Sunday, 14 August 2022

If we fall, we can rise again

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"No one has ever fallen so grievously that he may not rise again. Conversely, no one stands so firmly that he may not fall. If Peter (and Paul and Barnabas) fell, I too may fall. If they rose again, I too may rise again." - Martin Luther.

These humbling words from Martin Luther remind me of two valuable lessons:

1. No one is exempt from trials and testing.

2. When we fall, we must know that God's grace can raise us to life again.

Lamentations 3:31-33 - "For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

 

Living in Grace

D3LM3

Friday, 12 August 2022

Who said this? - "Life is not easy for any of us."

 


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

In celebration of Women's month I have been scrolling through many quotes from remarkable women. Marie Curie is no stranger to any of us, as we remember her significant work in the discovery of radium and research into radioactivity.  Amongst other achievements, she is the first women to be awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Her quote for today made we think on how God has created each one of us with unique gifts and talents. When these talents are offered up to the Lord, I strongly believe that God will help us to use these gifts with the world.

What gifts are you hiding from the world? 

1 Corinthians 1:14 -  I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.

Living in Grace

D3LM3

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Struggling with discontentment?


There are so many of us struggling with discontentment at the moment. I joked with a friend the other day, suggesting that if I could manufacture a pill that could offer people 'contentment' I would be a very rich man. 

The reality is that there is no such quick fix solution. I am discovering that contentment is a life-long process in which we have to actively decide to become more content. It sounds a little strange, but the more we wrestle with our discontent, the closer we can move towards peaceful content. 

So, what robs us of deep contentment? What stumbling blocks trip us up on the journey towards becoming content?

Here are some helpful words from the Bible, which I pray will guide us towards this illusive gift.

Job 36:11 - If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Philippians 4:11 - I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Hebrews 13:5 - Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Once you have learnt the secret of contentment please share it with others.
Living in Grace
D3LM3

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Companions of haste


Our busy lives seem to drain a lot of energy from us and often leave us feeling too tired for the things of God. Reading through his book of devotions I came across these thoughts from Edward Bounds:

"Calmness and strength are never the companions of haste. Short devotional time drains spiritual vigour and the root and bloom of the spiritual life." - E.M. Bounds

It is true of my own life, that when I find I rush my devotions, in order to do the 'real' work of God, I find myself more unsettled and at dis-ease. Can you relate to this at all?

What do you make of the thought that calmness and strength are NOT companions of haste?

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray." - James 5:13

Living in Grace

D3LM3

Monday, 8 August 2022

Trust me


"Trust me in the depths of your being..." 

Sarah Young writes a delightful devotional called Jesus Calling. Her writing style personalises the thoughts of God as if Jesus were speaking directly to us and so when I read these words (above), I was deeply grateful. Jesus says to each one of us - "Trust me."

John 8:26 - "But he who sent me is trustworthy"

There are many others who may try and convey the same message to us, but their words are certainly not as trustworthy as the words of Jesus.

Question: Are we able to place our trust in Jesus? 

Living in Grace

D3LM3

Friday, 5 August 2022

He does not ask much of us


He does not ask much of us. 

Well, this is the opinion of Brother Lawrence, in his book Practising the Presence of God. He writes to all followers of Jesus:

“He (Jesus) does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”

I understand what Brother Lawrence is getting at - it doesn't take much for us to acknowledge Jesus in our daily lives - to honour him with every waking moment. Sadly, for some people, even this is too much.

1 John 5:2 - This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

Living in Grace

D3LM3

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Strengthen my faith


For those who receive this blog via email I notice that there is a big issue with the subscription service I was using - my apologies about that. I am working on sorting this out, but in the meantime, please access the devotion directly from this site (www.delmelinscott.blogspot.com) or via www.livingingrace.co.za. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your support. 

For some inspiration, here is a prayer from Martin Luther. I love his honest and reliance on God.

"Behold Lord,
An empty vessel that needs to be filled,
My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in faith;
Strengthen me.
I am cold in love;
Warm me and make me fervent,
That my love may go out to my neighbour.
I do not have a strong and firm faith;
At times I doubt and am unable to trust you.
O Lord, help me.
Strengthen my faith,
And my trust in you."

Have a blessed day.

Living in Grace

D3LM3