Posts Tagged ‘Matthew’

Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV)

You wouldn’t turn a light on in your house and then cover it with a thick blanket to stop the light from shining throughout the room. Therefore, when we know just how much God loves us, we shouldn’t hide that away either. Instead we should be sharing that knowledge with those around us. i.e. We need to shine God’s light in this dark world.

Matthew 6:25 (The Passion Translation)

This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

What do you focus on in your life? Is your life centred around possessions and goods, or is there more to your life than that?

There is definitely more to life than our possessions – possessions may provide short term happiness, but they don’t provide the peace and contentment that I’m sure we all desire.

The peace and contentment we all desire can only be found in God. God is more than everything we need. He offers us really peace, contentment and happiness, if we simply trust Him.

How many people do you know who would accept you just as you are?

How many people do you know who you would accept just as they are?

There is of course one person who accepts each of us, just as we are. In fact He encourages us to come, just as we are. It is of course God.

In the bible we read how Jesus encouraged everyone to come to him, with all their problems and worries:

Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. ~ Matthew 11:28 (The Passion Translation)

Jesus encourage everyone to come to him because he could provide the nourishment and help we each need. Who else can do that! Therefore no matter what your need, or what problems you face, come to God, because He can and will help you.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Yes, life can be tough, but God never ever say life would be easy ever if we give Him our all. That is why He promised to help us get through every situation we encounter, because with Him, all things are most definitely possible.

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.