Genesis 4:6-16 In the story of Cain, we see the development of sin. Jealousy leads to anger, and anger leads to murder. In this story, we see ourselves in the ‘mirror’ of God’s Word. Here, God emphasizes our exceeding sinfulness – ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt’ (Jeremiah 17:9). Our sinfulness […]Read More “There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.”
1 Corinthians 15:46-16:24 In Christ, there is ‘victory’ – glorious, eternal, heavenly victory (54-57). Every day, we face a battle. It is a battle for faith, love and service. (a) We are called to trust the Lord: ‘Stand firm in your faith’ (13). We are to have faith. It is to be a growing faith, […]Read More Trusting, Loving And Serving Christ, Our Victorious Lord.
John 10:1-42 The Christian life is not easy. The devil ‘comes only to steal and kill and destroy’ (10). Satan was working through the religious leaders. They were trying ‘to stone’ Jesus (31). ‘Again’, they failed (39). They could not take Jesus’ life. ‘His hour had not yet come’ (18; 7:30; 8:20). When Satan attacks […]Read More Jesus Saves. Jesus Keeps. Keep Your Eyes Fixed On Him.
Numbers 31:21-54 If we are to be ‘soldiers of Christ’, we need to be ‘purified’, made ‘clean’. There is purification by ‘fire’ and ‘water’. Purification may be painful, but we have the promise of God’s protective presence. He says, ‘I will be with you’. He assures us, ‘the waters… shall not overwhelm you… and the […]Read More The Battle May Be ‘Fierce.’ The ‘Victory Is Secure.’
Genesis 37:1-36 Here, we have human sin and divine grace. We see jealousy (11) and its effects: ‘where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice’(James 3:16). We see God working out His purpose: ‘you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good’(50:20). In his dreams, Joseph was […]Read More You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.
We’re always in the present moment. The past has finished. The future hasn’t started yet. We look back to the past. We look forward to the future. We live in the present. We thank God for past blessings. We trust Him for future challenges. When are we to thank Him? When are we to trust […]Read More We’re always in the present moment …
David defeats Goliath. This is not only a story about David and Goliath. It is about the Israelites and the Philistines. It is about ‘God’ and the ‘gods’(1 Samuel 17:43, 46). Victory comes from the Lord. It is given by grace. It is received by faith (47). Notice the contrast between the attitude of Saul […]Read More The enemy is defeated.