Glory shines out

I am tempted by passages of blessing to think God does great things because I am right with him. This can lead to a focus on myself rather than God ignoring my need for forgiveness and grace. “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. … Continue reading Glory shines out

Source of influence

If we spend time with God we are filled with his light. That light spreads to the dark corners of our souls. Hidden areas will be exposed to God’s light. We will be obliged to choose between darkness and light. Do we believe the light and allow God’s truth to hold sway in our lives, … Continue reading Source of influence

Numbers

We place our self-esteem on achieving numbers in what our culture values. The Lord reassures us that His affection does not lie there. Do I have faith to believe Him? The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest … Continue reading Numbers

Shades of grey

I was shocked by an exercise of going through the events from Gethsemane to the cross taking the perspective of those who were condemning Jesus. I found it all too easy to understand some in the Sanhedrin voting for His death. The exercise exposed the weakness of my shades of grey, big picture mentality. Whereas … Continue reading Shades of grey

Rest in stress

There are times when I am stressed out by the urgent and yet it seems every road I take to resolve the situation ends in frustration. It seems I am battling against God. The real surprise shown in Isaiah 30 is that this may well be the case! 16 You said, “No, we will flee … Continue reading Rest in stress

Downwardly mobile

We want to be associated with the rich, powerful and famous for through them we gain a foothold in their world and are elevated among our peers. The ‘Great Banquet’ of Luke 14 expresses the betrayal felt by a host as each guest despises his invitation. Then, in a surprising turn, the host invites not … Continue reading Downwardly mobile