Friday, 26 May 2017

Today Reminder – 26 May 2017

A reminder for today
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. (1 Peter 2:5)

Yesterday was Ascension Day and we trust the Lord for massive movement in our lives through the Holy Spirit as we enter this weekend with the global outreach day on Saturday. Take a moment and share your faith with someone. If we each can change only one life, we can change the world. 

Peter writes about the living cornerstone in God’s temple. In ancient building practices, the cornerstone was the principal stone placed at the corner of the edifice. The cornerstone was usually one of the largest, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed of any in the edifice. Jesus describes Himself as the Cornerstone that His church would be built upon, a unified body of believers, both Jew and Gentile.

In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” Furthermore, in the 1 Peter 2, what Isaiah said centuries before is affirmed in exactly the same words. Peter also compares us to living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. This means that you have a very important role to play in the temple that God is making. You play a vital role in being one of God’s holy priests. It is in this role that we are reminded that we must share and spread the gospel wherever we go. 

I love the comparison where we are in an aeroplane and suddenly the engines burst out in flames and the plane starts to burn. The only way is for us to jump into uncertainty. In this moment will you show me the importance of a parachute and how it can save me from certain death or will you leave me to die? We have the same choice with everyone we meet. We can tell them about our Jesus parachute or we can leave them to jump to their death. We can tell them about the benefits, but we cannot force them to take the parachute. Do not miss out on the opportunity to save a life. It could be anyone from your friends to your relatives. Trust the Holy Spirit, He will guide you.

Lord, help us to understand that we are a life line to so many other that could possibly perish. Give us the strength and the courage to tell all we meet of the hope we have in you. In Jesus name.  

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.


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.