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?
There is a subtle but significant difference between “He who dwells in the shelter of the most high” Psalm 91:1 and If you make the most high your dwelling Psalm 91:9 When I choose to live in God’s shelter, it effects my lifestyle choices. I can hardly say I am dwelling with someone when I … Continue reading Dwell with Jesus
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?
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?