Saturday, 29 April 2017

Help

One of the regrets of people who are in the caring professions (I will include Pastors in this bracket for today) is that we can't help everyone. It is always my desire to try and help as many people as possible, but inevitably I will disappoint someone. I have learnt to stop beating myself up about this, but it does make me disappointed in myself at times. 
 
The reality is that there will always be something "unfinished" and we have to trust in God's provision for all people. Thankfully, the Lord gives us ALL a helper - the Holy Spirit - and He is with us always. 
 
John 14:16 - "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever."
 
Psalm 10:12 -"Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless."

Psalm 18:6 - "In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears."

I like the quote from Ronald Reagan, which is attached - "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."

Who is your "Someone" today?

Living in Grace
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Friday, 28 April 2017

You hold me

"Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever." - Psalm 73
  
So often I believe that I am the one who is holding onto God for dear life, but perhaps I have it all
wrong. Is it not that God is the one doing the holding? And when I let go, then God is STILL
holding me?

“Faith is not merely your holding on to God-it is God holding on to you. He will not let you go!” - E. Stanley Jones.

Living in Grace
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Free

2 Corinthians 3:17 -Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Freedom day holds so many connotations for South Africans, especially in the realm of Human Rights and politics. I am grateful for the many aspects of Freedom that we have been blessed with as a Nation, but I most indebted to Jesus for my FREEDOM from sin. The Love of Christ sets me Free from the pain of sin and death.

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..." - Isaiah 61

"Freedom lies in being bold." - Robert Frost

Living in Grace
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sleepwalking

"So let us not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let us keep our eyes open and be smart." - 1 Thessalonians 5 (Message)

It can be quite unnerving to see a family member sleepwalk into your room. We have seen the kids do this once or twice over the years - it is weird! What is interesting is that nearly 30% of all people are impacted by sleepwalking, although it seems to decrease the older one gets. Anyway, I digress - here is my point:

When you ask a 'sleepwalker' if they remember doing this, almost everyone says they have no recollection of the experience. If we are going to 'sleepwalk' though LIFE then we are not going to remember all the experiences that come with this gift. I know that some experiences are tough, but there are many amazing gifts that God gives to us.

 Paul urges us to keep our eyes open and to be smart - this is sound advice.What do you think?

Living in Grace
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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
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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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