Posts Tagged ‘Peter’

For many, their gifts can be obvious – great public speakers, fantastic singer, inspirational teacher, Great musician, to name but a few examples. However for many of us, our gifts from God, our spiritual gifts may be less obvious, and in fact may we may not even know what our spiritual gifts are.

Every Christian has a dominant spiritual gift and many possess more than one. Spiritual gifts are not rewards, are not natural talents, are not a place of service, are not an age-group ministry, and are not a specialty ministry. They express themselves through various ministries which, in turn, accomplish a variety of results. Spiritual gifts are tools for building the church. They are a source of joy in your Christian life and influence your motives. A spiritual gift is a divine calling with a divine responsibility, because what God has gifted you to do, He has called you to do, and what He has called you to do, He has gifted you to do.

If you don’t already what your spiritual gifts are, how do you find out?

There are a number of surveys, tests you can do that will help you identify your gifts, just search for “spiritual gifts test” and you’ll find various online tests you can take which will help you identify your gifts.

Long before the world was made, God chose Christ to be given to you in these last days. Because of Christ, you have put your trust in God. He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great honor. So now your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1 Peter 1:20-21 (New life version)

When was the last time you thanked God for giving Christ for us?

Our faith and our hope in God is built on how much God loves us, and how willingly he sacrificed His Son so we could be forgiven. God had faith that we would love Him when He gave Christ to the world. So now it’s time for us fully repay God, by putting all our faith and trust in Him.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

Only when we give all our worries and concerns to God, can we truly find peace and relax.

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I was recently reminded of the following words from Peter 5:7

You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties on Him, for you are His personal concern! ~ J.B. Phillips

When we’re in trouble, God is there.

When we’re struggling to cope, God is there.

At all times, God is there, and will accept all your problems and worries if you just take them to Him.

What a fantastic remind that when everything seems to be going against as, we simply have to kneel before God and leave all our troubles at His feet.

When we pray, tell God everything that’s on your mind, that’s worrying you, because only when you do give all your worries to Him, will you find peace. God has promised to help us in all times of need, so all we have to do is give Him all our worries, and He will help us.

1 Peter:5-6 (NLT)

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honour. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

It can be tough when you’re struggling to cope with what life is throwing your way, people you have to work with or things in general just don’t seem to be going your way. However it’s during times of difficulty that your true faith in God will shine through…

1 Peter 2:20 (The Message)

You who are servants, be good servants to your masters—not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.

Maybe in life we’re never rewarded for our good deeds or our good works, but don’t despair, God notices. God cares that you continue to do good during times of difficulty, so have patience, and your relationship with God will flourish even during the darkest of times.

The dictionary definition of betrayal is:

  • To give aid or information to an enemy
  • To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance
  • To be false or disloyal to
  • To divulge in a breach of confidence; betray a secret.
  • To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
  • To reveal against one’s desire or will.
  • To lead astray; deceive.

What do you think of when you hear the word betrayal?

Your first thoughts are probably of a time when a friend or loved one has passed on information about you to someone against your will or knowledge. However I’d like to direct your thoughts to the most infamous betrayal of all time, and that is the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.

Luke 22:47-48 (NIV)

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Can you imagine a betrayal of the magnitude which Jesus suffered at the hands of Judas? One of Jesus disciples, one of his closest friends, tempted by Satan into giving Him away to the Romans. But it got even worse for Jesus, as well is Judas’ betrayal, Peter betrayed Christ 3 times by denying he knew Jesus.

Luke 22:54-62 (NIV)

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”  But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”  “Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

I can understand Peter’s denial of Jesus, he was scarred, he’d just seen Jesus arrested, he feared what would happen to him. But wait a minute, if Peter truly believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God, he would have put his faith and trust in God to look after him, even if that ultimately meant death.

So, if you were put in a situation where you are asked if you believe in Jesus Christ, and the penalty for following Christ is death, what would your answer be?

If I’m honest, I like many of you would have to admit that I would probably deny being a follower of Christ – Wow! What an admission I’ve just made! This Easter I pray that my faith in Christ may grow so that I can say without doubt that I would admit to being a follower of Jesus.

I pray this Easter that we may all experience the power of the cross, and grow in strength and faith because of that infamous betrayal all those years ago.

Mighty Is The Power of the Cross by Chris Tomlin

What can take a dying man and raise him up to life again?
What can heal a wounded soul?
What can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness?
What can mend our brokenness?
Brokenness

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

What restores our faith in God?
What reveals the Father’s love?
What can lead the wayward home?
What can melt a heart of stone?
What can free the guilty ones
What can save and overcome?
Overcome

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

It’s a miracle to me
And It’s still a mystery
It’s a miracle to me
The power of God
For those who believe

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is …….
Mighty is…….
Mighty is the power of the cross

Thank You for the cross
Love the cross
So Powerful…… ohhhhh yeahhh
What can take a dying man?
And raise him up to life again?

Worship You Jesus
By your wounds we are healed
By your wounds we are saved
Mighty is the power of the cross
Thank You Jesus for the Holy cross

Full Joy

Posted: October 16, 2009 in religion
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Hardly a day goes by without us hearing of someone saying, “Why me, why now, why this?”.

In Peter, he told the believers not to be surprised but the troubles and trials they experienced because they believed and followed Christ:
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
(1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV)

While we may not face persecution because we believe in Christ, as those Peter was writing to did, we do all face pain and suffering at some time in our lives. So these words of Peter can be used for ourselves.

Are you finding it difficult to be full of joy because your life is full of pain and hurt? Do you feel God is far away from you? Well Peter also reminds us to trust God even though we can’t see Him or even see Him working.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV)


Even when we are facing troubles, we too can express joy because we believe and trust in God. After all Christ wants us to enjoy our reward for following Him, He says so in 1 Peter 1:9 (see above).

The song Great, Great Joy sung here by the International Staff Songsters fits in excellently with my message:

Spiritual Home

Posted: June 7, 2009 in Bellshill, life, religion, Rutherglen
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What kind of weekend have you had? Have you been busy or have you just been relaxing and chilling out?

Well I’ve had a busier weekend than I’ve had for a wee while, having been a 3 meeting at the Salvation Army – 1 at Bellshill and 2 at Rutherglen!

For those of you who have not been reading my blog here’s a wee bit background – I attend the Salvation Army at Bellshill, but I was brought up at the corps in Rutherglen and transferred to the corps at Bellshill in 2002.

My cousin and his wife are the Salvation Army ministers (officers) at the corps in Keighley, and this weekend they came “home” with the Keighley Salvation Army Community Band, to lead the services at Rutherglen Salvation Army. As I don’t see my cousins and their family very often, I went along to Rutherglen last night (Saturday) and this afternoon (Sunday).

Although I’ve been back at Rutherglen Salvation Army since I left, it was still strange being back there, particularly as I played in the Rutherglen band! It was just like old times, especially with a number of my family also being there.

There were several times during the two meetings I attended at Rutherglen when I must admit I felt a bit emotional, not just because my cousin was back home and leading the meeting, but because spiritually this was my home too. So much of my Christian learning and experiences happened at Rutherglen, it was where I committed my life to God and publicly declared my love and desire to serve Him all my life.

This weekend, I’ve found myself reflecting on past times, but also the present and the future. I realised for example that without the basis to my Christian faith that I gained while I grew up attending Rutherglen Salvation Army, I would not be the person I am today. While I am happy in my service at Bellshill Salvation Army, I will be forever thankful to those at Rutherglen who taught me all able God and influenced/inspired me to be who I am today. Some of these folk still attend Rutherglen Salvation Army, others are now with God in heaven, others no longer worship at Rutherglen.

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation

So today, take a few minutes to think about those people who have had an influenced on your life (for the good of course!). If you are still in contact with them, thank them for the impact they’ve had on your life, after all they may not be aware of it! Say thank you to God too for these people as He is the one who is responsible for it all.

Have you influenced anyone or had an impact on their life?

With God’s help and guidance each one of us is capable of making a difference in someones life.

I pray today God will help you to make a difference in someones life.