"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. ” Col. 1:19-20
In addition to ‘peace’ the word Shalom also means reconciliation or the restoration of a relationship. Every one of us was separated from God by sin in our lives. The perfect, holy nature of God meant that it was impossible for human beings ruined by sin and its effects to ever have true relationship with God.
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 4:27
Jesus brings peace but not the sort of peace you get from anywhere else. The world gives a peace that is based on a general sense of wellbeing. We often equate peace with having enough money to pay the bills, not having enemies and being safe from attacks. Whilst no one would dispute these as perfectly normal and good aspirations – these things in and of themselves can only ever provide us with an illusion of peace
"Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh 8:10
There is a difference between joy and happiness. Sometimes I feel happy, sometimes sad but we can always be joyful. That sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? Paul told to the Philippians to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4). How can you be joyful all the time? Can joy still be present in sadness, difficulty or loss?
But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious… how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.” 2 Corinthians 3 7-9
As a parent I understand the need for boundaries with my children. Yet If my relationship with them was reduced to a list of rules that they had to follow it would be a very sad and disappointing journey through life for us all
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Cor 2:9
I love surprises and I love to give surprises to others. I love to plan things which I know will be a blessing to someone and then share in the joy and excitement when they discover what you've been up to!
How many of us wake up each day thinking I have everything I could ever have dreamed of, my life is complete! Now I'm not suggesting that we should wake up complaining & moaning. Listings our disappointments and failures. I do believe,however, that it is ok to yearn for more. I
For God made Christ who never sinned to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Cor 5:21
From a young age we quickly learn what it's like to get things right or wrong. As a former teacher I saw the negative effect that getting work wrong had on a child. How they lost confidence in themselves. Even seeing red markings on a page or a cross instead of a tick can over time send a message to a child that they've failed.
When it comes to breaking habits in our lives and overcoming negative patterns of behaviour we tend to be problem focused rather than solution oriented. Often the attention we give to a problem and the time we spend thinking about everything we are not happy with allows the whole thing to be magnified. It can at times become insurmountable in our eyes
Rouse yourselves and keep awake, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying… Revelation 3:2a
Last year I had a very successful vegetable harvest – more courgettes that I knew what to do with, and my beetroot, potatoes and rhubarb were abundant. This year however…pretty pathetic. I did the same
…we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].Psalm 66:12b
A few years ago I took part in the Moonwalk in Edinburgh. This is a marathon walk that raises millions for breast cancer charities. The unusual thing about this walk is that it starts at midnight so you are literally walking by the light of the moon! It was a great
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him]. Song of Solomon 2:4 Amplified Bible
I really enjoy people visiting me in my home, be it an unexpected caller or a pre-arranged event. I love deciding what food I am going to prepare, setting the table, serving the food and enjoying the craic. I also love to be invited to other people’s homes and getting to know them better over food and laughter
The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.Psalm 145:14Amplified Bible
In August 2012 I ruptured my Achilles tendon in my right leg. I was dancing rather too energetically and all of a sudden my right foot just stopped working! For the next 4 weeks I was in plaster and struggled to get around using crutches.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!Romans 5:17
Having looked this week at living from the unseen,we finish by focusing on reigning in life. Understanding our citizenship is critical to reigning in life. We are not citizens of our temporal surroundings, we are citizens of the unseen eternal kingdom of God
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
As we continue our theme of spiritual sight we are encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus.Andrew has been speaking on the brazen serpent from Numbers 21 and how when the Israelites ‘looked’ at the serpent they were healed.