Living for praise?

How do we measure praise? See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. Isaiah 52:13 Jesus is the greatest. How did he prosper? But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. Isaiah … More Living for praise?

What price peace?

What price for peace? We look back on the way we have hurt people and our insides are churned up. These words can seem merely aspirational – we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God Romans 5:1 The impact of my failure is worse than I realise. When … More What price peace?

Obstacles to freedom

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

Let go of the past

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

Worship in trials

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