They began to celebrate what C. S. Lewis calls ‘the grandest miracle of all time’ the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas was birthed out of a pagan context but it was not pagan. It was Christian. Christians decided to Redeem a date, 25th of December and honour the birth of our saviour, not Mithras or any other pagan God. Christmas was sacred not secular.
It’s more than just a rest from something; it’s a rest in someone. He doesn’t just take your burden off you, he gives you his peace, he gives you his strength, he gives you his grace and mercy, his encouragement, his friendship. Jesus gives you his life. Recieve from him and he will give you rest. Ultimate rest. Rest for you soul.
If you don’t prioritise your life someone else will. Your boss, your customers, your kids, your friends. Everyone wants a piece of your life. Every time you say yes to something you say no to something else.
Sometime busyness isn’t the problem; it’s a lack of purpose. Redefine your why and you can remove distractions, increase purposefulness and regain a sense of joy and satisfaction in what you do.
God has a great design for your life. A life that is restful, a life that is purposeful and a life that is enjoyable.
“If we are the body of Christ listening to the voice of Christ (In Scripture) in order to be built up into Christ, we have what we need.” Dr James White
Chase an experience which lasts a moment rather than truth which lasts an eternity. Keep feeling rather than thinking.
When you face temptation – the one who is able to withstand all temptation at all times is in you. When you face uncertainty – the all-knowing God is in you. When you face overwhelming obstacles – the all-sovereign God who is in control of all things is in you. When you face discouragement – the one who lived a perfect life on your behalf is in you. When you face fatigue – the same power that was with Jesus in his earthly life is in you. When you face great suffering – the one who suffered infinitely and on your behalf is likewise your great comforter who sympathises with you. When you face loneliness – the one who coexisted with the Father and Spirit for all eternity makes his home in you so that you will never walk alone again.
Discipleship is a buzz word in church these days. Everyone talks about it and everyone is wanting to do it and for good reason – Jesus said we should. In Matthew … Continue reading Discipleship
The Spirit’s primary vehicle for making God’s presence more real to you is in and through the scriptures. As you read them, listen to them, discuss them and sit under the preaching of them, God is ever present with you speaking to you in order to strengthen you, encourage you, prepare you and make himself known to you.
This is what we find in the gospel. God promises to be with us in a way that is different from being present everywhere. It’s tangible, it’s real, it’s close and it changes everything!
Either God is teaching you to rely on his grace and sufficiency through your pain, or he is teaching you to return to his grace and sufficiency through your pain. Joe Thorn