Paul’s prayer

One of the prayers from the Bible I really love is Paul’s prayer for the Esphesians. It is found at the end of Ephesians chapter three. It says…

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

When I read his prayer it makes me wish I could spend some time with him and be sharpened by him. Each and every verse in the passage has its own treasure and something to draw from. He is definately someone who I would have liked to be around.

I especially like verse 20 where it says that God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. I don’t know about you, but I can imagine some pretty big things. This verse tells me God is able to do way more than that!

Passages like this just re-affirm to me how great Paul was as a Christian and how big and awesome God really is! Somehow I suspect He is even bigger and better than my finite mind can fully grasp 🙂

Lawn bowls and sin

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the verse 2 Corinthians 5:17. It says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” It plainly says that we are changed and begin a new life when we come to Christ.

As I thought about it, I realised that my life before and after Christ is a lot like a ball used in the game of lawn bowls. For anyone who has played lawn bowls they know that the ball is weighted or biased in one direction. When you roll the ball down the green it moves towards that direction as it slows down.

Prior to coming to Christ my “lawn bowl” naturally moved towards sin. When I came to Christ and became a new creation my biase was corrected and turned completed around. Now when God “bowls” me down the green of my life I naturally head more in the direction away from sin and towards Him. It is almost like a bowler going from forehand to backhand grip on his bowling ball!

Now does this mean I don’t sin any more or have the desire at times to do my own thing? Of course not, but I find that as time goes on my natural inclination is towards Him and away from the sinful life I used to live and desire. There has been a fundamental change in my heart and mind.

So how about you? Which direction is your “lawn bowl” facing? Is it biased towards sin and pleasing the old nature, or has the biase been corrected and are you aiming towards Him and His will for your life?

Proverbs and wisdom

Over the last 12 months or so I have noticed my wife Larissa has been getting wiser and wiser and wiser. Every now and then she comes out with great pearls of wisdom which have been very impressive! She is definately becoming wiser by the day.

Recently I found out Larissa’s secret. She has been reading one chapter of the Book of Proverbs every day as a part of her daily devotion. Each day she turns to the next chapter depending on the date. If it is the 19th she opens Proverbs chapter 19 and reads it all and reflects on it.

I thought this was a great idea so I began it this morning this morning. I’ll let you know how I get on. I suppose you will notice in a few weeks if I suddenly start to become a wise guy!

God Bless,

Dave

PS. Just in case you were wondering. Yes Larissa does read my blog!!!

More on Stemcells

One of the key questions with the Stemcell debate is, “When do we think life begins?” More than any other question I think this will ultimately help us to make up our mind.

If we think about it a bit, if our position is that life begins when a child is born, we will think the stemcell debate is a non issue. If we think life begins when when we can see a developing child by ultrasound in a womb with hands and feet moving, then that will shape our decision. If we think life begins at the moment of the egg being fertilised then that would make us think a whole lot differently on the whole issue.

One of the things I have tried to do is look at some verses from the Bible and see what God says about conception and when He thinks life actually begins. Here a re a few I have cut and paste from BibleGateway.com…

Job 10:8-12 – You formed me with your hands; you made me,…You guided my conception and formed me in the womb. You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together. You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.

Psalms 139:13-16 – You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Isaiah 49:5 – And now the LORD speaks–he who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant, who commissioned me to bring his people of Israel back to him. The LORD has honored me, and my God has given me strength.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 – The LORD gave me a message. He said, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.

Three important spiritual truths

This morning I was thinking about the three most important spiritual truths I would share with someone if I was never going to see them again or that I was never going to be able to communicate with them again. I tossed around a lot of ideas and gradually narrowed it down to these ones.

1. You were made with a purpose

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”. This verse tells us that God has a great plan and purpose for our lives. He has a destiny that He planned for us before the world was made.

Because of this plan He has created us with certain gifts and abilities so we can play our part in it. Just imagine that we could have been born at any time in history, but God chose for us to be born now. We are not here by chance and we are not living at this time in history with no purpose. God has a plan and purpose for each of us and it is a great one! When we deliberately seek out God’s plan for our life and play our part in it, we find ourselves being the most happy and fulfilled as we can be in this life.

2. You were made for community

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:25 encourages us to “not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”. This verse tells us that God never intended us to go through this life alone.

God’s heart is that we would not separate ourselves from others, but we would journey through life with others so we can love, support and care for each other. God’s desire is that each of us will be a part of a vibrant community to receive encouragement and life giving teaching. Attending and being committed to your local church is the best way to be a part of a vibrant caring community.

3. You were made to be in relationship with God

Right from the beginning of the world we live in, God’s heart has been in relationship with each of us. In the Garden of Eden we see that God walked and talked with Adam in the cool of the evening. This is how close and intimate God wants to be with us. He doesn’t want us to have a a far off and distant relationship or an intellectual belief that He exists, He wants to be up close and personal with you and I.

This is the whole reason why Jesus came. He came to bridge the gap between God and mankind that has been cause by sin. Jesus came to die on the cross to pay the price for our sin. He took our punishment by His death so we could be blameless before God and be in relationship with Him.

If you would like to begin a relationship with God today, I would encourage you to visit my “Salvation” page above!

How about you?

What three messages would you share with someone you were never going to see again? Imagine if you have one last blog entry in you before God called you home…what would you say?

God Bless,

Dave