Monthly Archives: November 2016

Daniel 1:9

“Now God had caused the official to show favour and sympathy to Daniel” (Daniel 1:9).

What an incredible act of the power of God – He can change a person’s mind! If we have our own ‘free will’ then, ultimately, God is subject to us! He would have to wait for us to change our minds, or perhaps choose Him, and choose to do good.

But our Father breaks into people’s lives millions of times in many ways. He brings His love and grace in power to the world – which is our only hope. He is at work in people’s hearts, minds and wills. The world is dead without His revelation. He brings conviction of sin to those who don’t want or deserve it. He brings forgiveness and rebirth all to His glory.

The Holy Spirit works in the life of believers giving the will and ability to do good and to walk in His ways. Without His pre-emptive work we will only walk by the sinful nature.

We will live in peace when we know that God can change a person’s will. We can entrust ourselves to God because He is powerful over the actions of others – even non-believers. We can pray knowing God can actually answer our prayers changing hearts and minds.

Daniel 1:9

“Now God had caused the official to show favour and sympathy to Daniel” (Daniel 1:9).

What an incredible act of the power of God – He can change a person’s mind! If we have our own ‘free will’ then, ultimately, God is subject to us! He would have to wait for us to change our minds, or perhaps choose Him, and choose to do good.

But our Father breaks into people’s lives millions of times in many ways. He brings His love and grace in power to the world – which is our only hope. He is at work in people’s hearts, minds and wills. The world is dead without His revelation. He brings conviction of sin to those who don’t want or deserve it. He brings forgiveness and rebirth all to His glory.

The Holy Spirit works in the life of believers giving the will and ability to do good and to walk in His ways. Without His pre-emptive work we will only walk by the sinful nature.

We will live in peace when we know that God can change a person’s will. We can entrust ourselves to God because He is powerful over the actions of others – even non-believers. We can pray knowing God can actually answer our prayers changing hearts and minds.

John 17:20-21

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21).

As Jesus prays we hear of the perfect unity that there is between the Father and Jesus the Son. They have the same will, they share everything, and always seek the glory of the other. There is no hint of disagreement, no “I know better than you”, no envy, no self-centredness at all. The Father perfectly loves the Son and vice versa as with all relationships within the Godhead.

Through the full cleansing work of the cross of Christ we are drawn into this same unity with the Father. There is nothing between us anymore; no filth, no barriers, no thought that the Father will suddenly turn on us and tear us down. He loves us perfectly and as we live in that love we love Him back with a pure love in the Holy Spirit.

Now, believers are also drawn into this perfect unity with one another by the Spirit. We have been cleansed in our relationships within the body. Sometimes we fight against this unity of the Spirit but our Father always draws us back with His love.

John 17:20-21

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21).

As Jesus prays we hear of the perfect unity that there is between the Father and Jesus the Son. They have the same will, they share everything, and always seek the glory of the other. There is no hint of disagreement, no “I know better than you”, no envy, no self-centredness at all. The Father perfectly loves the Son and vice versa as with all relationships within the Godhead.

Through the full cleansing work of the cross of Christ we are drawn into this same unity with the Father. There is nothing between us anymore; no filth, no barriers, no thought that the Father will suddenly turn on us and tear us down. He loves us perfectly and as we live in that love we love Him back with a pure love in the Holy Spirit.

Now, believers are also drawn into this perfect unity with one another by the Spirit. We have been cleansed in our relationships within the body. Sometimes we fight against this unity of the Spirit but our Father always draws us back with His love.

John 17:20-21

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21).

As Jesus prays we hear of the perfect unity that there is between the Father and Jesus the Son. They have the same will, they share everything, and always seek the glory of the other. There is no hint of disagreement, no “I know better than you”, no envy, no self-centredness at all. The Father perfectly loves the Son and vice versa as with all relationships within the Godhead.

Through the full cleansing work of the cross of Christ we are drawn into this same unity with the Father. There is nothing between us anymore; no filth, no barriers, no thought that the Father will suddenly turn on us and tear us down. He loves us perfectly and as we live in that love we love Him back with a pure love in the Holy Spirit.

Now, believers are also drawn into this perfect unity with one another by the Spirit. We have been cleansed in our relationships within the body. Sometimes we fight against this unity of the Spirit but our Father always draws us back with His love.

Deuteronomy 7:7-8

“The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

Moses tells Israel that the reason God set His affection on the people was because He chose to, and the reason that He chose them was because He loved them. He chose to love them, and then He loved the ones He chose. This is the heart of covenant love. It is love not based on the performance of the one loved, but love based on the the pure choice of the one who loves.

We are told hundreds of times in the Bible that God chooses us. This grates against our minds and our thought that we are in control and that we do the choosing. But if we accept this by faith, what peace and assurance we will have. The reason God loves us is because He chose to!

We have so many doubts and fears when think that God’s love is based on us, on something in us that makes us more lovable than others. But what would we do if we could realise, “he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4). Surely we would love Him will all of our hearts and live in thanks, glorifying Him.

Deuteronomy 7:7-8

“The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

Moses tells Israel that the reason God set His affection on the people was because He chose to, and the reason that He chose them was because He loved them. He chose to love them, and then He loved the ones He chose. This is the heart of covenant love. It is love not based on the performance of the one loved, but love based on the the pure choice of the one who loves.

We are told hundreds of times in the Bible that God chooses us. This grates against our minds and our thought that we are in control and that we do the choosing. But if we accept this by faith, what peace and assurance we will have. The reason God loves us is because He chose to!

We have so many doubts and fears when think that God’s love is based on us, on something in us that makes us more lovable than others. But what would we do if we could realise, “he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4). Surely we would love Him will all of our hearts and live in thanks, glorifying Him.