Posts Tagged ‘John’

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt out of place? It can find it awkward and difficult to know what to do and say to try to fit it.

Have you ever been in a situation where not only did you feel out of place, but you weren’t accepted at all? That can be very difficult and upsetting to cope with.

It may be hard to believe, but Jesus experienced that. He wasn’t accepted by ‘his own people’! But what we must remember is that those that did accept Jesus are saved. In the same way, if we accept Jesus, we too can be saved.

Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God. ~ John 1:12-13 The Living Bible

We should all love one another – How many times have you been told that?

When someone lets you to do something, how likely are you to do it? If someone demands that you do something, how likely are you to do it then?

In John 15:17 Jesus said

I demand that you love each other, for you get enough hate from the world! (The living bible)

So Jesus didn’t just ask us to love one another, he actually demanded that we love one another, so it must be critical that we love one another.

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” ~ John 8:12 (The Message)

Even when it seems all hope is lost we will have light in our life, if Christ is part of our life.

That’s why even in the darkest days, we can still find our way, because Jesus has promised to provide all the light we need to live in.

Recharging #7

Posted: May 5, 2017 in bible, blogging, faith, hope, life, love, quotes, religion, words
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Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before they run our completely!

You can do this by recapturing your:

  • faith in Christ

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. ~ Romans 10:17 (NIV)

  • love of Christ

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.hope in Christ ~ John 14:23 (NIV)

  • hope in Christ

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. ~ Romans 15:4 (NIV)

 

Yesterday in Recycling #1, I asked you to consider giving your unwanted items to a local organisation/charity that can make use of your unwanted items rather than just sending them to landfill.

I used a different translation of the John 6:12 yesterday, but we get the same message if we read those words in the NIV translation:

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Jesus instructed the disciples not to waste anything – In this scenario he was talking about food, but does the same apply to all things?

Not only must we not waste physical items such as food and furniture, neither should we waste our knowledge of God by keeping it to ourselves!

There are many people around us who are in need of God, so get out there and recycle your learning of God by telling the world about Him.

 

Last week as I was driving along some of my local streets and was aware that there were a number of unwanted items piled up outside quite a few of the houses. At first I was wondering what was going on, but soon remembered that it in my area it was ‘uplift day’. i.e. the day that our local council collect items we no longer want, and take them to the tip for us.

My main thought was why are people “throwing out” items that appeared to be in pretty good condition, when they could be reused by someone else – Items included several sofas, a couple of tables and chairs, and a wardrobe.

One thing we’ve always done when replacing/renewing items in our home is to recycle items which are in reasonable condition – There is a local community church which helps rehouse refugees, so we know all items we give them will get put to good use. Places like our local church, are always delighted to take items that are in reasonable condition as they are inundated with requests for help, so are always in need of items.

I wonder why these people near me hadn’t considered giving their items away to help people in need, but instead were happy to pay the local council to take away their items to dump in a landfill site.

Just think how many more people could be rehoused and given items for their home if we all gave our unwanted items to organisations who help refugees and homeless people!

Did you know that the bible tells us to recycle?

And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:12)

So next time you have unwanted items in your home, please consider contacting a local organisation who can make sure your items are given to people who need them.

 

 

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Peace seems a long way off as all we hear about in the news is fighting and conflicts all over the world. God has promised to be with us always because in giving His Son for us, He has overcome the world.

The world needs God, and God needs us to be His voice in this dark world. So let’s keep praying for our world, that conflicts will cease and all people will live in peace and harmony with one another, because I believe God can overcome the evil in this world.

 

In John 8:12 we read:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life

Are you walking in darkness, or have you found Jesus?

Don’t let the darkness of life engulf you, reach out and grab God’s hand today.

Here’s one of my favourite SA band pieces, The Light of the World, which includes the beautiful hymn tune Aurelia which we associate in this piece with the following song:

O Jesus, Thou art standing, outside the fast closed door,
In lowly patience waiting to pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us, to keep Him standing there!

O Jesus, Thou art knocking; and lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle, and tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge, so patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal, so fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, Thou art pleading in accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children, and will you treat Me so?”
O Lord, with shame and sorrow we open now the door;
Dear Saviour, enter, enter, and leave us nevermore.

If we look at some of the major world religions, we find that Buddha, Muhammad and Confucius all identified themselves as teachers or prophets, not equals with God.

The one exception to this was Jesus, as although He talked about God, His Father in heaven, it was not from a position of separation, but from a close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him, had seen the Father, and  anyone who believed in Him, believed in the Father, His Father, God.

This is backed up in scripture in John 8:12-19 (The Message):

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.” Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed. You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. That fulfils the conditions set down in God’s Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me.” They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?” Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.”

God revealed himself fully to the world when He sent Jesus, his son to earth to live as a human. So let Jesus’ teachings of God ring true to you, and come to God the Father through Jesus His son, today.

Troubled Heart

Posted: September 5, 2014 in bible, depression, life, love, music, Relationships, religion, stress
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Is your heart troubled? Have a read at the following, they are words which reassure us that even when we feel as if we are at our lowest and there’s no-one there for us, God is with us and will fill our troubled heart with love:

A screaming man falls to his knees
His broken heart, inflicts the pain
He’s withdrawn, no one knows his name
One mistake, now he’s lost in shame

Amidst the pain, you’re not alone
Though you can’t see through the haze
His eyes of love are staring down
And He fills your troubled heart

Yes it’s true, that someone cares
Your perfect friend, never leaving you
Strength is gone and you’re feeling cold
You will know the truth that He told

Amidst the pain, you’re not alone
Though you can’t see through the haze
His eyes of love are staring down
And He fills your troubled heart

By Your grace You repair
The broken pieces within
Somehow You take a man
And make something more out of him

Amidst the pain, you’re not alone
Though you can’t see through the haze
His eyes of love are staring down
And He fills your troubled heart

Amidst the pain, you’re not alone
Though you can’t see through the haze
His eyes of love are staring down
And He fills your troubled heart

These are such great words of reassurance. Even when your world is falling apart around you, God is there for you. When you are alone and can’t see any sign of help, God is there for you, so as it says in John 14:1-4 (NIV):

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”