Try to remember

 

 

Hi

Although I won’t be “blogging” for a couple of weeks I thought I must send you this one!

My working day has become filled with countless phone calls to challenged customers and a similar amount of email traffic to deal with.

My Bible verse is Luke 4 v 4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'”

This is not some general statement that allows us to choose what we will and will not obey, but a requirement for each of us, to the best of our ability, to follow every word of God in living our lives before Him. To do this takes real faith. God has given us “the way of righteousness,” a revelation folk who are not walking with the Lord Jesus just cannot comprehend, and He is looking for evidence that we not only desire this but are also living it.

It is the works of obedience that change us, that show that we are trying to live as God lives. This is what God counts as proper evidence of our faith. In James Ch 2 Vs 17, 20, 26, the apostle informs us that, without works, our faith is dead, and these works are defined as putting into practice the instructions of God in our lives, just as Abraham did on Mount Moriah .

God knew Abrahams attitude towards Him when He saw Abraham’s obedience. As hard as it is for us to measure up to what Abraham did in being willing to sacrifice his only son in obedience to God’s command, God should be able to say He is pleased with our efforts to follow Him about each one of us. Do we have the faith to live by every word of God?

Humbling ourselves in obedience – especially when it hurts – makes a powerful statement to God and in a busy working day it is so easy to forget this so my recommendation is find some way of remembering – may be your password on your computer could be ” i t b g c t h a t e ” ( which will remind you that IN The Beginning God Created The Heavens And The earth” – not a bad idea so that every time to enter your password you remember this verse – or chose another one for yourself)

Have a good March

 

Which way?

Hi all and good morning.

Having taken a call this morning from a Director this morning it soon became clear that so much can knock us off course at work and cause anxiety,hassle and worry

My Bible verse says this …..”and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses”. (Acts 3 v15)

The word “Prince” is translated from the Greek archegos, which is translated “author” or “captain” in the book of Hebrews. But here, Jesus is called “the archegos of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.” So here Jesus has the sense of being “originator,” someone who starts or begins something. An archegos is one who leads the way so that others may follow. 

 I guess I can use the illustration of a ship in trouble on a rock. Someone jumps overboard with a rope and swims ashore, securing the line somewhere on the shore so that others are able to grab onto the rope and come to safety. The one who did it originally is an archegos. He fulfilled the role of an archegos.

That is what Christ is. He is saving us from the jagged rock, from the loss of our hope of eternal life. That is His job. He is leading and guiding us to the safety of actually being in the Kingdom of God.

So the Director I was speaking too reminded me that actually I need to remind myself of the fact that Jesus not only many years ago lead me to the safety of salvation but leads me today to safety in every situation. All I need to do is follow Him – even at work today!.

Hope that makes sense !

Mark

Never fear….

Morning to you and Happy New Year.

it used to be that I would be very anxious about starting back to work after a long break. That horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach.

my Bible verse and studies this morning are a wonderful reminder about how God advises us not to listen to these feelings of worry but to rely only on Him and accept the peace he gives

“And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel. “(Numbers 22:3 ESV)

the irony of this statement is that God had told the people of Israel not to touch the Moab or these people! They acted on their fear if you read on and that caused bad news.

if they had found about Gods plan then their fear would have gone immediately!

The lessons for me and for us all are clear. Find Gods plan, and stay in it. When fear strikes at work go to The Lord and ask Him to take over.

God has a real peace waiting for all of us. I have found this and I pray you do to.

have a good week

Job satisfaction?

Morning folk

at this time of year many companies look to maximise profits and make the most out of the Christmas period. Personally I do love Christmas and it’s significance. In fact I was enjoying the lights of Truro last week and it dawned on me that all this sparkle is because of Jesus and His birth.

anyway back to my thoughts this morning. My company is no different and it is ploughing  millions of pounds into new systems for our customers that it needs them to use from January. So guess what….. Manic in December.

although I do enjoy my work and have some good friends, I am not sure that as I am honest with myself that it brings complete satisfaction. In fact I am not sure anything the world has to offer does really does it?

God who made us understands this dilema and sees folk rushing about to find the perfect job or the perfect this and that and gave us the answer. Here it is…

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24).

so God through the person of Jesus has the answer to full joy. Being In him. Then asking in his name. We have a loving bountiful father God. He supplies all our needs ( not all our wants) and it is this close relationship that provides us with real for ever meaningful Joy – no matter what happens at work , or anywhere else for that matter. Stay “in Him” , rely only on Him and He will make it happen. This theme runs all through the length of the Bible. Do I want full Joy? Yes please.

Faith….it’s a good word

Morning and welcome to Monday.

there are many times when the demands of work seem to be relentless. As a Christian it is very easy to ask God why it is that the situation, whatever that might be, remains pressing in and is not resolved when I have ” prayed about it and everything!!!”

Well I have experienced personally many answers to prayer and most of these have come after a period of persistent prayer and patience but my little verse today reminds me that I must play my part . And the part I need to play has been described as being the size of a mustard seed. It is to have a real and definite little bit of belief, faith in The Lord who loves me.

the verse is this

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

the little bit in this verse that talks about me being in a state of believing is the key bit. Faith it tells me is needed to please God and for me to receive any kind of reward, such as peace of heart , a problem resolved etc I must believe (faith again) that He exists.

So may be the starting prayer for me is to ask for that faith as it in itself is a God given gift. I can’t manufacture it , only God can give me the faith I need.

so let’s ask Him.

 

have good week

It’s up to me

So often at work we see evidence of how naturally one try’s to avoid taking responsibility.

well actually in my experience the best way to get satisfaction is actually to do the opposit and look to take responsibility.

ownership, responsibility and determination often lead to learning and always lead to a result.

the Bible picks up on this theme in James.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

notice here the chance for us to take responsibility? How often do I hear both Christians and those outside of this experience saying “where is God?”

The answer lies close to home….. With us. We need to try to draw near to Him and THEN He draws near to us.

Food for thought eh?

Promises promises

Morning all and welcome to Monday

after a lovely weekend I see in my inbox that actually I don’t have too much that has come in over the weekend. A lovely surprise. Grab the moment says I. L O L!

as I was opening up this blog with my verse in mind I had chance to think about recent events at work and it struck my how easy it is to break a promise.

work colleagues will often make a commitment but then through no fault of their own and probably due to tons of work coming their way they  forget about the simply promise made to you. ” Yes I will send that form by lunch time” and by 4pm it is no where to be seen.

we do need to realise that no one gets up in the morning with the intent of letting others down. But stuff happens.

for my part the verse I take into this week helps me focus on keeping my word no matter how busy. Let your yes be yes  and your no be no the Bible encourages. Here is my verse for us all…

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His promise and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, (Deuteronomy 7:9)

so if God keeps His promise and will love me come what may then as I have His Spirit  within me making me a new person, surely as a testimony to this I should keep my simple promises. Actions do speak louder than words.

have a good week and for the first time I thought I would let any reader know that I will be praying today for all readers of these little thoughts.

Every blessing

Surely not. I can’t believe all that!

All through my Christian life and particularly at work I am faced with that statement. “I can’t believe that stuff” and that is quickly followed by an example of an impossible sounding Bible Promise or account that is thrown in for good measure.

well if you find the same please don’t be perturbed because right at that moment God is as close to you as ever, and if as you read this you think the same and believe me to be some sort of strange  deluded religious type then please do stop and think about the claims of the Bible.

one miracle you won’t expect to happen to you is the promise that if you look for God you will find Him. So here is a challenge to all readers of this Blog. Honestly and diligently look for God. You will have the most exciting surprise of your life.

my verse this week is ” For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20). Unbelievable?

well I can confirm it to be true. I have seen broken hearts mended, confused minds straightened out and lives changed when a few Christians get together, claim the promise of Gods presence and ordinary people diligently look for God there an then.

if you don’t know what I mean then as an ordinary bloke I can say that you are really missing out on something.

Have a good week

Surprise surprise!

Hi and good morning

as I was just landing in Manchester airport heading for our head office part of a little poem came to mind that I put together about 30 years ago for a Christmas service.

here it is…..

Sitting all alone with nothing much to to do

tired and fatigued and feeling kind of low

His beard tucked in his  clothing to give him extra heat

He huddles by the fire and tries to warm his feet

dark figures in the shadows hug the warm flames too

and this weary, weathered shepherd thinks that now he’s caught the flew

 

And so it goes on.

the shepherds were at work just like us and then when least expected God showed  up by sending His angels. BANG!

and this happens all the time you know. When I least expect it and am at work plugging away- God shows up and does something quite special.

Keep your eye out!

if you have no idea what I am talking about just send me a note and I will be glad to explain.

have a good week

The reality of Head office and Heaven!

Morning! Or at least it is morning as I type this at my desk. May be its evening as you read this blog!

anyway do you like me receive tons of emails from people somewhere in head office? In they swoosh with questions and demands, requests for information or help and they all need to be plugged into the work schedule somehow! Phew!

i smiled as I was reflecting on the Bible today. I was reading something from the Psalms which goes like this:

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25, 26)

the reason I smiled is that the initial statement assumes that I know Heaven exists. How do I know? Well the relationship I have with The Lord Jesus is proof enough. I walk with him and talk with Him Along life’s narrow way….

how do I know Head Office exists. The emails!!!!

in other words the evidence of the existence of Head office and Heaven is the reality and the impact in my life.

what reality do you have? Good question eh?