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
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?
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?
We can become proud of our ministry or spirituality. We point to it as a badge of honour. Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 1 Corinthians 5v6 This church elevated their loving acceptance of someone many … Continue reading Boasting?
When I am thirsty for God I don’t want to be with him. Spiritual thirst drives out love so I reject its source. Practically, I struggle to read the Bible or pray, while being tempted by my cravings. … God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, … in a dry and parched land … Continue reading Finding God when spiritually empty
We discover Glory through seeing Jesus’ return to heaven. How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! … For you have … withheld nothing he requested. (Psalm 21:1-2NLT) Following his crucifixion, Jesus returns with joy at God’s victory. All has been done, not by superman Jesus but, in divine partnership with God. You have … Continue reading Sharing in Heavenly Glory
I experience a thrill when the Lord opens his word to me. When the messages are few and far between, I wonder if the lack of experience points to failure. Yet – I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are … Continue reading When God seems far away
Trusting God is easy when all is well, but when we are on the edge emotions challenge truth. A dread of failure and shame can send us packing. An experience of refuge steadies us. In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. (Psalm 71:1) There is no pretence … Continue reading On the edge yet hopeful
Why would the Lord leave me with constant background fear? He says he will deliver me from them all. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. [Psalm 34:4] Usually fears bubble away in the background, even as I pray. It’s only when the fear becomes acute that … Continue reading Why isn’t life always ‘peaches and cream?’