I Have Called You Friends

Jesus is our king, our Lord and Saviour and also our friend. We don’t have to choose between Him being our Lord or our friend. He is both to us. We worship Him, revere Him and at the same time we confide in Him like we would a friend.    I was reading the parable of the wedding banquet in Mathew 22. Jesus speaks this parable in response to a remark made by one of the guests at a banquet about ‘the feast of the kingdom of God’. Briefly, Jesus points out that many are invited to be part of … Continue reading I Have Called You Friends

Little or Great Faith

Mathew 17:14-20 “When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”  “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.  Then the disciples came to Jesus in … Continue reading Little or Great Faith

When Uncertainty Prevails

Mathew 11:3 “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” This question was asked by John the Baptist. He was in prison at the time because he confronted Herod Antipas about his sinful relationship with his brother’s wife and was imprisoned as a result (Mathew 14). Jesus had been travelling through the region of Galilee, teaching, preaching, healing and casting out demons. John’s disciples were visiting him in prison telling him all that Jesus was doing and he sends his disciples to ask Jesus this question. Doubt can ever so often come knocking   “Are … Continue reading When Uncertainty Prevails

Practices and Prejudice

Mathew 9:14 “Then John’s disciples came and asked him (Jesus), how is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” This question was posed by John’s disciples. John the Baptist spent his days proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. In John 1: 29 we read “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ This is the one I meant when I said, a man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me. I myself did … Continue reading Practices and Prejudice

Worry – what does Jesus say?

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Mathew 6:27 A rhetorical question that we all know the answer to, and yet we can so easily succumb to worrying. This week my city went into a 5-day lockdown, and as soon as it was announced, people flocked to the store to hoard up on supplies. Seeing this on the news made me think, has anyone not learnt from last time that toilet paper is not an antidote to the virus. It is hard not to feel anxious when you see and feel it in everyone … Continue reading Worry – what does Jesus say?

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

A simple act of sharing God

2 Kings 5: 2-3 “Now bands from Aram had gone out and taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, if only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” Naaman was a commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was highly regarded by his king. We read in 2 kings 5:1 “Through him (Naaman), the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.” Briefly, what happens further is that Naaman travels … Continue reading A simple act of sharing God

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

My Strength and Shield

Psalm 28:7a “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.” This verse is such a powerful and comforting verse. These words have been and continue to be a source of comfort and strength to me. Psalm 28 written by David is an appeal to be heard. He cries out to God for deliverance and to deal with those who harbour malice in their hearts and defy God. The psalm begins with the plea to be heard but shifts in verse 6 to praise for who God is. David depicts a confidence … Continue reading My Strength and Shield