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Welcome to Battle Drill, a weekday devotional. Join us as we share hope and encouragement as we read and study the Bible together.

Most of the daily devotionals follow on from my preaching on a Sunday. You can find the relevant sermon on the Sermons page. I try to provide positive, practical encouragement from the Bible each week.

I pray that you will enjoy these daily devotionals online and that you are equipped for your daily walk with God as you go through this Battle Drill.

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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…

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?…

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 …

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…

250: Take Joy With You, Wherever You Go

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22. Are you going to be driving home for Christmas? Or travelling during the season? Many of us travel to spend time with family and friends, or to go on holiday at this time of year.
As we do so, let’s take God’s joy with u…

249: Face the Future with Joy

Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. Soon, 2023 will be upon us. Another New Year. How do you feel about the future? Can you face it with joy? Or are you filled with dread?
Part of the problem, of course, is that we don’t know what the future holds. Even tho…

248: Don’t Grumble, Give Thanks and Find Joy

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22. It’s easy to turn into the Grinch at Christmas! As the season gets busier and we get more tired, there seems to be more to grumble about! Extra activities, queues in shops, late deliveries, a shortage of some foodstuffs,…

247: How to Find Joy in Uncertainty

Read Isaiah 61:1-11. We live in uncertain times. There is a cost-of-living crisis. Some of us are worried about how we will pay our energy bills as the weather turns colder. The war in Ukraine continues. We face political uncertainty.
But God’s promi…

246: Spread Joy, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

Advent reminds us that our hope is sure. We have peace with God, and his Messiah is coming to put everything right. We can choose to respond with joy. This week, in Battle Drill devotionals, we look at ways in which we can respond to God’s love and g…

245: Who You Are is More Important than What You Do

Read 2 Peter 3:1-16. So, are you busy? Many of us wear busyness like a badge of honour. And the lead up to Christmas is a busy time for most.
Time is short. Today, there are only sixteen shopping days left until Christmas! Our to-do lists are long. S…

243: Jesus Can Save You from Yourself

Read Matthew 1:18-25. Do you sometimes feel as if you are your own worst enemy? Do you make choices you know are bad for you, seemingly unable to stop yourself? Many of us simply need saving from ourselves!
The problem is that each one of us entered …

242: Peace Comes in Getting Rid of Bad Habits

Read Psalm 85:1-13. Satan doesn’t have to be very creative in tempting us to do wrong. Usually, he simply tempts us to fall back into our usual bad habits. If you think back over the sin you have battled throughout your life, I suspect you will see i…

241: Peace is Found in Trusting in God

Advent is a time when we remember Jesus first coming to earth, and eagerly await his return. This week in Battle Drill devotionals, we reflect on whether we are ready for Christ’s coming or if anything is keeping us from being at peace with God.
Read…

240: God is Inviting You to Come Home

Read Romans 15:1-13. Will you be “driving home for Christmas this year”? Or are you opening your home to others who are coming home to spend time with their family and friends?
Many people “come home” at Christmas. Others don’t want to, because for t…

239: The Thrill of Christmas Hope

Read Revelation 21:1-7. Things are beginning to gear up for Christmas. Today is the first day of December! Before you get too far into the season, I invite you to stop and to receive the promise of Christmas: God is for us. God gets us. He understand…

238: Get Ready to Receive the Best Gift Ever Given

Read Luke 7:36-50. Advent is full of anticipation. We anticipate the giving and receiving of gifts. We anticipate a feast. Many of us anticipate peace and quiet after a busy season!
Some of us may be anticipating the arrival of guests into our homes,…

237: How to Find Real Peace this Christmas

Read Isaiah 2:1-4. The lead up to Christmas can be a stressful time. If we’re not careful, we can become tired and irritable, snapping at those around us, or cursing those who jump in the supermarket queue ahead of us or cut us up on busy roads. Adve…