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This blog is a place where I share quick reflections on faith, life and the Bible. Be encouraged and blessed.


Confess and be blessed

I was reading Psalm 32:1-5 NIV this morning for my devotions. It listed a number of blessings that happen when we confess our sins to God.

1. It starts by saying blessed is the one whose...

  •     Sins are forgiven by God
  •     Sins are covered by God
  •     Sins do not count against them
  •     Spirit has no deceit in them

2. Next it talks about when we keep our sins silent...

  •     My bones felt like they were wasting away
  •     Your hand [of judgement] was heavy upon me
  •     My strength felt like it was sapped

3. Then it talks about what they did next and the result...

  •     Confessed my sins to God
  •     Did not try to hide or cover up my sin
  •     God forgave their sin

Confession should be a key part of our lives if we want to be happy and right with God. It helps us to walk lightly before God.

When I first came to Christ and confessed my sin to God I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders. Now when I confess my sin and it keeps me right with God.

Now just let me clarify what I mean by confession. I don't mean sitting in a small room confessing to a Priest through a partition. I mean sitting alone with God and saying sorry for the wrong things I have done.

In saying this though, there have been times in my Christian life where I have been struggling with an issue and I have shared it with a friend so they could pray for me. But 99% of the time, I am alone with God.

A great passage from 1 John reminds us that we all sin and we all need to confess and receive forgiveness. I John 1:8-9 says...

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

The key for us today is confess our sin and be free of it. Don’t cover it up or try to hide it. Confess and be blessed.

If you would to find peace with God and have your sin forgiven, I would encourage you to visit this page on my website.

Blessings,
Dave


All Scripture is useful

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."

These two verses talk a lot about the role God's Word plays in our lives. Today in my devotions I noticed six things in these verses.

  1. ALL Scripture is inspired by God
  2. It teaches us what is true
  3. It shows us what is wrong in our lives
  4. It corrects us when we are wrong
  5. It teaches us what it right
  6. God uses it to prepare and equip us for every good work

The key takeaways for me is God's Word teaches us what is right and true and it prepares and equips us for serving God.

Blessings,
Dave


Born of water and Spirit

John 3:5-7 NLT – Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. [6] Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. [7] So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.'”

To enter the Kingdom we need to be born again. The first time we are born we are born of water. Most Bible scholars agree this is when the water breaks in our mothers womb and we are born into the world. When we are born again we are born of the Spirit. This is when the Holy Spirit does the work of regeneration. This happens after we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. The Holy Spirit cleanses us and then takes up residence inside us. This new beginning means we are cleansed of our sin, we are forgiven by God, we are saved and we begin a new life in Christ. We are now God’s children and we will spend eternity with Him.

If you would like to be born again and enter God’s Kingdom, you can pray this prayer.

Dear God, I want to be born again and a part of Your Kingdom. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. I confess my sin to You and I ask for Your forgiveness. Right now I ask Jesus to be my Lord and Saviour. I ask the Holy Spirit come in and cleanse me. Help me to live my new life for Your Kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, I would encourage you to visit this page.

Blessings,
Dave


The importance of love

1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-3‬ ‭says, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

This passages talks about the importance of love in our lives and in our service to God. There are three reminders in it about love.

1. We can speak heavenly languages, but if we do not love others it is likened to a noisy gong.

2. We can speak words of prophecy and understand God’s plans, but if we do not love others we would be nothing.

3. We can give everything we own to the poor, but if we do not love others we have gained nothing.

If you are like me and feel that you need to be more loving towards others, you can join me in praying this prayer.

Prayer

Dear God, please help me to understand the importance of love in all I do. I pray that when I pray, when I prophecy or when I give, that love is my ultimate motivation. I pray that I will love You and love others more and more each day. Amen.


Waiting patiently for the Lord to return

James 5:7-8 says, "Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. [8] You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near."

As I read on these verses and reflect what I have learned from living in a country town, four things jump out at me.

1. James tell us to be patient as we wait for the Lord’s return. He likens it to farmers waiting for the crops to grow. They can’t make it happen any faster. They just patiently wait.

2. While farmers are patient waiting for the crops to grow, they are busy with other things too like caring for sheep, fencing, or servicing vehicles. Even in summer they are preparing for seeding.

3. Like the farmer to plants see and then hopes to have a good harvest, we as Christians look forward in hope and faith that we will be rewarded when Jesus returns for us.

4. Jesus will return at the appointed time. We can't make it come sooner. However, that time is sooner than it was yesterday!

Lesson: Wait patiently for Jesus, but work diligently in the meantime.

Blessings,
Dave


Sharing your faith with Romans Road

Romans Road is a great place to start when you are wanting to share your faith with others. It takes people through key verses from the book of Romans to help people realise their need for salvation.

The Natural State Of Mankind - Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”

The Reason - Romans 3:23 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.”

The Cause - Romans 5:12 “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”

The Penalty - Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Love of God - Romans 5:8 “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. ”

The Remedy - Romans 10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”

The Decision - Romans 10:13 “For "Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved."

A good tip is to highlight these verses in your Bible. If you can remember them all, just write them down in the back of your Bible. Then you can refer to them as you go.

Blessings,
Dave


The compassion of Jesus

The Bible tells us in numerous places that Jesus was full of compassion. Psalm 103:8 tells us that “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love”.

As I dwelt on this compassion I came to realise that compassion needs to have action attached to it. It can’t just be a noun or describing word, it needs to be a verb or a doing word.

As I looked through Scripture I found four ways in which Jesus showed compassion to those He came in contact with. Here they are...

1. He became people’s teacher – Mark 6:35 says, “When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd that was like sheep without a shepherd. He felt sorry for the people and started teaching them many things”.

2. He fed people – In Mark 8:2 Jesus said, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been with me for three days, and they don’t have anything to eat.” He then multiplied the fishes and the loaves.

3. He raised people to life – In Luke 7:13-15 we see that Jesus had compassion on a widow who had just lost her only son. He walked up to the young man, raised Him to life and gave him back to his mother.

4. He healed the sick – Matthew 14:14 says, “When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd. He felt sorry for them and healed everyone who was sick”.

Jesus had compassion in all of these examples. His compassion was not just in thought, but in deed. He was moved to action.

It is my hope and prayer that I will not only have Jesus’ compassion in my life, but it will be a compassion that moves me to action. How about you?

Blessings,
Dave


Jesus: The narrow gate

In Matthew 7:13-14 the Bible says, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it”.

This verse is referring to how a person gets into God’s Kingdom. In this passage Jesus is referring to Himself as the Gate or the way we find salvation.

As I reflect on this narrow gate I am reminded of sheep coming in to be shorn by the shearers. They come from a large paddock and then the fencing gradually narrows until there is only room for one sheep at a time to pass through. It passes through with not much room on either side.

For us when we enter God’s Kingdom through the narrow gate, there is not much room on either side for us either. We can’t bring our achievements to impress God, we can’t bring our wealth or riches to buy our way in, we can’t bring our pride.

When we come to this narrow gate, that many don’t find because of the things above, we simply come humbly seeking to enter God’s Kingdom. We come in faith and hope and looking to Jesus as the Gate. We come not knowing all the answers, but we come seeking Jesus.

Jesus tells us in the Bible that He is the way to the Father, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and that He is the only way we can find salvation and rest for our weary souls (Acts 4:12, Matthew 11:28). Will you come to Jesus today? Will you enter through the narrow gate of Jesus?

I would encourage you to visit my “Peace with God” page now to enter into God’s Kingdom. Enter through the narrow gate that is Jesus and begin a whole new journey of faith and life today. You can do this here.

Be blessed,
Dave



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