A key to staying pure

In the above passage from Psalm 119:9-16 it gives us some clues to staying pure in a world that tries to contaminate us and shipwreck our faith.

These clues all revolve around God’s Word – the Bible.

1. Obedience – the writer wants to obey God’s commands. This is a great place to start in staying pure – the desire for obedience.

2. Staying – next we see the writer declares they do not want to wander away. They want to stay on track with God.

3. Hidden – the next key is having God’s Word hidden in the heart. This means to hold it deeply inside or to cherish it.

4. Teach – in verse 11 the writer asks God to teach them His decrees. There is a deep desire to learn, grow and be taught.

5. Recite – verse 13 then moves on to reciting or speaking out God’s Word. This helps to hear it differently when the Bible is read out aloud.

6. Rejoice – the next key is genuinely rejoicing over God’s Word. The Bible gives us so much. Our salvation alone is worth infinitely more than riches.

7. Study – studying God’s Word is so much more than reading it. The best investment we will ever make in time spent studying the Bible.

8. Remember – lastly this passage reminds us not to forget God’s Word. Memorising Scripture is key to staying pure. Jesus quoted Scripture when tempted by the devil.

There are a number of things we can do in this life to remain pure. Much of it revolves around digging in to God’s Word – the Bible.

If we love it, commit to reading and studying it, we will be strong in our faith. This combined with prayer and relying on the Holy Spirit helps us to remain pure.

Blessings,
Dave

What I am for, not against

Increasingly I am finding on the internet people are more than happy to tell you what upsets them or the things they are against.

People seem to want to continually tear things down if it doesn’t line up with their views.

I made a decision years ago to be a positive voice. I would rather say what I am for, than what I am against.

So today I thought I would share some of the things I am for.

1. The Bible – I believe the Bible is God’s Word to humanity. I think we should all read it, meditate on it and put it in to practice.

2. Prayer – I believe prayer changes things and it helps us to connect to God. I pray because I need to know God and I need His help and wisdom.

3. Family – I believe God wants me to be a loving husband and father. After my relationship with Him, I need to put my family next.

4. Fitness – I believe being physically fit and eating well is important. God has given me this body to live in and serve Him. I need to look after it.

5. Evangelism – I believe it is vitally important to share our faith in Christ. Jesus wants us to make disciples who become lifelong followers of Him.

6. Serving – I believe we all need to serve God by serving others. We should use our gifts and resources to make the lives of others better.

This is my list. It is not exhaustive. But rather than run other people or other things down, I thought I would share some of the things I am for.

Blessings,
Dave

Your unfailing love

Psalm 36:5-9 NLT – Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. [6] Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. [7] How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. [8] You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. [9] For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.

I read this passage as a part of my devotions this morning. I had to read it over and over. I love the way it talks about God’s unfailing love. It gives us a picture of just how deep and wide and vast it is. It even says that all humanity finds shelter in the shadow of His wings and He provides for us all out of His abundance. I couldn’t imagine a world without God. I wouldn’t want to! He truly is the fountain of life and the light by which we see.

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for Your unfailing love. It is so precious to me. I thank You that You provide for our needs out of the abundance and I can find shelter under Your wings. You truly are the fountain of life and the light of my life. Amen.

A day is coming

Zechariah 14:9 NLT – And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one LORD-his name alone will be worshiped.

This verse talks about a day when all false gods that people worship and all false religions will be no more. There will be no cults, no worldly charismatic leaders who deceive people and no doubt who the true God is. It will be a day when only He is worshipped and He will rule and reign over all the earth. As a Jesus follower I look forward to this day. How about you?

Prayer

Dear God, I thank You that You are the one true God who reigns supreme. You are far above all other false gods and worldly leaders. I look forward to the day when You come in power and glory and You alone are the one who is worshipped. Amen.

A triple-braided cord

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. [10] If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. [11] Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? [12] A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

I have found over the years it helps to have good people around you. Having family, friends, workmates who have your back makes a big difference. As today’s passage says having people around you can help you to succeed, help you up if you fall down, keep you warm in cold trying conditions, and even fight with you if needed. It reminds us of the importance of having good people around us by using the image of a triple-braided cord being stronger. Three interwoven cords are way stronger than a single thread.

Prayer

Lord, I pray that I will always have good people around me. I thank You for the good people who are now in my life. I pray that You will help us to help each other and as we follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Great hope and holding firm

Hebrews 11:13-16 NLT – All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. [14] Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. [15] If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. [16] But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

In Hebrews 11 it lists some of the heroes of faith. It talks about people like Abraham, Sarah, Enoch, Abel, Moses, Jacob and Joseph and the amazing faith they showed.

In verses 13-16 it gives us two tips that helped them to be heroes of faith.

1. Firstly, they had a great hope. They were looking forward to all the things God had promised. They believed what God said was yes and amen.

2. Secondly, they held firm to end. Even though they felt nomads and foreigners in this world, they held firm. We know this because it says they died still believing.

All of the heroes listed in Hebrews 11 did amazing things. If you haven’t read it in a while, I would encourage you to re-read it slowly and take it all in.

Two things that helped them was their great hope and decision to hold firm until the end.

Because of their commitment, we are reading about them thousdands of years later!

Blessings,
Dave