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Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 84 Part 3 The message of this psalm is such encouragement from the Lord and it challenges us to reassess our focus on Godly living. So that we can experience what God desires for us all the time. I realise how easy it is for us to be side-tracked...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 84 Part 2 As we continue with this psalm I am enthralled and inspired by the psalmist for his passion for the House of the Lord. I am challenged by his desire to experience the presence of the Lord, I believe it is a timely reminder not to allow...

Psalms That Have Impacted My Life

Psalm 84 This Psalm is unique in the fact that it was written by the sons of Korah, the sons of Korah were part of the tribe of Levi who was set apart to be priests and ministers in the Tabernacle. If you were born into the tribe of Levi...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 91 Part 4 As we come to the final section of this Psalm it talks about the reward that comes to the person who ‘Dwells in the secret place of the Most High ’. It is good to remember that God is a good God and if He looks...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 91 Part 3 This next section of the Psalm gives the detail of the protection of the Lord to all who have chosen to live close to Him. Verse 9 says “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation!” This verse...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 91  Part 2 As we continue with this psalm we see the continuing benefit of abiding in the presence of the Lord. Verse 3 says: “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and the perilous pestilence!  This is a definite statement, not a suggestion –...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 91 I am encouraged by the title of this psalm “Safety in abiding in the presence of God”. This is such a profound truth that unfortunately many people never understand and because of this never make the effort to live in God’s presence. Verse 1 says: “He who dwells...

God’s way is known by reading his word

For as long as I can remember church people have been told to read God’s Word (The Bible) but I cannot remember anyone completely explaining what that means or how to read it. From a schoolboy onwards I have been an avid reader, I must have read 1000”s of books...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 19   Part 5 This psalm has been so inspiring and also challenging as we have considered the revelation of the Lord through His creation and His word. Verse 11 says: “Moreover by them, your servant is warned, and in keeping them is great reward”. Sometimes we forget how by...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 19 Part 4 As we continue with this psalm it is good to be reminded of the purpose for this psalm, David wrote it with the express purpose of revealing the true nature of the Lord. This is something that we need to do regularly because at times we...

Psalms that have impacted my life!

Psalm 19 Part 3 It has been so encouraging to be reminded of the greatness of our God through His creation, now we come to another aspect of that greatness. Verse 7 says: “The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 19 Part 2 I am so encouraged by the reason for this psalm – to reveal the Lord! As I have reflected on this  I realise that there were times when I desired something spectacular to happen in the church to make the church attractive to the world. This...

Psalms that Have Impacted My Life

Psalm 19 While there are many reasons why the many Psalmists wrote their various psalms, Psalm 19 is very unique. The title of this psalm is “The Perfect Revelation of the Lord”, so it will be with great interest to see how David achieves this in this psalm. David does...

Psalms that have impacted my Life

Psalm 46 Part 5 Now we come to the final two verses of this great Psalm and they say: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth; the Lord of Hosts is with us; the God...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 46  Part 4 Now we come to this section of Psalm 46, verses 8 -9 which have a powerful message and flow with the ongoing truth of the Psalm. Psalm 46 has so much truth to reflect on and I am reminded how easy it is to read God’s...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 46 Part3 The next section of Psalm 46 consists of 4 verses and these verses are verse 4 through to verse 7 which have a theme of “God is in the midst of His people”. It continues with the truth that God is always present in us, despite what...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 46  Part 2 As we continue with this truth “God Is” I have realised while we can know a lot about God – in fact, it is so easy to quote scriptures but deep down we do not expect God to work miraculously. We have become very comfortable in...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 46 Two days ago I celebrated 8 years ago the love of my life went to heaven, while am so glad for her enjoying the presence of her Lord, there have been times when I have missed her so much. There is a song by Bethel Music that has...

Psalms that have impacted my life.

Psalm 1 Part 3 As we come to the third week of the new year I want to complete Psalm 1 which I commenced at the end of last year. This psalm is so relevant to the world in which we live because it declares that while God desires to...

New Year 2022 Part 3

There is one final thing that I want to discuss what God is saying to the church. There is a big danger that when people hear a word of prophecy they just fold their arms and wait for it to happen and when God moves they miss out because they...

New Year 2022 Part 2

Two years ago the world as we knew it changed in a most significant way and it will never be the same again. 1 Corinthians 15:46 tells us “First the natural and then the spiritual”. As mentioned in the previous blog I was blessed to be part of a mighty...

New Year 2022

Before I write about 2022  I want to do a brief summary of 2021. This was the second year of the pandemic and many lives have been affected by the ever-changing restrictions placed on us y the State government. Church services were allowed to recommence with restrictions limiting the number...

Christmas 2021

As we consider Christmas this year and remember the journey we have been through this year, one thing is very clear, the god of this world Satan has tried to make God’s people ineffective. For most of the year going to church has had its limitations and we were forced...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 1 Part 2 In the previous blog, we looked at that although God wants to bless us it is not without certain conditions. He is very clear that certain behaviour stops Him from blessing us. Now we look at the attitude that pleases God and God blesses people with...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 1 The title of this Psalm is “The way of the righteous and the end of the ungodly”. This psalm is unusual in the fact that it declares God’s plan for our lives and the result if we live by His way or reject His way of living. The...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 100 Part 3 There is nothing more fulfilling than to be a thankful person, being thankful is an attitude of the heart and the choices that we make. The psalmist demonstrates this by the way that he talks and his attitude to living a life of thankfulness. This is...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 100 Part 2 While the bible does not record who wrote this song of thanksgiving whoever wrote it was passionate about their Lord. This is a wonderful way to live, to be always reminding ourselves of the many blessings that we receive and experience all the time. There is...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 100 The title of this psalm is “A song of praise for the Lord’s faithfulness to His people”, and now is a perfect time to remind ourselves of it and turn our focus to it. We live at a time where the god of this world (Satan) has tricked...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 51 Part 4 After David requested that God would change him, he wondered how God would treat him now that he had committed such a great sin. In Verse 11 he askes the Lord not to cast him away from his presence. He considered living in God’s presence and having...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 51  Part 3 In this psalm, David warns of our sinful nature – we were born sinners. Understanding this is not an excuse for us to sin but a warning of something that we need to guard against. This is why it is so important not to be dominated by...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 51 Part 2 In this psalm, we see the true character of David and as we look at his response to God for the sin that he had committed, there are many lessons for us to learn. We need to understand the biblical meaning of repentance, in the Old Testament...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 51 Before I look at this psalm in detail, because of the uniqueness of the psalm and its message it is important to look at the background and reason for this psalm. The story is found in  2 Samuel chapters 11 & 12 and there are many issues for us...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 24 Part 4 As we come to the last 4 verses I have been continually impacted by this psalm. Verse 10  says: “Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies”. This verse expresses a significant truth, when David’s enemy came he...

Psalms that have impacted my Life

Psalm 27 Part 3 In this psalm, David confidently expresses his passion and love for his Lord. As I write this blog yesterday was father’s day and this has reminded me of the impact that my father had on my life. Although he has been in heaven for over 47...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 27  Part 2 As I am drawn to this psalm of David I am encouraged by David’s boldness in verse 3, where he declares his confidence in the Lord. He was not put off by the circumstances of life which in the natural looked like a major problem. He was...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 27 In my bible, the title of this Psalm is “An exuberant declaration of faith” by David, which gives a glimpse of the character of David. When David was anointed king over Israel as a young person  God had said “The Lord had sought for Himself a man after...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 92 Part 2 As we come to the second part of this Psalm these are the verses that have so impacted my life and my relationship with the Lord, especially over the last 7 years. The verses are verses 12-15 which say: “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Psalm 92 This Psalm (song) was written to be sung on the Sabbath day to remind the people of God’s goodness and the importance of setting apart time to rest from our many labours. The principle of setting a day aside to rest starts with God at the time of...

Psalms that have impacted my life

Introduction As I commence this new series of blogs I believe very strongly  I am following the Spirit’s leading in what the Lord wants me to write. I trust what I write will have very little natural information but expose my unstoppable passion to know God in a more intimate...

Foundation for Living with Jesus

Building on the Foundation As I come to the final blog in this series “Foundation for Living with Jesus” the whole purpose for having a foundation is that we build and continue to build on it. I cannot overstate the only foundation to build on is being born again which...

Foundation for Living with Jesus

Second Coming and Right Living The truth about the Second Coming of Jesus is such a vast subject, the intricate details mentioned in the Bible is so vast that it would take a whole book to cover some of what the bible teaches. The purpose of this blog is to...

Foundation for Living with Jesus

Giving and Serving As we come to giving I have observed for over 60years that the subject of giving has been an issue that has divided church people. I believe that there are three basic types of people who give, firstly, those who believe because they have a free -...

Foundation for Living with Jesus

Faith and Healing As we come to look at the foundation of faith I acknowledge that faith seems to be a very complex subject. For this blog, I have on purpose tried to keep it simple or basic so that everyone can apply the truth of it in our everyday...

Foundation for Living with Jesus

Prayer and  Worship Prayer is essential to our relationship with the Lord – in its basic form it is simply talking to our Heavenly Father about everything and we cannot spend too much time doing this. However, at the beginning of this blog, it is also important to learn to...

Foundation for Living with Jesus

  God’s Word Now we come to one of the most significant foundations for living with Jesus. It cannot be built by habit or by threat but by the desire to know Jesus better. How often and how much we read is something that is personal and changes by the...

Foundation for Living With Jesus

Baptism with the Holy Spirit The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is also known as Being filled with the Holy Spirit and The Promise of the Father. The latter name is rarely used but has great significance in experiencing this God-given experience. This experience cannot be properly labeled as a...

Foundation for Living With Jesus

Water Baptism and Communion Water Baptism is the act of being immersed in water in obedience to Jesus. While some churches practice “Sprinkling of water” this has no scriptural foundation and another important fact is Baptism is what we choose to do so we must of an age when we...

Foundation for Living With Jesus

Salvation The only foundation for living with Jesus is that we are saved (born again). There is no other way for us to have a personal life-changing experience with Jesus, this is not being biased but stating the truth of God’s word. This is why no matter what we have...

Foundation For Living With Jesus

Introduction As I begin this new series “Foundation For Living With Jesus” I am reminded of my spiritual journey of over 67 years which has been so good and as I have looked more closely I have realised that my life has been built on a strong foundation – Jesus...

Godly Men Part 4

While many things could be written about Godly men I have decided to limit this series to four parts and this final part will be about the fall of man and God’s answer today. The bible does not say how long Adam had lived before he became lonely and God...

Godly Men Part 3

Today in the world there are many good people who we will not see in heaven because they reject God’s way of salvation, similarly, there are many good marriages but men do not follow what the bible says their role in marriage should be. I was one of those men...

Godly Men Part 2

Before I look at how God created man I want to remind everyone how ungodly the world has become and how there is a danger that people who attend church and call themselves Christians are comfortable living like the world. 2 Timothy 3:1-5  says:   “But know this, that in the...

Godly Men

As I begin to write this new blog, I do not want anybody to be put off by the title. Except for what I will write about man’s role in marriage everything else applies to everybody. I acknowledge Godly women for I lived with one for over 53 years. However,...

Reflections on the Psalm 23 Part 6

As we come to the last verse of this great Psalm it is good to remember how the previous verses have been so comforting and encouraging to us. This no surprise because that is the nature of our God. Psalm 23:6 says: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all...

Reflections on Psalm 23 Part 5

In the previous verse, we were encouraged by the fact that when hard times come the Lord is with us. This verse continues on the theme that in life there will be times when we are under attack. I am encouraged by the honesty of God’s word it does not...

Reflections on Psalm 23 Part 4

I am so encouraged by the truth of God’s word, it does not give a partial view of life but explains that life is not always a bed of roses. Psalm 23:4 says “ Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no...

Reflections On Psalm 23 Part3

In November last year, I wrote two blogs on Psalm 23 and now I want to continue with the truth of the Psalm. It is good to be reminded that “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. Also, sheep were reliant completely on the shepherd for all their...

My God Is The God Who Blesses Part 10

As I come to the last blog on being blessed I have turned my attention to the Old Testament. The reason behind this is to show the difference in the meaning of the word blessed in the Old and New testament. In the beatitudes, the word blessed means to invoke...

My God Is The God Who Blesses Part 9

As we come to the last situation where God’s favour is manifested it is important to note that Jesus used three verses to explain this situation very clearly. Matthew 5:10-12 says: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you...

He is Risen!

This is one of the most exciting things that I can write about, there is so much to say it is very difficult to know where to start. There is one important fact that needs to be talked about, the one thing that sets Jesus apart from other great teachers,...

Jesus Was Crucified For Me

As I begin to write about the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus I am so overwhelmed by the understanding that I am a child of God and that my sins are forgiven and the price that was paid for this to happen. Also, I have realised how...

My God Is The God Who Blesses Part 8

It has been so encouraging to look at the various situations in which we have the opportunity for our spirit to grow through God’s favour. Because it will only happen when we do not give in to our fleshly desires. One of the main battles that we face on an...

My God Is The God Who Blesses Part 7

I have been so encouraged by the truth that Jesus first taught His disciples. Jesus wanted them to understand that in the many situations of living, each situation was an opportunity to experience God’s favour and to grow spiritually. The next verse that Jesus taught is such a challenge because...

My God Is The God Who Blesses Part 6

Today we live in a world in which people live isolated lives and there is much suffering that goes on unnoticed. Occasionally we experience a major disaster and we rally to help out the best that we can. While this is good in the verse today Jesus is talking about...

My God Is The God Who Blesses Part 5

As we continue to look at what Jesus taught His disciples in preparation for their three years of ministry with Him, we need to be reminded that the disciples had no spiritual background. Because the Pharisees accused Jesus of being with sinners when He ate with the friends of the...

My God is The God Who Blesses Part 4

It is so good to be reminded that our God is the God whose priority is to bless us so we need to control and reject any thought that says that He punishes us. There can be a danger that when we reap the reward of bad behaviour that we...

My God is The God Who Blesses Part 3

As we continue to look at the situations we find the blessing of the Lord, we must not overlook the way we experience His blessing in our spirit. Being blessed is part of our spiritual growth as we experience God’s favour in various situations of life. Matthew 5:4 says: “Blessed...

My God is The God Who Blesses Part 2

Now I want to look in greater detail of what Jesus taught His disciples on the mountain. It is important to refresh ourselves the true meaning of being blessed.  Bless or blessed means “To invoke God’s favour, to be happy, to be holy consecrated”, it is important to understand from...

My God is The God Who Blesses

Today we live in a world with so much pain and suffering and ungodly behaviour is being manifested all the time. In bad times like these, it is easy for people to blame God for what is happening to the people. The insurance industry calls storm damage “an act of...

MY HONEYBUNCH 10/11/1940 – 24/01/2014

It is now seven years since God’s gift to me my “HoneyBunch” unexpectantly finished her life's journey and went to be with her Lord and Saviour. Firstly I want to explain the special name I gave to the love of my life – for her birthdays and wedding anniversaries, I...

Reflections for 2021 Part 3

Next, I want to look at the reason or purpose of why we have been chosen by God. Let us look again at John 15:16 which says: “You did not choose me, but I chose you that you should bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you...

Reflections for 2021 Part 2

It is so important at the beginning of this year not to allow the freshness and present revelation not to die, but to keep it alive in our spirit for a long time. This understanding of how precious we are to the Lord must be protected and built upon as...

Reflections for 2021

I have always enjoyed the new year, I like the feeling of the newness of that which is ahead – it is good to put the old year behind us and start afresh with the Lord. I have never been a person who makes new year resolutions nor I have...

Reflections on 2020

As I begin to write about this year it is difficult to know where to start, how do you write about something that you have never experienced before in your lifetime. However, when things like this happen it is important to record how the hand of the Lord has been...

The Wise Men

The story of the wise men is found in Matthew 2:1-12 and while there is very little information about these wise men the facts that are needed are there to be considered. Traditionally the wise men have been named as the three wise men after the three gifts given to...

Mary the Mother of Jesus

The story of Mary and the birth of Jesus is found in Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-28, and Luke2: 1-20. Mary would have been about 14 years old when she was betrothed (Engaged) to Joseph. The first thing I want to comment on is that Mary was not troubled by the...

Birth of John the Baptist

Isaiah prophesied that the Lord would raise a person who would prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus (Isaiah 40:3). That person is known as John the Baptist and now I want to look at how this took place. The story of the birth of John the Baptist is...

Reflections on Christmas Day

The purpose of this blog is to look at the history of when Christmas Day commenced and what has led to the secular celebration of Christmas and its consequences. Then I want to look at the biblical significance of the birth of Christ and how it applies to us today....

Reflections on Psalm 23 Part 2

As we continue to look at this psalm everything is based on the understanding that “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (I shall not lack, I have everything that I need)”. This has been my experience in my life, especially the last seven years when I have...

Reflections on Psalm 23

This psalm of David is probably the one that is best known for it is often quoted at church on special occasions. I believe the truth and application of this psalm are so relevant to the unprecedented season of life that the world is now experiencing. This psalm is one...

Experiencing Hope Part 4

I began to write about hope because for some time because I had been experiencing a lack of excitement about my future and had been content to live life without any real purpose. I am so glad that we can bring our frustrations to the Lord and allow Him to...

Experience Hope Part 3

As we continue to look at how to experience hope, I want to point out that hope is not having a goal or plan for your life to achieve. Some people are very good at having a plan for their life while others are not. A good example of this...

Experience Hope Part 2

Being made aware of the importance of hope in our lives, this has been so uplifting, also, I have been reminded of how suttle the god of this world (Satan) is – without warning he causes us to become ineffective. As I consider the importance of hope and how it...

Experiencing Hope

In this season of COVID 19 which does not seem that it will ever end, and when it does the world which we have experienced up to now will never be the same again. The god of this world (Satan) has used the media to confuse and give no hope...

Kingdom Living Part 2

Despite Jesus telling His disciples that the kingdom of God was within them (Luke 17:21) the last thing that the disciples asked Jesus before He returned to Heaven was, “Lord will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6). Although the disciples had spent over 3 years...

Kingdom Living

As I come to consider kingdom living it is important to understand clearly that there are only two kingdoms – the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of God. Unfortunately, there are times when we are disillusioned into believing that there is another kingdom and that is the kingdom that...

Holy Spirit Part 3

We need to be ever reminded that being filled with the Holy Spirit is not a one-off event but an ever-new on-going experience. Ephesians 5:18 AMP says: “And do not be drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but ever be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit”. This being filled...

Holy Spirit Part 2

The last words that Jesus spoke to His disciples before He returned to Heaven are found in Acts 1:8 which says: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and...

Holy Spirit

The reason for writing about the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit is to remind everyone what Jesus had to say to His disciples about the Holy Spirit and the effect of being filled with the Holy Spirit had on the early church. Jesus told His disciples...

Freshness from the Lord

There is an old saying “Fresh is the best” and that is so true, however, today with the aid of chemicals food is made to look and taste fresh so that they can have a longer shelf life. While it is claimed that these chemicals do not harm us it...

Intimacy with God Part 2

It is so important to recognise that intimacy with the Lord is not a normal response by the average Christian, while they may want to continue being a Christian they still desire to be in control of their life. The bible says “You shall love the Lord your God with...

Intimacy with God

In the beginning, mankind was created to have an intimate relationship with God and that relationship was meant to be ongoing and on a never-ending basis. In our marriage of 53 years for a significant time being intimate was all about what I could get out of each experience –...

Perception

Perception is a God-given ability to have a strong sense (feeling) about something even though you cannot explain that feeling with your mind. An example of this from the bible the Shunammite woman perceived the Elisha was a man of God even when there was no evidence of this recorded...

God’s Presence

In the season of isolation and uncertainty due to COVID 19 it is so important to experience God’s presence. His presence in our lives gives us great strength and also affects the lives of other people. His presence is the light that shines in a dark world. A good example...

About the Author

Ian Pike was born on 13-2-1939 to Godly parents and was born again in 1954 and was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1957. About this time, he met the love of his life Barbara (My Honey Bunch), they were married on 24-9-1960 and had 4 children Craig, Trudy, Bradley,...