The Lord asks us all to go. To the mission field, our neighbours, school, work-places. There is no exceptions. The message to all is to go and tell.
‘And he trembling and astonished said, ‘Lord, what will you have me to do?’ And the Lord said unto him, ‘Arise and go.’ Acts 9:6
There is so much stress in today’s world, it is no wonder that there is depression and anxiety. Turning to God can be of help to keep a sound mind.
‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind,’ 2 Timothy 1:7
Rejoice the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore,
Mortals, give thanks and sing and triumph evermore. C. Wesley
‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most high dwells.’ Psalm 46:4
Nichodemus had many questions for Jesus, ‘How can a man be born again?’ So often we look at things from an earthly position. Through God’s grace we need to see things through His eyes.
Jesus answered, ‘Truly I tell you, no-one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.’ John 3:5
To be a child of God has a feeling of safety. There is much to be afraid of in this world, but in the Bible we read 366 times ‘Do not fear.’
‘In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptised with Christ have clothes yourselves with Christ.’ Galatians 3:26-7
As a healthy rule we are encouraged to cut down on our salt intake. But our food still needs some salt to help with preserving it. In our Christian lives we can also be the necessary salt to mankind.
‘You are the salt of the earth.’ Matthew 5:13
Imagine no bad or sad things happening. Imagine no time, no night and day. Imagine no sickness, partings or bereavements. It’s called heaven.
‘God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any known being.’
1 Corinthians 2:9
If always seems amazing that a small candle in a room will give light to the whole place and the opposite does not work. A small corner of darkness does not make the whole room dark. No wonder Jesus used the illustration of light
‘You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:14
I had the joy of reading this following passage aloud in church the other day. The words are so powerful when read out loud.
‘I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Romans 8:38-9
A New Year gives us time to look back and to look forward. For most of us 2019 has given us good memories and some we wish to forget. 2020 feels like a fresh start and we need to leave the last year behind. Kindness and forgiveness can bring help and comfort to all.
‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.’ Ephesians 4:32