A new series of five(-ish) minute videos. After twelve weeks of lockdown, people are still looking for hope and our times are still uncertain for hope.
Nigel starts with the fact that we are God’s mouthpiece. If His hope is to be conveyed to those around us it will be through us. Wow! Through 1 Peter 3:15 he goes on to say it’s as simple (and as hard) as getting our heart – the very core of our being – to revere God.
(Quoting Paul Tripp): “I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. ”
We are always entertaining the delusion that we will go on forever in this world. The result is that the very things which ought to be of assistance to us in our pilgrimage through life, become chains which bind us.
Sooner or later God meets every trusting child who is following Him up the mountain and says, ‘Now prove that you believe this that you have told Me you believe, and that you have taught others to believe.’
This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE
“1 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.” Colossians 2:1-5
Our Triune God,
Thank you for the example of the Apostle Paul where he opens his heart to us and shows us through his life what you want us to be to each other in our church family. Enable us towards a deeper knowledge in You; where we find true understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Help us as Paul did with the early churches, to beware of anything that might diminish or de-prioritise Christ in our lives; to heed this by keeping our focus on Christ. Cause us to aspire towards the firmness of faith in Christ. Please shape us by this passion.