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Everyday could be THE day!

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Matthew 28:1

‘Early’ … ‘New day’ … After such a huge loss, a blow to their dreams. Where did the Mary’s go? They went to the Lord. They keep some glimmer of possibility alive. possibility of what? Well they probably didn’t know. They just knew, having been with Jesus that life around Him was never that ordinary and surprises were very common.

Even against all odds It is still possible to keep a glimmer of hope alive. Everyday we can arise with a sense that today doesn’t have to be ordinary. Even if you’re in a valley it can be an above average valley. On a mountain? It will be an above average mountain!

God has raised you up. Live everyday like its ‘THE new day’ not just ‘A’ new day.

Rise early, choose hope, keep in a state of preparedness. Keep the lamp of your life trimmed and full of oil.

Trim means to shed unecessary loads, focus on whats important and then get the oil on it.
You can trim, be incredibly disciplined but have no oil – a ‘tight’ believer!
You can have oil but have a charcoaled wick, too short for the oil you have – spiritual with no feet on this planet! OR

You can be trimmed and filled with oil – a powerful combination when you keep your expectation alive each day.

Have a great day. See you in Church.

Don’t give up on them …

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1

It never ceases to amaze me the sort of people God uses to build His Church and establish His Kingdom. Paul, public enemy number 1 to the Gospel. Gideon, full of fear, hiding in the wine press. Moses, an orphan to his culture, a murderer and refugee. Jesus Himself came from Nazereth, the place they said ‘can anything good from Nazereth’.

God specialises in being able to reach the difficult, the unlikely, the rejected … And turns them into world changers.

King Saul becomes Number 1 enemy of David, God’s anointed. Saul appears impossible to reach. He’s in a moment of murderous anger toward David, yet the Spirit of God falls on Him on one occassion and he begins to prophecy (1 Samuel 19:23).

This could be your friend, your neighbour, your colleague, your family member or the next person you come across.

Never give up on the possibility of God reaching, saving and transforming the people in your world.

Remember friends bring friends to Church and they get saved.

See you in Church!

Confidence

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. Hebrews 11:1 NLT

Faith is confidence.

When faith takes a hold of you you can’t help but feel like all things are possible.  Our hopes are realised when we are utterly convinced it will come to pass.  This confidence will cause faith to take a grip in your spirit.

Confidence is a natural partner of a faith-life.

Dealing with the things that steal our confidence will prevent our walk of faith being jeopardised.

1. The nag of a guilty conscience because we haven’t sought forgiveness for things we’ve done wrong steals confidence.

2. Failure to forgive ourselves for things we’ve done will steal our confidence.

3. If we haven’t forgiven others for wrongs done to us our confidence is weakened.

4. Broken relationships can effect our confidence. If we are aware that someone holds a grudge against us, we should try and repair the relationship. If we’re unsuccessful, we should put it out of our minds.

Be confident – let faith determine your steps today!