As we spend time this week reflecting on the events that happened in the last week of Jesus’s life that culminated on the cross, and what this week should mean to us as followers of Christ, I have been trying to not let this week just come and go without giving it the recognition and importance it rightly deserves. This does not mean that we usually take for granted the gift of salvation that we receive, but sometimes we can allow for this week to slide by, doing what we are expected to do without giving it too much pause. … Continue reading Awaken my Soul with a Renewed Purpose
Luke 5:5b “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” I have often used a variation of this on my son when he was younger. He has a penchant for tireless explanations to try and get out of things I ask him to do and in doing so he would wear out my patience and I would say in response to his millionth why ‘Just do it because mum said so.’ I would follow it later with an explanation that he just has to trust mum even if he does not entirely understand all aspects of the … Continue reading Giving your ‘Yes’ to Jesus
Ahithophel is a name with a Hebrew origin meaning ‘Brother of Folly”. Contrary to what his name means Ahithophel was a wise, trusted and respected counsellor to King David. In 2 Samuel 16:23 we read “Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like the one who inquires of God. That was how David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice.” Absalom, King David’s third son who returns to Jerusalem after a period of exile for killing his brother Amnon, begins to conspire to overthrow his father and take the throne. In 2 Samuel 15:12 we read that Absalom … Continue reading When Unforgiveness Festers
1 Samuel 23:4 “Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him.” David was known as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). As I continue to read through the book of Samuel, it is impossible not to notice a characteristic trait of David’s relationship with God. Multiple times we read David inquiring of the Lord before making any decision. He frequently sought the Lord’s counsel and direction. The Lord’s guidance was what directed his steps. It is about nine times we see him inquiring of the Lord (1 Samuel 23: 2, 4, … Continue reading Let God Lead
Romans 5:1-6 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” I share … Continue reading Blessings we Receive
Acts 11:26b “The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” I identify myself as a Christian, but have noticed that over the past years have always leaned towards further clarifying that I am a “follower of Jesus”. As I reflected on my insistence on elaborating what kind of Christian I am, I realised that it does stem from experiences and interaction with people both within and without my family circle who identify themselves as Christian but are far from reflecting any Christ like behaviour in their everyday life. And I found that when I gave my life to Jesus and … Continue reading Christian – Social identity or Spiritual reality?
Philippians 2:1 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion” That verse although an incomplete sentence is exactly where I to focus on today. But as we delve deep into that one verse it is important to read further and get some context of what Paul was talking about. In verses 2-5 Paul goes on to say that if we have any of those things, then we should be like minded, having the same love, be one in spirit and purpose. … Continue reading ‘If’ and ‘Any’
F.B Myer said “The greatest tragedy of life is not in unanswered prayer but in unoffered prayer”. Scripture clearly emphasises the absolute importance of prayer offering us captivating glimpses of the importance and priority Jesus gave to prayer. Jesus said in Luke 18 to always pray and not give up. Mark 14:38 “Watch and pray so that you do not fall into temptation”. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands us to pray without ceasing. Romans 12:12 tells us we have to be faithful in prayer. Prayer allows us to pour our hearts out to God, to meditate and wait upon Him and … Continue reading The Privilege of Prayer