Showing posts with label devotional. Show all posts
Showing posts with label devotional. Show all posts


Sunday Scripture - Philippians 1 v 21

Sunday Scripture is just simply a thought or two on a Bible verse that may have struck me afresh or maybe for the first time or has always been special to me.

Today I am looking at Philippians 1 v 21

Often we would hear the phrase

                           "The Best of Both Worlds"

and I believe today's verse for Sunday Scripture is one of the best examples we can have of that phrase.

While we live on earth in fellowship with Jesus we are in the best relationship there is for us.  

We have the joy of our sins forgiven and peace with God.

We know His steadfast Love and His new mercies each day.

We experience His guidance and wisdom every step of the way.

We live with no fear of death because Christ has overcome it.

We are truly Blessed.

Because as Paul says in verse 6 of this same chapter

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

When we die we will still be in fellowship with Jesus but have the joy to see Him face to face.

We will live forever with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

We will know perfection in all things.

We will live a new life that cannot be described now because no-one can fully understand it now.

We are truly blessed to have such a future.

Can we have the best of both worlds?

Sometimes people talk only of looking to what is to come, that perfect life in Heaven.

But I think this verse wants to draw our attention to both lives so that we do not dwell on only what is to come but also on how we live with Jesus today.

We have Christ now today so let's "make the best of both Lives" and make today count for Jesus as Paul says in verse 27

that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel

Although Paul longed for Heaven in verses 24-25 we see he recognized that he had a role to play on earth to help others 

Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith

and we also have a role to play on earth to help others.

Let's think on this as we read and even memorize today's verse.


What colour is your Bible? - A Dose of Encouragement

The other day I saw a kindle ebook titled "In Pursuit" advertised for Free.

Now I will always give an ebook a second glance if it is free but sometimes on my iPad the picture of the book is quite small so as this was the case I enlarged the picture and then ended up laughing out loud (no one heard me as Fred was resting in front of the TV in the lounge after having a tooth extracted and I was in my study).

Why did I laugh?

Because I could not believe the tagline of the ebook

     "Devotions for the Hunter & Fisherman"

Now I come from Northern Ireland and we have few hunters here.

Even when we lived in the US for 3 years we did not live in an area known for a lot of hunting.

Northern Ireland does have a lot of Fishermen though but of the ones I know I could not imagine any of them looking for a devotional book specifically for them.

Anyway after I laughed the next thing out of my mouth were the words

"Next we will have Bibles produced specifically for people of all different interests" 

and yes I was still on my own and no-one could hear me but have you never talked to yourself?

Then I realised that we had already reached this ridiculous point in life.

Yes already we had reached the point where the publishers of Bibles as well as devotionals were specifically targeting all the different sections of the community to sell more books and Bibles.

I had to wonder why?

Was the bible written with different verses for a man than for a woman?

Was the bible written with different verses for a single person than a married one?

Was the bible written with different verses for a Pentecostal than an Anglican?

Was the bible written with different verses for a teenager than for an adult?

Was the bible written with different verses for a hunter than for a doctor?

Did we need to have a different Bible for an engineer
 than for a teacher or a housewife?

Because if so then my husband the Mechanical Engineer and I a Mathematics Teacher turned Housewife, could not read the same Bible together because of our occupations and of course also because we are not of the same sex.

Just think-

We could not have read the Bible as a family together when the kids were teenagers.

We could not read the Bible together as a family now because some are Pentecostal and some are Anglican.

We could not read the Bible together as a family now because some are single and some are married.

What would be next?

Would we have to have different Bibles for people of all different race or nationality?

Let's put some pink or purple covers on them because that will appeal to the females 
they had decided at one stage.

Well I certainly didn't get hooked in then because I much prefer black or brown or blue books so no pretty feminine looking Bible for me.

But of course this was nothing to do with it at all - they simply wanted to sell more Bibles.

Now I know I'm sounding a bit extreme but my main problem is not with all the different speciality bibles or devotionals so much as with the purpose of our bibles.

When the Bible was written I am so thankful that it was written for all of us regardless of gender, age, race, intelligence etc.

When Jesus came to this earth He came for one specific reason

 to do His Father's will
 and be the ransom for each one of us, 
the one who would take all our sins on himself and die in our place 

I am so thankful that He did not differentiate between us.

So this inspired Word of God which was written for all of us to know the Truth of the Lord Jesus Christ and be set free from our old self and renewed by God's Spirit; was written for each and every one of us.

And it doesn't matter

          how many bibles we have,

                    what size they are,

                              how expensive they are,

                                        how many notes are included in them,

                                                  how used or how new they are,

                                                            or what colour they are.

The important thing is that we read our Bible and we grow in the Grace of our Lord and Saviour as we do so.

So the question is - Are You in Pursuit

Are you reading your bible?

Are you praying for understanding of what you are reading in your Bible?

Are you praying for direction and guidance by the Holy Spirit as you read your Bible?

Are you actively, regularly, hungrily, reading your Bible?

Are you looking to gain insight and truth as you read your Bible?

Are you praying that you will rightly apply what you read in your Bible to your everyday life?

Are you depending on God for your nurture from your Bible (His Word) and not just listening to what other people say about it.

Are you looking to preachers and teachers of sound doctrine when you need more help to fully understand some passages from your Bible?

Are you in PURSUIT of the truth and edification in God's Word?

I know I'm not in pursuit of God's Word as much
 as I should be.

Are you?

Let's be encouraged today to go read that passage we have been meaning to read.

Let's be encouraged today to relax & drink in from God's Word no matter what colour our bible might be.


It's God's Love #1

This Sunday Series is looking at God's Love.

There will be a simple, short post each week consisting of a Bible Verse around the topic of God's Love and I would be very pleased if you would join me to take some time to reflect on this each Sunday.

 Today I would like to start with a very well known verse that I have often taught children.

John 3 v 16

Love of God

through the

Son of God

is the Gift of God with

the cross at the centre and

offers us 


with God.

The main theme through the whole of the Bible (Yes, including ALL of the Old Testament) is Jesus.

God's Word points to the Saviour of the World at all times, focusing us on the only one we should put our trust in because of God's Love for us.