By Faith … We Can Change The World!

22nd May

Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation…..their weakness was turned to strength.”

Hebrews 11:2,34b

Hebrews 11 lists so many of the Old Testament veterans, who through faith, overcame evil, fought for justice, endured horrible and gruesome deaths for the name of the Lord, or defeated those who opposed the Lord. It is so interesting to read each of their stories found in this intriguing book because it highlights that God used normal people to accomplish His works on earth, and through them, nations were defeated and God’s name was proclaimed among the world.

Furthermore, it highlights that God used these heroes of faith in spite of their weaknesses. If you look through the list of people mentioned in Hebrews 11, you will no doubt be able to pick out stories or attributes of their characters that either seem controversial or dishonouring to Almighty God, none more so than the life of Samson. Yet, here they are in this hall of fame, having being credited for their faith by the writer of Hebrews.

We have learnt that in the last few days that Samson’s life was far from perfect. He was arrogant, selfish, lustful, weak (in terms of controlling his desires), immature, reckless and even lived a lifestyle in opposition to God through his rebellious decisions. However, his last act of courage, bravery and faith show us that God never gives up on us, even in our last dying breath.

We can take comfort in knowing that God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect or doesn’t wait for us to make the right decisions. He chooses us not on our credentials but, because He sees a vessel that He can pour His grace out on. His chooses us in spite of our weaknesses and flaws and gives us strength in our weakness. God’s grace for us is enough.

So stop saying you are not good enough to be used by God and learn to trust in Him. Through Christ’s power in us, we are world changers and we can brings glory to the Name of Jesus throughout the nations.

Joseph: An Example We Can Follow!

21st May

She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible!

Genesis 39:10

Throughout the last few weeks we have been looking at the life Samson and learning valuable lesson about how not to act. His life seemed like a repetitive downward spiral of living in opposition to God rather than in partnership with Him. In today’s passage we read of someone who got it right, Joseph. If only Samson had spent more time reading the stories of old and less time giving in to his selfish and lustful desires.

Joseph, a noble and faithful servant of God, found himself betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt. He was hired by Potiphar, the captain of Pharaohs guard, to work in his household and quickly gained favour for his integrity, honesty and diligence and was soon promoted to run of all his household affairs..

Because of Josephs handsome looks and great physique, he unwittingly caught the eye of Potiphar’s wife. Time and time again she would approach him and offer him her body, yet time and time again he would refuse because of his love for God and because of the trust that his master Potiphar had showed him.

One day, Potiphar’s wife could not resist Joseph anymore. She grabbed his cloak and insisted he sleep with her. However, yet again Joseph remained pure and holy, left his coat in her hands and ran away. This act eventually led to the unfair imprisonment of Joseph, yet he remained true to God and true to his master Potiphar.

When faced with temptation, Joseph gave us three great examples of how to act. Firstly, he kept out of her way as much as possible. When faced with temptation we shouldn’t linger around and flirt with it. Secondly, his love for God outweighed his need to fulfill his lustful desires. Thirdly, when temptation finally cornered him, he ran away (even though it would lead to his imprisonment!!). Honouring God is achievable if our motives and desires are to honour Him, and if we don’t rely on our own strength but on the grace of our Lord Jesus.