Posts Tagged ‘Matthew’

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:

We probably all cope/react differently to the death of a loved one. However there are some things everyone can do to help manage our grief, so today I’m starting a series of blog posts about some of the things we can do to manage grief.

Today is all about the reminding ourselves of the timeless promises contained in the bible to provide comfort for our sorrow, healing from our hurts, and peace in place of pain.

Isaiah 40:29 and 31 (NIV)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 34:18 (The Voice)

When someone is hurting or broken-hearted, the Eternal moves in close and revives him in his pain.

Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.

I pray that as you have read the above bible passages, you will have felt the Lord surrounding you with His love. I have found great comfort in these verses in the last few weeks and I hope that they will also help remember that God will help you find the strength to face each new day.

Yesterday while watching the TV a certain advert came on, one that says

Impossible…is 2 letters too long

This got me thinking about what we can and can’t achieve when wee have God in our lives…the answer of course being we can achieve anything when we have God by our side. I.e. in life, when we give our life to God, impossible is a word that is 2 letters too long!

Matthew 19:26 (NLT)

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Comfortable is something I think we all wish to be, whether that be financially, emotionally, in our friendships or in your home. But have you ever considered using the word “comfortable” when it comes to your spiritual welfare?

Comfortable is not a word I think you’ll find many Christians using to describe their spiritual journey, as we all still experience difficulties in life whether we believe in Christ or not. Therefore I liked the following statement 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.

This is all backed up my scriptures where again we are reminded that we will face difficulties, but God will be there by our side, throughout these times, and guide us through.

Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV)

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.

So just because you may have accepted Christ in your life, don’t expect your Christian journey to be a comfortable one. However be assured that God will always comfort you.