Trusting God is easy when all is well, but when we are on the edge emotions challenge truth. A dread of failure and shame can send us packing. An experience of refuge steadies us. In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. (Psalm 71:1) There is no pretence … More On the edge yet hopeful
There have been times when I have been so hungry spiritually, but can’t bear to read the Bible through which I come to Jesus the source of pure spiritual food. Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. [Psalm … More Can’t read the Bible?
Why would the Lord leave me with constant background fear? He says he will deliver me from them all. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. [Psalm 34:4] Usually fears bubble away in the background, even as I pray. It’s only when the fear becomes acute that … More Why isn’t life always ‘peaches and cream?’
Through putting us in a variety of situations the Lord tests our hearts. The Lord is in his holy temple … He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. (Psalm 11:4NIV) He examines us, both good and bad giving us opportunities to show a love that goes beyond us, a love born of faith. If we love … More Known
I am so used to the idea that we honour God that I don’t think much about God choosing to honour his people. Yet in Psalm 148 we read, He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones— the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 148:14NLT) I am … More Honoured by God
We imagine those who are deeply spiritual and those who are effective in ministry ascending into heaven to be with Jesus. But the righteousness that is by faith says: ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down) (Romans 10:6NIV) The drawback of having a sliding scale … More Salvation the great leveller
For many who acknowledge Jesus, the term ‘Jesus is Lord’ is their ticket to heaven. After all the Bible says, If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9NIV) Yet the declaration “Jesus is Lord” is about … More What does Jesus is Lord mean?
Jesus never became chummy with the opinion shapers of his society. Without the Jesus factor their approval, however valued by people, was worthless. And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, and you do not have his message in your hearts, because … More Approval Jesus didn’t value
I have to be pushed beyond my resources before I recognise my need. My soul cries for God but my body interprets the cry as – eat more comfort food, get emotional space, be entertained. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1-NIV) In discouragement I need … More Hope in discouragement
I was awakened each night to pray leaving only a couple of hours sleep. I became sick, losing weeks to poor health. Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. (Psalm 38:1-NIV) I asked the Lord, ‘Why am I being persecuted?’ He showed me it was a rebuke. Your … More God far away