There is considerable significance in the choice of a word. For many years I have used a short hand for the gospel message of, repent and believe- The time has come he said, the Kingdom of God is near, repent and believe the good news. Mark 1:15 These two words are stacked with significance. To … More Repentance or Death?
Who are obstacles God clears away? God says, “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.” Isaiah 57:14 Stones in the Bible often symbolise people, in this case obstacles to true freedom. The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I … More Obstacles to freedom
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
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
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”
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