When I am spiritually empty I get caught up with myself, and forget God. It is a strange emptiness coming either through abandoning routine times in the word and prayer or through intense activity and not having space to just BE with Him, even if I have not neglected the spiritual disciplines. Psalm 36:1 speaks … Continue reading Forgetting God
Many think of freedom as ‘Free from’; free from those who limit us; free from the rules that stop us having what we want. So we blame those who rule over us for keeping us from our desires. In our age however there is such freedom that when we can’t get what we want, the … Continue reading Freedom from whom?
Many are burdened and unable to carry either the great image ‘success and happiness’, or the great sacrifice, ‘being busy’ that are demanded by our culture. It is amazing how hard people work to present this image of everything being OK while in the worst recession of living memory. This unsustainable idolatry is rampant in … Continue reading Unsustainable idolatry
How did Jesus respond to abuse? It seems He responded with an honest statement of the truth, often in the form of a question. Take the betrayal of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. He asks Judas, ‘Do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?’ No accusation was needed, no anger, rather He … Continue reading Response to abuse
How do I behave before a schemer who always seems to defeat me? When I focus on my adversary, wickedness surges up as I plan strategies to fight back. Can I surrender this person to God, lifting my eyes to Him who is my help and my salvation? If my aim is not ‘to gain … Continue reading Out manoeuvred?
Do I find it hard to rest because I have hardened my heart? We live in a generation that cannot rest but always looks for the next adventure or the next entertainment. Our culture is restless and we as Christians are influenced by it. Psalm 95 speaking of the people of Israel during the Exodus … Continue reading Cannot rest?
The wicked are generally lumped together as those bad people out there, but who are they really? When I have a plan for another person & a course of action to fulfil that plan. Then when I exercise control – The less I need God & The more I am wicked. (see study at end) … Continue reading Who are the wicked?
For some months the Lord has been shutting down active parts of my ministry. There are many fronts, but one by one I find the areas of contribution blocked. I realise that the Lord is asking me to focus on remaining with Him, standing in His presence in prayer. In an activist world it is … Continue reading Peter & John
But godliness with contentment is great gain.. 1 Timothy 6:6 I have struggled with contentment. It can drive out ambition to do anything. How can one achieve if content with unacceptable situations? It has taken a curious set of circumstances to show my need for contentment, and that my drives can block progress. My situation … Continue reading Quiet to listen
The Lord has been challenging me on my pride over the last few months, and now I come to a new lesson: Am I willing to to sit at the feet of someone I consider to be less advanced and learn lessons that don’t seem worth learning? Only because His love has brought me to … Continue reading Blinded and limited by arrogance.