Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Today Reminder (Another day) – 13 December 2017

A reminder for today
Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). Through Him we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand. Let us rejoice in our hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. (Romans 5:1-2)

After spending time with my Lord and God and a good night’s rest plus a strenuous workout, I feel a lot better today. It is another day given to me by His mercy and grace. I realised yesterday that even if we struggle the way we do we still have more than most in Africa. We have so much to be grateful for and I think we need to sit back and just rejoice in the blessing we have and the gift we have in Jesus. 

You see it is Christmas and what is Christmas all about? It is all about Jesus and what we have in Him. It is for Him and for His glory. We cannot celebrate Christmas if it is only for the gifts. It is much more than that. We need to be bold and we need to tell all how we have been justified by our faith. How we have been acquitted of our sin and now stand blameless before our Lord and God.
We have to live in such a way that the peace we have with God is clear and visible in us. It is so important that we rejoice in in our hope and have joy in our faith. You see God is not visible when we live like the rest of the world. The Lord is visible when we stand up in our hardships and trust Him completely as I am trusting Him. 

Without Jesus our lives are a buttonless pit that will never be completely happy. Material things can not create happiness that last. Maybe in the moment yes, but in the end, it is just another thing we have. Our true joy is waking up another day and understanding the mercy and grace we receive freely from our Lord and God. True joy is that we know there is no more condemnation for us and that the grave will not hold us. Our joy is in the knowledge that our lives will not be the end of us, but we will live in eternity with our creator through the promise we have in Jesus Christ.

Lord, thank you for taking away our material trust and replacing it with trust in you. Thank you for breaking me down so that I will once more celebrate Christmas for the true and wonderful reason that is in you. Lord, thank you that I know I have nothing to fear and that you will free us from our burdens and all will be well in the end. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Today Reminder (Loyalty) – 12 December 2017

A reminder for today
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Saviour] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

I am struggling to write today, because my mind is clouded, and I am not hearing the Holy Spirit. You see the company I work for said that if we deliver this product in less than three months so that the business can start to sell, they will give us an incentive. Now, they do not want to pay it, or they have all kinds of excuses to postpone it. So, I am a little upset or rather angry at them for deceiving us. 

Now you can imagine what is going through my mind at this stage and I am seriously considering another job. It is Christmas and I my Christmas spirit is seriously dampened. What do I do? I am at a loss for words when I stepped into my Lord’s presence today. I am miserable and upset and I am looking up at Him with questions in my eyes like “why” and “how”. 

The Lord reminded me again that His grace is enough and that He died to free me. He reminded me that I will go through difficult times because He is my saviour. He reminded me that the enemy does not want us to celebrate Christmas for the real meaning, He wants us to turn away from God. He reminded me that when we are at our lowest we will see His highest. He reminded me that even in all my anger and despair He will come through and He will save us. He reminded me that we will not perish, but instead we will have eternal life.

Lord, calm our minds and hearts and do not let the enemy take away our joy, because our joy is in you and no matter the difficulty we face, we will have more in you than we ever need. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Monday, 11 December 2017

Today Reminder (Friend) – 11 December 2017

A reminder for today
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3-6)

How wonderful is it to have people in your life. I think we tend to forget the gift we have in people and the joy we find in friends and family. This is the time of the year that we should spend with our friends and our families. But more importantly we need to carry this over into the next year and build on it. Paul writes to the church in Phillipi from jail and he starts with the words that he thanks the Lord for then and he remembers them in every prayer. He talks about the joy he has in their fellowship in the gospel. 

We should have the same outlook towards the people in our lives. We should thank the Lord for them and remember them in our prayers. We should share in the fellowship of the gospel and the joy of having people that care.

So, today I thank the Lord for you guys. Some of you have been reading my blog for a long time and some of you are recent visitors, but the fact remains that you are my joy and your love and prayers have been a huge support for me. I am so grateful for you, my friend.

I pray that you will have a great day filled with joy and happiness. I pray that the Lord will bless you, my friend and guide you through this day. I pray that we will go from strength to strength as we share in the wonder and love of Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.