James 1v2-4 – Steadfast in trials

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 Trials are a certainty in life. No-one will make it through life…

James 1v1 – Servant heart

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” James 1:1 This is how James starts off his letter to the church. He introduces himself as a servant. James would have been one of the leading figures in the church, a well respected pastor, the brother of Jesus and with enough of a…

Rejoice Not

“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me” Micah 7:8 If there is one thing the devil hates more than anything, it is Christians boldly living out the life God has called us to, working to advance…

Sustained

“Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” Psalm 54:4 In life there will be days when you feel like you can’t go on. When it has all got too much for you to handle. When everything has piled up on you at once. When there seems no escape from…

Leaving 99

Jesus tells this parable about a shepherd who has 100 sheep, but has lost one (Matthew 18:12-14). Rather than being content with the 99 he leaves them in the safety of the sheep-pen and goes out to search for the one missing sheep. High and low he searches until eventually he finds that stray sheep…

When it hits the fan

“Though the fig tree should not blossom,     nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail     and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold     and there be no herd in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the Lord;     I will take joy in the God…

Upheld

Lots of the stuff we go through in life can be challenging. Pressures at work. Backstabbing colleagues. Bills that need paid. Repair work that needs done at the house. Difficult neighbours. Jam-packed schedules with never enough hours in the day. Health situations to deal with. Rocky relationships. Life can be a struggle and testing at…

Struck down, not destroyed

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Cor 4:8-9 In life hard times will come. Attacks will come. When we take a stand for Jesus it angers the devil. He will send fiery darts in our direction…

Restore, Confirm, Strengthen, Establish

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has…

Stop only praying small prayers

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself praying almost exclusively about small things. Prayers about relatively trivial matters like that my work day would run smoothly or that the food I am cooking would taste good and not give me food poisoning (an important prayer to pray…). And while God cares about…