Sunday, 25 June 2017

Deuteronomy - Loved by God

"About Benjamin he said:
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,
    for he shields him all day long,
    and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” - Numbers 33:12

I have always loved these words spoken over the tribe of Benjamin. They speak to me of an intimate relationship with God and remind us that God shields us all day long. The last part of the verse creates the image of a parent drawing a child close to their heart (between the shoulders) and allowing them to rest secure.

May God continue to watch over you and may you rest between his shoulders.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Numbers - 2 brave men

Has someone ever inspired you to move beyond your comfort zone and when you have done this remarkable thing, you found yourself feeling grateful for that "nudge"?

In the book of Numbers we come across 2 remarkable young men - Joshua and Caleb. Along with 10 other spies they entered the Promised Land to have a look at the layout of the land and then to report back to Moses and Aaron. However, they the time came for the report back, the 10 spies were afraid of the Giants in the land and urged that the Israelites stay put. However, this was not what Joshua and Caleb felt. These are their words to the leaders:

"Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” - Numbers 14:6-10

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Friday, 23 June 2017

Leviticus - a word on rest!

You can't work the whole time! 
You need to rest!
You will burn yourself out!

Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? It is often the concern of a loved one who speaks these words to us, especially if we are at the end of a long, busy run at work. Each one of these statements speaks a truth into our lives and reminds us of the words of God from Leviticus 23:

"You may work for six days each week, but on the seventh day all work must come to a complete stop. It is the Lord's Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day to assemble for worship. It must be observed wherever you live." - v.3

So, when are you going to listen to this advice from Leviticus? What will it take for you to have a rest and to observe the sabbath? Please don't let yourself reach burnout before you take some time out.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Exodus

The Exodus story is another powerful reminder of God's grace and providential care. It is right that we wrestle with Questions like: "Why did the Israelites have to suffer so much at first?" or "Why did God take so long to answer their prayers?" However, we should never lost sight of the fact that God journeyed with them from Egypt into the Promised land.

21 The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. 22 And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people." - Exodus 13:21-22

Day and night, God is watching over us. We may not notice his hand of guidance and protection in the moment, but when we stop and look at the full picture we will see how God has been with us.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Genesis

Joseph was just 30 years of age when he was made second in command of Egypt. He had been through an incredibly tough few years, but God had stood by his side and honoured his faithfulness and perseverance.

The book of Genesis is long, but these verses from chapter 43 mark a special moment in the story of Joseph. They remind me that God is always redemptive and just when we think all is lost, God does amazing things. By reading these words may we all be encouraged to NEVER give up Hope.

37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”
41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Monday, 19 June 2017

To be Hopeful

To be hopeful in difficult times is not easy! However, as Christ-followers we are given extra incentive to be hopeful because of the great promise we have been given. Our troubles will last a moment compared with the future that is in store for us.

"The hopeful person sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storms." - O.S. Marden

For the Apostle Paul LOVE was the foundation of his HOPE. Not human love, but the LOVE of God. It was this love that gave him hope in every circumstance.

"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." - 1 Corinthians 13:7

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Good, good Father

Chris Tomlin sings a beautiful song called 'Good, good Father', as an ode to our heavenly Father. This is such an appropriate song to sing on Father's Day and if you would like to listen the song you can click here

These are the words to the song - enjoy.
Living in Grace
D3LM3


Oh, I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone

Chorus: You're a Good, Good Father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am


Oh, and I've seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we're all searching
For answers only you provide
'Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

Chorus:

 'cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it's love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still [3x]
Into love, love, love