Our only light in the darkness . . .
Call on Him today . . . He will give you peace and comfort in the midst of worry and fear!
. . . instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus ~ Philippians 4:6-7
It’s very difficult to know what to say about the current crisis. I don’t want to come across holy-moly or like a bible-basher. But I do know what God has done for me, and how He keeps me grounded in His love.
This year I am making my way through a devotional on Joy. About week 3 I almost gave up, because I’m not a usually joyful person, and was really struggling. In fact, until I started this journey, I had never really experienced Joy in my life. I am so glad I have persevered because I am learning that Joy is not a feeling of satisfaction in something I have done, or a happy feeling, or anything I thought it was. Joy is found in Jesus, and the sacrifice He made for me at Calvary. With Easter on the horizon, this is an opportunity for us to hone in on what is real in our lives and on where each of us is going with our life.
Somewhere in the new testament (not good at remembering references) it says that God has put eternity into the human heart. No wonder we keep trying to find ways to live forever. AH! But this is exactly the question for our times. Jesus is the only way to God and eternal life. He is the Way and the Truth and the Life, and no-one can come to God the Father except through Him ~ John 14:6
In these troubling times, what with bush fires, volcanoes erupting, wars, many other world events, and now this virus, I urge you to turn your eyes toward Jesus. I urge you to look to God. I want to encourage you to ask Jesus to come into your heart and help you. He will give you peace. He will guard your heart and mind and fill you with Joy.
Joy in the knowledge of Him, regardless of what is going on around you.
If you would like to learn more please click on the link at the top of this page Prayer For Salvation
I live in Sale in the Gippsland area of Victoria, Australia. The local Baptist church is my church home. We had church for the first time last Sunday via live streaming. If you have ever wanted to come to church, or even return to church, and have been too shy to actually walk into one, then why not consider joining us via the internet this Sunday at sbc.org.au/online at 10am.
PSALM 27:1 NLT ~ The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
The RSV translation says, Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
The AMP Bible says, Whom shall I dread?
Halley’s Bible says, Fearless trust in God as the strength of my life ~ sing, pray and wait on the Lord.
Matthew Henry ~ It is possible that I can be God’s light in the world around me. He is my salvation, in whom I am safe, and by whom I shall be saved. He is the strength of my life. Not only the protector of my exposed life, but the strength of my frail, weak, life.
Praise and Worship are the weapons of warfare!
Matthew 5:44 NLT ~ “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
Proverbs 25:21-22 AMP ~ “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
I always thought that this verse was heaping judgement upon those who wronged me.
But this is not to be understood as a revengeful act, but quite the opposite. The High Priest, on the day of Atonement, took his censer and filled it with coals of fire from off the Altar of burnt offerings, and then put incense on the coals, to create a pleasing sweet-smelling fragrance. The cloud or smoke of the incense covered the Mercy Seat and was acceptable to God for atonement. (Leviticus 16:12)
Samuel Wesley wrote ~ “So artists melt the sullen ore of lead, By heaping coals of fire upon its head, In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, And pure from dross the silver runs below.”
Dross is dirt, refuse, waste.
The writer of Proverbs 25:21-22 above, understood the process of creating something beautiful from refuse or waste.
Matthew Henry wrote ~ “We shall mollify (soften) them (our enemy) as the refiner melts the metal in the crucible, not only by putting it over the fire, but by heaping coals of fire upon it. The way to turn an enemy into a friend, is to act towards him in a friendly manner.”
This sheds a whole new light for me on this scripture. The coals heaped over the dross being refined (or in this case our enemy) by loving them, softens the piece being shaped and in relation to a person softens the heart to prepare them for shaping and moulding to what the creator wants to make. Out of waste comes hope and a precious new creation!
How cool is that!
. . . Is the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . John 14:6 . . . He wants to speak to you even over your morning cuppa!