Monday, 31 October 2011

Idols of our hearts - Your treasures, your heart


Your Treasure, Your Heart
Sermon by Daryl Bay, Teaching Pastor at Hope Community Church. October 30th, 2011.

Matt 6:19-34
Luke 12:31-34

The Rugby World Cup is over for another 4 years, and the New Zealand  All Blacks hold the trophy until then! Better than that Jesus is alive and at work in our lives. Today we are talking about what Jesus calls "our hearts treasure".  Everyone has one.  Do you know what your's is?

Matt 6:19-22
ONE: everyone lives for some kind of treasure. (v19-22)
family, success, money, pleasure, control, approval, acceptance, love, popularity.  Some of these are even good things, but when they become your treasure they take over your life and become dangerous.  Why dangerous...because, they are not guaranteed.  They will let you down.  Loved ones pass away, jobs are made redundant  money dwindles, pleasure satisfies only for a moment, control can disappear, approval and acceptance are controlled by others, love can leave, popularity changes.
TWO: your treasure controls your heart (v21)
It's like a car and trailer, wherever the car goes the trailer follows.  Wherever your treasure is, whatever you desire most, your heart will earnestly seek it.
THREE: your heart controls your life.
Once your heart is fixated on your treasure, your life then begins to revolve around it, getting it, maintaining it, keeping it, saving it, working it, delighting in it, showing it off, wanting more of it. It becomes what you think on ... so what is it...

> Therefore, do not worry (Matt 6:25).  What we worry about indicates what our treasure is.
> You can't serve both God and money (Matt 6:24) What we invest our money into is our treasure.

Do you know what your treasure is?

Once you have identified what your treasure is; two questions for you to think on;
1. Is your treasure worth it?
2. Will your treasure last?

We need to find a treasure that lasts, a treasure that is beyond good, that is great!  That treasure is Jesus and only Jesus.  Why?  Because every treasure you have controls you, it makes me sacrifice for it, it demands of you.  Jesus is the only treasure that gives, He sacrificed for you, He gave his life, he demands nothing of you but your love, He does not seek to control and manipulate you, He works in your life to make you better. He gave everything for you.  He takes nothing but your sin.  That's better than wealth, success, popularity, pleasure, control and approval.

Why settle for good when you can have great!
To listen to this sermon click here .  As great as it is to think about others who would benefit from hearing this,  and you are free to share it, it is important that we don't forget to think how this message could be relevant to us, where we are walking today.  I hope this blesses you greatly.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Jeremiah 26:14

"As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right."

If we can trust Him that He will deliver His promises, of what is good and right, then we can endure anything, absolutely anything, knowing that in the end it will be good and right.  I may loose a limb, a loved one, or my life, but I know in the end (which is not my death), He has won and it will be good and right. Now I know it in the good times, I wonder if I will have the courage to remember it in the hard times.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Your Heart is an Idol Factory


Your Heart is an Idol Factory
Hope Community Church October 23, 2011
Sermon by Daryl Bay

This is week 1 in summary of the series on Idols.  This summary focuses on those who have made Christ Lord of the lives.  Next week will be another conclusion with a focus mostly for those who are yet to make Christ Lord of the lives. (stay tuned)

Col 3:1-6
The two key points in these verses are; set your hearts, set your minds.

Wrap-Up
Step One: Expose
How you identify your idols, exposing them is vital, three ways to expose them;
a. Your best dreams "what's your happy place?"
b. Your worst nightmares "if 'this' were to happen I could never have a full life."
c. Your out of control moments, identifying what that something is that is happening deep down underneath your explosions.
V5 talk about wanting something more than God.  The original word used for evil was out of control.  So we can see the writer talking about 'out of control' desires being idols.

Step Two: Repent
Repentance is not feeling guilty - it's having a change of mind that produces a change in life. Idols have a power  that controls and enslaves us, they deceive us by telling lies that we believe.
Repentace is less like feeling guilty about yourself, and more like getting to the place where you can look at your idol and say;
"You're a liar, you can't give what you promise, you never satisfy, I won't have it anymore!"
When idols are good things like; having someone love you, successful career, raising a godly family.  repentance is being able to say;
"I love you, You are wonderful.  But you can never be my life or my god."
When we chase after idols not only are we putting a value that is out of balance, we are also saying to Christ, "Lord Jesus, you are not enough.  This idol is more beautiful, more desirable more fulfilling than you."

Step Three: Replace
(Most IMPORTANT step)
Exposing is good, Repenting is good, but if we don't replace our idols we will keep fighting ourselves as we chase after them.
How do we replace our idols.  This is the heart of one of the biggest mistakes that many Christians make.  We define our Christian lives in a negative way.
Being  a Christian isn't about what we don't do.  It's about who we love. If we love Christ we will crowd out our love for idols.
Key 1 - Replace your love for idols by stiring up a deeper, more passionate, love for Jesus Christ.
Here are two questions that we should ask ourselves;
a. What robs you of your love, your affections for Christ?
b. What stirs your love, your affections for Christ?
Think about it.  Be very honest.
Answers to question a. might be, tv, too much time online, holding grudges, pornography, pretending your spiritually together. What is it that robs you of your love for Christ?
Now answers to question b. might be, studying God's Word, great books, sermons, conversations with good friends about God, listening to praise music. What is it that stirs your love for Christ?
Key2 - Replace you hope in idols by rejoicing in the thing that the gospel gives you that idols can't. JESUS.

Thinking back on the idols we have covered this past month:
The idol of approval: The approval God gives me in Christ is better than the approval any person could give me - boss, spouse, critic, children, whoever.
The idol of security: The security God's love gives me is so much more permanent than the security anything in this world offers me.
The idol of pleasure: The joy that Christ gives me is so much longer lasting than the temporary pleasure of this world.
The idol of control: Entrusting ourselves to a loving, wise, creator is so much sweeter than my weak attempts to be in control of my life.

If you would like to listen to the sermon by Teaching Pastor Daryl Bay click here

Friday, 21 October 2011

Idols of our hearts: Review so far


"The Rugby World Cup has started, and it's a season for spiritual growth at Hope Church! Why do we get so angry and bitter about little things? What drives us to sacrifice the most important things in our lives like family and relationships? What addicts us to things like porn, gossip and even good things like financial prosperity? The Bible's answer for this is simple: idols. Idols are so much more than little statues or a sports trophy. Idols enslave us. They deceive us and steal our joy. That's why the Bible repeatedly warns us against them (Exodus 20:1-6; Romans 1:18-23; 1 John 5:24). Join us at Hope during September and October as we expose the idols in our lives, the lies they tell us, and how the power of the gospel sets us free to enjoy and and serve the one true God." (hopechurch.org.nz)

Coming up this Sunday:
 Your Heart is an Idol Factory with Teaching Pastor Daryl Bay

A review of the weeks before:
Week One: 18 Sept 2011.
    Idols of the Heart - Exodus 20:1-6, Romans 1:18-32 by Daryl Bay
Week Two: 25 Sept 2011.
    Idol of Acceptance and Approval - 1 Cor 4:1-5 by Daryl Bay
Week Three: 02 Oct 2011.
    Idol of Security - Romans 8 by Daryl Bay
Week Four: 09 Oct 2011.
    Idol of Comfort and Pleasure by Daryl Wehner
Week Five: 16 Oct 2011.
    Idol of Control by John Frizelle

This series has had a huge impact on many folks I have spoken with.  It's a powerful, probably because if we can master our desires and insecurities, if we can identify the idols of our hearts we are half way towards breaking those strong holds.  Then ... oh boy what kind of a life would we lead?! When we idolise the Creator of the Universe rather than weak, non-sustaining, empty, worthless idols, we are in the place of our destiny. It's a good place.


If you would like to listen any of these sermons download sermons here.  It's not over, keep an eye on the next two weeks of sermons.  I will continue to post sermon notes and links.  I pray you will be as blessed as well all have been. It's a bit ouchy, confronting emptiness and pointlessness in our lives is never fun, but it's all good learning. Be Blessed.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Zephaniah 3:17

"The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."

The creator of the universe delights in you, cares for you, rejoices over you. He breaks out in song over you, he tenderly quiets you with his love.

YOU ARE ADORED AND CHERISHED

Monday, 17 October 2011

Idol of Control



Idol of Control. John Frizzelle
Hope Community Church 
October 15th 2011

Statements that may identify the idol of control in your life:
-          I feel safe if I am in control.
-          I am confident in my abilities, I’m not so sure of anyone else’s
-          I can’t stand it when I’m in a car but not driving
-          I rarely think I’m wrong
-          I don’t like people touching my stuff
-          I don’t take it lightly when people disagree with me
-          Other peoples messes really bother me
-          When I’m watching TV with other people, I always have to have the remote
-          I have this compulsion within me to take charge – to bring order out of chaos
-          I have lots of rules that I live by and that I demand of my family – rules to maintain order and control


If a number of these statements ring true for you, then there may be cause for reflection.

Thomas J. Schumacher concludes that “control freaks are not trying to hurt you by their behaviour – they’re trying to protect themselves.”

Biblical examples;
1. Rich business man in Luke 12:16-21
Rich man speaks of himself 16 times in those 5 verses. He thought life was all about “me”! 
The rich man focused on his own plans, controlling his business in the bountiful harvest. He was serving himself not God.  He wanted full command over his own life.
Control is seductive. The rich man placed all value on his possessions and pleasure, he elevated the value to the place above God and eternity.
2. Abraham, Gen 15
A natural leader, told by God he would have many descendents. Abraham waited, yet nothing happened so he took matters into his own hands. Suggested he adopt a servant as heir – God said no.
Sarah gave him Hagar, and Ishmael was born – God said no.
Then God gave them Issac.  When Issac was older God said sacrifice him. God was giving a big lesson in control and surrender.

God is in control
When we try control our lives, God can use the mess, the hurt and frustration to confront us with the reality that we are not in control, but He is.
We can gain no power, no control,  in this life. Jesus stood at the bow of a boat in a storm and told the wind and the sea to be still – it did. Matt 8:27
We need to move from control to surrender.  God calls us to lay up treasure in heaven, to be rich toward God, to trust Him with your future, your life.  As you do this you will beat back the idol of control and find rest in Jesus.

To listen to the sermon Click here

What a joy

Psalm 133:1 says how good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.  This is a verse I have got my little boys to memorise.  I love this verse for reasons other than peace in our home.

I love this verse because I know how good and pleasant it is when I live together with my sister in unity.  I have some amazing friends, I really do, God has blessed me with some amazing woman who bless me with their friendship.  The best friendships I have are those I share with my sisters in Christ. Why?  Because we can talk about the man of our dreams, our saviour, I know that sounds cheesy, but I don't care.  My sisters in Christ, together share experiences and life that is centred in Christ's will for us and get to share together in what we are learning.  What a blessing sister in Christ are. Thank you Lord for these amazing woman I get to call friends.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Proverbs 24:3-4

"By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures."

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Power of the Cross - Getty Music's modern day hymns

I'm really so excited by the recent discovery of Keith and Kristyn Getty's modern day hymns.  Below are the lyrics of another wonderful hymn that is on my itunes playlist, and I really have to stop and listen as it plays, the words are so biblical and beautiful, can't help but pray 'thank you Jesus for the cross'.

The Power of the Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

CHORUS:
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Idol of Pleasure

Sermon notes from Daryl Wehner
October 9, 2011

Idol of Pleasure

Pleasure is good - it's a God thing.
Deut 26:9 - the promised land was spoken of as a land flowing with milk and honey
Jer 31:11-12 - spoke of the people shouting for joy, being radiant over the goodness of the Lord, the grain, new wine and oil.
These verses talk about taking pleasure in what God has provided. We can conclude that pleasure if from God.

The purpose of pleasure is to prompt us to praise God.
a. Awareness of God
b. move us to praise God
c. helps lift us from life's difficulties

There is a boundary between healthy pleasure and unhealthy pursuit of pleasure

How do we identify an unhealthy pursuit of pleasure? There are two points we will look at today;

1. EXPOSURE BY AN ABSENCE OF PURPOSE
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.
An absence of purpose in life can leave one searching for purpose in 'things'.
v2 laughter
v3 wine
v4 projects - real estate
v5 gardens
v6 pools
v7 servants
v8 silver and gold
v9 status
v11 YET!

YET - it was meaningless.

2. EXPOSED WITH ADVERSITY IN LIFE
When we are confronted with adversity, for some, there is a natural tendency to search for comfort in pleasure.  As with the writer in Ecclesiastes the conclusion is the same, meaningless.

HOW TO RESPOND TO ADVERSITY AND LACK OF PURPOSE:
Psalm 62 - my soul waits in silence.
Exodus 14:13-14 - v14 You have only to be silent.

Keep still - be silent - stop frantically seeking.
Let someone do something for you - holy inactivity.
Psalm 46:10 - Be Still and know
Psalm 62:1 - Wait in silence

The purpose of pleasure is to prompt us to praise God.

The strategy to overcome the idol of pleasure is to be still and silent instead of frantically seeking pleasure in anything and everything and to be satisfied.

For the sermon on Idol of pleasure click here .  This week another teacher; Daryl Wehner gave an honest and gentle guide to this area of idolatry.  With a focus on the Rugby World Cup that is happening in New Zealand at the moment, idols seemed like a very poignant topic for over this time. NZ is a rugby nation, some may even say it is a religion amongst some of our countrymen. So this topic of idols of the heart is bang on at this time, even if you don't like rugby :)  I hope you find these sermons and notes encouraging and points of learning in our own life.  Be blessed.

Friday, 7 October 2011

By life or by death

This week at my faith family we lost a man of wisdom and great witness, his name was Doug Duncan.    This time last year we lost a dear woman of faith, Esma Gribble.  I feel like we had more to learn from these wonderful folks.  Their job was done, they had both fulfilled the purpose for their lives.  Our loss, heavens gain.  Not more than a month ago Doug Duncan spoke a powerful and poignant message to our faith family on Philippians 1:20-24.  Since Doug had suffered from cancer for a long while, this sermon was delivered with such relevance and experience that you had to sit up, listen and take notes. I've never been in a church service when the preacher finished he received enthusiastic, lovingly respectful applause. The power of experience and perspective when reading these verses, I'm write them out for you, so you can see why Doug was applauded;


"as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account." (Philippians 1:20-24)

May we all have the perspective of someone who could breath their last breath tomorrow. The beauty of eternal perspective. Doug Duncan had that in life, now he has that for real, in Jesus' presence. What joy and what a view - we can only imagine. Thank you Lord for your servant Doug, and your servant Esma, such encouraging witness to us of faith. 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Modern Hymns by GettyMusic

Just wondering if you have heard of Keith and Kristyn Getty?  If not, you probably have heard of their work without even knowing it. Have you sung the modern hymn In Christ Alone? That's theirs and Stuart Townend's.
I love worship music, strong melody and biblical true lyrics take me places in my spirit where I can freely praise and worship the LORD.  I just wanted to share a beautiful hymn these talented folks have written.

By Faith
By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation's grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God's own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul's reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We'll walk by faith and not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth

We will stand...

By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name

We will stand...

Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty
& Stuart Townend.

"Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade, demonstrating the ability to successfully bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary."  You can find out more about their music and ministry Click here to go to their website.

I really value hearing other peoples discoveries of good worship music, great songs, talented songwriters, biblical lyrics. If you have a favourite songs or one that has really touched you, please share.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Idol of Security


October 2nd, 2011, Sermon notes from Teaching Pastor Daryl Bay.
The Idol of Security: Romans 8:31-39

Idols are not just little statues. They are anything that takes the place of God in our lives.

Idolatry is not one sin among many sins.  It is the sin under all our other sins. It is the problem under all our other problems.

Idol of Security, or the Idol of Safety.

It’s the idol that tells us:
The most important thing in your life....the highest value....is to feel like you are: danger-free and problem-less and risk-averted. 

When your heart says: I must feel safe, or to ask it another way:
What is an insecure person?  Someone who feels threatened, right?
The Idol of insecurity is a master at playing on that.

Romans 8:31-39 – is a text all about the security that God offers us.

ONE: HOW THE IDOL OF SECURITY DECEIVES US
Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to this?”
What is the “this” that Paul is talking about?
If the gospel is really true...
·         That we are saved by grace
·         Justified by faith, not by our good works
·         If the God of the universe has set his affection on us...
v31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Answer? In one sense, everybody.  In another sense, the ultimate sense, nobody.
v33: “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?”

Implication one of the gospel:
People might stand against you.  They might bring charges against you. 
But if you have the approval of Christ, then you have all the approval you really need. 

Implication two, of the gospel
v35:  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” 

“If what you most value can be taken away or destroyed, then you set yourself up for anxiety.”  David Powlison

If you really want true security and ultimate safety, you have to be able to look this idol in the eyes and reject its lies.

Questions that expose the idol of Security or Safety: 
1. When a new opportunity comes up, your most important question is: “Will I be safe?”
2. Is your dominant prayer, for yourself and for others, about protection?  
3. Do you long for the day when you will be problem-less and risk-free?
4. Do you feel the gnawing need to promote yourself in order to cover for your deep insecurity?
5. Is the love of God in Jesus Christ just an abstract, weak concept in your life?

TWO: HOW THE LOVE OF GOD SECURES US

v35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?“
v38: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

How can you learn to celebrate the security you have? 

There are three things you have to celebrate:
1.       You are joined to Jesus
You have been place IN CHRIST.  Look at the total climax of this chapter:
If you belong to him, you are safe. If you are joined to Jesus, you have all the security you need. 

Here’s the thing with the Idol of Security: Our real problems come because we attach our lives to things that are that are insecure.  We try to find our security in things that are insecure.  When they fade away, we fade away with them.

“The way to identify your idols is this: when your idols shake, you shake.”  Greg Dutcher

Solution?
Get your security - your meaning, your purpose, your significance, your life – from something lasts.  Then it can’t be taken away.  The only thing that fits that bill is Jesus.

2.      You are inseparable from God’s love
If you have God’s love, you have everything you need. 
To the degree that you sense God’s never-stopping, never-giving-up love for you.  To that degree you will feel confidence, secure and safe.

Do you and I know anything at all about that kind of confidence today?

Romans 8:15-16: “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.”

3.      You have the personal, intimate ministry of the Holy Spirit
He shed’s Christ’s love abroad in our hearts.  Romans 5:5.
v37: “we are “more than conquerors.”
Not just fighters, or winner, more than ... it's won.

To listen to the sermon by Daryl, click here  to go to Hope Community Church website to download or listen to the above sermon.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

My lips will glorify you



“Did you hear about Kelly?” (sorry to any Kelly’s out there) “Sad, so sad, but you know, well it didn’t have to go that way. Oh, I’m only mentioning this so you can pray for her.”   Really?  How many of you have found yourselves in situations where you start to feel really uncomfortable with conversations? I certainly have. Situations where I feel the gossip train is pulling into the station or that words are not as loving as they should be.  You know what I’m talking about? Oh come on, we girls are professional conversationalists, especially when a cup of something hot is involved. I’m sure we’ve all been there, if not the one listening, then the one talking.

I’m often challenged by author and bible teacher Beth Moore. This one story of hers impacted me; “I once attended a very prestigious lunch at a Houston country club.  All the women were God-honouring, church-serving Christians.  A lady asked me, ”So Beth, how do you feel about our president? Don’t you think he’s lost?”  I am horrified when I consider how in former years I might have dogmatically answered that question. Thankfully, I have learned a few things since then and have had a few too many peeks at my own sinful nature. I could only respond: “After the mercy it took for God to save my own sinful soul, I would be far too afraid to guess.” 

If the women in Beth Moore’s story ever got the opportunity to speak with the president, then would she ask him herself?   Isn’t that the bottom line to gossip. If we are not willing to have the same discussion with the person present, then we know we are out of line.  But for the grace of God go I … I’m not likely to be president, but I think you get my drift. There are at least three camps, that I can see, 1) the person talking freely about others, 2) the person listening and enjoying the conversation, maybe adding their 2 cents worth 3) the person not comfortable about the conversation, but not sure why or what to do, 4) the person who knows it’s plain wrong and walks away, 5) the person who pulls up everyone in the group on the conversation.  Did I say three categories?  It grew a bit just like gossip does.  What category do you fit into, or maybe you have another category option?  I’ve heard many times “Well I’m allowed to have an opinion, aren’t I?”  That is a good question, don’t you think?  Of course we can have opinions, but opinions are private thoughts, they don’t have to see the light of day

Gossiping words are crumbs of information, you don’t get the whole loaf of bread, you get scattered crumbs. Jesus gives us more in John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”  Why is it we grovel around for the crumbs of gossip when we can feast on the bread of life?  We needn’t delve too deep into our psyche or faith to see what need is being met when we gossip. Know this, that need can only be met by the bread of life, Jesus.  Thank you Lord for providing all we need. Help us not to chase things of no value. Help us identify our insecurities and idols of our hearts, and replace them with you Lord.  May our words bring glory to you. Psalm 63:3 says “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” (NIV)

I confess my lips are sometimes too busy muttering things that should not be heard instead of bringing glory to God. 1 Tim 1:5-6, “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk.” Even if our talk isn’t ‘mean’ towards others it may be meaningless. Jeremiah 15:19 is powerful, “Therefore this is what the Lord says; “If you repent, I will restore you, that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.”  These verses are powerful. Repent, be restored by Jesus so that we may serve Him. The authority of God is giving us wisdom to live right, to live as ambassadors. What an honour to be God’s spokeswoman. Anyone else like to put that on your resume?  Anyone else want to know what life would be like if our words were only meaningful and worthy?

If you fear your words at times have been less than loving.  that your words have dishonoured your blood family or family of  faith, or that your words have not brought glory to God, know this; you are not alone.  Confess and find joy in forgiveness. Repent and be restored. Keep reading through 1 Tim 1 and you will find this reassuring verse “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”   Anyone else got their hands up with me on this one? Then keep reading verse 16 “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 

Once failed, always a failure!  That is so contrary to how God sees you!  When you let your mouth run away on you, fall flat on your face in confession, then stand up and believe that Jesus’ love covers your sin, and God has forgiven you just as he said he would.  God is no liar, if you repent, He will forgive and restore.  Fact!  Believe it! Now stand up, walk on in grace, knowing that you are not a write-off, just because you are not perfect.  Perfection is Gods, and his mercy and grace make us worthy to stand up and walk on.  I just can’t help but remind you again, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:3 (NIV) That would make a good memory verse wouldn’t it?

Ingrid.