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390 Real Love is not Warm and Fuzzy

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). I have always felt condemned by this section of Scripture which John apparently intended for encouragement. There are so many times that I lapse into unloving thoughts, words and deeds. There seems to be no hope for me. It is […]

389 His Goal or Mine?

“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for Him has been brought to its goal in us” (1 John 4:12, CJB). Dear Father, explain this to me. During His time on earth My Son remained completely united with Me (John 10:30). Those with […]

388 Who is Walking in my Shoes?

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him … Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:9,11) But this is Your special love, dear Father. We don’t have that in ourselves […]

387 Safe Under Cover

“This is the message we have heard from (Jesus) and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). We think of this letter by John as majoring on love, yet here, the very first thing John wants to tell his readers is that You, Lord, are […]

386 Who is Really Important?

“(Jesus) saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow Me,’ He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him” (Matthew 9:9). So little is said about Matthew in the Scriptures. He records his call to follow Jesus briefly and the banquet he held to have his friends meet Him, as […]

385 Mind Problems

“Some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, ‘This fellow is blaspheming!’ Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, ‘Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?’” (Matthew 9:3,4). There is something in me that always seems to see the other side of an issue, and it causes me a lot of trouble as […]

384 Where the Rubber Hits the Road

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so …” (John 13:3). So… You washed the feet of Your disciples, Lord! What an amazing picture of what to do with authority and power! If ever there was an example […]

383 Using Evil for Good

I was thinking about Moses, Lord. Why was he born at the time when all the babies had to be destroyed? Obviously his brother Aaron was not. I can see it got him into the palace with the many privileges that carried, but it seems to me that it was really the time he spent […]

382 True Love = Commitment

“This is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another” (1 John 3:11). This is probably the hardest thing we are called to do and where we fail You the most. So often we don’t feel love and so we don’t act in a loving way. “We are not in love […]

381 What do Others See in Me?

“(Jesus said), ‘Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again’. The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to Him” (John 12:28,29). I wonder if people ever recognise that God speaks to me. Here […]

380 Creating Purpose out of Chaos

“At first the disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realise that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him” (John 12:16). This resonates with me, Lord. How often I am confused about My walk with You, not understanding how the […]

379 Peace in the Storm

“Then (Jesus) got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping” (Matthew 8:23,24). How could He remain asleep in such a violent situation? Not only the noise of the storm, but the tossing […]

378 Words of Love

“Then a teacher of the law came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go’. Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head’” (Matthew 8:19,20). What was the problem here, Lord? Was it obvious to […]

377 Humility Pays Off

“Sir, I am unfit to have You come into my home. Rather, if You will only give the command, my orderly will recover” (Matthew 8:8, CJB). Jesus commended this man for his faith (v10), but I always remember this centurion who came to Him requesting healing for his servant for his humility. I can’t recall […]

376 The Chains of Culture

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’” (Matthew 8:2,3). I’ve been thinking a lot about healing, Lord. There is so much sickness all around. We […]

375 The Holy Land

“The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the 70 years were completed in fulfilment of the Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah” (2 Chronicles 36:21, see Jeremiah 25:11). Seventy years, “until the land had paid her Sabbaths” the Complete Jewish Bible translates it. To me, whether […]

374 How to be Blessed

“First I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world” (Romans 1:8). Paul’s statement here has reminded me of my country, Australia. Looking around, and especially at our media, one would not think there was much faith here at all. Yet there seems […]

373 Truth Recovered

“When the king heard the words of the law, he tore his robes” (2 Chronicles 34:19). Josiah was a godly king. He did all he knew to cleanse his land from idolatry, even more it seems to me than other good kings had done. Yet he still had to repent and weep when Your holy […]

372 Prayer that Changes Things

“In his distress Manasseh sought the favour of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to Him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea…” (2 Chronicles 33:12,13). I can hardly believe this! What a demonstration of Your grace. This […]

371 Use the Good Times

“When all (the Passover celebrations) had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh” (2 Chronicles 31:1). Wow! What a dramatic reaction from […]

370 Freedom is not Lawlessness

“Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets his heart on seeking God – the Lord, the God of his fathers – even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary’. And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people” (2 Chronicles 30:18-20). How […]

369 Life Without the Spirit

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph” (Luke 1:26,27). “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as […]

368 One of 7,000

“The hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the Word of the Lord” (2 Chronicles 30:12). Lord, what does it take to see Your hand on our people? There seems to be a proliferation of prayer rising […]

367 Erosion

Lord, story after story recorded in Scripture (Kings and Chronicles) show a king who was good, who did much to restore true worship in Judah, yet we find that many of them let go of their devotion to You in latter years and themselves served false gods, leading their people back into idolatry. This frightens […]

366 Beware Legalism

There is an interesting story in 2 Chronicles 24:4-14 (cf 2 Kings 12:4-16). King Joash had in his heart to restore Your temple which had been desecrated during the reign of the evil kings before him. He instructed the Levites to collect the tax that You had established at the time of Moses from each […]

365 Putting Things in Perspective

Lord, I’ve been reading again the account of Solomon building the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 3-5). A magnificent structure, perhaps the most beautiful (and expensive) building the earth has ever seen. I feel such regret, even grief, when I think that You allowed, even orchestrated, the complete destruction of something so precious because of […]

364 Results of Disobedience

“Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel” (1 Chronicles 21:1). What disastrous consequences as a result of David succumbing to this temptation – 70,000 people died! And 2 Samuel 24:1 tells us that You were actually involved in this temptation because You were angry with the disobedience of […]

363 Sing for Joy

“David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals” (1 Chronicles 15:16). The great place accorded music and singing, and even dancing, in Scripture has just struck me. I suppose it is obvious because it is stressed in many […]

362 The Importance of Detail

“It was because you, the Levites, did not bring (the ark) up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not enquire of Him about how to do it in the prescribed way” (1 Chronicles 15:13). The story of David bringing the holy ark back to Jerusalem […]

361 Check the Facts

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12,13). I’m so thankful for the new insights that I am receiving regarding Your word, dear Lord. All that we have been taught, the foundations […]

360 Ambassadors for the Lord

“Jesus answered (the Jewish leaders), ‘Is it not written in your law, I have said you are gods?’” (John 10:34). This is another one of those difficult to understand verses, Lord. How could Jesus apply that quote from the Psalms (82:6) to these men who were opposing Him, denying His deity? Or for that matter, […]

359 Costly Love

“When (Jesus) was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head” (Mark 14:3). I love this story. A woman so […]

358 Standing for Truth

“Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11). This doesn’t just apply to being arrested, does it? After all these years of walking with You, I’m […]

357 Knowing God’s Word

“Jesus replied, ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?’” (Mark 12:24). You drew my attention to this verse but I’ve got bogged down in seeking to understand it correctly. From what I can discover, the word “know” here is rather a superficial knowledge, yet surely […]

356 The Master of Deceit

“(The owner of the vineyard) sent (his son) last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son’. But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours’” (Mark 12:6,7). This story from Jesus just doesn’t make sense, Lord. The tenants of this man’s vineyard […]

355 Hearing God’s Voice

“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23). Verses like this make me feel guilty. It’s the “do not doubt but believe” part […]

354 The Narrow Gate

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God … With man this is impossible, but not with God: all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:25,27). This is one of those hard-to-understand verses, Lord. Without living in the […]

353 Blessing the Children

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’” (Mark 10:13,14). I can’t recall […]

352 Marriage – Physical and Spiritual

“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Mark 10:8). Divorce is so prevalent today as You know, Lord. Even among Christians. If we […]

351 Judgment v. Discernment

“‘Teacher’, said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in Your name and we told him to stop because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said… ‘for whoever is not against us is for us’” (Mark 9:38-40). This is an important warning not to judge others who are serving […]

350 All is Well

“Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah’” (Mark 9:5). Dear Peter, so uncomplicated and direct, unloading his emotions on anyone within reach. Mark writes that this experience of seeing Jesus transfigured had […]

349 Listening to God

“When He had spit on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’” (Mark 8:23). This is just one of many questions Jesus asked that shows His true humanity (5:9,30; 8:27,29; 9:21). If He had been using His divine power He would not have needed to ask this. […]

348 God’s Economy

“Jesus asked (His disciples), ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?’” (Mark 8:17,18). If Jesus was indeed sinless as we believe He was – and […]

347 Unclean! Unclean!

“‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him unclean’ … (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean)” (Mark 7:18,19). This is confusing. I understand that the sacrificial system given to Your people was a temporary measure until the pure blood of Your Son’s sinless body replaced it. […]

346 When God’s Word is Lifeless

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding onto the traditions of men” (Mark 7:8). “Their worship of Me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines” (CJB). In this passage Jesus quotes Isaiah 29:13 and called the Jewish leaders hypocrites. That sounds pretty serious. It is […]

345 Walking on Water

“(Jesus) saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night He went out to them, walking on the lake” (Mark 6:48). Dear Lord Jesus, You know I’ve had a growing belief that Philippians 2:7 means what it says: that You made Yourself nothing, taking […]

344 Honouring the Creator

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, (Jesus) gave thanks and broke the loaves” (Mark 6:41). The Complete Jewish Bible says that He made b’rakhah, the traditional blessing for the bread. The version of the b’rakhah used before meals today is most likely much the same as the one […]

343 The Root of the Problem

“Finally the opportune time came…” (Mark 6:21). What a chilling sentence in this context. We know the story of how Herodias’ daughter danced before a drunken Herod and he foolishly promised her anything she asked for, giving Herodias the opportunity to get rid of John the Baptist, her enemy. What are the lessons for us, […]

342 Ammunition for the Battle

  I’ve been thinking about the present situation of those who have died in You, dear Lord. I know that once we step out of time there is no past or future, all is present with You. But when I remember something about my parents and thankfulness rises up in my heart, I want them […]

341 Familiarity Breeds Contempt

 “Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own house is a prophet without honour’” (Mark 6:4). It seems Jesus did not expect such a reception. These were people He knew personally and loved. He was amazed at their lack of faith (v5). Why did it happen, Father? This […]

340 Working Together for the Harvest

“The farmer sows the Word” (Mark 4:14). It seems to me, Lord, that the sower of the Word has more to do than distribute the seed. Surely the ground must be prepared and then the seed sown must be protected. You speak of Satan coming and taking away the seed. Now I realise the ground […]

339 Hidden Treasure

“The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that they may be ever seeing and never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven”(Mark 4:11,12). I’m wondering about this quote from Isaiah. It […]

338 A Simple Solution

“Because of the crowd (Jesus) told His disciples to have a small boat ready for Him, to keep the people from crowding Him” (Mark 3:9). A good idea, a simple solution to a problem that could have prevented Him from sharing what the Spirit wanted Him to share that day. I need an idea like […]

337 Trying to Put God in a Box

“(Jesus said) ‘In the days of Abiathar the high priest, (David) entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions’” (Mark 2:26). Dear Lord, my previously conceived understanding of Scripture is always being challenged as I read it. […]

336 Thank You Angels

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14)? I’m wondering, do the angels know the whole plan of God, or are they like us, needing to trust and obey God purely out of love for Him? They brought joyous messages at Christ’s birth (Luke 2:13,14), a lot […]

335 Intercession

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven,’” (Mark 2:5). I always seem to be asking questions, Lord! In this incident, the bearers of the stretcher had the faith, yet Jesus spoke to the paralysed man and said his sins were forgiven. How could forgiveness be granted on […]

334 A Very Significant Detail

“(Simon Peter) saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen,” (John 20:7). Dear Jesus, I can hardly believe this. In the triumphant glorious moment of Your bodily resurrection, You stopped to fold up […]

333 A Channel for the Spirit

“Some men came, bringing to (Jesus) a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on” (Mark 2:3,4). How far will I go […]

332 The Blockage

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit” (Luke 23:46). The absolute trustfulness of Jesus in You during His time one earth amazes me. It was not only that He chose always Your will (John 6:38) but that He entered into situations where He did not even have […]

331 Conditions for Growth

“‘If You are willing, You can make me clean’… ‘I am willing, be clean’” (Mark 1:40,41). Jesus is always willing to bring us into wholeness, body, soul and spirit. Surely that was the purpose of His sacrifice on our behalf. Yet often we ask but don’t see the change in our lives happening? Is it […]

330 Half Truths

“‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!’ ‘Be quiet!’ said Jesus sternly’” (Mark 1:24,25). I often wonder why Jesus did not want the evil spirits to speak out about Him. Would it not have enlightened more […]

Our Authority

“The people were amazed at (Jesus’) teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law” (Mark 1:22). All those who had passed through the years of concentrated teaching that qualified them as rabbis had authority to teach the people. What was different about Jesus? Of course, He […]

328 A Multicultural Message

“Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said (to Simon and Andrew), ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him … Without delay He called (James and John), and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him” (Mark 1:17-18,20). I don’t know […]

327 Qualified to Serve

“A voice came from heaven: ‘You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased’” (Mark 1:11). Father, you know that my growing understanding of how fully Jesus embraced manhood in His time on earth has opened up so many new insights into the familiar stories in the gospels. So this was […]

326 Blind Faith

“This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon” (Jeremiah 29:1). What a relief to read the following chapters. What a relief for […]

325 Therapautic Love

“What is My beloved doing in My temple as she works out her evil schemes with many?” (Jeremiah 11:15). The cry of Your broken heart has just hit me. The anguish of seeing the ones You love so deeply destroying themselves. Yet You did not halt the judgment. You even forbade Jeremiah to pray for […]

324 Weeping and Rejoicing

“No one is like You, O Lord; You are great, and Your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere You, O King of the nations? This is Your due” (Jeremiah 10:6,7). “(Jeremiah) answered, ‘Amen, Lord!’” (11:5) Is this the weeping prophet! The one who wrote Lamentations and whose prophetic book is full of […]

323 Choose Life

“Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them, they can do no harm, nor can they do any good” (Jeremiah 10:5). We don’t see too many idols around in our culture and when we do see them anyone with a […]

322 Serving the Wrong Master

“Since they have rejected the Word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9). This seems to be demonstrated in our world today, Lord. I’m amazed at the shortsighted decisions of our leaders in general. It seems that they see black as white so often. When evidence from the past or […]

321 An Unbreakable Covenant

“Then (Jeremiah) said, ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, how completely You have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, “You will have peace”, when the sword is at our throats’” (Jeremiah 4:10). The thought that You would deliberately deceive Your people is unthinkable! You had a covenant relationship with these people. How could You break that? What […]

320 Ploughing is Hard Work

“Break up your unploughed ground and do not sow among thorns” (Jeremiah 4:3). This hard ground that I’m supposed to plough up, I have plenty of that. Undisciplined flesh, food, laziness, failure to persevere, my fear of giving You full control. Habits that seem set in concrete to me. But this reads as if I […]

Worldly Trinkets

“Does a maiden forget her jewellery, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet My people have forgotten Me, days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32). What tawdriness. How can anyone compare even the most beautiful thing this world can offer with Your beauty. You are of supreme worth, so far above anything we could ever imagine. Are you […]

318 Keeping a Promise

“Long ago I broke your yoke; when I snapped your chains, you said, ‘I won’t sin,’” (Jeremiah 2:20, CJB). A promise like this is sure to be broken. We do sin and the children of Israel did so big time after You had freed them from slavery. Are we wrong to make such statements in […]

317 Don’t Live in the Past

“‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved Me and followed Me through the desert, through a land not sown. Israel was holy to the Lord, the first fruits of His harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 2:2-3). We tend […]

Waiting

“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today’” (Exodus 14:13). This seems to be the hardest thing to do, Lord, to wait when everything within us says we have to do something now! The Scriptures are full of this tragic mistake: […]

315 God in the Sanctuary

“On the Sabbaths and New Moons the people of the land are to worship in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to that gateway (the eastern entrance to the inner court)” (Ezekiel 46:3). This is the gate through which My Shekinah glory had entered the temple (43:4). Remember, as you enter the sanctuary […]

314 God’s Will

“I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by […]

313 Rulers Good and Bad

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1). This surely is one of the hardest passages to accept in Scripture. We just don’t understand why we should submit to evil rulers. Why is it so hard? Is My wisdom not greater than […]

312 Family Life

“In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). Belonging! I suppose that is the essence of a family and as Your children, Lord, we are all part of one big family, aren’t we? But I don’t know if it is a good analogy. Families […]

311 Round Peg in a Round Hole

“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with His purpose; because those whom He knew in advance, He also determined in advance would be conformed to the pattern of His Son” (Romans 8:28,29, CJB). Romans 8:28 is probably my favourite […]

310 The Resurrection Body

“If Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10). Oh, so this is why my body is aging and aching in places! I thought that the salvation Jesus won for us includes restoration of body, as well as soul and spirit. Isn’t […]

309 Mind Your Mind

“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires” (Romans 8:5). How does this happen, Lord? My mind does not stay put. It vacillates according to what is happening […]

308 A Joint Effort

“So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God” (Romans 7:4). The fruit to be in our lives is listed in Scripture of course: love, joy, peace, […]

307 Freed from Sin

“We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:6,7). For most of my Christian life I have been struggling to live […]

206 A Permanent Mark

“Circumcision has value if you observe the law…” (Romans 2:25). So what value does circumcision have? I know it has health advantages and I guess it is a constant reminder that one belongs to a people in covenant with You. But I’m sure it doesn’t guarantee right standing with You any more than baptism does […]

305 Pieces of a Jigsaw

“I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you” (Romans 1:10). Why is getting guidance such a difficult thing in a Christian’s life, at least it has been in mine. One would think that if we are surrendered to You and wanting Your will […]

304 The Spirit Knows No Boundaries

“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because your faith is being reported all over the world” (Romans 1:8) Here is good news travelling around a world that knew nothing about motorised vehicles, computers, electricity, telephones etc. Good news that encouraged fellow believers wherever it went. I guess, when denominations did […]

303 Planting the Seed

“… who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). Here Paul is saying that the truth about Jesus was proved by what happened to Him, His resurrection. I often hear Christians saying that we don’t […]

302 Learning from the Past

“Then David thought to himself, ‘One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines’” (1 Samuel 27:1). What follows this verse records an awful series of events where David lied and lived by his wits to […]

301 The High Cost of Fear

“Abigail lost no time. She took 200 loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five (bushels) of roasted grain, 100 cakes of raisins and 200 cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys” (1 Samuel 25:18). Nabal was a rich man indeed if his wife could find all this already prepared […]

The Safest Place to Be

“Whenever the (evil) spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him” (1 Samuel 16:23). What power there is in true worship, Lord. Even an evil spirit which You had given permission to come […]

299 Holding onto Hope

“Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realise what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king” (1 Samuel 12:17). Wow! Father, did You put this into the heart of Samuel? Rain would […]

298 This is Love

“Samuel said to all the people, ‘Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like (Saul) among all the people.’ Then the people shouted, ‘Long live the king!’” (1 Samuel 10:24).  Why does it surprise me that You react the way You do? Here You are, rejected by Your people […]

297 The Final Winner

“When (the people) said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel, so he prayed to the Lord” (1 Samuel 8:6). Father, I can identify with Samuel here. I tend to sink into depression and despair at the things that are happening today. Laws that murder babies, take safeguards away from children, erode […]

296 Leadership

“Eli said, ‘He is the Lord; let Him do what is good in His eyes’” (1 Samuel 3:18). We do not know what was in Eli’s heart as he spoke these words when Samuel confirmed the message of judgment upon his family. I see Eli as a godly man, weak, but godly. He knew God’s […]

295 Knowing and Really Knowing

“Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord. The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him” (1 Samuel 3:7). I’ve never had children as you know, Lord, so it is very interesting to me to see how Samuel developed. At about 3 years old, when he came to live with Eli […]

294 Sacrifice or Opportunity?

“O Lord Almighty, if You will … not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life” (1 Samuel 1:11). Reading the book I have from the library at the moment about a woman who had to give up her children […]

293 An Invitation

“Jesus replied, ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests’” (Luke 14:16). These were invited to the feast but, as was Eastern custom, they didn’t know exactly when it was. They got involved in other things so that when the call came to attend it was inconvenient. I am invited to […]

292 Judge Only Yourself

“Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, ‘There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath’” (Luke 13:14). I understand this man. I tend this way. Legalism comes naturally to me. If the Bible says it, it must […]

291 Hypocrisy

“Woe to you (Pharisees), because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them” (Luke 11:47). I don’t understand this, Lord. To build a tomb is surely to honour someone, to raise up a memorial to them. They were saying in their hearts, “If we had been alive then we […]

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