As the Good Shepherd Jesus leads us when we listen to His voice. As sheep we must learn to hear and recognise the voice of Jesus. When He leads us He goes before us to prepare the way and continually checks that we don’t lag behind. His whole job is focussed on guiding, protecting and feeding us. What better place to be is there than with Jesus?
When in difficult circumstances Jesus is as likely to change you than He is your circumstances.
To put God into a box is to deform and misunderstand His reality. To celebrate the mystery that is God is to bring Him glory.
If we live in the light and Biblical truth that, once saved, we are saints – we are far more likely to live Christ-like lives than if we live with the false assumption that we are still just miserable sinners. When you see your life as God sees it our whole life can be changed around.
When Jesus invites us to follow Him He offers us a wonderful life where every tear is wiped away and no mourning will take place. However, that is all to come. When Jesus asks us to follow Him he gives it to us straight. If you follow me you will have troubles. You will be persecuted. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean your life will suddenly become simple, sorted and wonderful, but it does mean you will have Jesus with you every step of the way. It means we may have the promise of a tough life but with a wonderful pension plan!!
We live in a broken world. We live in a fallen world. Things were not meant to be this way. We have to keep reminding ourselves that this is just temporary. This is not our home. We are just passing through. Heaven is waiting!!
Sometimes you will find that you just don’t have the words to say when you pray. It is in those times that God easily interprets our cries, our screams, our sighs, our tears, our squeals of frustration and even our silence. Turn your focus to God because He always hears you.
If you are barely hanging on, perhaps it is time to let go and let God. God’s power is most evident in our weakness.
If your life contains a deep relationship with Jesus Christ you can weather any storm and still not be afraid of the storm clouds on the horizon.
We have a choice each day to build people up or put them down. We can choose to be a force for good in the lives of those around us or not to be. We can decide whether our words will injure or heal. What will you choose to do today?