God’s word is refined in me till it is proven flawless. And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6NIV In the Bible clay pots can symbolise people while silver and gold can symbolise that which God works into our hearts as we … More Refined understanding of Scripture
Many are drawn to a prosperity of money, sex, power and fame, gaining influence over others to get what they want. Yet if we get, someone else must lose. We leave a trail of hurting people. So, the prosperous- … wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have … More What is prosperity?
God’s blessing is not through using right methods, but quietening our hearts to listen to him. Yet the voice challenges- Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! Psalm 81:3NIV God called on his people to hold a festival every two weeks at new moon and full … More Receive blessing
How do we move from a trained righteousness to truly live … … a life worthy of the calling you have received. [Ephesians 4:1NIV] Paul points to attitudes, actions and a spiritual dimension … Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit … More Live Free
We all look somewhere for blessing, protection or help -people, organisations, wealth, ourselves, … This attitude helps us identify our gods. Many do whatever it takes to stay within this protection and help. This is an attitude of fear. We may not cower, but we modify our behaviour to maintain protection. O house of Aaron, … More Fear of the Lord
God’s promises inspire hope. Do we have faith until he fulfils? We live in two worlds- embracing current reality and simultaneously being prepared. When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. [Psalm 105:12-13NIV] The patriarchs wandered Palestine holding to … More Living in hope
A clear indication of our failure to deal with bad attitudes is the presence of what Paul calls the acts of the flesh. These attitudes have created barriers that both block our experience of the love of God and keep that love from being expressed through us. Paul writes, The acts of the flesh are … More Dealing with attitudes
Heaven holds a glory that is unseen by a cynical age. Take the fulfilment of Psalm 45 – You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you for ever. [v2] When sent to arrest him, the temple guards returned empty handed saying, “No one … More Ride victoriously!
With what confidence can we look at the future ahead of us? Do we look out with fear at Brexit, Trump and an uncertain world? What joy for the … people he has chosen as his inheritance. [Psalm 33:12NLT] Such joy in the face of uncertainty seems naïve. Yet it demonstrates where we hope. We … More Confident Future
Through putting us in a variety of situations the Lord tests our hearts. The Lord is in his holy temple … He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. (Psalm 11:4NIV) He examines us, both good and bad giving us opportunities to show a love that goes beyond us, a love born of faith. If we love … More Known