Jesus’ victory over Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4) must be seen in the broader context of His work of salvation. This was more than just a personal victory – a victory for Jesus. It was a victory for us. Jesus won the victory for us. He walked in the way of victory so that […]Read More Victory For Jesus, Victory For Us
“The river of God is filled with water” (Psalm 65:9). What a superabundance of blessing there is in the river of God! We read more about the river of God in Ezekiel 47. We read about the amazing increase of God’s blessing – “The water came up to my ankles …The water came up to […]Read More The River Of God Is Filled With Blessing.
Jesus speaks about prayer (Matthew 6:5-15), doing good works (Matthew 6:1-4) and fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). He emphasizes that we’re not to be like the hypocrites (Matthew 6:2,5,16). Sometimes, it is difficult to work out where Jesus is leading us with. In Acts, there’s a strong emphasis on God’s people praying together. In Matthew 6:6, Jesus […]Read More Deliver Us, Lord, From Hypocrisy.
When I was a young student, I studied psychology and sociology. I learned a lot about these subjects. Most of it I’ve now forgotten. Here’s something I haven’t forgotten. At my first psychology seminar, the leader described the study of psychology as building on shifting sand. As I heard these words, I remembered the parable […]Read More How far can psychology and sociology take us?
Ps 51:10, Matt 15:8, 2 Tim 3:5, 1 Pet 4:11, 5:11 In all the service we offer to God, there is to be the offering of worship: ‘To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever’ (1 Peter 4:11; 5:11). We will not learn to serve God unless we are learning to […]Read More Renewed By God’s Salvation, We Are Strengthened For His Service.
“Jesus said absolutely nothing in him in reply, so the governor was very surprised” (Matthew 27:14). Jesus had not come to escape death. He had come to die. Pilate was surprised. He did not understand. This was not the normal response. Jesus could not be understood according to the thinking of other people. He was […]Read More A Special Person, A Special Purpose
In the New Testament, we read much about Peter, We read about him in the Gospels. We read about him in the Acts of the Apostles. His name speaks of both failure and triumph. Peter was a man who denied his Lord. He was a man who won thousands of people for his Lord. In […]Read More The Strengthening Of Our Faith