Pastor’s Message

Thought for the month

Jesus commended two people in the book of Matthew for their “great faith”, answering their prayers.  A Roman officer pleaded for healing for his servant, and said, “Just say the word from where you are…” (Mat 8:8).  And a gentile woman pleaded for healing for her demon-tormented daughter; ‘ “Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.” “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. ’ (Mat 15:26-27)

In both cases, they were humble in approaching Jesus and seeking his help for a situation of need.  And both expressed praise and confidence in Jesus’ goodness and power.  They realised that all they needed was for Jesus to say the word or give them just a scrap of His goodness – and that would be more than enough!

If you find yourself in a situation of need, I don’t want to belittle the challenge of what you’re going through.  But I do want to belittle the size of your need in comparison with the size of our God’s love and care for you, and His capability to provide for whatever you may need.

Whatever needs you may have in your life, give praise to God – not so much because He needs it, but because we need to feed our hearts, our faith, and our understanding of who our God is.  A God who loves you greatly, cares for you deeply, and wants to show His goodness to you.  Great faith comes through great praise and understanding of who God really is.

 

Previous thought for the month

In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, it says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Our God is the Father of compassion & the source of ALL comfort.  This word comfort means much more than just consolation – it means coming alongside, encouraging, and imparting hope, strength & joy.  God can do this for us in ALL of our troubles, and consequently we can offer God’s comfort to the people in our world who may be going through ANY trouble at all.  The comfort we offer is not based on what we can help with, but what God can help with!

If you’re in need of comfort, we encourage you to pray and bring your troubles to God, as well as to let other believers encourage you with the comfort of God.

If you know of people in need of comfort, you can be confident that you can support them because of God at work in you and through you.  You may not have answers for the troubles, but you can offer a God who does, because He’s “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort”.

 

Previous thought for the month

Have you ever seen someone going through a tough time in life and wondered how you could help?  One time when David was being pursued by King Saul, the Bible records, “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.” (1 Sam 23:16)

Jonathan disregarded his own claim to the throne as the king’s son in order to promote David – his friend and God’s anointed leader.  Even more than this, when he saw that David was being persecuted, he went to find David for the purpose of strengthening him in God.

When someone’s going through something tough:

-          Don’t wait for them to ask for help – seek them out

-          Don’t just try to cheer them up – help them find strength in God

-          Don’t worry about your own position – support God’s purposes

Let’s live our lives with a perspective and focus that goes well beyond ourselves as we give our all for Jesus.

 

Previous thought for the month

Have you ever dreamt about winning the lottery?  Wouldn’t it be nice for someone to give you a whole lot of money?  Except that the experience of many lottery winners is that this actually isn’t a good thing.  Not even counting the lottery losers.  Usually it pays off much better to intentionally work towards our goals.

But sometimes we treat our faith the same way.  We hope that one day we’ll wake up and everything will be different; our hearts will permanently be on fire for God no matter what, we’ll constantly walk in God’s anointing, have a great prayer life and heal anyone who’s sick just by walking past them.  We’ll know hundreds of Bible verses by heart and can quote the perfect one for any situation.  We’ll have brilliant & life-changing answers for anyone who mentions they have a problem.  We’ll possess amazing wisdom, hear God’s voice at any time of the day or night, and temptations will simply bounce off us.

Again, usually it pays off much better to intentionally work towards our goals.  The Bible advises us to go into strict training so that we can run in a way to win the prize (1 Cor 9:24-25).  And that we should train ourselves to be godly, because physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things (1 Tim 4:7-8).

If we want to become more godly, get closer to God, improve our prayer life, know more of the Bible; then instead of hoping to win a non-existent spiritual lottery, we should train ourselves in godliness.  If we want something to change in our faith and in our relationship with God, maybe we should try changing something in our lives to work towards it, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

Maybe this year there’s one thing you can work on to get closer to God.  I want to spur you on to do it.  Try something different.  Tell God you want to want to be different at the end of the year than you are now, and commit to doing something about.