Fueling Faith Storms of Life Philippians 3

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 […]

Revelation 3:20 Stand at the Door and Knock Fueling Faith

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 […]

Fueling Faith Zephaniah Mighty to Save

Mighty to Save: Zephaniah 3:9-20 (Storms of Life)

Read: Zephaniah 3:9-20 Key Verse: v17: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.   What Does it Mean? There’s an amazing picture of God’s tender care and provision in this passage. We’re reminded that even when we walk away from God, He has compassion towards us and will welcome us back into His presence, with grace, mercy and forgiveness. And in His presence, we have no reason to fear or have anxiety about what’s going on around us. He doesn’t always take us out of the storm, but He comforts us in the midst of it. Verse 17 is an often quoted verse, and when you read […]

“For I am God; there is no other” – Combatting Idolatry and Embracing Freedom

The Old Testament is full of stories of the frequent occasions when the Israelites fell into “idolatry”, and for a lot of Christians, those stories are what first come to mind when thinking about the concept of idolatry. But idolatry isn’t just something that belongs in chronicles of the ancient past. It’s something that play as much a part in the hearts and minds of contemporary Christians as it did for the ancients. So what does that mean in light of God’s declaration that He is the only one worthy of our worship – and what do we need to do about it? Read: Isaiah 45:22 (NLT) Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. John 8:31-38 (NLT) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, […]

Standing on Faith in the Storms of Life

Shelter of the Most High – Sample Devotion

Today, I’m sharing with you one of the daily devotions from my first volume of a series entitled “In the Storms of Life”.  IN THE SHELTER OF THE MOST HIGH Read: Psalm 91 Key Verse: Psalm 91:4 (NLT) He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises areyour armor and protection. Reflection Some think that Moses wrote this psalm, though we can’t be sure. Whoever it was, they had a faith in God as their protector Who would carry them through all the dangers and fears that they faced. It’s a picture of trust that we should aspire to have also! This psalm paints a comforting and sustaining portrait of God as a shelter, or even as a place of hiding. Remember how God hid Moses in […]

Perfect Love Casts out All Fear

God is Love

The concept of love is something some of us find it hard to talk about. Life has a way of twisting and distorting those things that God intended to be unblemished. For many, love has very negative associations, and it’s hard to break those subconscious links. Hard, but not impossible. The apostle John writes about what love really is – and absorbing these truths can be truly transformative. Read: 1 John 4:16-19 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because […]

Empty Grave Faith God of the Unexpected

What’s So Special About an Empty Grave?

In the aftermath of the Easter weekend, I’m taking time to reflect on the significance of the resurrection. It’s something that we can easily overlook, or take for granted, because it’s such a familiar event – the linchpin of our Christian faith. I spent some time thinking about that first Resurrection Sunday, and how putting ourselves in the place of those who witnessed the empty tomb can deepen our faith today. Read: John 20:1-10 When Jesus rose from the grave on Resurrection Sunday, He didn’t do so with a great fanfare. He didn’t wait for a crowd to be gathered to witness Him rolling away the stone and walking out of the tomb that had been meant to hold Him. No one watched Him fold the grave-clothes. We know that a bunch of Marys arrived […]

Jesus Seven Last Words from the Cross Good Friday Easter Meditation

Easter Meditation: Jesus’ Seven Last Words From the Cross

Easter is a time when we remember the sacrifice that Jesus gave that we might be extracted from the jaws of sin and death. Good Friday marks the moment that God used the devil’s trap and turned it into a triumph as Jesus gave His life up as full payment for our sins. It’s a poignant reminder that God can turn the most impossible situations around. This Easter, let’s meditate on Jesus’ seven final “words” (or phrases) from the cross, and what they mean for our lives today.    1. Forgiveness Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for His clothes by throwing dice.  This word invites us to open our eyes to the full extent of God’s forgiveness.  Even as Jesus hung […]

Praise God all the Time

Concept #8: Praise God (Redefining Church)

Acts 2:42-47 tells the story of how those who became followers of Jesus after Peter’s first preach on the Day of Pentecost formed a community that later became known as the church. Modern Christians and theologians call it the Early Church to differentiate this stage of the church from the other stages that it went through during history. Over the last eight weeks, we’ve been looking at concepts that the early believers modelled and what we can learn from them if we wish to Redefine Church in the modern age. In this final instalment, Concept #8, we’re going to take a look at how the Early Church Praised God as part of their community.  Read: Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and […]

With Glad and Sincere hearts

Concept # 7: With Glad and Sincere Hearts (Redefining Church)

The earliest believers modelled a way of being church (as opposed to ‘doing’ church) that is, in many ways, far removed from our twenty-first century concepts of church. In this series on ‘Redefining Church’, we come to the seventh concept explained in Acts 2:46: having glad and sincere hearts. It wasn’t just what the early church did, it was the way that they did it. There was a sincerity and gratefulness in the way that they gathered together to break bread and eat in community. Their dedication to their faith was sincere, not superficial, and this is an essential consideration for the modern church. Too much of modern life is superficial, and there is a danger that this superficiality leaks into our faith and into our churches. Read: Acts 2:46b They broke bread in their […]