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The PASSION Blog is a place where I share reflections on faith, life and the Bible. These reflections grow out of my morning devotions. The most recent ones are at the top of the list.

Jesus healed the leper

Matthew 8:1-3 NLT – Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. [2] Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” [3] Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

I love this story of the healed leper. It was one of Jesus’ first miracles after His Sermon on the Mount. He taught great truths about the Kingdom of God and then He demonstrated the power and authority of the Kingdom.

In this miracle, Jesus not only healed the man of his leprosy, but he restored his previous life to him. Lepers were outcastes from society. They could not be around people as they made them “unclean” spritually. They could not be with their families, work, go to the Temple or function as a normal member of society.

They were also forced to live outside the cities in leper colinies and if they did come near other people, they would have to yell “unclean, unclean, unclean”, so people knew they could be infected. It was life, but a lonely life that was waiting for death.

I love this miracle. It is one of my favourites. Not only because Jesus healed the leper, but because He restored him to his his old life too.
Showing favouritism?

James 2:1 tells us not to show favouritsm. It says, “Verse 1 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favour some people over others?”

It is a straight forward and clear reminder not to favour one person over another. In verses 2-4 it gives the example of favouring richer well-dressed people over poor people. It talks about giving richer people preferential seating, while the poor sit on the floor. It pretty much says “rich at front, poor on the floor”.

Recently I read a story I want to share that illustrates this point. It is about a Pastor and what God asked him to do before he started at his new church. It made such an impact in his community that it was reported in newspapers and on TV at the time.

“On the morning of Sunday, June 23, 2013, the newly-appointed pastor of Sango United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, Willie Lyle, lay down at the foot of a tree on the church grounds with an overcoat for a blanket. Unkept and bearded after spending most of the previous week on the streets, he looked for all the world like a homeless man, which was precisely the effect he hoped to achieve.

“He wondered how many people would approach him and offer him food, or a place to sit inside an air-conditioned room, or just see how they could help,” wrote freelance reporter Tim Parrish in a June 28 story for the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. “Twenty people spoke to him and offered some type of assistance.”

When the time came to deliver his inaugural sermon he did so from that very spot, changing into a jacket and tie and shaving off his beard with the help of his daughter as he spoke. “Before the 200 people gathered that morning,” Parrish wrote, “he went from looking like a homeless person to the new pastor of the congregation.”

Appropriately, Lyle’s sermon was a call to emulate Christ, to not judge other people by appearances. “Our goal should be to improve and change the lives of people as we live like Jesus,” he said in closing. “You see, we look at the outside of others and make judgments. God looks inside at our heart and sees the truth.”

We need to remember that God sees everyone as special, as created in His image and made with a purpose. And there is not one person in this world that Jesus did not die for. As a result, we can’t discriminate and treat others differently.

Right with God

Romans 5:8-11 has some wonderful truths about our salvation because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It says…

[8] But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. [9] And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. [10] For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. [11] So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Five things jump out at me as I read…

  1. We know God loves us – we know this because Christ died for us.
  2. We are right with God – Jesus’s death paid the price for our sin.
  3. We are not condemned – we are forgiven and set free from condemnation.
  4. We are friends with God – Jesus has made us friends with God.
  5. We can rejoice – we are free to live in God.
  6. What a great passage of Scripture. It contains so much truth about what God has done for us in Christ. We are loved, forgiven and friends with God.
This is a great reason to rejoice today!

Cleansed and strengthened

1 John 1:8-10 NLT – If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. [9] But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. [10] If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Temptation and sin are sadly part of our lives here on earth. When we sin it has a way of spoiling our lives and the lives of the people around us. It also affects our relationship with God.

Today’s verses tell us that we all sin at times and if we say we don’t sin, we make God a liar. Thankfully God has made a way for us to be right with Him – confession. When we sin, we come to God in confession. We simply apologise and ask God to help us to live right.

In the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 it says…

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. [10] May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. [11] Give us today the food we need, [12] and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. [13] And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

A key component of this prayer is confession. It asks God to forgive our sins and to help us not yield to temptation. By doing this we are cleansed and strengthened.

Dear God, please forgive my sin. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done and for the right things I did not do. I ask that You would strengthen me when temptation comes and help me to live my life for You. Amen.

All and all

Psalm 139:1-3 NLT – O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. [2] You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. [3] You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.

God knows us inside out. He knows everything about us. These verses tell us He examines our hearts and knows our thoughts. In spite of knowing everything about us, He loves us deeply. So much so, that He moved heaven and earth to secure a place for us in heaven when Jesus died for us. It is reasurring that we don’t have to wear a mask with God like we do with people sometimes. He knows ALL and He loves ALL of us.

Dear God, thank You that You love me just as I am. It gives me comfort to know that You have examinded my heart and You know my thoughts, and You still love me. Thank You Jesus died for me and for preapring a place for me in heaven. Amen.

Jesus is our Advocate

1 John 2:1-2 – My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous. 2 He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins–and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

My heart as a Christian is to live in Christ and not sin, but sometimes I do fall short and I need to confess. At other times there are things I know I should do and I don’t do them. It helps me to know that I have an Advocate, a Defender, and a Supporter in heaven who pleads my case on my behalf.

It helps me to know that when I let myself down and ultimately let God down, that our Advocate is there for me. Over the years I have wondered what Jesus says in my defense. We can never know, but it might be something like this:

Father, Dave loves Me and I love Him. He knows Me and I know him. He tries really hard to live in Me and he does really well most of the time, but sometimes he falls short. Father, I died on the cross for Dave’s sin. I took it on Myself. I paid the price. Dave is forgiven because of My efforts on his behalf. Please restore Him and help him to live right.

We can never really know what is said, but it helps me to imagine something like the above. It helps me to know the One who is truly righteous is on my side and pleading my case before the Father in Heaven.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Do you find it hard to confess your sin when you fall short? Does it take some time to approach God?
Does it help you to know Jesus is your advocate, defender and supporter in heaven?

Rescue the poor and helpless

Psalm 82:3-4 NLT – “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. [4] Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.

God wants us to look after and protect the most vulnerable members of society. He wants us to look after the poor, the helpless, the orphans and widows. These are people that are easily taken advantage of by evil people.

What can you do to help the poor, the orphan, the helpless and the widow today?

Here are some organisations that my wife and I have supported over the years…

All of these organisations help the most vulnerable in our world.

He has always been there

Psalm 71:5-6 NLT – O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. [6] Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!

God has always been there. Even from before our birth. He has always cared for us, even though we may not have realised. I came to Christ in my early 20s. I have never really thought about God until then. But looking back I can see His fingerprints throughout my early life. He was there looking after me through the good times and the bad. He brought people into my life to help me and He gently nudged me in His direction. I am so thankful.

Dear God, thank You that You have always been there. Even before I was born You were there. Thank You for loving and caring for me right throughout my life. Amen.

Preaching Jesus

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 – You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. [7] We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

In the these verse the Apostle Paul made it clear what his message was when he preached – Jesus. He did not preach about himself, nor did he say he was a great man who performed miracles. Everything Paul did pointed to Jesus.

Paul also made it clear where the power to perform miracles came from. The power was from God. He stressed that as humans we are fragile and imperfect, but this is what God needs to make his power known. Fragile human vessels that are willing to be used.

God wants us as Christians to be available for His use. He wants to fill us with His love, His light and His power to spread it to those around us. He wants us to be witnesses to His great love and mercy. He wants us to tell people of what we are seen, heard and experienced of Jesus and His salvation.

It is my hope and prayer that today you will let your light shine for Jesus as it says in Matthew 5:16. If we spend time with God in prayer and His Word, our lights will shine brightly and impact the people around us for God’s Kingdom.

Lead by serving

Mark 10:43-45 – But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. [45] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus wants us to be different in the way we lead. He doesn’t want us to lord our power over others. He wants us to be servant leaders. Verse 44 tells us that our servant leadership actually looks like being a slave. Over the years I have found the best leaders are humble in attitude and are willing to serve in any capacity to make sure things are done.

I remember in my first job in retail, one of our regional store managers would say we need some shopping trolleys from outside brought in, he would put on a raincoat and come out with us to bring them in. I have never forgotten it. He was were still in charge, but he did what was needed to make things work well. I have seen this same type of leadership in church circles. Highly trained Pastors of big churches sweeping the front steps of the church to make it look nice for people coming in.

Serving Jesus is about having a humble attitude and doing what needs to be done. There is only room for one Lord, and that title belongs to Jesus! The rest of us are His humble servants.

Be filled with Christ
Colossians 3:16-17 – Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. [17] And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

In these verses there are three simple but powerful thoughts.

1. Be filled with Christ – Verse 16 says to let the message of Christ fill your life. The message of Christ’s love, forgiveness, salvation, mission and Lordship is huge. Ponder it. Meditate on it. Surrender to it.

2. Encourage one another – The second part of verse 16 tells us to encourage your Christian brothers and sisters. We do this as we teach and counsel one another, and when we come together in fellowship.

3. Represent Christ – Verse 17 reminds us to be Christ’s representative in all we do and say. This is about living a life worthy of Christ and bringing honour to God. Matthew 5:16 reminds us to let our lights shine. Represent Christ and your faith well each day.

When we do these things it will show that we are filled with Christ. Then His light and His love with overflow and touch the people around us. And when we do this, it brings glory to God.

Formed and reformed

Isaiah 64:8 NLT – And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

The Bible tells us that God formed us in our mothers womb. He knit us together exactly how He wants us to be, so we can do all He needs us to do.

The Bible also talks about God reforming us to be more like Christ. When we come to Jesus and are born again, we are slowly transformed in to the image of Christ.

Here are some verses to reflect on for today.

Psalm 139:13 – You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Genesis 1:27 – So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Romans 5:12 – When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

John 3:3 – Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

John 1:12-13 NLT – But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. [13] They are reborn-not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 – But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. [17] For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

So we are initially formed by God in His image, but unfortunately the sin in this world effects us. Then after we are born again, we are reformed.

Serving God where you are

Over the years I have been asked if I enjoy serving God in full time paid ministry or working in secular work more. My answer surprises most Christians.

The reason is I follow Colossians 3:23-24. It says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. [24] Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”

My heart is to work willingly at whatever I do. If am working at the hospital ordering medical equipment, working as the Pastor of the church, or doing some type of volunteer work, I treat them all the same. I think of myself as serving Jesus.

When I think of my work as serving Jesus it takes away the barrier between spiritual and secular. I am there serving Jesus, doing my work with a good attitude and trying to honour God in what I do.

So to answer the question – I enjoy/ed both. I enjoy working in “secular work” at the hospital and I enjoyed working in “spiritual work” as a Pastor.

The key for me, is to serve God where you are right now. And remember that ultimately He is the one who will reward you for your work for Him.

Trust in the Lord in 2019

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT – Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. [6] Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Today’s verses of the day in my Bible app were Proverbs 3:5-6. I can’t think of a better option than to trust in the Lord and seek His will for a new year. God knows our future and He knows us, so we can trust Him. These verses tell us that if we trust in the Lord and seek His will, He will show us the right path to take. This is in the small things and the big things. A great thought for 2019.

Dear God, help me to trust in You with all of my heart and seek Your will in all I do in 2019. I pray that as I follow Jesus and walk in Your ways, that You will show me the right paths to take. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A prayer of David

David was described by God as a man after His own heart. That is very high praise considering David did some pretty bad things in his life.

I think one of the keys to David’s life is prayer. He was always in communication with God. He praised God in the goods times and cried out for help in the bad.

In Psalm 86 we see an example of one of David’s prayers…

Psalm 86:1-7 NLT – Bend down, O LORD, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. [2] Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. [3] Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. [4] Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. [5] O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. [6] Listen closely to my prayer, O LORD; hear my urgent cry. [7] I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.

In this prayer David poured out his heart to God. He asked for God to hear his prayer, and for protection, salvation, mercy, happiness and help. He also devoted himself to God and said that he served and trusted God.

David truly was a man after God’s own heart. One of the keys is his prayer life. What a great example for us today.

Effective Prayer: Keep on asking

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus talks about effective prayer. In Matthew 7 Jesus shares one thing for our prayers to be effective.

In Matthew 7:7-11 NLT it says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. [8] For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. [9] “You parents-if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? [10] Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! [11] So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

The key for effective prayer in this passage is to keep on asking. As Christians we need to keep our prayer requests before God. This might be one big issue we need help on or a number of smaller issues.

Over the years I have learned that ongoing prayer is vital for my relationship with God. I need to keep in contact with Him if I am to keep growing in my relationship with Him. I also need to realise that I depend on Him for everything. Prayer helps me to do this.

So today I would encourage you to keep on asking. Keep your small and your big requests before God. He says that everyone who asks receives and that He gives good gifts to His children.

Connected forever

Romans 8:38-39 NLT says, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. [39] No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Once we are connected with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. It is an eternal bond that cannot be broken. We are adopted as God’s children (John 1:12). We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Jesus had prepared a place for us and He is coming back for us (John 14:2-3). Our salvation is finished (John 19:30).

Dear God, thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love. I thank You for all that Jesus has done in saving me. I thank You that there is a place prepared for me in heaven and that one day Jesus is coming back for me. Amen.

Honesty before God

Proverbs 11:3-5 NLT says, “Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people. [4] Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death. [5] The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.”

Honesty directs our way and keeps us in a right place before God. Dishonesty destroys people and their sin is like a heavy load on their back. We will all stand before God to give account – both the honest people and the dishonest. Let us purpose in our hearts to be honest before God.

Dear God, help me to be an honest person. Help me to walk in Your ways and be obedient to You. Amen.

Lord of mercy and power

Deuteronomy 10:17-18 says, "For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. [18] He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing."

Four truths are found in these two verses.

1. God is above all other gods - Moses spoke these words at a time when the people had many local gods they worshipped. Moses spoke about the one true God who is all powerful and above all others. The Lord God of the Bible us truly is great and mighty in power.

2. God shows no favorites - God is equal in His love and concern for all. He loves all His children the same and shows no partiality. It doesn't matter if you are a Mum or Dad at home with your kids, a great preacher on the world stage, a homeless person or a Mother Theresa type. God loves us all the same and we all hold the same value to Him.

3. God oversees the rights of orphans and widows - God looks out for those who can be the most venerable is our society. In ancient times a widow often had no source of income or protection. The same goes for orphans. They were often at the mercy of others. God says He ensures they will receive justice.

4. God lovingly provides for foreigners - In a world that often does not care for people who have been displaced by war or economic problems, God shows love and provision for those foreigners in our midst. This inspires me to help others in this way because if it important to God, it needs to be important to me.

Confess and be restored

Daniel 9:4 NLT says, "I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: "O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands."

This prayer happened at a time when the people of God had turned away. The Bible tells us that God is always ready to accept those who have gone astray. Always ready to welcome the heart who honestly confesses their wrongdoing and their desire to come home. Just like the father in Luke 15 who welcomes the prodigal son home, the door is always open.

Dear God, I am sorry that I once followed You and I have gone my own way. Please forgive my sin and rebellion. Today I ask to come home. I pray I will follow You all the days of my life. Amen.

Prayer, praise and healing

James 5:13-16 NLT says, "Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. [14] Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. [15] Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. [16] Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."

In this passage it touches on some important things that can help us in our daily lives.

1. Prayer and praise - We should pray to God in hard times to ask for help and praise Him with thanksgiving in the good times. The key for us as Christians is to be in contact with God always. As 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."

2. The Elders can help - The Elders of the church should be called if we are sick to anoint us in oil. This is a symbolic thing of rubbing oil on someones forehead (usually) and praying for God to heal them. The Scripture says the Lord will make you well.

3. Confess and be healed - This passage also says to confess sins to each other. There is power in sharing your struggles with someone you trust. You can pray together and ask God to heal you of the issue. They can also check in with you and see how you are going regularly.

Prayer and praise brings good results. Healing if you are sick and healing if you are struggling with sin.

Have faith in God

Mark 11:22-26 says, "Then Jesus said to the disciples, "Have faith in God. [23] I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. [24] I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours. [25-26] But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too."

There are some great truths contained in this passage.

1. Faith and belief in God is vital for answered prayer.

We must have a firm belief that God exists and answers prayer. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. So faith and belief is the starting point for answered prayer.

2. God can do absolutely anything.

Nothing is impossible for Him. Jesus uses the extreme example of a mountain being thrown into the sea to illustrate the point. This shows that there is nothing in this life that God cannot do. He can help us with our small problems and our gigantic ones! We believe in an all powerful God who can do anything.

3. Prayer and doubt do not mix.

We must believe God will do what we ask. This does not mean we "name it and claim it" like asking to win the lottery or getting a Mercedes car. But it means we ask God for what we need and we allow Him to answer and give us what we need in accordance with His will and wisdom. Remember God is a good God who gives good things to His children. Believe God will bring good and don't doubt.

4. Forgiving others is a key to having our prayers answered.

This is blunt and straight forward. It you want God to answer your prayer, you can't hold grudges against people. We need to remember that God has forgiven us, we need to forgive others too. Forgiveness and letting go is not only good for us, but it allows God's answers to our prayers to flow.

The Approval of God

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

At times the people around us will understand why we do what we do in our service of God. At other times they will not. It is important in these times to follow God and be obedient to Him. It is more important to win the approval of God than the people around us.

I have found that in time most things we do become clear and people see why you did what you did, even if it didn't make sense to them at the time.

As the Apostle Paul said in the above verse, "If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant".

Obedience to God is the key in all things to pleasing God.

Dear God, help me to obedient to You in the things I do. Help me to be more interested in winning Your approval than the people around me. Amen.

Worry and Encouragement

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Worry can be a heavy burden to carry. Life has a way of weighing us down. We might have health, financial, family or work issues. We may have lost a loved one recently. All of these things can cause major stress and worry.

In these times it is really important to have good people around you to speak words of encouragement into your life and situation. An encouraging word that given just at the right time, has a way of lifting us up out of the situation. It helps us to get our eyes back on God and His eternal Kingdom.

Reflection questions: Who can you receive encouragement from today? Who can you give encouragement to today?

The Bread that satisifies

“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” ‭‭John‬ ‭6:35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For many years of my life I wondered if there was more to this life. In my quiet moments I felt like something was missing and I had a hole inisde me. In time I worked out this spiritual emptiness that was me searching for more.

In the verse above Jesus describes Himself as the bread of life and talks about not being hungry or thirsty if we come to Him. Our spiritual hunger and thirst is satisfied when we come to Jesus.

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 thirst.

I no longer walk around with a spiritual vaccuum inside me. I know Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). I know He is my Saviour (John 1:12) and He has a place prepared for me in heaven (John 14:2).

If you would like to end your spiritual hunger and thrist, I would encourage you to visit my "peace with God" page today.

Pay careful attention to your own work

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:4‬‬‬

God tells us that He prepared good works for us to do before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:10). When we focus on our own work, we are able to give it our best effort. We are also too busy to look around and compare ourselves to others and what they are doing.

Focussing on our work also helps us to be satisfied that we are playing our part in God's unfolding plan for this world. Remember, we could have be born at any time in history, but God chose for us to live now to do certain things for Him. Let us all pay careful attention to them today.


Lord, help me to keep focussed on the work You have created me for and called me to do. I pray that I will not compare myself to others and the work they are doing. Help me to remain focussed on You and Your work for me. Help me to give it my absolute best. Amen.

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