A priceless eternal inheritance

December 3rd, 2018

1 Peter 1:3-4 NLT – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, [4] and we have a priceless inheritance-an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

This passage has three great truths…

1. We are born again because of what Christ has done. He died for our sin and He was raised back to life. He took our punishment to give us eternal life.

2. We now live with a great hope and expectation of Jesus coming back for us and taking us to be with Him for eternity. He said He is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house.

3. We have a priceless inheritance kept for us in heaven. We get to live forever with Christ and receive our rewards for what we have done in this life. Our eternal home will be with no pain, suffering, war or death.

Close and rescued

November 30th, 2018

Psalm 34:18-19 NLT – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. [19] The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.

I love these two verses from Psalm 34. It says God is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those in trouble. This gives me great comfort. In the last 29 years since I started following Jesus I have had a number of times when I have felt brokenhearted or needed rescuing, and each time God has been there for me. He has healed me, strengthened me or guided me out of a situation. To me, there is no greater feeling than knowing the Creator of the universe is with me each and every day. In both the good time and the bad, He is right there ready to help. As Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Dear God, I thank You that You are always here for me. It gives me great comfort to know that You are my refuge and strength. Thank You for rescuing me and healing my broken heart. Amen.

Worry robs us

November 29th, 2018

Matthew 6:25-26 NLT – “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Worry is a bad habit. It effects our whole life and our relationship with God. Here are four things worry does…

  1. Worry robs us of enjoying today by making us be fearful for the future.
  2. Worry takes our eyes of our eternal God on to our problems.
  3. Worry makes God a liar as we do not trust His provision and protection.
  4. Worry takes up brain space from solving today’s problems.

As I once heard it said, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but you don’t get far”.

Let us purpose in our hearts to trust God with today and our tomorrows. He is in control. He holds our future. He is our eternal God who loves and cares for us.

Sermon: 10 things about generosity

November 27th, 2018

Hi all, my latest sermon is online. It is titled, “10 things about generosity” and looks at 2 Corinthians 9:1-15.

You can find the full text and the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

Let God be your Master

November 27th, 2018

Romans 6:12-14 NLT – Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. [13] Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. [14] Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

Three keys from this passage teach is a lot about sin and living for God.

1. Do not let – the passage uses the terms “do not let” twice. The first is do not let sin control the way you live. The second is do not let any part of your body serve sin. The do not let implies we have a choice to sin or not. We don’t have to sin, we choose it on many occasions when we have the power to say no.

2. Give yourself to God – verse 13 tells us to give ourselves completely to God. If we are wholeheartedly living for God and serving Him wholeheartedly, then sin is not on our radar. We are so focussed on God that our hearts and minds are more concerned with His Kingdom than the things of this world, including sin.

3. God is our Master – verse 13 tells us that sin is no longer our master – God is. We are no longer slaves to sin and we no longer live under the law. We live in God’s Kingdom and in the freedom of His wonderful grace. The sin which used to have a stronghold over us does not rule our lives. Christ’s death on the cross for us, broke the chains of sin and we are free to live for God.

So sin does not need to have a hold on us and rule our lives. We are ruled by God as our Master. Let us choose to live wholeheartedly for God and serve His Kingdom today.

God Bless,
Dave

Suffer towards God

November 24th, 2018

Psalm 119:71-72 NLT – My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. [72] Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.

Suffering is never easy. But when we suffer as a Christian we have two options. To run towards God, or to turn away. When we choose to run towards God as our refuge and strength, He is there as our ever present helper (Psalm 46:1). We allow Him and His Word to comfort us, help us and heal us. When we turn away in our anger, disappointment or frustration, we miss out on so much. Not only do we miss the intimate relationship, but we miss out on His wisdom in His Word. Something that is more precious than gold and silver.

Dear God, help me in my times of suffering to run towards You and not away. I pray that when I suffer I will look to You and Your Word to give me strength, encouragement and healing. Amen.

A trustworthy anchor

November 23rd, 2018

Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT – So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. [19] This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

We all need an anchor for our souls. An anchor on a boat keeps it in place regardless of the conditions. Having an anchor for our souls is vital for us to stay in place as Christians. If we build our lives on our faith in Jesus, He becomes our strong foundation. He doesn’t change. He doesn’t move. He is our solid rock for this life and our great hope for the next. He is our strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.

Dear Jesus, thank You that You never change. You are our rock, our fortress, our refuge. You are a trustworthy anchor for our souls. Amen.