Posts Tagged ‘Matthew’

When you’re in a group or a crowd and each have their own needs and requirements, it would seem strange if the leader then wandered off to find another person who had maybe become separated from the group wouldn’t it?

Well Jesus did that – Matthew 18:12-14

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

I’m sure if you were that person who has become detached from everyone else, you’ would be happy that someone had come to save you wouldn’t you – I certainly would!

After seeing the photo I shared in yesterday’s blog post (Faith of a child), I have found myself looking at the bible for instances where the ‘faith of a child’ is mentioned or inferred. So I want to share a few of these with you over the next few days.

Matthew 19:14 (TPT)

Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones like these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of heaven unless he becomes like one of these!”

This is a bible verse I’m sure we’ve all heard a number of times, so I hope you still realise how important it is. The disciples scolded the people who tried to bring children to Christ, claiming Jesus didn’t want to be bothered. It seems the disciples never actually asked Jesus if he was ok to see the children, before scolding those who brought them. I wonder what made them think Jesus wouldn’t want to welcome the children?

Jesus was always willing to welcome anyone who wanted to come to him. We must we welcoming to those who want to seek God, so let’s make sure our church is open and welcoming to all who come through the door, regardless of their need, their background or indeed their past.

“And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew 6:14-15 (The Passion Translation)

In Again and Again yesterday I told you how God forgives us over and over again when we hurt him. But as the above extract from Matthew’s gospel we are reminded that although God is willing to forgive us over and over again, we must give Him something in return – We must also be willing to forgive those who hurt us, even though that can be one of the most difficult things we ever do.

When we forgive others, we act more like Christ, and so we show God that we want to be more like Him. So remember, to be forgiven we must also forgive.

God is always watching over us, and looking out for us, but rather than just wandering or faltering maybe we need to take the initiative sometime, and approach him when we’re struggling.

God alone can calm our fears and give us peace, because only he can take away all our problems and worries. So let God give you rest.

Life is such that we have things that make us worry. But worry can be destructive, on our mind all the time, eating away at our confidence and our ability, until we spend our whole time worrying.

We often worry about things which are out with our control, so in reality there is no reason for us to worry about them – That in itself is a sums up worry, and what it can do to us.

You may not realise it but the bible actually gives us guidance on how to deal with worry:

That seems simple doesn’t it? And it is simple – If we give all our worries, all our concerns to God, He will take them away. That doesn’t mean that those things we are worrying about won’t necessarily happen, it just means God will help us accept the future, whatever it involves, because we will have the peace and knowledge that God is with us through it, no matter what happens.

Believe in the power of prayer. Believe God is with you no matter what happens.

Matthew 11:28 (The Passion Translation)

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”

It can seem as if there’s no point carrying on when life gets difficult, but if we give all our worries and troubles to God and leave them there, we can be sure God will give us the strength to carry on.

So give God all your problems, and let Him give you all you need to make it through your storm.

 

We all get tired sometimes, we all need to rest, but do we ever really take the time to have the kind of rest we need?

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

The only rest that can truly calm our hearts and minds, is the kind of rest we can get from God. To receive that we must first give him all our worries, all our problems – He will then give us true peace.

Come to me by The Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters:

It’s awful when someone betrays you, but even worse when it’s someone you trust isn’t it. That’s exactly what happened to Jesus, as one of his disciples, Judas, betrayed him.

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus. ~ Matthew 26:14-16 (NLT)

Judas was paid to betray Jesus, so this got me wondering, could I be bought into betraying Jesus and denying my faith? I hope not! How about you?

Seeing the future

Posted: March 27, 2018 in bible, cross, death, disciple, Easter, life, music, religion, words
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There are people who claim they can foresee the future, and can tell what the future holds for individual people. I’m not sure I would want to see into my future, I’d rather just wait and see what comes my way.

If you knew you were going to die on a certain day, how would you act? How would you approach that day?

Jesus knew the time was approaching when he would die. He even told his disciples several times what lay ahead for Him:

Matthew 20:17-19 (NLV)

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He talked also to the twelve followers by the side of the road. He said, “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the religious leaders and to the teachers of the Law. They will say that He must be put to death. They will hand Him over to the people who do not know God. They will make fun of Him and will beat Him. They will nail Him to a cross. Three days later He will be raised to life.”

How would you react if you knew this is what your future held? I leave my future in God’s hands, how about you?

Yesterday I spoke about how in life we need to experience ‘rain’ so that we can gain real life experience, as well as growing in our spiritual life. But when the ‘rain’ showers are particularly heavy and persistent, we may feel like we are drowning.

Matthew 8:28 (Living bible)

But Jesus answered, “O you men of little faith! Why are you so frightened?” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and the storm subsided and all was calm.

As these words from Matthew’s gospel remind us, Jesus can calm the most persistent and heaviest of storms. We just need to believe he can calm our storms, because he will!

God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble. ~ Nahum 1:7 (The Message)