Is your heart troubled today? What a truth this is to help us to keep perspective – Jesus is getting everything ready for us to spend eternity with him in Heaven. Let’s think about the ascended and reigning King Jesus more than we sometimes do!
We are called to be witnesses for Jesus. That’s one reason why we need to get involved in our communities, and in the lives of friends and neighbours. That’s why we need to keep on praying as we do this, depending on the power of God. And we need to go out in faith, with the message that Jesus Christ is the only King and the only Saviour. We have been given the power to do so.
If we refuse to forgive others, we need to ask ourselves the question: have I really been saved myself? Have I truly been forgiven by God? One of the evidences that we are a child of God is that we do forgive others. And if we struggle to forgive others, we need to remind ourselves of the enormous debt God has forgiven us. Will you do that?
God grace extends far beyond the boundaries of Israel, at this would become so clear on the Day of Pentecost. The church of Jesus is an international church.
We need to have faith in the Lord; He loves providing for us in unexpected ways. We can look back and see how God has delivered parcels of grace at desperate points of our lives. And we can be certain that if the Lord still has work for us to do, then he will continue to preserve us and keep us, until such a time as he takes us to glory.
We can only marvel at the dimensions of God’s love. It is so broad that it encompasses men and women, rich and poor, and all the nationalities of the world. It is so long that it is a love which predates the existence of the earth, and will go on, unbroken, into eternity. It is so high, that it will take us up to Heaven one day. And it is so deep that Jesus was willing to stoop down and come into this earth to save the worst of sinners like us.
At home, at work and in church, take your impossible situations and bring them to God in prayer, knowing that he loves to display his glory in our lives.
We don’t face troubles on our own. ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ (Exodus 14:14)
Are you ashamed of things you have done in your life? Are you ashamed of squeezing God out of your life and living apart from him? There is hope for you. God’s grace is greater than all our sins. Why not come to him in prayer right now, in the quietness of your own hearts, and confess your sin, and wait for the dawn to break, which it surely will.
Sometimes we look at something and assess its value and we get it totally wrong. You can get it wrong about a second-hand car, and that’s not the end of the world. But if we get it wrong about Jesus, we’ll ignore the only one who can forgive our sins. We’ll ignore the one who, in love, offers himself to us.
‘Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Wouldn’t you like to hear those words from God today? You can! It is possible right now to experience it if we admit our guilt and cry out to God to clean us.
We are broken by sin, but renewed by the atoning work of God, and commissioned with the Great Commission, to tell everyone that we have good news for them.