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

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

The Reason, Manifestation and Future Hope

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” These verses in Titus elaborate the practical manifestation of His grace in our lives. It … Continue reading The Reason, Manifestation and Future Hope

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

Life with a Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3-7 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds … Continue reading Life with a Living Hope

Faith without Prejudice

At a time when we see an uproar calling for respect, fairness and equality for all, it is a good time to also reflect and think about prejudices we as followers of Christ can have which can bleed through in a subtle manner in our everyday behaviour. As I read Acts 10, I was drawn to reflect on subtle prejudices we can harbour that may come out to people who have a different faith, who worship differently than us, who grew up in a different culture or those who make lifestyle choices that go against our grain of faith. In … Continue reading Faith without Prejudice