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

‘If’ and ‘Any’

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’

Soul over Stuff

“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) This profound statement made by Jesus was said when he taught about the Parable of the Rich Fool and can be read here Luke 12:13-21.  This is not a story about whether having riches is good or bad, or if having them makes one a fool or not. Jesus wants us to understand what truly matters in life. Hoarding possessions and trying to find happiness and security in them is as futile as building your house without a foundation. Let’s look at this passage and see … Continue reading Soul over Stuff

What defines your Identity and Service?

The book of Philippians is a letter written by Paul to the church of Philippi .When he was imprisoned (Philippians 1:13-14) – a sort of house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:14-31), the church of Philippi sends Epaphroditus bearing some gifts to Paul and he sends this letter back with Epaphroditus to be read to all at the church of Philippi. As I read Philippians 1:1-11, I am always struck by Paul’s attitude while he was not allowed freedom of movement outside his present home. Does this feel familiar to us at this time. We all might be at different levels … Continue reading What defines your Identity and Service?

Lord, Realign my Perspective

During these challenging days I realise that I have good days and not so good ones and on the not so good days I have to be intentional about realigning my perspective. Consider your perspective and the difference it can make in how you feel about things that happen in your life. Perspective can be a powerful thing isn’t it. The power of one’s perspective changes how we feel, think, see things and as a consequence how we behave. Luke 24:13-35 is one such story where the perspective of two people was drastically changed. The story happens on resurrection Sunday. … Continue reading Lord, Realign my Perspective