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The PASSION Blog is a place where I share reflections on faith, life
and the Bible. They are quick thoughts that grow out of my morning
devotions. I hope you enjoy them.
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Checking our blind spots
July 3rd, 2015
The Word for Today devotion has been doing a series of devotions on our
blind spots as Christians. These are areas of fault we may see in others but be
oblivious to them ourselves.
Todays devotion has some interesting
questions that will help us to see how we are going. Enjoy…
Bible speaks about ‘putting off’ certain sins. Then it speaks about
‘putting on’ certain Christ–like characteristics. Using this metaphor of
clothing, let’s think about the acronym RAGS:
How’s your irritability level these days? Are you more, or less, easily
irritated? How about bitter-ness and unforgiveness? When someone hurts
you, do you attack or withdraw? Is your handling of resentment getting
better, worse, or in neutral?
(2) Anxiety. On a scale of one to
ten, what’s your discouragement level these days? Do you have more or
fewer fears about money, your health, your job, or what other people
think of you? Do you allow those fears to keep you from doing what God
wants? Do you find your concerns motivate you to pray more frequently?
(3) Greed. Greed is just mis–managed desire. So is your self–control
going up, down, or is it in neutral? Are you living with more openness
and less hiddenness than you used to—living more of your life in the
light? Do you find that what you desire and enjoy is increasingly in
line with what God wants for you?
(4) Superiority. Are you
becoming less preoccupied with self? Do you find yourself thinking more
about other people and God, as well as the work He has for you to do?
How often in conversation do you remark on the positive characteristics
of others instead of their negative qualities? Do you come across as
hard, jaded and cynical? Are you spending more or less time serving
Today, ask God to help you look into your own heart and
give you the grace to deal with what you find there.
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R.E.L.A.X. in Christ
June 25th, 2015
Sometimes as Christians we struggle with our identity in Christ. We
forget we are saved, loved, accepted and made right with Christ. Some of
us even feel we need to strive and work hard to receive approval from
God. In these times I try to R.E.L.A.X.
R – Rest
the finished work of Christ. You don’t need to strive to be accepted by
God. If you have accepted Christ. It is finished and decided upon. You
are loved, cherished and accepted by God.
E – Examine
Examine areas of your life or situations that happen when you feel
condemned, unworthy or not accepted by God. Know what makes you feel not
right with God so you can overcome them.
L – Learn
Scriptures that talk about who you are in Christ. Read and meditate on
them daily. Memorise them and share them with others. Put them up in a
prominent place in your house.
A – Apply
Scriptures to your life. When you feel condemned, unworthy and the need
to strive for acceptance, stop and recite your Scriptures that tell you
otherwise. Then continue what you were doing.
X – Christ
is the Greek symbol for Christ. Trust in Him and what He has done in
saving you, growing you and keeping you in the palm of His hand.
Remember no-one can snatch you away from Him.
Visiting your old church
June 22nd, 2015
On the weekend we made a special trip to Perth to visit our
It is the one we attended for most of the time after we got married to
when we left Perth for Merredin (we had a few short breaks at other
churches in between).
It was good to go back and see the church
that I first committed to attend each week, helped with youth group,
lead communion, did outreach for, preached my first sermon, first tithed
to, was healed by God at and was part of the prayer team. In many ways
this church taught me what it was to be a committed Christian.
had been nearly eight years since we had been as a family. Things had
changed and grown, but in many ways it was still the same. They still
loved God, had a heart for worship, the Word and prayer and they were
heavily involved in local and overseas mission.
When we first
attended the church it was in the process of being sold to move to a new
area where there was nearly schools opening up. We met in a local school
as stage one got built. It was very exciting when it finally opened. Now
stage two and renovations have been done!
It was also good to see
growth in people who had taken on roles we used to do. Young children
when we left where now youth leaders. And others had obviously grown in
It was really nice to visit our old church and catch
up again. It was also good to see that it had become much of what we
hoped and prayed for all those years ago.
God knows us inside out
June 17th, 2015
Psalm 139 is one of my favourite Psalms. I have written about it before
on my blog here. This morning as a part of my devotions I read verses
1-6. It says…
O LORD, You have examined my heart and know
everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my
thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I
rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place
Your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for
me, too great for me to understand! (Psalms 139:1-6 NLT)
read this today I was reminded of some wonderful truths about God and
His knowledge and care for us. Here is a few…
1. God knows
everything about us (v1)
2. God knows our every movement (v2, 3)
3. God knows our thoughts (v2)
4. God knows our unspoken words before
we speak them (v4)
5. God goes before us and He follows behind us
6. God’s hand of blessing is upon us (v5)
things gives me great comfort. God knows me inside out and He still
loves me. He also loves you too.
A prayer for others and ourselves
June 12th, 2015
In Philippians 1:9-11 Paul prays a prayer for the Philippian church.
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and
that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want
you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and
blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be
filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced
in your life by Jesus Christ —for this will bring much glory and praise
to God. (Philippians 1:9-11 NLT)
Let us break that down and
see if it can help us in our prayers for our family and friends.
1. He prays that their love would overflow more and more
growing in your knowledge and understanding of Christ
they would understand what really matters
4. That they would live
right so it brings God glory
I think we can learn a lot from this
prayer. Imagine the growth and blessings that would flow if we prayed
this for those around us?
Maybe we could even pray it for
ourselves? Maybe we could pray both help us to grow in these things
Lord, and also to help me Lord?
June 10th, 2015
Like most people
I hate being sick. But sometimes bugs just catch up with us. I have one
at the moment that has nearly been a week.
My first reaction is
always to pray and ask for healing as I think it should be. But this one
has been hanging on.
Sometimes I find that being sick is
sometimes a blessing in disguise. It gives you time off your work to
rest, recover, think and pray.
For me this past week I have
stopped and rested. I have also spent some time prayefully refelcting on
life. It has been a reset in some ways.
While I hate being sick,
sometimes it can be the break and rest we probably need. That is if we
give ourselves the chance to stop and not keep pushing through!
So what do you do when you are sick? Do you keep soldiering on or do you
stop and give yourself time to rest and recover?
Living as children of light
June 5th, 2015
In Ephesians 4:17-32 Paul encourages us to live as children of
light. He implores us to put off our old way of living and truly follow
Christ in the way we live.
This passage has three main sections
and a motivational reason to live this way.
1. Don’t live like
This may seem obvious, but we should not live like
non believers. In verses 17-19 it describes gentiles as people who
wander far from God, have hardened hearts, have closed minds, live for
lustful pleasure, have no sense of shame and eagerly practice every kind
2. Put on the new nature
Verse 20-24 says
these things are not what knowing and following Christ is all about.
Verses 23-24 says, “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and
attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly
righteous and holy”.
In these first two sections we see real
contrasts of living the worldly way without God and living the way God
wants us to live. He wants us to live with a new attitude with the new
nature that leads to righteousness and holiness.
things to put off
The next section verses 25-31 talks about some
practical things to put off. Here we see some real measurable things.
They are things that we can reflect on to see how we are going at the
1. Stop telling lies to our neighbours (v25)
2. Don’t let
anger control the way we live and respond (v26-27)
3. Don’t steal, but
work hard (v28)
4. Don’t use foul or abusive speech (v29)
31 emphasizes this when it says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage,
anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior”.
What is our motivation to do this?
Our motivation to live as
children of the light in this passage is so we don’t bring sorrow to the
Holy Spirit. Verse 30a says, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy
Spirit by the way you live”. It should motivate us to live right as the
Holy Spirit dwells within us.
There really are two
ways to live. For the Christian it is about putting off the old worldly
ways, and putting on the new nature by allowing the Holy Spirit to renew
our hearts and minds.
Paul’s suffering and commitment
May 31st, 2015
I was looking at the suffering of the Apostle Paul recently. I was
amazed how much he went through in his years of ministry. I was also
amazed by his commitment to preach the Gospel in the midst of his
In 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 we see some of Paul’s
hardships. On a number of occasions he was beaten by mobs, put in jail,
worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights and gone without food.
Also in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 we read he was also whipped nearly
200 times, beaten with rods, faced death again and again, was
shipwrecked three times, was stoned, faced danger from fake Christians
and nearly drowned from swollen rivers.
This does not even
mentioned the “thorn in Paul’s flesh from Satan” mentioned in 2
Corinthians 12:7-10. A thorn that he was able to bear by God’s grace.
Bible scholars tell us that Paul was converted about 36 AD and he
died in Rome in 68 AD. So this means he was in Christian ministry for
about 32 years. As 2 Corinthians was written about 57 AD these listed
sufferings only record about two thirds of his ministry time!
how was Paul able to stand firm and keep going in his ministry mission
in light of all this suffering? Here are some of the reasons I think.
1. His amazing conversion on the road to Damascus where he spoke with
Jesus (Acts 9:3-19)
2. He knew he was called by God to reach the
Gentiles for Christ (Galatians 1:15-16, Acts 13:2-3)
3. He knew he could
do all things through Christ who was his strength (Philippians 4:13)
Paul saw his mission as a race he needed to run with endurance (1
Corinthians 9:24-27, Hebrews 12:1)
5. He knew he had to keep his eyes
fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
6. Paul saw that he was no longer living,
but Christ living in and through him (Galatians 2:20)
7. Paul knew he
would receive a crown of righteousness from the Lord (2 Timothy 4:8)
Paul saw his life as a drink offering being poured out to the Lord (2
I am really inspired by the life of Paul. I have
been through a lot of suffering and it has made me stronger, but it is
nothing compared to what Paul suffered for the Gospel.
If you are
suffering for the Gospel today I hope you can draw strength from God and
the example of the Apostle Paul.
A quiet place
May 26th, 2015
A number of
times in the Bible we see that Jesus withdrew to a quiet place. It was
something that He did regularly.
Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off
by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because
there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles
didn’t even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31 NLT)
In the above
Jesus gives us some reasons…
1. To find rest
2. To get
away from the crowds
3. To eat
Some times Jesus drew aside
alone to spend time with His heavenly Father in prayer (Luke 6:12). This
was just before He chose the 12 disciples.
I think it is an
important reminder to have a quiet place where we can recharge both
physically and spiritually. A place where we can find rest.
you got a place like that?
Unless You go with us
May 24th, 2015
week I have been reading and reflecting on Exodus 33. For me it is one
of the important chapters in the Old Testament.
One section that
really has stayed with me in verses 12-16. This is where Moses asks God
to go with them on their journey. Earlier on God said He would not go
because of the rebellious people (v3), but God agrees to go with Moses.
I like that Moses did not want to go if God did not go with them. It
was a huge task that could only work if God was with them. Moses knew
his inability to get the job done without God.
Moses knew it was
the glory of God is what made them stand out from the surrounding
nations. It was His power and presence that made the impossible
As I have dwelt upon this chapter this week I have been
reminded that we need to have the Moses attitude as Christians. We need
to ask for God’s glory to go with us too. We need Him to make the
impossible possible too.
Sometimes I wonder if we try and go it
alone too much? I wonder if we would be better off waiting on God and
asking for Him to go with us?
Just a thought.
Somewhere in the middle?
May 18th, 2015
was just listening to a song by Casting Crowns called “Somewhere in the
Middle”. The chorus always makes me think about where I am at in my
Fearless warriors in a picket fence,
wrapped in common sense
Deep water faith in the shallow end
are caught in the middle
With eyes wide open to the differences,
the God we want and the God who is
But will we trade our dreams for
or are we caught in the middle
Are we caught in the middle
I don’t want to be caught in the middle. I don’t want to be luke
warm like Jesus talks about in Revelation 3:15-16. I want to be on fire
I want deep water faith. I want to worship God for
who He truly is. I want God’s dreams for me. I don’t want Christianity
light. I want the real thing.
How about you?
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