What is the dividing line between presumption and faith. Some take God’s promise to protect us, and enter the lion’s den. Others know the Lord could protect, but will He choose to? They are unwilling to take the risk. God’s promise starts with our being with Him: Psalm 91:1 ‘He who dwells in the shelter … Continue reading God’s Protection
My life is shake proof after I let go of the shakable. I find out what is shakable when circumstances threaten and I seek God for His peace. “My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I shall never … Continue reading What is shakable?
Our amazing God is faithful where I am unfaithful. Having grown up in a culture concerned about right and wrong, it is easy to become caught up with a list of dos and don’ts. In Psalm 78 Israel’s failure is put differently. Rather than speaking of breaking laws, the psalmist speaks of disloyalty and unfaithfulness; … Continue reading God’s persistent training
People gain a sense of peace after they have experience of deciding to live by God’s word rather than succumb to pressure. ‘Great peace have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble.’ (Psalm 119:165) They have learned that God is greater than any oppression, so they are not easily driven by it. … Continue reading Hope developed
How do I express hope when I have confidence in my good Father, yet what I see is anything but hopeful? I find myself here in situations ranging from the state of the church in the UK to the path of ministry that the Lord has me on. I have no clue as to the … Continue reading Sight or Faith?
The fact of God’s sovereignty does not require a resigned acceptance of difficulties as being the will of God. Moses begins Psalm 90 saying he is at home with the eternal God who, knowing his secret faults, brings all he does to nothing. Seems fair; who am I before the Holy and Sovereign God? Moses … Continue reading Partnering with the Sovereign God
When I choose to ‘rest in the shadow of the almighty’, waiting for Him to intervene, then I am ‘dwelling in the shelter of the Most High’. (Psalm 91) This is not passive; it is a call to urgent prayer. I had always thought these words meant, Stay close to God and you will feel … Continue reading Rest in God’s shelter
We live in a time when our enemy, unbelief is hardened and aggressively attacking faith. The Lord’s response – “But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.” (Psalm 60) A banner does not stop arrows – that is for the shield of faith. The banner reminds … Continue reading Jesus’ Battle
The great drives that push me towards wickedness are my fears and my strong desires. The antidote is trusting the goodness of God. Psalm 34:8-10 says: Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. … The lions may grow weak and hungry but those who seek … Continue reading God’s goodnes vs our wickedness
What is the difference between ‘hearing God’s word and doing it’ and ‘loving the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength?’ A musician tells me that you cannot play a piece from the heart by just reading it off the music. You have to work on the piece, memorising it and … Continue reading Life From the Heart