Our culture seems to sap spiritual life from us, we slumber in entertainment, we are ensnared through poor choices. We long for the Lord to bring victory in our day, but when Jesus rides out for victory who will be ready to join him? The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my … Continue reading Preparation for spiritual warfare
Many say, “Where is your God?” Many of God’s people are so distracted by the world’s pleasures that their spiritual lifeblood is being poured out. So, we pray – Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake! Why should … Continue reading Spiritual Ruins
When we see the spectacular in Jesus’ ministry we desire to be participants in it, often without appreciating the implications of participation. You will be a light to guide the nations. You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons. (Isaiah … Continue reading Righteousness seen through us
I can find the urgency of a task so great that I struggle to stop. I can be driven by the expectations of others, or even myself. This is not the pattern of our Lord. He stops for refreshment mid battle. But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way. (Psalm 110:7 NLT) … Continue reading Refreshment
We complain about the demise of the Church and ask God why He is not advancing the gospel. We do not realise that He is! He is returning us to reality! We live in a time of disgrace for the church of God. The cry of many is – Restore us again, God our Savior, and put … Continue reading Looking for God to restore
We desire to see the Lord’s fame go to the world, to see God yield His harvest. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him. (Psalm67:6-7) This skips to the end of a process. It … Continue reading Overflowing grace
Our culture has only one question to determine value – “Does it work?” Jesus takes a different view. After feeding the 5000 He leaves. Most would have continued the ministry. When the people find Him, He challenges their motives – ‘… you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but … Continue reading What do we value?
Jesus’ unearths His followers’ motives following the feeding of the 5000 because it is here that the eternal value of what someone does is seen. ‘Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. John 6:26 … Continue reading Live for eternity
Jesus talks of how we choose to receive His word. An emphasis on visible results has pushed us towards – The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. Results are easy! We can count green shoots of decisions … Continue reading Choose Jesus’ way
Christmas is often expressed as a time to live without limits. John the Baptist challenges our generation with its rejection of boundaries. We don’t think to ask “Who has God made me to be?” but rather, “What could I make of myself?” John the Baptist knew who he wasn’t. He did not fail to confess, … Continue reading Christmas without limits?