Giving your ‘Yes’ to Jesus

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

Prepare your Minds for Action

1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore prepare your minds for action: be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I was reading 1 Peter 1 in my daily reading and was really struck by this verse especially the first part that said ‘Therefore prepare your minds for action’. I was thinking about the start of last year and a post I had written about Change being inevitable but growth through whatever we experience in the year being intentional. Last year brought to the forefront the need and importance of being intentional and … Continue reading Prepare your Minds for Action

Making Decisions God’s way

The decisions we make, be it big ones of what to do with our lives, who to spend the rest of our lives with, or little daily ones of how we invest our time have an impact on us. As followers of Christ, making decisions God’s way should be our objective. But when our desires and need to control situations come into play, it can be challenging because it may not necessarily be what we want to hear or do at the time. In 1 Kings 22 we read about King Ahab, the king of Israel who wanted to fight … Continue reading Making Decisions God’s way

When Unforgiveness Festers

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

Let God Lead

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

Is Partial Obedience to God Obedience to Him at all?

God anoints Saul as king through Samuel(1 Samuel 9). Saul experiences God quite profoundly during his years as King and has a godly prophet in Samuel who guides, instructs according to God’s word and prays for him. And yet in 1 Samuel 15 we read that Saul did not obey God as he should and God rejects him as king. Reading Saul’s story made me dwell on the question – Is Partial Obedience to God obedience to Him at all?   1 Samuel 15 begins with Samuel sharing God’s message to Saul. The Lord was going to punish the Amalekites … Continue reading Is Partial Obedience to God Obedience to Him at all?

A Direct call from God – Gideon

We are introduced to Gideon in Judges 6. This was a time when the Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites, Amalekites and others. They had their crops and livestock continuously looted and the Israelites often hid out in the mountains to survive. The people eventually did cry out to the Lord. He sends them a prophet to remind them that they did evil in the eyes of God, disobeyed Him, worshipped other gods and basically had turned their backs on Him. In verse 11, we read about Gideon hiding in a winepress and threshing wheat. An angel of the Lord … Continue reading A Direct call from God – Gideon

In Jesus Hand I place my Plea

Mathew 14:18 “Bring them here to me, he said.” This statement said by Jesus can be found in the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and it can be read in its entirety in Mathew 14: 13-21. This week I also read Romans 8, and in verse 34 it says “Christ Jesus – who was raised to life, is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Jesus intercedes on our behalf, this intercessory role, he fulfills for us, those who are His. As I was reading this and dwelling on it, I was reminded … Continue reading In Jesus Hand I place my Plea

Blessings we Receive

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

Love and Humble Servitude

John 13:15 “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” It was just before the Passover feast. Jesus and his disciples were in the upper room for what was the last supper. Although the disciples did not know what was about to happen, Jesus did. What did He decide to do in these final moments with them? He displays his love, humility and servanthood. John 13: 4-5 “So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that he poured water into … Continue reading Love and Humble Servitude