Share each others burdens

Galatians 6:2 is an interesting verse. It says, “Share each others burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

There are a number of simple ways we can share each others burdens.

1. Listen when people need a listening ear.

2. Offer encouragement that things will get better.

3. Help them to look to God in the midst of the situation.

4. Help them to return to God if they are away or in sin (see verse 1).

5. Offer practical help that might ease the burden.

6. Go with them to important appointments that may have bad news.

7. Pray for them and check in with them regularly.

These are simple things that can help carry each others burdens. They can help us to support each other.

Do you know anyone who made needs one of these things today?

God Bless,
Dave

Is this the right course of action Lord?

I have always been conscious of seeking God’s will and direction when moving into new things. One of the questions I often prayerfully ask is, “Is this the right course of action Lord?”

I know that I don’t have the benefit of being all knowing. I know that I am not all wise. I know I don’t know the future. I know that my motives are not always pure. As a result I need God’s help.

In Proverbs 16:1 it says, “We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer” and Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps”.

For me, the above verses offer some guidance when making decisions. I prayerfully think things through with my own reasoning that God gave me, I research and talk to people to gather information about a course of action. But ultimately I take it to God.

The “Is this the right course of action Lord” question has helped us to make wise decisions over the years. If God doesn’t say yes and we don’t have a peace, the move or change pauses until we do. If we don’t get peace, it gets put on the back burner or cancelled.

What things have you got in place to keep your plans before God? I think that is worth reflecting on today.

God Bless,
Dave

Trusting man or trusting God?

I was reading Jeremiah 17 as a part of my morning readings today and I came across a section with two very big contrasts. The section is verses 5-8 and is titled, “Wisdom from the Lord”.

Verses 5-6 talk about people who put their trust in humans. It says, “This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land”

It was written at a time when the people had turned away from God and to worshiping idols. They had taken their eyes off God and were trusting in other things, other people and their own strength to give them what they wanted. God says this way is cursed.

Contrast this to what God says happens when a person or people trust in Him. Verses 7-8 paint a much different picture.

“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit”.

The contrast is a polar opposite. If you trust in man you are cursed like stunted shrubs in the desert, have no hope for the future, and it is like living in a barren wilderness and uninhabited salty land. Or by trusting God you are blessed, planted in a good place, fruitful, always thriving, even in drought.

For me this paints a vivid picture of the blessings of trusting in God and following His ways. I want a life that is like verses 7-8. I want to be blessed and I want to use this to be a blessing. I want to walk with God and trust in Him alone.

Let us purpose in our hearts to trust God alone today and stay in the shadow of His wings. It is a place where we find blessing, protection and favour.

God Bless,
Dave

One of my favourite chapters of the Bible

2 Corinthians 5 would have to be one of my favourite chapters of the Bible. In the NLT it has two main headings – New Bodies and We are God’s Ambassadors.

Verses 1-10 talks about the new bodies we will receive when we go to be with the Lord. And verses 11-21 are about the ambassadorial role we have now.

I like the hope aspect of the first section. It helps me to look forward to heaven with an expectant hope and excitement. Like Paul, some days I long to go and be with the Lord and have my heavenly body with no aches, pains and struggles, but I know it is not time yet.

I also like the mission aspect we have in the second section too. It is not time to go and be with the Lord yet because we have work to do now. We are God’s ambassadors doing His work while we are here. We are given the task of reconciling people to Him (v18).

The hope and mission aspects of this chapter helps to keep me on track in life. If I am down and feeling sorry for myself, I have a heavenly hope of being with the Lord. If I feel directionless I can come back to the call of being His heavenly ambassador.

This chapter has always been one of my favourites. Many times God has spoken to me through it and many times He has subtly reminded of the things I have to do. It is a great chapter.

How about you? Have you got a favourite chapter of the Bible?

God Bless,
Dave

Experiencing peace

I love Philippians 4:6-7. It says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NLT)

I love that it tells us how to experience the peace of heaven in our lives.

1. It says not to worry
2. To pray about everything
3. And ask for what we need when we pray
4. Be thankful for what He has already done
5. Live in Christ Jesus

Then we will experience peace. Not the peace of this world, but the peace of heaven or God’s peace.

God knows all will be ok, He has all things under control, He owns all the resources of the universe and He will bring His plans to pass.

That is the sort of peace I want and need. Peace that comes from someone who is all knowing, all powerful and all present.

I just have to look to Him, trust Him and walk in Christ Jesus and I will have heaven’s peace. It is a promise from God.

God Bless,
Dave