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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
2. Next it talks about when we keep our sins silent...
3. Then it talks about what they did next and the
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.
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
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."
The key takeaways for me is God's Word teaches us what is
right and true and it prepares and equips us for serving
Born of water and Spirit
The importance of love
If you are like me and feel that you need to be more loving towards others, you can join me in praying this prayer.
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.
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?
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.
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