Monday, 24 April 2017

Un...

"...we give into your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unresolved problems,
and our unfulfilled hopes, 
knowing that only that which you bless will prosper.
To your great love and protection we commit each other
and all your people, knowing that you alone are our sure defender..." - Church of South India

It was the repeating of the words that contained the "Un"that got my attention.
Unfinished, Unresolved, Unfulfilled.
There are a number of things in our lives that are left incomplete - some of these don't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but others do. For example, a number of us still struggle with "UNforgivenss" - this can be so debilitating for us and well worth resolving.

2 Timothy 3 - But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Living in Grace
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Surprise



Luke 1:63-64 - Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone
by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and
he was talking, praising God!

If we insist on putting God into our own little "box", then we should not expect to be surprised
by God's AWESOMENESS. Sometimes we limit God so much. Wouldn't it be wonderful to expect
God to show up and 'surprise' us every day?  Take the gathering of over 1 million Christians
outside Bloemfontein this weekend, as well as the thousands of other people gathering to pray
around the country. Wasn't that a 'God' moment - a surprise of sorts? Of course it was.

1 Corinthians 2:9 - "However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and
what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—"

Have a wonderful day and may God surprise you.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Not on our terms

We are brilliant at negotiating our way through life. If I do "this", then I expect "that" in return. When asking about the price of something, we are often looking for the discount. We want things on our own terms. The trouble with an attitude like this, is that we begin to think that we can have God on our own terms also.

"...we cannot have God on our terms, domesticated to our requirements, reduced to our ideas of what God should be doing...." - Eugene Peterson

Deuteronomy 29:9 - Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Living in Grace
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Only where graves are

Frederick Nietzsche once remarked: "Only where there are graves are there resurrections."

I found that I needed to read the quote again and again.
Only where graves are...
.... is there RESURRECTION.

Of course, it is so straight forward.
Simple really.
But deeply profound.
We can only experience a resurrection - a rebirth - a renewal, where there has been a death.

John 12:24 - "Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."

In longing for the NEW thing, let us not forget that the OLD needs to die first.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Praying for a change

The volatile situation in our country has got a lot of us on our knees again. People have been called to a massive nationwide prayer event in Bloemfontein this weekend and we trust that all these prayers will make a difference. For those people who can't travel across country to this event, the churches in Hayfields are getting together to pray on the 22 April from 2-3pm. If you want to be part of this prayer time, please come along and join us. We are going to be meeting at the St Matthews Church in Hayfields - they have a lovely outdoor area, where we can sit and pray together as a community. Please pass on to anyone who may be interested.

Psalm 17:6 - I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.

Living in Grace
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

God doesn't give us everything we want!

"God does not give us everything we want. But he does fulfil his promises." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We have been tricked into believing that we can "name and claim" anything in the name of Jesus, but when those prayers are not answered, then we feel let down or betrayed by God. I am sure that Bonhoeffer prayed for his safe release from prison, during Hitler's reign of terror, but that never happened. God kept his promise to be with Bonhoeffer through all his struggles and suffering. I believe that God also welcomed Dietrich into His Eternal Home with open arms.

What do you think?

2 Corinthians 1:20 - For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Living in Grace
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Monday, 17 April 2017

Wipe the slate clean



"With a fistful of enemies in one hand
    and a fistful of haters in the other,
You radiate with such brilliance
    that they cringe as before a furnace.
Now the furnace swallows them whole,
    the fire eats them alive!
You purge the earth of their progeny,
    you wipe the slate clean.
All their evil schemes, the plots they cook up,
    have fizzled—every one.
You sent them packing;
    
they couldn’t face you." - Psalm 21 (The Message)

When we read this Psalm, in light of the Resurrection, we can draw so many wonderful insights. The fact that Jesus defeats his enemies and haters is brilliant. The failure of the schemes and plots of the religious leaders is classic. However, the part I like the best is the promise that God "wipes the slate clean."

Jesus' resurrection reminds us that our sins have been paid for and that God wipes the slate clean.
Hallelujah!

Living in Grace
D3LM3