Kind Words

24th – 26th March

Weekend Edition

Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

Proverbs 16:24

Have you ever been in a situation where you are feeling down, discouraged or lonely and someone comes over to you and says something nice to you that completely transforms your day. This is the power of kind words said in love and truth. They are, as the writer of proverbs says, ‘sweet to the soul and healthy for the body’. In fact it has been proven that encouraging and kind words are beneficial for health, for children’s learning and for longer life. Moreover, there are proven cases were a kind word has stopped someone in the very act of suicide. Of course the opposite can be said of un-kind and slanderous words. They can cause more damage than physical violence sometimes.

Friends, as children of God, it is imperative, as Paul says to make sure our conversation are ‘seasoned’ with Godly salt (God-like vocabulary), kind and uplifting words and encouraging statements. Even if you yourself are feeling down, encourage someone else and see the change it makes in your own being. Kind words are truly like honey; They can stop depression, stop negative emotion and stop hateful thoughts. Kind words move in the opposite spirit of negativity, hate and sorrow. Let us challenge ourselves this week to, daily, give a kind word to someone and see the change it makes in them and in you. Get alongside someone. God is with you.

Jesus’ Mission Finished

23rd March

Jesus knew that His mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to His lips. When He had tasted it, He said, “It is finished!” Then He bowed His head and released His spirit.

John 19:28-30

Jesus’ mission is finished. It was finished on the cross. Jesus knew that He had to become our sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. He knew He had to be broken and beaten for our mistakes and wrongdoings. He knew that for the remission of sins, one man, a sinless perfect man, had to die, so that many would be saved. What Jesus did on the cross was a one time action. Scripture doesn’t say that what Jesus did was just part of God’s plan for us; It says His mission was finished, completed, and over! His mission was forever!

We live in that completed mission victory! Jesus’ death on the cross, is not just for forgiveness of our sins, but for our lives to be transformed as well. It was and is for our healing both physically and spiritually! It was and is for our wholeness and wellness. It was so we could receive the peace and love of an eternal and powerful creator God! It was so we could have everlasting life in Heaven! It was so our old sinful natures could be transformed into Christ-like characteristics. This was Jesus’ mission. And it is finished, and so we live in His completed mission victory! It is not part of God’s plan, it’s everything!

The Lord’s Blessings

22nd March

May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favour and give you His peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

This is such a wonderful blessing. Yet it holds even greater meaning when you know it was commanded to be said, by God Himself (when God told Moses that Aaron and his sons should bless the nation of Israel with these words). God Himself spoke these words. God Himself wants us to be blessed, to be protected, to be shown grace and favour, to be showered with peace and to be God’s joy. These are the things God wants for us! His people!

Yet even more incredibly, through Jesus’ life, all these things have been fulfilled and we live in the fruit of that. We are blessed and protected by the sacrifice of the Lamb. We have been showered with Jesus’ unlimited grace because of the cross. We are highly favoured and are God’s children because we now are part of God’s family through Jesus. Finally we have received the peace of Jesus, not like the world gives, but as the King of Kings gives! Friends we are blessed. Receive His blessings. Bless others too.

Jesus Is The Great Healer

21st March

Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. A vast crowd brought to Him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and He healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.”

Matthew 15:29-31

We worship the same Jesus that we read about in the Bible. He hasn’t changed. He is still the same compassionate healer as we read about in today’s passage. Moreover, when Matthew makes mention that Jesus healed ‘all’ who were brought to Him, he is showing that no sickness or illness was too much for Jesus to heal. He healed them all! And He still makes the blind see, the crippled well and the lame to walk again today as well! Yet even more than our physical healing, Jesus saves our souls too.

Let us rejoice today that firstly, Jesus is a Healer. He can heal our sickness no matter how great. Secondly, and more importantly, Jesus heals our souls. He cleanses us from all unrighteousness and leads us into life everlasting.

Let us rejoice that Jesus is our healer. He is the source of our healing, both physically and spiritually. If you need physical or spiritual healing then just call out to Jesus in faith and trust that His healing will make you whole. There is no sickness too great, nor any amount of bad news too overwhelming for Jesus. Trust His healing. He is our HEALER!

 

I Find Him Innocent

20th March

“… “The he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.”… Pilate went outside again and said to the people, “I am going to bring Him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find Him not guilty.”… “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him,” Pilate said. “I find Him not guilty.””

John 18:38b, 19:4, 19:6b

According to John’s account of Jesus’ last days, Pilate, the governor in charge of Jerusalem, found nothing whatsoever wrong with Jesus, that would have made Him worthy of death by crucifixion. The cross was reserved for actual criminals who had wronged Rome. It was reserved for murderers, thieves, and rebels. We see time and time again that Pilate saw Jesus as an innocent man, not worthy of that death penalty. But as the crowds grew louder and persisted even more fervently, Pilate decided that the only way to gain favour with the crowds, almost as if negating any responsibility on his behalf of condemning an innocent man to a criminal’s death, was to follow the custom of releasing a prisoner in place of Jesus.

Do you ever wonder at this point what Jesus must have been thinking? Firstly, to hear the words that He was ‘innocent’ time and time again, knowing that He would still be crucified, then additionally, to hear the angry crowds begging for a murderer and rebel to be released back to them instead of Him; the man that had healed the sick, raised people from the dead, delivered people from oppression, showed compassion and kindness to all He met and so much more. Yet not only did they beg for Barabbas back, but begged Pilate to crucify Jesus. What must have been going through Jesus’ mind at that point. The answer. YOU, us, and all of humanity. Jesus did all this to show His love for us. He gave Himself, a free man, guilty of no crime, for our sins, for our bondage, for our crimes and wrongdoings. That is what Jesus was thinking about! Moreover, the Bible tells us that it was ‘for the joy set before Him that He endured the cross’, the joy of us receiving His love, being forgiven and reunited with the Father.

I Will Not Be Shaken

18th -19th March

Weekend Edition

I know that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He right beside me.”

Psalms 16:8

Where is your hope found? Where is your security found? Is it in financial stability or accumulation of possessions? Or is it in Almighty God? The answer to these questions will predict what your reaction will be when tough times come. If your faith, security, strength and hope is found in material things, then when hard times come, you will quickly fall into despair and depression. YET, if your hope is in Jesus, in Almighty God, you will not be shaken when the storm comes, because you know that right beside you, is the creator of the world and the ruler of all things. Knowing He is beside us, gives us the confidence to battle through in victory, through all that is thrown at us.

In theory this works and is truth based in God’s word. Yet we can’t just live a theoretical life, knowing what is truth but never acting upon it. It’s like walking in the rain with an umbrella but never using it to protect you from the rain. In theory it opens up to form a shelter over you, but if you never use it, it’s pointless having it. We must move our faith from just simple theology to practical faith by intentionally asking God to stand by our side, trusting that He is always with us, inviting Him into every part of our lives, into all our worries and storms. God cares. He is with us. He wants to help us. He promised it. God is strength and we will not be shaken!

The Strength To Go On Comes From Him

17th March

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.”

Psalms 73:26

Are you feeling at the end of your strength? Is your faith running low and body feeling weak? Well, if that’s you, then it’s ok. We all have days when our faith is stretched. Sometimes we even feel like giving up. Look throughout the Bible, and you will see plenty of examples when men and women of God, had a ‘wobbly day’ and felt faithless and weak. Yet God is faithful. He doesn’t judge us for this but rather scoops down and catches our falling souls in the palm of His hand, dusts us off, showers us in His love, empowers us in His Spirit and strengthens our hearts to keep on keeping on.

When tough times come, when you feel like giving up, know this simple yet life changing truth, ‘GOD remains the strength of your heart’. He is with us and promised to never leave us, even when we feel like He has. He is there. Take courage and strength from this. The writer of this psalm had the confidence to believe so, and so can we know for sure. He is ours forever. Be at peace.