Wednesday, 18 January 2017

God Remembers

I have been encouraged by the following scriptures this week which have reminded me that God will never forget us. Sure, at times, I will 'feel' as if God has moved off, but He hasn't gone anywhere - God remembers us all the time!

Exodus 2:24 - God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Psalm 98:3 - He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.

Psalm 106:45 - He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.

Isaiah 44:21 - “Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you.

Living in Grace

Monday, 16 January 2017

Not You

"Let others lead small lives, but not you.
Let others argue over small things, but not you.
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.
Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn

Living as a Christ-follower requires us to live differently from others. I encourage us all to let the words from Jim Rohn to inspire us to go counter culture.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 - As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.

Living in Grace

Sunday, 15 January 2017

3 Oranges

I absolutely love this story! It speaks so clearly of what we value the most.

As we come to the 105th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – April 1912, there is an interesting story that comes out of that tragedy. It was reported that eleven millionaires went down on the Titanic. Major A. H. Peuchen left $300,000.00 in money, jewelry and securities in a box in his cabin. "The money seemed a mockery at that time," he later said. 
Do you want to know what he picked up on the way to jump off the ship? He told reporters later that, "I picked up three oranges instead." - Source Unknown.

In the end, he took what he needed most to survive - and he realised that money wasn't going to get him through the next few hours of his life. Everything has a value and sometimes we need a 'tragedy' to remind us of the true value of things.

As you start this week please remember that you are valuable to God. Jesus loves you so much.

John 1:14 - So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Living in Grace

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Door of January

The name 'January' has some interesting roots. Some of these come from Roman mythology, where the Latin word for door (ianua) remind us that this month is the door to the new year. As you have opened the 'door' to 2017 how is it looking so far? Can I remind us that when we include Christ in our lives, our year can take on a different view completely.

Have a read of these two verses and link the image of a door - new year as you do so:
Revelation 3:20 - Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. 
Luke 11:10 - For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Do you notice how Christ offers to be in our lives and in 2017, if only we choose to invite him in?

Living in Grace

Friday, 13 January 2017

Worth more than that

If you popped along to your local pet store you would be able to buy a bird (like a budgie etc) for less than 100 Rand. If you were clever you could catch a sparrow in your garden and it would cost you nothing. As sad as it is to say this, these birds aren't worth much in monetary terms. And yet, these are the birds that he uses to compare humans with in Matthew 6. Jesus invites us to look at these birds and to see how content they are. They don't want for anything, because God takes care of them.

œ          Matthew 6: 26 - Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

      So, in the end, how much more valuable are we to the Lord? In Jesus' mind we are much more valuable. In fact, so much so, that He was willing to die for us. Let us be thankful that God has given us all that we need for this life and for eternity.

“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

    Living in Grace

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Forget it

I stumbled across this lovely piece of writing today and I wish I could acknowledge the author, but they are unknown. It is about the power of 'Forgetting' or perhaps, 'choosing to forget' things that are hurtful and remembering things that are uplifting.

Forget each kindness that you do as soon as you have done it. 
Forget the praise that falls to you the moment you have won it. 
Forget the slander that you hear before you can repeat it. 
Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, whenever you may meet it. 
Remember every promise made and keep it to the letter. 
Remember those who lend you aid and be a grateful debtor. 
Remember all the happiness that comes your way in living. 
Forget each worry and distress; be hopeful and forgiving. 
Remember good, remember truth, remember heaven is above you. 
And you will find, through age and youth, that many will love you.

May God bless you with the gift of 'forgetfulness' for those things that have hurt you in the past and may God grant you the gift of Memory for those things that make you feel Blessed.

"Of course, my friends, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead." - Philippians 3:13

Living in Grace