We've learned in this series that David's Psalm 31 can be summed up as a "deep personal trust in God within the depths of difficulty". But as we finish this series, let's find out why we absolutely need to trust in God. The reasons are unending, but let's start with 4 - we trust in God for His stored up abundant goodness, for the cover of His presence, for His love when we need it most, and for our perfect preservation. Have faith! God has your back. Trust only in Him.
Welcome to the first instalment in our three-part series entitled 'In God We Trust', based on David's poignant Psalm 31, and get ready to be encouraged! Despite the trials of living in an evil world, we need never grow despondent because our Lord always meets us within the depths of our difficulty. We need to trust in Him only as our refuge, as our guide, with our spirit, in the knowledge that He, our amazing God, loves us personally. How awesome is that?
Time for a heart check as we continue in our Made New series examining 2 Corinthians 5. Ask yourself honestly: what motivates you? To be motivated is to be moved, Paul tells us. Instead of being motivated by the fear of man, we need to be motivated by a fear of the Lord, motivated within opposition, motivated by our love for Christ, and motivated by a new ambition. He made us His ambition. Shouldn't we make Him our ambition?
Today, we continue our study of 2 Corinthians 5, focusing on God's wisdom on how we define the concept of 'newness'. In verses 6 to 10, Paul reminds us that believers must "live by faith not by sight." Even through the storm, we are not alone because the Holy Spirit gives us the incredible gift of faith. If we have faith, and make our lives count, purposing to please Him, we will see clearly... and live clearly.
In the Book of Proverbs, God illustrates so clearly the undeniable Worth of Wisdom. Today, our discussion of Wisdom for the Irreverent asks us to test the state of our hearts as it relates to our Fear of the Lord: do we live in a state of awe, reverence, wonder and worship when we contemplate His mercy, His grace, His omnipotence, His omnisciensce? Be careful not to let irreverence erode your love for our one and only Saviour.
Kent Hughes said, "A thankless Christian is a contradiction in terms". Today, as we examine Luke 17: 11-19, we are powerfully reminded that if we are to live our lives for the One Thing, we must be constantly grateful for the grace and mercy of our God. Jesus Christ, perfect in every way, died for us unworthy sinners. May we learn to better reflect a humble and genuine thanksgiving!
Luke 14 tells the story of Jesus speaking to the huge crowds that had jumped on the bandwagon and started following Him. But what He says to them, and to us, is not what we might expect. If we are truly saved, if we are to count ourselves among His disciples, we must be prepared to suffer, to say goodbye to our old lives, to make many sacrifices. Yes, following Jesus does come at a cost, but when we're faced with the cost of rejecting Him, the answer becomes crystal clear. It's a sobering message, but so important for the Christian life.
Heart check time! Take a moment and ask yourself—and really think about it—what is my purpose? Is my purpose driven by earthly longings? If it is, it's time to hear God's truth again today as we delve into Acts 26:12-29. As believers in Jesus Christ, we're so blessed to have and hold a purpose of infinite satisfaction, where the gospel is our centre and making disciples our main goal. God wants to use you! Time to start living a gospel-centred life!
Today we are celebrating Christmas in July. 5 more months to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of our Saviour! Please enjoy our Christmas Eve 2016 message.
When we are saved, we assume that our worship of the Lord is pure and blameless. But in our continuing study of the life of David, we learn today that even he, a man after God’s own heart, could be presumptuous and careless in his worship. Beware of the warning signs that you may be living a double life in the sight of God! We need a pure heart and clean hands to approach the throne.