Thursday, 25 May 2017

Today Reminder – 25 May 2017

A reminder for today
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. (1 Peter 1:23)

People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades.
But the word of the Lord remains forever. Where do I go when my strength is gone and my will broken? What do I do when I walk through the valley of death? Where is my faith when I am consumed by stress and fear? What happens when I die today? 

I look to the Lord, our God and king. He is eternal and invincible. He is the creator of heaven and earth and He is my strength when I have no more left. I know my life is but a mere whisper and I know that days and hours pass by faster with every beat of my heart. I realise that I may not have so much time as what I would like to have. I know that stress is a tool used by the enemy to destroy our faith and weaken us. I know that the darkness in the valley may consume the valley, but it will never consume the light I have. I know I am weak, but in my weakness, I have more strength than ever before. My strength is not man made nor is it of this world. My strength comes from a life-giving universe creating God. So, life you may wither away but the life I have is eternal. It is forever and it is a gift from a forever God. 

I will not worry for my worries do not add to my days. I will not fear for fear is for the enemy. I will not stress for stress does not exist in the life that God restores. I will look to my king and I will not give up – ever.

Lord, you are our everything. You are life and you are life eternal. There is no more death for us, just life with you. Take away our burdens and renew our strength so that we will not fear but stand strong in our faith. You are more than all the worries we can ever have. Let us see life as you see it. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Today Reminder – 24 May 2017

A reminder for today
So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. (1 Peter 1:14-15)

Peter continues to write about living as holy people. He is quite specific when he reminds us that we should not fall back in our old ways of living to satisfy our own desires. This is a common thing that we all do. I can remember how many times I have fallen into my old habits just to satisfy my own desires. I have made so many mistakes, but when we are confused and gullible for the lies of the enemy we get vulnerable. We tend to isolate ourselves and this is exactly what the enemy wants. You see when you make a mistake and you fall back into your old habits you are ashamed of it and like Adam and Eve you try and hide from God. This is when we isolate ourselves and then the enemy moves in to make us fall. You are not alone and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Jesus knows exactly what it means to be tempted and He knows how easily we can fall. It reminds me of the incident with the woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees said the by the law of Moses she must be stoned and asked Jesus what He thought. Jesus said: "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"  

Jesus looked up and saw that none of her accusers remained. He looked at her and said: "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more." 

This is so important what Peter writes here. He says that we must sin no more and we must live holy just as the Lord who lives in us is holy. We know better, because we are better. We see clearer, because we see with holy eyes. Stand firm and do not let the enemy isolate you. I am here and you are in my prayer, but the Lord is with you always. I will fight with you and I will pray for you – always.

Lord, do not allow the enemy to isolate us so that we fall back into our old ways. Let us stay focussed on you as we fight the enemy. Make us stronger and guide our hearts away from evil. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Today Reminder – 23 May 2017

A reminder for today
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

There is something deeper about faith when Peter writes about it. You have to remember that Peter’s faith was tested and it failed, but when Jesus rose from the cross and the Holy Spirit filled Peter, something changed. His endurance and his faith took a leap that created ripples all over the world. He was the outstanding preacher of the twelve; he did more than any other one man, aside from Paul, to establish the kingdom and send its messengers to the four corners of the earth in one generation. When he was fully assured that Jesus had forgiven him and knew he had been received back into the Master’s fold, the fires of the kingdom burned so brightly within his soul that he became a great and saving light to thousands who sat in darkness. And so this man Peter, an intimate of Jesus, one of the inner circle, went forth from Jerusalem proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom with power and glory until the fullness of his ministry had been accomplished; and he regarded himself as the recipient of high honours when his captors informed him that he must die as his Master had died — on the cross. And thus was Simon Peter crucified in Rome.

Peter wrote that you will have to endure many trails, yet they will be only for a little while. He compares trails to the purification of gold in a fire and states that faith is far more precious than gold. He reminds us to stay strong in our faith until the Lord returns. What is in this message for us?

My dear friend, your faith will be tested. The enemy will do anything to make you fall. But in enduring all these tests and remaining faithful holds within it a great reward. There is nothing in this world that the enemy can give you that will even come close to what God has prepared for you. So I will gladly face my trials and I will stay faithful to my Lord in all that I do. I will stand strong in my faith as it grows little by little each day. Let the enemy try and destroy me, for I will not fear him, because I worship a great God. I am a child of God and nothing can take that from me. Come with me as we rejoice and shout out “How great is our God”. 

Lord, build in us faith as Peter displayed and let us face our trials with no more fear. Let us shine in your grace as we worship you. Let your word burn is us and set a fire in us that will never be stopped. Let the whole world see that we love and worship you. To you is all the glory. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.