Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Get Energized

"God energizes those who get tired,
    gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
    young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind." - Isaiah 40:29-31 (Message)

God will give you the strength you need for today. Plug into the Power of the Spirit. 

"He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint." - New International Version

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Inspiration or Desperation

"We usually change ourselves for one of two reasons, inspiration or desperation." - Jim Rohn

So which one of these applies to your life? Do you only begin to change things when circumstances are so desperate (that there is no other choice) or do you allow Inspiration to bring about change?
I wish I could be admitting that I always rely on Inspiration, but sadly I can easily avoid change, so that I end up getting to a place of desperation before I make changes.
How about you?
Be honest now?

If we look at the lives of people in Jesus day, it seems that many of them waited until things were desperate before they turned to him. It was in their deepest need that Jesus healed them.

"Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need." - Psalm 79:8

"Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me." - Psalm 142:6

Living in Grace

Monday, 14 August 2017

When we rely upon ....?

Who or what are you relying on at the moment? Invariably, we limit what God can do in our lives when we rely on other people/things. I feel that God graciously steps aside and lets us carry on along our own path until we choose to bring our prayers to him.

"When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; 
when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; 
when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do, and so on. 
Nor am I disposed to undervalue any of these things in their proper place, 
but when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do. - A.C. Dixon

Who are you relying on today?

Psalm 59:17 - You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
Living in Grace

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pray from your heart

“When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.” - John Bunyan

It is far better to come to prayer with no words and a heart ready to be with God, than to come with eloquent words and no desire to be in the presence of God. I think God would much prefer to "listen" to our hearts cry and be bored by our fancy words and perfect grammar.

What do you think?

Action: Pour out your heart to Jesus today. Don't worry about what it sounds like.
Living in Grace

Friday, 11 August 2017

Just one step at a time

I came across a lovely story that reminded me not to get caught up in trying to solve all my problems at the same time. Even though I may want God to give me the final answers NOW, often God takes me one step at a time towards the final destination. It is what some people refer to as 'Gradualness.' Perhaps it is because I couldn't handle the whole story now, that God allows me to take one step at a time. May you be blessed as you read through this story:

"One day Dwight Morrow and his wife, the parents of Anne Lindbergh, were in Rugby, England.  After wandering through the streets they realised that they had lost their way.  At this moment an incident occurred that entered into Morrow's philosophy and became a guiding principle in his life. He stopped a little Rugby lad of about 12 years. "Could you tell us the way to the station?" he asked. "Well," the boy answered, "You turn to the right there by the grocer's shop and then take the second street to the left. That will bring you to a place where four streets meet. And then, sir, you had better enquire again."  
"This answer came to symbolise for Dwight Morrow his own method of approaching complicated problems," writes Harold Nicolson in his excellent biography. "It implied in the first place a realistic scepticism regarding the capacity of human intelligence. It was in the second place an object lesson in the inevitability of gradualness. And in the third place, it was a parable of how, when the ultimate end is uncertain, one should endeavour to advance, if only a little way, in the correct, rather than the incorrect direction."- Bits and Pieces, December 1991

Joshua 1:9 (MSG) - "Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

Living in Grace

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Who is happier?

"Who is the happier person? The person who has braved the storm of life and lived or the person who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed." - Unknown

Following God is about risks and counting the cost. Being a Christian is never about being afraid to step out in faith and to follow Christ. We will need to be brave to follow Jesus through the storms of life and to trust in his mercy and care. When we do this we will not avoid suffering, but we will be 'happier' for trusting in God's grace.

What is stopping you from venturing off the shores?

Isaiah 38:3 - “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”

Romans 3:28 - Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.

Living in Grace

Monday, 7 August 2017

Better than money in the Bank

What is better than money in the bank?

"A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich;  a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank." - Proverbs 22:1 (MSG)

Building your reputation is a hard thing to do, especially because it can take one incident to ruin your reputation. A gracious Spirit is something that we all can seek to have, no matter our reputation or what others think of us. If we get to show off this gracious spirit, then Solomon suggests it will be better than having money in the bank.

What do you think?

Living in Grace