In EVERYTHING

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 

If you’re having a bit of a tough day today… Here’s a bit of encouragement for you. In everything, give thanks to God.

He didn’t ask us to give thanks because of the circumstances, but in the circumstances. You may not understand what is going on in the problem you are facing, but stopping for a moment to quietly thank God for who he is and for his purpose for your life will start to bring peace to your heart. He knows the end from the beginning and a choice to be thankful, despite your emotions is showing obedience to his ways. He is so faithful and is able to turn your situation around, as you fill your heart with thankfulness. If you’re looking for his will, this is a great part of it to fulfil.

Our prayer is that you will find the comfort that you are looking for. That the Holy Spirit will walk alongside you and be with you.

God Bless,

Hayden

Open, Honest and Constant

Luke 11:1 “…one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us how to pray”…

During our pre-marital counselling with Pastor Geoff, Bek and I were taught about the ‘pillars of marriage’… Communication being the key pillar. Without it, the marriage crumbles. For me, the biggest challenge of a great marriage is open, honest and constant communication. A good marriage cant be supported without good communication. As simple as it sounds, it’s often easier said than done.

The same is true for the relationship I have with God. I can’t really expect that I will grow closer to God without open, honest and constant communication with Him.

The verse in Luke reveals an interesting moment in the life of one of Jesus’ Disciples. After years of following Jesus, he did not ask ‘Jesus, teach us how to do miracles or preach’ but was simply inspired by true prayer. Jesus’ style of communication with God the Father was unique and vibrant, to the point where he felt compelled to ask how. Why? because the essential pillar to any relationship with God is connection through prayer. It is breath to the lungs of the soul and we cannot think that we are truly alive without it.

Our Prayer: May we be open, honest and constant in our communication with God. May the way we communicate with God be vibrant and fresh. And may it inspire others to live similarly.

Tim Bain

Hope

Psalm 31:24 (NIV) – Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. 

Psalm 31:24 (MSG) – Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.

This month we have been focussing on ‘healed and whole’. Hope is such a big part of our wholeness. Children have no problem with hoping. Their expectations are untarnished by disappointments and hurts, they are ‘pre-programmed’ to hope and expect their hopes to be met (and quickly!).

It is only the ‘dirt’ and ‘grime’ of life that leaves us hopeless. We can no longer see the bright future ahead because the lens in which we view the future has been covered with dirt.

However, hoping in God is not like other hope. We are not hoping in something or someone who is able to disappoint. God is always on time, always there when we call. He is always ready to bring us our answer and grant us our hearts desires.

While we wait it is important for a healthy soul to continue in hope. We can confidently expect that any minute now, God is turning up with His amazing goodness!

Let’s believe for our hearts to be full of hope. Jesus is indeed the answer for everything we need – everything we hope for!

What are you looking at?

Luke 11:34 – The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light.

What are you looking at?

What are you looking for?

The answers to these questions are important ones – they shape our future.

Whatever we focus on, we internalise. Whatever we internalise, we act on. What ever we act on, we strengthen our ties to.

The things we focus on literally draw us towards them.

Many of us would know the scripture that states that, ‘without a vision, the people will perish.’

An equally true statement though, would be that, ‘with a vision of perishing, the people will perish.’

So in this month where we are focussing on the power of God to heal us and make us whole,

I encourage us all to look at Jesus, who has enough light for the whole word.

Allow his light to permeate our entire selves – the parts of our lives where we feel like we’re doing ok and don’t need him, the areas of that we are ashamed of and feel like hiding and the things in us that are only just beginning to come into fruition – let him at all of it.

If your eye is on the right thing, your whole body will be full of light.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 18

Peace and Love to you.

 

Nathan Woodward

‘we can be SURE’

Romans 8:28 That’s why we can be so SURE that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (The Message) “

For a little word, SURE certainly means a lot:

1. free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc., of something:

2. confident, as of something expected:

3. convinced, fully persuaded, or positive:

4. assured or certain beyond question:

5. worthy of confidence; reliable; stable:

With this definition in mind – I encourage you to read the scripture again.

WOW! What an amazing promise straight from the Word of God. How quickly do we let situations and circumstance dictate our response rather than trusting on the Word of God in every season. Trials, tribulations and challenges will come, but how comforting that we can walk through it with out heads held that little bit higher knowing that God’s got our back!

We pray that when your season is tougher than normal that you will rest. Rest in the promise that the Holy Spirit is walking with you and he is SURE to see the good in every aspect of life! Stand tall Metro.

Until next time – God bless.

Hayden

…If we don’t give up

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

It can be pretty easy to get fatigued doing good. When we aren’t seeing the results we think we should, or we get so accustomed to the results we are walking in, it is easy to tire of being consistent, speaking faith and being faithful in the little.

Our tiring of the mundane, hard work or our inability to see a harvest at this time can’t be an excuse for giving in though. Most of our significant triumphs in life, will come out of consistent small steps taken in faith, not out of reaction to what we can see in the natural. In a world that has sacrificed authenticity for instant gratification, consistency and faithfulness are some of our greatest tools.

You may feel fatigued doing the good God has called you to, but choose to be encouraged today, ‘ in due season, we will reap, if we don’t give up.’

We are believing: that you will be reminded of God’s faithfulness today and continue to be consistent.

 

Ps Jenny Fox

Unite my heart

Psalms 86:11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.

Unite My heart? What does this mean?

When a child unites their hands, their eyes and their mind they manage to catch a ball. However, distractions come their way and they miss the catching the ball.

When King David was writing about his heart, he was largely speaking about his soul. So, he was saying unite my thoughts, my emotions and my will which make up his soul.

King David prays “Teach me Your way, oh Lord.” Then, as if two thoughts from heaven come to him. He says, “I will walk in Your truth” and “Unite my heart to reverence You.” It is there that he found healing and wholeness for his inner man. Here is a truth for us.

Our prayer: Unite my thoughts, intentions and emotions to give correct reverence in my life to You. Then, I will follow Your purpose for my life and serve this generation as David served his!