Giving into temptation doesn’t usually start with an action, it starts with a casual thought or a quick glance at an image or something right? Often the temptation grabs hold of us because we take a second look or decide to let that thought settle in and take over.

Proverbs 4:25 says, ‘Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.’

If you know you are in danger of giving into temptation that will draw you away from God, practise keeping yourself away from places where that temptation is in plain sight. Let your eyes or thoughts rest on other things.

Read the rest of Proverbs 4 here –

Smeagol vs Gollum

You ever feel there’s this shadow side to you that keeps you doing stuff you wish you wouldn’t – or that prevents you from doing the things you really do want to do?

Almost like Smeagol fighting with Gollum in the Lord of the Rings

Even the Apostle Paul struggled: ‘I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?’

Well, here’s good news 🙂 Grace. Grace is ‘God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure’ (Philippians 2:12-13)

Need to ask God for more of that kind of grace today?


Eyes on the Unseen

How are you feeling as you get ready for today? Are you thinking of the things you’re struggling with: conflicts you’re caught in, the test you haven’t really studied for, the habits you’re definitely going to avoid today? Or are you focusing on something better?

Someone once said we tend to move towards the things our eyes are focused on. Is that true for you? What if you fixed your eyes on what is unseen, the hope to which Jesus has called you, the fearfully and wonderfully made person you are, and on Jesus himself who is God’s great YES to us?

Great verse on that in Ephesians 1v18:


Where The Healing Begins…

A few days ago we asked people to say what sins tangle and trip them up. Here’s just some of what we got back:

Porn, lust, dodgy stuff in relationships, money, vulgar words, lies, game addictions, losing trust in someone, pride, selfishness, anger, guilt, comparing the way I look to other people, cheating on a boyfriend, gossiping, the way I eat…

On that cross Jesus experienced the full effect of each one of these (imagine that for a minute). Does believing in what Jesus did simply make these struggles go away? Well, no – not always. But it does mean we don’t have to be separated from God any more.

And that’s where healing begins…

What’s your response to that?

Read Colossians 2v13-15 here: