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TOO BUSY TO LOVE?

 



Life can be busy. And it's great (really, really great) that you take time out with God in the middle of all that. So now, what about your on-earth relationships?



Jesus made it pretty clear that the second most important thing in life, right after loving God, is loving people (that's in Matthew 22:37-40). And to do that, we have to spend time around others - even those irritating, imperfect, demanding, frustrating people. It's awful for our relationships if we don't put time and effort into them. That's how friends 'drift apart' and how families can start to misunderstand each other. Plus, we need other people. That few minutes spent chatting to your mate, or that Sunday roast round the table - it all adds something to your life because God made us to live in community. The love of others is good for us. And, the love we give out is good for those others.



Ask God to fill you up with His love, to the point that you're positively overflowing with it. Then, if you take the time to really share a little of your day with another person, chances are you'll be able to share God in some way too. Even if that's just in the friendly hello that someone needed to hear that day.



So what now? Go to your phone. Scroll down to the 10th person you texted and start there. Pray for that person, and the next 5, that they'd have a really blessed day. You could even send them an encouraging message!

Soulfood : 2 Chr 35-36, 2 Jn, Lk 18:18-30, Ps 119:161-168, Prov 22:17-19

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:

(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'

(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?

So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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SHADOW OPS

What is the 'shadow of the Almighty'? Isn't it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? Sometimes it rains for a long time and we get a bit tired of 'the shadows'. But if you'd been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last 40 years or so - which is exactly what God's people did for a fair chunk of the Old Testament - then 'shadow' is very appealing.

So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter, comfort, and lots of other life-saving things in a very hot climate.

But what does it mean for us as followers of Jesus? We know that God's personality isn't all-guns-blazing, He's also our place of safety. We can read 'shadow' as 'safety'. In the blistering heat of life's battles, temptations and worries, God is our life-saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren't set up to feel like world-beaters all the time. We need to rest in God.

So what now? Wherever you go today, where you can, try this: walk in the shadow of the person next to you. Think, how close do you have to stay to them to be able to manage it? And do you have to change the rhythm you walk in to stay there? What does this tell you about 'being in God's shadow'?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 29-31, Lk 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13

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SHADOW OPS

 



What is the 'shadow of the Almighty'? Isn't it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? Sometimes it rains for a long time and we get a bit tired of 'the shadows'. But if you'd been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last 40 years or so - which is exactly what God's people did for a fair chunk of the Old Testament - then 'shadow' is very appealing.



So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter, comfort, and lots of other life-saving things in a very hot climate.



But what does it mean for us as followers of Jesus? We know that God's personality isn't all-guns-blazing, He's also our place of safety. We can read 'shadow' as 'safety'. In the blistering heat of life's battles, temptations and worries, God is our life-saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren't set up to feel like world-beaters all the time. We need to rest in God.



So what now? Wherever you go today, where you can, try this: walk in the shadow of the person next to you. Think, how close do you have to stay to them to be able to manage it? And do you have to change the rhythm you walk in to stay there? What does this tell you about 'being in God's shadow'?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 29-31, Lk 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13

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