One of Jesus’ most perplexing statements is ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ (Matt 5v5) The way the world works seems to negate Jesus’ message. The repeating themes of Psalm 68 gives a perspective of how God works it out. The Lord’s is drawing people to Mt Zion, his dwelling place. … Continue reading Blessed are the meek
God can develop us with silence! I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. Psalm77v2-3 The writer longs for help. Faith is stretched. When something urgent is approaching, … We can think God does not care, or is not able, or … … Continue reading Silence!
In a world clamouring for attention the Lord draws people to himself. We are drawn in praise to his dwelling. What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. … All of us must come to you. Psalm 65v1-2 Sadly, though life’s direction is God himself, we evade his call to peace and seek our … Continue reading Attention Seeking
God desires us to have a Jesus life of completeness. You … are complete through your union with Christ. Colossians 2v10 That life is not gained through learning techniques and belief systems, but union with Jesus. How is that union developed? Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on … Continue reading Desire completeness?
What happens when I know that I cannot trust those wanting my support? Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? 2 Corinthians 6v14 When wickedness is taking over it is hard to align with anyone. I might vote for the least bad option, but I cannot … Continue reading Foundations destroyed?
How do I behave when troubles have mounted up and I am squeezed beyond what I can cope with? Whenever I have been through such times my experience has been – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. … Continue reading When do I squeak?
Trying to explain away the word distracts us from the point. Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. 2Corinthians 1v12 Paul is speaking with pure motives and intentions. Not what we expect in boasting. … Continue reading Why does Paul boast?
In our world where message is king and lies are everywhere the aroma of Christ has a unique effect. It asks, What effect do we have among people, just by our presence, our lives, our conversation? What does it mean to be the aroma of Christ? We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ … Continue reading Content of an aroma?
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
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?