We can be confident in the face of anything! Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God. Romans 5v1 When I review past failures, I can feal overwhelming remorse. Yet, Jesus already dealt with it. Through forgiveness I am restored to peace. We can rejoice, too, … Continue reading The cost of confidence
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 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?
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?
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?
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
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?
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Those who love God become like him and influence their world. Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. [Psalm 36:5-6] As we meditate on his character- love, faithfulness, righteousness and justice we aspire to become like him. … Continue reading Impact of loving God