The Help Of God

 

20th February

Commit everything you do the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.”

Psalm 37:5

Sometimes the ‘believing’ that God can do the miraculous in our lives isn’t the reason why we don’t have peace in our situations. The problem is not the ‘believing’ but the ‘letting go’ that hinders our ability to fully trust God. We naturally want to take the lead and do things our way. But God says to us, ‘Let go, commit it to Me, trust Me and I will take care of it.’ Part of trusting God, is committing things to Him, then letting go. Don’t try to keep one hand on it but fully give it to God, and He will help us. It’s a promise. It’s in His word. Trust Him, and He will help us. Let go. Trust Him. And watch His promises be fulfilled in your life. It is in the place of trust that we can fully have peace.

It’s The Sick That Need A Doctor

19th February

Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honour. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teacher of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?” Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

Matthew 5:29-31

There is something so dangerous about self-righteousness. It is like a blindfold that blinds us from the reality of truth. It narrows our vision to see only what we want to see. It negates any responsibility from our actions or thoughts. And furthermore, instead of leading us to Christ, it leads us away from Him. You see, when we think we are perfect, righteous and have no wrong in our lives, we start to become more independent and less dependent on Jesus. We begin to forget that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation and rather focus on doing. We become critical of others and start to judge their ‘unrighteousness’.

Look at the story in today’s passage. Isn’t this exactly what the Pharisees and teachers of the law were doing? Yet Jesus issued a stern warning that we too can take heed of, ‘I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent. When we realise that we are in need of saving, that is when our hearts are open to accept Jesus’ salvation. When we admit we are sick, that is when we can be healed. If we don’t realise we are sick and lost without Christ, then we will just live in a bubble of ‘me’ and never know or experience Jesus’ love and mercy.

Don’t beat yourself up thinking you are a terrible sinner but equally don’t think you are perfect and have no need for Jesus. Admit that we need saving but then rejoice in the salvation that has been given.

I once was lost, but now I’m found. I once was blind, but now I see!’

The Fruit Of Your Salvation

16th February

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”

Philippians 1:11

Before you read this devotion and feel burdened by the weight of having to be a ‘good Christian’, re-read the verse again and pay special attention to the words ‘produced in your life by Jesus Christ’. Notice that our characters, are transformed by Jesus Himself. It is not our special or good behaviour. It is not segregating yourself from society and away from worldly temptations in order to pursue inner purity. NO. It is Jesus Christ, alive in us, who transforms us into His likeness. The more we spend time with Him, however, the more our characters take on His. The more we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us up, the more we are filled with His glory and produce the kind of fruit that glorifies God.

Paul’s words tell us that the fruit of our salvation, is having a righteous character. This is completely the work of Christ. We are not made right by what we do, but by what He has done. Moreover, the work of Christ in you, brings God glory. Isn’t that incredible. It is the work of Christ in you that transforms you and in-turn brings glory to God. There is nothing of me or I in this. It is the work of God. Our responsibility is to spend more time with Jesus and ask Him to fill us a new daily and allow Him to transform us from the inside out. That is how we are to ‘always be filled with the fruit of our salvation’!

Where Are You Casting Your Nets?

15th February

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish. “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!”

Luke 5:4-6

So often when we pray, we have a picture or image of the way in which we want or expect our prayers to be answered. ‘Lord, please do this and this, in this and this way,’ we cry, yet when the answer to our prayer does not look like we imagined, we think God hasn’t listened to us.

Imagine the scene in today’s key verse from Luke’s Gospel. Peter, a seasoned fisherman, had been out all night trying to catch fish, yet here he is, being told by a carpenter to cast his nets again, in the middle of the day. Peter could have easily said, ‘Jesus, I am the fisherman, let me fish my way’. But he didn’t. Instead of insisting that his ways were better than Jesus’, he obediently obeyed and cast his nets out again, and the catch of fish was so great, his ‘boat was on the verge of sinking.’ Again, in John 21, Peter is fishing after the resurrection of Jesus, and once more was struggling to catch fish. Jesus tells Peter to throw his net over the other side of the boat, and again, miraculously the catch was so big, they struggled to haul in the nets.

Friends, perhaps this morning, Jesus is saying to us too, to cast our nets of prayer once again, into the deep, into the darkness that might represent hopelessness for you, into the empty space of waiting, then watch and see the haul of answered prayers coming your way. Perhaps we too, need to cast our prayers into the other side of the boat, not expecting answered prayers our way, but trusting that His ways are higher than our own. He knows the right answer, at just the right time, in just the right way. Trust Him, just as Peter did, and see the haul of answered prayers and blessings coming your way; so many and so much you can’t contain it.

In The Beginning God….Re-Post

14th February

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

Genesis chapter 1 verse 1 is probably one of the most contested verses in scripture by atheists and Christians alike. Yet if we look back even just 500 years, it was more than probable that this verse was taken as literal as when the writer of Genesis wrote it. Sadly, many have deviated from the truth that it is God who created the world and all that is in it and not some cosmic improbable collision of atoms that just happened by chance. Doubting the truth that God indeed made all creation, puts into doubt our purpose on this earth and our value as created beings by an amazing Creator God.

If we are to assume that we are all one big accident, then how can we possibly live with any morals at all? What defines our decisions? What about feelings, emotions and personalities? Yes, evolutionists, agnostics and atheists all have fantastical and eloquent textbook answers to those questions, yet why do we need to look further than the Bible for our answers. The truth written thousands of years ago, far precedes that of modern ideology and ‘THEORY’. The simple yet incredibly deep truth is clear for all to see, read and live in; GOD created everything.

We are individually designed with a plan and a purpose to be world changers, life givers and beacons of Jesus’ love for humanity on this earth. We are made in the very image of our God. We have His attributes. We carry His anointing. We bear His Name as sons and daughters of His family. We don’t have to settle for the world’s cheap image of chance and evolutionary progress. We have been designed and exist to be in relationship with God Himself. You are not an accident. You have a purpose.

Do You Love Him?

13th February

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “You know I love You.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question…”

John 21:15-17

When Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples, He dined with them and fellowshipped with them, just as He did before the cross. There was one disciple however, whom Jesus had a special calling for, Peter. Even before the cross Peter was commissioned by Jesus. Yet during the events of the cross and the crucifixion of Jesus, Peter denied even knowing Christ. Yet when Jesus met Peter again in the flesh, He didn’t need to reaffirm His love for Peter, but rather wanted Peter to reaffirm His love for Him. Jesus was re-building Peter’s faith by asking Him to reaffirm His love and then commissioning Him once more to be His evangelist and pastor of His church.

Sometimes when we sin, it is the guilt of the sin that causes us to forget God’s love. Yet God’s love for us never changes. What changes is our comprehension of it. Yet when Jesus approaches again, He doesn’t turn us away but rather pours out His love over us by re-confirming who we are in Him. Don’t let condemnation block your calling or misunderstand God’s love.

Skip To The End Of The Book

10th & 11th February

Weekend Edition

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among His people!” … God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.

Revelation 21:1a, 3a, 4

There are no secrets about what will happen at the end of time. God wins. It’s right there, written in the Bible. There is doubt that ultimate victory belongs to Jesus, the King of Kings. Skip to the end of the book, read Revelation 21 and you will see it written. Even greater news, is that finally, there will no longer be a physical barrier between us and God. We will see God in all His glory. He will live among us. God Himself will be with us. And where God is, there is no pain, sorrow or tears. All these things will be gone forever. That is our hope. That is what gives us the motivation to keep on pressing on.

You may be experiencing a tough time at the moment. But know that your pain will not last, no matter how hard it is. God is faithful. Moreover, He is not just the God of comfort at the end of time but also now too. Invite Him in and experience His peace now, to take away your pain and sorrow. He is HERE!