The passing of Queen Elizabeth II left me feeling a little uneasy. I felt that a reassuring presence had been taken away. But I remembered that we do have a King and I felt reassured again…
We hold David up as an example, a paragon of virtue and as a type of Christ. And he is – but he is still a sinful human being and even godly men can err. David recognised his own weakness as a sinner; a rebel by nature from birth. But it is a great encouragement and relief to us that we can call upon a loving, merciful God when we mess up.
Of all the things that mankind seeks after, what would be the ultimate quest? What’s the one thing that we all seek, yet know we cannot attain by ourselves?
While life can often feel like a battleground – with all its ups and downs and struggles – we can live with real hope, knowing that one day, we will be with our Lord Jesus when the consummation of all our hopes are finally satisfied.
One of the most fundamental things for a Christian to grasp is who they have become in Christ. We can easily see the benefits of being in Christ: eternal security through the forgiveness of sins, a relationship with the living God and the hope that sustains us through our earthy pilgrimage, but what is it that underpins it all?
We have been given ‘Every Spiritual Blessing’ to keep us and to help us to stand in a world which is very much at odds with us.
In this series on Ephesians, I will explore these spiritual blessings, the heavenly weapons we have to fight with and the reality of sitting, walking and standing in-Christ.
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Further Reading: https://www.reachtheisles.com/post/my-hope-is-built-on-nothing-less
There will be times when you feel less than confident in following your calling, and this is understandable – the task can at times seem overwhelming – some days you may even struggle to get out of bed to do what you have been called to do, making all sorts of excuses. You will also inevitably face all sorts of opposition, not only from within, but also from without.
How can we be confident going forward?
The fifth part of series about Calling and Missions called ‘Be Ready’.
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It can be very tempting when engaging in ministry to get ahead of yourself, where the temptation is to ‘hit the ground running’, but, if we limit ourselves to our own efforts and imagination and work within our own comfort zone, we do exactly that: we limit ourselves and will fall short of what He has called us to do!
The fourth part of series about Calling and Missions called ‘Be Ready’.
A friend asked the question, “Is it okay to prune my shrub back hard because it has become unruly and leggy?” I double checked online and then answered in the affirmative. My friend was concerned it would look dead and woody, so I assured them that they will get some nice fresh growth when it grows back.
Does your life need any pruning to encourage ‘fresh growth’?
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In order to get us to the place where we can completely rely upon God and trust in His Word, our hearts must be prepared… the third part of series about Calling and Missions called ‘Be Ready’.
The third article in the series Be Ready…
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