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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 […]

A Spirit of Power

Read: 2 Timothy 1:6-7: 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT) What Does it Mean? Paul exhorts Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” because God didn’t give us “a spirit of…timidity”. There are two things to notice about this. The first is that God gives us gifts. All of us. Every single Christian has been given one (or more) gifts by God that He intends for us to use for His Glory. 1 Corinthians 12 is a whole chapter on spiritual gifts that are given to the body of Christ. As Christians we are called to serve, […]

For Freedom, We Have Been Set Free

Read: Galatians 5:1, 13-15 (MSG) Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you… It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? What Does […]

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Power in Your Corner – Your All-Sufficiency in Christ

Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:17-19 15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! Bible Reading: Ephesians 3:14-20 14-19 My response is to get down on […]

Good Cop, Bad Cop – The New Man and the Old

Bible Reading Romans 7:15-25 14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. 17-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will […]

Eating the Word of God

“Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in their rebellion. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you.” Then I looked and saw a hand reaching out to me. It held a scroll, 10 which he unrolled. And I saw that both sides were covered with funeral songs, words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom. The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. ~ Ezekiel 2:8-3:3 (New Living Translation) The Bible often tells us that we […]

Never Stand Alone

As Christians, there are certain things that we need in order to grow into maturity in our faith. Like sapling trees or plant seedlings, we need nurturing. Of course, the most important nourishment we can give ourselves is Spiritual Food in the form of the Bible – a daily reading plan is often helpful – and prayer, the act of talking and listening to God. But whilst Spiritual food is essential, like seedlings and saplings, there is something else that we need: other Christians around us to support us as we grow. Sometimes it’s pride, sometimes it’s stubbornness, sometimes it’s just a sheer desire for independence – but for most people there are times when we just want to “go it alone”. We might convince ourselves that we don’t need others around us to help […]

Redefining Church Series

Acts 2 Redefining Church

Concept #4: Togetherness (Redefining Church)

The fourth concept in the model of church that is described in Acts 2 is togetherness. The unity that the early believers built the church upon is far removed from the dissent and disunity that we see in the twenty-first century church. In the aftermath of the Day of Pentecost, the early church was united by an unadulterated, Christ-centred faith. After two millennia of doctrinal debate and division, the modern-day church, although still focused on Christ, is no longer united as one, but divided into dozens of denominations. What impact does that division have, and is it possible to redefine our understanding of church to return to the unity that the early believers thrived within.  Read: Acts 2:44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. Unity, which refers […]

Sharing Community is based on Micah 6:8, and this is a huge part of Redefining Church

Concept #5: Real Community and Sharing (Redefining Church)

The earliest believers provided us with a model for how “Church” should be done, and it wasn’t based on rules or doctrines, but on a genuine faith in Jesus Christ. The way the early Church lived out their faith is far removed from our modern concepts of church, and at the heart of it is the fifth concept in our series on Redefining Church – “Real community and sharing”. The early church wasn’t just united by their belief, they formed a genuine community of people who looked out for each other in every way, and shared their possessions among each other, so that everyone’s needs were met, and no one had to go without. What would it look like for the twenty-first century church to embrace the practices of the first century church?  Read: Acts 2:44-45 And […]

Concept #6: All Encompassing Faith (Redefining Church)

For the early church, faith was not something reserved for Sunday morning services and a home group one night a week – it was at the very center of their lives. In this sixth concept in a series looking at “Redefining Church”, we get a window into the all-encompassing nature of the faith of the first-century church, and what it might mean for the twenty-first century church to have a faith that is more than just a compartmentalised part of our lives.  Read: Acts 2:46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity. Consistency and dedication were a huge source of strength for the community of believers that we have come to know as the “early church”. Faith was […]

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 […]

Devotions for the Storms of Life

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 […]

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 […]