Sunday, 15 July 2018

Created And Called

"So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).
Created in the image of God - this is our high calling. As we journey through life, we're being called to become more like our God - filled with His love and His holiness. To become more like the god of love and holiness, we must keep on following our Saviour, God's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. For any progress we make in the life of love and holiness, we must give all the glory to God. It's his doing - not ours!

Light, Love And Life

"God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light" (Genesis 1:3).
"Let there be light" - these words were spoken  by God at the beginning of His creation. "Let there be light" - these words are to be spoken by us. We are to pray that our lives will shine brightly with the light of the Lord. We are to let His light shine. His light is the light of His love. It is the light of life. Let there be light, love and life. May light, love and life be seen in us.

Praising the Lord ...

"Praise be to You, Lordteach me Your decrees ... 16 I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word" (Psalm 11912:16).
At the heart of our obedience, there is praise to God. When we are learning to praise Him, He will fill our hearts with His joy. We will not only ask Him to teach us how we are to live. We will take delight in being taught by Him - and our hunger for Him and His Word will increase, and our hearts will be filled with praise to Him.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Condemned by the law, redeemed by the love of Christ

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.'" (Galatians 3:13).
The law condemns us - every one of us. None of us is without sin. The love that sent Jesus to the Cross - this is what redeems us. From the Cross, love is reaching out to us. Jesus is reaching out to us. We look at Him on the Cross - and we know that He loves us. We know that His love triumphs over our sin. He has gone to the place of crucifixion for us. God's perfect Son has been crucified for us. Through His death, we receive the forgiveness of our sins - and this is just the beginning of the pathway that leads to His eternal glory. Let us praise the Lord - with hearts full of joyful thanksgiving.

Jesus is more than a great man. He is our Saviour and Lord.

"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them" (Matthew 4:23-24).
What amazing things were happening! This was the amazing love of God, reaching out to so many people. We look at Jesus. We listen to what He says, we watch what He says - and we say, "To God be the glory! Great things He has done!" We look at Jesus' healings. We are amazed, and we rejoice in His love. We look beyond His healings, - and we see that He is more than just a great man. He is our Saviour. He is our Lord.

Only What The Lord Tells Me

"The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.”" (1 Kings 22:13-14).
From the heart of the Old Testament, here's a call to be faithful in speaking the Word of the Lord. There's a choice to be made - Will we speak only what our hearers want us to say? or Will we speak the Word of the Lord? We may be under pressure to give people what they want to hear - but, still, the call comes to us from God: Give them what they need to hear - and not only what they want to hear!

Take Your Problems To The Lord.

The Psalmist faced many difficulties. There were the problems caused by “unfaithful people” (Psalm 101:3-5). He had health problems (Psalm 102:3-5). He takes his problems to the Lord, convinced that “from everlasting to everlasting, the Lord’s mercy is on those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:17).

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Created And Called

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