Get back up (1)

‘Though I have fallen, I will rise.’ Micah 7:8 NIV We can all get despondent from time to time. It can happen after we’ve had a great success or victory. Or it can be caused by other people hurting or disappointing us. Or it might be because of a change in our life circumstances, perhaps losing a job or a relationship not working out. We can also feel that way when we don’t get enough rest, proper food, and exercise. We get run down and burned out. Jesus said that Satan comes to ‘steal and kill and destroy’ (John 10:10 NIV). Our peace…

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Selfless giving

‘Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others.’ Philippians 2:4 NLT Paul writes: ‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had’ (vv.3-5 NLT). Becoming more selfless begins with the decision to stop thinking about ourselves so much and start looking for ways to help others. If we want to become more Christlike and selfless, here are two things we should start doing: 1)…

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Sitting or serving?

‘Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?’ Luke 22:27 NKJV The world often celebrates wealth, power, talent, and fame. And sometimes it regards serving others as being beneath us. But Jesus asked His disciples, ‘Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?’ Then He answered the question by saying, ‘I am among you as the One who serves.’ Paul said that Jesus ‘made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant’ (Philippians 2:7 NIV). To be a servant we must first humble ourselves and get rid of self-centredness. We must…

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Testing times

‘He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.’ Job 23:10 NIV We shouldn’t compare ourselves to other people, because God has a plan for us that’s unique and personal. His methods may sometimes seem strange and His training difficult, but His results are always worth waiting for. All He asks us to do is trust and obey – even when things seem to be tough – and He’ll accomplish His purpose in our lives. In the midst of unspeakable heartache and trouble, Job said ‘He knows the way that I take; when he…

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Reflect: Paths

‘Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.’ Lamentations 3:40 NIV If we want to make sure we’re on the right path in life, we need to take time to regularly reflect and evaluate where we are at. Sometimes we can get so caught up in life that we don’t stop and think whether we’re still on the path God wants us to be on. In fact, sometimes we can even forget that we’re living for God at all. In Lamentations, the writer says: ‘Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to…

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The cross

‘Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.’ John 19:30 NIV The cross is also a symbol of victory. Good Friday is a day which doesn’t feel good at all. We reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross, and think of the suffering He had to go through. When we think about the cross it may look like evil has triumphed over goodness, the powerful over the powerless, but that’s not the truth. Jesus’ death on the cross was actually good overpowering evil. Jesus was triumphing. When He cried out, ‘It is finished’ (some translations…

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Wholehearted

‘The people worked with all their heart.’ Nehemiah 4:6 NIV A lot of people are just going through the motions in life. They smile, go to work, go to church, but on the inside they’re not committed. They do things because they have to, or because it’s expected of them, and not because they want to. Have you ever read the story of Nehemiah? He risked everything in order to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. Even though he faced threats and obstacles, the wall was rebuilt in 52 days, because ‘the people worked with all their heart.’ They caught Nehemiah’s vision, and wholeheartedly…

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Fear

‘In God I trust and am not afraid.’ Psalm 56:4 NIV David said, ‘In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’ David had faced a lot of trials, but God had repeatedly come through for Him. And he knew that God would continue to be faithful. We can face anything when we know God has promised: ‘For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you’ (Isaiah 41:13 NIV). So instead of fearing the worst, we need to…

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Go deeper

‘Launch out into the deep.’ Luke 5:4 NKJV In the Bible, we find a story of the disciples fishing all night and catching nothing. Jesus said to them, ‘“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets”…And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish’ (Luke 5:4-6 NKJV). There are three things we can learn from this: 1) Working harder isn’t necessarily the answer. The disciples ‘worked hard all night’ (v.5 NIV). Nobody could have questioned their work ethic. But they needed to go deeper to see any results. When we’re trying to work on our relationship with…

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Stand strong

‘By faith…he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.’ Hebrews 11:27 NIV Perseverance was really important in Moses’ life. He had to persevere when he was facing Pharaoh, the mightiest monarch on earth. He had to persevere when dealing with the stubbornness, rebellion, and grumbling of the Israelite's in the desert. He persevered when criticized by Miriam and Aaron, his own family. He persevered when given the negative report by the ten spies who came back from the Land of Promise saying, ‘The giants are too big, and we are too small’ (see Numbers 13:33). In fact, his perseverance was mentioned in…

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