We often ascribe glory to God but do we acknowledge God as our glory. What does it mean when we read in scripture God referred to as the 'glory of His people'. God formed us for His glory. In today's episode as we continue our study through the book of Jeremiah, we take a look at who we are created to be and where our loyalties and gaze should lie. We look at what it means to embrace God as our glory.
In our culture to stand up for the truth has become increasingly difficult as the world pulls away from God. We find ourselves in a time where sinful practices is the norm and Christians can often be perceived as those who seem to be disconnected from the progressive nature of our culture. But it is important to step out and step forth for the truth but it is not always easy as we can so often be riddled with doubt and fear. In Today's episode we begin a study through Jeremiah, we look at the very beginning of Jeremiah's foray into being called by God to be His prophet, His hesitation to his calling and God's response to it.
When we place our faith in Jesus, we experience His love and have a relationship with Him. But life is not always easy, circumstances can often dictate what we feel and give out to others. But God helps us stay faithful, loving and committed to Him. One of the crucial thing that help our hearts remain in that position with God is to have His word and truth engraved in our hearts. In today's episode we dig into Proverbs 3:3-4, which helps us understand what it means to have and to hold the word of God in our hearts.
Some situations in life can be very overwhelming and that feeling of being overwhelmed pours into us feeling that our prayers are barely going to make any difference. But we serve a loving God, who cares for His children and every single detail and concern of our lives matter to Him. None of our prayers are too simple or insignificant. Our prayers may be simple in words but if they are according to His will, in His hands they have power. In today's episode we will gain some insight and a fresh passion for prayer from a very familiar story in scripture - The Feeding of the five thousand. It will remind us that we can take all our prayers, however small and let Jesus have them, because in His hands is where they gain power to make an effect.
Scripture: Mathew 14:13-21
God does not just wants us to just know about Him, He wants us to know Him and have that close friendship with Him. We are blessed that the King of Kings calls us friend. What an amazing privilege. In John 15:15 Jesus says "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father, I have made known to you." In today's episode, we will dig into looking at what scripture says about being called a friend to Jesus, what that means and what kind of friend Jesus would find in us.
There are so many voices calling for our attention on a daily basis and many distractions that get in the way of seeking and hearing after God's voice and direction in our lives. But we know that His thoughts and plans are far better than any thing we can ever imagine and it is His voice and authority that truly matters. Listening to Him over other voices, including our very own is what we should be striving to do. Today we look at one such story in scripture that illustrates what disobedience and disregard to the voice and authority of God does and also reminds us of the importance to lay aside our pride and ego and be obedient and trust in God.
Scripture 1Kings: 22
Life does not always go our way and it can be difficult to walk diligently by faith during those times. Those tough moments can begin to etch at our faith. We are reminded in scripture to take what lays heavy on our hearts to Jesus. In Today's episode, we look at one such story in scripture that gives us a glimpse into someone who had great faith and did face those moments of doubt and will also help us see how we can approach those moments.
When Jesus calls us to step out and do something, we do not know how things are going to play out. Jesus asks us to step out in faith and trust. When we obey, we are blessed for our obedience. God looks at out heart and sees our willingness and obedience. And one of the best things is by our response of trust and obedience we get to honour Him. In today's episode we will look at the account of Jesus calling Peter and his brother Andrew to be His disciples. Peter sets such a good example of obedience for us and shows us the need to grow deeper in our own trust of the Lord.
What does the Holy week mean for you? As followers of Christ, do we tend to become a little lax in how we approach this week. We can find ourselves doing all that we need to outwardly but is our heart all in. As we set apart this week, may we ensure that that it is not just our actions but our very hearts that praise God for His sacrifice.
Holding onto unforgiveness can be very damaging to our soul. It eats us away from the inside. It is only through Christ that we can truly forgive and let go of that hurt and when we do, we experience His peace that exceeds all understanding. In today's episode, we delve into one such story in scripture that gives insight into how detrimental holding onto hurt and unforgiveness can be.
As Christians we are not exempt from the trials and troubles of life and nor are we ensured an unchallenging journey. So yes, we will feel the weight of worry from time to time. The things we worry about are not inconsequential or insignificant. It is a natural tendency for us to lean towards allowing ourselves to worry and disquiet our souls. Worry can exist in our lives with alarming ease of we do not intentionally look to Jesus and what His word assures us of. And if all we are focusing on is that which is worrying us, it further fuels our worry and drains our hope. So we must remind ourselves that our Heavenly Father has our best interest at heart and trust in His character and promises. On today's episode, we look at one such reminder in scripture of God's magnificent provision.
In the Kingdom of God, no one earns their salvation. It is purely a gift given to us by the grace and mercy of God. And everyone deserves Christ to be shared with them. Yes, we might think that is easy to do, but do we truly have a humble and obedient heart surrendered to God to do that in less than ideal circumstances or with people we might not particularly like. We may not realise how powerful our willingness to obey God and point people to Christ can be. On todays episode, we look at one such reminder in scripture that points to humility, obedience and sharing the love of Christ.
We inculcate practices in our daily lives to help us in our spiritual Journey. But do these practices take on a greater emphasis than the reason that they were started in the first place. Do we tend to use those practices as a measure for righteous living? Do we tend to judge a person's spirituality by certain self-set parameters. As I dwelt on this, it was a sobering reminder to be intentional in not allowing pride to creep in and think in this manner.