Thursday, 21 June 2018

Perpetual Light

Today marks the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, where we experience the longest night and shortest day of the year. Some countries, closer towards the North Pole, are currently having perpetual daylight - where they can have no real darkness at all. It is amazing to think of living in a world where there is no darkness at all.

In a spiritual sense this is what we long for - we long to be in the presence of Christ for eternity, where there is no 'darkness' at all. We get a glimpse of what this can be like when we read these words from Leviticus.

Leviticus 24:1-4 - God spoke to Moses: “Order the People of Israel to bring you virgin olive oil for light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. Aaron is in charge of keeping these lamps burning in front of the curtain that screens The Testimony in the Tent of Meeting from evening to morning continually before God. This is a perpetual decree down through the generations. Aaron is responsible for keeping the lamps burning continually on the Lampstand of pure gold before God.
May the Light of Christ fill your heart today.
Living in Grace

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

What would you say?

Have you ever thought about having a conversation with a younger version of yourself? What I mean is this - if you had a chance to speak to a 'teenage you', what advice and wisdom would you pass onto that person, taking into consideration everything you have experienced up until now? If you are interested in reading what I wrote to a teenage Delme, then click here. Hope it makes sense.

God bless

Monday, 18 June 2018

Watch out for the mule!


“A mule dressed in a tuxedo is still a mule.”-Traditional saying.

   Our society is so focused on the 'visual' that we seldom take time to get to know the true
   character of other people. We can make quick judgements of others and then live to regret those  snap

     The saying above, also reminds me that sometimes people try to disguise who they truly are, but in the
     end their true character still shines through. Of course this doesn't mean that 'mules' can't be changed
    through the grace of Christ, but we should exercise caution when only noticing  the outward
    appearance of people.

1 Samuel 16:7 - But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Living in Grace


Friday, 15 June 2018

Height of Stupidity

What is the height of stupidity?
Of course there are a million different answers, some of which wouldn't be appropriate to list on this blog, but I like the following suggestion:

“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like.” - Will Rogers

This may sound stupid, but it sadly plays out in many communities on a daily basis. We put ourselves into greater debt to try and impress people that don't care about us; and in the end the things we buy aren't truly an expression of who we are.

Jeremiah 31:19 - I turned away from God, but then I was sorry. I kicked myself for my stupidity! I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.
Living in Grace

Thursday, 14 June 2018

The measure of courage

"Speed is measured in seconds. 
Time is measured in days,
but courage can't be measured!" - unknown

I think this quote is a very interesting take on courage, because how do we measure something like courage? We don't have a unit of measurement to help us, but in some way we ARE able to recognise courage when we see it.

Think about it for a moment - what do you recognise as being courageous?

"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

Living in Grace

Howling wind

At the moment I am listening to the wind howling outside my office window and it conjures up all kinds of thoughts, most of which make me imagine myself hiking through Antarctica (although I have never been close to the place). It is funny how a sound can spark off some random thoughts in our minds. On a related note, I checked to see if there were any scriptures that related to the 'howling wind' and this is the closest one.

“For the people of Israel belong to the Lord;
    Jacob is his special possession.
10 He found them in a desert land,
    in an empty, howling wasteland.
He surrounded them and watched over them;
    he guarded them as he would guard his own eyes.
11 Like an eagle that rouses her chicks
    and hovers over her young,
so he spread his wings to take them up
and carried them safely on his pinions." - Deuteronomy 32:9-11

Even though we may find ourselves in a 'howling' wasteland, God still watches over us and he still comes to find us. Rest assured in that amazing promise.

Living in Grace

Monday, 11 June 2018

Choosing to be hurt

Most of us try to avoid getting hurt. Being hurt is not pleasant and it leaves all kinds of physical and emotional scars. On the topic of hurt, Philip Yancey wrote:

"Whatever else we may say about it, the atonement fulfils the Jewish principle that only one who has been hurt can forgive. At Calvary, God chose to hurt."

I find those words deeply moving and they remind us that God chose to HURT for our brokenness. When Jesus asked his Father to forgive us, it was from his place of incredible pain.

Luke 6:28 - Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.
Living in Grace