But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious… how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.” 2 Corinthians 3 7-9
As a parent I understand the need for boundaries with my children. Yet If my relationship with them was reduced to a list of rules that they had to follow it would be a very sad and disappointing journey through life for us all
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Cor 2:9
I love surprises and I love to give surprises to others. I love to plan things which I know will be a blessing to someone and then share in the joy and excitement when they discover what you've been up to!
How many of us wake up each day thinking I have everything I could ever have dreamed of, my life is complete! Now I'm not suggesting that we should wake up complaining & moaning. Listings our disappointments and failures. I do believe,however, that it is ok to yearn for more. I
For God made Christ who never sinned to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Cor 5:21
From a young age we quickly learn what it's like to get things right or wrong. As a former teacher I saw the negative effect that getting work wrong had on a child. How they lost confidence in themselves. Even seeing red markings on a page or a cross instead of a tick can over time send a message to a child that they've failed.
When it comes to breaking habits in our lives and overcoming negative patterns of behaviour we tend to be problem focused rather than solution oriented. Often the attention we give to a problem and the time we spend thinking about everything we are not happy with allows the whole thing to be magnified. It can at times become insurmountable in our eyes
Rouse yourselves and keep awake, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying… Revelation 3:2a
Last year I had a very successful vegetable harvest – more courgettes that I knew what to do with, and my beetroot, potatoes and rhubarb were abundant. This year however…pretty pathetic. I did the same
…we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].Psalm 66:12b
A few years ago I took part in the Moonwalk in Edinburgh. This is a marathon walk that raises millions for breast cancer charities. The unusual thing about this walk is that it starts at midnight so you are literally walking by the light of the moon! It was a great
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him]. Song of Solomon 2:4 Amplified Bible
I really enjoy people visiting me in my home, be it an unexpected caller or a pre-arranged event. I love deciding what food I am going to prepare, setting the table, serving the food and enjoying the craic. I also love to be invited to other people’s homes and getting to know them better over food and laughter
The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.Psalm 145:14Amplified Bible
In August 2012 I ruptured my Achilles tendon in my right leg. I was dancing rather too energetically and all of a sudden my right foot just stopped working! For the next 4 weeks I was in plaster and struggled to get around using crutches.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!Romans 5:17
Having looked this week at living from the unseen,we finish by focusing on reigning in life. Understanding our citizenship is critical to reigning in life. We are not citizens of our temporal surroundings, we are citizens of the unseen eternal kingdom of God
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
As we continue our theme of spiritual sight we are encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus.Andrew has been speaking on the brazen serpent from Numbers 21 and how when the Israelites ‘looked’ at the serpent they were healed.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.Ephesians 3:20
We have been looking at how to live from the unseen eternal realm, rather than the physical temporal world around us.We have touched on how faith (spiritual sight) and perspective are really important in this process
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2 Corinthians 4:18
The word temporary means 'lasting for only a limited period of time, not permanent'.Isn't it good to know that whatever we are going through today its only temporary and not permanent - particularly if it is an unpleasant experience
[John 11:33-35 NLT] When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.
"Where have you put him?" he asked them. They told him, "Lord, come and see."
Then Jesus wept.
Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus in compassion for the grief that his sisters and friends were experiencing. I believe His anger was not at the people around Him, but at the things in life that cause those whom He made and loved to be caused to grieve
Mark 1:9-11: One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy." Other translations say, “In whom I am well pleased”.
Why was The Father so pleased with Jesus? Was it because of His obedient life? or because of His willingness to fulfil His mission to rescue lost souls? I would suggest that Jesus pleased His Father in every way but that God loved Jesus so dearly simply because He is His Son
“Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting, "Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are; the Holy One of God!"
Jesus cut him short. "Be quiet! Come out of the man," he ordered.
At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him. Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. "What sort of new teaching is this?" they asked excitedly. "It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!" Mark 1:23-27 NLT
“Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3 v 24
Last year my wife and I made a will. While we've no intention of shaking off this mortal coil for a while yet, it seemed like a sensible idea to get this item dealt with so there would be no complications in the future
When I was young and in Sunday school, this verse was a favourite amongst my friends. Why? Well, when we were ever challenged by the teacher to recite a verse, inevitably someone would proudly stand up and say "Jesus wept”! Cue giggles all round
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12 - v2
One of the big criticisms levelled at politicians and leaders from the press and public is when they shift their position on an issue that they had previously held. Leadership can look weak when this happens and yet we also want our politicians and leaders to be able to compromise and work with others and adapt to changing situations.
As I get older I realise more and more the sound advice my dad shared with me over the years. Whether it was regarding relationships or work or running a home, his advice and wisdom over the years has been invaluable as he has many years of experience to draw upon, and I know he has my best interest at heart.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance wIn him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 7-8athat he lavished on us.” Eph 1:8
The forgiveness of your sins is given to you by God in accordance with the riches of His grace. Just think about that for a moment…your forgiveness is not given in accordance with your faith, your good works or your ability to live up to some gold standard.
"Yo are no longer a slave but a son and if a son then an heir of God through Christ!" (Gal 4:7)
Our identity as children of God is our defining feature; it affects how we view everything. As a child of God your relationship to your Father is not based on your efforts or your ability but on the love of your Dad.
ou shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32 (NKJV)
Have you ever been on holiday and upon your return thought to yourself ‘Here we go, back to the real world’? There is something nice about the ability to have a break and get away from the normal routine of things but we also realise that living like we do when we are on holiday is not the real world.
“He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us!”Eph2:5-6 (MSG)
The phenomenal position in which we find ourselves –honoured by God, loved and accepted by Him, is nothing to do with how good we are. It’s the same for everyone; the powerful, the imprisoned, the rich and famous, the obscure and destitute, poets, artists, slaves and vagabonds, priests, prostitutes, diplomats and drug-dealers…everyone of us accepted not because of what we have done or who we are but because God is love