Tuesday 23rd June
Mondays Reflection by Jenny
Once we have found The Truth, be true to it.
I will be with you. # I will give you strength
I will fight for you. # I will give you hope.
I will protect you. # I will help you.
I will be your strength. # My love for you is unfailing.
I will answer you. # I will loose the chains of injustice.
I will provide for you. # I am wisdom.
I will give you peace. # I will forgive your sins.
I will always love you. # I will go before you and never leave you.
You shall have eternal life, through Me.
I will set you free # I will bless your household.
I will meet all your needs. # I I will save you from your enemies.
I will give you comfort. # I shall be your light.
I take delight in YOU. # I am forgiving, good, abounding in love.
I will be your refuge. # I will take your anxious thoughts away.
I will heal you. # I will give you good gifts.
I will renew you. # my Spirit is with you.
my love can break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron….
( there are many more)
All through the bible, God reveals himself to us. Through reading His word and witnessing His nature in many ways, we can take His revelations and promises to heart, because He is always constant. It is like we have been given the key to the door that opens God to us every minute, hour, day, year.
When we can allow ourselves to think this way, and we open our eyes to see how God is working in our future , now, and in the past, then this TRUTH becomes a solid foundation and our relationship with Him becomes secure, forever.
As with any relationships, we are responsible for our part in ensuring it stands the test of time, it is healthy, it is full of truth, hope, truth, trust, alongside-ness. This kind of relationship can withstand tremendous heights and lows- but the nature of the relationship does not change- the want / desire for a relationship remains- definitely from God.
Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same- throughout the ages. It reveals again, the nature of God- and gives us another reminder that God does not , never has, never will change. His love for us is unfathomable, His desire to be close with us is and has always been there.
As long as we stand on His truth, we cannot be swayed, nothing can have power over us.
So, if we read, know, take to heart, a truth about God ( a promise that He has made about himself), then we are in a better place, on solid ground to face whatever is in front of us.
I know this may not work for everyone, however I write out Gods promises to me and place them around the house, car, in my bible, as a reminder when I need them most. I know other people that have put them into a prayer, that they can easily recall. In any case, however you remember them, believe them to be true for you. And in doing so, you will push back on the enemy and rise above your situation- to become a powerful conqueror, enabled to do all things through Christ, who has made you to be great.
Sunday 21st June
While watching Joel Osteen today he was saying that after a hurricane or tornado you can look around and see big trees lying all around, uprooted by the storm, whereas if you look at a palm tree you will see it bent over with the wind, even sometimes the top bent right over touching the ground, but never uprooted. Why because God made it to withstand all things.
While its bent over being blown around, the roots grow stronger so that when the winds cease, and the tree rights itself again the roots grow longer and go down further strengthening the tree.
In the same way God strengthens us and makes our roots go down further so that we are able to stand firm in times of trials, righting ourselves again as we weather the storms in our lives, knowing that God has planted us firmly in Him.
Are your roots firmly grounded in Him? Are you able to right yourselves after a storm? Do you know that God has a plan for your life? Do you know that nothing can touch you if you are in His will?
When you confess His love for you and who you are in Christ and give praise to His name the devil has to bow, giving way for the angels to work in your life, surrounding you and protecting you.
That is why the bible says that we are to be planted as trees of righteousness. Stand tall!!
Thursday 18th June
Give God the Glory
1 Corinthians 10:31
"Oh give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble".
This week l have been reflecting on the miracles of God-the ones we read of in his word and the ones that are all around us-ready for us to witness every day. The sun setting, the sun rising on a new day, the miracles of creation, the beautiful and perfect way a new child is formed and born in this world, the way nature repeats itself every minute of the day-in more and more beauty. The miracles of complete healing, the miracles of conversation, the miracles of relationships, the miracles of 'accidently' bumping into people who have been on our mind...
I think of the miracle of my Mum's life- for the way God held her always but especially over the last few years. I think of the miracle God performed after my Dads heart attacks and the 9 by-passes he had and the way dads faith still shows and blesses those around him. I remember, the time God protected by brother. I remember, in a dark place, how I focused on the light and word of Jesus and He brought me through. I remember how God has protected me in some potentially difficult situations. I remember….. and then I am OK.
I think that the word and idea of miracles can conjure up different things for people- some are even cynical. I am sure Christians even wonder if miracles were only a bible-times phenomenon and no longer part of this life. It is perhaps easy to be cynical, when it seems things of this world appear out of control. However, I think even the Israelites of bible times , who had witnessed miracles, signs and wonders, still felt this way at time.
But if we truly look around us, with our eyes fixed on God, miracles can be seen- daily. They come in all shapes and sizes- from the miracle of new life, to the healing of major disease or of a sore on our finger.
When we do look- when we see, we should thank God for them. We should tell others about them, so they may be uplifted, strengthened and given hope. Write them down, memorise them and keep them close to your heart. That way, when things are tough for us, we can stand on and remember all that God has done for us. Remembering Gods miracles will give us joy and help us live a life of victory.
“He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him” John 3:2 NIV
God, help me to remember all the miracles in my life, both big and small. Amen.
Tuesday the 16th June
One more time...; what is it exactly that you believe?
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 14: 1 - 3
So, I was just about to start writing this devotional on a completely different theme. Then the phone rings and my immediate perspective is suddenly shifted, tilted off axis and in grave danger of spinning out of control. A good mate has suddenly passed away. I didn’t even know that he was unwell. I had been thinking of him lately; thinking that I needed to catch up with him. Thinking that I needed to plot and plan & scheme some things with him. That time is now passed; forever.
It’s in these moments that we are drawn to a different level of comprehension. Our point of reference shifts and we are immediately required to view everything through the lens of our mortality. Even phrases like “suddenly passed away” are challenged; the word “suddenly” seems inappropriate given that death is one of the few things we can be 100% certain about having to confront in our lifetime. People might read this and think “what a morbid thought”. Maybe. Or maybe it’s the greatest reality that life demands us to consider as we journey from day to day.
The year 2020 has certainly done its best to challenge/shift our perspective on what the deeper meanings of life are all about. The upheaval that we see all over the planet has us grasping for something to give some stable ground to build our lives on. As Christians, there is a claim about life, meaning and purpose that once you put on that Christ follower hat, you are required to know. You see it when you look through the cross; you hear it when you do life as the Christian church with other Christ followers; you touch it & embrace it when you build that relationship with the Lord of all heaven & earth, through prayer and through reading His word. It changes the way that you view and understand all matters of life & death. My friend has died, and I am blinking back tears as I write this; however as I look through the cross I understand and believe that our lives on earth are only part one of that story; as I contemplate the cross, the real pain of the passing of my friend is counter balanced by the belief that I will see him again one day. These are claims that I have been making all my life. Why should I stop now? Like a fighter who has taken a hard blow, my knees feel as if they are going to give out on me and I might keel over. But in an odd kind of way, this news will actually strengthen what I believe.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Rev: 21 - 4
So, what are we left with here? I guess it’s an opportunity for us to dig our heels in even more; to be real about our sadness, or our fears and worries, for sure; but to make sure that we look at all of these circumstances through the cross, and to let the Lord of all heaven and earth color what we see.
So long Bill. See you on the other side hopefully with a glass of heavenly red in your hand!!
Spend some time thinking about all of the people in your life that you will miss when they are gone; write their names down; give thanks for them; ask God to reveal himself to them. Ask God to open your own heart to a deeper understanding of eternal life with Him