Faith

FAITH > FEAR

The end of the week is almost here [at last, another bank holiday weekend] and I’m still buzzing from last Sunday’s message on fear. Fear in this current climate has almost become the norm; we’re bombarded with death tolls and constant reminders to stay at home where possible, leaving most of us [including myself] more … Continue reading FAITH > FEAR

PSALM 91

A few weeks back when discussing how to overcome fear with faith, I was guided to read Psalm 91. At first, I wondered how this particular chapter was going to help me overcome one of my biggest fears, but I decided to give it a go anyway. Every evening before going to bed, I’d listen … Continue reading PSALM 91

God is love

Whenever we use the word ‘love’, it is described as either an intense feeling of deep affection, a fleeting emotion of care, or an extreme feeling of attachment. However, as I studied the gospel of John [and his other writing] I realised love is more than simply a “warm feeling”; it is an attitude that … Continue reading God is love

Is Self-Love Biblical?

Self love – a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that supports spiritual, mental, social, emotional and physical growth. I’ve always felt conflicted with the term ‘self-love’. At its core the focus is on one’s own well-being and happiness. I would often ask myself: by focussing on self-love, am I putting myself … Continue reading Is Self-Love Biblical?

Faith in Action

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1 Here, Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the willingness to believe in things we cannot see and the prospects and promises that have not yet occurred. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s … Continue reading Faith in Action

God’s masterpiece

Masterpiece—a person’s greatest piece of work, a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind.  We are God’s masterpiece; God’s workmanship; God’s handiwork; God’s creatures – we are God’s new creation in Christ Jesus. Let it sink in for a second. So often we praise God when we see His mountain views and sunsets, … Continue reading God’s masterpiece

Come, all who are weary

Weariness: the state of being weary or tired; that lassitude or exhaustion of strength. We all experience it, whether it’s having too much on our plate, confronting impossible problems or facing setbacks, disappointments or discouragements—feeling weary is nothing new. Yet it is in those moments that Jesus offers himself as the universal solution to all … Continue reading Come, all who are weary

The long route

Often God does not lead us along the shortest path to our goal. In Exodus, God guided the Israelites along the longer route, rather than the direct one from Egypt to the Promised Land. What I find so fascinating about being led by God is that [and this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone]—God … Continue reading The long route

Why is it so hard to forgive?

From our earliest experiences as children, we’ve been told how important it is to forgive. Verses such as Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:13 and Colossians 3:13 further highlight its importance to us believers. Being on my own journey to forgive, I’ve found the act of forgiveness easier said than done. But why? [and this is from … Continue reading Why is it so hard to forgive?

What is success?

While many people will define success as making money, having a big house and driving the latest cars. Or having good relationships, lots of friends and an active social life. The Bible tells us the pathway to success is to commit our ways to the Lord—when we align our hopes and dreams to God’s Will, … Continue reading What is success?

The Power of Crying Out

As I was listening to last Sunday’s message, one key takeaway was the power of crying out. Throughout the Bible, believers have cried out to God in times of distress—time and time again, He has rescued and restored them. While I initially wondered why there is such powerful results from simply crying out to God, … Continue reading The Power of Crying Out

Waiting…

Waiting is part of life. We wait for our dream job after graduating. We wait for the right friends. We wait for anxiety to leave. We wait for marriage. We wait for our loved ones to cherish Jesus. With so much waiting in the Christian life, we need to know how to wait well. In … Continue reading Waiting…

Grace

What is the biblical definition of grace? Grace is the love and mercy given to us by God. It is not dependent on our acts, but solely on the fact that God desires to give it to us. We receive this favour through salvation from God [as well as other blessings]. God saved you by … Continue reading Grace

God will meet your needs

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 It is easy to read this verse alone and think only of our understanding of needs, but Paul is saying this in the context of a greater story. In the previous verses of this chapter, … Continue reading God will meet your needs

But what is God’s Plan?

As Christians, we want to make decisions according to God’s Will—but what happens when we simply do not know which direction God wants us to go? Sooner or later in life we all have to make some decisions. Which university should I go to? Whom should I marry? Should I move here or there? The … Continue reading But what is God’s Plan?

Why Should I Tithe?

In Hebrew, a tithe means ‘one-tenth part of something’—ie. from one’s annual produce or earnings. Tithing is something God asks us to do not because He needs our money but because He wants our hearts. It is an opportunity to trust Him and remember that He is our ultimate provider.  Honor the Lord with your … Continue reading Why Should I Tithe?

Step Into the Unknown

Stepping into the unknown can have a different meaning for everyone—it may be moving to a new country, entering a relationship, going off to university, meeting new people or even starting a new job. Everyone goes through stages in their life, sometimes more often than others, where they are unsure of what will happen. Unsure … Continue reading Step Into the Unknown

Wonderfully Made

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 The word fearfully when translated from Hebrew means with great reverence, heart-felt interest, and with respect. And wonderfully [“pala”] means to … Continue reading Wonderfully Made

Don’t grow weary

[A letter of encouragement…] God has an abundance of blessings in store for you. Don’t let the things of this world distract or discourage you to give up. Trust in God [see Proverbs 3:5-6]. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you can ask or think. Often, time has a way of … Continue reading Don’t grow weary

Don’t look back

Last Sunday’s message was so good, I have to share it with you all today. Christine Caine is one of my favourite speakers and the message she blessed us with is how I got to the title ‘don’t look back’. The message was based on Luke 17:20-37 ‘The Coming of the Kingdom’. In the midst … Continue reading Don’t look back

Finding joy in your trial

Trials are designed for you. They’re chosen by God specifically to grow you. So choose joy, respond in joy, be internally thankful for varied trials. For James 1:2 says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds”. These trials can be an internal or external pressure, a financial … Continue reading Finding joy in your trial

Lent

As Lent commences today, let us use it as a time to reflect and strengthen our relationship with Jesus. For scripture says ‘Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me’ (John … Continue reading Lent

Prayer for Ukraine

Dear Heavenly Father, We pray for the people of Ukraine,for all those suffering or afraid,that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders,for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the worldthat in this moment of crisis,we may reach out in solidarityto our brothers and … Continue reading Prayer for Ukraine