Saturday, 15 July 2017

Arrogance will let you down - Proverbs 3

When we think that we have all bases covered and we are confident in our own ability, that is when we are walking on thin ice. The wisdom of our own 'eyes' can be very different from what God requires of us. This is the warning that comes from Solomon in Proverbs 3.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil." - Proverbs 3:5-7

I have also learnt over the years to ask for wisdom from Godly people. It is amazing how God speaks through his servants. If you are in a tight spot today, ask God to guide you and TRUST in the Lord to get your through this tough time. Don't rely on your wisdom, but lean on God's understanding.

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates

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Friday, 14 July 2017

3 Strong Words - Psalm 150

The last 5 Psalms, recorded in the Bible, all contain 3 very simple, yet profoundly powerful words - PRAISE THE LORD. In fact, if you read these Psalms now you will note that they all finish with the same 3 words - it is a call for us to offer Praise to our King.

It is not a question of suggestion or "if we have had a good day", but rather an act of Faith. When we proclaim the three words - PRAISE THE LORD, we are showing our allegiance and respect to our Lord. I think that this is a call for us, even when things don't work out for us, because it reminds us that God is still on our side and that he will fight for us.

So, if you say these 3 words with me today, you will be acknowledging who your master is and that you trust in God's great hand to be with you.

"I praise loudly. I blame softly." - Catherine the Great

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Show me the way! - Psalm 119

Have you ever got yourself lost? So, lost that you have had to rely on someone else to point you in the right direction? I know that this has happened to me on more than one occasion - it is quite unnerving don't you think?

There will come a time in your life where you will need someone to point you in the right direction. I am thankful that God has shown me the way to go and has offered his Spirit to guide me through the obstacles of life. If you are finding yourself feeling a little lost today, then please ask God to guide you - I am sure that he will cast some light on your path.

Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.

Wonder knows that while you cannot look at the light, you cannot look at anything else without it. It is not exhausted by childhood, but finds its key there. It is a journey like a walk through the woods over the usual obstacles and around the common distractions while the voice of direction leads, saying, 'This is the way, walk ye in it.' - Ravi Zacharias

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Compassionate King - Psalm 103

It is not often that you find a compassionate ruler. Being compassionate can be seen as a sign of weakness, yet in this case, it reveals the great strength of God. When it is well within God's power to be vengeful or harsh, he shows his great love for humanity in his mercy.

It saddens me when I hear of people speaking of God only as an angry God or as someone who delights in putting people in their place. Do these words sound like someone who is angry?

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." - Psalm 103:13

Just as our Lord is compassionate, let us show compassion to those who need it.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Psalm 37 - Don't worry about other people

We spend far to much time worrying about other people and what is going on in their lives, that we get side-tracked from dealing with our own issues and circumstances. David urges the people of God not to get caught up in worrying about the wicked and those "others", but rather to trust in God and to put our lives into God's hands. Solid advice I think!

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun. - Psalm 37

Stop worrying about other people and turn to your Saviour. TRUST in him.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Psalms - Brilliant God

There are so many fantastic Psalms. It is impossible to choose only 1 for the sake of these daily blogs, so I will have to cheat and choose a few more. Today's Psalm speaks of the brilliance of God. I like the way that Eugene Peterson encourages us to Praise God with those words - God, Brilliant Lord. It reminds me that God is so incredible and amazing that our human words are just not enough to describe our Saviour.

God, brilliant Lord,
    yours is a household name.

Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
    toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
    and silence atheist babble.
3-4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way?
5-8 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
    bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
    repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
    even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
    whales singing in the ocean deeps.
God, brilliant Lord,    your name echoes around the world. - Psalm 8

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Job - no more words!

The suffering of Job is well documented and many people feel a great kinship with the man who suffered greatly in his time. Job had to endure things that would break many of us, but he kept wrestling with God, his friends and life. His suffering became his greatest teacher and in the end, God restores to Job everything he lost (and more).

Job had a lot of questions for God, but in the end, he realised he couldn't out-think or out-reason God. He needed to rest in the Infinite wisdom of his heavenly father. These words show us Job's reponse to God.

1-6 Job answered God:
“I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.
    Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water,
    ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me,
    made small talk about wonders way over my head.
You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking.
    Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’
I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
    now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!
I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise!
    I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumour.” - Job 42

Sometimes we just have to trust in God's wisdom and His ways. 

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