God Blesses Endurance

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by John Doyle

Count it all joy my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness, and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you maybe perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
 
That word “steadfastness” in Gods Word incorporates “Endurance”.  James is writing to the 12 Tribes of Israel that had been dispersed to different towns and countries to help proclaim the message of hope in the Lord Jesus. They went through many trials as we read in scripture but James reminds them of God’s Promise He gave to those who “ENDURE”.
 
In these days of the Lockdown and the challenges we have with Covid-19 there are many who are quitting and giving up. We are seeing this politically and socially and many businesses are suffering. As God’s People lets not fall into this trap of the evil one. I am sure you are discouraged about certain things and perhaps weary with trying to be there for family and help others at this time. Its not an easy journey and many are asking God to intervene and that’s a good thing and yes we should all be praying for Gods Divine intervention in this situation that we are all facing at this time.
 
I am sure you will remember situations in your own life where you have had to press on in Faith and witnessed the presence of God. You found out that once you have got through it, that as a finisher you still had wounds and weariness but you still chose *ENDURANCE* because you know from life that God blesses Endurance. The Land of Promise, says Jesus, awaits those who endure – What an amazing promise from the Lord!
 
Let the one who is taught the Word share all things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will you also reap. So the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not grow weary of doing good, for is due season we will reap, if we do not Give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:6-10)
 
Lets be an encouragement to each other at this time and “ENDURE” this journey together and be like Jesus who Endured to the end and then said “IT IS FINISHED”.
 
Its time to sing with me:
 
“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife,
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, will your anchor drift or firm remain,
WE HAVE AN ANCHOR THAT KEEPS THE SOUL, STEADFAST AND SURE WHILE THE BILLOWS ROLL,
FASTENED TO THE ROCK WHICH CANNOT MOVE, GROUNDED FIRM AND DEEP IN THE SAVIOUR’S LOVE”
 
 
May the Love of the Lord Jesus flow through each of our Lives today,
John and Barbara
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Restoration

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by Graham Mol

While collecting my kids from school today, I saw one of the parents of a child in my daughter’s class. Due to the lockdown and the social distancing procedures at the school, the last time I had seen this other parent was near the beginning of the year when her son had had his 6th birthday party and my daughter (and us the family) were invited. Greeting each other it was clear that we both were thinking of how long ago that was when she made the comment that she couldn’t believe that the school year was nearly over and that there had been so much that the kids had missed out on with there being far less to none of the usual parties and playdates that would have taken place. They hadn’t got to enjoy the full experience of their first year at “big school” and all the relationship building with new friends.

I was reminded of the fact that we all have experienced losses this year; some small, some life alteringly big. Amidst it all I think of one of my favourite verses of Scripture:

I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust ate,
the young locust, the destroying locust,
and the devouring locust—
my great army that I sent against you.
(Joel 2:25 CSB)

This promise of restoration is spoken by God through the prophet Joel to His people. Although they had brought the Lord’s judgement upon themselves by refusing to obey Him and turning from His ways, He promises to repay them for the years the locusts ate. Although these words are specifically spoken to the people of that time, into their situation, the heart of God can be seen in them and this promise to repay is one that I have held onto in my life. I know that God will make it right, He will restore to us what was taken away. Whether that be in this life, as we see He did with Job, or in the life to come (see for example Matthew 19:28-30).

This also means that God sees our distress. He is aware of every hurt, every bit of suffering and loss. We are not alone, He is with us and will make it right. Knowing this is a great source of comfort and encouragement in my life and I pray that it will be for you too.

 

God Bless

Graham

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Made Alive in Christ

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by Caryl Moll

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1‭-‬2 NIV

With love, in Christ,

Caryl

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Run to the Father

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by Luke Kincaid

Today I am sharing a song with you that I have been listening for quite some time now. It is entitled “Run to the Father” by Cody Carnes. I love the truth contained in the lyrics and the reminder that I think many of us need to hear today. Whenever we find ourselves goin through a troubled or trying time we should run to God the Father instead of away from Him because He is where our safety is. He is the source of the grace we need. He is where we find true life.
 
So run to the Father today as you read through these lyrics or sing along if you are able to follow the link to YouTube:

I’ve carried a burden for too long on my own
I wasn’t created to bear it alone
I hear Your invitation
To let it all go
I see it now
I’m laying it down
And I know that I need You

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I’m done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I’ll run to the Father
Again and again and again and again

 

You saw my condition
Had a plan from the start
Your Son for redemption
The price for my heart
And I don’t have a context
For that kind of love
I don’t understand
I can’t comprehend
All I know is I need You

My heart has been in Your sights
Long before my first breath
Running into Your arms
Is running to life from death
And I feel this rush deep in my chest
Your mercy is calling out
Just as I am You pull me in

And I know I need You now
 
 
Much love,
Luke
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