Where does your confidence come from and what are you most confident about in your life? Are there any definites in your life or lots of things that you hope might be true but are not totally sure? How can the Holy Spirit help us in the here and now to live with confidence in God?
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Sometimes I’ve wondered if my hope and confidence in Jesus has more to do with getting me to heaven safely than with a real-life trust that could change things. It’s easy, I find, to make Jesus into this name, hazy person we don’t know much about aside from John 3:16 and the odd famous verse. It’s easy to forget who He really is and how our trust in Him can be translated in our day-to-day life. But if we look, if we trust, then we will see the ripple effect of our confidence in our story.
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There is a crisis in the church, according to A.W. Tozer, and it’s because our view of God is deficient. If we truly understood who God is, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort”, we would never be afraid. In this passage, Pauls explains that his hope for the church in Corinth is ‘firm’ because he knows that, although they are suffering, they are receiving comfort from God. How can we access this comfort?
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“S.D.G” is how artists JS Bach and GF Handel initialled the manuscripts of awesome compositions such as the Messiah or St John’s Passion. S.D.G stands for “Soli Deo Gloria” meaning “Glory to God alone”. Those three words beautifully sum up the whole purpose of a Christian life – we are to live for the glory of God alone. We are to be Christ’s ambassadors in our world – living for his purposes.
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What comes to mind when we think of “Justice”? Maybe the famous words spoken by Martin Luther King Jnr. “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Or maybe it’s the feeling of an injustice that we want put right when someone’s jumped the queue or someone’s cheated us out of something we felt was our right.
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Search for ‘work-life balance’ books on Amazon and you’ll find 1,200 results, including ‘Work-life balance for dummies’; ‘busy, how to thrive in a world of too much’, and even ‘From Frazzled to Fabulous, how to juggle a successful career, fatherhood, me time and looking good’! In today’s frenetic world, finding a balance between work and rest appears impossible – but what does God have to say?
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Real love is always costly, it will always cost us something, our comfort, our own way, what other people will think of us, our time, our money, the list is endless. Following Jesus and following the way of love has a price. What might love look like for you on the frontline at work, at home, at school and what might it cost you? What might be stopping you from ministering love and grace?
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