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The battle between the truth of God and the lies of the devil ...

"Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the Word of the Lord!" (Ezekiel 13:2)

The battle between the truth of God and the lies of the devil - It's been going on for a long time, and it keeps on going on and on. There will come a time when the devil will be completely defeated (Revelation 20:10) - but that time is not yet. For now, the devil "is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short " (Revelation 12:12). While, we affirm, by faith, the Lord's final victory over the devil, we must not, while we are here on earth, take the devil lightly. He's working overtime, desperately trying to draw people away from the Lord. Those who know the Lord must never forget this. The world may close its ears to the Word of the Lord, but we must keep on saying, "Hear the Word of the Lord." Take away the Word of the Lord, and things will only get worse and worse. Without the Word of the Lord, people will never be brought to th…

Looking beyond the lovely sunsets ...

In Luke 12:54-56, Jesus speaks to people who were good at weather forecasting, but they weren't so good at understanding and living in the light of God's Word.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen some lovely sunsets. They’ve  often brought to mind the well-known words: “A red sky at night is the shepherd’s delight. A red sky in the morning is the shepherd’s warning.” As I thought about the sun, my thoughts  turned to the Son. As I thought about the shepherds, my thoughts turned to the Shepherd.

We read, in Ecclesiastes 1:9, that “there is nothing new under the sun.” We ask, “Is there anything new?” Yes! There is. Beyond the sun, there is the Son - Jesus Christ the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Jesus comes to us from above. He is “the Man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:47). He has come to earth for us: “God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son” (John 3:16). His love is brighter than the brightness of the sun.
We read the words of Ecclesiastes 1:5 -…

Sin lives in me ... and Christ lives in me.

In Romans 7:20, Paul speaks about "sin living in me." - That was true  of Paul - and it's also true of every one of us.
In Galatians 2:20, Paul speaks about "Christ living in me." - That was true of Paul - and it's also t
true of every believer.
What we are, in ourselves, is one thing. What we are, by God's grace, is something very different - and very much better.
"Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:25). By the grace of God, this was the testimony of the Apostle Paul. By grace, it can be our testimony too.
Like Paul, we remain deeply conscious of our sin.We will never cease to be sinners - but we can, by grace, become sinners who are learning, more and more, what it means to be saved by the Lord, to belong to the Lord and to bring glory to the Lord.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus ...

"Turn my eyes away from worthless things;preserve my life according to Your Word." (Psalm 119:37)

What matters most to you - the things of this world or the new life in Christ? In our hearts, we know that there is really no contest, bu, sadly, we, very often, take our eyes off Jesus, and the things of this world become more important to us than they should be. Day-by-day, the Lord is calling us to renew our commitment to Him - "Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."

Where did the name 'Jesus' come from?

"On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He was conceived." (Luke 2:21)

Where did the name 'Jesus' come from? Was this name chosen by Mary? Did Joseph have a say in the choice of the baby's name? No! This was nothing to do with Mary and Joseph. The name was given by God. It's no ordinary name. It was never a case of "the name could have been this or it could have been that." There was never a question of "should we have given him a different name?" The name 'Jesus' means 'Saviour' - and that's exactly what Jesus is: our Saviour.

Have we Really Outgrown God?

“Ask the former generation
and find out what their ancestors learned,
9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,
and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not instruct you and tell you?
Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?" (Job 8:8-10)

These words were spoken to Job by Bildad the Shuhite. Without commenting on all that Bildad said to Job, we may ask, "What is he saying to us here?" He's telling us that we can learn from the past. This doesn't mean that we should be locked in the past. There are many things about life in today's world that are better than life was in the past. Many things, but not all things! - In the things that really matter most, we can still learn a great deal from those who went before us. The question we must always ask ourselves is this, "Have we really outgrown God?" That's still an important question that our "ancestors" put to us. We will be wise if we listen to them!

How Great Is The Love Of God For Us!

"Lord my God, you are very great" (Psalm 104:1).

The greatness of God is very different from the greatness of men. The greatness of men fades. The greatness of God never fades.God is great. His love is great. He has great compassion in His heart. He cares about us. This is what we must always remember. This is something we must never forget.

From Our Ancestors To Our Saviour

"I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way" (Acts 24:14)

We look back to the Old Testament. We follow on from the Old Testament. We follow Jesus - "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6). The Old Testament points us towards Jesus. It ends with prophecies that await their fulfilment in Jesus. We read the Old Testament. We learn from the Old Testament - especially when we learn to see Christ "in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27).

On Our Way To Glory

"But He brought his people out like a flock;   He led them like sheep through the wilderness." (Psalm 78:52)

The Lord has done wonderful things for us! Beyond the land of bondage and oppression, there was the wilderness, and beyond the wilderness, there was the promised land. Let's never think that the Lord will leave us in the wilderness. He leads us through the wilderness. He doesn't take us into the wilderness - to leave us there. We're passing through the wilderness. We're on the move. We're pressing on to the better things. It's the Lord who's doing this for us. He always sees beyond the place where we are right now. He has His eyes on the future. It's a great future. It's the future He's planning for us. We may be in the wilderness - but we're not stuck in the wilderness. We're on our way to glory - heavenly and eternal glory, the glory of the eternal God, our loving, heavenly Father.

Can I be happy again?

"Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;my eyes will never see happiness again." (Job 7:7)

"My eyes will never see happiness again" - What are we to do when we feel like this? We are to tell God about it - "Remember, O God." There are times when we feel like God has forgotten about us. He hasn't! He still remembers us.How do we know that He remembers us? He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for us. We ask, "Can I be happy again?" God says to us, "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead" (2 Timothy 2:8). The resurrection of Jesus Christ - this is where our true and lasting joy comes from.   

The Greatest Love

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious,slow to anger, abounding in love." (Psalm 103:8)

God is so much greater than we are. His love for us is so much greater than our love for Him. His love is a perfect love. It's the only perfect love. There is no love like the love of the Lord. Nothing can eveer compare with His love. His love is abundant love. It's superabundant love. In love, the Lord reaches out to us - even we have no thought of reaching out to Him. He doesn't stop loving us when we're having a bad day. He keeps on loving us - all day, every day. Such amazing love, such wonderful love - it can only come from Him; it can never come from us. Think of how much the Lord loves you - and thank Him for His love.  

Generation Gap?

"But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;your renown endures through all generations." (Psalm 102:12)
We hear a great deal about the generation gap. The old people don't understand the young people. The young people don't listen to the old people. How can we overcome this generation gap. Jesus Christ overcomes the generation gap. He is "the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). When old and young are united in Christ, the gap does not seem to be so wide at all. The gap between God and humanity - old and young - has been bridged by Jesus Christ, our Saviour. In Him, we rejoice. We give thanks that He has brought us together. We are no longer the old and the young, set over against each other. There  may be many differences between the old and the young - but, in the things that really matter, we belong together because, we, both, belong to Christ.

Power From On High

"I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
Jesus was preparing his disciples for the future. It would be an exciting future. It would be a demanding future. It would be a future filled with God's blessing. The blessing would not come easily. There would be many battles. Jesus is preparing them for battle. He's saying to them, 'You won't be on your own. I'll be with you - every step of the way.' Jesus empowered them. He empowers us. The Holy Spirit came to them. The Holy Spirit comes to us. He comes with power. This is more than human power. It's the power of God.

Can God? - Yes. God can - and He does!

"They spoke against God;
they said, “Can God really
spread a table in the wilderness?" (Psalm 78:19)
Can God ... ? - The question is asked in unbelief. God hears the unbelieving question, and He gives His answer. It is the answer of His grace.
"Yet he gave a command to the skies above
and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he rained down manna for the people to eat,
he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
he sent them all the food they could eat." (Psalm 78:23-25)

This is amazing grace. It is undeserved grace. It is grace that is freely given. We donot earn God's grace. It is given to us. Everything good in us comes from the Lord. It comes as a result of His love, reaching us and changing us. He overcomes our unbelief, He leads us out of unbelief and into faith. 

Wait on the Lord ...

The world says, "The days go by and every vision comes to nothing’?" (Ezekiel 12:22) 
This isn't something new. People were saying this to Ezekiel - a long time ago. 
What does the Lord say about this? - 'It shall be done. God will fulfil His promises.' Who are we to say, 'Too many days have gone by'? Who are we to say, 'The vision has come to nothing'?
Perhaps, when we're losing patience,. when we're ready to give up hope, God is trying to get our attention. He's wanting to tell us, 'Hold on a bit longer, and you will see the blessing, the blessing  will come, and you will be glad that you waited.'

Are the Scriptures more than the words of men? Are the Scriptures the Word of the Lord?

"What the Scriptures say must come true." (Mark 14:49)
Why? It's because the Scriptures come from God, and God is the God of truth. When God speaks, He speaks the truth. Whenever we are tempted to doubt the Scriptures, let's not forget that this means that we are questioning God. We are saying, "Has God really said?" This question takes us back to Genesis 3:1.  It is the question of unbelief. It comes from "that ancient serpent, the devil" (Revelation 12:9). What we say about the Scriptures - Are they to be trusted? or Can we set them aside as no longer relevant to today's world? - shows what we think of God - Has God revealed Himself to us? or Do we make up our own ideas about God, as we go along? Are the Scriptures more than the words of men? Are the Scriptures the Word of the Lord? Each of us must give our answer. It will be the answer of faith, or it will be the answer of unbelief. Will we listen to what the Scriptures say to us concerning…

The Scriptures - Written a long time ago, written for today's world

"Let this be written for a future generation,that a people not yet created may praise the Lord." (Psalm 102:18)
What was written, a long time ago, in the Scriptures, was written for us. That's not to say that we can jump easily from way back then to here-and-now. Often, it's difficult to see  the connections between there and then and here- and-now. If, however, we are to serve our generation for Jesus' sake, we must work hard at the challenging task of understanding the ancient Scriptures and uncovering the message that they have for today's world.

The everlasting God and His everlasting love

"Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God." (Psalm 90:2)

"But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children" (Psalm 103:17)

In our world is there anything that is everlasting? We know the answer as soon as we ask the question. In this world, there is nothing that's everlasting. To find something that is everlasting, we need to look beyond this world - to the God who created the world. He is the everlasting God. When we look at Him, we see love, His love, His everlasting love.

Life with Christ or life without Christ?

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
What a difference there is between wages and a gift! It's the difference between death and life. It's the difference between a life centred on ourselves and a life centred on Christ.  Life with Christ or life without Christ - each of must choose. Which will it be?

Pointing away from ourselves to Jesus - There is nothing more important than this.

"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness." (Luke 3:1-2)
The big names were all bypassed. The Lord chose John. The big names were living he world's way. John lived the Lord's way. The big names were soon forgotten. They were not as important as they thought they were. John was more important than they were. Why? - Because he was God's man. The hand of the Lord was upon him. The Word of the Lord came to him. He spoke the Word of the Lord. He did not draw attention to himself. He pointed away from himself to Jesus. Pointing away from ourselves to Jesus - There is nothing more important than this. 

A prophet of the Most High ...

"And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79)
A prophet of the Most High - This is what John the Baptist was. He had a special ministry. He prepared the way for Jesus the Saviour. He didn't try to compete with Jesus the Saviour. When Jesus the Saviour appeared, John the Baptist stepped aside. This is the way it must be with us. we must not try to take any of the glory away from Jesus. We must give all the glory to Him.

Changed by God's love, changed by His holiness

"I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house
with a blameless heart." (Psalm 101:1-2)
A blameless life? A blameless heart? This is not a picture of our life and our heart. We know that we have sinned against the Lord. We have let him down many times. A blameless life? A blameless heart? Is this is what we long for? It may be far beyond us, but we must keep on praying that the Lord will give us more of His holiness - in our lie, in our heart. Where will this holiness come from? It will come from the Lord's love for us. In love, He reaches out to us. In love, He changes us. In love, He makes us more like Himself - more loving, more holy. How is this progress towards love and holiness to begin. It begins with our confession of sin - 'I'm not as loving as I should be. I'm not as loving as I should be. I cannot make me myself more lovi…

Holy, holy, holy ...

"Let them praise your great and awesome name—
he is holy.

Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his footstool;
he is holy.

Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy." (Psalm 99:3,5,9)

Holy, holy, holy: The Lord is holy - the holy Father, the holy Saviour, the holy Spirit. We are to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The holiness doesn't come from ourselves. It's not something that we bring with us to our worship. The holiness comes from the Lord. He gives His holiness to us. It's His holy presence that brings holiness into our worship.

Sing to the Lord a new song ...

"Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him." (Psalm 98:1)
A new song - this is a song that wasn't in our hearts before we met the Lord, before we were saved by Him. It's the Lord who has pt this song into our hearts. The song of praise comes from Him - not from ourselves. We worship the Lord, giving thanks to Him for His great salvation. What marvellous things He has done for us. Praise the Lord - the great God, the God of our salvation.

Don't continue in sin. Come to the Saviour.

To those who come to Him, the Lord Jesus says, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may … go through the gates into the city.”  Let us not remain “outside” of God’s Kingdom (Revelation 22:14-15).
There is a better way than continuing in sin. It is the way of coming to the Saviour and receiving from Him the forgiveness of sin, the power of a new life and the glorious hope of entering into the full glory of His heavenly and eternal Kingdom.

On a cloudy and dark day, the Lord is my light and my salvation.

" ... so will I seek out My sheep ... on a cloudy and dark day" (Ezekiel 34:12).
Our life on earth is " a cloudy and dark day." Left to ourselves, we always lose our way. We cannot find our way back on to the way of the Lord without the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus does not leave us to stumble around on a "cloudy and dark day." He has come "to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10). He is "the Light of the world" (John 8:12). His Light is still shining brightly. The darkness can't put it out (John 1:5). We look to Jesus, and we see beyond "the cloudy and dark day." We look to Him, and we say, "The Lord is my light and my salvation" (Psalm 27:1).

At the heart of "the Holy City", there is Jesus Christ

"The Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God - It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel" (Revelation 21:10-11).
At the heart of "the Holy City", there is Jesus Christ. In Him, we see the bright shining light of God's love. He is the precious cornerstone upon which our eternal salvation is built (1 Peter 2:4-7).
As we read about "the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God" (Revelation 21:10), our thoughts turn to our Saviour, Jesus Christ. It's only because of what He has done for us that we will be welcomed into the glory of God's saving and eternal presence of love. Jesus is "the cornerstone" of our faith (1 Peter 2:6). He is the foundation upon which our salvation is built. Without Him, there is no salvation. With Him, there is full salvation. What light there is shining into our hearts - from the wonderful love of our Saviour. It'…

Sometimes, God speaks to us in words of warning!

In Ezekiel 12:11, we read about a "warning sign."
Sometimes, God speaks to us in words of warning! Here, the prophet speaks about things that "will happen" - "exile and captivity." We may need to be warned, "There will be hard times ahead of you. Get ready for them." We will also need to be warned against turning away from the Lord when the going gets tough. Why does the Lord speak to us his words of warning? It's because he loves us. it's because he wants to bless us. When the hard  times come, he doesn't wasn't us to be unprepared. He wants us to keep looking to him for his strength - and he assures us that when we do look to him, we will receive his strength.

Enough! No more!

"the devil ... was thrown into the lake of fire ... " (Revelation 20:10).
The time will come when God will say to Satan, “Enough! No more!”

Temptation And Victory

Jesus was tempted. Jesus is victorious. He is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16) – and He’s at work in us, bringing us through temptation and into victory. We don’t live in constant victory. Often, we’re defeated. We need to learn to listen to God’s Word and be led into the pathway of victory. It’s a lifelong learning process. There’s never a time when our ‘education’ is complete. Throughout our life, we must keep on coming to the Lord, confessing our need of His cleansing and power and praying that He will make us more truly and more fully what He wants us to be – “Cleanse me from my sin, Lord. Put Thy power within, Lord. Take me as I am, Lord, and make me all Thine own. Keep me day by day, Lord, underneath Thy sway, Lord. Make my heart Thy palace, and Thy royal throne” (Mission Praise, 82).
May God bless each of us as we read His Word and learn to trust the Lord to give you victory over temptation.
“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
each vict…

Idolatry: What has taken the place of the Lord in our lives?

Ezekiel 8:3-18
"3 ... In these visions from God, the Spirit carried me between heaven and earth. He took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the temple. That was where an idol that stirs up God’s anger was located. 4 There I saw the glory of Israel’s God as I did in the vision that I saw in the valley.
5 God said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked toward the north, and there in the entrance to the north gate beside the altar, I saw the idol that stirs up God’s anger.
6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see what the people of Israel are doing? The people of Israel are doing very disgusting things here, things that will force me to go far away from my holy place. But you will see even more disgusting things.” ...
9 He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked, disgusting things that the people of Israel are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked. I saw that the walls were covered with drawings of every kind of crawli…

In Christ, we have the victory ...

In Christ, we have the victory: “they have conquered Satan by the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:7-12).
God is calling us beyond the conflict. He is calling us on to victory.
We don’t live in a perfect world. We’re not perfect people. We wish things could be different – but they’re not! Not yet! We pray, “Your Kingdom come” – but we’re still waiting for God’s complete answer to this prayer. The Book of Revelation provides us with a vision of God’s coming Kingdom. As we await His Kingdom, the words of Habakkuk 2:3 are very helpful to us: “the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
* There is conflict with the world.
We commit ourselves to living for Jesus Christ. There are plenty of other people who don’t want to have anything to do with Him. This is something we must live with. “We do not lose heart” when we face opposition. We give thanks that “God’s m…

Troubled World, Tremendous Worship

Christ invites us to ‘come’ (6:1,3,5,7) - and look at things through His eyes. With Him, we look at earth. With Him, we look at heaven. Troubled world, tremendous worship - These are the things we see when we look through the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our world is deeply troubled. Heaven’s worship is absolutely tremendous. Of all our many ‘troubles’, the greatest is this: We are sinners, and none of us ‘can stand’ before ‘the face of Him who sits on the throne’. Our earthly ‘troubles’ are nothing compared with this! There is hope. There is a way of ‘salvation’. We can be saved through ‘the blood of the Lamb’. If, however, we turn from Him - ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ - there will be no hope. We will face ‘the wrath of the Lamb’ (4:16-17; 5:10,14; John 1:29). Will you be saved - or lost?

The Spirit And The Word

"As He spoke to me, the Spirit entered me, stood me on my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me" (Ezekiel 2:2).
If we are to stand in Christ, we need both the Spirit and the Word - not the Spirit without the Word, not the Word without the Spirit.
"As I looked, I saw a hand stretched out toward me. In it was a scroll. He spread the scroll in front of me. There was writing on the front and back. There were funeral songs, songs of mourning, and horrible things written on it" (Ezekiel 2:9-10).
"funeral songs, songs of mourning, and horrible things" - Sometimes, there are things that we don't want to hear, but we need to hear them. It may cause us pain to listen to some of the things that God's Word says to us - but, as we listen to His Word, we will find that it brings healing to our hurting hearts."Your wounds are as deep as. the sea. Who can heal you?" (Ezekiel 2:13).
There's only one answer to this question - the Lord. Other peopl…

Visions From God

" ... the sky opened, and I saw visions from God ... The power of the Lord came over Ezekiel" (Ezekiel 1:1-2).
Where does revelation come from? Does it come from us? Is it something that we discover? No! It comes from above. It comes from heaven. It comes from the Lord. It is given to us. It is the gift of  His grace. Revelation comes to us - but it doesn't begin with us. It begins with God. We see things differently - when our eyes are opened by the Lord. No glory belongs to us. All the glory belongs to the Lord. We dare not say, "Look  at what I have discovered." All we can say is this, ""To God be the glory! Great things He has done."

Singers From Every Nation And Every Generation

The singers will come “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). 
Not just some nations! All nations! Not just this generation! Not just the “now” generation! Every generation will be there. They will come from the past. They will come from the future. This is bigger than the Eurovision Song Contest!
“They sang a new song” (Revelation 5:9). 
When does a “new song” become an old song? – People stop singing it. They forget about it. It becomes last year’s song.
What about God’s “new song”? Does it ever become yesterday’s song? Will there ever be a time when there is no-one to sing the song of salvation? Will the song of praise ever be silenced? Will it ever be thrown into the dustbin of the ancient past?
No! The song of joyful worship is always the song of the eternal future. We’re looking forward to something that’s far bigger, brighter and better than the Eurovision Song Contest!

"Great is Your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22).

Day by day, we learn more about our own human failure. Day by day, we learn also of God's divine faithfulness. "We are faithless. He remains faithful" (2 Timothy 2:13). Day by day, let's praise God for His wonderful love, His amazing grace and His superabundant marvellous mercy. "The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant ... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ... I obtained mercy ... Now to the King eternal ... be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Timothy 1:14-17).

"Look, I'm standing at the door ... " (Revelation 3:20).

Are you ‘looking for a better country - a heavenly one’ (Hebrews 11:16)? ‘God has put eternity into man’s mind’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In every human heart, there’s ‘a God-shaped blank’. Jesus came to give us ‘life’ - ‘abundant life’, ‘eternal life’ (John 10:10; John 17:3; 1 John 5:11). Without Jesus, our lives are empty. The ‘longing for a better country’ can only be satisfied by Him. He is God’s ‘foretaste of glory divine’ (Mission Praise, 59). Jesus stands at the door of every human heart. He knocks. He waits for our answer. He says, ‘Look, I’m standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to My voice and opens the door, I’ll come in...’ (Revelation 3:20). Don’t ‘shrink back’ (Hebrews 10:39). Invite Him into your heart now.

"Is there any word from the Lord?" (Jeremiah 37:17).

There are different ways of asking questions.
"Is there any word from the Lord?" This is a question which invites Jeremiah to speak the Word of the Lord.
In Genesis 3:1, we have a very different way of asking questions - "the serpent ... said to the woman, Did God really say ... ?"
The "ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan" (Revelation 12:9) is always trying to get us to stop believing the Word of God.
"Is there any Word from the Lord?" - Jeremiah's answer is "Yes" (Jeremiah 37:17).
What was the Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah at that time? - "You will be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon" (Jeremiah 37:17).
What are we to do when God's Word doesn't say what we had been hoping to hear? - We must refuse to ask the Satanic question, "Did God really say?" We must learn to say, from the heart, "This is the Word of the Lord."
It's not our place to say what the Word of God…

Another "3:16" to set alongside John 3:16!

John 3:16, Rev 3:16–20
In John 3:16, we read these wonderful words concerning God's love: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Here's another "3:16" - "So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16).
This "3:16" leads on to some other words about God's love: "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent" (Revelation 3:19).
Called to repentance by the God of love, we hear the great promise given to us by our Saviour: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20).

"I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3).

God loves us. This isn’t for some perfect people who’ve never fallen into sin. There’s nobody who’s like that. All of us have made a mess of things – but God still says to us, “I love you.” He says, “My Son, Jesus, died for you.” This is what gives us the strength to choose His way rather than our own way. This is what keeps us from sin. This is what convinces us that there’s a better way than the way of sin. There’s a way of blessing. It comes to us when we’re learning how much God loves us. He doesn’t give up on us when we let Him down. He keeps on loving us. He keeps on lifting us up. He sets us on our feet. He changes the direction of our life. It becomes less about ourselves, and more about Him (Galatians 2:20).
So often, we have been like ‘the prodigal son’(Luke 15:11-24). We have walked away from our Father’s House. We have wandered off into ‘the far country’. We feel that we are far from God, yet still He draws near to us.
The Lord is at work in our hearts. He is…

More Than Head-Knowledge

"Your father ... defended the cause of the poor and needy ... Isn't this what it means to know me? asks the Lord" (Jeremiah 22:15-16).  True knowledge of God is more than head-knowledge. It changes the way we live.

"What the Spirit says to the churches"

"What the Spirit says to the churches" (Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22).
What does the Spirit say to the churches? - He speaks the words of Christ, the risen Lord.
* We need the Spirit - "Be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18).
* We need the Scriptures - "Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly" (Colossians 3:16).
To His enemies, Jesus said, "You do not know the Scriptures or the power of God" (Mark 12:24).
He is calling us to know both the Scriptures and the power of God.
A real knowledge of the Scriptures will always be more than head-knowledge. It will also be knowledge of the power of God.
"What the Spirit says to the churches" - It will be more than a knowledge of the power of God. It will also be knowledge of the Scriptures. May God give us much of both - knowledge of the Scriptures and knowledge of the power of God. This is what it means to "walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16). We will walk with th…

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me ...

In Jeremiah 18:5-6, we read about the potter and the clay - "The Lord spoke his word to me. The Lord asked, 6 “Nation of Israel, can’t I do with you as this potter does with clay? Nation of Israel, you are like the clay in the potter’s hands."When we read these words, let's pray, "Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me." Let's pray that the Spirit of the Lord will give us the strength that we need to respond toGod's call to return to him and live for him - "Turn from your evil ways, change your lives, and do good" (Jeremiah 18:11).

Love For God Is More Than Love For His House.

" ... Will you ... come and stand before Me in this house, which bears My Name, and say, We are safe" - safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears My Name become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 7:8-11).
We must take care that our love for God's house doesn't become more important to us than our love for God. Love for God's house won't change the way we live - if there's no real love for God in our hearts.

Do not trust in deceptive words ...

"Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord,  the temple of the Lord!”... Has this house, which bears My Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 7:4,11).
Jeremiah spoke to the people of his own day. He speaks to us as well. Don't let the place where you worship become more important than it really is. This is what he says to us. These are not only the words of Jeremiah. This is the Word of the Lord. What's happening in our hearts when we are gathered together in the House of the Lord? Are we thinking to ourselves, "I never miss a church service - not like those who've stopped coming to church"? What kind of "worship" is this? Lord, take us to the heart of worship. Give us a worshipping heart.

Listen to the Lord's Word ...

"Listen to the Lord's Word, all you people of Judah who go through these gates to worship the Lord" (Jeremiah 7:2).
We worship the Lord. We listen to His Word. It's His Word that inspires our worship. How can we worship the Lord truly if we're bot listening to His Word attentively. We listen so that we might worship.

The Problem, the Returning, the Blessing (James 5:19-20)

The Problem - "if one of you should wander from the truth"
The Returning - "if ... someone should bring him back"
The Blessing - "Whoever turns a sinner away from his error will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins."
Does God have a message of hope for those who have wandered away from Him? - Yes!
He speaks with truth concerning our sin, and He speaks with love concerning His salvation.
"Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon" (Isaiah 55:6-7).
What blessing is given to those who return to the Lord!
There was sin and guilt. Now, there is the forgiveness of sin.
There was death.  Now, there is life: new life - life with a new sense of meaning, purpose and direction; eternal life - life with the Lord in the everlasting glory of His everla…

Peace with God

The proclamation of peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1) must be carefully dissociated from a proclamation which says, "'Peace, peace', when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14; Jeremiah 8:11).

Turning "a sinner from the error of his way"

"My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins" (James 5:19-20).
It is a great thing to rejoice in God's salvation. We give thanks for the truth upon which our salvation rests. As well as rejoicing in God's salvation and standing upon His truth, we must also speak directly to those who have wandered from the truth, calling upon them to turn from the error of their ways.
Turning "a sinner from the error of his way" - we don't hear much of this kind of talk nowadays. People like to hear the Good News of salvation. They like to be assured of the truth of God's Word. If, however, our teaching regarding the Good News of salvation and the truth of God's Word are to have real depth, we must speak forthrightly about turning "a sinner from the error of his way."
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A call to pray, a call to seek God's glory

“You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2) - This is a call to prayer.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3) - This is a call to seek God's glory.

The Spirit of the Almighty Lord is with me ...

"The Spirit of the Almighty Lord is with me
because the Lord has anointed me
to deliver good news to humble people.
He has sent me
to heal those who are brokenhearted,
to announce that captives will be set free
and prisoners will be released" (Isaiah 61:1).These words were spoken by Isaiah. They were spoken by Jesus. May they also be our words.

Jesus Is Calling Us On To His Future.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is not merely a figure from the past. He is “Jesus Christ, risen from the dead” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus Christ, the risen Saviour, the living Lord, stands at the centre of our future. He does not only speak to us from the past. He also speaks to us from the future. What is He saying to us? How will He affect our present way of living? Jesus speaks to us from the future. He calls us on to heaven, but He does not turn us into dreamers who are so “heavenly-minded” that we’re not learning to serve the Lord right now. We sing of our heavenly hope: “On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise, and the glory of His resurrection share; when His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.” What is to be our present response to this glorious hope? - “Let us labour for the Master from the dawn till setting sun. Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care. Then when all…

Praying Through God's Word: New Testament

Matthew 1:1-17 Lord, we’ve only just begun – to experience Your love and enjoy Your blessing. We’ve started out on the journey of faith – but we haven’t reached our destination. We’re still travelling. We dare not stand still. We must keep on going forward – with You and for You. Sometimes, we can forget where we’re going – and we can forget how to get there. Help us to keep our eyes on Jesus – He will lead us on to the glory of heaven. Matthew 1:18-25 We thank You, Lord, that Jesus is “Emmanuel … God with us” (Matthew 1:23). “He walked where we walk. He stood where we stand, He felt what we feel. He understands. He knows our frailty. He shared our humanity. He was tempted in every way – yet without sin. He is God with us. he is so close to us. He died in our place that we might live” (Graham Kendrick). As we think of Jesus, Your perfect Son, our perfect Saviour, may our hearts be filled with worship. May our songs of praise give glory to Your great Name, the Name of our s…