We don’t have to strive in our own strength to love and do good for the purpose of ticking off some religious requirement. The apostle Paul said that “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts” (Romans 5:5), and it is with this same love that we can love others. We also read that “it is God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). Even the very desire to do good comes from the Lord through his Holy Spirit. May this thought encourage us today!
Romans 5:6 ‘When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.’
The Good News is that the Lord comes in our helplessness and gives us hope. He knows our struggles and our failures and steps in at the right time. As we remember His death and what He did for us on the cross, we celebrate hope. No matter how ‘utterly helpless’ our situation may be, He is our help and answer. He will enable us to live a life that He calls us to live.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for coming into the world to die and to give Your life as a sacrifice for me. I recognise that You are all I need. Help me in my walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 95:6
Now that Christmas is behind us, it still calls you and me today to gaze upon the beauty and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to adore Him as our Saviour, Lord and King.
As we end another year, rather than focus on the sorrow, pain, and regrets we experienced, let us focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and the blessings He bestowed on us. Try to find some quiet time to meditate on Christ’s love and grace, His goodness and mercy, His power and majesty. It is only as we adore and rest in Him that we will find true peace and joy so that we’re ready to start a new year.
Jesus exhorts us, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak (Mark 14:38).” To watch means to be sober, to stay alert. To pray means to be in continual communion with God. The devil is crafty; he is always trying to trip you. He’s waiting to slip into your life when you’re unaware, at a time when you think everything is fine and nothing’s going to happen. That is why you must stay sober and alert, every minute. In this way we can outsmart him. It’s not easy, flesh always fights against your spirit, but when you set aside time for prayer, the Lord will come and strengthen you and help you.
Very often I am asked, “What about all the good people in this world, will they go hell if they don’t accept Jesus?” The Bible clearly states: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So then, who can go to heaven? Only perfect people can. The Bible says only the blood of Jesus makes us perfect. “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 Yes, our goodness and all our righteous acts are not going to take us to heaven. We need a Saviour, and He is Christ Jesus our Lord.
‘Ah Lord GOD! You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.’ Jeremiah 32:17
Who is this God we are worshipping? He is the One who created the heavens and the earth? Our finite mind cannot even comprehend His greatness.
If you are believing for a miracle, keep these in mind. God has not forgotten you. He knows what He is doing. He loved you enough to give His Son to die for you. He is with you even when you do not sense His presence. Never give up. We serve a God who is bigger than all our unanswered questions. Pray and believe, and then leave the matter in God’s hands. He’s able to handle it better than anyone.
‘Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.’
– Here are the keys to a long and a good life. – Watch what you say and always be truthful. – Turn from evil and choose to do good. – Actively seek to live at peace with others and pursue peace.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” — Acts 1:8
Is this promise only for the early Christians? What do the scriptures say? “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:39). Jesus said, “If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). Acts 2:17 In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
This promise is yours for the asking. Ask and you will receive so that your joy may be full.
Lord , fill us with Your Holy Spirit and with Your power so that we can bring Your good news everywhere. In Jesus’ Name we ask, Amen