Friday, 22 September 2017

Walking with God

“A person who walks with God always gets to their destination.” - Henrietta C. Mears

This simple quote can be mislead us into thinking that the path to our destination is going to be easy, BUT it doesn't say that at all. What it does tell us is that when we choose to walk the journey with Jesus, we will end up at our destination - the underlying assumption is that God will help us reach the end goal. 

I needed this reminder today. How about you? 

Micah 6:8 - He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Living in Grace

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Do your part

"He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it likewise when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment." – John Wesley

I like this sentiment from John Wesley. It reminds me of two crucial things:

 1.       God was involved in the things of this world long before I was born, and God will continue to be involved long after I have gone. I should let him do his work and stop worrying so much. 

2.       We have an important part to play in this world, even if it is only for a brief moment in time. We can love God, love others and seek to make the world a better place.

Psalm 90:1-2
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Read the fine print

“Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.”Kyle Idleman

I like this quote because it tells the truth about following Jesus. It reminds me that if I want to really follow Jesus then it will take 'ALL' of me. There is no catch in the fine print - that is the Guarantee. Christianity will consume your life - it is meant to do that. It is meant to turn everything upside down. 

If we want to follow the Jesus way, then we had better prepare ourselves for a bumpy ride.

1 Peter 2:21 - "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps."

Living in Grace

Monday, 18 September 2017

Lord, you catch me when I am falling

I have found these words from a song by Casting Crowns quite meaningful lately. As I share them with you I hope that they strike a chord with you too. I especially like the words "Lord, you catch me when I am falling." Are there any words that stand out for you?

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?
Not because of who I am
But because of what you've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I'm calling
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling
And you've told me who I am
I am yours
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?
Living in Grace

Friday, 15 September 2017

We needed a surgeon ...

Peter Kreeft – “We needed a surgeon, and he came and reached into our wounds with bloody hands. He didn’t give us a placebo or a pill or good advice. He gave us himself.” 

      This quote reminds me that Jesus comes to meet our needs and not our 'wants!' In giving of himself, Jesus met every one of the desires and needs that we had (and will have). God could have given us the drugs to numb the pain, the pill to stop the hurting or even some helpful advice. Instead God sent us his Son - and in Jesus, we got all we ever needed.

      "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." - 1 John 4:9

     Living in Grace

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Indulging your ego

"Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cosy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul" - 1 Peter 2:11 (Message) 

The more we believe that 'this' life is all that there is, the more we will try to make ourselves cosy in it. The scriptures point to another life beyond this earthly life - an existence that is chosen for us by God and we are invited to choose this 'Eternal Life.' Sadly though, many of us spend a lot of time indulging our ego's at the expense of our souls.

What do you feel?

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A lamp that can talk?

Have you ever heard of a lamp that could talk? I have never ever heard of this at all, but I have seen many lamps that have been able to shine. Turn them on and they have light up the room. After all, isn't that what lamps are supposed to do ... shine!?

·       " I would not give much for your religion unless it can be seen. Lamps do not talk, but they do shine." - Source Unknown.

    Our greatest challenge as Christians is to follow up our words with our actions. Non-Christians are not drawn as much to our 'preaching', but they do notice when we "shine" the love of Christ wherever we go. 

    So here is the challenge for today - do we shine as much as we talk? 

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 - Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.
A dream comes when there are many cares,
    and many words mark the speech of a fool.

Living in Grace