"Reintroducing the King of Kings" - Sunday 13th January 2019
God is the Beginning and the End. He is omnipresent, there with us though all parts of the journey and as such He chooses when it is best to meet with us. He is the Alpha and the Omega, we cannot pick and choose which parts of Him we want, He is everything. We either reverence Him in His fullness or miss out on His awesome presence.
"Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.'"
- Isaiah 44:6
Elizabeth spent many years praying for a child to seemingly no avail but, even in her old age when it looked as though all hope was lost, she still remained righteous and blameless before the Lord.
It's easy to get disheartened and act out when our prayers aren't answered right away and a lot of the time this stems from the false belief that we don't deserve to suffer just because we are Christians. However, we need to realise that no matter how long it takes, God is still God and His timing is perfect, even when the odds are stacked against us He is able to turn every dead and worn out situation around for His glory.
God has a time and a season for all of us. The contrasting stories of Elizabeth (old/barren) and Mary (young/virgin) leading to the timely births of John the Baptist and Jesus show that God's perfect plan is always in action. He will bring His promises to fruition regardless of the condition of our bodies, all He needs is a willing and faithful vessel.
The experience of the old is always needed in the new. We must remain humble and willing to learn no matter how long our list of accomplishments.
Do not get complacent thinking the service in your early years is enough to carry you in your latter years. There is no transfer of service, we must remain as faithful in our old age as we were in our youth.
Have a blessed week!
"Don't Be Afraid To Press In" - In His Presence 2018
If hearsay is not even an acceptable evidence in court, why would we be satisfied basing our salvation on the words of others?! We need to seek our own personal encounters with the Lord instead of building our faith around the anecdotes of people. Only by pressing into the presence of the Lord will we be able to discover whether the tomb is empty or not.
"So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; [...] Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed."
- John 20:4-6a, 8
Do not wait for someone else to move before you move. Our pressing in could be what triggers our brothers and sisters to do the same.
There is no such thing as coincidence with God's children. Wherever we are we must make sure to be a beacon of light because God has planted us there for such a time as this. We must take EVERY assignment seriously no matter how small it is in our eyes.
God is the best employer of labour therefore the fact He has called you means you are the best person for the job.
Lord, teach us to press in. Set our hearts on fire with a desire to know You for ourselves, a desire that can only be quenched by You and Your presence. Open our eyes that we may never miss the revelation of who You truly are. Grace us with boldness and endurance that we may run after You, stopping at nothing until we find You.
Have a blessed week.
"You Ought To Bless The Lord Always" - Sunday 30th December 2018
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
There is always reason to bless the Lord. When we fall into times of hardship it is easy to forget that it is only by His grace that we are alive to have problems to complain about and by His mercy that we have experienced better to know that our current situation is worse.
Don't just get through your tough seasons, embrace and enjoy them! Find a word from God that you can hold on to and use as motivation to remain in a place of peace, turning every trial into a lesson that'll equip you with wisdom to tackle the next season.
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
- James 1:2-4
Comparison is the thief of joy, therefore, coveting the realities of others will trap us in a constant state of misery. Instead, we must learn to see the beauty in our own realities and let our joy flow from the inside out, protecting our faith (internal) from the attacks of our woes (external).
Lord, teach us to give thanks at all times. Thank You for the life You have given to us and forgive us for every blessing we have overlooked. We don't want to just put on a brave face and pretend to enjoy the season, show us the beauty in every heartbreak, the lesson in every failure and the strength in every fall.
Happy New Year!