Posts Tagged ‘Matthew’

If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. ~ Matthew 5:46-48 (The Message)

God expects us to love everyone, even those who we may think are unloveable. We won’t get a reward if we love everyone, nor should we expect one, as if we love everyone, we are simply doing God’s will.

So no matter how difficult if may be to love everyone you come into contact with, ask God to help you see the good in each of them.

Jesus was always willing to help others no matter who they were or where they were. If you see someone in need, how willing are you to stop and help?

I suspect you’re probably thinking about what you’d do if you were walking along a street and came across someone in need of help. However what about those who are sitting right beside you just now, have you taken a minute to consider whether they are in need?

I don’t necessarily mean are they in need of food or shelter – but are they in need of support…someone to talk to…someone to give them a hug…

It can often be those closest to us that are most in need. But it can also be those closest to us that we are least likely to notice that something is wrong.

However, when we do look after the physical or emotional needs of others, we can consider it valuable work.

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me ~ Matthew 25:40

Nicky Gumbel recently shared this photo on social media:

I think in all the running around we do these days, going from one task to another, we can easily forget we’re here for a reason – God placed you just where you are to make an impact.

Matthew 5:16 ~ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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 making reassuring yourself that God is always with you:

Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you (Acts 18:9-10 NIV)

I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

 

Secure

Posted: May 22, 2017 in bible, cross, life, quotes, religion
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We hear a lot about safety and security these days, is do you have a place where no matter what, you feel safe and secure?

There is one place where everyone can find security:

 

Today is Palm Sunday, but do you know and understand why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace), the crowds paved his way with palm branches (this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah, in Zechariah 9:9.

These days, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.

 

Matthew 21:9-11 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosannain the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

So today, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.

Is there a particular seat or chair in your house that is your go-to seat, your comfy seat?

How about shoes, do you have a favourite pair of comfy shoes that you always wear when you know you’ve got to do a bit of walking?

Comfortable is something we all like to be isn’t it – Whether that is a particular chair, or pair of shoes, having enough money to live by, or even in our friendships. But what about your relationship with God, is “comfortable” a word you’d use to describe that?

I was reminded recently of a quote I found a few years ago by Francis Chan:

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will live comfortable lives, and this is confirmed Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV), as we read:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Our life may not always be comfortable, even though we’d love it to be, but be assured that God will always comfort and strengthen you.

Living in a time when every day the world seems to be more and more broken as hear about another conflict, or another natural disaster every day, can make us tired and downhearted.

mend-our-broken-world

Maybe it’s just as well we have the reassurance from God that He is all we need:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30

Remember God is there to lift your burdens

Lifeguard

Posted: November 3, 2016 in Health, life, music, quotes, religion, trust
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lifeguard

Do you know who your lifeguard is?

In Matthew 14:25 – 29 (NIV) we find the answer to this question:

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Are you one of those people who rushes about from task to task, taking little time for yourself?

Do you always say “yes” when someone asks you to do something or help them with something?

Do you help others before you will do anything for yourself?

If you answered “yes” to one or all of these questions this is for you!

time to rest

We all need time to relax and recharge our batteries, so while it’s good to be busy and help others, we need to look after ourselves. We will burn ourselves out if we go rushing around everyday without time to relax, so make sure you take some time out of your busy schedule to look after yourself.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)