The Greatest Love of All
The day for chocolates, roses, cards and meals for two is beckoning as couples prepare to celebrate Valentines Day together. Is this really a day of expressing love? Should we store our most romantic gestures and emotions for this day? What about the 15th or the 16th, or your entire life spent together? Do you deserve to be loved and for this to be expressed everyday or only on special occassions? Well, the bible reminds me of God’s Love for you and me which has no boundaries and no limits. This love towards us is everlasting.For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39). This is the greatest love of all!
February’s emphasis and focus is LOVE. Well, lets ask a few questions? What does true love look like? Is it evident in your relationship? How do you express this love? Is it missing completely? The Bible reminds us in the 13th Chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians, the importance and power of love. It’s more than sensual feelings or romantic gestures. It’s deeper than words or emotions. Love expresses itself by action. God gave us the greatest expression of His love for us by giving His all…His only Son Jesus Christ. This is the greatest love of all. This is the standard to which we should aim for. Anything less, then we’re missing out. Let’s use this month to discover God’s love.
The novelty of the Christmas season is wearing off now and we are well and truly into 2014, with the frequency of saying ‘Happy New Year’ reducing rapidly. So also is the seriousness in which we are sticking to our resolutions list for the year. Can the same be said yet for the ‘seriousness’ and the attention you want to give to God? Let’s think about it like this, many resolutions come and go and are forgotten about or new ones are dreamt of. But there is one thing that remains constant. That is, the Love God has for you and the longing He has for you draw near to Him. I want to encourage you as we move rapidly into month two of this year, to resolve in your heart that you will run to Him in prayer and through His Word, whatever the cost. This is a resolution worth keeping!
A resolution worth keeping PART 3
A man or woman that prays regularly is giving him/herself the best daily workout he/she will ever need. The heart get’s worked on (Phil 4:7); the body becomes fit for purpose (1 Cor 6:19-20); our thoughts become holy (Phil 4:8); and we become stronger (Eph 6:10). Try a 10 minute workout of prayer three times a day to begin with and you’ll start noticing the difference. This is definitely a resolution worth keeping!
So, how’s the prayer thing going? Have you decided to make it a habit? If not, what are you afraid of? What’s holding you back? Seriously, what’s holding you back? Are you too busy? Are you too distracted? Are there more pressing things for you to do? Do you intend to get round to it later? Is this how you treat the one you love? The Father has lavished us with all that He has, that’s the extent to which He loves us and He asks us to draw near to Him in prayer so that He can release His blessing to us. Jesus died on the cross so that you and I can have direct access to the Father in His name. So, do you want a relationship with Him or not? If you do, then you’ve got a do better than you are. You can’t love someone when you spend hardly any time with that person. God is waiting on you to draw near. Check out what He has promised for you and let that encourage you and remind you that all you need to do is to walk with Him in prayer as He fulfills His promise towards you. This is a resolution worth keeping!
Welcome to 2014! Congratulations for making it into this New Year! It means that God’s purpose for your life is not yet finished. So, what next? Are you going to carry on where you left off in 2013? What needs improving in your life? Think about them, write them down, seek advice and begin to work at it. Are you unsure of what needs to improve, then how about your relationship with God through prayer? There is no better way to start the year. Write down what you’ve requested from God and the date, then write down the answers – exciting!
Are you fed up of a fluttering prayer life that only seems to go so high and so far then comes back to the ground again? Well you’re in good company. Why not commit to pray with another believer on a regular basis – say once a week? Resolve this year to move from prayerless to prayerful, powerless to powerful, weakness to strength, faithless to faithful, hopeless to hopeful. Why don’t you do something different to last year so that the result will be different?
Are you desiring to have a deeper relationship with God, then equip yourself for the journey. If you and I do the same thing each day for a month it becomes a habit. So, what do you do each day that have become habits? Is prayer in that list if it is, lets go deeper. What we spend more time on each day affects who we are and what we become. So, review what takes up your time each day. Reducing time on these and increasing your time in prayer will draw you nearer to God’s presence and will connect you more with God’s will and plan for your life.
Resolve to make prayer a priority in 2014. Start now, yes literally now. Enjoy your time with God!
Many have already hit the shops or will be from this weekend to buy gifts to give to loved ones. Some have got everything prepared and some want to just bury their head in the sand and are waiting for all of it to be over. God gave the world He loves, the greatest gift ever…His Son Jesus Christ. Everyone who receives this gift by believing ‘In Jesus’ obtains life forevermore (John 3:15,16). Here’s some thoughts before you start spending. What are you giving? Of what value is it? Will it last? Are you giving your best? Are you giving to receive back? What will it really cost you? What benefit will it be for the receiver? Jesus is our perfect example on giving. Will you follow His example? So then, what are you going to give this Christmas?