We all know we have flaws and weaknesses (no matter how much we would rather deny them). But instead of feeling shame and trying to hide them, why not put them out in the light for the world to see?
Hehe yeah, I know that sounds crazy, but if you do this, you will allow God’s strength and power to be displayed through you.
Through our faults, we learn to rely more and more on God, because we realise that we can’t do life in our own strength. We survive, no…We flourish in life through Christ.
People will see this…they will see how we turn to God, how we trust Him. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially from God.
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” Corinthians 4:7
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Corinthians 12:9-10
It still amazes me how I can read the same passage in the Bible and every time find something new that I hadn’t seen before.
This morning I was reading the story of when Jesus fed the five thousand (John 6 vs 1-15). I was wowed by how Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and fed thousands of people.
It struck me that when Jesus asks us to do something He wants us to come with what little we have, He wants us to just have faith. If He can feed five thousand from a boy’s lunch how much more can He multiple our talents and gifts to do the job He wants us to do. Just have faith and take that step into God’s will…That is all He asks of us.
I find that I am often hesitant to do want God wants of me because I don’t think I am ready and I end up make up all sorts of excuses like: “There is someone who could do this better than me”, “God can’t really want me to do that”, “but I am no good at that”, “I am way too shy to do that”.
But I realised that God doesn’t need me to be perfect or good at something to be able to use me (I will never will be perfect). God wants me to come just as I am, with whatever I have…I need to believe that He can, and will use me for His own purpose.
“…And if someone asks you about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15
What will you say when someone asks you about your faith and hope? Know what you believe in.
The last words of Jesus in Matthew: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
How amazing is this? He promises to be with us, right till the end! I find this so reassuring and just so awesome. God is with me always!
Someone asked me why is it that if a person, who has lived a life of ungodliness, becomes a Christian on his death bed, would get the same ending of that as a person who became a Christian from a young age and lived a life for Christ.
I honestly had no answer. It doesn’t seem fair, does it?
The very next day I read Matthew 20:1-15. In this passage, Jesus tells a story about a landowner (God) who hired people (us) throughout the day, at different times. (Different stages of our lives when we come to Christ) At the end of the day (When we die) the landowner paid each person a full day’s wage (Forgiveness and grace to enter the kingdom of God). The people that had worked the whole day (whole life) they complained to the landowner and said it wasn’t fair to receive the same amount as those that had only worked for a few hours. (This is how my friend felt)
None of us deserve to be forgiven. None of us deserve God’s grace. But God promises to forgive those that truly ask for it. He doesn’t have a cut-off date, i.e.: only those under the age of twenty can be saved or that you must have lead a sort of good life. No. God gives grace to any age and he forgives all sins, no matter how many there might be.
All we have to do is just ask Him.
By the way, what do we know about fairness? God’s fairness isn’t the same as ours. why are we to be upset when God saves a person? We should celebrate that another soul is safe, no matter how long it took to get saved.
Hey everyone!! I hope your week has started off on a great note.
Today has been great for me. I managed to get some cleaning and baking in today, which was awesome. I made custard slices!!! can’t wait to munch my way through those!
I don’t know what you all use during your devotional/study time, but I just want to share 2 epic sites that I find super helpful in my quiet time.
1: The Bible App: I love the study plans that this one offers. There is a huge variety. Go check it out if you are in need of a new devotional guide or you are just looking for an easy Bible app.
2: Bible Study Tool: I use this one mainly for the commentaries that it offers. But there are also many devotional and other awesome resources. It’s like a tool box for the Bible.
Go ahead and check them out! I hope these will help you on your journey of getting to know God!
I got my learner’s licence a while back, but I haven’t been out driving for ages. This is why…
During one of my lessons I had a near accident which totally freaked me out. I was terrified of getting into the driver’s seat in fear of putting anyone at harm again. My sister was with me when I nearly hit that tree. I just kept thinking that I could have seriously injured her. Thanks to God, none of us got hurt, and the car was just a bit scratched.
Thankfully I have an amazing sister who is still willing, some times eager, to take me out driving. Today was the first time that I climbed back into the driver’s seat since that all happened. I am so much more careful, which is a good thing, and I am picking up where I left off.
So guys please don’t give up doing something due to fear. It is so not worth it. I feel way better now and looking forward to finally hitting the road with a driver’s licence!!! (and an awesome car!)
Wow! another week has just slipped by! I have to be honest and say that I have been pretty lazy over the last couple of days. Being lazy makes me tired which in turn makes me lazier.(not sure if thats a real word)
I am eagerly waiting for my textbook to arrive, for a short course in CSI that I have registered for. I am super excited not only to finally get to dust off my brain and put it to use, but also because it is going to be pretty awesome!
But in the mean time I have other things that I need to finish, like my Ghostbuster’s blanket. I also have this huge pile of washing that needs to be ironed but I keep putting it off. “Sarah stop being a bum and get to work!” Hmmm I wonder if that will work? Probably not 😦
Have an awesome day!!! (my desk is looking awfully crowded…anothing thing to add to my to-do list.)
Hey guys. Wow it feels like forever since I have had some time to just sit down for a bit and type out my thoughts.
Yes, This week has been long. I know that we are barely half way through it, but I feel so worn out that it feels as if the weekend should start tomorrow.
How is your week going so far? Started off really well? Loads of exciting things planned? Or are you also feeling burn out like me?
Here is one of my favourite verses to encourage you:
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isiah 40:31
I keep reminding myself of this verse over and over again. I need to give all my fears and worries over to God, then I just need to trust Him. Our strength comes from Him and Him alone!