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
My sin was to neglect God. Yes I prayed, but on my terms not God’s. Only when I sacrificed my drive to succeed could I honour Him and prepare a way to walk with Him. It was a minor crisis and I was deep into fixing it. I knew the Lord was knocking on my … Continue reading Putting off God
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
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?
Society exalts what we do and what we produce. We find ourselves worshiping the God who does things for us. This leads our hearts to shift our worship from a focus on God himself to what He does, or becoming self absorbed or focussed on the experience. A discussion arose on what men and women … Continue reading Whom do we worship?
“Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.” In the middle of serving a wedding the last thing I would want is an instruction … Continue reading Productive waste of time
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
We live in a world of doing things. We justify our existence by what we do. When there is success people ask, ’What did you do?’ In this environment there is little space for God. In Ps 46:10 the psalmist writes ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ This statement is so counter our … Continue reading Be Still
It seems they believed the message that all you have to do to be saved is pray the prayer … I have been perplexed for many years that when I was at University there were about 6-8% of students who were active Christians. Now it has collapsed to about 1%. What happened? Surely a movement … Continue reading Where did all the Christians go?
In a confrontation my natural recourse is that of words and thinking. I always desire to bring sides together seeking resolution. What happens when the powerful adversary has no interest in listening? I consider my son’s gerbil facing my daughter’s cat. The cat has invaded the gerbil’s cage and is clearly in the wrong. For … Continue reading Trust God not words