(March 11, 2022) Brian Bellshares a great encouragement …
We’re already halfway through the third month of 2022!
Despite the general unrest and uncertainty which still prevails across the world, I believe theencouragement from God’s word is to keep standing on His promises.
Let me draw you back to the words God spoke to Moses in Exodus 33:14 –‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Now I am sure we would not be envious of the task God asked Moses to carry out. To go back to his place of failure in Egypt, face Pharaoh and bring God’s people out of captivity! It was because God knew the enormity and difficulty of the task that He spoke this promise to Moses.
I have three little thoughts of encouragement to suggest. God’s word is –
A Personal Promise– ‘My presence’ (i) Personal in its source In Romans chapter 1, the apostle Paul lists the many ways in which sin has impacted on humanity and included in the list, he uses this phrase ‘break their promises.’
(December 4, 2021) Norman and Margaret Mossshare a meditation…
Some months back we were rejoicing in the birth of our 17th great grandchild, and all was well with us!
Shortly afterwards we had fresh reason to rejoice about God’s grace! Our daughter Verity was diagnosed with cancer, yet she has had total peace throughout this time. So many of our friends were praying for her, and we thank you all for your prayers. On September 30 she had robotic surgery and made a brilliant recovery. Such is the grace of God.
Many reasons to rejoice for God’s grace So much can happen in a few brief weeks… but we live in daily dependence on the grace and love of our Father in heaven.
Meditating on 2 Timothy 2:1, ‘Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,’ we felt the Lord was saying the following:
Live in my grace. It is full and overflowing with love.
Explore my grace. It is unending. Love every part of it.
Be full of my grace in all forgiveness and love.
Be abounding in my grace. There is no weakness in it, no thinning of it in any part.
Be covered by my grace. It covers in every way, giving comfort where there is any pain.
Be strong in my grace. It eases and cleanses and renews in every part.
Enjoy my grace. It is nothing if it is not generous. I pour it out lavishly on all my people.
… God is indeed perfect! And that his Son, Jesus, declared it in Matthew 5:48, challenging us to be perfect too: ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’
Confession time I’m a Christian, but not perfect. I make mistakes and I mess up – sometimes big time. But God’s grace is bigger than my sins. And, for that, I am grateful.
As a recovering perfection seeker, I know what it’s like to strive to do and to be perfect. The only thing I accomplished, in the end, was my own unhappiness. The more I tried, the more I was burdened to maintain what I thought being perfect meant – ‘a state of flawlessness, without defect.’ For humans, that is impossible!
Jesus is talking to his disciples – the Sermon on the Mount, and Matthew 5:48 however can be puzzling to some. It was for me… until I read different translations of this verse and a commentary.
(August 11), 2020) Life Focus Ministries’ Robert and Maureen McQuillan remind us that God has his mysterious ways…
It’s only natural to wonder what’s going on, not just regarding this pandemic time but about other life issues and incidents. We’re human after all! Our July article I Don’t Know About Tomorrow led to some folk asking, ‘Well, what do you really think about all that’s going on in the world? And win the future of the church – a cleansing time? And what about…?’
Hey… we’re like our state and federal’s leaders: we don’t know everything… but like them we’re concentrating on living one day at a time! With thanks to the Lord for each new God-given day, we commit it to him, asking his blessing and protection – and then get on with it, however the day works out.
But… a question: You ever asked the Lord, ‘Why?’ or ‘What’s going on?’ and didn’t get an answer… or the answer you expected?
And did you ever come to the conclusion that it’s better to appreciate and enjoy the benefits God gives us daily rather than query him about how he works things out? Hmmm?
Worrying? Relax and trust God Jesus told us (Matthew 6:25NLT), ‘…I tell you not to worry about everyday life.’ And, verse 29, he asked a question, ‘Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?’ Of course not!
(March 04, 2020) Alistair Pitman shares from his heart how God helped him through stages of grief over losing his late, first wife, Dorothy…
One of the hardest points in the grieving process came around the second month after Dorothy’s passing in 2014. I had been missing sharing with her all that doing life together involves.
I’d also been missing the depth of Dorothy’s love for me, accepting me regardless of my faults and weaknesses!
I had not realised how much I had taken Dorothy’s love for granted. It was always there – I just didn’t realise how great her love for me was until it wasn’t there anymore!
It was her special gift to me, and I really wrestled with this reality. Even close friends couldn’t replace what I was missing. The depth of sorrow I was experiencing was immense…but it was from this place that God really ministered to me.
I went out for a run one day, mulling over how much I missed the depth of Dorothy’s love. Later I arrived back at my driveway still thinking about grief and its various stages.
Suddenly I experienced God’s manifest presence in a powerful way!(more…)