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Rob Westwood-Payne

Hi - I'm Rob. I'm married to Gail and we have a handsome, cheeky cocker spaniel called Harley. I am a Christian leader, pastor and preacher. I am a Salvation Army officer leading a congregation in the south of England. I am a leadership and discipleship blogger and daily devotional podcast host.

27: Share Your Emotions with God

Read Exodus 2:11-25. How do you speak to God when you pray? Do you speak formally to him? Do you tell him what you think he wants to hear? Or are you honest with him?
Many Christians think they can’t be honest with God. They want to shout at him with…

26: If You’re Feeling Helpless, Tell God!

This week in Battle Drill devotionals, we hear God’s people cry out for help and God’s answer through his covenant, reminding us that God knows the best time to act.
Read Exodus 2:11-25. What do you do when you feel hopeless? Surrounded by worry or c…

How to Hold On to Happiness

Love God, love others. It is clear from the tributes paid to Joan during her funeral service that she and George took this mission seriously. Liam challenged us all that we should do the same, following in their footsteps. It’s a good challenge! Many of us are engaged in ministry and service to others each week. But God needs all of his Salvation Army to be mobilised.

25: Happiness Comes from Being Humble

Read Micah 6:1-8. Many people spend a lifetime pursuing happiness and yet never seem to find it. In one small verse, God sets out the requirements for finding true happiness. We’ve looked at the first two requirements over the last two days. Today, w…

24: Find Happiness by Showing Mercy

Read Micah 6:1-8. Many people spend a lifetime pursuing happiness and yet never seem to find it. In one small verse, God sets out the requirements for finding true happiness. We’ve been looking at the three requirements beginning with the first yeste…

23: The Best Way to be Happy

Read Micah 6:1-8. Many people spend a lifetime pursuing happiness and yet never seem to find it. In one small verse, God sets out the requirements for finding true happiness. We’re going to look at the three of them over the next three days.
Firstly,…

22: Legalism Robs You of Happiness

Read Micah 6:1-8. Do you ever think you need to do something in order to earn God’s love? It’s a trap many people fall into, and Salvationists – as part of an activist church – need to be especially wary of it.
When God accused his people of taking h…

17: Experiencing God in the Storm Helps You Stand Firm

Read Matthew 14:22-36. Have you ever thought you’d seen a ghost? I’m not sure I have, although I do remember when we were teenagers at Norwich Citadel Salvation Army frightening ourselves silly with stories of the “ghosts” that wandered around that o…

16: You Can Experience God in Your Storm

This week in Battle Drill devotionals, we are focusing on encountering Jesus in the storms of life.
Read Matthew 14:22-36. Some of us have been blown off course over recent years, particularly by the Coronavirus storm of 2020-2021 and its aftermath. …

15: The Door to Freedom

Read John 10:1-10. “If one door closes, another will open”. Have you ever heard or used that phrase? It suggests that with every end, there’s a new beginning.
Sometimes that is true. Sometimes it isn’t. People have been made redundant or voluntarily …

14: God Wants You to be Free

Read John 10:1-10. Many people mistakenly believe that being a Christian is full of restrictions. That it’s all about following the rules and a long list of “don’ts”.
But that cannot be further from the truth. Jesus said, “I came so they can have rea…

13: What Abundance Really Means

Read John 10:1-10. It’s pantomime season. Some pantos include a genie, a mythical person who grants their master or mistress’s every wish.
Some people mistakenly believe that when Jesus promises “real and eternal life, more and better life than they …

12: God is Good!

Read John 10:1-10. Are you a worrier? Do you worry so much that if you’re not worrying, you start to worry that you’re not worrying?
Worrying is a scourge. It robs us of any joy there is in the world. How can we rid ourselves of worry? One of the bes…

11: Is Your Mindset Scarcity or Abundance?

Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). This week on Battle Drill devotionals, we explore what that might mean for us today.
Read John 10:1-10. Do you feel your lif…

10: You Bring God Great Joy

Read Matthew 3:13-17. Do you know how much God loves you? God created you to love you. Love is the essence of his nature. So he cannot help but love you. He wants to love you. He enjoys you. He takes pleasure in you all the time.
And it’s not because…

9: Live Simply and Generously

Read Matthew 3:13-17. It sometimes seems that the height of ambition in our society is to acquire as much as we can. To live a comfortable and enjoyable life, surrounded by our possessions and basking in our status.
That is not the life Jesus calls u…

8: Do Things the Way God Wants Them to be Done

Read Matthew 3:13-17. “If you want something done properly, do it yourself”. Have you ever said that, or heard it said? It’s often said in frustration when someone hasn’t done something in the way you would have done it.
What’s amazing about God’s wo…

7: Wearing Uniform is Dangerous!

Read Matthew 3:13-17. Being identified with God’s mission is dangerous. Jesus was baptised by John to validate and advance God’s work in the world. Some Christians are baptised as a sign of taking on God’s purpose for them. Salvation Army soldiers ar…

6: Arrive with the Right Attitude

This week on Battle Drill devotionals we focus on Jesus’ obedient service to the Father, and how following his example will lead to God’s approval.
Read Matthew 3:13-17. “The name’s Bond. James Bond”. When a superhero bursts on the scene, he or she o…

5: Who’s Your Role Model Going to Be in 2023?

Read Luke 15:11-32. Do you have a role model? It might be someone in your life whom you admire – a parent, a teacher, a leader. Or it might be a celebrity – a footballer, a singer, a dancer.
When you read the story of the Lost Son, who do you identif…

4: What’s on Your ”Not To-Do List” in 2023?

Read Philippians 3:12-21. Do you have a to-do list for 2023? Maybe it’s a work one, or maybe it’s fun things that you want to do – holidays, days out and so on.
Many of us have a to-do list, and it seems to be a never-ending one! What we sometimes do…

3: Have a Clear Out at the Beginning of the Year

Read Mark 2:18-22. Do you begin the New Year with excitement and ready to make those changes in your life you’ve been promising yourself for goodness knows how many New Years? Many of us start a New Year with good intentions – me included – but end u…

2: Just One New Year’s Resolution for 2023

Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. Here we are at the beginning of the New Year. Many of us are back at work today. Others are preparing to return to school or clearing up the house from the festivities. Are you still struggling to make a New Year resolution…

260: Celebrate that God Wants What’s Best for You

Read Romans 8:31-39. So here we are at the end of 2022 and the end of another year of the Battle Drill Devotional. Thank you for taking this journey with me. I look forward to sharing more daily devotionals with you in 2023. As we reach the end of th…

259: Celebrate that God is Love

Read Ephesians 3:14-21. Why does Christmas even exist? It’s because God loves you. He loves you so much that he came to earth as a human – the only way you and I could really begin to know him and love him back. When you look at the baby Jesus, lying…

258: It’s Christmas – Keep Celebrating!

Read Luke 2:8-20. That’s it! It’s over. Christmas Day has come and gone. Even the extra Bank Holiday is over.
Some of you may have cleared up and put your Christmas decorations away. Some may still be enjoying meeting family and friends, eating too m…

256: Celebrate the Good News of Christmas

This week as we continue through the season of Christmas, we examine what it’s all about. Is it just a time of socialising and overindulging in food and drink? Or does it mean something more?
Read Luke 2:8-20. What are you celebrating this Christmas?…

31: Immanuel: God with Us (John 1:1-18 MSG)

This Christmas Day sermon reminds us that whatever may happen to us in the year to come, we can live with the confidence of God’s presence in our lives.
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255: God Loves You So You Can Love Others

Read Titus 3:1-11. For many of us, friends and family might be arriving today to spend the Christmas weekend with us. This can sometimes lead to strained relationships!
God calls us to love everyone. That means the unlovely. It includes the difficult…

254: Celebrate God’s Grace This Christmas

Read Titus 3:1-11. Do you feel good enough to receive God’s love this Christmas?
The truth is that none of us deserve his love. We have all let him down in various ways. It can leave us feeling hopeless. But we are not without hope! God always shows …

253: Sing of God’s Love This Christmas

Read Psalm 89:1-52. What’s your favourite carol? Have you sung it yet this Christmas?
I have so many, it’s difficult to pick just one. But this year, I have been struck once again by the words of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear:
For lo! the days are …

30: Hope is Here (Matthew 1:18-25)

When does Christmas start for you? This sermon, given during our annual Carols by Candlelight service, reminds us that for God, Christmas only starts when we choose to take our place in his story. Christmas encourages us to make room in our hearts fo…

252: Let God Love You This Christmas

Read 1 John 4:7-21. The story of Christmas is that God loves us. We don’t have to make it any more complicated than that. God loves us. Christmas reminds us that God loves us so much, he is willing to wrap himself in human flesh – in the form of a he…

251: We Love Others Because God Loves Us

Advent is a time for us to renew our love for God. This week on Battle Drill devotionals we celebrate the One who “came down at Christmas” to take the initiative of loving us first.
Read 1 John 4:7-21. What’s your purpose in life? Jesus says it is to…

29: Set Your Heart on Hope

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, this sermon reminds us we are invited once again to consider the depth of God’s love for us and to set our hearts on the hope that he has given us from that love.
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