God is calling; I must go.” For believers, the moment we take our last breath is the first moment we will draw in the heavenly air of our new […]
July 8, 2019
عندما لا تملك القوة

When You Don’t Have the Strength

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Psalm 3:3). On our journey of faith, we will have to obey Christ and make decisions that are impossible to make in our own strength. In these moments, we must look to God as our source of strength. King David wrote Psalm 3 in a time of deep trouble: He was enduring a coup, in hiding from his son Absalom. He was struggling with his desperate situation that night—emotionally as a father crossed by his son, spiritually as he tried to understand the reason for his predicament, socially as his people had deserted him, and psychologically as close friends had betrayed him. “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him,'” David cried out. “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head […]
July 1, 2019

Our Ultimate Need

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion” (Psalm 103:2-4). Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, is who we ultimately need, no matter what area of weakness, sickness, disease, or trouble we encounter. This doesn’t mean we will never get sick or that we are immune to death. But God will be with us through every pain we experience. If you are suffering, remember that God desires to use your suffering to bring an even greater reward to you and an even greater awareness of His presence to others who may witness your steadfastness. What a tremendous encouragement it is to know that God is healing us day by day, week by week, year by year. He takes all of those broken bits of our lives—even those which we aren’t aware of—and mends them with […]
June 24, 2019
خطوات التغيير نحو الافضل

A Turn for the Better

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:3-4). God’s glory is revealed in the praises of His people. When we lift our voices in praise to God, He is honored, and we are blessed. However, God’s blessings are not always material in nature. The richest people are those who have developed an intimate relationship with the Savior through personal prayer and praise. Praise was a hallmark of David’s life. As a young man, he learned to worship God through songs of praise that expressed his deep devotion to the Lord. While his brothers may have enjoyed the comforts of home, David was confined to tending the family’s sheep. But it was there, in lonely pastures, that David wrote his greatest songs of praise to the Lord. David wrote: Where can I go from your Spirit? […]
June 17, 2019
معرفة الله

Knowing God

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). God is the absolute authority and ruler over His creation. Neither a hair nor a sparrow fall apart from God’s will (see Matthew 10:29-30). Without infinite, unchanging power and authority, God’s other attributes would be conditional. If God were not all-powerful, His love could be affected, or changed, by outside forces. Thankfully, we serve a God whose love is perfect and eternal; it is not affected by anything outside His will. We know from Romans 8:28 that “God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even though we do not know everything we may want to know about the Lord, in Scripture He has revealed what we need to know about His attributes and desires. First and foremost is that He loves us: […]
June 10, 2019
مدفوع بعدم الرضا

Motivated by Discontentment

“But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). Not all discontentment is bad. Sometimes discontentment can motivate positive, godly change in our lives. Discontentment can be the warning sign that we need to make changes in our walk with God—and that can lead to contentment. When we are contented in life, we can face whatever roadblocks and detours we find. Instead of grumbling about our circumstances, we can look for the opportunities to trust God in new ways and bring glory to Him. We can use our valleys to remind us that only God can fill the emptiness in our lives.   Paul discovered this secret and was able to say, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living […]
June 4, 2019
الحق قد تأكّد

The Truth Confirmed

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were hopeless and depressed. Even though they had heard reports of the empty tomb, in their minds the Messiah was not supposed to suffer and die—He was supposed to conquer Israel’s enemies and set up a political kingdom for God. But now, Jesus was dead. They were downcast and heartbroken. Read Luke 24:13-35. When these two disciples encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus, they did not recognize Him and shared the reason for their sorrow as they might have with any friendly stranger. But Jesus lost no time in rebuking their false assumptions: “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” (Luke 24:25-26). The resurrected Jesus challenges […]
June 2, 2019
لقد بذل حياته لأنه أحب

He Laid down His Life Because He Loved

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him” (John 19:17-18). At Calvary, the cross of Christ became an eternal emblem of love. Jesus never lost sight of God’s purpose for His life. Everything He learned from the Father was in preparation for this moment. As Scripture tells us, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Jesus not only laid down His life for those who loved Him, He laid it down for all men and women, even those who choose to reject Him. He didn’t die just for those closest to Him. He died for all of us; no one is left out. But we must make a choice either to accept Him as our Savior or to turn away from Him and face the judgment of a tormenting death. The Jews rejected Jesus. However, […]
May 26, 2019
الموت عن الذات

Dying to Self

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). In a collection of letters entitled Let Go, seventeenth century French theologian Francois Fenelon wrote: Whatever spiritual knowledge or feelings we may have, they are all a delusion if they do not lead us to the real and constant practice of dying to self. And it is true that we do not die without suffering. Nor is it possible to be considered truly dead while there is any part of us which is yet alive. This spiritual death (which is really a blessing in disguise) is undeniably painful. It cuts swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are. The Great Physician, who sees in us […]
May 19, 2019
حقيقة الحياة في المسيح

The Truth About Life in Christ

19Read Romans 7:1-25. In this passage, the apostle Paul outlines four Truths about our life in Christ to encourage us as we seek to live for Him. We are bound to Christ, not the law (vv. 1-6). Christ frees us from the bondage of performance of the law so that we now have joy instead of despair, life instead of death, love instead of duty, and willing service instead of begrudging effort. Maturity builds up (vv. 7-13). Immature Christians live depending on themselves. But sooner or later, they fail because the law cannot help anyone overcome their sin. Mature Christians do not blame the law, but daily accept their desperate need for a Savior. Do-it-yourself-religion will fail (vv. 14-23). Temptation will always find us on this side of heaven, and fighting back on our own can only bring discouragement. We must instead rely on Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in us. Surrender will always keep you […]
May 12, 2019
طريقة أروع

A More Excellent Way

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code” (Romans 7:6). Read Romans 7:1-6. Many Christians today are confused about the balance of grace and obedience. One extreme would have us use grace as a license to sin, and the other is legalism—relying on our good works for our ultimate salvation. You know you’re under the influence of legalism when you get up in the morning and say, “I’ve got to obey today—or else.” When you find mild success, you pat yourself on the back with pride. But when you miss the mark, you become overwhelmed with guilt and shame. Praise be to God—Romans 7 gives us a more excellent way. True freedom is no longer found in our performance—that was the old way of the law—but by trusting Christ’s powerful work […]
May 6, 2019
من هو سيدك؟

Who Is Your Master?

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6:22). Read Romans 6:15-23. If you think you can live a godly life by your own strength, you are in deep trouble. Although we play an important role in our sanctification and are commanded to obey the Lord, we cannot grow into Christlike people without depending on Christ Himself. Therefore, we must surrender completely to our rightful master and loving King—the Lord Jesus Christ. Every person on the face of the earth has either sin or Jesus as their master. There are only two choices; there is no third. The question is: Which master are you obeying? Slavery to sin produces unbearable guilt here and now and eternal separation from God forever (see v. 21). In contrast, slavery to righteousness gives you freedom from guilt and shame and guarantees you […]