Friday, 20 January 2017

Promises, Promises

We live in a world where it is very quick to make promises, but much harder to honour them. No longer is a person's word their bond (promise). One of the disciples, Peter, was very quick to make a promise to Jesus, but no matter how well meaning he was try to be, he couldn't keep his word.
33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same (Matthew 26).

The challenge for us is try and keep our promises in the small things, before we start promising the big things. A whole of lot of small faithful actions will all add up to a BIG commitment in the end. Following Jesus is a lot like this. Don't make the big "I will follow you Jesus" promise, if you aren't committed to honour that on a daily basis.

Next time we catch ourselves saying "I promise you", let us be reminded of what we are actually committing too. 

Living in Grace

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Surprised at daybreak

"....Surprise us with love at daybreak;
    then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
    we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
    the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
    confirming the work that we do.
    Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!" - Psalm 90 (Message)

Next time you see the sunrise, let it remind you of this verse. May we all be surprised by God's love every 'daybreak'. May God's love REST ON US.

Living in Grace

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

God Remembers

I have been encouraged by the following scriptures this week which have reminded me that God will never forget us. Sure, at times, I will 'feel' as if God has moved off, but He hasn't gone anywhere - God remembers us all the time!

Exodus 2:24 - God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Psalm 98:3 - He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.

Psalm 106:45 - He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.

Isaiah 44:21 - “Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you.

Living in Grace

Monday, 16 January 2017

Not You

"Let others lead small lives, but not you.
Let others argue over small things, but not you.
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.
Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn

Living as a Christ-follower requires us to live differently from others. I encourage us all to let the words from Jim Rohn to inspire us to go counter culture.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 - As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.

Living in Grace

Sunday, 15 January 2017

3 Oranges

I absolutely love this story! It speaks so clearly of what we value the most.

As we come to the 105th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – April 1912, there is an interesting story that comes out of that tragedy. It was reported that eleven millionaires went down on the Titanic. Major A. H. Peuchen left $300,000.00 in money, jewelry and securities in a box in his cabin. "The money seemed a mockery at that time," he later said. 
Do you want to know what he picked up on the way to jump off the ship? He told reporters later that, "I picked up three oranges instead." - Source Unknown.

In the end, he took what he needed most to survive - and he realised that money wasn't going to get him through the next few hours of his life. Everything has a value and sometimes we need a 'tragedy' to remind us of the true value of things.

As you start this week please remember that you are valuable to God. Jesus loves you so much.

John 1:14 - So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Living in Grace

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Door of January

The name 'January' has some interesting roots. Some of these come from Roman mythology, where the Latin word for door (ianua) remind us that this month is the door to the new year. As you have opened the 'door' to 2017 how is it looking so far? Can I remind us that when we include Christ in our lives, our year can take on a different view completely.

Have a read of these two verses and link the image of a door - new year as you do so:
Revelation 3:20 - Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. 
Luke 11:10 - For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Do you notice how Christ offers to be in our lives and in 2017, if only we choose to invite him in?

Living in Grace

Friday, 13 January 2017

Worth more than that

If you popped along to your local pet store you would be able to buy a bird (like a budgie etc) for less than 100 Rand. If you were clever you could catch a sparrow in your garden and it would cost you nothing. As sad as it is to say this, these birds aren't worth much in monetary terms. And yet, these are the birds that he uses to compare humans with in Matthew 6. Jesus invites us to look at these birds and to see how content they are. They don't want for anything, because God takes care of them.

œ          Matthew 6: 26 - Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

      So, in the end, how much more valuable are we to the Lord? In Jesus' mind we are much more valuable. In fact, so much so, that He was willing to die for us. Let us be thankful that God has given us all that we need for this life and for eternity.

“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

    Living in Grace