Author: Catherine

11
Sep

Blessed are the Meek

In a world dominated by the strong and powerful, meekness is seen as weakness. Sadly, our culture is quick to label those who are quiet and submissive as ‘weak’. But for believers in Christ, meekness is a strength. Our God paints a beautiful picture of meekness: a person who’s strong yet gentle, unselfish, and kind. […]

10
Sep

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4 NKJV “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” The world says people who ‘mourn’ surely cannot be ‘blessed’. Jesus says those who mourn are blessed. In the Holy Bible, blessed usually means ‘happy‘. In the context of Matthew 5, blessed most likely indicates ‘an enviable state.’ When do we call a person blessed? When they […]

09
Sep

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3 NKJV “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus began His famous sermon on the mount ‘The Beatitudes’ with words that contradict each other. In the first beatitude (v3), He declares that those who are ‘poor in spirit’ will inherit God’s Kingdom. What a radical yet confusing statement! Why […]

08
Sep

Blessed are the Persecuted

Matthew 5:10 NKJV “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” To eagerly desire righteousness is a blessing but there is a cost attached to it: persecution. Our Lord and Master Jesus did not paint a vague picture of ‘being a good person’ or ‘doing the right […]

07
Sep

You are a Work in Progress

Philippians 1:6 NKJV “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” It’s easy to be discouraged when we don’t see results. It’s even harder when set expectations for ourselves and cannot measure up to them. Do you sometimes feel as though […]

06
Sep

The Power of Praying Together

Matthew 18:19 NKJV “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Prayer is one of the greatest joys of Christian life. It brings us so very near to God. There is no other direct line […]

05
Sep

Suffering for Christ

1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV) “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring [a]us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” Underground churches are common in countries where persecution is rife. Where do these believers get their boldness from? Why […]

19
Jun

The Power of Communing Daily with God

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” The believer’s life is characterized by prayer. It is a key aspect and without it, they find themselves powerless. No true believer has ever said, “I don’t have time to pray”. Simply put, […]

18
Jun

Fire in Our Bones

Jeremiah 20:13 NKJV: “Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For He has delivered the life of the poor from the hand of evildoers.” Each one of us has a favourite food. But not everyone in our friends’ circles likes the same food as us. Yet, we go to great lengths to passionately convince them […]

16
Jun

The Leader You Want to Follow

Jeremiah 17:10 (NIV): “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”   The King James Version of the Bible mentions the heart 830 times. It does not refer to the heart as an organ. Instead, it is seen as the ruling center […]