verse of the day

Monday, 26 September 2016

There is. [ Isaiah 1 v18 ]

I recently took someone to see the film,'' Big friendly Giant'',the two main characters in this film,is a young girl called Sophie and ,BFG.BFG, collects dreams,and puts them in glass containers,there is a point in the film where he lifts one the containers up and Sophie, asks him about it,he tells her,that it is bad,for it reminds us of  all the bad things we have done,and there is no forgiveness.As I heard these words I felt those words are among the saddest I have ever heard.Let me say emphatically  Gods word tells us,clearly that no matter what we have done in the past,no matter what it was, there is forgiveness for we read that,Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,and the worst of sinners.  [ 1 Timothy 1 v15 ]
                                    A prayer for forgiveness.
Dear God I come unto you and ask Jesus into my heart,I acknowledge all
my sins,turning from them,please forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Is this Hell?. [ Acts 16 v31 ]

There is a lot of suffering in this world,sickness,death,injustice,oppression,
disasters ,starvation,drought,crime,and so we could on.Some people because of what they are experiencing,see this life as hell,for they cannot imagine it being any worse than what they are experiencing now. Well lets consider this world,and why we have so much suffering,if we go to Genesis 1-3 we find the answer as to why so much suffering.In chapter 1,we read,''God saw all he had made and it was good''[v31].Everything was perfect,but in chapters 2-3,we read that something awful happened,I use the word awful,
, I wonder how you would describe it?, catastrophe ,ruinous,tragic,these words don't even begin to describe what happen.So what happened? man sinned,and from that one solitary action,paradise was lost,and instead of living happily ever after,we enter the experience we have now.this earthly existence ,for all, there will be degrees of suffering,and for many it can be described as a hell on earth,but it is not hell.Hell is a diffident place,and so is Heaven,the vital question is,have you trusted Jesus,that your sins are forgiven?,if you have ,then the very, very good news is ,you are going to heaven and not to Hell.
                                              A  prayer.
Dear God we thank that you have given us all,a great escape,from Hell,by sending Jesus your son,that if we believe in Him we will not go to Hell,
but to Heaven. Amen.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Him first. [ Matthew 6 v 33]

Godliness with contentment is great gain.For we brought nothing into the world,and we can take nothing out of it.But if we have food and clothing,we
will be content with that.People who want to get rich,fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into
ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people,eager for money,have wandered from the faith and pierced
themselves with many griefs.But you ,man of God,flee from all this,and
pursue righteousnee,godliness,faith,love,endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
                                       [  1 Timothy 6 v 6-12]
                                            A  prayer.
Dear Lord help us to put you first in our lives,and then everything else will
fall into place ,we ask this in your name Amen.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Drifting [Hebrews 2 v 1-3 ]

The book of Hebrews was written to people who had become Christians,but
where in danger of turning back  .There were reasons for this, possible they had and were experiencing difficulties[ 10v32-33/12 v4-12]The writer
of Hebrews in chapter 2 v1ff ,exhorts and warns them of the consequence
of turning back.In verse one,he writes, ''We must pay more careful attention
therefore,to what we have heard,so that we do not drift away''.It is the last part of that  verse that W. Barclay,tells us the Greek word Pararrein is used,and has many meanings.It can be used for a ring slipping of ones finger,and it is regularly used of something which has carelessly or
thoughtlessly allowed to slip away and become lost..Those words drifting away remind us not of a sudden action but rather a slow casual experience,
in other words we are not alert to the danger we are in,that of making shipwreck of our faith,As W. Barclay comments, ''There are few people who deliberately and in a moment turn their backs on God;there are many who day by day drift farther and farther away from Him'.This is serious,
and has serious consequences as the writer of Hebrews points out,when he
writes,''How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation''.[2 v3]
                                          A  prayer.
Dear God help us by your grace to follow our Lord and Saviour Amen.
[I will return to my thought for the day Saturday, every blessing]

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Mine. [ John 3 v 1-16 ]

I write about many things,hopefully guided by Gods Spirit,but what I must
never forget,that I must proclaim Christ.Seems obvious,but it is easy to mention many legitimate things,but it is Christ ,people need to hear about,as ,the one who ,forgives us our sins,and the one who free's us from its power.I can tell you what Christ means to me,what does He mean to you.
Our Lord asked his disciples,''Who do people say the Son of Man is?''.They replied,''Some say John the Baptist,others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.Then Jesus asked,''But what about you?,
''Who do you say I am?''.[Matthew 16 v13-15].William Barclay wrote,''Our
discovery of Jesus Christ must be a personal discovery.Our knowledge of Jesus can never be second hand.A man might know every verdict that has ever been passed on Jesus;he might know every Christology that the mind
of man had ever thought out; he might be able to give a competent summary of the teaching about Jesus of every great thinker and theologian-and still not be a Christian. Christiantity never consists in knowing about Jesus;it
always consists in knowing Jesus.He demands a personal verdict'

                                  Dear Saviour,Thou art mine,
                                  How sweet the thought to me,
                                  Let me repeat Thy name,
                                  And lift my heart to Thee.

                                 Mine,Mine,Mine, I know Thou art
                                 mine;
                                 Saviour,dear Saviour,I know that Thou
                                 art mine.
                                             [Words Anna Hudson ]
                                    


Saturday, 17 September 2016

I am far from perfect. [Psalm 51]

I am not a know all,I do not have all the answers,I have been following the Lord for 52years,Yet there times I act in an immature way,I say the right things,at times,but not always in the right way,I find myself judging others
but am pulled up by the Holy Spirit who reminds me that I am not to judge.
I get angry,but the Same Holy Spirit reminds me,that my anger is not acceptable.I could go telling you about my immature ways,yes I am a work in progress,and although it is painful to admit it,I know it is true.While God will perfect that which concerns me,I have a responsibility,to respond,to what He is telling me about myself,and seek by Gods grace to change.I must be teachable,and learn from others,who are more wise ,mature and
knowledgeable than I am,even if they are younger than I am,This process
called sanctification continues for all our lives,until we reach glory.
                                            A  prayer.
Dear God from the depths of our hearts we pray that you will help us to change,help us to be honest ,humble,and obedient,we thank You for the changes You have made in our lives,O God continue the process in Jesus name we ask this Amen.

Friday, 16 September 2016

No. [ 1 Corinthians 13 ]

As I began to read my Bible reading I read,''Husbands,love your wives and do not be harsh with them''[ Colossiams3 v19].My sense of humor took over
as I heard myself saying,no,I laughed at what I had said.Yet it is no laughing matter,because it challenges us to obedience,obedience to God.
Marriage we are told is not to be entered into lightly,because after the honey
-moon period,reality will begin to kick in.Husbands we do marry perfect wives,no more than our wives marry perfect husbands.In many cultures it is
the husband that rules,and often that rule can be harsh,can be severe with wives receiving a beating.The word of God challenges such behaviour,and
such an attitude,and challenges us all to love,if you want to know what that means ,consider the following,''Husbands, love your wives,juat as Christ loved the church,and gave himself up for her''[Ephesians 5 v25]
                                        A  prayer.
Dear God and Father help us love each other ,as Christ loved us. Amen.