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If we don’t recognise, and then remove, any envy in our lives it can become a ‘stronghold’. We can end up feeling resentful of other people and avoiding them because of their successes. The Bible says, ‘Envy rots the bones’ (Proverbs 14:30 NIV) and the New Living Translation paraphrases it this...

Psalm 107 is full of examples of God restoring people. From those who were imprisoned and in chains, to those who were destroying themselves, to those who were going through storms. The Psalm says that God ‘delivered them from their distress’ (vv.6; 13; 19; 28 ESV). Then it goes on to encourage...

God’s able to speak to us at any time. But it’s so much harder for us to hear Him, remember what He’s said and understand it when we’re really busy. God says: ‘Be still, and know that I am God’. When we’re still and quiet, we can hear what God’s saying to us. We give Him space to speak and, if...

Change happens through challenge. The name Jacob means ‘he grasps the heel’ which was also interpreted to mean cheater or deceiver. This name was given to him at birth, and the label seemed to stick. His brother Esau, in his anger, exclaimed ‘Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time...

Change happens through cooperation. Jacob named the place where he wrestled with the angel ‘Peniel’, meaning ‘the face of God’. Each of us must eventually come face to face with God, and when we do He can change us. In today’s society, we’ve become used to helping ourselves. We’ve developed an...

Change happens through confession. When Jacob was speaking to God, he said ‘I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant’. It was a humble confession, admitting to God that he wasn’t perfect and that he’d made mistakes. Confession is an important part of God’s...

Change happens through commitment. When Jacob realised he was wrestling with the angel of the Lord, he said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ Jacob was committed and persistent; he stuck with it until he worked his way through it. He didn’t like where he was; it was frustrating and...

Change happens through crisis. God used a crisis to change things for Jacob. Jacob was in a desperate situation. He realised he needed to go home but that meant he’d have to face the anger of his brother Esau. That night, in his tent, he wrestled with the angel of the Lord until the morning. But...

We read a lot in the Bible about advice for church leaders. But we can’t and won’t all be called into a leadership role, and for those of us who don’t feel it’s our calling, we might think that these parts of the Bible just aren’t relevant to us. However, we’re all responsible for setting a good...

That moment when things run out. A dream dies. A relationship ends. Resources or finances reach zero. That’s when God can minister to us by providing seemingly unreal, supernatural ways forward. That ‘nothing’ time is actually really precious: it’s a moment when God invites us to rely on Him for...