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Armed With Strength – Psalm 18:25-36 (Storms of Life)

Read: Psalm 18:25-36 Key Verse: v32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.   What Does it Mean? Even the strongest, most confident human being on earth is still immeasurably weaker than God. Once we understand this simple truth, and recognise our complete dependance upon our Heavenly Father, God is able to strengthen us, protect us and guide us when we’re facing tricky situations. He can’t help us until we recognise our own fallibility and weakness, and the futility of our attempts to save ourselves. But once we come into that place of acceptance, He can work in our lives – as David describes in this Psalm. He arms us with strength and keeps our way secure (v32); He gives us sure-footing and enables us to stand securely ‘on the heights’ […]

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Jesus Has Overcome the World – John 16:16-33 (Storms of Life)

Read: John 16:16-33 Key Verse: v33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   What Does it Mean? In this world we will have trouble – Jesus doesn’t pretend otherwise. The NLT translates this as “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows” (v33). It’s a part of living in a fallen world that we cannot avoid. However, unlike non-believers, we don’t have to get caught up in anxiety about the troubles that we have to face, because we know that Jesus died on the cross at Calvary to give us a hope, and a reason to rejoice even in the midst of our difficulties. Jesus declares that He has overcome […]

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Faith As Small as a Mustard Seed – Matthew 17:14-20 (Storms of Life)

Read: Matthew 17:14-20 Key Verse: v20 [Jesus] replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”   What Does it Mean? Jesus’ disciples wondered why they hadn’t been able to cast out the demon when Jesus seemingly did it so easily, and He had equipped them to do the same miracles as He. They were probably feeling quite disgruntled and discouraged, perhaps wondering if Jesus had lied to them about the power they had through Him, or if they were doing something wrong. Most Christians experience this kind of disgruntlement and discouragement. We read that we have the power to perform even […]

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God Supplies Strength – 1 Peter 4 (Storms of Life)

Read: 1 Peter 4: 1-11 Key Verse: v11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.   What Does it Mean? Living as a Christ-follower in a corrupted world isn’t easy, especially if we have friends and family who are hostile to our faith, or who are regularly engaged in sinful behaviour. We have to wrestle with the challenges that this poses on a daily basis, having to make a conscious choice to stand our ground and operate within God’s will for our lives. Peter reminds us that there are […]

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God Stands By Us – 2 Tim 4:1-18 (Storms of Life)

Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-18 Key Verse: v17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.   What Does it Mean? Every Christian has a calling on their life that God desires for them to fulfil. For Paul and for Timothy, the calling was to preach the Gospel – something which, at the time at which Paul was writing to Timothy, was not without danger. The early church faced much persecution from the Roman Emperors, and Paul knew well the dangers of his calling. He had been imprisoned numerous times and beaten almost to death. He was writing to Timothy from prison – so Timothy may have been […]

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Nothing is Impossible for God – Matthew 19:16-30 (Storms of Life)

Read: Matthew 19:16-30 Key Verse: v26: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” What Does it Mean? The rich young man who desired eternal life approached Jesus to discover what he was lacking. He had kept the commandments, but had acquired a great wealth, and so Jesus’ answer distressed him. It wasn’t the answer he wanted to hear. Perhaps he thought he could buy his way into heaven. What Jesus asked him to do clearly was too big an ask. It meant giving up everything he had – but it wasn’t just about the money. It was what the money meant. Instead of depending on God to meet his needs, the young man had learnt to depend on his wealth. It gave him security […]

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That We Might Have Hope – Romans 15:1-13 (Storms of Life)

Read: Romans 15:1-13 Key Verse: v4: For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. What Does it Mean? Twenty-first century Christians have a huge advantage over our first-century counterparts. We live in a literate society, with incredibly easy access to the whole of the Bible. The first-century Christians didn’t have that kind of access to the Hebrew Scriptures – and the New Testament as we know it was still being written. We take for granted our access to the Bible – not even having to carry it around now that we have smart-phones and tablets with Bible apps – but don’t fully appreciate it, or utilise it as much as we should. […]

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A Hope and a Future – Jeremiah 29:10-14 (Storms of Life)

Read: Jeremiah 29:10-14 Key Verse: v11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. What Does it Mean? Jeremiah 29:11 probably ranks in the top ten of verses many Christians have memorised. It’s a verse that gets quoted to anyone and everyone facing difficult circumstances, no matter what they are. It’s certainly a verse meant to comfort and give solace – a reminder of God’s unchanging character. We can be sure that God has plans for each and every one of His children – and those plans are always positive ones. The devil’s schemes and human nature can sometimes get in the way of God’s plans for us, but when that happens, our God […]

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Pressing On Towards the Goal – Philippians 3:10-21 (Storms of Life)

Read: Philippians 3:10-21 Key Verses: v13-14: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. What Does it Mean? Paul never stopped looking ahead – not to the immediate future but to the ultimate future, the certainty of eternity. He recognised that looking back was a hinderance to his journey with Jesus, and resolved to always keep his focus on his goal – reaching heaven at the end of his earthly days. As humans, we have a tendency to look back on what was, or what might have been, with rose-tinted glasses. The same […]

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Jesus Stands at the Door – Revelation 3:14-22 (Storms of Life)

Read: Revelation 3:14-22 Key Verse: v20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. What Does it Mean? The Laodicean church was accused of being lukewarm (v16), by which it means that the church was in a state of spiritual bankruptcy and without any redeeming features. These Christians were indifferent to God, and because of their physical wealth had begun to close their hearts to God, forgetting their dependance upon Him. The rebuke that Jesus issued in this passage was issued out of love – He disciplines everyone He loves (v19). Sometimes the rebukes and discipline we receive from God come in the form of what are described as ‘checks in […]