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
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In a divisive world the counsel of Jerusalem stands as a beacon of hope. While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15v1 Two theologies had developed … Continue reading Humility in Conflict
What is the trail we leave behind? Is it of love, zeal or complacency? In our pursuit of Jesus we fall into traps. After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Galatians 3:3 I run ahead of Jesus. I presume that by … Continue reading What trail do I leave?
I can be indignant at the way people relate with me. I want God to deal with them but when I see how the Lord has dealt with me I see gentleness. There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Psalm 76:3 I am interrupted … Continue reading Dealing with enemies?
Many want endorsement through signs and wonders, after all- God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him. Acts 2:22 Yet we forget that endorsement was not enough Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. Acts 2:23 When … Continue reading Who is exalted?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by events and am disoriented – … the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. [Psalm 46:2-3] In such times I am comforted by the Lord as I look back at times … Continue reading Fear or love
When God doesn’t act as we expect it can shake us and leave us questioning him. In Job’s case, the Lord’s long awaited answer was- “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. [Job 38:2-3] … Continue reading How God works
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 … Continue reading Refined understanding of Scripture
When I am in need and I see people having the resources then I am tempted to speak in a way that will ‘help them’ answer my need. Some of this is right, the Lord often brings together those with need and those with resources, but what of the attitude – Neighbors lie to each … Continue reading Asking out of need