Inspiration from the classic hymn. Today we learn that "submission" and "delight" are in fact connected when it comes to God. We can find "echoes of mercy, whispers of love" throughout our days, when we submit to God.
We close our devotions on I'll Push You as learn what real church looks like. It's not about the building - it's about the life in community, journeying together and pushing each other up the hill.
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Sometimes we are so busy looking for physical miracles, that we miss miracles right in front of us. It took the faith of his friend Justin to show Patrick what a real miracle could look like. What miracles might you be missing out on, because you're looking for the wrong one?? Wisdom from I'll Push You today.
On his I'll Push You journey Patrick discovers a wonderful truth about Sabbath: that it doesn't only have to happen once a week, but can be a daily practice in the way we respond to others.
Will you be fully present to the people you come across today?
Perhaps the most touching part of I'll Push You is the joy Patrick finds in serving Justin... and the joy Justin find in letting Patrick serve.
What joy might you missing out on, living for yourself? True joy is found in serving.
More inspiration from I'll Push You this week (do yourself a favour and buy the book!)
Justin and Patrick faced much criticism and discouragement on their journey. But they didn't let those negative voices dissuade them. How about you?
Justin and Patrick finally begin their Camino, and immediately face all kinds of challenges. But at the end of the first day, they're on top of a mountain! The easy road is never the rewarding one - take the long and hard road and find more joy on the top of the mountain!
I'll Push You is a story of deep friendship. Do you have a friend you trust with your life? Are you a friend that someone trusts with their life? Be inspired today by the wonderful friendship between Justin and Patrick.
As the I'll Push You guys began to prep for their journey, people came forward and gave money, time and more to help them out.
This is the Jesus way - giving of ourselves to help others. Are we valuing people above our money and stability?
Inspiration from a great book called I'll Push You - which you MUST buy.
Today we learn that if your WHY is strong enough, then the HOW will follow. What dreams are you not pursuing because the HOW scares you?
This week we are getting inspiration from I'll Push You (go buy the book!!).
Today we learn from Justin Skeesuck in his wheelchair, who decided to rather dwell on the things he could do rather than become bitter about what he couldn't.
If there was ever a moment where the devil thought he's outsmarted God, and humanity thought there was no more hope, it was when Jesus hung on a cross. But God had a plan! He can never be stumped or surprised, since his wisdom is unlimited. We can praise Him today for this reason, even in this storm!
The Psalmist reminds us that God sustains his people - like a sustain pedal on a piano, which keeps a note going even when it should have already stopped. We can praise God even in our storms for being our sustaining strength! Listen here:
The Psalmist tells us that God is a compassionate, caring God, healing the brokenhearted and binding up wounds. Why could Paul and Silas praise God in a prison cell? Because they knew he was caring for them even in their difficult time. Praise Him today, and know that nobody cares for you like He does!
Paul's lament in Romans 9 shows his deep concern for those who do not know Jesus. He would have willingly traded his place in God's kingdom if it meant his Jewish friends could come to Jesus. Let's remember to do all we can to share Christ with those who don't know him!
Many of the laments in the Bible were written when the writer became aware of their sinfulness. Do we still feel the same grief at our sin today? Let's learn a lesson from Hansie Cronje - who began to heal when he lamented his sin.
The writer of Lamentations 5 cries out in horror at the things going on in his world. Today, 2500-odd years later, the world looks quite similar. Perhaps today we can lament along with him, as we see the state of things.
The Bible contains many songs of lament. In Western culture today, we often try to bury our feelings, but the Bible writers certainly let their feelings out! Today, know that it's OK to lament the state of things - but direct your lament to God.
Even while he was alive, people who knew Bill Wilson spoke of him with the same respect and kindness you usually only hear at funerals. Such was his character of Christ-like love and deep faith. Be inspired by him today.
Bill Wilson died on an adventure gone wrong. When he realised he would never make it home, he wrote some moving letters to those he loved, ensuring them that "all is well". His faith in Christ gave him great peace, even in the face of death.
When times were tough on the adventures that Bill Wilson went on, his faith enabled him to still find joy. Much like Paul, who said "rejoice always!" Are we able to show the joy of Christ to others, even when things aren't going our way?
Reflections on Tim Hughes' worship song. When you look at the cross, you are looking at the price tag of our salvation. It cost God the life of His precious Son. This salvation is a free gift for all - but Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that while free, it is still costly.
Reflections on Tim Hughes' classic song. Hughes wrote this song in response to reading Philippians 2, which says that Jesus humbled himself, giving up his divine glory in heaven to die on a cross. Why did he do it? He did it all for love's sake...
Can we say that we too do what we do "all for love's sake"?
Reflections on Tim Hughes' famous song. God is our servant King! He was King from the very first day of creation... He will be King every day until the end... but most importantly, is He your King today?
Even though we have the manual, sometimes we just don't understand what it says. Sometimes we need others to help us discern the Spirit's counsel. Do you have people in your life who help you do this? Really, this is what the church family is all about.
David prayed that God would search his heart and reveal any offensive things within him. Would you have the courage to pray the same thing? Ask the Holy Spirit to convict you today, that you might turn from the sins you don't know are hurting you.
The Spirit of God is our great comforter, helping us cope with difficult times. Whatever it is you might be going through, stop and pray "Holy Spirit, comfort me" throughout the day, and as you do, may you be reminded that God is as close to you as the air you are breathing.
It is said that as a ship is moved through the water by wind in its sails, so the biblical writers were inspired by the Spirit’s leading. Can we say the same of God's work in our lives? Today, pray "Holy Spirit lead me" follow where the Spirit sends you.
As many South Africans return to the workplace after lockdown, we need the filling of the Holy Spirit more than even! Will you pray "fill me" throughout the day, and rely on the Spirit for your strength and joy?
One of John Wesley's most famous statements is "I look upon all the world as my parish!" Today Rev. Tim Attwell challenges us not to live in a religious bubble, but to follow in Wesley's footsteps in sharing God in all situations and cirumstances.
While Wesley may seem like a spiritual superhero, let's remember that he also dealt with failure. A disastrous mission trip to Georgia made him question even his own salvation. Today Roxanne Steyn from Bedfordview Methodist Church reminds us even when we fail, God is at work in us.
Wesley's time at Oxford certainly shaped him in many ways, as Rev. Ralph Afghan from Coronation Avenue Methodist shows us today. It was there that the Wesley brothers formed the "Holy Club", which - while mocked by some - formed them and many others for deep discipleship. Let us remember the importance of accountability in small groups, and let us not fear the mocking words of those who don't understand the ways of Jesus!
As a young boy living with his family in Epworth, John Wesley nearly lost his life in a fire. Rev. Lea Marumo from North Rand Methodist Church joins us today to remind us that even in the fires of life, our mighty God is with us.
The pivotal moment in John Wesley's life came one evening at a church meeting in Aldersgate - and as the Spirit filled him, nothing would ever be the same. Rev. Pete Veysie from George Methodist Church reminds us that we too can have an "warmed heart" moment like Wesley did.
John Wesley worked tirelessly to help the poor in his day. Today Deacon Quinton De Beer from Northfield Methodist challenges us to act on behalf of the less fortunate - not only because God calls us to, but also for our own growth in grace.
John Wesley knew that Christians need other Christians. Today Rev. Hilton Volkwyn from Benoni Methodist Church teaches on Wesley's system of small groups, and how we are always stronger when we do life together in community.
John Wesley was passionate about "spreading scriptural holiness throughout the land". Today Rev. Raymond Keet from Krugersdorp Methodist Church shares on what this means: avoiding harm, doing good, and attending the ordinances of God.
John Wesley was convinced that a vital spirituality was always a disciplined one! Today Rev. Trevor Hudson reminds us that the words "disciple" and "discipline" go together, and that by adopting certain spiritual disciplines we place ourselves before God, allowing his transforming love to flow into our lives.
In an age where women could "think much but speak little", Susanna Wesley stands out. Today Rev. Faith Whitby of Aldersgate Methodist Church Glenhazel gives us three reasons that Susanna was ahead of her time.
Rev. Terry Booysen from Penryn College in Nelspruit joins us today, to show how Susanna Wesley's life reminds us of the power of the Christian home, and the call on each of our lives to teach and model a life of faith to the next generation.
Susanna Wesley lived a difficult life. What was the secret of her strength? Rev. Dawn Brown from Witfield Methodist Church shares on how Susanna found strength "under her apron" in special times with God.
Rev. Louise Wernich from Northfield Methodist Church joins us today to share how Susanna Wesley embodied Jesus' words to "seek first the kingdom of God". She was a person of great devotion - let's learn from her and follow her example today.
Rev. Angus Kelly is with us today to explain Wesley's "Christian perfection" - not a state of sinlessness, but a state of perfect love for God and for others. Let us press on to achieve this perfection each day.
Rev. Ron Robertson joins today to teach us Wesley's wonderful view on assurance. In a pivotal moment in his own life, Wesley came to know that even HE was loved and saved by God, and this changed everything for him. May you and I find the same assurance in the saving love of God today.
Rev. Wesley Olivier from Pretoria North Methodist Church joins me today, to teach us that all CAN be saved. Wesley was a firm believer that God's grace is available to all people, but not all choose to respond to it. Will you respond to His loving call today? Whoever you are and whatever you've done, He is willing to welcome you with love.
Rev. Ralph Yelverton joins to teach us the first "all" in Methodism - that all people need salvation. Wesley himself discovered that his devout and disciplined Christian life could never "earn" God's love. He needed to be saved - as do each you and I!
John Wesley was ahead of his time in his inclusiveness - striving to help and strengthen those of different denominations and traditions. What about us? Can we "agree to disagree" with those with different emphases to us?
Our faith can't be resurrected in isolation. It takes people. Are our churches safe places for doubting Thomases? Let's learn to be gentle with those who struggle - and let's stay in community when we doubt.
Faith doesn't take a click of the fingers, sometimes it takes a long time to be resurrected. Thomas himself waited a week for Jesus to reveal himself again. How long have you been waiting? Don't give up - He is coming.
Rev. Zack Eswine gives a usual analogy about faith - like venturing out onto a frozen pond, one step at a time. If your faith isn't the size of Everest, that's OK: because as Jesus said, even faith the size of a mustard seed will sustain you.
Rev. Ray Goddess is back to teach us to rely on God's timing. Jesus only began his ministry at the right moment - but we tend to get frustrated and impatient with God's timing. Let's trust in Him fully, and remember that His timing is always perfect.
Baptism is a picture of the Easter story: burying our old lives in the tomb, and rising with Christ into new life. Have you been baptized? Maybe it's time! Or if you have, let Easter remind you of the resurrected life you have.
If Jesus' resurrected body was so glorious, why did he still have the wounds on his hands, feet and side? Bernard Wuellner's book gives us some answers. Let's praise Him today, because by his wounds we are healed.
God is a miracle worker, and we praise Him for the great things He has done! But Jesus was tough on those who didn't repent after seeing his miracles. Are we thirsty for miracles but unprepared to commit to the ways of God?
The second "O" is for "offer". What a wonderful opportunity to deepen our prayers lives, in this time of lockdown. Let's offer prayers for all affected and for those who are leading our nation through this crisis.
When John Wesley was caught in a deadly storm, he panicked... and marveled at the faith of his Moravian friends who simply sat calmly and sung in peace. He learned that his faith was too small. Are we trusting that death is not the end for us as Christ-followers? When death comes, let us not be found cowering in fear, but singing for joy.
God is not a cosmic killjoy! But when the lost ones come home, he throws a party. Yes, God wired us to enjoy good things in life.
Maybe our worship would be transformed if we came to church on Sunday to celebrate the lost ones being found!
The Father is excessive in his compassion - laying aside even his dignity, to love his children. Jesus, too, laid aside his dignity to die a shameful death for his loved ones. Know today that you are loved this much by the God of the universe.
The Father climbs over mountains to find the lost ones and bring them home. But we can still reject him!
As He stands at your door today, what are you going to say to the Prodigal Father? Will you turn him away? Or will you take his hand and head on home?
God our Father is prodigal in his generosity. What pleasures have you enjoyed in your life? Let Kristofferson's humble words be yours today: "Why me Lord? What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I've known?"
Above all the older prodigal seems to have a grace problem - wanting the rebel to get punished instead of mercy. But this is not the way of the Father! Let's come home and ask the Father to change our hearts to be more like His own. And let's not leave it - we don't know if the older prodigal ever repented, but we can make sure we come home as we repent today.
The older prodigal is so jealous of his brother than he misses out on a great celebration - much like I was once at a Casting Crowns concert! Is jealousy clouding your view? Give it up, and come in to the party.
The older prodigal thinks he is better than his younger brother, because he didn't rebel in a far-off land. This superiority complex is common in the church! Are we following Paul's words and considering others better then ourselves? Be humbled today, and come home.
The older prodigal serves without joy, and that doesn't bring glory to the Father or encourage anyone else to come home. Do we need to reconnect with Jesus, who said that when we live with him, NOTHING can take away our joy? Let's come home and recover the joy that only the Father gives.
If we don't run to a far-off land like the younger prodigal, the enemy will probably convince us to stay close to God but far from God in our hearts!
The older prodigal has an anger problem. Are we slow to anger like God? Or do we fly off the handle? Come home and give God your anger today.
As the prodigal journeys home he is overwhelmed by the love of a compassionate Father. Not one of us is good enough to earn his love, but not one of us is bad enough to be spurned by Him. Instead, when we turn and come home, He runs to meet us!
The prevailing religious belief is that a person has to earn the acceptance of God. But the prodigal finds out the good news of the gospel - that no good deeds can ever make up for the sin in our lives. We simply need to come home to the Father.
Why did the prodigal reject the Father? Was he a rebel with a cause or without a cause? Or was he trying to run away from pain? We're all prodigals in some way, and we reject our loving Father. Perhaps for you it's time to come home.
Bill joins us again to remind us that Lent can be a time to spring-clean our souls - through repentance and giving to the poor. Let's go deeper this Lent, turning from our sins and finding people who can do with our help.
Peter reminds the early Christians that the way they respond to the tough times they go through will be a witness to their love for Christ. The same is true for us! If we withstand our trials with hope and joy, people will wonder what is that gives us such strength - and we'll have an opportunity to witness for Jesus.
How can we be witnesses, when we didn't actually see Jesus die and rise from the dead? We can still testify firsthand about what He has done in our lives. This is our witnessing - telling the truth about how He has changed our hearts.
What is the role of the servant? To tend to the needs of the people, rather than to sit at the table and be served. Which are you doing? Sitting at the table? Or getting your hands dirty and serving? Follow the example of Jesus.
Surrendering our pleasures doesn't mean living a pleasure-less life... it means finding our deepest pleasure and joy in our relationship with God. We renounce worldly pleasures to enjoy superior pleasure in Him.
"The Christian who has stopped repenting has stopped growing" - John Blanchard.
Repentance should be a lifestyle, not just a once-off! And remember, such a lifestyle is so much better with friends to support you.
The call to repentance is not a moralistic scolding! ANYONE can improve their morals, but what Jesus calls for is a change of heart, which results in a greater commitment to good. Give him your heart, and see your morals change flowing out of your new love for him.
Some challenging words in Wesley's prayer teach us to be humble, and not worry about our rank in life. Whether we are placed high up or low down, our mission is the same: to love God, and care for the people around us with humility. Pray this prayer today, and gladly accept the position God leads you to.
Wesley's covenant prayer encourages us to let go and step aside when the time is right. This is a sign of great spiritual maturity - trusting God and letting go when he asks you to. Samuel did it in the Old Testament - let's follow his example, and pray these words along with Wesley today.
Wesley's covenant prayer challenges us to suffer for the sake of the gospel. The early Christians suffered greatly, and Paul said that suffering for Christ is a privilege! How deep is our commitment to our faith? Are we only committed to go as far as is comfortable? Or are we willing to suffer when God leads us into tougher places? He will always be with us, to get us through whatever we face.
Wesley's covenant prayer challenges us to put our hand and volunteer to be employed for God - to go for Him, wherever He may send us. But, like Isaiah, it is only when we know we are forgiven that we are ready to go for God.
Paul tells us to be different from the world - not fitting into its mold. But let's remember that while we are not OF the world, we are still IN it, and that we are different for a purpose: to draw people to the God who has saved us.
John was not different for the sake of being different. He didn't try draw attention to himself, but he pointed away from himself, saying that Jesus must become greater and he should become lesser. THIS is the different that the world is thirsting for - not our quirkiness, but Christ's greatness.
Fanny Crosby learned a great lesson in humility from her principal. In today's world it's easy to get puffed up and self-centred. But let's learn to be humble, because every ability we have comes only from our loving God.
Fanny Crosby was blinded at six weeks old, and yet she resolved to be grateful for the many other blessings she did enjoy. Are we miserable because of the blessings we don't have, forgetting the joy of the ones we do have?
As the year starts, I pray that our hearts will turn towards God. Let's be honest - distractions are going to come, and the world will try direct our heart away from God. But we must turn to Him this year, for only He can fulfill us.
If God were to look back on the year that just passed, what would he think? Let's rest assured: not a split second went by where he wasn't in control. Trust in him today, as the year comes to a close, for he is trustworthy!
Most royal births are full of pomp and splendour, with the elite being first to the party. But in the case of Jesus, it was the ordinary, working class shepherds who heard the good news during the world's first flash mob!
The presence of Jesus is a person's life can be disturbing, or threatening even! For He comes to take over and become King of your heart. Don't be like Herod and resist His Kingdom: surrender to this new King today.
The great mystery of the Christian faith is that God WAS one of us! He became a human being, but instead of being a slob, he showed us true holiness. Do we see HIM in everyone, including strangers around us?
Sometimes we need to trust God to do what we cannot; other times we have to take responsibility.
One place we can't afford to get this wrong is when it comes to our salvation: we can't TRY to earn our own salvation, we must TRUST in Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Sometimes God breaks through into our dimension to tell us that He is here. Some would say these are co-incidences... but the Christian knows that these moments are a tap on the shoulder from a loving God.
Leslie Weatherhead was a champion for ecumenism, and worked to bring the people of God together rather than being divided by our differing opinions. Let us remember that those who proclaim the name of Jesus Christ are our brothers and sisters, even if we disagree on the little things.