Further excellent Christian resources

Our Daily Bread

1. Our Daily Bread (http://odb.org/)

Since it was first published in 1956, Our Daily Bread has become the resource for which RBC Ministries is best known. The daily devotional thoughts published in Our Daily Bread help readers spend time each day in God’s Word.

Our Daily Bread is published and distributed worldwide in more than 40 languages by RBC Ministries offices around the globe. RBC Ministries also produces a variety of other Bible resources, which are available for the asking. RBC Ministries is not funded or endowed by any group or denomination. Many people, making even the smallest of donations, enable RBC Ministries to reach others with the life-changing wisdom of the Bible.

Our Daily Bread radio is a daily audio program that features insights from the pages of Our Daily Bread. Each daily thought is designed to draw the listener into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and to evoke responses of worship, love, trust and obedience.

2. My Utmost for His Highest (daily devotionals by Oswald Chambers)

http://utmost.org/

My Utmost for His Highest is a classic of devotional literature. One of the most enduring bestsellers of our time, these devotionals have touched the lives of millions, leading them into a deeper and more passionate walk with God.

Discover the wisdom of Oswald Chambers, a man who challenges you to give yourself fully to God. The powerful content of this visionary work speaks straight to the heart, helping you hear what God wants to say to you each day of the year. Shedding fresh light on the Scriptures, Chambers explores the depths of our humanity and our profound need for a God-focused life.

3. A Woman God Can Use and a Woman Jesus Can Teach Set
http://www.dhp.org/Products/A-Woman-God-Can-Use-and-A-Woman-Jesus-Can-Teach-Set__KU436.aspx

Gain a fresh perspective on balancing life’s priorities and making wise decisions in “A Woman God Can Use” and “A Woman Jesus Can Teach.” Exploring the lives of Old and New Testament women, author Dr. Alice Mathews shares insights to help you strengthen your faith, align your priorities with God’s will, and be used for His glory. Addressing the everyday issues faced by women, this inspiring combo is perfect for individual or small group study.

The joy of the Lord Jesus

Nehemiah 8:10
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

What is the joy of the Lord? I thought I’d share some examples from my own life, that I’ve taken from my blessings journal, that have made me happy in the Lord.

1. I am, from my heart and soul, completely happy cooking and cleaning for my husband (ie. being a “help meet” as per Genesis 2:18). I have never regretted for an instant resigning from my job, which I did in obedience to the Spirit of God’s commandments in scriptures such as 1 Timothy 5:14:

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Since making meals for people and helping my husband, I have been praised by him and others for “cooking up a storm” and being hospitable. After nearly 23 years of sloth and letting others do all the work house-wise, I have discovered the joy of giving from a genuine heart. As it is written:

Acts 20:35
…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

1 Peter 3:13
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

2. Since I started following Christ, I have been given many opportunities to give alms and serve others. The Lord is doing a good work in my heart because it is learning to put God and others (genuinely) before self.

3. The Lord Jesus has given me grace in many people’s eyes as I seek to serve Him, so that they have treated me kindly and with mercy. For example, I went to a beads shop recently to make a beaded necklace in honour of God. The shop owner was very impatient with her bank on the phone but was patient and considerate with me. She helped me pick out beads and said I could come and make beads in her shop if I liked (as I am new to making such things).

The above are just three quick examples to give you encouragement and hope in your walk with Christ. We all need lifting up at times, as life can be a tricky business. As it is written:

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

My hope at the end of this life is to stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and to hear Him say:

“…Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21)

My testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has the power and wisdom of God

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I have testified on this website that I have suffered from demonic attacks since 2004. Shortly after the attacks began, I had two strange experiences, on two separate occasions, that I wanted to recount here for the edification and comfort of others. I am certain I am not the only person on earth who has been afflicted with demons, so wanted to offer what hope and consolation I can at this point in time to others. At any rate, the experiences both occurred during dreams.

In the first, I partially awoke to a demon attempting to pull something invisible out of the centre of my chest, right over my heart. Though there was a pleasant sensation to what he was doing, I knew that it was wrong spiritually so spoke up immediately. I said, “No, stop!” The fallen one asked, “Why?” To which I replied, steadfastly, “Because I don’t want to be open to ANYTHING.”

At this moment the demon was blown back away from me, as though by a mighty wind. I was astonished to witness this in my dream and knew without a doubt that God had honoured my decision to keep protecting my heart spiritually. This was what I wanted to make people understand and be comforted by: that God is merciful, has unlimited power over demons, and will honour our spiritual decisions.

The second incident I wanted to talk about occurred a few months later (to the best of my recollection), while I was struggling to find my childhood faith in the Lord Jesus Christ again. I was, again, being harassed by demons in my dreams when, suddenly, a calm and familiar male voice spoke from behind me. I couldn’t see who spoke but I remember his words. He simply said, “Make the sign of the cross.” I suddenly felt empowered or inspired spiritually within my dream and found myself saying, “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost” while crossing myself.

Again, to my awestruck eyes, I saw ALL the demons blown backwards into the distance as though struck by a tornado. I am 100% convinced the Person who spoke was the Lord Jesus, who saves to the uttermost those who call upon Him in faith (Hebrews 7:25).

Some Holy Scripture passages glorifying Christ and His power that seem pertinent to the above testimony:

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.