Monday, 26 June 2017

Today Reminder – 26 June 2017

A reminder for today
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Today is my eldest son’s birthday and the excitement is big. It is one of those mornings when we get up all by ourselves and we can’t wait to get to school. It is a beautiful thing to see that and to watch the smile that is just constant all the time. This weekend I watched “The Passion of the Christ” again and I guess mostly, because we realise that the end times are here and there is a time of tribulation awaiting us. I had to see it, because I needed to remember what Jesus did. 

You see to accept Jesus and to ask for His forgiveness is like having your birthday. You know it is special and you know you are special when you see what Jesus did on that cross. Suddenly you are filled with excitement, because you know that the person you were is not the person you are now. It is as if you got older and wiser at once. Then you realise that you are not able to do all this on your own and the greatest part is revealed when you know that Jesus will be with you every step of the way. 

He will guide you and strengthen you and He will forgive you when you make another mistake. Then there is the gift of the Holy Spirit that lives in you and makes you stronger. Suddenly you know that what you have is far greater than anything you have ever had and the urge to share this amazing gift becomes overwhelming.

My dear friend, in Jesus we have the greatest gift any person can ever have. We have life and we have freedom and we are forgiven. We are made new by the blood that He shed through pain and suffering until He said, “It is done”. There is none like Jesus and I am nothing without Him. 

Lord, we thank you for all that you do for us each and every day. Thank you for taking away our sins and cleansing us from unrighteousness. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Today Reminder – 23 June 2017

A reminder for today
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (1 John 1:4)

For a moment, I was in my own little world here. John starts his book with these words: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life. John was with Jesus when He was here on earth. Like Peter, He too had met Jesus in person and spend time with Him. This verse I used where he says that he is telling us these things so that our joy may be full is just amazing when you think with what type of authority he says this. This is not a mere thought it is an experience he had and saw each day while being with the Lord.

I do not know about you, but it feels like the days before Christmas when you read something like this. We know that the end is near. We know it, because we see how this world is changing. We see it in people and we see it in the destruction that is taking place. We know from the Bible that we will enter into a time of tribulation. A time of suffering that will be worse than anything we have ever seen. Yet, John says here that your joy may be full. Why is he so joyful knowing that pain and suffering awaits every Christian? 

He is joyful and he wants you to be the same because he says, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Jesus is our light in this dark world and His light will uplift us in our darkest moments. It is in these moments when we face extreme difficulty that He will shine through us in strength and Spirit. It is in our hardest trials that we will see Him more clearer than ever before. Do not fear what is coming and do not be afraid of the enemy and all his plans to destroy us. Do not worry about this world and what it can do to you. Be concerned about that which is waiting for you. Let your focus remain on the end of the race. We will overcome, because He overcame this world. Death did not hold Him and satan can never stand against Him. He is the way, the truth and He is life. I will not be silenced and I will not fear. I will stand and shout His name out to this world for as long as I can. What a powerful name is the name of Jesus. In His name, we will not fall nor will we be broken. We will be victorious to the end.

Lord, I pray that you will be with us in this day and that you will fill us with strength and hope so that the darkness of this world will flee from us and that your light will shine from us for all to see. Lord in you we have no more fear and we will stand united for your glory. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Today Reminder – 22 June 2017

A reminder for today
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter3:18)

Today I want to write about grace. I have a huge desire that we must see grace as Jesus gave it in abundance. Let's start with the basics. You are forgiven. Yes, I know that it feels like you held those nails in your hands and that you denied the Lord many times. I know you have done things that you wish you did not do. I know that you feel this grace is unbelievable and you are not worthy of it.
Jesus looked at you with arms wide open and He forgives you for your mistakes. He loves you even when you feel you do not deserve it. His blood makes you innocent so say good bye to the past and embrace today. I know that forgiveness in never a once of thing for us and that we continue to make mistakes and we need to be forgiven again. 

As you fall down to your knees today seeking His forgiveness remember that on the cross Jesus said, “It is done” and with these words He took your pain and sin with Him. Forgiveness in Jesus terms is starting fresh each day with a clean slate. I know this world causes us to fall and that our desires get the better of us, but Jesus pulls us out of temptation and restores us by grace. We are forgiven and we should live our lives so show that we are. 

Do not allow the enemy to pull a veil of deception over your head and confuse you with lies. Jesus does not condemn you, He saves you. It is the enemy that lurks in your thoughts trying to convince you that you are not worthy. Jesus died for all and all means all of us. He is so excited that you have found your way and He is with you every step you take from here. You could have been lost forever, but you are not. You could have seen that fire, but you will not. You are forgiven. Stand up from the ground and start living a forgiven life. Peter says that we should grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord. For all the glory is for Him. Therefore, let us stand up and start growing. Let us be steadfast in our faith and let us trust His grace. His love uplifts and restores. Be the person you are meant to be in Jesus Christ. 

Lord, we ask that you forgive our mistakes and lift us up from the dirt. I pray that you wipe us clean from our sin and restore our faith. Let us stand up more determined and more able in your strength. Let us break the chains of the enemy and live as forgiven children. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.