God’s power

Crises ask, ‘Do I believe God for his goodness and power?’ Feeling powerless challenges my attitudes both to God and to what I want from him. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter … More God’s power

Faith for long haul

When faith is tested we like immediate vindication. Sometimes faith leads into a lifelong process. Take Noah, he was given a significant challenge –  “Build a large boat from cypress wood … Make the boat 450 feet long…” (Genesis 6:14-15NLT) This was to be the world’s largest ship till Brunel built the SS Great Eastern in 1858! When … More Faith for long haul

God far away

I was awakened each night to pray leaving only a couple of hours sleep.  I became sick, losing weeks to poor health. Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. (Psalm 38:1-NIV) I asked the Lord, ‘Why am I being persecuted?’  He showed me it was a rebuke. Your … More God far away

God’s Dwelling

“For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His dwelling.” Psalm 132:13 I desire to live with Christ. Here however, the Lord desires my heart for the dwelling He has chosen. This begs the question, “What kind of dwelling does He come to?” The answer has developed – When first a Christian, … More God’s Dwelling

Live the Truth

Only when we understand Jesus, do we understand life, for He defines it. When we understand Him we are aligned with the One who is the Life. Jesus was challenged over the validity of his teaching.  “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”  (John 8:13) His defence was curious. … More Live the Truth

Mantle of shame

What does it mean for a loved child of God to wear ‘the mantle of shame’? (Ps89:45) We live in a world that beats down our identity and threatens us. In our insecurity we accuse the world of doing this, but the Psalmist points to the Lord– ‘YOU have broken through all his walls and … More Mantle of shame

Price of abundance

8 Praise our God, all peoples, … 13 You brought us to a place of abundance. These verses of Psalm 66 begin and end with something we desire: To overflow with praise at God’s abundance. The road to abundance however, runs through fires of refining. 11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on … More Price of abundance