Monthly Archives: August 2016

Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).

Many things confront us in our days, things that bring discouragement, pain, frustration and anger. Lots of times we are reminded of our failures and sins, of our lack of control, of our frailty, our fears.

As Israel looked to their future God gave them wonderful promises – promises not based on what the future looked like from a human perspective. Our Father gives heavenly promises and if we take them to heart they will wipe away our momentary troubles:

“He is always with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Can blessings this great be found anywhere else in our lives? Is there anything as rich and full as these?

Dear brothers and sisters, find your peace and delight in Him, He’s good for it! “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).

Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).

Many things confront us in our days, things that bring discouragement, pain, frustration and anger. Lots of times we are reminded of our failures and sins, of our lack of control, of our frailty, our fears.

As Israel looked to their future God gave them wonderful promises – promises not based on what the future looked like from a human perspective. Our Father gives heavenly promises and if we take them to heart they will wipe away our momentary troubles:

“He is always with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Can blessings this great be found anywhere else in our lives? Is there anything as rich and full as these?

Dear brothers and sisters, find your peace and delight in Him, He’s good for it! “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).

Job 3:25-26

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26).

Job is in a place where his greatest fears have actually happened. He is gutted and does not have the strength to continue – all is turmoil and pain.

Sometimes in life we come to the absolute end of ourselves. We don’t have the strength nor the will to keep going. It is not true that we will always have the strength to endure what is placed before us! Rather, it is true that God has the strength to carry us through those times, when we are powerless.

On the cross Jesus prayed, “Into your hands I commit my spirit”. He had nothing left but to die, but in that moment He had complete trust in His Father – who could raise Him from death.

At the end of ourselves our only hope is in Him, but He can do all things – and He loves us. Trust/faith in Him is the only thing that can get us through so look again to Him who gives us strength.

Job said in the end, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:2, 4-5). We need Him!

Job 3:25-26

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26).

Job is in a place where his greatest fears have actually happened. He is gutted and does not have the strength to continue – all is turmoil and pain.

Sometimes in life we come to the absolute end of ourselves. We don’t have the strength nor the will to keep going. It is not true that we will always have the strength to endure what is placed before us! Rather, it is true that God has the strength to carry us through those times, when we are powerless.

On the cross Jesus prayed, “Into your hands I commit my spirit”. He had nothing left but to die, but in that moment He had complete trust in His Father – who could raise Him from death.

At the end of ourselves our only hope is in Him, but He can do all things – and He loves us. Trust/faith in Him is the only thing that can get us through so look again to Him who gives us strength.

Job said in the end, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:2, 4-5). We need Him!

Hebrews 12:1

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26).

Job is in a place where his greatest fears have actually happened. He is gutted and does not have the strength to continue – all is turmoil and pain.

Sometimes in life we come to the absolute end of ourselves. We don’t have the strength nor the will to keep going. It is not true that we will always have the strength to endure what is placed before us! Rather, it is true that God has the strength to carry us through those times, when we are powerless.

On the cross Jesus prayed, “Into your hands I commit my spirit”. He had nothing left but to die, but in that moment He had complete trust in His Father – who could raise Him from death.

At the end of ourselves our only hope is in Him, but He can do all things – and He loves us. Trust/faith in Him is the only thing that can get us through so look again to Him who gives us strength.

Job said in the end, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:2, 4-5). We need Him!

Hebrews 12:1

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. He is the one who designed it, wrote it, established it, built it, and He is the one who will finish it off. He did this at the cross, and then, raised from the dead, He sat down victorious at the Father’s side where He rules over all things. Through His work of salvation Jesus has authored and perfected our faith.

If we think of our faith as something we can make ourselves, or strive to achieve, or convince ourselves of, then ‘our faith will be in our faith’. Our trust will be in our ability to convince ourselves that it is true. But we can’t! If our faith is something we build ourselves then we will end up crushed and disillusioned because we have have doubts, fears and hard times.

But when we have faith in Jesus (the faithful one) then our faith is not in ourselves but in Him, and by the Spirit, He gives us the ability to trust God in the first place.

Fix your eyes on Jesus – He will carry the good work of our faith to completion.

Hebrews 12:2

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. He is the one who designed it, wrote it, established it, built it, and He is the one who will finish it off. He did this at the cross, and then, raised from the dead, He sat down victorious at the Father’s side where He rules over all things. Through His work of salvation Jesus has authored and perfected our faith.

If we think of our faith as something we can make ourselves, or strive to achieve, or convince ourselves of, then ‘our faith will be in our faith’. Our trust will be in our ability to convince ourselves that it is true. But we can’t! If our faith is something we build ourselves then we will end up crushed and disillusioned because we have have doubts, fears and hard times.

But when we have faith in Jesus (the faithful one) then our faith is not in ourselves but in Him, and by the Spirit, He gives us the ability to trust God in the first place.

Fix your eyes on Jesus – He will carry the good work of our faith to completion.

Genesis 2:7

“the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7).

Men and women are not like other animals, the very nature and life of God is breathed into them. They are spiritual beings because they have His Spirit in them and so they are created in His image. It is truly glorious to be human as we go on receiving our life, identity and very being from God our Father.

But Adam (and every person since) sought to find his life outside of God – from himself. And so he lived in unGodlikeness turning from love to lies, violence, hatred and faithlessness thinking that would be a better way to be. But in rebelling against God he also rebelled against his own self. And so mankind is lost and always looking to ‘find himself’ by himself.

Jesus is called the second Adam and, unlike the first, He lived perfectly in the glorious image of God – He was just like His Father. Central to that nature of God was grace and love. Jesus displayed this true glory by suffering and dying for those who hated both Him and the glorious image He lived in. But in that act, He restored the glory to humanity to all who would trust in Him and again live by the glorious Spirit of God.

Genesis 2:7

“the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7).

Men and women are not like other animals, the very nature and life of God is breathed into them. They are spiritual beings because they have His Spirit in them and so they are created in His image. It is truly glorious to be human as we go on receiving our life, identity and very being from God our Father.

But Adam (and every person since) sought to find his life outside of God – from himself. And so he lived in unGodlikeness turning from love to lies, violence, hatred and faithlessness thinking that would be a better way to be. But in rebelling against God he also rebelled against his own self. And so mankind is lost and always looking to ‘find himself’ by himself.

Jesus is called the second Adam and, unlike the first, He lived perfectly in the glorious image of God – He was just like His Father. Central to that nature of God was grace and love. Jesus displayed this true glory by suffering and dying for those who hated both Him and the glorious image He lived in. But in that act, He restored the glory to humanity to all who would trust in Him and again live by the glorious Spirit of God.