Month: October 2020

Who is God?

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What do we know about this amazing God, this God of miracles and creative wonder?

Because God knows everything, I will go to Him with all my questions and concerns

Christians believe God is actually three Persons, a “Trinity.” Though the word “Trinity” isn’t found in the Bible, in the very beginning of God’s story, the creation story, we see proof that God is plural. Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” The creation story tells us we were created in the image of God, and Adam and Eve were two distinct persons who came together as one, just as God is three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – but – one true God.

Because God never changes,

My future is secure and eternal.

The journey of faith begins with our belief in God. Like the early Christians, we too are called to make our own personal declaration. Do we believe in the one true God? Do we accept the Bible as it reveals that God exists in three Persons? Even though we are weak and not fully able to understand the mysteries of God, he works mightily in and through those who believe.

Because God is absolute truth,
I will believe what He says and live accordingly.

When we embrace God with our whole heart and worship him with our whole life, we experience the inner fruit of the Spirit that transforms our lives from the inside out. When we are growing, experiencing restoration in our relationships and doing the right thing, it is evident that God is in us and with us.

Because God is faithful,
I will trust Him to always keep His promises.

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What difference does this make in the way I live?

Because I was created in the image of God as, and for, community…

  • I recognise the full personhood of others and respect boundaries.
  • I look out for the rights, preferences, and comfort of others.
  • I value and enjoy others.

Because God is holy,
I will devote myself to Him in purity, worship, and service.

For any situation, relationship, or decision we face, we can resolutely apply these principles to guide us. The results, over time, will lead to blessing in our own souls in the form of fruit such as joy and peace, and we will express our actions outwardly for others to enjoy in the form of fruit such as love and kindness!

Because God is all-powerful,
He can help me with anything.

Because God is just,
He will always treat me fairly.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Because God is love,
He is unconditionally committed to my well-being.
I will joyfully submit to His will. 

Because God is righteous,
I will live by His standards.

Because God is sovereign, 
I will joyfully submit to His will.

Because God is personal Spirit,
I will seek intimate fellowship with Him.

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From seedlings to trees

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His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us. — 2 Peter 1:3

How can we develop a faith strong enough to see us throughout our lives?

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The key is this: God wants us to be spiritually strong and has provided us with every resource we need.

We need God’s strength to face life’s challenges — and He wants to give it to us.

Tragically, many Christians never discover this. They have committed their lives to Christ… they may be active in their churches… they pray and read their Bibles on occasion — but they remain spiritually immature and weak in the face of life’s temptations and setbacks.

We may be old in years, but if our faith is immature, we will be fearful and unprepared. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Just as a baby needs food and exercise in order to grow, so we need the spiritual food and exercise God has provided for us. Without them our faith is weak, but with them spiritual strength increases, and we are better prepared for whatever life has in store for us.

What are you doing now that will make you spiritually mature when you’re older?

From Seedling to Tree

He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season. Psalm 1:3

It is no accident that the Bible compares us to trees, urging us to grow spiritual roots that are deep and strong. But a tree wasn’t always a tree. It began as a small seed. Spiritual life also begins with a seed — the seed of God’s Word planted in the soil of our souls that eventually sprouts and becomes a new seedling as we are born again. But though we’re saved, we aren’t meant to remain spiritual seedlings, weak and vulnerable to every temptation or doubt or falsehood or fear. God’s will is for us to grow strong in our faith and become mature, grounded in the truth of His Word and firmly committed to doing His will. 1 Peter 2:2

Giving your life to Christ is an essential first step — but it is only the first step. God’s will is for you to become spiritually mature, growing stronger in your relationship to Christ and your service for Him. Conversion is the work of an instant; spiritual maturity is the work of a lifetime.

Is your faith like a seedling, a sprout, or a mature tree?

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Mature Fruit

Be mature and complete, not lacking anything. — James 1:4

We cannot pretend to be something we are not; a Christ-like character cannot be faked. If Christ is not real to us or if we haven’t learned to walk with Him and submit our lives to Him every day, then our spiritual impact will be far less than it might have been. People are very sensitive to hypocrisy; if they sense it in us, they will dismiss our pretenses and pay no attention to our advice. On the other hand, if they can sense our faith is sincere and our love is authentic, then they will respect us and take us seriously (even when they know we are not perfect).

This is why it is important to begin building our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ now, instead of waiting until it is too late and the problems of old age overwhelm us. Every gardener knows that mature fruit does not appear overnight. It takes time to grow — and so does the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Start tending your garden today, so you may be “mature and complete.”

In what place in your life do you most need spiritual growth?

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Daily Prayer – 21 October

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14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. John 1:14–16

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Heavenly Father, help us to hear Your Word. Help us come to You with open hearts to the Saviour, Jesus Christ, who leads us into Your loving arms. Hear our prayers and let Your face shine on us. Send a new age, a new salvation to the earth, to glorify of Your name. Show us that what we have learned about You is true and that we may live in that truth and find our way to heaven, to the glory of Your name. Father God, it may at times seem You are far away. But we know that our voices reach You and that your Holy Spirit will encourage us to be your workers for the Lord Jesus. Send your Spirit, Father. Send the Comforter, the Guiding light, who leads us into all truth. We trust ourselves and our daily lives to You. We want to be more faithful each day. Help us, Your children, to remember we belong to you, God. No matter how dark it is, help us remember that You are with us. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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