Friday, 20 October 2017

Today Reminder (Heart) – 20 October 2017

A reminder for today
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. (Galatians 1:23)

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a blocked nose. My first thoughts were “Awesome, no work” lol. And then I was off to the gym. I must be fanatic, oh yes, I am. So, I am sitting here at work feeling very sorry for myself with pain and stiffness from this week’s workouts and then this lovely flu that is busy working his way into my life. How do we change a heart?

Now there is a question? Paul is probably one of the most amazing stories in history of a heart turned towards Jesus and a life devoted to His truth. Paul as we know persecuted and killed the followers of Jesus until one fine day on his way to Damascus, he met Jesus. This meeting altered his life forever and made him one of the most determined followers of Jesus and writer of the largest part of the new testament. Now you must consider the irony for a moment. Here was a man taught in the law of God and very good scholar in the books of the old testament. You can say he was a bit of a specialist in his field. Now this hardened scholar did not think for a moment that Jesus was who he said He was and he (Paul) was also influenced by the leaders of the church. 

Now, determined to end this false teaching he left for Damascus to destroy these Jesus people. On his way, the Lord appeared to him and asked him one simple question. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?" 

Who are you, lord?" Saul asked. And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

This was the end of Saul and the beginning of Paul. A man changed by the truth. You see the minute the Lord spoke to him all those years of studying the scriptures suddenly made sense and it all fell into place. You can see this in how Paul explains Jesus in his books. Paul’s heart changed by the light of Jesus. So, in this we see that the Lord can change any heart and change any person. If you remember we looked at the life of Lee Strobel in the movie “A case for Christ” and how Jesus changed him. 

Jesus can change any heart. We must never forget the power of prayer and how it can affect the lives of those around us. When you go to your knees tonight in prayer, keep those you work with and those you meet in those prayers and watch as the Lord does miracles around you.

Lord, we are in awe of what happens when you change a heart. Touch our hearts today and light a fire in us to carry your words with us and share your gospel fearlessly and without holding anything back. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Today Reminder (You Matter) – 19 October 2017

A reminder for today
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14)

It has been a challenging week and there is still much to do here on our side. Our release has faced a number of ups and downs and we are fighting to get things done to be in time for our November deadline. How are things on your side, my friend? I have written a number of times on how much you are worth and how you should look at yourself. Yesterday as I was on my way to do my cardio session the song “Matter” played on my play list and I just got deep feeling that today I need to tell you that you matter.

It is a huge issue in today’s world were people feel that they do not matter and a terrible burden of depression lies on them. People feel that they are not worth anything and in many cases these thoughts lead to substance abuse and suicide. Why is this a huge lie that the enemy conjured up to hurt us and destroy people? You see Jesus came to this world for a number of reason and each one of them points to you and me. He came to be our saviour and to set us free from these lies. Jesus wanted to let you understand that you are so important to Him and your life matters so much that He gave up his life for you. But He did not just hand it over and that was that. Jesus was captured (arrested) and the beaten. He was falsely accused and tortured and finally He was hated and crucified. 

Jesus went through a massive and horrific punishment to give you a glimpse of the importance that you have for Him and how much He loves you regardless your flaws and mistakes. He knows what you are going through so He gave all to carry the weight of sin so that you do not have to bear it. He took your punishment on your behalf to proof to you how much you matter. 

When I say you matter I mean you are just as important to God as anyone else. You are no less than the people around you and you are not loved less. You are so special that He would do all that and continue to forgive you even when we feel we are unforgivable. Jesus knows how relentless the enemy is so He made it clear that the enemy has nothing on you anymore, because the minute you called His name as your saviour you are set free and there is nothing the enemy can do to change that, except to tell you lies and try to confuse you. 

You are wonderfully and perfectly crafted and you are loved so much. There is nothing that can separate or remove you from the love of God and there is no one that can accuse you when you are forgive. This world may keep it against you, but God sees your heart and in the end, it is all that matters for this world will not last, but God’s kingdom is forever. 

Therefore, my dear friend, you matter more than you know.

Lord, thank you for giving us so much and thank you for loving us so much. Lead us away from the lies of the enemy and deliver us from evil. Keep us safe in your arms and be with us through this day as we show your love to other. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Today Reminder (Power) – 18 October 2017

A reminder for today
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:11)

This verse came up on a few tweets this morning and there is a number of Gospel songs that sings about this power. So, I guess we will chat about the power that is in you. I must tell you that in past few weeks the power of our Lord has been the very essence of my day to day survival. What is this power?

The power of God for us was seen most dramatically when God "raised Christ from the dead". The resurrection of Jesus was not some poetic way to express the victory of goodness or a myth dreamt up by the first Christians to dress Jesus up as divine. Rather, the resurrection was something many of the earliest followers of Jesus experienced as a real, historical event. To be precise, they did not witness the resurrection itself, but the resurrected Jesus who, much to their surprise, had conquered death.

This passage says that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us. We do not control this power, of course, as if it were some universal force. Rather, we have access to such power because God dwells in us and among us through the Holy Spirit. As we do the work God has given us to do, he helps us with power that exceeds our comprehension and expectations.

I know, the first thoughts that went through your mind is what colour your cape will be and if boots will look good with the red and blue outfit. But, no this is not what God had in mind when He tells us that the same power dwells in us. The whole superhero idea is purely a Hollywood stunt to confuse this world and hide the true power of a real superhero. 

When God tells us that this power dwells in us, He is giving us an idea of what is available for us as we face our challenges and stand for His gospel. It is this power that feeds us our will and determination not to give up and continue the fight. It is this power that keeps a cancer patient fighting and it is this power that holds us together in pain and hardship. It is this power that makes us calm as we face the storm and it is this power that confirms the existence of our Lord and God. It is this power that dwells in us in the form of the Holy Spirit and it is this power that helps us to stand up again after we have fallen. This power is death defeating resurrecting mind blowing stuff that will make your mortal body a fighting machine. 

Therefore, you are a powerful and unbreakable force of gospel power that the enemy will flee from. He is trying to confuse you with troubles that this power is not for you, but he is in for a surprise, because you know that this power is unlimited and you have it so there is nothing the enemy have left that can hurt you. 

Lord, I pray that we understand and comprehend the power that is in us and that we will have access to it in everything we face today. Let your glory shine through us and let your will be done. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.