Promises

‘Your faith in God has become known everywhere…how you turned…from idols to serve…God.’ 1 Thessalonians 1:8-9 NIV When God truly turns us around, His Spirit lives in us. When that happens, we begin to see things differently. We’ll begin to notice things that we didn’t before. Our heart will start to be broken for the things that break His, bringing us more in line with His will. He will change the way that we feel, think, and operate, for the better. It has been thought by several Christian writers that, after Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and God giving the Holy Spirit to us…

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Fully commited

‘I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.’ Philipians 3:8 NKJV Nowhere in the Bible does God say He’s going to send us to safe places to do easy things. But He never leaves us to do challenging things on our own. He says He’ll always be with us (have a read of Hebrews 13:5). But in order to do life with God, and to walk in His ways, we need to be fully committed. Faced with the cross, Jesus prayed the ultimate prayer of commitment: ‘Yet not my will, but yours be done’ (Luke…

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Be ready

‘You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.’ Luke 12:40 NIV We know that one day Jesus is going to come back again. So we need to be ready for Him. He may come tomorrow, in a year, or even after our lifetime – so we need to make sure we’re prepared. Jesus said: ‘You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him’ (v.40 NIV). Jesus compares us waiting for His return to a manager who has been put in…

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Desire for God

‘Blessed are those who…seek him with all their heart.’ Psalm 119:2 NIV The Bible says, ‘Love the Lord…with all your heart’ (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV). ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart’ (Proverbs 3:5 NIV). ‘You will…find me when you seek me with all your heart’ (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV). The key word here is ‘all’. And the question is, do we love the Lord with all our hearts? Are we trusting Him with all our hearts? Are we seeking Him with all our hearts? It can be easy to let other things into our hearts. We become distracted with work, family, even serving in…

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Be patient

‘Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed.’ James 1:4 MSG When we’re going through difficult times, or we feel like we’re just not moving forwards, it can be hard to remember that God’s working in us. The truth is, we’re closer than we know to becoming the person God wants us to be. By His grace, we’ll make it through the trials we’re facing and come out stronger and wiser. Paul says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31 NIV). God is for us. That means we…

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Don’t interfere

‘We hear that some people in your group…do nothing but busy themselves in other people’s lives.’ 2 Thessalonians 3:11 NVC One day Peter looked at John and said to Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ Jesus immediately rebuked Peter and said, ‘that is not your business. You follow me’ (John 21:21-22 NCV). All of us can find ourselves interfering in other people’s business sometimes. We like to get involved in things and know what’s going on. We should still be helping others, that’s a great thing for us to do, but we need to avoid interfering in things that don’t concern us. Sometimes we can…

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Tested

‘These trials will show that your faith is genuine.’ ,1 Peter 1:7 NLT The tests we face in life reveal both our weaknesses and our strengths. The Bible mentions that God will refine us in the fire. ‘I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold’ (Zechariah 13:9 NIV). When the Bible speaks of ‘a refiner’s fire’ we often just think of the negative things God wants to remove from our character. But we also have inner strengths and gifts that need to be refined. In 1 Kings 17, a widow and her son met Elijah. At…

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Don’t stop believing

‘Wait patiently, for it will surely take place.’ Habakkuk 2:3 NLT Has God promised you something, but you can’t see any way that it could possibly happen? Are you finding it difficult to wait for God? We’ve all felt like this at times, but the Bible reminds us: ‘If it seems slow…wait patiently, for it will surely take place.’ God does things to His perfect schedule, and He doesn’t forget His promises to us. When He gives us a promise, it’s like a seed. First it must fall into the fertile soil of faith and be given time to grow. Then it must be watered regularly through prayer and the Word of God. It won’t happen any faster because…

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Stay focused

‘I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will.’ Isaiah 50:7 NLT When God speaks into our lives we can be excited and full of faith that what He’s said will come to pass. But when troubles come, when things get hard, when the promises are taking a long time to be fulfilled, we can start to waver. We doubt whether we really heard God, we think we’re not actually the right person to do the job He asked us to do, and we allow disappointment to fill our hearts. We listen to the critical voices of others who try…

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Take advice

Whoever is stubborn after being corrected many times will suddenly be hurt beyond cure.’ Proverbs 29:1 NCV None of us like being corrected. We don’t always like listening to other people’s advice. But the Bible says that people who listen to the advice of others are wiser than those who don’t. ‘Fools think they are doing right, but the wise listen to advice’ (Proverbs 12:15 NCV). We must weigh up the advice of others as some people will try and offer us advice that won’t help us. We need to be praying about whether their advice is something we need to take on board, and…

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