Jan 20

Ready for the Harvest

When a farmer ploughs his field and sows his seeds, he does so knowing that it is going to be some time before he will reap the harvest it will produce. It takes dedication and patience, a willingness to work hard for no immediate result. This is a sharp contrast to those who demand immediate results and aren’t willing to put in time and effort for something that takes time to bear fruit.


Jan 19

The Lord, My Helper and Deliverer

We can all have them at times insecurities, doubts about our health our future, anything really. What these few verses can teach you is that we have a choice in any given circumstance what our reaction to it will be. We can choose to focus or magnify the fears we have so that we can become so overwhelmed that we have no faith to pray or believe that God could or would help us. So we choose not to pray and seek God’s help where deliverance can come from. It does not have to be that way, David had learnt not to magnify his problems but to magnify His Lord. The Hubble telescope can bring into focus space that is many, many miles away through powerful magnification of the lens. In a similar way when we focus on the God who has promised never to leave or forsake us.


Jan 18

Led by God’s Knowledge

This verse is a wonderful promise to those who were willing to be directed by Him. We read here how we have the promise of God’s instruction and guidance as one of the benefits of His forgiveness to us. No one other than God Himself can fulfil what is promised in this verse. Here we see how faith can rectify and change our understanding. When He says He will instruct us He is saying He will make us understand. It is good to know that men can instruct us but only God can make us understand.


Jan 17

Hope in the Lord from the Beginning to the End!

Start by reading… Psalm 31 is an unusual psalm, as it covers grief, sorrow and praise. It is difficult for this psalm to be dated, but we can conclude certain distinct principles from it. Verses 1-6 express thanks to God for His mercies. Remember that His mercy and love exceed our capacity for sin and … Continued


Jan 16

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

Start by reading… Matthew 21:20 says: “The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, ‘How did the fig tree wither so quickly?’” I have always been rather confused by this story. To really understand it, we need to read Mark 11. In this account we read that Jesus was hungry, so he went … Continued


Jan 15

Responding Well

Start by reading… Proverbs 15:1 says: “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” We live in a world that provides countless opportunities to communicate with people, both near and far. In a split second, our voices can be heard from the other side of the world via Skype. Our Twitter timelines … Continued


Jan 14

The Unmerciful Servant

Start by reading… Jesus tells the parable of the unmerciful servant after Peter asks how many times he is to forgive his brother. Jewish law held that people should be forgiven, but only three times. Peter proposes to forgive seven times, which means ‘always’, as seven represents ‘completeness’. Jesus responds that he should forgive seventy-seven … Continued


Jan 13

Time to Seek the Lord

“Clean hands” are hands that do not take part in things that are spiritually impure or offensive to God. Isaiah 1:15-16 “The Lord says, when you spread out your hands in prayer I will hide my eyes from you, even if you offer many prayers I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood. Wash and make yourselves clean.” 1 Timothy 2:8 “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”


Jan 12

A Prediction of Affliction

Start by reading… People try to predict many things, such as the end of the world, stock markets, sales figures and even the weather. How wrong they get that! In Psalm 22 we see a prediction that was bang on, telling of a situation that was to come in the far future. There are so … Continued


Jan 11

Faith to Do Extraordinary Things

If you trust God, then in the middle of a storm, God will always show up. When the disciples needed Him, He put aside the storm and went to meet them. It’s the Father’s way to help us and calm our fears! The first thing He says, is, “Be of good cheer, It’s me! Don’t be afraid!” He disables their fear with His words. When the fear dissolves a change takes place in Peter. Peter says, “Lord if it’s you, command me to come to you on the water”. Jesus says, “Come!” and Peter steps out in faith. When you ditch your fear and hand it over to God, your faith will start working and maybe surprise you.


Jan 10

The People Stood on the Shore

Start by reading… In reaction to the story in Matthew 13, Charles Spurgeon, who has been referred to as ‘the prince of preachers’, once remarked: “The teacher sat, and the people stood: we should have less sleeping in congregations if this arrangement still prevailed.” This is an inspiring thought, but it would be very difficult … Continued


Jan 09

Healing on the Sabbath

Start by reading… I must confess that I love songs that are based on scripture. Many of the songs we sing in our churches today are about how we feel rather than what the word specifically says. I remember singing the song below and having no idea that it came right out of the Bible … Continued


Jan 08

How to Stay the Course

We all go through dark seasons in life, sometimes through our own choices and often through no fault of our own. When John the baptist was in the wilderness, he proclaimed his message with boldness and clarity, he seemed unshakeable. Yet in Matthew 11, we find him in prison and struggling in the place of discouragement and doubt. His circumstances were pressing in on him and causing him to question what he knew to be true. He was in a dark season.


Jan 07

Focus on the Job

In Matthew 10 Jesus instructs the 12 disciples to give as freely as they have received. Jesus does not say that they should stock up with plenty of provisions and all the things that make them feel nice and comfortable. What they have with them on their journey should not be the focus; Jesus wants them to focus on the job they have to do rather than any of these material things. For their travels the disciples are instructed to search for a worthy person and stay in their home and to give it a blessing. Jesus also tells them to shake the dust off their feet and leave when they and their message are not welcomed. Jesus does not say they should insist that they stay in a luxury inn and have a list of requirements everywhere they go. However, we read that they should be fed and 1 Corinthians 9:14 says that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.


Jan 06

What Can the Righteous Do?

This question remains as relevant today as it was when it was written centuries ago. When we see how far the law of our land has fallen from God’s perfect design, and hear of the atrocities in the world today, we can become discouraged, believing there is nothing we can do to change things. The consequences are seen in the confusion, chaos, conflict, persecution, abuse, distrust, poverty, break down of family life, children robbed of innocence, and a lack of sanctity for life itself. However, we can turn our eyes upon the One who is in control:-


Jan 05

The Wisdom of Solomon

Start by reading… Proverbs was written by Solomon, who is known to have been the wisest man and king who ever lived, and this precious book that he penned is filled with wisdom and Godly common sense about the most practical matters of life. As believers, we should not hate instruction, as we clearly read … Continued


Jan 04

Get Wisdom, Get Understanding

Get Wisdom, Get Insight (Proverbs 4:5). Read that statement and all of us shout a big ‘YESSSS!!’. Advice is always available, we are never short of someone giving us an opinion. While these may be valuable, the Fathers wise instruction is that we desire and get a specific wisdom.


Jan 03

The Cry of a Repentant Heart

Start by reading… The beginning of psalm 6 is great example of how we must repent. It is the cry of an afflicted man; one who understands that he is sinful and needs God. Who among us can bear His judgement? How can we, as frail men and women, endure this anger? Remember that God rebukes … Continued


Jan 02

New Year’s Resolutions

What can you do today, this week, this month and this year that will please God? It’s not too late to make a new year’s resolution. It’s never too late to please Him.


Jan 01

A Year of Acceleration

Did you know that your heavenly Father wants to accelerate your growth? He is so loving that He has purposefully set the stage for you to grow into maturity as a Christ-follower, He no longer wants you in nappies.


Dec 31

Everything Restored

Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.


Dec 30

The Woman on the Beast

‘Europe’ took its name from Europa, who in Greek myth was raped by Jupiter who took the form of a bull. She became the ‘Queen of Heaven’ and the EU constantly uses the image from Revelation 17 of this woman on the beast. The woman is a statue outside the EU headquarters in Brussels and is depicted on the 2 Euro coin.


Dec 29

The Power of Your Story

My wife and I enjoy watching films together and over the years we have learned each other’s taste. A few times we have started a DVD and within a few minutes, we look at each other with that knowing expression, that says, ‘this is too slow’. What we really mean is that this film isn’t reeling us in. Our favorite films are normally always based on true stories. We love to watch inspiring films, of how people can make a difference and impact their world.


Dec 28

God Will Wipe Every Tear from Their Eyes

My wife was a young Christian and had only been a Christian for two years.

Her friend had only been a Christian for 6 months. Daniela would meet this young Christian to guide her through the Scripture on a weekly basis, after reading through the New Testament they decided to read the book of Revelation. Now this young Christian was quite curious about the Book of Revelation.


Dec 27

Worthy of All

The picture which is painted for us in the verses of chapter 4, is one of such beauty and honour.
We see the words describing the superlative and calling our attention to the fact that His holiness is infinite, majestic and magnificent.


Dec 26

Stay on Track

Jude is not holding back as he communicates to his readers, and on this Boxing Day as we continue our Christmas celebrations, he speaks to you and me. His encouragement is to combat false doctrine, and live a life firm on Godly doctrine and holy conduct. The Challenge to us today is that the truth of the Bible must not be compromised because it gives us real facts about our Saviour and his sacrificial love for this world.


Dec 25

Today is Jesus’ Birthday

Jesus said that when we love Him we will obey Him (John 14:15). When we truly love God with all of our hearts we will want to obey Him! After salvation there is a process, so don’t be disappointed with yourself as you are in a process of pressing into God and walking the walk! Have you heard the saying, ” If you talk the talk you have to walk the walk”. As a Christian it is not enough to know the truth of Gods word: we have to live it out! The word of God is full of ways to practically apply and walk in the truth. Sometimes life being a Christian can become very difficult and complicated, we think we must follow hundreds of rules etc. But Jesus said that if we simple walk in love that is enough! (John 15:12). Love motivates us to obey, pray, be kind, merciful, give, forgive, repent and practice other aspects of our Christian Faith!


Dec 24

God Demonstrates His Love

The beginning of chapter 2 v4 John is emphasising that if I say I know God and do not follow his commandments I am a liar and deceiving myself. V5 By contrast the person who keeps His word the love of God is being perfected in him. John goes one step further by saying 2 v 7 The believer they says he is in the light and hates his brother is in spiritual darkness.


Dec 23

The Day of the Lord

Peter declares that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years. Many have wondered if this has a deeper meaning and look to the account of creation for an answer. It is interesting that in the first book of the Bible each day of creation is given a number. The Jews do not call the days after Roman gods the way we do but rather the way they are defined in the bible.


Dec 22

You Are Somebody and You Are Part of Something!

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. NIV


Dec 21

Maturity and Security

Peter an apostle of Jesus Christ. He is clear with you he is and whose family he belongs to. Sometimes you meet people and they are unsure as to their identity, purpose and even existence. I remember a Jackie Chan movie ‘Who am I’. He was running around trying to find out who he was. The crazy thing is the bad guys knew he was, his family knew who he was but he didn’t have a clue. We are sometimes like that, having read our bibles, heard God speak, listen to great teaching and still run around unsure of our identity.


Dec 20

What is faith?

‘Faith is stepping out in obedience to God, believing that He can do what He says, in the here and now and not just in the past or the future.’


Dec 19

The Old Was Good, But the New Is Flawless

One of my favourite subjects to study is Christ in the Old Testament and it is so vast, from the events that happened, rituals practised, special appearances and even down to the materials used in the tabernacle of God. No book brings the two Testaments together like Hebrews.


Dec 18

Jesus, Our High Priest

As our high priest and intercessor, Jesus frequently goes to the Father and represents us. He is spotless and blameless, but He is also able to sympathise with our weaknesses. What a wonderful assurance and invitation to come boldly to the throne of God and give thanks as we find mercy and grace to help us in our times of need.


Dec 17

Christ Is Supreme

God has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, aren’t you glad that God speaks through His Son? We are reminded that in the past God spoke through His prophets but now God speaks through His Son. In the past He spoke to our forefathers but now He speaks to us. God speaks in and through Jesus Christ.


Dec 16

What an Epitaph!

The time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.


Dec 15

The Letter of Titus

There is much said about the character and behaviour of leaders. If we do not pay attention to these defining points we will put people into leadership positions that they are not ready for and may do more harm to the church than good.


Dec 14

Great Contentment

Timothy (and we) are entrusted with important instructions on the order to be to be established and maintained in the church, as the house of God. A foundation of pure doctrine, pure worship and faithful ministry are the leading thoughts but there’s also lessons on Godly conduct and character of all the individuals in the body.


Dec 13

Burning Huts!

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and in which to store his few possessions.


Dec 12

Watch Your Tongue

Do we always think about the way our words will affect others? Jesus says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks … our words reflect what is in our hearts. When a mum loves her family, she speaks incessantly and lovingly of her children and all their ways … if a man loves sport he talks passionately of his favourite team and in detail of their latest performance!