‘Rejoice evermore!’ A simple commands, just two words but there are times in our lives when rejoicing feels impossible so why would God tell us to rejoice for evermore? Because my Friend, although this is impossible in our own strength it is possible through Christ. So does this mean we have to pretend to be happy when things are hard
When I woke up this morning these well known words came into my mind… ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.’ Here believers are told not to fear and why,
What is God’s purpose for my life? What is His will for me? Have you ever asked those questions Friends? There are three passages of scripture that come into my mind when my thoughts go down this road. 1 – ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for THIS is the will of God in Christ Jesus
Part 4 ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me’ The word translated here as ‘take’ also means to lift up, bear, carry, to take upon oneself and carry what has been raised up. The rest we’ve been looking at comes as we’re yoked or joined together with Christ. When His desires become our desires and His ways our
Fight… I love the account of the armour of God (Eph 6) and all that God gives us to protect us and to help us defend ourselves against spiritual attack but right at the end we have two offensive weapons, two weapons that we can use not only to defend ourselves but to attack the enemy of our souls. First
The first few chapters of Zechariah’s prophesy talk about his visions but before that he has a message from God, from ‘the Lord of hosts’. This phrase must be important as it’s repeated and repetition was the way they emphasised a point in those days!… ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts,
In psalm 54, David has just been betrayed and he pours out his troubles to God, pleading with Him to save him. Then you get to the end of verse 3 and you find the word Selah! David pauses, imagine him, once again his life is in danger, he’s poured it all out to the Lord and then he pauses,
As I was reading in Corinthians this morning I began to wonder how many of us had set goals this year? Things we wanted to focus on, areas we wanted to grow in etc. We’re now a third of the way through the year and life is looking very different to what any of us could have anticipated. So has
Friend, cast your burden upon the LORD and He SHALL keep you, He WILL maintain you in His way, He WILL abide in you and you in Him by sweet experience.
Cast your burden on Him and He SHALL bear you up, hold you and carry you through. He WILL nourish you soul and provide everything you need to live a life of obedience that glorifies Him….
David, the most mentioned person in the Bible after Jesus, David who wrote so many psalms, David of who God said ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.’ THIS David knew what it was to be in the wilderness!! David knew that barren place, that ‘dry and
There are times when our lives, those things going on, decisions we have to make, our spiritual state, so many things, feel overwhelming. But where does this overwhelm lead you Friend? Do you cry out with David?… ‘From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is
The bible is full of commands, it tells us from beginning to end how to live a life that glorifies God and yet God warns us against a religion that’s all about following a list of rules so what’s the difference? It’s our hearts Friends. Paul cautions the Jews about hypocrisy, to not just keeping the laws outwardly but with
Have you ever done a spot the difference puzzle? There are two pictures that at first glance appear identical but as look harder you notice subtle differences. Something not in the right place, out of line or missing altogether. As you find each difference you circle it to highlight it. This puzzle made me think of God’s word. In the
‘Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’ How do we bear one another’s burdens? Primarily in prayer and then in practical ways if we’re able. In this we fulfill the law of Christ. What law?… ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
As I read and prayed over what I was to share today, wherever I turned I read the same thing, God’s judgement on Israel forewarned if they did not turn back to God because they had left His ways and gone in the way of those nations around them… ‘I will judge you in the border of Israel. And ye