DAYS WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

“To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?” – Genesis 32:17

Life must have purpose and significance if you are to live meaningfully. One of the great truths of the Christian life is that it changes your attitude. Previously you lived without hope or expectation, but Christ now plants new hope in your heart.

When you truly start living in Christ, you look at life with new understanding. You will never again have to ask, “Is life worthwhile?” When the thoughts of Christ fill you and the Holy Spirit saturates your spirit, you realize the rich quality of your faith, and your life takes on new and exciting dimensions.

Lord Jesus, You came so that we may have abundant life. Help me to remember to come to You when days are dark, so that my life may be infused with significance and meaning once again. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.

A REASON TO LIVE

“Because I live, you also will live” – John 14:19

Despite how gloomy the future seems sometimes, it is important to remember that your life and future are in the hands of God. The Christian’s fate is not ruled by blind fate; God is in control of every situation in which you find yourself. He knows your needs and is always able to provide for you.

Through His death and resurrection, Jesus not only gave you life but also a reason to live. Through His Holy Spirit, He provides you with the skills to cope with life. Choose life and live it in the abundance of Jesus Christ, giving Him the glory.

Faithful Lord, in the midst of change and corruption that occurs daily, I know that Jesus lives and that He has made it worthwhile for me to be alive too. Amen.

SPONTANEOUS THANKSGIVING

“Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples.” – Psalm 77:13-14

We serve a wonderful God and King! Unfortunately we sometimes lose sight of, His greatness and end up leading petty, unfulfilled lives. Instead of growing into the fullness of His stature by focusing on Him, we try to reduce Him to our level.

God is great and Scripture resounds with His invitation for us to share in His greatness. Surrendering to His presence transforms dwarves into spiritual giants.

When you are aware of God living in you, your attitude to life changes and your heart will overflow with gratitude for the glory and beauty that God imparts to your daily life.

Wondrous God, because You dwell in me through Jesus Christ I can overcome all the negative things in life and be filled with all the goodness of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

“Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth.” – Isaiah 65:16

To the optimist, the simple things in life are a constant source of joy – spontaneous laughter, the bright rays of the sun, and the sounds of the birds in the trees.

People who count their blessings are extremely happy. Even in their darkest moments they maintain a spirit of hope and optimism, because they know things will work out well.

The more you count your blessings, the more it will seem as if God pours them out upon your life. Your heart will overflow with gratitude for God’s amazing love. When life becomes a burden and it seems ominously dark around you, recalling your blessings is a sure way to keep a healthy perspective.

Father, how will I ever be able to express my gratitude in words? You bless me with so many things that were I to start listing them one by one, I would need eternity to thank You. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.

BE ENTHUSIASTIC

‘I will sacrifice a thank offering to You and call on the name of the Lord. – Psalm 116:17

To really appreciate life, you need to keep your enthusiasm constantly alive. The gift of life must never be taken for granted or it becomes common and boring and you loose your sense of anticipation and vision for the future. Take time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of life.

What are you taking for granted? Your daily existence can so easily degenerate into mindless drudgery. If you practice the art of appreciation, however, you can change your life into a beautiful and exciting adventure.

Father, I appreciate all the beauty and wonder that fills my life day by day. Through praise, You keep my heart sensitive to the needs of others. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.

THE SPIRIT OF CALEB

‘My servant Caleb has a different spirit.’  – Numbers 14:24 NIV

Ever read the story of Caleb in the Bible? If he was alive today there’s a good chance he’d qualify for ‘Person of the Year’, someone who has done the most to influence circumstances for the better. Here’s his story in his own words: ‘I was forty years old when Moses…sent me…to explore the land…I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed…God wholeheartedly…that day Moses swore to me, “The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance”…So here I am today, eighty-five years old…as strong…as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…Then Joshua blessed Caleb… and gave him Hebron as his inheritance…because he followed the Lord…wholeheartedly’ (Joshua 14:7-14 NIV).

We can learn a lot of valuable lessons from Caleb. He had ‘a different spirit’ from those around him.
He was a positive, optimistic kind of person.
He believed that with God’s help every giant that stands in our way can be conquered, even when others say they can’t.
He had a vision that he stuck to, even when he grew older and had to face tough circumstances.
He was willing to wait and work for it even though it took 45 years to fulfil. He remained totally committed to God.
So let’s ask God to give us the spirit of Caleb.
What Now?

Spend some time reading about Caleb (take a look at Numbers 13-14 and Joshua 14). Then ask God to give you the spirit of

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SOURCE: Culled from United Christian Broadcasters.

SHARE YOUR FAITH

“Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” – Acts 8:35 NIV

In Acts 8 we read the story of a high-profile leader who became a Christian. This man held a position similar to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Britain. And he was led to Christ by a low-profile person called Philip, a church deacon (have a read of Acts 8:26-40). Let’s look at how it happened and see what we can learn:
1) Philip was ready. When this man needed someone to explain the gospel to him, Philip was ready to do it. Are we ready, and willing? Are we prepared to share our faith with the people we meet? The Bible says: ‘Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have’ (1 Peter 3:15 NCV).

2) Philip was wise. He didn’t just barge in and start preaching or put this man on the spot. Philip was led by God’s spirit. ‘The Spirit said to Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it”’ (Acts 8:29 NCV). He recognised the right moment. He spoke to the man about the passage that he was reading before he jumped in and shared the gospel. Sometimes we need to build up a relationship with the person before we can tell them about Jesus.

3) Philip was clear. Instead of a vague dialogue about religion, he spoke directly about Jesus. That’s what people need – a relationship with Jesus. They need to know He’s alive, and that He loves them. He’s powerful enough to run the universe, yet personal enough to forgive their sins, break their habits, and resolve their doubts. Our job is to extend the invitation, and let Jesus do the rest.
What Now?

Spend some time writing down some key points you would want to tell others about who Jesus is and why they need Him in their lives. Then pray for an opportunity to share what you’ve written with someone.

FIND JOY IN THE SMALL THINGS

“Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” – 1 Timothy 4:4

Many of us tend to take things for granted – the colours of flowers, the songs of birds, the beauty of a sunrise – these are all things that many people barely notice.

It is only when you begin to contemplate a life without these blessings that you realize how colourless and uninteresting it would be if they were absent.

We should cherish and appreciate every blessing in our lives. We should learn to appreciate the wonders of God’s Creation and everything He has granted us through His grace.

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the everyday things in my life and for what they mean to me. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created Him.” – Genesis 1:27

When it seems as if nothing in your life is working out, when loneliness takes hold of you and despondency descends upon you, it is time to remember a few spiritual facts.

You were created in the very image of God. You are a spiritual being with a rich spiritual heritage.

You do not need to be at the mercy of moods and emotions beyond your control. You have been created for spiritual greatness, and when you live in the awareness of God’s presence, you will be fulfilled.

My Saviour, because of my spiritual heritage and the awareness of Your living presence, I can face life with confidence. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.

GOD MAKES LIFE GOOD

“Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.” – Job 37:14

We live in troubled and uncertain times where basic values and integrity have been pushed aside. Sadly, many people have given up trying to promote a sense of morality and have chosen to just go with the flow.

If you are in this position, then, like Job, you should pause and consider God’s wonders.

Reflect on the wonderful deeds of God. Out of chaos and darkness, He created this beautiful earth. He loved us so much that He saved us from the bonds of sin and death. Through the life of Jesus, He gave us an example of the fullness of life.

Praise Him for all His wonderful deeds and for His indescribable grace.
Lord, You fill my heart with gladness. Thank You for Your glorious deeds I see all around me every day. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.