Is your relationship with God like an employee & employer? To what degree to do truly believe that you earn the goodness and the favour of God? In Ruth Chpt 2 we see what looks like a divine paradox - was she rewarded for her good work? That is how most people interpret this story but in fact the truth is something much different. God wants you, as Ruth did, to find refuge in the shadow of His wings. What does that mean for you in real life? When you discover this truth you will see favour and blessing washing over you each day!
In every circumstance if we will only see Jesus then we will overcome. When we eat the word we see that Jesus is in it all - The bible says our whole lives are found hidden in Christ and so whatever the issue is for us the answer is Jesus. The book of Ruth is an amazing picture of God's grace to redeem the outsider - It is a story that shows that there would be many reasons why we would think that God would reject us but the whole story is instead how he redeems those He loves. This is a picture of Jesus for you today. Listen and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus fresh again to you.
Why do we give ourselves to things that we know do us harm? Pornography, lust, gossip, jealousy - the list is endless. Today Andrew looks at why Samson's story is there for our encouragement in the word. He slept with Delilah but she was only the bait. We see again why the only way for us today to break the cycles of defeat, shame, hidden sin is to have Jesus and his love & grace revealed every day. This talk will give you new understanding of why grace is the only hope for us if we want to live in freedom.
Most of the time the issue is not the issue. What we mean is that we often look at the wrong thing and wonder why we do not see change in our lives. Trying to change behaviour without getting to the root of the issue will always result in defeat. Grace transforms us from the inside out bringing real freedom. This week Andrew looks at lust - Samson could not beat it - Where does it come from though? Why do we search for approval and meaning in things that will destroy us? Lust is the fruit of rejection and when we begin to see this revelation grace can flow and set us free!
How do you really live each day? We know we should trust in God but we all have an undercurrent of relying on ourselves. We grow up on stories like Samson - a strong man who did some amazing things. Is there more to the story and what does it tell us about grace? Learn today what the nature of your real battle is because it is not circumstances or people. Learn how God used a flawed man who had little self control and learn that ultimately His grace is what you need today
Is it possible to live from a place where your deepest needs are constantly met? In times when we experience dryness or lack God has everything we require, we just need to stay connected to the source. In John 7, Jesus points us to the source of all satisfaction - He issues an invitation to come to Him and experience a never ending river of living water flowing from deep within us. Join Phil in part 3 and be blessed and encouraged by this wonderful talk!