The tail end of time


Time peters out slowly and certainly, and gives way to an eternity of glory. There is no anxiety in faith, but the sure hope that the one who began the everlasting hope in the heart of the Christian, will bring all promises to pass.

So we all live, looking to that future, where all fighting against sin and temptation, and longing for perfection, will be over, and our deepest desires are seen and known.

Jesus will always be our delight and the personal embodiment of our joy and love. In Him is every freedom and in His light is endless love.



There is the thought that all of our lives are preparing for our death. Death is described as the last enemy, and so it is. It would be so easy to deny the Lord in those difficult moments and loose the reward.

This is not a morbid thought, but one that we should keep in mind. Life can appear so free and easy, our days full of activity and reason, but death comes to us all. In the middle of life we are in death. Jesus carried the reality if it throughout his whole life- it was the reason He came into the world.

We were born to live and not die, but since we live sinful lives, the wages of that state if being, is death.

How far am I trusting the Lord in real terms, every day? Am I aware of His presence and power in my life? Am I pursuing holiness with my whole heart, so that I can cope with increasing difficulties?

The end can come quickly or we can linger for long periods of time, but we all must step over that final threshold into eternity. If we have no faith, we won’t make it. It our faith is weak because we never let it grow, it will be very difficult.

If we belong to Christ, He will carry us through and bring us safely to the promised heavenly home. But we may lack certain comforts that we have not fostered or entertained in this life. Being able to rest in Christ is of vital importance. Being able to fight with our spirit and mind to overcome all temptation and doubt.

This life is the preparation ground for eternity and how we live is important. Some are saved from wrath by the skin of their teeth and some enter heaven gloriously. Every Christian needs to prepare for that great day.

Similarly- Jesus is coming again, very soon. We need to be ready, watching for him and earnestly expecting Him to come for us. The way we leave this life is important and to be a testament to His love and grace is the path to glory…

Christ will come


The days of human society on planet Earth, are nearly done. Surely we  are so near the end. This world’s Saviour and judge will return at any moment…

“In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy

Our planet is full of trouble of every sort and with intense distress for many people around the world. Wars rage, we can see the run up to many other conflicts being played out before our eyes. Everyone sees and can read the signs of these times. Sickness and plague are everywhere. Our drugs are loosing their potency. The physical Earth revolts and troubles hit communities of people- quake, tsunami, eruptions, extreme weather, and so on. The rich get richer and become corrupt. The poor starve and perish and few notice.

But there is something we seek. That God would pour out His Spirit on the whole planet and the effect of the redeeming power of Christ would be seen and felt in every community of people. God will raise men and women to foretell this blessing and to warn Earth’s inhabitants of the coming wrath, and the extraordinary blessing of knowing God.

This outpouring will be on men and women, old and young, servant and master. There will be no pecking order, no discrimination and voices raised will be in unity with the Spirit of God. It’s the spectacle of grace before the end comes.

In some parts of the world it has already started. People hearing the gospel, reading the Bible and being confronted in dreams, are coming to faith. Countries that have been closed to the Word of God now have scripture in their own language. Hearts yearn for a Saviour and the message of the gospel brings people to faith in the living Saviour- Jesus.

Mighty things are happening, but the West has been left behind, spiritually. Hearts are hard, and yet long for release. God will yet do a work to gather in His people and He will do it without the vestiges of our dead religion.

Then, when all God’s people are gathered in, when every chosen sinner is finally forgiven, Christ will come and the door will close…



These are unsettling times. My inner life is not peaceful. I have the issues of the human to have to sort out and try to keep at bay. The weakness of tiredness is making the battle to put down the grumblings within more difficult. The whole foment is stoked by the enemy into an endless rhythm of ebb and flow of blame and judgment.

The tiresomeness contributes to the tiredness, especially in the mind.

Everything is unsatisfactory and the arguments rage back and forth.

The God who made me, made me to live in Him, to run in the power of His Spirit and to be free and noble.

If I find the world to be otherwise, why should I wonder at that..! If I look to this life for answers, I will always be disappointed.

Turn to Him. Acquiesce it all to His wisdom and rest completely in His embrace….

“He only is my rock and my salvation…” Psalm 62..

“I will never be shaken…”

Fully committed


2 Chronicles 16:9
” eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

The Father is seeking those who are fully committed to Him… Who deny themselves, sacrifice their lives in real ways- practical and heart rending ways… He says He will take those people and strengthen them. They are weak people and they know it, but God delights to take up such that fail. He can make them stand up.

“Fully committed” to the perfect and holy God? What does that look like?
We look to JESUS, who showed us the life of God. No hating, resenting, acrimony but turning the other cheek and giving to all who ask. Perfect wisdom exercised in love.

He looks through the whole world for people to see who will give up “life” to have a better life, living for Him….this is Faith..

The worst woman?


There are so many noble and notable women in scripture and throughout history, but there are always those who stand out because of their sinfulness and dedicated intent to do evil.

One such is surely Jezebel. She was the daughter of a Baal worshipper and gave over her life to serving this false god and getting the people around her to do the same. She hated the God of Israel and also His prophet, Elijah.

She tried many times to take Elijah’s life and God had to protect him from her evil intentions. She wanted control and to have the opulent things of this life, so she managed to marry Ahab, the evil king of Israel. Ahab was weak and Jezebel was adept at getting him to do whatever she wanted.

Jezebel pursues evil to such an extent, that her own false prophets were killed, and members of her own family were given up to the pleasure of the fake god, Baal.

Jezebel painted her face and decked herself out with the richest of clothes. She reflected the wantonness in her worldly heart and her desire to make herself in her own image.

She was not loved… Some of her servants threw her out of an upstairs window and she fell into the street, splattering blood everywhere. No one would pick her body up, so the dogs of the city ate her. At least they ate her except her skull, feet and the palms of her hands…

A bloody, violent and God-forsaken death…


Mary Magdalene was born in Magdala, a town of great immorality and idol worship. She lived a life of depravity, making her living from pandering to others. She may have been a prostitute, but her life was certainly far from God ways, without love and a with settled hardness of heart. She also had seven devils living in her body, and the outworking of this for her peace and rest, would have been too dreadful to write.

Mary was trapped in a life so dreadful, with no opportunity to get out. A slave to sin and the power of Satan..

But one day she met Jesus. She instantly recognised Him and her heart longed to be free from the sin so that she could relate to him. Jesus reached out to her, forgave her for every sin, and set her free from Satan’s vile grasp… No one else could or would do this for her.

O how she loved Him… She followed Him everywhere and gave of her earnings in business to support Jesus and the disciples. She adored Him because of what He had done for her and because of who He is. She poured vastly expensive perfume over Him, something no one else had ever done before or ever again. She watched Him die, refusing to leave him. She was there when they took him down and put Him in the tomb.

Mary was the first to see the risen Lord, such was His love for her. What a privilege…

What is the difference between these two women? Both sinful and stuck in a life of vice and depravity.

The difference is that Mary met the Lord Jesus. She was found by Him, and released from her bonds. He changed her and set her free. She confessed her sin and was forgiven everything.

This is the only thing that makes a “good” woman…. this is the only power that can change us and release us from our sinful selves and make us able to please God…. The power and love of a Saviour who suffered in our place, is what makes the difference.

Women who glorify God