What does it look like to be spiritually free? “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. … But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power.” Isaiah 52v4-6 The choices we make can leave us in emotional cul-de-sacs. Life … Continue reading Free?
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?
We see turmoil in the world. Do we also see the Lord who is over all? The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. Psalm 93:3 The world and all its powers, symbolised by floods and waves, rage against the authority of the King. … Continue reading If you want to see God, be patient!
The place of security is not through having an unassailable position, but it is resting in the Lord’s presence. But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” … Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly. Psalm 31:14-16 When people are scheming, I am driven from peace, payer is a … Continue reading Peace under attack
We live in turbulent times with messages of fear. The fruit of these messages is anger, attempts to control people and ultimately, hatred. Jesus speaks into this, I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. John 14:27 What a contrast between the messages of fear and the gift of peace. Fear drives … Continue reading Peace in fearful times
What price for peace? We look back on the way we have hurt people and our insides are churned up. These words can seem merely aspirational – we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God Romans 5:1 The impact of my failure is worse than I realise. When … Continue reading What price peace?
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
How can we move from the anxious tossing on a bed, to a place of peace? from when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. (Psalm 4:4) To, In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8) David seems to find … Continue reading Finding peace in anxiety
Our culture tries to smear us with shame for following Christ. Atheism’s angry voice dominates. I want to fit in, yet that means concealing the majesty the Lord has clothed me in, covering it with the clothing of the world. It takes faith and courage to be clothed in righteousness. Psalm 45 expresses the Lord’s … Continue reading Christ in us – Majesty