Today a close friend is grieving a parent, my daughter is at her shift in the hospital where she works and it feels odd having a verse about a spirit raising Jesus from the dead, when this world is counting the cost of the pandemic in lives.
#Godspromises are true. Nothing can take that away and as both my friend and daughter take comfort in God, they are not alone.
God has left his Holy Spirit, who in essence is God. Do I understand this? No. Do I believe this anyway? Yes. This is faith.
We do not go through any part of life alone. When we accept Jesus this is God’s promise. God never leaves us, he is in the good the bad and the ugly, God loves us and accepts us wherever we are, whatever the situation.
Dear Father,Son and Holy Spirit I thank you that you never leave us. That you are with us in every circumstance, whether this is good or bad. Strengthen and bring peace to all that need you today. May they feel your presence stronger than ever. Please comfort the grieving, Bring strength to all who care and look after us. Bring rest to the exhausted. Let wisdom be in the hearts of everyone, doing what is right from following the rules, to showing love and kindness to each other. Amen
What a promise! #Godspromises do not get much better than Matthew 7:7
How many of us really pray and cling to this promise?
This is a promise for this world. This instance, this moment and no other. This promise used to bless one another and not for selfish gain, is life changing and mind blowing.
To me this bible verse from Matthew is the one we need to cling to and claim in the midst of this pandemic. Think of all the things Christians could claim in God’s name if we all stood firm and prayed this verse daily.
We thank you that Matthew 7:7 are your words and teachings. Just as we believe in you, we believe your words spoken and all you taught.
Lord Jesus we ask for you to be in our nation. To be alive and come in revival. We ask for stories of love and kindness to shine over the pandemic. For stories of healings and restored relationships. Lord Jesus we have asked we know and believe this is being given to us as we pray. Our hearts and arms are open to receive.
Lord Jesus we seek your wisdom through your Holy Spirit, for us personally and for our governments. In daily decisions doctors and nurses have to make along with all authorities. Let us seek with all out hearts so we find your wisdom abundantly through your Spirit.
Lord Jesus please open the doors in our communities. So we can share your love. Your gospel of peace. Let us encourage, support and build each other up through all your open doors, because once you have opened the door no one can shut it.
We claim these answers through your promise in Matthew 7:7 Jesus. You are our hope. Our deliverer, our all.
January is depressing. Even if you take COVID away, it is tough. I miss Christmas and the time I made to reflect on the nativity.
I have decided in the cold of winter and another lockdown that it is time to start looking towards hope.
The only place I know where to find true hope is through my Christian faith. So I have decided to start reflecting on God’s promises until lent.
God has so many promises and I think it would take me all year to find them, let alone put them in order. So all my choices over the coming days and weeks will be random.
When I think of God’s promises I think of rainbows. Rainbows have many meanings and symbolise a lot of causes, but to me it will always be God’s covenant with the world after the great flood. A promise of how God will continue to look after us.
God’s promises are true. The promise all Christians cling to and hold dear is John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
In this world it is easy to forget about hell. As a Christian you cannot believe in heaven without believing in hell. I also have to admit that if heaven is beyond our wildest dreams, I am scared that hell is beyond our wildest nightmares.
Therefore John 3:16 is the ultimate promise. It does not promise that we will not die in this world, but it does promise that if we believe God sent his only son to die for us, and that while in this world we live for Jesus, we will have eternity in heaven.
A life away from all that binds us on this world.
I don’t profess to know how this promise works, or that I am perfect because perfection only exists in Jesus. But in the middle of a pandemic with so much heartbreak and death around, I take great comfort in this promise.
The truth is we will all die at some point and our loved ones will grieve. I hope that this isn’t today, tomorrow or anytime soon. But no one knows.
I would rather everyone was to die at old age, peacefully in their sleep, but life does not work that way. I find huge comfort knowing that when I leave this mortal world I will be going to another where I will have eternal life with my friend and saviour Jesus forever.
When I see a rainbow, I see a promise of eternal life. What do you see? Where is your hope today?