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Chapter 18 (v.1) - 30th April to 6th May

Submitted: April 30, 2018

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Monday 30th April

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, (Acts 10:44-45)

This past Sunday we looked at verses from Matthew 15 that remind us that the kingdom of God is reaching out to all.  We begin the new week being reminded of this.  Peter was preaching, he was out of his comfort zone, God has guided him to go to the Gentiles (non Jews) and preach a message he still had not realised was for them too.  Something amazing happens, the Spirit falls on the Gentile people, it is becoming clear that in Christ God is reaching out to all people.  Sometimes we can fall into a trap of thinking God doesn’t want us, that we are somehow outside of grace.  Our minds can dwell on our failures, on the sins we struggle to shake, on our doubts or insecurities and we can develop in our minds a view that God is not interested in us, perhaps done with us.  Here we are reminded that what Jesus has done means there is no unclean, Jesus reveals a God who reaches out to all, loves all and invites all to step back into fellowship with him.  Do not let doubts or accusations swerve us from this amazing truth, in Christ we belong to God.  Peter was amazed as he sees these Gentiles become the people of God, we can rejoice for we are part of that same people now.

 

Daily Readings: April 30 -  John 1:1-28; Psalm 101:1-8; Proverbs 14:13-14

Tuesday 1st May

O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
(Psa 98:1)

Sing to the Lord a new song for he has done marvellous things.  What song should we be singing to God for what he has done in our lives? We should sing for all he has given us in Christ, yet that is really only the beginning of an amazing adventure.  For what follows is a life lived with God, a life full of experiences with God.  What song should we be singing for the marvellous things he has done in our lives? For the answered prayers? For the times we really sense him leading us? For the times his word speaks powerfully to us?  God is so active in our lives and one of the things we see from the Psalmist is that he turns it into a song of praise.  We may not all be musically gifted and able to do that but the attitude of the heart, thankfulness and praise is the right response.  Remember what God has done for you, hold it close to your heart, thank him for it, rejoice in it and turn it into a song, a prayer of praise for his faithfulness.  God is at work, active in our lives, we need to have eyes that see and a mind that remembers.  For it is there that we will see those victories that bring such joy.

 

Daily Reading: May 1 - John 1:29-51; Psalm 102:1-28; Proverbs 14:15-16

 

Wednesday 2nd May

For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.  Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:3-5)

Two really encouraging things from these verses. Firstly the commands Jesus gives us they are not intended to be a burden, they are not intended to make our lives harder, through at times it may feel that way. These commands are ones that we do in love for God, it is not legalism, it is a response, a love based response to the amazing things God has done for each of us. We are also taught here that we are those who conquer the world, not in some militaristic way! In a way in which at the end we experience victory, this victory comes from our faith in God. We can so often make our faith about the commands, make our faith about our struggles with some of what Christ is calling us to be and do, and those things are so important, but they can become a law, when they are instead to be acts of love towards God. A key way we can do this is to keep in our minds that we have this promise of victory because of faith, because of what Jesus has done for us. It is this that will in the end find us experiencing that victory, not our fantastic victories in our battles (through that matters too). So recognise God intends for us not to be burdened, that our acts towards him are ones of love, that victory is promised not because we attain it but because we gained it in Christ.

 

Daily reading: May 2 -  John 2:1-25; Psalm 103:1-22; Proverbs 14:17-19

 

Thursday 3rd May

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. (John 15:9)

Last week we looked a lot at abiding in Christ and it is good to revisit that theme this week too. What an amazing statement Jesus makes here, as the father has loved him, a love that unites the trinity, a love that is perfect, unconditional, unbreakable, it is this kind of love that Jesus loves us with. His next statement almost shouldn’t need to be made, abide in my love. Yet, we all know how prone we are to forget this love, to worry, to try to earn God’s love, to prove our worth, to focus more on wrestling with sin.  Yet what Jesus is asking for here is simple, stay in his love, keep our focus on that and let the joy and wonder of that become a major part of our live, our vitality, our joy, our hope. For it is this love that is a transforming love, it is this love, abiding in it that empowers us and transforms us to overcome temptation and sin.  We experience the victory and transformation we long for when we abide in Christ. When we wonder and try to diy things we only drain and demoralise ourselves for Jesus didn’t give us a self improvement program he gave us an invitation, a welcome to come to him and find the love of God and salvation. So abide in Christ, draw near to him and stay there, for there is a love, an embrace, a welcome that we can experience anywhere else, for it is one from the core of God himself to the people of the world, to you.

 

Daily Reading: May 3 - John 3:1-22; Psalm 104:1-24; Proverbs 14:20-21

 

Friday 4th May

I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)

Yesterday we looked at what Jesus is asking of us is not intended to be a burden, today we see that he is teaching these things for that we can experience joy! Think about that for a small second, what God wants you to experience in Christ is joy. He is not looking to lay a burden upon us that crushes and and drains the life out of us, the faith that he is calling us into is one where we abide in him and experience the joy of that. Is this what our faith is? A source of joy in our lives? At times it can become one where we feel defeat and frustration, this is not what God wants to create in us. No, our verses this week remind us that victory comes through faith in Christ, that this is not a burden, that we are called to abide in him and now we are reminded that Christ is teaching us these things so we experience joy. So look for that joy and where our faith and the practice of it is dampening that as some prayerful and deep questions about that. God has brought us to him in Christ, called us his children, broken the chains of sin, clothed us in the righteousness of Christ, given us his Spirit to form us into the likeness of Christ, made us his children and promised us eternal life with him….we have a lot to be joyful about!

 

Daily Reading: May 4 - John 3:23-4:3; Psalm 104:25-35; Proverbs 14:22-24

 

Saturday 5th May

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Here we are reminded that one of the things that Jesus wants to see in our lives is love for one another. What a commandment it is, what a love he wants to inspire in us, it’s the type of love which he has shown us. Let’s remember that a few days ago we reflected some on this love, Jesus spoke of loving us as the father has love him! A perfect love, an unconditional and unbreakable love. It is this type of love which Jesus wants us to then show one another. What an amazing calling that us, that a love which can only be found in God himself would be shown to us, for us then to show it to the people around us. There is no where else that has quite this type of love for it is a heavenly love. It God has planted it in our hearts.  It can be hard to love others but the call remains. We are enabled to as we abide in Christ and as we rely on the power of the Spirit. So as we reflect and hold onto the love that God has revealed to us, remember this is not simply something we keep hold of, we are called to then show that love to others. It is that, this type of love that truly has the power to change so much and bring fresh hope to so many.

Daily Reading: May 5 -  John 4:4-42; Psalm 105:1-15; Proverbs 14:25

 

Sunday 6th May

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (John 15:15)

Think of this amazing verse as you worship God today. Jesus, the one we call Lord calls us friends. He does that because he shares life with us, he makes known to us all that the father has told him. We find this by engaging in scripture, not in a mechanical novel way but in a prayerful engagement with scripture. As we do this we learn the will of God, we share life with him and in that amazing place we are called friends of the Christ. In a way that is true, for there is a relationship, its not that Jesus is not Lord, not all, it is that we know this Lord well, we share life with him, learn his will and that relationship becomes one where we are friends with the Lord. So today know the friendship of Christ, he does not seek to hide his will but to reveal it so we can be known as friends if the Messiah.

 

Daily Reading: May 6 - John 4:43-54; Psalm 105:16-38; Proverbs 14:26-27


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