The PASSION Blog
This blog is a place where I share quick reflections on
faith, life and the Bible. Be encouraged and blessed.
The PASSION Prayer Squares
January 9, 2021
We have created a simple tool to help us all in our
prayer and devotion times with God. It is called the
PASSION Prayer Squares.
It will help us to give thanks to God for His many
blessings, to pray for ourselves and others, and to be
open to God to speak to us. It also has a place to record
our daily Bible readings and any reflections we may have.
If you are interested you can the PDF and instructions here.
Three focus verses for 2021
January 1, 2021
I have decided to have three focus verses for 2021. These
verses are to guide my year and keep me on track in the
things I feel called to do.
This year I am using three different versions as the
versions use slightly different wordings to bring the
Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT - Trust in the Lord completely, and do
not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on
him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision
you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and
he will lead you wherever you go.
2 Timothy 2:15 AMP - Study and be eager and do your
utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by
trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed,
correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly
handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
1 Peter 4:10 NLT- God has given each of you a gift from
his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to
serve one another.
My heart in 2021 is the trust God and His leading, to
study hard and rightly use God's Word, and to use my gifts
for the good of others.
I hope and pray 2021 is a great year for you. It is my
hope that you will be blessed by God and you will know His
peace and favour this year.
But when you
December 23, 2020
Matthew 6:1 says “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of
righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do,
you will have no reward from your Father in heaven”.
We can see by this verse that we need to be careful of how
we do things and check our motives for doing them. Further
on in chapter 6 Jesus talks about three things we can do
that get us public praise. I call them the “but when you”
1. But when you give
Verse 4 says “But when you give to the needy...” This can
be something we can do privately or we can do publicly and
make a big show of it. Jesus said not to let our left hand
know what our right hand is doing.
2. But when you pray
Verse 6 says “But when you pray...” Again when we pray we
can make a big show of it or we can do most of it
privately. Jesus told us not to be like the hypocrites who
grandstand with our prayers in the church or on street
3. But when you fast
Verse 17 says “But when you fast...” Fasting is about
giving up things for God, usually food, and pressing in to
Him for breakthrough in some area. Jesus tells us to keep
it quiet and not seek praise from others for doing it.
Fasting is about you and God.
Of course these verses are not saying that we should never
let anyone know what we are doing. There are times when we
should tell people what we have done in a testimony sense
because it will encourage them on to greater things in
their own life.
But most of the time these things should be done in secret
with no show or expecting praise from others. It is about
the heart attitude we have before God and our motives for
Contrasting the humanity & deity of Jesus
December 16, 2020
One of the key tenants of the Christian faith is that
Jesus was both fully God and fully man. He left the
glories of His heavenly home and was born into this world
as a child.
One of the things I really noticed this week in my Bible
reading is the contrast of Jesus’ humanity and His deity
in some of the gospel stories. Here are a few
1. During the storm on the lake (Mark 4:35-41)
After spending the day preaching to the multitudes we read
that Jesus was tired and fatigued. He fell asleep on the
boat. Then the storm blew up and the disciples cried out
for help. He stood and calmed the storm. In His humanity
he slept, but in His divinity He controlled the forces of
2. At the death of Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
Jesus’ friend Lazarus had died and he had been placed in a
tomb for four days. Jesus arrived, spoke to the sisters
and wept at his friends death (v35). He then prayed,
called Lazarus to come out and he was raised to life. We
see Jesus’ humanity in His pain, but His divinity in
raising Lazarus to life.
3. In the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:29-51)
In the Garden Jesus was extremely distressed at the
thought of going to the cross. We see His human emotion
and stress at what He faced. Then as He is about to be
arrested one of His followers cuts off the ear of one of
the guards. Jesus then stands and heals his ear (v51). His
power and divinity again shine through.
In these three great stories from the gospels we see the
contrast of Jesus’ humanity and His deity. He was truly
man in that He experienced all the pain, fatigue and
anguish we suffer, but He was truly divine in that He
showed God’s power to control nature, raised people from
the dead and heal those in need.
Jesus truly understands us as He lived in this world and
He experienced many of the things we experience. And
because of His divinity He also has the power to save us.
The importance of love
December 8, 2020
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I could speak all the
languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others,
I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I
had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s
secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had
such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love
others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to
the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about
it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained
This passages talks about the importance of love in our
lives and in our service to God. There are three reminders
in it about love.
1. We can speak heavenly languages, but if we do not love
others it is likened to a noisy gong.
2. We can speak words of prophecy and understand God’s
plans, but if we do not love others we would be nothing.
3. We can give everything we own to the poor, but if we do
not love others we have gained nothing.
If you are like me and feel that you need to be more
loving towards others, you can join me in praying this
Dear God, please help me to understand the importance of
love in all I do. I pray that when I pray, when I prophecy
or when I give, that love is my ultimate motivation. I
pray that I will love You and love others more and more
each day. Amen.
The compassion of Jesus
December 1, 2020
The Bible tells us in numerous places that Jesus was full
of compassion. Psalm 103:8 tells us that “The LORD is
compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in
As I dwelt on this compassion I came to realise that
compassion needs to have action attached to it. It can’t
just be a noun or describing word, it needs to be a verb
or a doing word.
As I looked through Scripture I found four ways in which
Jesus showed compassion to those He came in contact with.
Here they are...
1. He became people’s teacher – Mark 6:35 says, “When
Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd that was
like sheep without a shepherd. He felt sorry for the
people and started teaching them many things”.
2. He fed people – In Mark 8:2 Jesus said, “I feel sorry
for these people. They have been with me for three days,
and they don’t have anything to eat.” He then multiplied
the fishes and the loaves.
3. He raised people to life – In Luke 7:13-15 we see that
Jesus had compassion on a widow who had just lost her only
son. He walked up to the young man, raised Him to life and
gave him back to his mother.
4. He healed the sick – Matthew 14:14 says, “When Jesus
got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd. He felt sorry
for them and healed everyone who was sick”.
Jesus had compassion in all of these examples. His
compassion was not just in thought, but in deed. He was
moved to action.
It is my hope and prayer that I will not only have Jesus’
compassion in my life, but it will be a compassion that
moves me to action. How about you?