There is a subtle but significant difference between “He who dwells in the shelter of the most high” Psalm 91:1 and If you make the most high your dwelling Psalm 91:9 When I choose to live in God’s shelter, it effects my lifestyle choices. I can hardly say I am dwelling with someone when I … Continue reading Dwell with Jesus
How much do I want the fruit of my life to be love? Psalm 1 shows us what is involved. Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which … Continue reading Fruit of love
Many aspire for the advance of the Kingdom through using influence to spread the message. The Lord does not seem impressed. The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.” Isaiah 57v15 The Lord … Continue reading Influence?
I wonder if Isaiah 53 is a pointer to Jesus’ years as a young adult? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. Isaiah 53v2 So, here is Jesus growing up in his Father’s presence and into spiritual truth though in a spiritually arid … Continue reading Jesus’ early years?
We can become proud of our ministry or spirituality. We point to it as a badge of honour. Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 1 Corinthians 5v6 This church elevated their loving acceptance of someone many … Continue reading Boasting?
What does it look like to be spiritually free? “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. … But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power.” Isaiah 52v4-6 The choices we make can leave us in emotional cul-de-sacs. Life … Continue reading Free?
Many hoping for relief are disappointed, Covid is resurging, society has shrunk, … “Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance … Isaiah 41v1 Everyone has situations needing rescue. Maybe a personal tragedy, maybe a global crisis … … think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only … Continue reading Where hope?
The eyes of the world have been on COP26. Will our leaders be able to save the world? Yet there is someone else we might want to be looking for Why was no one there when I came? Isaiah 50v2 We are so determined that salvation is in our hands that we seem incapable of … Continue reading Save the planet?
Franchise owners ensure that outlets maintain standards. The Lord is even more concerned with the use of his name. “Listen to me, O family of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and born into the family of Judah. Listen, you who … call on the God of Israel. Isaiah 48v1 It is … Continue reading Integrity
With new challenges it is encouraging that the Lord has been preparing me for them. Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. Psalm 144v1 We might not welcome the challenge ahead, but without it, the skills he has developed in us will … Continue reading Facing Challenges