Monthly archive for March 2016

A dwelling place for the Spirit

And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭22‬ NIV) It feels like a mystery, that God should dwell in us. That we should contain something of Him in our hearts. More so that as a people He is building us together and that His Spirit would dwell in us as a body. It realigns our thoughts of a personal walk with God to seeing it as corporate journey, we are together. We can grieve the Spirit on our own, but we can also grieve the Spirit

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Hope

To feel hopeless is hopeless, it is a spiral that feels like thee can be no return. In moments like this it is only the word of the Lord that can speak in and release freedom, and deliverance and ultimately hope. It is good to be wise to the enemy schemes, not that we focus on him, but that we understand how he works. He will cause us to draw conclusions from situations around us. Conclusions such as, God doesn’t care, if God really loved me he wouldn’t have let this happen, God doesn’t answer your prayers and so on.

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The cost

It is in 1 Chronicles 21 that we can read about David and how he purchased the threshing floor from Araunah. Araunah wanted to give the land to David but David insisted on paying. Somehow he knew that his payment was also an honour to the Lord, he knew the value of sacrifice and so he paid 600 Shekels of gold for the site. He wasn’t going to sacrifice to the Lord that which cost him nothing. Our offerings to the Lord cost us. If there is no cost involved it is not an offering, it has to involve a

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Treasure

There was a man who found some treasure in a field. He was so full of joy that he sold all that he had and bought the field. We are that field! Such is the joy of the Lord towards each of us. Maybe we don’t recognise the treasure in our own hearts, but it is there, and the Lord sees that treasure. In fact, he saw it ahead of time and gave all that he had that he could have that treasure. For though this is a parable about the kingdom and our need to value it and seek

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Grace in a time of need

The journey to the cross began the day Jesus was born, He was born to die. Maybe a bit of a dramatic start, but as we approach Easter my eyes are increasingly turned towards it’s events. I wonder how much the Lord knew of His journey in his early years? At which point was it clear that the cross was the way? As God, He would have had perfect knowledge, but in His limiting himself to walking as a man full of the Holy Spirit this knowledge would only come through revelation. Yet at whichever point it came He was

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The antithesis of insecurity

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭NIV Jesus always amazes me. He says the most profound things, be is not afraid to upset the apple cart, turn the tables. He doesn’t need to keep up appearances, He is not ruled by the agendas of man, though He does have an agenda. He is secure in who He is. Insecurity is defined as: uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence. Jesus is the antithesis of insecurity, the most secure person

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Hold on

There are lots of things that we seek after in life. Maybe it’s a new house, new car, a husband or wife. Maybe your expectation is that I am about to condemn them – no, I have no desire to. These things in themselves are not wrong. I do however want to point out this passage in Song of Songs that I often go back to, which for me, puts everything else that I seek into perspective. We live in a fragile world, things break, they don’t last and we ourselves eventually pass away. In the midst of this there

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revelation of the cross

As we approach Easter I am turning my thoughts again towards Jesus on the cross. As I start to think of the cross my concern is that I don’t consider the cross as much as I should or could and that I only focus on the cross and not the resurrection. Let’s face it, without the resurrection the cross was just a gruesome death. The one only makes sense and has reason with the other. Sometimes I don’t know where to start, do I focus on the seven last sayings? Do I think of the physical aspects of his death?

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Strength

Sometimes we don’t recognise our weakness. The first place to come to is to realise that we are weak. The second is to realise that we need help. The world tells us we can do all things in our own strength, that anything is possible, that we can overcome with our own strength. The bible however tells us we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. There is a battle between the thinking of the world and the mind of God. As a believer, our minds are being renewed, turned from the earthly thinking, the futile thinking that

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Be still and know

We live in a world that is driven by targets, demands, quotas and expectations. Virtually every environment I have worked in is infected by these factors, including church. None of them are bad, but our insecure hearts and need for acceptance fuel them to become behemoths that rule our waking and sleeping. Yet in the middle of this the Lord asks us to be still. To pause and know. This does require stopping. It requires examining our time and making space. Not fitting in, working around but consciously and definitively making space to be still. Whatever your ‘today’ looks like,

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Knowing

As you read the gospels I am always suprised how many times Jesus knew what people were thinking or knew what was in people’s hearts. I have chatted with many people about this and there has tended to be the answer, well that was Jesus. That answer does not sit well with me. I know Jesus is fully God and fully man, but when he walked on earth he didn’t take advantage of his deity. He walked the earth as a man full of the Holy Spirit, without taking advantage of his deity in any way. So I therefore see

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Words

The wind as it whispers picks up the seed from the offering hands of the reproductively desiring flower. It is so gentle in its carrying of the seed, lifting it up and carrying it sometimes for miles, until it seems that the wind finds a place for that seed to rest and it lays it down in fertile soil. All the DNA necessary to reproduce is contained in that seed, though it is only a seed it has great potential to form the largest of tree or the deadliest of plant. I find words like seeds, they are formed in

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a vision of the cross

A number of years ago the Lord gave me a vision of the cross. Below is what he showed me. The Cross I came near the cross with some friends, I was talking with them confidently. I had on what looked like armour with feathers sticking out. As I looked around at others who were coming, some were dressed similarly. I was pointing at them and making comments to my friends, saying this was so and so – there was a real confidence and self assurance in my voice. It was bordering on arrogance and lacked humility. As I came

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Seasons

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven, says the writer of Ecclessiates. There was a time when Jericho stood tall and proud, there was a time when it was brought low. There was a time when Saul walked in honour as the King and a time when he fell and became bitter. There was a time when Adam and Eve walked in the garden and there was a time when they did no more. There was a time when Jesus walked on the earth, and now He sits in heaven. Times and seasons

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listening

If you sit still and start to listen there are lots of different sounds that you can hear. To begin, the most intrusive dominates the scene, but as you listen more carefully other sounds start to appear in the concerto before you. Maybe a voice, a distant shout, a bird song, a car door slamming or a plane in the distance. Every now and again I will do this to sharpen my hearing. I’m always amazed at what you do hear. As I think about this I am reminded of Elijah after his battle with the prophets of Baal and

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