Archive for June, 2012

Get Ready…

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Matthew 18:4 “Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

A few days ago I was at the supermarket waiting in a checkout line. In front of me was a 4-year-old child having a conversation with his grandmother. He was excitedly telling her that he was four and in a few days he would be five. His excitement was uncontainable. He wanted everyone to know that he was approaching a great milestone and that we should all be as expectant as he was.

We must recognize that God really loves this part of a child’s nature. Excitement and expectation are extremely important in life. They are both vital traits that build a great future.

Our verse says that as we exercise such traits they cause us to become great in the Kingdom of heaven. There is no reason for us to exclude excitement and expectancy from our lives. They are designed to help build our present faith and construct our “mountain moving” faith for the future.

So, this week, join us in getting excited about what God has planned for the future. Build expectancy just like the 4 year old at the store. Don’t allow someone else’s wet blankets to put out your newfound fire and zeal. Instead let your excitement and expectation overcome every obstacle in your path. Before long you’ll be celebrating your arrival at the milestone and be looking forward to your next one.

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Jesus He’s My Friend…

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John 15:14 Jesus said “You are my friends if you do what I tell you to do”

We all need friends. As life goes on we soon discover that to keep them involves investment from both sides. Deposits of time, love, wisdom and understanding are just a few things that keep a relationship healthy. Making a choice not to invest in our friendships means that they will suffer and won’t grow how they should.

Our verse this week reveals how easy it is to have Jesus as our friend. It is a simple but often misunderstood truth. All we have to do is obey what he tells us to do and Jesus becomes our friend. Nothing more, nothing less, just obey.

If we disobey Jesus our friendship with Him suffers. He is always prepared to rebuild from the broken pieces but we must make a deposit first. We must return to the Bible and resume doing what He said. Then, before we know it, He’s counting us amongst His friends again.

Now, here’s the best part… Jesus’s friends are to be our friends too. There is absolutely no reason to ever be lonely again. Jesus wants us all to get along. His intention is that we build great friendships with Him at the centre of each one.

If making friends seems difficult then pal up with Jesus first. He’ll ensure that our friendships are sorted out quickly. Life will then become easier, more productive and have greater pleasure than can be imagined.

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You are You…

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Matthew 5:5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”

As children we can all remember playing on the seesaw. At any given moment you would either be up in the air or down on the ground. If you stood carefully with a foot on each side of the center you could steadily balance the board and the ends of the seesaw became stable.

Balance is essential in life. Our days of blessing and contentment will offset the days of toil and labor. A balanced life is essential to our health but many things hinder it from happening. The ultimate solution to an unbalanced and unhappy life cannot be bought but it can be received.

Here is a key for a contented life. Simply accept who you are! Don’t act like someone else, think less of yourself or overestimate yourself. Just be you! After all you’re exactly what God wants! He wants to Bless your life.

So this week lets experience the presence of God by simply accepting ourselves. Let’s stop striving or underachieving and just be who we are. As we accept ourselves we receive a life that is a haven of contentment, peace, health and well-being. It will produce a life well beyond what we could ever afford. Today, join us in this challenge and obtain this beautiful promise over your life.

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Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to wisdom, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work”

Some days we wake up feeling a little grumpy and it often effects our whole day. Other times we wake with joy and a heart full of hope. This often results in a day blessed from beginning to end. We soon discover that how our day starts often influences the direction it will take.

Our verse reassures us that we have the right to days filled with blessing and happiness. Whether we are male or female it is our right as born again believers. It also shows us that there is a specific way to achieve this in our lives.

Here is a key to experiencing this blessing. First thing every day we should wake up and find wisdom. As we continue through our day we must be alert and responsive to her voice.

So, how do we discover this wisdom? We open our Bible, the book of wisdom, and allow it to guide every part of our day. Every piece of wisdom we will ever need is contained in its pages.

This week why not start each day with wisdom. Before doing anything else seek some from the Bible. It will change your day. It will set you up for a blessed and happy time. It will allow God’s Wisdom to navigate your day rather than anything else. So, get ready for a happy and blessed week together!

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