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One body and belonging

July 29th, 2016

I am reading Romans 12 for my devotions at the moment. It is a titled “A living sacrifice for God” in the NLT.

Verse 5 says, “So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”

As I read today two thoughts spoke to me as a reminder.

1. We are all parts of Christ’s body.

2. We all belong to each other.

As Christians we need to remember that we are not loners. Our lives are linked with Christ and with other believers.

We also belong to each other.

God Bless,
Dave

Pray and Act

July 28th, 2016

I received a pamphlet in my letterbox today from Vision Media. It talked about praying and acting and God being on the move. It had some good practical advice that we can all do as Christians.

Pray for our:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Neighbours
  • Church
  • Government
  • Christian Ministers

Act and show God’s love in practical ways:

  • Give them a copy of a devotional [or a tract or Bible]
  • Invite them for a coffee or a meal
  • Invite them to church
  • Offer to pray for a need.

These are simple things we can all do as Christians. I wonder how different our communities would be if we all prayed for the above things and reached out in practical ways?

God Bless,
Dave

Wrestling with Scripture

July 27th, 2016

I am someone who likes to wrestle with Scripture.

Not wrestling in the traditional sense where two opponents face off to throw the other one down and pin them to the mat.

I wrestle with Scripture to try and understand it. Often I stand looking at a Bible passage and I prayefully ask God for meaning and how to apply it.

My goal is not to fight it off and be the victor. My goal is to be won over by it and allow it to pin me to the mat.

I need my heart to be softened by Scripture. I need my mind renewed by God’s Word. I need to be the man who God wants me to be.

That is why I am someone who likes to wrestle with Scripture. How about you?

God Bless,
Dave

A Temple for God

July 26th, 2016

I was reading Ephesians 2 this morning and verses 19-22 jumped out at me. It says…

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

There is a lot in this short passage and I could say a lot, but I think the notes in my Bibe summed it up well…

A church building is sometimes called God’s house. In reality, God’s household is not a building but a group of people. He lives in us and shows himself to a watching world through us. People can see that God is love and that Christ is Lord as we live in harmony with each other and in accordance with what God says in his Word. We are citizens of God’s Kingdom and members of his household.

God Bless,
Dave

 

God knows everything we do

July 25th, 2016

A little verse tucked away in Psalm 139 gives me comfort. Verse 3 says, “You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.”

Some would find this disconcerting and see it from the perspective that God sees all the bad things we do. However, it gives me comfort.

I like that God knows all I do. I like knowing that He knows when I am travelling or when I am at home resting.

It gives me a sense of peace knowing that His eyes are always on me. After all He knows when my last breath will be and the number of hairs on my head.

Let us take comfort today in the knowledge that God is with us wherever we go and He knows everything we do.

God Bless,
Dave