MAKE ME PURE – NOT YET

MAKE ME PURE – NOT YET                               1 Corinthians 6:12-20 “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (v20) So often we are willing to stretch a meaning to gain a point to misquote if the misquotation serves an end, to exaggerate in […]

TRUTH IN THE INNER PARTS

TRUTH IN THE INNER PARTS                                      2 Corinthians 12:1-14 “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.” (v8) We can take a step to heighten our awareness of God, presence in our lives, break decisively with all known sin. Nothing blunts the awareness of God’s presence in our […]

A LESSON IN PRAISE

A LESSON IN PRAISE                                         Psalm 63:1-11 “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.” (v3) Dr W. E Sangster once preached a sermon on the theme “What eternity is too short for? It was inspired, he said, by the experience of a minister who went to preach in a church he […]

MAKING PRAISE A HABIT

MAKING PRAISE A HABIT                                           Psalm 150:1-6 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” (v6) There are many reasons why we praise God not the least being the fact that when we do, we increase our awareness of His presence in our lives. How is this so? Because the Lord inhabits the […]

INNER HEALTH MADE AUDIBLE

INNER HEALTH MADE AUDIBLE                                          Psalm 147:1-20 “Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.” (v1) A doctor once told me that the happiest and healthiest people are those who are quick to praise – not the flatterer or the insincere, but those […]

PRAISE IS A CHOICE

PRAISE IS A CHOICE                                                    Psalm 42:1-11 “O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar.” (v6) Praise, unlike thanksgiving originates not so much in the feelings as in the will. We can choose […]

EVERY REASON TO PRAISE

EVERY REASON TO PRAISE                                                  Psalm 22:1-11; 19-28 Yet thou art holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” (v3) Our reading for today (Psalm 22:1-11) Reminds us that the Almighty delights to dwell in the midst of His people’s praise. On the basis of this verse I can promise you that the more you will feel […]

REFUSE TO SETTLE

REFUSE TO SETTLE                                                      2 Corinthians 9:6-15 “You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God;”(v11) Your enemies can’t stop God from blessing you. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies” (Psalm 23:5) God will honour you while your critics look […]

TROUBLESOME DOUBTS

TROUBLESOME DOUBTS                                                      John 20:19-31 “Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”(v28) Another cause of Christians experiencing brokenness is deep and depressing doubts. Some of these individuals go through a deep agony of the soul as they wrestle inwardly with this problem of doubt and can become spiritually exhausted. I once met someone like this: […]

USING EVEN AN ILLNESS

USING EVEN AN ILLNESS                                            Galatians 4:1-14 “you know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first;” (v13) If there is one lesson I have learned – and it is one that I am most grateful for – it is that God can take what was meant […]