There is one giant that often stands in our way when operating in the gifts of the Spirit; the big ugly giant called Fear. It isn’t a new problem – when Paul tells Timothy to use his spiritual gifts he reminds him not to be held back by fear (2Tim 1:6-7). This fear can come […]Read More The giant that stops you using your Spiritual Gifts.
The power of our words to encourage can never be underestimated. One of the common things that holds us back is the thoughts, “They won’t want to hear from me” or “I may offend them if I speak this to them.” One of my favourite motto’s is, “If you are going to make a mistake, […]Read More Build up or tear down: which sort are you?
Sometimes there can a pressure we put on ourselves to operate in the power of the Spirit. It is always useful to remember the torch analogy. A torch is designed to bring light into the darkness, but if its batteries are flat it can’t function. In the same way we bring light into the darkness […]Read More Suffering from the pressure to perform?
Ever wondered why your faith feels boring and stale? I was with Jossy Chacko, the founder of the great mission organisation Empart recently, and he said, “…the trouble with most Christians is we are educated beyond our level of obedience…” Ouch! In other words, we love a good sermon, small group study or even bible […]Read More How to move beyond boring faith
We are in a series which is hopefully inspiring us to evangelism – sharing the good news about Jesus. But often our efforts fail. Here are five reasons our evangelism hits a wall today (with a few solutions as well): We come across mean! We are like the older brother in the famous parable in […]Read More 5 Reasons our evangelism hits a wall
The truth is, unanswered prayer can be frustrating and sap our faith. But it doesn’t need to. A simple answer to the complex question of why God isn’t answering prayer how you expect is that God is infinite and we finite. He sees all, the end from the beginning, in a manner that we can’t […]Read More Reasons for unanswered prayer
Sin is a peculiar thing. We instinctively know it brings death but somehow we like to play with it. I read this week how a lion keeper was mauled by one of his own lions. The very thing he, played with, petted and thought he had under control turned on him. The story of Lot’s […]Read More The forgotten key to powerful prayer