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The PASSION Blog
The PASSION Blog is a place where I share reflections on faith, life and the Bible. They are quick thoughts that grow out of my morning devotions and Bible reading. I hope you enjoy them. The most recent ones are at the top of the list.
The Bread that satisifies
Jesus is the author of life and when we come to know Him and trust
Him as our Lord and Saviour, it fills a
hole inside us like food fills an empty stomach and water quenches
Love hurts sometimes
Pay careful attention to your own work
Why we don't give up
In 2 Corinthians 4 there is a great passage that gives us hope and
encouragement. It says…
We have two great hopes. Our spirit is being renewed each day to
become more like Christ and we have the hope of eternal life with
God promises to help us
Thank You Lord
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me
together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully
complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalms
God knows the heart
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or
height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you
see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the
I trust Him
Psalms 91:2 says, "This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my
refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him."
Walk and live well
)This verse is at the end of a section
titled, “The Lord case against Israel”. It seems the people had
forgotten how much God had looked after them and blessed then. God asks
what He has done that the people tired of him. As a way of showing
gratitude the Lord tells them three things He required of them.
Proverbs 18:20-21 says, "Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences."
Wise words or using your words well can back a big difference in life.
People who tend to take their time and choose their words carefully are usually respected. Those who blurt things out and say the wrong thing at the wrong time are usually not.
Wise words can also be about what we choose to pass on. When we hear something that is private and we pass it on our words can fail us. We can fall into the trap of being a gossip or worse still passing on things that are not true.
The wisest words of all are those found in the Bible. If we fill ourselves with the Word of God, we give ourselves the best chance of using wise words each day.
I would encourage you to “fill up” each day on God’s Word, be quick to listen and slow to speak, and prayerfully consider the words you use.
As today’s verse says there is the power of life and death on our words and wise words can satisfy us like a good meal.
Guard your heart
Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Our heart in Scripture is used to describe the core of who we are. Our core or heart determines the course of our lives.
People often say that I really want to do this with all of my heart and we know they are really serious about something. Conversely, if they say my heart is not in it any more, then we know they are ready to move on.
So how do we guard our hearts? We need to fill it with good things like prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other Christians who build us up.
We also need to stay away from things that can wound or damage our hearts. We all have things, habits or people in our lives that we know are not good for us.
The key for us to guard our hearts is to move towards God and away from the harmful things. It is so vital if we are to be all God wants and needs us to be.
So guard your heart above all things, it determines the course of your life.
A blessing from Romans
Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
I really like this blessing. It is one of my favourites to say at the end of my prayer when I finish a sermon.
I want people to be completely full of joy and peace as they trust in Christ. I want them to know what it is to overflow with a confident hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is one of those blessings like Numbers 6:22-27 when God tells Aaron that when the Priests say the words, God Himself will bless them.
Being a Pastor/preacher is a blessing. It is also nice to bless others by your words and prayers.
Move on in Christ
In Philippians 3 the Apostle Paul encourages us to move forward in our life with Christ. In verses 13-14 it says…
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14
In these verses Paul wants us to do two things.
1. Forget the past
This means the old ways of living, past bad experences, old things said to you. These things can hold us back or even paralyze us.
In telling us to forget the past, Paul was someone who persecuted Christians and had them thrown in jail or killed. He knew what it meant the leave the past behind. It was vital for him and the people around him that he moved on from his past. Fast forward 2000 years, it is important to us that he did too!
2. Focus on what lies ahead
There are so many great things about following Christ. We have salvation, we live a changed life, we have the Holy Spirit, we have the privilege of serving God, we are growing to be more like Christ, we have our hope of heaven.
Paul knew for us to grow in Christ and be all that we can be for Him, we have to move on from our past and focus on what lies ahead. Even though he was a great example for us today, he knew he had not made it and he had to keep moving forward.
So look forward, run the race and look forward to the heavenly prize that awaits you.
Where does your help come from?
“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!”
When you are in real need. When you don’t know what to do. When all your resources have failed. Where does your help come from?
My help comes from the Lord. He is above all, He knows all and is all powerful. It pays to have “friends” in high places.
If you have a need, why not turn to the Lord today?
Dear Lord Jesus, I ask You to help me today. May Your presence be with me. Strengthen me. Heal me. Give me wisdom. Supply my needs. Grant me Your peace. Amen.
Everything and Everything
One of my favourite verses of all time is Joshua 1:8. I have written about it a number of times on this blog. It says…
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8
In this verse there are four key points that stand out to me…
1. Study God’s Word – study means “the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books.” So devote time to God’s Word.
2. Meditate on it – other words to describe meditation are contemplation, considering, prayer, musing, ruminating. It is about thinking deeply.
3. Obey EVERYTHING in it – to walk with God we need to be obedient to His Word and His plans.
4. Promised blessing – prosper and succeed in EVERYTHING you do.
I like the way this verse uses the word everything twice. Obey everything to prosper in everything.
Food for thought.
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