In the opening quarter of the 21st century we have the world at our figure-tips. Our mobiles, i-pods and laptops give us instant access to information from virtually any location on the planet....
Coco Gauff, the American tennis player, playing her first Wimbledon this year, inspired me to write this blog......
This was the headline of an article in "The Times", 27 June 2019. It appears that GPs face problems that cannot be treated with medication.....
In my last blog I talked about dealing with fear when it is a distressing and negative emotion. But there is another kind of fear which is positive....
Fear has been described as the greatest enemy of our generation: So what is the best way of dealing with it?.....
Are "niceness" and "kindness" the same thing? Does "being honest" mean that we always tell the truth?....
There are many well accepted quotations that sound right, but are not authentic....
If your answer to this question is, "Yes", then it may be worthwhile to consider the source of these two opposite moral positions...
Soul-ties are very common: Marriage, family relationships, romantic relationships. But there are both good and bad soul-ties.......
Have you heard the phrase, "The mind is the devil's playground"?....
Many years ago, when I first came across this definition of a Christian, I was surprised, even shocked.....
In more recent times I have come to realise that the phase, "Constant Change is Here to Stay", has a much wider application that that briefly described in Part 1....
Generally people don't like change, but in the Kingdom of God here on earth change is something we have to learn to expect....
God has various ways of speaking to us. If we want to hear him, it helps if we are tuned in to how he is likely to communicate with us.....
Do you want direction, confirmation and an indication of your destiny?....
The NHS has to take some responsibility for the poor state of mental health provision in the UK. Lack of government financial provision and planning is also a key issue. There is however another significant factor which is largely overlooked.........
Inner rest and peace are gifts from God. They come from his presence.........
We have heard a lot about “fake news” recently. US President, Donald Trump has drawn our attention to it regularly since his inauguration........
The news media publishes various versions of the truth: which one are we to believe?.......
No relationship can thrive and develop unless it is given time and attention. This applies to human relationships as well as relationship to God.......
IIn Part 1 of this blog I outlined 6-characteristics of people with high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). In Part 2 I identify a further 8-indicators of high EQ, so that you can check your credentials further.....
In my last blog I gave an outline of the traits of Emotionally Intelligent (EQ) people. This time I invite you to check yourself out against the hallmarks of high EQ....
90% of the most successful people have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). So what is EQ and why does it appear to be more important than IQ?...
In a previous Blog I outlined some of the ways in which a poverty mind-set reveals itself. This Blog explains how some of these negative ways of thinking can be overcome.....
When you fall in love, you may think that the way you feel about each other will carry you through anything life may throw at you....
A Poverty Mind-Set is not about current income or status, it's more to do with how you see yourself and the world around you....
The objective of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as practiced by most professional counsellors, is behaviour modification...
The Bible can be a difficult book to understand, especially if we don't realize that its purpose is to show us what God is like and lead us to know Him.
The Bible is consistently an annual best selling book. The life of Jesus in particular evokes great interest. But why was the Bible written and for what purpose?
We are not always supposed to live from direct supernatural provision for our immediate needs, like the Isaelites did in the desert after leaving Eygpt. However, when circumstances dictate that we have to do this it can be very exciting and just a little scary....
In The Bible God uses dreams and visions to communicate his plans and warnings to people in some very significant situations. He has not changed his ways....
Being able to predict that something will happen makes it all the more exciting when it actually does happen as predicted, provided of course what was predicted was also desired....
God speaks to us in many ways. For example; Dreams, visions, prophecy, an inner voice, verses from the bible etc. Direction can come from unexpected sources, in circumstances we could not predict....
It seems that depression is on the increase. It is now recognized as a worldwide cause of disability. This raises many questions, but do these questions have answers?
In this day of scientific knowledge and enlightenment, we are inclined to dismiss the presence and activity of evil spirits as figments of the imagination or hocus-pocus. However, there are many instances where such activity blights the lives of people. Here is an example....
Personal Prophecy is a message from God, delivered by one person to another by means of the spiritual gift of prophecy. This message has not been prepared before-hand, but is spontaneous. The person giving the message may never have met or even seen the recipient before!
Disagreements can lead to all kinds of relationship breakdowns. Tensions may remain, hurts, people being offended and sometimes never recovering from it. How we handle our disagreements can be very important in shaping our future.
Personal experiences influence our beliefs which, in turn, affect our decisions and choices: these produce results in our life. The way we think is crucial in this process. So can we change the way we think?
The pressures of life reach us all, even children. How does our modern society cope?
In a recent blog, entitled “Gentleness & Humility”, I concluded that pride stands between us and God perhaps more than any other thing. However, its opposite, humility, is not something that comes easily to most of us.
How do we deal with other peoples' mistakes and bad decisions, especially when we have to pay for the consequences of them?
The person with this fruit of the Holy Spirit has an advantage over all others, because no-one can put them down.
Being strong in spirit will enable you to be in control of both your body and soul (mind, will and emotions). You can also rule and reign over your circumstances and challenges.
What are you addicted to? What can't you live without? Are times when you wonder if you are in control of yourself?
God often uses dreams or visions to speak to people who do not believe he exists, like Pharaoh, king of Egypt, or Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in Bible times. These dreams needed interpretation because they were full of symbolism. However, they contained life or death messages and were therefore very significant. Dreams and visions bypass the mind and speak to the heart. They can communicate things our mind would struggle to grasp, or would not even be able to accept at all.
Dreams and Visions are worth taking seriously. The Bible contains many significant dreams and visions which saved lives and, in some instances, changed the course of history. Our family also have had many significant dreams and visions during our time together. Here I share some of them and explain their significance.
Many of us think that the purpose of God for our life is bound to be something we will find difficult, and therefore we will have to be persuaded to buy into it in one of our better moments.
In October 1995, Susan and I visited Argentina, with a group from Northern England, at the invitation of Ed Silvoso of Harvest Evangelism. The purpose of the visit was to witness the revival that had been running there for more than 10 years. I had read a lot about Revivals in Church History and wanted to see one first-hand.
I was away with my family and our church at an annual Bible Week in Staffordshire, when I experienced a searing pain through my chest. It felt like I had been pierced by a hot sword. I was rushed into hospital in Stafford. I was given pethidine for the pain and placed on a diet of nil-by-mouth, apart from 30 mls of water per hour. I was on this diet for three weeks. I had no appetite anyway and felt very unwell. The diagnosis was pancreatitis, which was life-threatening.
We face battles in our lives over various issues and problems: Its part of the fight of faith. For example: A weight issue or eating disorder, a habit or addiction, anxiety or fear, a negative or unwanted way of thinking, or a character flaw that needs correcting....
I never found taking steps of faith easy. perhaps I thought too much about it and found it difficult to simply believe ....
A recent BUPA study of 10,000 people found that 44% of the 66.5 million people in the UK suffer from stress. Of these, 16.5 million (1 in 4) suffer from long-term stress; the kind that inevitably leads to anxiety and depression. Stress and anxiety are the two biggest causes of sick leave in the UK, costing the country about £6 billion a year.....
Many years ago, before Susan and I were married, Holy Spirit gave me these verses from the Bible: Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on what you think you know. Seek His will in everything you do, and He will show the right way (Prov.3:5-6). .....
Who is God to you; a taskmaster or a Father? Personal experience has taught me to be a receiver, because God is a Giver .....
Did you know that inner rest and peace are a vital necessity for every believer in Jesus? If you don't have these you will have a hard time when confronted with the troubles of life that come to each of us.....
None of us likes too much change (unless we do not like what we are currently doing). But, with God, change (or transition) is His way of preparing you for the new assignment or position He has for you......
When I was a young Christian some well-meaning people told me, “You can be to heavenly minded to be of any earthly use”.
More recently I have found that the way God sees things (and therefore what He does here on earth) is often quite different from the way most Christians see things (and therefore what they would do)…..
If you do not know that you are completely and utterly loved by God, it will have some seriously negative effects on your life as a Christian. God does not love you because you are a nice person or because you are lovable……
The phase "in Christ Jesus" is used a lot in the New Testament, especially by Paul. Jesus also referred to it in John 15, commanding his disciples to "abide in Him"........
It is vital to our well-being that we count on the fact that God is far bigger than the problems and circumstances that arise in our lives.
If we don’t do this, we are in danger of becoming victims of our own short comings and weaknesses…….
There are five simple steps you can use to check the authenticity of what you have heard ...
|You will not find the real you by giving in to your emotions, but by surrendering your emotions to God.||desiringgod.org|
|To have found God and still pursue him is the soul's paradox of love.||A.W. Tozer|
|God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you.||Joyce Meyer|
|The God who creates everything, pursues you. Don't let anyone tell you you're worth less than that.||Louie Giglio|
|God wants to give you the kind of peace that will enable you to sleep in a storm.||T.D.Jakes|
|God has a celebration meal with us, not after we finally get out of the dark valley, but in the middle of it, in the presence of our enemies. He wants us to rejoice in Him in the midst of our troubles.||Tim Keller|
|In the Kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release.||Bill Johnson|
|The devil's finest trick is to persuade you he doesn't exist.||Anon|
|He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.||Jim Eliott|
|Don't be surprised if you pray for nearness to God and He sends a trial. Nearness always requires dependence.||desiringgod.org|
|Fear is the enemy of love. The two cannot exist together. we have to choose daily: Fear or love?||David Forster|
|What you do (for a living) is not who you are.||Celia Apeagyei- Collins|
|You are not saved because of the quality of your faith, you are saved because of the object of your faith: The Redemer!||Tim Keller|
|If Satan can hold us in the area of reason in our minds, he can defeat us every time. But if we hold him in the area of faith - we defeat him every time.||Kenneth Hagin|
|People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail.||Lance Wallnau|
|Revival goes from the bottom up; Reformation goes from the top down. Therefore Reformation is institutional and Revival is personal.||Lance Wallnau|
|Time is a problem. Live in the Spirit and God will cause time to work for you (Ps. 31:15).||Lance Wallnau|
|There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite. Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.||C. S. Lewis|
|Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God. It meets a need in us.||Sam Storms|
|Of course God does not consider you hopeless. If He did, He would not be moving you to seek Him (and He obviously is). Continue seeking Him with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.||C. S. Lewis|
|You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you||C. S. Lewis|
|God is not nearly as interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you||Joyce Meyer|
|Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.||Albert Einstein|
|Suspicion often creates what it suspects.||C. S.Lewis|
|How you feel is not how you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters.||Kris Vallotton|
|Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.||C. S. Lewis|
|Inner peace is key to experiencing God's presence. Rest is a weapon against the enemy.||Graham Cooke|
|There is a lot that is good in your life. Don't take it for granted. Don't get so focused on the struggle that you miss the gift of today.||Joel Osteen|
|Every moment that you spend upset, despaired, anguished, angry, afraid or hurt because of the behaviour of someone else in your life, is a moment in which you've given up control of your life.||Unknown|
|Fairy tails don't tell children that dragons exist. Children know dragons exist. Fairy tails tell children that dragons can be killed.||G. K. Chesterton|
|The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives.||Alison Brown|
|Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds when the heal has crushed it||Mark Twain|
|If you know you are loved, faith is easy. It's easy to trust someone who you know loves you.||David Forster|
|If you agree with the Person who created you and receive what He gives, you will have: Serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance.||David Forster|
|The Person who created you says: Salvation is My gift to you. Righteousness is My gift to you. Peace is My gift to you. Joy is My gift to you. All that I AM I give you willingly and freely.||Graham Cooke|
|Remember, you do not have to live today by how you feel, nor by what you think about yourself, nor even by what someone else thinks about you. The Person who created you thinks you are wonderful, and He waits with open arms for you to agree with Him.||David Forster|
|If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.||C S Lewis|
|A spiritual life runs on trust and obedience, and the Holy Spirit is with you to develop confidence in God and in who you are.||Graham Cooke|
|Did you know that you are utterly and completely loved by God, without doing a single thing, good or bad?||David Forster|
|If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.||David Forster|
|Some Christians know Jesus as Saviour, others are learning to know him as Lord. The two are very different identities....||Graham Cooke|
|Shift gears from 'doing something in God's presence' (like praying) to simply 'being in God's presence'||Lance Wallnau|
|A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church.||G. Cooke|
|Be in His Presence as a normal practice, experience and disposition
(ie. settled state of mind).
The Father gives us the right to expect this; it's our inheritance.
|Your future doesn't depend on what is in front of you, it depends on who is in you.||Lance Wallnau|
|Remember: however contrary the circumstances, whatever your mood, whatever the company, retain your (inner) rest in Jesus. Its faith (trust)
in Him that counts.
It's who He is for you that matters most, and wins the day.
|You don't have to talk to Him or think of something to say (or pray about); you can just be in His presence.||David Forster|
|Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death.||Graham Cooke|
|Every day, adjust yourself to where God is taking you, that is, toward the prophetic vision He has given you.||Lance Wallnau
|Whatever you bow to on the way up the mountain (or the ladder) has control of you when you get to the top.||Lance Wallnau
|I'm not focused on what I am not, I am focused on what He is for me.||David Forster
|Satan cannot impose his will on anyone, he has to have our agreement.||Graham Cooke
|A little while ago I became old enough to start believing fairy tales again. This means there are far better things ahead of me than I have left behind.||CS Lewis|
|No-one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good.||CS Lewis|
|Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular circumstance or situation), it is faith in a Person.||David Forster|
|If your heart has experienced God, you need to have an understanding to keep that experience alive and current. We need to know by both knowledge
and experience together.
|We have the right to expect His Presence, because it is the Father who has placed us in Jesus. We don't have to try to get there or try to
stay there; He has placed us there. It was Him who did it.
|Wealth, women and status; these are the major temptations that can draw a man away from God. Each is morally neutral; yet given the appropriate
significance, each can control us.
|For a believer intimacy with God is not an option, it's a necessity. Guidance and direction depend on this intimacy and sensitivity to Holy
Spirit. There is no substitute for the latter.
|You can believe in Christianity in the same way you believe that the sun has risen; firstly, because you see it and secondly because by it
you see everything else.
|Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life.
|God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because there is simply no such thing.
|When you are at peace with God, you will be at peace with yourself and with other people.||David Forster|
|Jesus reveals the Father to us. He gives us peace and rest. He is not a hard taskmaster.
|Live in the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), because this is living in the character of God. Circumstances do not affect the character
of God: He never changes.
Therefore, you and I can minimise the effect of circumstances on our lives by living in the character of God.
|In each situation/circumstance of life, ask the Lord: a) Where are you in this situation, Lord? b) How do you want me to cooperate with you?||David Forster|
|If we are living daily by faith, we will be constantly over our head; beyond our ability to do this or that. We should all be in that place in some area of our life. If we are not, we will be like an old wineskin; too rigid and inflexible to receive the Lord's new wine.||Rick Joyner