Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Without despair and pride

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"Jesus Christ is a God whom we approach without pride, and before whom we humble ourselves without despair." - Blaise Pascal

This quote reminded me of the words from Hebrews, where we are invited to approach God's throne with humility and confidence.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:15-16

This teaches us that there are two things we can let go of as we come to God: Our pride and our despair. 

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Blessed with peace

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The Lord gives strength to his people;
  the Lord
blesses his people with peace.”Psalm 29:11

In reflecting on today’s reading John Stott writes some insightful words: “God, whose voice is heard in the thunder, can also pacify the storm, making Himself known in the still small voice as well as in the earthquake. He is thus able to give to His people not only strength but peace.”

For millions of people struggling to make ends meet in this crazy world of ours, if you offered them strength and peace, they would take them both with open hands. Some would even be willing to pay exorbitant prices for the blessing of peace and strength. 

The irony is that Jesus Christ offers us both of these gifts for free – through trusting in God’s grace, we get to benefit from His perpetual peace and strength. Jesus said: 

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27).

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). 

Living in Grace

Monday, 19 August 2019

What is best for you.

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How do you know what is best for your life?
How do you know what is best for your children's lives?
These are tough questions to figure out, especially when the future seems a little unsure.
I don't believe we can fully see the entire picture, but we can put our trust in God to help us. As Isaiah comments: The Lord teaches us what is for the best.

"This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go." - Isaiah 48:17

Helen Keller - "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."


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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Where does your security lie?

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"Where does your security lie? 
Is God your refuge, your hiding place, 
your stronghold, your shepherd, 
your counsellor, your friend, 
your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? 
If He is, you don't need to search any further for security."- Elisabeth Elliot 

In an age where security is the new buzz word, we are constantly looking for new ways to keep ourselves physically secure. However, we realise that there is still a limit to how much we can protect ourselves. In a spiritual sense, we are also looking for answers as to how we can be at peace and know our faith is secure. Elisabeth Elliot had to face the tragedy of losing her missionary husband when Jim was murdered on the mission field. In the end, she eventually came to a place of peace, knowing that God would be her rock and fortress. 

This is a very challenging lesson to learn and it makes it all the more real when someone has face a crisis in their lives and overcome that crisis by trusting in God. 

What do you feel about Elisabeth's quote?

Ø  Isaiah 54:5 - For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

Living in Grace