‘Rejoice evermore!’ A simple commands, just two words but there are times in our lives when rejoicing feels impossible so why would God tell us to rejoice for evermore? Because my Friend, although this is impossible in our own strength it is possible through Christ. So does this mean we have to pretend to be happy when things are hard
What is God’s purpose for my life? What is His will for me? Have you ever asked those questions Friends? There are three passages of scripture that come into my mind when my thoughts go down this road. 1 – ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for THIS is the will of God in Christ Jesus
Part seven ‘For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Some say that God never gives us more than we can bear but I disagree, I think He does BUT He never gives us more than we can bear through Him, with His grace and help. ‘Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: Here
Part six ‘For I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ What a beautiful description of Jesus! ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye
Part five ‘… and learn of me’ ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me’ Friends this coming and following Jesus doesn’t just join us into an eternal union with Him, He also wants us to learn from Him day by day. Jesus wants us to learn greater and greater depths of God’s goodness and holiness, justice and mercy.
Part 4 ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me’ The word translated here as ‘take’ also means to lift up, bear, carry, to take upon oneself and carry what has been raised up. The rest we’ve been looking at comes as we’re yoked or joined together with Christ. When His desires become our desires and His ways our
Part 2 Continued from yesterday… Who are these needy souls to come to? ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest….’ Jesus doesn’t just say come, He says says come unto ME! Come UNTO me. Draw near, come right close, don’t stand lingering at a distance but come unto Jesus Friend.
It’s so good to be back posting after my break 😊 I had some lovely times with God as I studied and meditated on His word during those weeks, especially the time I spent looking at the well known verses at end of Matt 11 phrase by phrase and thought I’d share a few thoughts with you on it this
The first few chapters of Zechariah’s prophesy talk about his visions but before that he has a message from God, from ‘the Lord of hosts’. This phrase must be important as it’s repeated and repetition was the way they emphasised a point in those days!… ‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts,
A few thoughts following on from Tuesday’s post We all have a little sphere of influence, our lives either spreading a little of God’s love or not. There’s those at school or college and your life influences your friends and even your teachers. Then those at work you influence your colleagues, the teacher in a classroom has thirty souls, her
Just days before Jesus gave up His life on the cross He was in Simon the leper’s house having a meal with His disciples when a woman came in. She had with her ‘an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head.’ You probably know the story well, Judas and the disciples are critical, see it
As I was reading in Corinthians this morning I began to wonder how many of us had set goals this year? Things we wanted to focus on, areas we wanted to grow in etc. We’re now a third of the way through the year and life is looking very different to what any of us could have anticipated. So has
‘Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.’ So what is this love of God that believers are to love one another with? Let’s dig a little deeper… ‘Beloved, let us love’ is translated from two Greek words agapētos – dearly beloved, well beloved, esteemed,
Jesus ‘must needs go through Samaria.’ Jesus needs to go through Samaria, why? Because there were many souls in Samaria to be saved and blessed. Friends, we must needs go through certain things in our lives, often hard things, why? Because God knows we NEED them! We sin, we fall, we wander, we get lukewarm and God in His love
David, the most mentioned person in the Bible after Jesus, David who wrote so many psalms, David of who God said ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.’ THIS David knew what it was to be in the wilderness!! David knew that barren place, that ‘dry and