Posts Tagged ‘Matthew’

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)

First resort

Posted: August 27, 2014 in bible, life, love, music, pray, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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It has been said that,

Seven days without prayer, makes one weak.

Sometimes you hear someone say, “We’ve done all we can. The only thing we can do now is pray.” However prayer really should be our first resort rather than our last resort.

Jesus himself often went off to pray alone, setting an example for us to do the same. In Matthew 14:23 (KJV) it says,

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

If Jesus needed to go off and pray alone sometimes, how much more do we need to?

Praying should not be something we do out of duty or routine. It should be something we do because we truly believe it will make a difference because it is about talking and listening to our loving, all knowing, heavenly Father.

So don’t fall into the common trap of praying when there’s nothing else left to do, make prayer your first resort not your last resort!

You make my life a prayer to You
I wanna do what You want me to
No empty words and no white lies
No token prayers no compromise

I wanna shine the light You gave
Through Your Son You sent to save us
From ourselves and our despair
It comforts me to know You’re really there

Well I wanna thank You now for being patient with me
Oh it’s so hard to see, when my eyes are on me
I guess I’ll have the trust and just believe what You say
Oh You’re coming again, You’re coming to take me away

I wanna die and let You give Your life to me, so I might live
And share the hope You gave to me, the love that set me free
I wanna tell the world out there, You’re not some fable or fairy tale
That I’ve made up inside my head, You’re God the Son
You’ve risen from the dead

Matthew 11:28-29:

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Days can seem long and problems may seem endless, but God is always there to support and strengthen you. Just turn to Him and leave all your problems and worries with Him and He will give you peace.

Come to Me by The Pasedena Tabernacle Songsters of the Salvation Army: