I am continuing to write on the theme, Building and Flexing Spiritual Muscles. As I have continued to build up my own spiritual strength through reading the Word from the Bible, I have become more confident in who I am. Through the Scriptures, I understand my gifts and talents, and have strengthened them to help me through everyday life, in my family, in my work, in my community and in my extended networks. It is a privilege to be able to pass what I ha...
Following on from last week’s focus on receiving and using Spiritual Gifts, today I am going to focus on God’s grace in carrying out some of these Spiritual Gifts. Grace to Every Member I have often considered myself on the receiving end of grace and to an extent that is true in that we all receive God’s grace, but it doesn’t stop there. The scripture verses today change the focus from ourself to others and talks about how we pass on God's grace to ot
Following on from my last post on Building and Flexing our Spiritual Muscles today we look at receiving and using Spiritual Gifts. Spiritual Gifts God has given each one of us one or more spiritual gifts and He expects us to use them. When we use our spiritual gifts in the way God calls us to use them then we continue to build our Spiritual Muscles more and more by trusting and coming under the power, love and guidance of our Heavenly Father, the more
Building and Flexing Spiritual Muscles Pt. 2 Scripture references from NIV Many in the world today want to flex (their so called) Spiritual muscle under the guise of doing the will of God, when in fact it is only their own ideas and will being actioned. In the past, this has led to wars and a huge mess in the church resulting in many casualties. Things may sound good and indeed be good of and within themselves but once actioned they are found to be not
This week I have been pondering these questions: What is Spiritual Muscle and how do we build it? We all know that to grow and maintain a healthy body we need to eat the right foods, drink the right liquids and exercise and do all these regularly and in the right quantities. It is no different with building and maintaining our Spiritual Muscle, what goes into our minds, through our thoughts, through our eyes, and ears we need to be constantly filtering
Proverbs 3:25-26 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. I don’t know about you, but there are those times where I am second guessing myself a lot. Was that the right decision? Am I listening to myself or to God? The “what if’s” start in my head, which can really to take me out. Over the years, I have learned that worrying about the future doe
God is not restricted by time, space, place or anything else. We are facing uncertain times at the moment. The pandemic has changed so much about the way we live. This uncertainty has a particular affect on our children, who will often hear adult conversations about shutdowns; job insecurity and the separation from the wider family. Their security is shaken by the changes that have taken place due to lockdowns, and those things that were so reliable
It is important to build truth and self-worth into our lives and the lives of our family 2 Timothy 1:7 says: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. This week, I am taking a closer look at a few Bible verses, which focus on confidence and self-esteem as reminders of our identity in Christ and the strength God gives us as a child of the King. As a Christian, I define self-esteem as having conf...
I am often surprised by the lessons I learn from children. Their honesty and simple questions cause me to stop and think about things, and learn new ways of understanding. You'll remember last week I stated: "We will never reach that point where we can say that we have learned enough. There is always something new to learn or a reminder that we are to continue to walk with God each day. It is important to strive toward the goal of oneness with God, an
Family Enrichment Through The Generations You may remember last week I stated: "You could say we didn’t do the best job of being consistent in having our family daily devotions, however God through it all was and is faithful." As I reflected further on this over the past week, I came to realise that whilst having a daily family devotional time is very important to us, it can't simply finish there. Our relationship with God and each other needs to go muc...