Sunday

(GOD speaking) “To the one who comes near me, I will show myself holy; Before all the people, I will show my glory.” (Lev 10:3)

When I was first introduced to GOD, I was beside myself. Shame, anger, bitterness flooded me and I just ‘knew’ that all the stupid and ugly things I’d chosen to do (my sins), wouldn’t let me go through.

I remember the immense sorrow that threatened to carry me off and away into the darkness of even more self pity.

Then what Jesus spoke came true for me: “No one comes to the Father, but he comes through me…!” He appeared. He gently led me. I didn’t understand anything about His blood or sacrifice – I knew only of His Awesome Forgiveness and Love for me.

This is my prayer for you and yours today. X

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Saturday

… focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity]… (Heb 12:2)

So many distractions, and GOD knows them all. Some are no more than gossamer and cobwebs while some are in fact quite painful.

So often we cry out, “what’s all this for?” But like someone said “love doesn’t know where it’s heading, but it knows and trusts the One who is leading.” X

Wednesday

… we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives.

Each of us is an original. (Gal 5:25)

If we could seriously grasp this truth then I’m convinced we wouldn’t go through half the la la were do!

Papà’s contentment means no more competing for attention, or putting our finances in jeopardy through trying to live well over our means. No more fighting depressive and demeaning thoughts, no more need for self gratifying toxic substances.

Lord Jesus. Please help us to lose the rubbish we’re holding onto and hang instead onto You … Amen! X

Tuesday

… discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. (Heb 12:4)

Don’t know about you but discipline is a 2-way street to me. Giving hurts just as much as the receiving. You yearn for your child to accept and understand yet all you feel is their anger and animosity.

Lord, please give me a teachable spirit. X

Sunday

Also at that time, people will say, “Look at what’s happened! This is our God! We waited for him and he showed up and saved us! This GOD, the one we waited for! (Isa 25:9)

I knew a guy who was extremely rich and whose stock line was “You can resolve any problem by throwing money at it…!” His wife died an alcoholic and his eldest daughter is seemingly not too far behind. His other daughter has been addicted to hard drugs since the age of 15 …!

Perhaps you’re reading this and thinking:

“… what must I do to be saved?” ….“Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” (Acts 16:30)

Sunday

(Jesus speaking) “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

… ‘just as I have loved you!’

That’s the killer punch. We whine, moan and groan over this command “but Lord, you don’t know what they’re really like! How much they drive us all nuts!!!”

… the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others]… (Gal 5:22)

Holy Spirit, please help me … X

Thursday

GOD spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the People of Israel. Say to them,

GOD bless you and keep you, GOD smile on you and gift you, GOD look you full in the face and make you prosper.

In so doing, they will place my name on the People of Israel— I will confirm it by blessing them.” (Num 6:22)

Thank you Jesus for bringing me every blessing of GOD. Everything I’ll ever need is in you. X