Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Story Of God’s Love

Jesus tells us a story of God’s love. Jesus is the Story of God’s love.
In the preaching of God’s Word – the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), we have a story told By Jesus. It’s a story of God’s love.
In the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, we have the Story of Jesus. It’s the story of the perfect Son. Jesus is the Story of God’s love.

God loves us …

God loves us. He comes to us. He calls us to come to Him.
The call of Samuel is a vivid example of what God can do in the lives of children. Samuel’s early response to God set in motion a whole process of events leading Samuel to become ‘a prophet of the Lord’ through whom ‘the Word of the Lord… came to all Israel’ (1 Samuel 3:10, 19-4:1). Let us ground our children in Christ, encouraging them to have great expectations of what God can do in and with their lives as they grow up, loving Him. The people of Israel were ‘defeated’ by the Philistines. The greatest tragedy of this defeat was the ‘capture’ of ‘the ark of God’: ‘The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured’ (1 Samuel 4:10-11, 22). We may lose ‘goods, honour, children, wife’ (Church Hymnary, 454). The glory of God among His people – We must not lose this!
 
God loves us. His love for us inspires our love for Him.
Obedience is grounded in salvation. The Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:7-21) are preceded by the divine declaration: ‘I am the Lord your God’who brought you… out of the house of bondage’ (Deuteronomy 5:6). He has redeemed us. We are to live for Him. The Word of God was spoken to Moses before it was spoken by him (Deuteronomy 5:27). We cannot begin to live for the Lord until we begin to listen to Him. The way of obedience is the way of blessing. Our obedience is to be offered in a spirit of gratitude to God for His gracious salvation. Never imagine it is because of our obedience that God loves us. His love for us is always prior to our love for Him. Remember what the Lord has done for you, and your love for Him will grow stronger. Forget, and you love will grow weaker. Loved by God, let us love Him – more!

God loves us. He has called us to salvation. He has called us to service.
God has called us to salvation – ‘God has shone in our hearts…’ (2 Corinthians 4:6). He has called us to service – ‘having this ministry by the mercy of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:1). We receive salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:31). We are not to keep our faith to ourselves. We ‘believe.’ We are to ‘speak.’ This is God’s way of reaching ‘more and more people’ with His ‘grace’ (2 Corinthians 4:13-15). Our experience of salvation and our empowering for service are both grounded in one great gift from God: ‘God… has given us the Spirit’ (2 Corinthians 5:5). We fail our Lord often. Our faith is weak. Our witness seems so ineffective. When you feel such a failure, remember the Spirit. He will not fail you. He is our ‘guarantee of heavenly and eternal glory’ (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5).

Living As The Prophetic People Of God

'Living as the prophetic people of God': How should we approach this subject? We could embark on a lengthy discussion, centred on the question, "What is prophecy?" Here, I will suggest a general definition of prophecy, and then proceed to consider the principal connections between prophecy and the Christian life.
We may begin with two sentences from the 'Editorial Policy Statement' of the magazine, "Prophecy Today": "We define prophecy as the forthtelling of the Word of God ... Through the Holy Spirit the written Word of God of yesterday becomes the living Word of today."
When a fellow-member was leaving the Presbytery of Dunfermline, I was invited to speak on his behalf. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Dunfermline Athletic ('The Pars'). I used the letters P-A-R-S to characterize his ministry as Preaching Anointed by the Renewing Spirit.
What do we mean when we speak of this 'anointing'? Leonard Ravenhill, in the opening chapter of his book, "Why Revival Tarries" says two things - first, it is impossible to give a precise definition of this 'anointing'; second, make sure that you have this 'anointing'. 
We cannot take this 'anointing' for granted. It comes from above, from the renewing Spirit. It comes from the Lord, whose "mercies ... are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23). We trust in His "great faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:23), but we dare not presume upon this 'anointing'.
What are the principal connections between prophecy and the Christian life? What features can we expect to find in "preaching anointed by the renewing Spirit"? Basing our thoughts on 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 and 1 Corinthians 14:3, let me suggest five significant features: (1) Conviction; (2) Conversion; (3) Confirmation; (4) Courage; (5) Comfort.
  (1) Conviction 
Where the Word of God is proclaimed with a prophetic edge, there will be conviction (1 Corinthians 14:24). This is more than the work of the 'preacher'. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, and He works through 'the whole Church', through 'all' (1 Corinthians 14:23-24). The convicting power of the Holy Spirit is most mightily at work where the whole Church is conscious of its corporate calling to be 'the prophet to the world'.
What kind of preaching brings 'conviction'? In John 16:8, Jesus says, "When He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment". Where these realities - sin, righteousness and judgment - are taken seriously by those who preach the Word and those who hear it, there we can look, in humble faith, to the Spirit to exercise His ministry of conviction.
  (2) Conversion
God's purpose is that conviction should lead to conversion. We are to pray that the "unbeliever" will not only be convicted but also converted (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). Where the Biblical teaching concerning conversion is taken seriously by preachers and their hearers, there will be earnest prayer for the working of the Spirit in bringing men and women to faith in Christ. The essence of true conversion is described in 1 Corinthians 14:25 - "He will worship God". Where such worship is truly inspired by the convicting and converting Spirit, it will be offered with confession of our sin and rejoicing in God's salvation. This is where the Christian life begins. The convicting and converting Spirit brings us to an end of ourselves and the beginning of new life in Christ. If preaching is to retain its prophetic edge, the call to conversion must be heard.
  (3) Confirmation
"He who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding" (1 Corinthians 14:3). those who have been converted need to be confirmed in their new-found faith. In Christ, we are called to "safety, certainty and enjoyment". If we are to enjoy Jesus Christ, we need to grow in our assurance of His salvation. Scripture encourages us to "draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:22). This assurance grows in us as we rest in "the promises of God" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Through the working of "His Holy Spirit in our hearts", we grow strong in the conviction that "God is faithful" (2 Corinthians 1:20). The strengthening of our faith leads to joy - "the joy of the Lord (which) is our strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Preaching, which is anointed by the renewing Spirit, will not rest content with getting people started in the Christian life. Its aim will be to lead God's people on to "mature manhood" (Ephesians 4:13) by letting "the Spirit of the Lord" do His work of revealing Christ to us, and making us more like Him (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
  (4) Courage
"He who prophesies speaks to men for their ... encouragement" (1 Corinthians 14:3). At the heart of the word 'encouragement' is the word 'courage'. Prophetic ministry requires courage. It calls for courageous speaking and courageous living. The "word of exhortation" must be spoken (Hebrews 13:22). The word of warning must be spoken, together with the word of promise. The ministry of "encouraging one another" is to be exercised by every believer (Hebrews 10:25). We are to speak prophetically to one another, speaking out of a growing awareness that "the day is drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25). This is the ministry of "encouraging one another", confronting one another with the challenge of living with courage, as those who are "not ashamed of the gospel" (Romans 1:16). This ministry consists not only of the 'speaking' we associate with preaching. It consists also - and primarily - of the 'speaking' of the whole life, the life that is committed to being the people of God and doing the will of God.
A prophetic ministry, which brings courage to God's people, will alert its hearers to the fact of spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12). Together with the call to "be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might", the the call to "put on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:10-11), there will be the encouraging declaration that God Himself has "put on righteousness as a breastplate and a helmet of salvation upon His head" (Isaiah 59:17). To know that God Himself fights with them in this spiritual warfare gives the Lord;s people the confidence to take their stand on "the heritage of the servants of the Lord": "No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17).
  (5) Comfort 
"He who prophesies speaks to men for their ... consolation" (1 Corinthians 14:3). The word 'consolation' carries our minds in the direction of the 'consolation prize'. That's one step removed from the 'booby prize'! Prophetic ministry directs our attention to the greatest prize of all - "the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). With such a glorious prize in our view, we are given every incentive to "press on toward the goal" (Philippians 3:14). The link between consolation and courage is found in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter (John 14:16, AV). William Barclay makes some helpful observations regarding this word, 'Comforter': "The word 'Comforter' has in it the Latin adjective 'fortis', which means 'brave' ... A comforter was one who puts courage into a man". Not forgetting how great a function of the Holy Spirit comfort - in the modern sense of the word - is, Barclay insists that "to limit the function of the Holy Spirit to that, takes much of the strength and iron ... out of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit". Barclay advises us to take care with our use of "the word 'Comforter' since it is very apt to make the Holy Spirit the refuge of age rather than the inspiration of youth, the consoler of the sad rather than the spur and stimulus to prophetic living. This is our high calling. We are to live prophetically, as men and women whose lives embody the relevance of God's Word for today's world.  
Conclusions
"Living as the prophetic people of God": We speak here not only of prophetic preaching but also - and more importantly - of prophetic living. The preaching emerges from the living. If it does not, it cannot and will not be prophetic. If the Church is to be the prophet to the world we must live God's way and not the world's way. "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within ... " (Romans 12:2, J B Phillips).
 * The world does not take sin seriously. It may not be popular, but we must persist in asking the question: "Whatever happened to sin?" (John Hesselink). Today's world cannot really be understood without reference to the divine declaration: "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness" (Romans 1:18).
 * The world dismisses the 'born again' as fanatical extremists. When we hear this kind of thing, we must remember that it was our Lord Jesus Christ who said, - "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Whatever the world may think about us and say about us, we must take our stand with Him. We must continue to issue the great challenge that was first given out by Jesus, our Saviour: "You must be born again" (John 3:7).
 * The world challenges us, "How do you know?" We may be dismissed as arrogant authoritarians. However the world may regard us, we must take our stand on God's Word. Standing on His promises doesn't mean that we must speak with arrogance. It does, however, mean that we can speak with assurance. We do not speak on the basis of our own 'authoritarian personality'. We stand upon the divine authority of God's Word, the "more sure word of prophecy" in which "men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (2 Peter 1:19-21).
 * The world may look upon us as if we are "touched", "beside ourselves" (2 Corinthians 5:13). With boldness, we reply, "Yes, we have been touched - by the Lord": "He touched my mouth and said, 'Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin is forgiven" . Touched by the Lord, we receive courage to accept our prophetic calling - "Here am I, send me!" (Isaiah 6:6-7).
 * The world may write us off as hopelessly out-of-touch. 'Live in the real world', they tell us. We feel the pressure to conform. Alongside this pressure to conform to the world, there is a presence within our lives, a presence which has brought us into contact with another world, a world of grace, a world of glory. This powerful presence - the presence of the Holy Spirit - strengthens us in our experience of being "delivered ... from this present evil world" (Galatians 1:4). and our hope of of being "welcomed into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:11). As a prophetic people  , we are to live as a people of hope, a people who long for a "better country - a heavenly one", living not only for "the secular city" (Harvey Cox) but for "the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God" (Hebrews 11:16,10).
   "Where are the prophets now, when we need them so desperately? Who will step out from the crowd and be strong enough to lead?" (Steve Camp).
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"Christian Irishman", June 1996

A Godly, Christlike And Spirit-Filled Life

What kind of people are we to be? What kind of life are we to live? Lord, You're calling us to live a life of "love" (Proverbs 17:9). How, Lord, do we learn what love is? - We learn from You. You show us what love is - "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son ... " (John 3:16). In Jesus, we see perfect love - "The Son of God loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). The Holy Spirit fills our lives with Your love - "The fruit of the Spirit is love" (Galatians 5:22). Help us, Lord, to live a Godly, Christlike, Spirit-filled life - a life of love.

The Lord's Supper: Remembering and Responding

In our celebration of the Lord's Supper, our primary focus is on what Jesus Christ, our Saviour,has done for us. This is the "there and then" part of the Lord's Supper. We remember His death for us. We think of Him. we give thanks to Him.
There is also a secondary focus of attention. It's the "here and now" part of the Lord's Supper: our response to Him. We are not only remembering the story of what happened a long time ago. As well as remembering Him - what He did for us there and then, we are responding to Him here and now.
May God bless each of us in both our remembering Him and our responding to Him.

Couldn't care less! Can't be bothered! ...

Couldn’t care less! Can’t be bothered!
Many people have this attitude toward Jesus Christ and His Church.
Perhaps, it’s your attitude right now as you begin to read this invitation.
God’s attitude to you is exactly the opposite.
He cares for you! He is bothered with you!
God’s care! God’s “being bothered”!
Doesn’t that make you think, “What right have I to say to God, “Couldn’t care less! Can’t be bothered!
Take time to read this invitation carefully.
It may change your life.
 * Perhaps, you’re thinking, 'Why should God care about me?'
There is no answer to this question apart from the love of God.
Look at yourself honestly. God should really have given up on all of us a long time ago – but He hasn’t!
God sent His Son – Jesus Christ – to seek and to save the lost. God patiently waits for those who have lost their way in life (that’s all of us!) to come back to Him through trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour.
 * Perhaps, you’re wondering, 'How do I know that God cares about me?'
There is no answer to this question apart from the death of Christ.
Look at Jesus Christ honestly. He is so unlike us. He did everything God wanted Him to do. He didn’t deserve to die a criminal’s death – but He did: death on a cross.
Why did He die in this way? – “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
It should have been me! It should have been you!
Jesus Christ suffered “capital punishment” for us!
The cross of Christ turns our questions around – “How can we doubt that God cares for us?”
 * Perhaps, you’re asking, 'Can I – a ‘couldn’t care less, can’t be bothered’ type of person – be changed?'
There is no answer to this question apart from the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s be honest. The story of your life and mine is a story of failure. Don’t let failure hold you back from coming in faith to Jesus Christ.
Do you think that God will turn you away? – He sent His Son to save failures.
Do you think that Christ will look down His nose at you? – He died on the cross for failures.
Why do you say, “I can’t become a Christian. I’d be a failure”? 
A Christian is simply a failure who has received from God – through faith in Christ – forgiveness for the past, strength for the present and hope for the future.
Why don’t you receive this great gift – a new beginning with God – by receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour?
Don’t wait till tomorrow! Don’t wait till Sunday! Trust Christ right now!
We look forward to meeting you at Church this Sunday, as we thank God for Jesus!

Listen To The Lord - And Live For Him.

In our day, there are many who say, "Let us follow other gods." God says, "You must not listen" to such people (Deuteronomy 13:2-3). To follow the Lord's instruction is not popular. Nevertheless, this is what we must do: "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door" (Luke 13:24). Whatever the world may say, we must stand by the truth of God's Word: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).

When Christ Returns, There Will Be Salvation - And Judgment.

Each of the tribes had their part in the promised land. Each of Jesus' disciples, whom He called to Himself at the outset of His ministry, had his part in the work of the Lord. What God did with Israel and with Jesus' first disciples will be surpassed when Christ comes in glory: "You shall see greater things ... You shall see the heavens open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man" (John 1:50-51). On that Day, there will be both salvation and judgment: "The righteous man is rescued from trouble, and it comes on the wicked instead" (Proverbs 11:8).

Deliver us, O Lord, from religion without compassion.

1 Samuel 21:1-22:23
Deliver us, O Lord, from religion without compassion. We don't want to be Pharisees. we want to be followers of Jesus. Give us compassion - but may it always be compassion without compromise. Help us not to sacrifice truth and righteousness for the sake of relevance. Help us "to be the best that we can be for truth and righteousness and Thee." Help us to see what relevance really is. Help us to see where relevance really comes from. It doesn't just emerge out of our own minds, our own creativity. It's based on truth. We didn't create truth - and we don't create relevance. "Your Word is truth" (John 17:17). Your Word is relevant - because it is truth: truth unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. Lord, help us to be faithful to Your truth - and help us to care for people who need to be set free by Your truth, set free

What a difference there is between the love of power and the power of love.

1 Samuel 18:1-20
What a difference there is between the love of power and the power of love. The world is all about the love of power. You, Lord, are all about the power of love. Your power is never power without love. Your love is powerful love. Fill us with Your power - and help us to give glory to You, the God of loving power and powerful love.

Sometimes, Lord, it seems to us that some things just happen by chance.

Ruth 1:1-2:23
Sometimes, Lord, it seems to us that some things just happen by chance. You're saying to us, "No. It's more than that." You are working in us. You are showing us Your love. Day-by-day, You are showing us that You are the faithful God. You are the God of "amazing grace." Help us to say more than "These things just happened." Help us to say, "God has blessed us. Thank You, Lord."

We find it so easy, Lord, to forget You and all that You have done for us.

Judges 7:15-8:35
We find it so easy, Lord, to forget You and all that You have done for us. We feel the pull of the world - drawing us back to what we were before we met You, drawing us away from all that You are calling us to become. Give us grace, Lord, to remember You, to rejoice in You, and to be renewed by You.

Where does victory come from?

Joshua 11:16-12:24
Where does victory come from? Does it come from ourselves? No! It comes from You, Lord. You give us the victory. We give You the glory: "To God be the glory! Great things He has done. So loved He the world that He gave us His Son ... Praise the Lord!"

We thank You, Lord, that we do not fight against Satan in our own strength.

Joshua 10:16-11:15
We thank You, Lord, that we do not fight against Satan in our own strength. You fight for us (Joshua 10:42). Victory is never our own achievement. It is always Your gift: "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).

We thank You, Lord, that victory comes from You ...

Joshua 6:1-27
We thank You, Lord, that victory comes from You - "I have handed Jericho over to you" (Joshua 6:2). Help us to receive Your victory by faith - "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down" (Hebrews 11:30). We don't achieve this victory in our own strength. You give us Your promise of victory. Help us to believe Your promise - to receive the victory as Your gift, to stand upon Your promise and claim the victory that You give to us.

Help us, Lord, to be active for You ... and to wait on You.

Joshua 3:1-17
Help us, Lord, to be active for You - "the people who know their God will be strong and take action" (Daniel 11:32) -  and to wait upon You - "those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31). We need both - prayer and action, seeking Your will and doing Your will. Give us wisdom to know Your will, and courage to do Your will.

Help us, Lord, to "give a friendly welcome."

Joshua 2:1-24
Help us, Lord, to "give a friendly welcome" (Hebrews 11:31). What a difference the friendly welcome makes! It's the word of encouragement that makes us feel loved. It's the act of kindness that lets us know that love is more than words. Lord, You are our Father. Help us to be like You - "when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him" (Luke 15:20). What amazing grace! Before the confession of sin - "Father, I have sinned... " (Luke 15:21), there is the friendly welcome. It's Your grace that inspires our confession of sin. It's Your grace that leads us into the joy of Your forgiveness. It's not only joy for us. It's joy for You - "my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to celebrate" (Luke 15:24).

We thank You, Lord, that we have Your wonderful promise - "The Lord your God is with you" - as well as Your clear command - "Be strong."

Joshua 1:1-18
We thank You, Lord, that we have Your wonderful promise - "The Lord your God is with you" - as well as Your clear command - "Be strong" (Joshua 1:9). Without Your promise, the command is no use. Again and again, we fail to keep Your commands. Again and again, we need to be reassured. You are still with us. This is what we need to hear. This is where our strength comes from. It comes from Your promise. It comes from knowing that You never fail us. You have never failed us. You never will fail us.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

We thank You, Lord, that our determined enemy - Satan - is Your defeated enemy.

Numbers 33:50-34:29
We thank You, Lord, that our determined enemy - Satan - is Your defeated enemy. To us, the devil seems so powerful. In Your eyes, He is defeated - defeated by Jesus, our crucified Saviour and risen Lord. Jesus has triumphed over Satan. He has won the victory for us (1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15). Lord, Your Word says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 5:7). Will he really flee from us? He flees from Jesus - but, surely, not from us? Have we not forgotten something? - Jesus won the victory for us. He gives His victory to us. Help us to resist the devil - in the victorious Name of Jesus. He will flee from us. Why? Because Jesus is Lord over Satan. It's not us he's fleeing from. It's Jesus. When the devil comes 'knocking on our door', help us to send Jesus to the door - and send him packing!

Lord, You call us to be "soldiers of Christ."

Numbers 31:21-54 
Lord, You call us to be "soldiers of Christ" - to "fight the good fight of faith" (2 Timothy 2:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:12). When "the battle is fierce", help us to remember that "the victory is secure. The victory is secure - What a great encouragement this is to us! It encourages us us to keep on going when we feel like giving up. When we feel like we're falling down in the weakness of the flesh, Your victory encourages us to keep on standing in Your strength (Ephesians 6:10-11).

What blessing comes to us when the Holy Spirit comes to us!

Numbers 29:1-40 
What blessing comes to us when the Holy Spirit comes to us! We thank You, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Before the Holy Spirit can work through - to bring others to Christ, He must work in us - yo make us more like Christ. When, Lord, we pray for blessing, help us to pray for "the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).

We thank You, Lord, that Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, "died for our sins" and was "raised" from death for us.

Numbers 28:1-31
We thank You, Lord, that Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, "died for our sins" and was "raised" from death for us (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Help us to rejoice in "the Good News" (1 Corinthians 15:1) of our Saviour. Help us to hear Your great declaration concerning Jesus - "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17). Help each of us to say of Jesus - "This is my beloved Saviour with whom I am well pleased."

Lord, help us to put first things first.

Numbers 27:1-23
Lord, help us to put first things first. Giving glory to You is more important than anything else. You must come first in our life. Help us to "seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness" (Matthew 6:33).

Lord, Your Word gives us a much-needed warning: "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mould."

Numbers 25:1-26:22
Lord, Your Word gives us a much-needed warning: "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mould" (Romans 12:2). You're challenging us. You're asking us a very disturbing question - "Are you becoming more like the world or more like the Lord?" This is not only a disturbing question. It's a life-changing question. Answering this question honestly - This is the beginning of a better life, a life that brings more glory to You and more blessing to us, a life more fully in line with the "good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2).

Lord, we thank You for Your Holy Spirit. He leads us to Jesus, our Saviour.

Numbers 24:1-25
Lord, we thank You for Your Holy Spirit. He leads us to Jesus, our Saviour (John 15:26). Help us, Lord, to "hear what the Spirit is saying" to us (Revelation 3:22). He calls us to hear the voice of Jesus - "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him ... "(Revelation 3:20). He calls us to receive us the new life which begins, for each one of us, when we say, "Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus."

Help us, Lord, to look, listen and learn.

Numbers 22:1-41 
Help us, Lord, to look, listen and learn. We look into Your Word. We listen to what Your Word is saying to us.We look and we listen - so that we might learn to love You more. Love for You - This, Lord, is what our looking and listening are all about. What, Lord, have we learned if we're not learning to love You more? Teach us, Lord, to love You - more truly and more fully.

We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus is "the same yesterday and today and forever"

Numbers 20:1-29
We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus is "the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). When everything around us seems to be changing, help us to remember that Jesus, our Saviour, is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable in the great love that He has for us and the amazing grace that He shows to us.

We thank You, Lord, for Jesus - Your perfect Son, our perfect Saviour.

Numbers 19:1-22
We thank You, Lord, for Jesus - Your perfect Son, our perfect Saviour. In ourselves, there is sin. In Jesus, there is salvation: forgiveness for our guilty past, power for the challenges of our present - and glory, with You, forevermore.e hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him ... "(Revelation 3:20). He calls us to receive us the new life which begins, for each one of us, when we say, "Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus."

We look at ourselves, Lord - and our heads go down.

Numbers 17:1-18:32
We look at ourselves, Lord - and our heads go down. Again and again, Lord, we let You down - but You, Lord, never let us down. You lift us up. When we fail You, help us to remember Your faithful love - and to be lifted up into a life that is more faithful to You and more fruitful for You.

Lord, we are, so often, dragged down to the world's way of living.

Numbers 16:1-50
Lord, we are, so often, dragged down to the world's way of living. Again and again, we fail to respond to "the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). We fail to rise to the challenge of walking with You on "the high way of holiness" (Isaiah 35:8). When we rejoice in Your gift of forgiveness, help us, also, to choose the way of holiness.
Far too often, Lord, we keep our distance from You. You're calling us into a closer walk with You - but we draw back from You. You're seeking to change us - but we're quite content to stay the way we are. Forgive us, Lord, and deliver us from our self-centredness. Make us the kind of people that You want us to become.

We thank You, Lord, that You are our God - the God of our salvation.

Numbers 15:1-41 
We thank You, Lord, that You are our God - the God of our salvation. You have called us to be Your people. we have been saved by Your grace. Help us to live for Your glory. May we always be learning to walk with You. May we never forget to say of Jesus, Your Son: "Hallelujah! What a Saviour!"

Sometimes, Lord, we wonder, "Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?"

Numbers 14:1-45 
Sometimes, Lord, we wonder, "Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?" Help us to hear Your answer - Yes. There is: "I will be with you. I will never leave you" (Joshua 1:5). Strengthened by Your wonderful promises, help us to rise up and face the future with the confidence that comes from knowing that You are leading us on into Your glorious future: "eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

Keep On Worshipping The Lord.

" And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good works, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the ...