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The PASSION Blog

The PASSION Blog is a place where I share reflections on faith, life and the Bible. They are quick thoughts that grow out of my morning devotions and Bible reading. I hope you enjoy them. The most recent ones are at the top of the list.


The Bread that satisifies

“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” ‭‭John‬ ‭6:35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For many years of my life I wondered if there was more to this life. In my quiet moments I felt like something was missing and I had a hole inisde me. In time I worked out this spiritual emptiness that was me searching for more.

In the verse above Jesus describes Himself as the bread of life and talks about not being hungry or thirsty if we come to Him. Our spiritual hunger and thirst is satisfied when we come to Jesus.

Jesus is the author of life and when we come to know Him and trust Him as our Lord and Saviour, it fills a hole inside us like food fills an empty stomach and water quenches thirst.

I no longer walk around with a spiritual vaccuum inside me. I know Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). I know He is my Saviour (John 1:12) and He has a place prepared for me in heaven (John 14:2).

If you would like to end your spiritual hunger and thrist, I would encourage you to visit my "peace with God" page today.

God Bless,
Dave


Love hurts sometimes

Proverbs‬ ‭27:5-6‬ says, "An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy”

Sometimes we all need to be “told” to get us to perform our best.

I can remember times I was off track or not doing my best and someone needed to firmly nudge me in the right direction. This has happened in church circles by my Pastor, at work by a boss or at home in family life.

It oftens hurts at first, but when you realise that the person is right and are telling you because they love you and want what is best for you, it makes sense.

When I was younger I would always go on the defensive and lash out when someone tried to tell me what I didn't want to hear. As I have aged I have learned to evaluated what people in my life say and prayerfully filter it for truth.

Sometimes they are wrong and don’t have all the information. At other times they are spot on and we need to recieve the message with grace.

I am not saying it doesn’t hurt or offend, but as today’s verse reminds us, “an open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy”.

God Bless,
Dave


Pay careful attention to your own work

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:4‬‬‬

God tells us that He prepared good works for us to do before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:10). When we focus on our own work, we are able to give it our best effort. We are also too busy to look around and compare ourselves to others and what they are doing.

Focussing on our work also helps us to be satisfied that we are playing our part in God's unfolding plan for this world. Remember, we could have be born at any time in history, but God chose for us to live now to do certain things for Him. Let us all pay careful attention to them today.

Prayer

Lord, help me to keep focussed on the work You have created me for and called me to do. I pray that I will not compare myself to others and the work they are doing. Help me to remain focussed on You and Your work for me. Help me to give it my absolute best. Amen.


Why we don't give up

In 2 Corinthians 4 there is a great passage that gives us hope and encouragement. It says…

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In these three verses there are three great truths…

  1. Our bodies are dying, but our spirits are being renewed each day.
  2.  Our present troubles will not last long.
  3. Despite our troubles we focus on the eternal which last forver!

We have two great hopes. Our spirit is being renewed each day to become more like Christ and we have the hope of eternal life with Christ.

This is why we never give up!

God Bless,
Dave


God promises to help us

Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God promises to help us. He is our ever present and our refuge and our strength. A refuge is a place you can go to, to get away. A place where you know help will be and you will find comfort. There are so many times in my life where I never thought I could go on, but by knowing God is helping me and my refuge got me through.

Dear God, thank You that You are our refuge and strength. You are our ever present help in times of trouble. I pray that when I am facing trials and trouble that I will remember that to run to Your refuge and find strength. Amen.


Thank You Lord

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬‬

Have you ever thanked God for how wonderful He made you? This is a strange thought to many people because they do not think they are wonderfully made.

Many struggle with self esteem issues and feelings of unworthiness. While others think that this means you love yourself too much or you think you are better than others.

The reality is that God made us. He was there when we were in our mother’s womb. He made us exactly how He wanted and needed us to be. He gave us all we need to do His will in this life.

Dear God, thank You that I am wonderfully made. Thank You that You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for all the gifts, abilities and talents to do Your will in this life. I am thankful for all You have done for me. Amen.


God knows the heart

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬‬

The world looks at outward appearance or performance or reputation when deciding. God looks at the heart.

It is easy to get caught up in the externals when making decisions. It is easy to get swayed but someone who speaks well or looks good.

The key is to prayerfully seek God and draw on His wisdom. He alone knows the heart of a person. He alone has ALL the information.

God Bless,
Dave


I trust Him

Psalms 91:2 says, "This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him."

It is great to know that we can trust God. He alone is all powerful and He loves us. He promises to always take care of those who love Him. This gives me great comfort.

How about you? Do you trust in the Lord? Is He your shelter?

You can make your connection with God here.

God Bless,
Dave


Walk and live well

“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah‬ ‭6:8

‭)This verse is at the end of a section titled, “The Lord case against Israel”. It seems the people had forgotten how much God had looked after them and blessed then. God asks what He has done that the people tired of him. As a way of showing gratitude the Lord tells them three things He required of them.

1. To do what is right – this means to love and worship God, to walk in His ways, and to live righteously. Living this way is a right response to who God is and for all God has done for us.

2. To love mercy – this means to show mercy to others like God has been merciful to us. We should also love when you see mercy in practice. When others demonstrate mercy it should bring joy to our hearts.

3. To walk humbly with God – this means to be in our right place with God. He is all powerful, all knowing and all present. His ways are above our ways. He is the creator of this world. We are not these things, so we need to walk accordingly.

So today let us show God how grateful for all He has done for us. Let us do what is right, love mercy and focus on living humbling as we walk with God.

God Bless,
Dave


Wise words

Proverbs 18:20-21 says, "Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences."

Wise words or using your words well can back a big difference in life.

People who tend to take their time and choose their words carefully are usually respected. Those who blurt things out and say the wrong thing at the wrong time are usually not.

Wise words can also be about what we choose to pass on. When we hear something that is private and we pass it on our words can fail us. We can fall into the trap of being a gossip or worse still passing on things that are not true.

The wisest words of all are those found in the Bible. If we fill ourselves with the Word of God, we give ourselves the best chance of using wise words each day.

I would encourage you to “fill up” each day on God’s Word, be quick to listen and slow to speak, and prayerfully consider the words you use.

As today’s verse says there is the power of life and death on our words and wise words can satisfy us like a good meal.

God Bless,
Dave


Guard your heart

Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

Our heart in Scripture is used to describe the core of who we are. Our core or heart determines the course of our lives.

People often say that I really want to do this with all of my heart and we know they are really serious about something. Conversely, if they say my heart is not in it any more, then we know they are ready to move on.

So how do we guard our hearts? We need to fill it with good things like prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other Christians who build us up.

We also need to stay away from things that can wound or damage our hearts. We all have things, habits or people in our lives that we know are not good for us.

The key for us to guard our hearts is to move towards God and away from the harmful things. It is so vital if we are to be all God wants and needs us to be.

So guard your heart above all things, it determines the course of your life.

God Bless,
Dave


A blessing from Romans

Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

I really like this blessing. It is one of my favourites to say at the end of my prayer when I finish a sermon.

I want people to be completely full of joy and peace as they trust in Christ. I want them to know what it is to overflow with a confident hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is one of those blessings like Numbers 6:22-27 when God tells Aaron that when the Priests say the words, God Himself will bless them.

Being a Pastor/preacher is a blessing. It is also nice to bless others by your words and prayers.

God Bless,
Dave


Move on in Christ

In Philippians 3 the Apostle Paul encourages us to move forward in our life with Christ. In verses 13-14 it says…

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬‬

In these verses Paul wants us to do two things.

1. Forget the past

This means the old ways of living, past bad experences, old things said to you. These things can hold us back or even paralyze us.

In telling us to forget the past, Paul was someone who persecuted Christians and had them thrown in jail or killed. He knew what it meant the leave the past behind. It was vital for him and the people around him that he moved on from his past. Fast forward 2000 years, it is important to us that he did too!

2. Focus on what lies ahead

There are so many great things about following Christ. We have salvation, we live a changed life, we have the Holy Spirit, we have the privilege of serving God, we are growing to be more like Christ, we have our hope of heaven.

Paul knew for us to grow in Christ and be all that we can be for Him, we have to move on from our past and focus on what lies ahead. Even though he was a great example for us today, he knew he had not made it and he had to keep moving forward.

So look forward, run the race and look forward to the heavenly prize that awaits you.

God Bless,
Dave


Where does your help come from?

“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭121:1-2‬‬

When you are in real need. When you don’t know what to do. When all your resources have failed. Where does your help come from?

My help comes from the Lord. He is above all, He knows all and is all powerful. It pays to have “friends” in high places.

If you have a need, why not turn to the Lord today?

Dear Lord Jesus, I ask You to help me today. May Your presence be with me. Strengthen me. Heal me. Give me wisdom. Supply my needs. Grant me Your peace. Amen.


Everything and Everything

One of my favourite verses of all time is Joshua 1:8. I have written about it a number of times on this blog. It says…

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬‬‬

In this verse there are four key points that stand out to me…

1. Study God’s Word – study means “the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books.” So devote time to God’s Word.

2. Meditate on it – other words to describe meditation are contemplation, considering, prayer, musing, ruminating. It is about thinking deeply.

3. Obey EVERYTHING in it – to walk with God we need to be obedient to His Word and His plans.

4. Promised blessing – prosper and succeed in EVERYTHING you do.

I like the way this verse uses the word everything twice. Obey everything to prosper in everything.

Food for thought.

God Bless,
Dave

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