May 31, 2015

The Holy Spirit (4)

‘These little troubles are getting us ready…’ 2 Corinthians 4:17 CEV Everything Jesus did for His followers, the Holy Spirit does for you. Jesus taught; the Holy Spirit teaches us. Jesus healed; the Holy Spirit heals us. Jesus comforted; the Holy Spirit comforts us. Jesus sends us into new seasons, and He sends His Counsellor with us. Your journey in the company of the Holy Spirit is a promise from Christ, in fact the very last promise He made to His disciples just before His ascension was, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:29 […]
May 30, 2015

The Holy Spirit (3)

‘…The Holy Spirit–He will teach you everything…’ John 14:26 NLT As a departing teacher might introduce the pupils to his or her replacement, so Jesus introduces us to the Holy Spirit. And what a ringing endorsement He gives Him! He calls the Holy Spirit His ‘representative’. The Holy Spirit within you comes in the name of Christ, with equal authority and identical power. How comforting it is to know that, when you’re entering a new season of life in which so many things will be different. This verse is translated in different ways. In the New International Reader’s Version, the […]
May 29, 2015

The Holy Spirit (2)

‘…He will give you another…Counsellor.’ John 14:16 AMP In the Bible, Solomon lists 28 different seasons in life. Here they are: ‘A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A […]
May 28, 2015

The Holy Spirit (1)

‘I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind…’ John 14:27 NLT Life comes with surprises. Some of them you welcome, and some of them you don’t. One summer you take a trip to the beach, next summer the beach is covered with oil. One month your stocks are soaring and your investments are growing, then suddenly it all comes crashing down. And the ‘brains’ you thought were running the system sit at session of parliament and say, ‘We just never anticipated this.’ And in those rare seasons when you think the world has settled down, watch out! A malignant […]
May 27, 2015

Learn to ‘Wait’ On God

‘…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…’ Isaiah 40:31 NIV The prophet Isaiah tells us God ‘…gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar…like eagles; they will run and not grow weary…’ (Isaiah 40:29–31 NIV) When an eagle is on the ground it’s vulnerable to attack by predators like snakes and wolves. On terra firma its surroundings are a fixed reality the eagle can’t change. So what does it do? It rises above them! […]
May 26, 2015

Bring Them to Jesus

‘Arise, take up your bed…’ Mark 2:9 NKJV They came to Him, bringing a paralytic, who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic: ‘Arise, take up your bed…’ (Mark 2:9 NKJV) We learn from this man’s story that some people are incapable of getting to Jesus on their own; their condition makes it impossible. Notice two […]
May 25, 2015

Before You Date Someone

‘…Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.’ Hebrews 10:24 NIV Here’s some advice for making your dating experiences something you can feel good about afterwards: (1) Be spiritually prepared. Talk to God while you’re getting ready. Time spent before the mirror is important, but time spent with God is all–important. This is never more so than when you’re looking for someone to spend the rest of your life with. (2) Talk openly about sex before it becomes an issue. Physical intimacy is a wonderful thing, but the Bible confines it to marriage where two people are committed to […]
May 24, 2015

Don’t Be So Controlling

‘Love…does not demand its own way…’ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT Some kids at a summer camp were discussing creation, and one asked, ‘If everything has a purpose, how come God made poison ivy?’ Another replied, ‘Because He knows there are some things we should keep our hands off!’ But keeping your hands off things isn’t easy when you’re insecure and controlling by nature. The Bible says, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they will become one flesh.’ (Genesis 2:24 NAS) Notice the word ‘become’. Leaving is the easy […]