Knowing God

‘The way we can be sure we know Him is if we are obeying His commands. Anyone who says, “I know Him,” but isn’t obeying His commands is a liar — the truth is not in him. But if someone keeps doing what He says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with Him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with Him ought to conduct his life the way He did.’
1 John 2 verses 3 to 6

‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.’  John 14 verse 21

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Easter Sunday

‘Whoever calls upon The Name of The Lord shall be saved’. Acts 2 verse 21

Today we celebrate Christ’s
resurrection. This is very important because it means that Jesus is alive. Jesus died on Good Friday and it was on this day that He took your sin and my sin and made them His own. That means Jesus got the blame for every wrong thing we’ve ever done and every wrong thing we will ever do.
Throughout, the 33 and a half years that Jesus lived on earth, He didn’t sin once. He never disobeyed God or Mary and Joseph, He never stole, He never had a bad thought about anyone, He never lied, He was never jealous. Jesus never sinned. He was perfect. When God looked at Jesus, He saw that He was sinless but when Jesus was on the cross, God looked at Him and saw that He was full of sin. However, this was not because Jesus began to sin but because when God looked at Jesus, He saw all the wrong things that the whole world had done. Jesus said ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (Matthew 27 verse 46)
Up until now, God, the Father and God, the Son had remained connected but at the cross, Jesus cries out that God has left Him. This phrase reminds us of how Holy and Pure God is. God could no longer remain connected with Jesus because He was now full of sin. God cannot be anywhere near sin, He hates sin and that is why Jesus had to die on the cross, that we can be set free from the punishment of sin, which is death. By Jesus taking our sins and making them His own, we can be in relationship with God.   ‘I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to The Father except through Me’ (John 14 verse 6). Jesus took the punishment for our sins. He died, went to hell on our behalf and there He was separated from God but Jesus didn’t stay dead. No, He rose again on the third day and He is alive. This shows how powerful Jesus was, it showed that He had power over death.
When Jesus was in hell, the devil would have probably been happy because he thought he had defeated The Son of God but by raising to life, it shows that God is All powerful.
‘The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.'(Romans 6 verse 23) We. have all sinned and because of sin we all deserve to go to hell and be separated from God but because of God’s great love for us, He made a way for us to spend all of eternity with Him. When you turn away from your sin, ask God to forgive you for all your sins and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour, God no longer remembers your sin. All your sins are forgotten and you can now begin a relationship with God. This is only possible because Jesus took the punishment for sin on our behalf.
Although Jesus knew that He was going to die a painful death, He obeyed God and still went on the cross for us.

If someone asked me to pick just one day that I am truly thankful for, I would say Easter Sunday. This is not because of Easter eggs but because if Jesus hadn’t come into the world, we couldn’t have a relationship with God now and we couldn’t spend all of eternity with Him.

The Light Of The World

Complex shapes such as prisms or diamonds are usually clear and colourless. However, something greater is released once light is permitted to pass through and therefore impacting the shape from a number of different angles. An array of colours are now released, with each colour holding a position of prominence.

This refraction of light can be closely linked to how we should live our Christian lives in a true reflection of The Light of The World. We have been chosen and have been made peculiar, only by the impact of God’s love which sent Christ to earth, His victorious death and is presence in us.

Just as prisms or diamonds, as humans, we are also complex and beautiful outcomes are brought about by God’s goodness and love shown to us.

Also, as The Light of The World shines in us, He reveals impurities in our characters and bad habits that do not align with God’s Word and His direction as to how we should live. However, once Christ shines His Light in us, therefore revealing those ugly traits, if we want to part with those traits, God helps us. He continues to work on us until we become the man or woman of faith that He created us to be. As Light shines in us, it will also shine through us. In this way, God will be glorified.

‘In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live, that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in Heaven’. Matthew 5:16 

How can we shine if darkness is still in our hearts? How can we serve without purity in our hearts? In God’s Word, we are challenged to, ‘think and act like Christ Jesus'(Philippians 2:5), and to, ‘not let selfishness or pride to be our guide but instead be humble and give more honour to others than to yourselves’. (Philippians 2:3)

Allow Christ to shine, that as He radiates through you, others will see and will be drawn to Our Glorious King.

Prince of Peace

‘A child has been born to us. God has given a Son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His Name will be Wonderful Counsellor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace’. Isaiah 9:6

It can be very easy to get irritated,annoyed,angry. These negative emotions always seem to override positive ones, even if you had spent the minutes beforehand in a free, relaxed and happy state.

Hurtful words or regrettable actions usually proceed, once negativity begins to feel comfortable and take residence in our minds. At that point, it is not ready to leave. At times, it doesn’t show signs of backing down until you’ve maybe overstepped the mark. It is God that we need at all times. We need peace, God’s true peace. It’s been said that, ‘Peace is not the absence of something but the presence of Someone’. It is that ‘ Someone’ in whom our assurance of hope is found in. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. When our eyes are fixed on Him, and our minds on Heaven, it is very difficult for negativity to creep in. When Jesus is at the centre of your life, everything revolves around Him, His Will and for His Name to be glorified.

Although, the enemy will not back down, when we look to God, The Truth of Who He is and who we have become in Him will then become the overriding factor. As we invite God into the situation, His peace will flood our lives.

‘I leave you My peace, My peace I give unto you. I do not give it to you as the world does. Don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid’. John 14:27