How do I behave when troubles have mounted up and I am squeezed beyond what I can cope with? Whenever I have been through such times my experience has been – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. … Continue reading When do I squeak?
The eyes of the world have been on COP26. Will our leaders be able to save the world? Yet there is someone else we might want to be looking for Why was no one there when I came? Isaiah 50v2 We are so determined that salvation is in our hands that we seem incapable of … Continue reading Save the planet?
I can be indignant at the way people relate with me. I want God to deal with them but when I see how the Lord has dealt with me I see gentleness. There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Psalm 76:3 I am interrupted … Continue reading Dealing with enemies?
Those who are invested in what they have, whether it is wealth or beliefs or value systems struggle giving them up to gain Jesus. Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Luke 18:17 There is a simplicity in following Jesus that threatens what we esteem. … Continue reading Too much to lose?
Jesus lived in a world of intense legalism. We live in a world where the battle lines are around values – BLM, Me Too, No Platforming, Pride, … The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. Psalm 2:2 Whenever people face off … Continue reading Battle Lines
When we enter a polarised debate, where each side looks at the other as the enemy, then war can enter our hearts. As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. Psalm 55:20 Polarisation can divide friends. We see someone who was once a companion in our pilgrimage with Jesus. For whatever … Continue reading Polarised Positions
Crises unfold, we are on tenterhooks. Are our leaders up to the challenge? The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. Psalm 33:6 The fact that we divide ourselves over the opinions and decisions of mere people shows how far our eyes have wandered from the Lord. Let the whole world fear the Lord, … Continue reading Polarised views
When we are being targeted by wicked people, we have a hard time waiting for the Lord to rescue. Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy … Psalm14:7 Out of nowhere, the Lord comes to rescue his people. In relief there is great rejoicing. … Continue reading Fruit of darkness
We should be free to live as we want! But there are other players in the game, and what of the Lord? “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” Psalm 2:3 To be free of the constraints we feel God puts on us, we make him a monster. … Continue reading Freedom for what?
We live in turbulent times with messages of fear. The fruit of these messages is anger, attempts to control people and ultimately, hatred. Jesus speaks into this, I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. John 14:27 What a contrast between the messages of fear and the gift of peace. Fear drives … Continue reading Peace in fearful times