After a long day, with the next day promising to be longer, I retired early. Then boisterous voices awakened me. It was going to be a long night! I was more frustrated for lack of sleep than the opportunity to meet God. Then I read this- I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he … More Is Jesus welcome?
When I lose peace, Psalm 73 helps… When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. (Psalm 73:21-22) I find I can’t settle my heart, let alone pray. I fight imaginary battles over what grieved and embittered me. Recognising this isn’t enough. I … More Regain peace
When I am thirsty for God I don’t want to be with him. Spiritual thirst drives out love so I reject its source. Practically, I struggle to read the Bible or pray, while being tempted by my cravings. … God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, … in a dry and parched land … More Finding God when spiritually empty
What is glory? How was Jesus glorified? One time was his entry into Jerusalem. The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of … More Glory
I experience a thrill when the Lord opens his word to me. When the messages are few and far between, I wonder if the lack of experience points to failure. Yet – I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are … More When God seems far away
Through the training of life’s trials comes hope, And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts … (Romans 5:5) Shame comes when mistakes are seen. So, I avoid risks. God’s antidote is to pour love into our hearts. His love overcomes shame. Learning to depend … More Experiencing the love of God through training.
Many are exiles from God’s presence wanting happiness through the fixing of their brokenness. The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:2-3 We forget our self-centred pursuit of happiness led to our brokenness and our exile. Yes he restores but at … More Happiness?
If the heart of the Christian life is a relationship with Jesus, the measure of that relationship is our loyalty to him. But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High … they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow. Psalm 78:56-57 Many have become Christians in a … More Loyalty to God?
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?