Archive for January, 2015

Overwhelmed

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Overwhelmed

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An account of an event recorded by Matthew the disciple.

JESUS did many amazing deeds in the community, and taught lessons that only God could teach.

A young man came to JESUS to ask a crucial question. He is trying to live his life so that he is good enough for heaven, so he asks JESUS what he has to do, so that he is can be good enough to get in.

The young man recognizes JESUS is good, as he has heard about the amazing miracles, and the stories of kindness that happen everywhere JESUS goes.

“What do I have to do?” he asks

JESUS replies, “keep the commandments..” This seems strange at first, as we cannot keep the commandments, but this young man thinks he is good enough. JESUS knows the heart of this young man and his motivations.

JESUS tells him, not to hate, be a faithful person, don’t steal, tell lies, or disrespect our parents, and love other people as you love yourself. Quite a list…

Incredibly, The young man thinks he as kept all these.

Is he being honest with himself?

Why has he come to JESUS?

The young man is really just seeking reassurance and approval for JESUS, for his behaviour.

JESUS shows the young man where he has gone wrong and tells him to sell everything he possesses and come in just his coat, and follow Him.

The young man couldn’t do it. JESUS showed him the one thing in his life that was keeping him from heaven, and the young man couldn’t give his money up, and it came between him and the LORD JESUS. He turned away.

JESUS let him go. JESUS watched him turn his back and walk away, with a great sadness.

What holds you back?

  • A group of people you want to be a part of?
  • Places you want to go to that are bad for you?
  • Habits that have got hold of you and you are trapped by them?
  • A boy you like? A girl you like?
  • Wanting to have control over your life, and other peoples lives?

If we want JESUS, we have to let it all go. He is first…

JESUS gave up everything for our sakes, and suffered and died on a cruel cross to pay for our sins. Faith in him is the only way to heaven, not through good deeds. The young man threw it all away for some money. Such a foolish choice. He lost his soul and eternity, for things that get broken and who’s value does not last.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16

These are the questions whos answers determine whether we have joy or pain, forgiveness or blame, everlasting life or everlasting death.

We have no record that this young man ever had the opportunity again to speak with JESUS or that he ever trusted Him for forgiveness and a new life.

Don’t turn away… You don’t have to turn away sad and unforgiven, as he did.

Lettsom Inn Jan 2015

Posted: January 23, 2015 in Lettsom Inn Jan 2015

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What are you worth?

Posted: January 14, 2015 in What are you worth?

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It is easy to think you deserve something. It can seem that you should have everything you need or want, but unfortunately these very things come between us and the Loving JESUS.

The Apostle Paul says, “everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.” Philippians 3:8+9

We give up so little and are so easily distracted from following and serving him.

Paul said, ‘I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.He loved JESUS and wanted to know Him so closely, that he would give up everything for him.”

We give up such blessings and power for he trivial things of this world. We give up knowing the eternal GOD as our Father, just to feel happy and comfortable.

JESUS gave up everything, so that we could have everything truly valuable, with him forever .

JESUS says, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?l Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16:25

It is a stark choice – choose wisely….

Strength in my soul

Posted: January 12, 2015 in Strength in my soul

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It is good to feel strong, and be able to do things that we like to do. It is important to look after our bodies and our minds, so that we keep strong and get stronger as time goes on. To have energy is great, and to be able to exercise and play games and work, is part of being really healthy.

Our inner lives need to be strong as well, and we need to have courage and boldness to make the right decisions and do what is right, even when others do not. We have to feed our souls, as we feed our bodies, and reading Gods word the Bible, will make us strong as we learn what is right, and as we think about how it applies to our lives.

When we get tired and energy flags, people turn to sugar drinks, caffeine drinks and other substances, to help us feel better, and more able to do what we want- like a short cut to strength, so that we can enjoy what we do. This is not a good idea. It might seem to work in the short term, but ultimately it damages our health in fundamental ways.

It is similar with our souls. We turn to other things to make us able to cope and to give us some sort of satisfaction. We buy stuff; watch exciting things on the screen, which make us feel better; listen to music; eat lots of tasty food; indulge in risky behaviour… it goes on. None of these will feed our souls, but leave us empty and needing more the next time.

The only one who can feed us truly and fully, is JESUS. He is the “bread of life” To know Him is the greatest meal we can ever have, because he fills our lives with his Holy Spirit, and will never forsake us.

If we are trusting JESUS, He will make us courageous and give us strength in our inner-most souls. A fantastic promise for those who believe it and believe Him.