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The PASSION Blog
This blog is a place where I share reflections on faith, life and the Bible. I also share encouraging resources that I have found and ministry updates for PASSION. Be encouraged and blessed.
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.  You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for
the coming of the Lord is near."
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 Reason - Romans
3:23 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of
God's glorious standard.”
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.
Make it personal
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?
Never stop praying
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “never stop praying” in the NLT or to ”pray continually” as the NIV puts it. Both of these translations give us a clear thought of being in constant conversation with God. For me this works out in a couple of ways.
1. Set times – Each day I have a time set aside to pray to God. This is where I sit with my prayer journal and write the things down that are on my heart or people have asked me to pray about. Once the list is written out, I then pray my way through them. It is formal and structured, but there is still room to hear from God or add extra things in.
2. On the journey – This is simply praying as I go about my daily life. I try to think of it as having an open telephone line to God. At any time of the day or night, no matter where I am, I can call on Him. I might be asking for wisdom or guidance, help in what I am doing, asking what He wants me to do next, praying for a friend or family member, or asking for protection. They are the things that come up as I go about my day.
So am I saying that I pray at every minute of the day? No, of course not! I just want to have an attitude of prayer where I am trying to be connected to God as much as I can. My heart is to be in tune with the Creator of the universe so I can call on Him when I need help or guidance, or where He can call on me when He wants me to do something for Him.
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.
A kind word cheers him up
One of the great things I love about the Bible is that it prompts me of simple things I can do as I read it.
Today I read Proverbs 12:25. It says, “An anxious heart
weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up”. It is a
short and simple verse, but it has a
If someone is anxious about something or not feeling the
best, a kind word can cheer them up. It is simple,
practical advice that can make a difference to
How about you? Who can you cheer up today? Why not look around as you go about your day and see if someone needs a kind word.
If you find someone, let them know you appreciate them or something good they do. It might just make the world of difference.
Meditating on the Shepherd
Psalm 63:6-8 says, “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”
King David said these words when he was hiding in a desert cave from his enemies. I could imagine him lying awake at night wondering what would happen to him.
During sleepless, uncomfortable nights, David thought about God. Instead of counting sheep, he meditated on his Shepherd!
He reviewed all the ways God had already helped him, and he greeted the next day with songs of praise.
In my wakeful nights when I am churning over things, I try to make it a point to reflect on the times of God’s faithfulness to us as a family.
I find this helps me to have an eternal perspective and puts things in their right place. It reminds me that God is in control and He is with me.
I find doing this gives me far more rest than any of the other things I might count. Meditating on the Shepherd is far better than counting sheep!
A special utensil
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:20-21 “In a wealthy home
some utensils are
In these verses the Apostle Paul urges Timothy to be the
kind of person God
As Christians we need to allow God to use us as an
instrument of His will.
Of course God can forgive us when we stumble and repent,
but how much
Let’s all purpose in our hearts to keep ourselves pure so
we can be special
Tips to being a good servant of Jesus
I love the passage from 1 Timothy 4:6-16. This is the Apostle Paul giving a young Timothy some great tips on how to be a good servant of Jesus.
1. Don’t not waste time arguing godless ideas, focus on Jesus.
2. Train yourself in the things of God.
3. Focus on reading the Scriptures to the church.
4. Encourage other believers.
5. Teach the thing of God to others.
6. Use your spiritual gifts, don’t neglect them.
7. Keep a close watch on the way you live.
This is good advice that stands up nearly 2000 years later. If you want to be a good servant of Jesus, why not focus on these things.
Have you ever wondered if God wants to bless you?
Have you ever wondered if God wants to bless you? Numbers 6:22-27 gives us some clues.
 Then the LORD said to Moses,  “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:  ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.  May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’  Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”
The first thing we see is God tells Moses to tell Aaron and his sons to pray a prayer blessing over the people. The prayer of blessing lists six things God wants to give or bless His people with.
1. Blessings on them
2. Protect them
3. Smile or be pleased with them
4. Gracious towards them
5. Show His favour towards them
6. Give them peace.
The really cool thing about this blessing is God says when you pray this blessing, He WILL do it in verse 27. It was His idea and He will do it!
This is just one of the many blessings in the Bible. From this we can see we don’t have to wonder if God wants to bless us. He told His Priests to pray blessings over the people!
Remember: God is on our side and we are on His. He wants to bless His people.
Be blessed today,