I love the greater joy that God gives us. It’s the kind of joy that comes from knowing and trusting whom He is.
Joy defeats discouragement and it is deeply seated within our Christian faith because although the world’s happiness will fade with time, God’s children will be happy forever.
I woke up this morning smiling…because the Devil really is going to go to hell.
Jesus is the risen King and today proves that Christianity is the ONLY faith that gives eternal life because of His resurrection.
He conquered the grave so we can be assured of our future life and that the power which bought Jesus back from the dead is available to you and I to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life.
The reason I am singing with joy this morning, is because the world will know that Jesus is more than just a human; He is the Son of God!
This week I had a revelation.
A few years ago I was told to not wear a certain colour when I was speaking, because it could have been seen as a distraction from the word I was to bring.
Since then, I had not realised but I had subdued my colour choices. I was known for bright lipstick and bold colours. They made me happy and yet that simple sentence, unconsciously stopped me being whom I was created to be.
A friend is an amazing “Style Coach” who specialises in colours etc. and when she said that I should be wearing bright colours with black and white – it resonated with me. I had a “light bulb moment” that God created me, perfectly, and yet I was trying to be someone I wasn’t.
So when someone tries to bring you down, whether their intentions seem good. Remember who’s you are and what makes you happy because there will only ever be one of you and that means, you rock as you are.
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4
Some people today find the concept of Jesus’ blood too gruesome. Yet without it, there’s no hope of a relationship with the Father, no assurance of salvation, and no confidence that our prayers are heard by God.
He died, so we may live.
“For the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.” Leviticus 17:11 NLT
This time of year always gets us thinking about Jesus and the price He ultimately paid, but reading this scripture today reminded me that we really can choose what family we have…
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19
Christ offers us to be reborn into His spiritual family – the family line that begins with forgiveness and leads to eternal life.
If we do nothing, we have death through Adam, but if we come to God by faith, we have life through Christ.
One man…one decision…very different endings.
Which family line do you now belong to?
No-one should ever think that you are totally independent and doesn’t need help from others and no-one should feel excused from the task of help others either.
We are all part of one body – in Christ. Therefore, we function better together.
Tell me how I can pray for you?
Let’s believe for that breakthrough together.
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 6:2-3 NLT
There are four elements of true thanksgiving that can be found in 1 Chronicles…
David showed, if we are truly thankful to God, our lives will show it.
“On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord: Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Israel, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. Remember his covenant forever— the commitment he made to a thousand generations. This is the covenant he made with Abraham and the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant: “I will give you the land of Canaan as your special possession.” He said this when you were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan. They wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. Yet he did not let anyone oppress them. He warned kings on their behalf: “Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.” Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling. O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, O God of our salvation! Gather and rescue us from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.” Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 16:7-36 NLT