Walk confidently in God’s love today!

In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus and the disciples were out on a boat crossing the sea of Galilee when suddenly a storm arose. The disciples were clearly worried, frantically trying to get control of the boat, whilst Jesus slept. They woke Him up and asked, “Don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus rebuked the waters and the storm and they became completely calm. He said to the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

In life we will all experience storms but we are never alone, God is always by our side.  When storms appear in your life, don’t get distracted by the noisy crackling thunder and the whistling winds. Instead, aim to intentionally focus on Jesus Christ. Jesus is with you in the storms of life and on the mountaintop, in His power and authority. He is able to command peace in any storm that surrounds you today.

Although the difficulties seek to absorb your strength and the whistling winds seek to shift your course, remember God’s love. He will never leave you or forsake you, He is right there with you through everything. God is guiding us in love and developing us into the dynamic people that we are called to be. Have faith that God will take you through your trials and don’t think that just because we go through storms God’s love is absent. God is there and to those who love Him, He is working everything out for their good, according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).romans8-28

God loves us in every season in life, whether it is great or challenging. Don’t forget that He really loves each and every one of His children. His love for us is pure, trustworthy and constant in our life. He breathed life into us and sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins and rescue us. He is wanting a relationship with each and every one of us. When we receive Jesus as our Saviour, God promises us eternal life with Him. Our name is engraved in the palm of God’s hand; nothing can separate us from the love of God!

Praise God that He doesn’t love like the world loves – on a conditional basis – but God loves us unconditionally. We may have experienced some detrimental events throughout the course of life, but I want to encourage you today to receive God’s love because He really does love you. Turn to your loving Father’s arms and thank Him for his love that He has for you now and forever.

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Although you may have experienced hurtful situations, God can use these for your good. God will never leave you nor forsake you no matter what you are going through. If you are living in disobedience, repent now and follow God’s will, His Word and way, because God sets parameters in your life because of His love for you. A repentant heart and lifestyle is necessary for a fruitful relationship with Our Heavenly Father.

Even in the midst of challenging situations when we’re searching for answers on why a loving God would allow trials and tribulations, trust in Him today. Nothing escapes God; He knows what is going on in your life, and when you begin to grow in relationship with Him you will realise the truth of His love and plans for your life.

We were created for a great purpose that God specifically designed for us to fulfil. Throughout scripture God’s words clearly identify His abundant love for every one of his children. God’s love is exercised for each and every one of us when He forgives, protects, and demonstrates His continued grace, mercy and power in our lives.

Walk confidently in God’s love today. Don’t hold onto negativity; where there is hurt and upset there is the opportunity to forgive. God gave His only begotten Son to save us and forgive us. It is the greatest sacrifice for a relationship with us. He forgave us and in return we should show forgiveness to others, no matter what has happened. Receive God’s love and in doing so you will learn to reflect God’s love to others.

I thank you Lord for your love, kindness, grace and mercy. Although we experience storms in our lives, I thank you that you are always here with us. Sometimes it is a challenge to see how everything will work out for our good when we’re going through storms that seek to hinder our praises and blind my focus on you. I praise you for being sovereign and that all my storms are subject to you! Thank you for peace, strength and growth as my faith increases in you.

 

 

 

Contentment in Christ – whatever our situation

Do you ever think ‘What if’, ‘if only’ or ‘why me?’ I know I ask these questions and all too often! It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking we ourselves can alter and shape the future. We evaluate our situation and if we are not completely satisfied the questions begin. As someone who is far too familiar with the ‘valleys’ in life, the doubts and questions can become burdensome. We’ve been taught that contentment is linked to our accomplishments or accumulation of satisfaction from the world. These questions can never be fully answered and since there is no end to our desires to acquire or do more, the horizon is always moving. We will never experience contentment following this line of thinking.

The true meaning of contentment is being satisfied with what you have and with who you are – right now, always being content that the Lord provides everything you need. Despite the many trials Paul went through he understood how to be content. In Philippians 4:11-13 he wrote,

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Contentment doesn’t have anything to do with external influences; rather it has everything to do with God and how He is moulding us and refining us all for His glory. The good news is that we all can learn how to become fully content with who we are, what we are, and what we’re doing.  Through our relationship with Jesus Christ, we can learn how to be content by thanking God for what we do have instead of focusing on what we don’t have.

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

The key is to be confident in the knowledge you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. This only occurs by faith, moment by moment.

The apostle Paul highlighted the importance of living life as we are called to do. 1 Corinthians 7 verse 17 states ‘Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.’  Paul emphatically states that God has sovereignty over all things and He has assigned each believer with a place in life, and it is from where we are situated now that the Lord will use us. Every day, God places us where we need to be in order to serve Him. Our ‘place’ in this world is not determined by chance, but has been carefully crafted and weaved into a grand design.

So what happens when we reach the valley and all looks bleak? In our own strength we crumble and cannot cope with the burdens of life, but with God everything is possible. We may feel unable to carry on, but the God of the mountaintop is still the same God in the valley.  He is able to remove us from the difficult situation, but that isn’t always helpful. There is always a reason for our circumstances – whether to learn something new or to remold us in Christ. But the most important thing, above all else, our circumstances are given to us to glorify the Lord and become trophies of His grace. God is Sovereign over all things – good and the not so good. The difficulties we experience don’t happen to us by chance, but we know that there is good in every situation. We may not see it immediately and we may ask. ‘Why is this happening?’ but during these times we need to thank God and trust in Him.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  – Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

‘A friend who sticks closer than a brother’

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The Bible states that there is ‘a friend who sticks closer than a brother’, the infinite, all-powerful God of the universe wants to be your friend. Wow! He wants to have a personal relationship with us and for us discover what it means to walk with Him every day. He wants us to know He is always with us and He desires to have communication with you through His Word and through prayer.

God is there to comfort us when we are upset or anxious and to encourage us when we are dejected or depressed, we only have to ask. He wants to guide us when facing difficult decisions, and He even wants to correct us when we are about to do something foolish or wrong. Jesus wants to be our friend and for us to be His friends as well. Once we understand this, our lives will never be the same.

God created us to be His friends. This was His divine plan, right from the beginning, was to have a relationship with us. When Adam and Eve were created, this was His plan, and it was in foundation of the love of God.

It was, however, a friendship with a difference. On a human level we usually choose friends who are similar to us. However, God and Adam were not equals. God was the Creator; Adam was His creation. God is limitless; Adam was limited. God was independent; Adam was dependent. But in spite of the vast difference between them, God still wanted Adam and Eve to be His friends.

God’s plan for Adam and Eve is also true for us. God has not changed — and neither has His purpose. We are not here by accident; we are here because God put us here — and He put us here so we could be His friends forever.

Think of it: God wants you to be His friend!

Thoughts for a new month – March 2016

As a new month begins may be have a greater desire to know and worship our Heavenly Father. May we endeavor to  act as it is written in Ephesians 4: 2-3; with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

We are to continue to grow in Grace. As Christians we will never understand the pain, suffering and humiliation we deserve for our sins as Jesus paid it all. He hung on a cross taking the wrath that was meant for us. We are expected to live holy and Godly lives despite the sinful world we live in.

God’s Grace is truly abundant and is translated as merciful kindness. We should forgive others no matter how painful and difficult, if we want forgiveness ourselves. Holding on to grudges is what Satan wants us to do; he has come to steal, kill and destroy – and we as Christians are his target.

In the race of life, Satan endeavors to rob us of our joy. We are reminded in Philippians not to give in or give up,  God will give us His strength to press on towards the goal. Running the race means growing in Grace.

Pride will keep us from growing because when you pretend that you’ve got it all together you won’t make an effort to become more spiritually mature. No one has it all together – we all need a Saviour!

We need to stop focusing on our problems, worries, and concerns and begin put all our focus on Christ. Pray through our difficulties, for we call out to a Father who listens and cares for us. His grace is sufficient to meet all our needs and more! Sometime our situation may not change immediately as we are being refined and He wants to change us for the better through  these circumstances.

No matter where we are or what happens in our life, what circumstances surround us or situation we find ourselves in, our goal remains the same. The most important reason for our living should be to know Jesus and experience his Grace and love deeper every day.

No one knows how much time we have left in this race on earth. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but what we do know is that we need to keep running and drawing closer to our God.

Here are a few verses to consider and think about this month:

Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Mark 11:25&26  -And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Psalm 20:4 – May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!

All verses are taken from, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.