Grace in relationships

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV Who in the Bible would you say had the best marriage? Adam and Eve started in Paradise, and it all went downhill from there. Abraham lied and said his wife, Sarah, was his sister, then impregnated her servant, [...]

Prayer gives us a God’s-eye view

‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.’ Colossians 4:2 NIV The word ‘watchful’ is a throwback to the Old Testament-era practice of sitting on a city wall and keeping watch. Watchmen were the first to see attacking armed forces or travelling merchants. They had the optimal vantage point. They saw what nobody else saw. They [...]

Sensing and seeing God

‘But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.’ 1 Corinthians 2:10 NKJV The Bible says, ‘“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV). [...]

Read the signals

‘My children, listen as I teach you to respect the LORD.’ Psalm 34:11 CEV Smithsonian magazine once featured a British master stonecutter named Simon Verity. He restored thirteenth-century cathedrals in Great Britain. As the authors watched him work, they noticed something fascinating. ‘Verity listens closely to hear the song of the stone under his careful blows. [...]

Stop and ask for directions

‘The Spirit of truth … will lead you … and … tell you what is to come.’ John 16:13 NCV Making decisions without seeking God’s guidance is like trying to fly without radar and a compass. You can do what makes sense based on your past knowledge and experience, but what ‘looks right’ can end up [...]

Guard against envy and jealousy

‘Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.’ Galatians 5:26 CSB Paul cautioned the early church about envy, and it’s still a problem. Your friend gets chosen for the team, a classmate you helped gets the credit, and your step-sibling goes on a dream holiday. Do you rejoice with them, or force a [...]