3 Thoughts on Gods Steadfast Love

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“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day….But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” Psalms‬ ‭52:1 & 8‬ ‭ESV

To be steadfast is to be resolute or dutifully firm and unwavering. It speaks of strength, loyalty, dependability and constancy. Great characteristics of God we would do well to be mindful of this week.

3 thoughts come to mind when I think of Gods steadfast love which will be great to meditate on during this week when spending time with Him:

1. To trust in the steadfast love of God is to trust in God and that He is steadfast. Maybe we can only trust in the steadfast love of God because He is steadfast.

2. As He is steadfast toward us, we can then be steadfast toward others. As God is strong, loyal, dependable and constant, so can we be, wherever we find ourselves.

3. To be steadfast due to the steadfast love of God is to flourish and bloom (like an olive tree).

Think of the difference we can make as we walk with a desire to display the steadfast love of God during this week to those around us.

Father God, thank You for Your steadfast love, the kind which never wavers towards me. Help me this week to be the same towards those in my life. Amen

7 Words to Help Us Through the Week

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Sin, doing stuff wrong, drifting, getting carried away in the moment, willfully or by mistake, it happens. As someone who has chosen to walk with God the only question, the biggest question is this: what do I do in response?

One answer is I do nothing. Which could be considered more about me looking for ways to justify my behaviour and choices. No one got hurt, well not really, it’s just the way I am and in a world of tolerance and acceptance everything is alright, isn’t it?

When I do nothing, nothing changes. Which may not be a problem if I’m not wanting to take my walk with God as seriously as I should. When I serious I don’t mean hard, I just mean that in saying I love God, my life illustrates that love.

The other answer is I do something. Perhaps to stop, reflect and ask the awkward questions. Are there things I am doing, lifestyle choices, attitudes, even thinking which just doesn’t line up with the Word of God, the lifestyle of Jesus’ teaching?

We don’t always like the answers. Truth is though, when we place our lives in Gods hands it is now not ours, we have given it away.

The best answer is God has already done everything. And that’s where the motivation to want to live right comes from. King David was thankful for this overwhelming truth, and we capture His desperation within Psalm 51 as he doesn’t want to lose any part of His God.

Mercy. Love. Cleansed. Recreated. Renewed. Restored.Upheld.

Take one word each day. Think about what it means. Thank God for it. Meditate on the impact it has had on your life. Ask God to help you live a life worthy of what it means to you.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit [Psalm 51:10-12 ESV]

This Kingdom Life [2]

Every day is a kingdom day full of kingdom opportunities. The big question then is whether I am ready and willing to take them.

By entering the kingdom through surrender, I become a part of the kingdom story God has been writing since the moment of creation. I want to contribute something of value. This may not be the best way of putting it, what I mean is, I want my kingdom life to be just that, a life lived for the kingdom and to be a story worthy of being a part of the bigger kingdom story God is always writing.

I’ve just read that previous paragraph and I may be guilty of having made the kingdom about me, which it is not.

To enter the story is a privilege. To live within a kingdom that I was made for but didn’t know it. I was rescued into it. It’s almost exclusive but there is an open invite to join, you just have to come in through Jesus.

This kingdom life is where my loyalties now lay. As my life writes a story, the evidence will be there for all to see as to whether I kept those loyalties or not. God first, easy to say, harder to do. Yet this is where kingdom starts and ends for me. Jesus really is the answer to the question when it comes to this kingdom life.

This kingdom life is a journey. We don’t get it all worked out on day one. There is a battle between the old and the new. Even though we know the new is better we may still hold on to old habits, behaviours, thinking, attitudes and the like. But the decision has been made. It is the willingness to be a disciple from that moment which enables us to fully occupy the kingdom and experience all the benefits. Until the day when the future kingdom comes and everything is made perfect.

In the meantime I pray, ‘Lord help me to keep seeking You first, so my life may be a good story of how living in Your kingdom makes a difference. Amen’

Be in the House of God

“We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭48:9‬ ‭ESV

It’s by being in Gods House where some things often happen. 

As we gather together as a body of believers, with our focus not on ourselves but on the one who created us, some things often happen.  

Making the decision to be planted in a healthy, thriving local church is the cause for some things to happen in our lives. 

In Gods House we remember, we praise, we worship, we lift up our eyes, we focus on God. 

In Gods House we place our thoughts on His steadfast love, His faithfulness, His loving kindness and who we are becoming because of all He has done for us. 

In Gods House, in those moments I am reminded to keep making it less about me and more about God.

Today in Your presence I think on Your steadfast love and I smile to myself and I am happy, thankful and energised by the knowing all that You are to me. 

4 Reasons to Make Time & Be Still

“”Be still, and know that I am God. ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Life is such a rush these days, we are always on the move, time is passing so quickly, it’s all ‘now, now, now’. 

Due to the way of the world this idea of ‘being still’ takes on even greater significance. 

To pause. To reflect. To think. To spend deliberate, uninterrupted time with our God. 

Why? 

To counter the speed of all that’s going on around us in our life. 

To remember, like I mentioned yesterday, that He is God and we are not.

To thank God for all the good things He has done for us, is doing and will do. 

To pray and to ask God for the help we need. 

Psalm 46 is full of reasons to ‘be still’…

  • He is our refuge
  • He is our strength
  • He is our help
  • He takes away our fear
  • He is with us
  • He is on His throne 
  • His works in the world and in our individual lives are amazing

From personal experience, it is a good thing at the beginning of each day for me to take a few minutes and think about God. To be still. To read His word. To reflect. To pray. 

How do you make time for God, to reflect on His greatness and to be still in His presence?

It’s Not All About Me

“In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah”‭‭ [Psalms‬ ‭44:8‬ ESV]

How great ‘I am’ might be considered the cultural message of the day by some. Let’s be honest, we do love to tell stories about ourselves. 

  • Of our wonderful victories. 
  • Of our sad failures. 
  • Of the trials we are facing. 
  • Of how others have lifted us or pushed us down.
  • Of how much or how little we have

Too many of us just can’t stop boasting about our own accomplishments. 

Yet without God we are without. We are nothing. We can do nothing if He does not first provide the opportunity. Everything good comes from God.

I may think it is all me but it is not. It is all God. He won the victory. By His mighty hand I am saved. I am established because of all that He has done for me. 

When I make it all about me I embarrass myself not You God. I am ashamed how with my mouth I celebrate me over You. I limit me to my own ability when I forget the influence and impact You have had throughout my life. 

Instead I must make my boast about You. I must praise Your name above all others especially my own. I should give thanks for You forever. I choose to do this above either praising myself or wallowing in my  own pity. 

You are my God. In You I boast. To You I give all the praise and glory and honour. Amen!

He Leads Me

“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” [‭‭Psalms‬ ‭43:3-4‬ ESV] 

Knowing God has to be more than just knowing about Him. There has to be a willingness to follow, a desire to learn and to want to grow as a disciple. 

When we place our lives in Gods hands there is some faith involved, after all, we can’t see God. An exchange takes place:

  • We draw near to God and He draws near to us. 
  • We choose to walk with Him, He never leaves us and is always with us. 
  • We give up leading ourselves and instead give permission to God through His Holy Spirit to lead us. 

I make it sound easy but I know it is not. Stuff distracts us and gets in the way. Yet we must remember, in letting Him lead us we are in the best and safest hands. 

His light guides our path. 

His truth speaks to our hearts with direction. 

His presence and our opportunity to praise Him awaits. 

May today be one of those ‘He leads me’ days. May we be aware of His presence and give thanks for knowing Him and for all He has led us through. Amen

A New Song

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:1-3‬ ‭ESV

What great verses. They capture the heart of God toward us. 

He hears our cry. He then rescues us from destruction. He then sets us on a new path. Which mean He has put the new song in our mouth.

When you realise all that God has done for you then why wouldn’t you sing?

Every morning I do my best to take a moment to thank Him. To say thank You for saving me. I take a moment to give Him the honour He deserves for all the good things He has done for me. For setting me free. For the victory He won for me. For the opportunities that lay ahead because of Him.  

I sing my new song. 

What would your new song say today?