Not many believe we are captives – how could we be in such affluence! However, we know we need Jesus to comfort us. … More Change coming?
It feels pointless when prayer is getting nowhere, and yet I sense the Lord asking me to pray. It is just going through the motions, so why persist? Then I read – Have mercy on me, O God, … wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 Being unaware of … More Prayer going nowhere
What would you do with all power and understanding? Great is our Lord and mighty in power; … Psalm 147:5 The extent of God’s power is seen through the creation of all things. We see the breadth of it in the galaxies, we see the depth in the sub-atomic particles. He determines the number of … More Power and Understanding
We seem to be an unwilling to let go of past times of abundance I think of the good old days, long since ended, … Is his unfailing love gone forever? … Has God forgotten to be gracious? [Psalm 77:5-9NLT] One reason we resist letting go is that the abundance represented God’s love and grace … More Let go of the past
Our western culture could be like this… Listen to this, you pleasure-loving kingdom, living at ease and feeling secure. You say, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other. [Isaiah 47:8NLT] Where self-focused complacency develops, a culture becomes conceited and wants everyone to emulate it. “Come down, virgin daughter of Babylon, and sit … More The end of pleasure?
When the wicked win the temptation is to use their methods. In succumbing we become wicked. What should we do? Do not fret because of those who are evil …; for like … green plants they will soon die away. [Psalm 37:1-2] When the wicked win, anxiety drives towards wickedness. We need Jesus’ perspective. The … More Resisting wickedness
When life is challenging, we have a hard time worshipping God. We focus on challenging circumstances and miss the purpose. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession. [Psalm 135:3-4] … More Worship in trials
Fake news has an agenda. God is … against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, [Romans1:18] People re-write reality to further their personal desires. … God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made … [Romans1:20] The Lord … More Suppressing Truth
Curious that there is blessing in being apart and not having! Blessed is the one who does not… Blessing comes because we stand with God in integrity, and because we need that blessing to counter life’s temptations. walk in step with the wicked The wicked are those convinced they are right, and willing to manipulate … More The blessing of “NOT”
I have a bad habit when in difficulty of giving myself permission to behave badly. Paul underwent far greater difficulties. His account of ship wrecks, beatings, facing wild animals and the like make anything I face seem trivial. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but … More Embrace Trials