Power from Jesus

John the Baptist put it so beautifully when he spoke in Luke 3:16:

“John answered their questions by saying, “I baptise you with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

It really puts things into perspective that we may speak and people may even come to hear the Gospel, but we are not worthy.

Because it’s only from Jesus – The One whom brought life from death – that can give us the Holy Spirit to proclaim what happened with power.

We cannot know true love without Him.

We cannot speak with that love to others, without Him.

He is love and without Him, our words are nothing more than mere noise.

Yet, bring the fire that comes from the Holy Spirit to speak through us, and we are given the power to crash into the very depths of people’s souls, to bring true life.

Glory with Fire

This scripture not only declares Gods protection but His glory as well.

I love that God is not only working outwardly to protect us but also within the centre of our lives.

By doing this it gives a beautiful picture, that we will bring glory to His name, just like He does for us.

Slaves

All people make this choice in their lifetime – which one do you choose to obey?

Why character should come before reputation

The story of Ananias and Sapphira recorded in Acts 5:1-11 give us an example of a married couple who were more concerned with their reputation than their character.

Ananias and Sapphira sold their property and pretended to give the entire profit to the church, when in fact they kept part of the profit for themselves. When confronted, they lied.

I love reading about the church in Acts because it gives us the foundation of what the church today should be doing when serving God. But reading this story, stopped me in my tracks.

Let’s be honest here, most of us end up lying most days so why did this couple have to die for it? After all, it was their choice whether or not to sell the land and how much to give.

The answer is found at end of chapter 4, where it tells us:

“all the believers were one in heart and mind.” (v32)

Their deceit was judged more harshly because they not only lied directly to the church but to God.

They wanted to appear more generous than they actually were.

Dishonesty and greed within the church is destructive because it stops the spirit from moving effectively and ultimately we destroy our testimony about Christ’s goodness in our lives.

Trust issues?

How many of us still have trust issues?

That we cannot fully give ourselves to God.

We feel that we would rather do life alone than let God too close. In fear of hearing “I told you so.”

The Israelites had no excuse for abandoning God and yet they still wanted to do so because of fear. They were scared of the unknown, so thought slavery was a better option.

How many of us would rather be slaves to our existing lives rather than stepping out and trusting God?

Just like the Israelites, God always protected them, He had guarded them like a mother eagle who protects her young. He had led them out of slavery into the promise land.

And He alone leads us.

Let’s remember to trust in Him.

The F Word & Jesus

Curse words are used so frequently that they are no longer a shock to society.

Once deemed inappropriate around women, it no longer matters whether you identify as a man or woman because we all tend to be as bad as one another.

Children will walk around swearing and cussing because of the influences around them and half the time, they don’t even understand the language they use – it’s just apparently “cool.”

What has happened to culture?

Why does no-one react shocked when foul language is used on TV or in a song.

Why do people think swear words are more appropriate than other words in our language, to get their point across?

Paul warned us against such things because it grieves God.

I look back and see the destruction in my life when every second word was literally a swear word. It wasn’t so much the words that caused the issue but if I treated myself with less dignity when using them, then why would I care about how I treated other people?

To me, abusive language is a relationship breaker because if we are to come from a place of love, then we should be following the direction of the Holy Spirit and I cannot find a legitimate version in scripture that says the F word and Jesus go together.

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭NLT‬

I love you, LORD

The words “I love you” are scarcely found within the Bible and yet David almost duplicated this Psalm from 2 Samuel 22, with the exception of those words listed above.

This Psalm may have been written towards the end of David’s life but how many people reflect back over life and realise the goodness they have received from God? It tends to bring a heart of gratitude and like David, he would have seen over many years that God was his strength.

Some people think that belief in God is a crutch for the weak because they cannot make it on their own. Yes, God does shield us when we are too weak to face certain trials alone, but most of the time He strengthens, guides, and protects us in order to send us out and be like David – a mighty warrior for Christ.

I love the Lord because although I can be strong, I am more than aware that I am no comparison to God. I know that I need His help, and therefore He is the only One that can ultimately protect and save me from this evil world.

I love the Lord with everything in me, because no matter what I am facing, He gives me the strength to face it.

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