By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 My brother pointed out that this is the characteristic of my life. Going, but not knowing where. It is a characteristic that does not … Continue reading Like Abraham
But godliness with contentment is great gain.. 1 Timothy 6:6 I have struggled with contentment. It can drive out ambition to do anything. How can one achieve if content with unacceptable situations? It has taken a curious set of circumstances to show my need for contentment, and that my drives can block progress. My situation … Continue reading Quiet to listen
Identity has an impact on our freedom to act. Throughout my life I have constantly struggled with a fear of what people think of me. That fear brought paralysis, teasing and so more paralysis . This paralysis leads to a prison; a bland life of nothingness. Jesus, understanding His own identity had a remarkable freedom … Continue reading Freedom in Identity
I was pondering on the love of God in Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “ 6 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. 7 The LORD did not set his affection on … Continue reading Hankering after the crowd
The Lord has been challenging me on my pride over the last few months, and now I come to a new lesson: Am I willing to to sit at the feet of someone I consider to be less advanced and learn lessons that don’t seem worth learning? Only because His love has brought me to … Continue reading Blinded and limited by arrogance.
The tongue seems to be the idol of the evangelical church. In conservative churches what matters is preaching the Word. In charismatic churches what matters are worship, tongues and prophecy. As a friend of mine remarked, everyone is speaking and no one is listening. Maybe we never stop speaking because we are trying to persuade, … Continue reading The idolatry of the tongue
Many have commented that when they discuss an issue with me they find wisdom. It is easy on hearing such comments to pride oneself in wisdom, and even allow one’s identity to be formed around this gift. One can start to presume on the need others might have of you. Some time ago I was … Continue reading God given gifting can frustrate God’s path.
I was climbing Ben Nevis with my family. As we approached the snow line two young soldiers came back. An experienced climber ahead, had told them they could not climb without crampons. Should we go on without them? We decided we would continue but abort at the first sign of trouble. With great joy … Continue reading Unnecessary Obstacles
The great thing about Jesus is His amazing, saving grace. I had been working on our computers trying to make them synchronise. Suddenly after investing hours of work on this thing the computer crashes, and I have lost everything! Here I am putting my heart into a project. I’m feeling a bit guilty because I … Continue reading Jesus saves our rubbish
Is the Lord breathing His life into my life’s work? What am I doing that comes from His grace, His life within me? Jesus said, ‘Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it’. When I am trying to build up … Continue reading Who am I really living for?