Thank You Lord

“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—how well I know it.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬‬

Have you ever thanked God for how wonderful He made you? This is a strange thought to many people because they do not think they are wonderfully made.

Many struggle with self esteem issues and feelings of unworthiness. While others think that this means you love yourself too much or you think you are better than others.

The reality is that God made us. He was there when we were in our mother’s womb. He made us exactly how He wanted and needed us to be. He gave us all we need to do His will in this life.

Dear God, thank You that I am wonderfully made. Thank You that You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for all the gifts, abilities and talents to do Your will in this life. I am thankful for all You have done for me. Amen.

God knows the heart

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The world looks at outward appearance or performance or reputation when deciding. God looks at the heart.

It is easy to get caught up in the externals when making decisions. It is easy to get swayed but someone who speaks well or looks good.

The key is to prayerfully seek God and draw on His wisdom. He alone knows the heart of a person. He alone has ALL the information.

God Bless,
Dave

Wise words

Wise words or using your words well can back a big difference in life. 

People who tend to take their time and choose their words carefully are usually respected. Those who blurt things out and say the wrong thing at the wrong time are usually not.

Wise words can also be about what we choose to pass on. When we hear something that is private and we pass it on our words can fail us. We can fall into the trap of being a gossip or worse still passing on things that are not true.

The wisest words of all are those found in the Bible. If we fill ourselves with the Word of God, we give ourselves the best chance of using wise words each day.

I would encourage you to “fill up” each day on God’s Word, be quick to listen and slow to speak, and prayerfully consider the words you use.

As today’s verse says there is the power of life and death on our words and wise words can satisfy us like a good meal.

God Bless,

Dave

Guard your heart

Guarding your heart is very important in this life. God says we should do this above all else.

Our heart in Scripture is used to describe the core of who we are. Our core or heart determines the course of our lives.

People often say that I really want to do this with all of my heart and we know they are really serious about something. Conversely, if they say my heart is not in it any more, then we know they are ready to move on.

So how do we guard our hearts? We need to fill it with good things like prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other Christians who build us up.

We also need to stay away from things that can wound or damage our hearts. We all have things, habits or people in our lives that we know are not good for us. 

The key for us to guard our hearts is to move towards God and away from the harmful things. It is so vital if we are to be and all God wants and needs us to be.

So guard your heart above all things, it determones the course of your life.

God Bless,

Dave

A blessing from Romans

I really like this blessing. It is one of my favourites to say at the end of my prayer when I finish a sermon.

I want people to be completely full of joy and peace as they trust in Christ. I want them to know what it is to overflow with a confident hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is one of those blessings like Numbers 6:22-27 when God tells Aaron that when the Priests say the words, God Himself will bless them.

Being a Pastor/preacher is a blessing. It is also nice to bless others by your words and prayers.

Have you got a favourite blessing?

God Bless,

Dave

Move on

In Philippians 3 the Apostle Paul encourages us to move forward in our life with Christ. In verses 13-14 it says…

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In these verses Paul wants us to do two things.

1. Forget the past

This means the old ways of living, past bad experences, old things said to you. These things can hold us back or even paralyze us.

In telling us to forget the past, Paul was someone who persecuted Christians and had them thrown in jail or killed. He knew what it meant the leave the past behind. It was vital for him and the people around him that he moved on from his past. Fast forward 2000 years, it is important to us that he did too!

2. Focus on what lies ahead

There are so many great things about following Christ. We have salvation, we live a changed life, we have the Holy Spirit, we have the privilege of serving God, we are growing to be more like Christ, we have our hope of heaven.

Paul knew for us to grow in Christ and be all that we can be for Him, we have to move on from our past and focus on what lies ahead. Even though he was a great example for us today, he knew he had not made it and he had to keep moving forward.

So look forward, run the race and look forward to the heavenly prize that awaits you.

God Bless,
Dave