Prayer

Many of us are too lazy to pray.  Or haven’t developed the daily habit of prayer. Or have simply been too distracted or seduced by the flesh, our jobs or the world to pray. The result is spiritual stagnation.

Jesus says in Matthew 24: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.  

Wow. It will only be a few who love well and finish well in these perilous end times. God is calling us to invest in our spiritual walk, our prayer life, in these days. Many Christians (too busy with Facebook) will be found asleep as in Jesus’ parable of the ‘five foolish virgins’.

Many will panic when everything around them falls and fails. Many will not meet that day of trial with prayer and faith, as prayer and faith has been so absent from their lives.

Every newspaper we read is a wake-up call to pray!

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Wounded Spirit

If you’ve an overly sensitive nature and are easily offended it could be you have a wounded spirit, or that a root of bitterness has grown up within you, like a fungus.

The good news is there’s a way out of this dilemma. But it may take a revelation for you to realise you’re caught in a web of unforgiveness, of overly-sensitive reactive emotions.

In all probability you’ll need help with all this, but be warned, counselling works best if it’s accompanied by spiritual renewal. So that you can draw aside to a daily sanctuary with God. So that the emotional pain associated with woundedness can be left at the foot of the Cross.

Jesus says in Matthew 11: Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Bring your woundedness, your offence and your bitterness to the Cross and be released and be healed.

Forgiveness

Our human nature does not want to forgive, it seeks revenge. Bitterness is unfulfilled revenge. I want to see the people who’ve hurt and abused me suffer as much as I have. I want to see those who dont even care suffer as much as I have, and made to care.

This is the hook of bitterness, to have us serially or permanently offended, cemented in unforgiveness and trapped in our past.

But Jesus says in Matthew 6: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

The enemy of our souls wants us to buy his lie of hurt, offence, revenge and hatred. Friend, it may seem unfair but to gain heaven we have to learn to forgive those who’ve hurt or abused us, otherwise we will never, never be set free.

This is a short excerpt from my book ‘Brokenheart’, published Dec 2013.

Masks

We all wear masks. Some simply help us get through the day in one piece and are relatively harmless, but some are unhealthy, particularly if they represent years of denial or unresolved issues in our lives.

A mask is like a veneer over our real weak selves. When so much of our lives is social, it makes sense to present the best us, our most successful side. But unfortunately this is habit-forming and delusional long-term.

There are some positive aspects to mask wearing, I just can’t remember what they are. Maybe it helps us be accepted, which cant be a bad thing, surely. But I like what it says in 1 Corinthians 13: Now we see through a glass darkly, but then.. face to face.

By taking down our masks before God or with a trained and sensitive counsellor, the concealed pain that often wrecks our lives, can be named, confronted, and overcome.

This is a short excerpt from my book ‘Brokenheart’.

Brokenness

Theme: Brokenness
No one chooses to be brokenhearted or emotionally crushed. We just arrived somehow and it feels a lousy place to be. So we ask: Lord, what have I done to deserve this? Seems so difficult to come to terms with, and no one understands or cares. God seems light years away, like He doesnt know or care either. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Psalm 34 says: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

So, even though He doesnt feel close, the Lord is close. He knows every nuance of our emotions, but when the pain of our brokenness is like a beating drum, it’s difficult to hear His voice, it really is.

Thats why we seek His face daily. It’s through His Word and in His presence He begins to answer some of our desperate unanswerable questions.

An excerpt from my book: ‘Brokenheart’