Refreshing Company

“I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition”.
1 Corinthians 16:17-18

These bible verses really inspired me today. Oh how blessed we are to have people like a Stephanus, Fortunatus and Achaicus in our lives and in the body of Christ. People who refresh us.

These type of Christian believers are commended by Paul. They must have been a great source of encouragement and Godly wisdom to the early church.

We all need times of refreshing. One of those ways of refreshing is also through other believers, just as Paul and the Corinthians were refreshed by the visit of these 3 men.

As Paul says, such people deserve recognition.

Can I encourage us all to take some time to think about the people who are the refreshing company in our lives. They make us happy when we see them. They give and impart good things. Positive people.

Let’s thank God for them. They are a blessing.

Let’s also make a point of thanking them. It’s good to let such people know that we value them.

Finally, let’s all try to be the “refreshing” company we enjoy so people are happy to see and hear from us. We can be that source of refreshment to others.

Let’s be “Refreshers”.

Have a blessed day friends.

Walking on Sunshine ☀️

Do you know or remember this song called “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves? It’s one of those songs that makes me smile every time I hear it. There’s a particular lyric which says “I’m walking on sunshine yeah and don’t it feel great”.

These lyrics remind me what our new life in Jesus is like – Walking on Sunshine and doesn’t it feel great!!!

Isn’t it good to reflect on that truth -that as Christians we are no longer walking in darkness- the darkness of sin, death, judgment and ignorance of our minds but we’ve discovered the truth about God through Jesus our Saviour and through his death and resurrection, we have crossed over from darkness into the light.

We are now light and walking in the light of Christ.

This is what the bible says. Ephesians 5:8 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord”

It’s so good to remind ourselves constantly of that truth. We have been rescued from the darkness of sin and death- Praise God. Not from our own efforts but through God’s rich love and mercy. Last Sunday the preacher encouraged us to thank God each day this week for the gift of salvation. Thank you God for saving me.

Now truthfully do I “feel” like I’m walking on sunshine all the time. I’d be lying if I said yes but the truth of what Christ has done for me is not altered by my feelings or circumstances. The truth does not change and is based on God’s Word and I make the decision to choose to believe it whether I “feel” like it or not. If I let my feelings rule then I’m on a slippery slope of trouble.

I am light in the Lord. I am a child of the light.

Now we know that as Christians once we’ve become light we are called to live as children of light – to continue walking in righteousness living godly lives. We encourage each other to walk worthy of our calling in Christ and help each other to pursue godliness. Being accountable and challenging each other in the right loving way. Not being all judgmental, gossiping and trying to dress it up as “telling the truth in love” – that’s not right or helpful. Let’s not forget gentleness and loving kindness when dealing with each other.

Ephesians 5:8-10 – “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases God”

What a great instruction. Live right, produce fruit through the Spirit of God now at work in us and…….Find out what pleases God. That’s the mandate.

Some Christians I know wonder or fret about what they should be doing for God. They worry in case they get it “wrong”. Paul gives us some simple instructions to help us here in these verses – find out what pleases God and then let’s just get on and do it.

So what pleases God?

We find that out from reading the bible for ourselves (no shortcuts here – you need to read and study it) and in being in fellowship with other believers where we are taught and discipled.

Here’s just a few things the bible says please God:

Faith in Him – Hebrews 11:6 – “without faith it is impossible to please God”.

Generosity and an unselfish attitude – God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7

A humble attitude – God does not like pride. In fact God opposes the proud. James 4:6 tell us that God’s face is against the proud.

An obedient attitude – Obedience is better than Sacrifice -1 Samuel 15:22

A peacemaker – Matthew 5:9

Jesus pleased God – “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”. Luke 3:22

So, we learn what pleases God from studying Jesus.

Jesus himself was:

Humble – “But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant” Philippians 2:7

Selfless – He gave himself freely for us.

Obedient – “and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”. He said to His father “not my will but yours be done”.

Forgiving – “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34

Compassionate – “When He saw the crowds his heart moved with compassion” Matthew 9:36

Loving – “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39

These are just a few things which please God. There’s more you can discover in the bible.

I want to be a God pleaser. How about you?

Have a blessed day my friends.

Springboard

What is God doing that will be a springboard for you in this current season.

I love words like springboard!

It means a platform or event that will start or launch you into something – a new venture or activity, new ministry or career perhaps. New giftings in the Holy Spirit.

Exciting – I sense an excitement that there is going to be a Springboard event which will launch some quickly into the new things that God has prepared for us.

What do you have available to you today or that may come your way unexpectedly that will start or launch you into something new for God.

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9

Feeling bone tired?

Are you feeling bone tired and weary today? I was encouraged by this word that I received from the Lord about a season of restoration as the Holy Spirit moves in and amongst the people of God as they gather together. I hope it will encourage you today too.

I wrote the following which the Lord spoke to my heart – The wind of My Spirit.

The wind comes – gentle at first as it moves amongst my people as they gather together. The first ripples of the presence of My Spirit as it moves amongst believers. They will feel the wind of the Spirit as it moves amongst them. It will blow the dust, the cobwebs, the rubbish away. The wind will revitalise, refresh and restore my people as they awaken to my Holy Spirit as it moves amongst them.

This is the season of gentleness, a season of restoration, a season to blow away the lingering effects of tiredness, lethargy and of Covid that has been in your midst. This is my revitalising breath that brings life into the dry bones.

Feel the wind of my Holy Spirit; allow it to blow upon the embers and revitalise, restore and rekindle the flame.

This is the season of restoration for those who are weary, tired and exhausted. Who feel it in their very bones.

Say to the dry bones – Live

Say to the dry bones – Live

Let the wind of my Spirit breathe new life into you. New energy, new exuberance as you feel energised and empowered in Me.

Breathe on us breath of God. Breath on us breath of God. May your Holy Spirit move on us Lord.

I love the words of this song sung here by Kari Jobe – Breathe on Us.

The Opposer

Satan is the opposer and adversary of God’s Kingdom and all things that are good and Godly. In the story of Job we read that he (Satan) had been walking about the earth -no doubt looking for things to disrupt and destroy. There are evil spirits – Satan’s princes and principalities who are opposed to the advancement of God’s Kingdom. Job did not know that Satan was the cause of his trouble but Satan will do what he can to disrupt and attack the work of God in our lives.

That is why as Christians we must take up the whole armour of God and stand firm and be in opposition to Satan. The fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives is every good gift which is in opposition to every sinful and perverted act of Satan who is the hater of all mankind but God is love. Satan is full of jealousy, resentment, pride and bitterness but the life of faith is one of selflessness, humility, love, grace and forgiveness. Satan is a liar and has always been a liar but God is and has always been truth. Jesus is truth and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth.

Watch out for the enemy is truly on the prowl looking for who he can devour. Let us not take our eyes from our Protector (Jesus) – the one who laid down His life for us. The Lord has His hand upon us and will be with us. Satan thought he could take Job’s life but he could not because it was not in his power to do so. God would not permit it.

If you are really struggling with life at the moment, you feel that you are of no value and may even have been having suicidal thoughts. Please I beg of you resist them. Satan will try and convince you to take your own life, waste it, end it as if it is of no worth or value but that is a lie – you have value. You are extremely valuable and precious to God. You are worth so much to God. God has made a way through Jesus for you to come into eternal life with him and He has given himself for you.

God has thwarted Satan’s plans and schemes and the offer of free everlasting life out of Satan’s grasp is freely available to all. It matters not that you once were part of Satan’s kingdom because the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to set free all – even if you think you are the worst of sinners included. There is not one person who is too deep in sin to be saved. The enemy will lie and scheme to keep you in his kingdom but there is a way of escape through faith in Jesus the Son of God who can set every prisoner free from a life of sin and death.

Do not waste any opportunity to take the offer of free everlasting life which is on offer. Why give the most precious thing you have every owned – your own life- into the hands of Satan. What has he ever offered or given that can be more precious than a life with God the Father and Creator of all things. The All Mighty, All Powerful God who will one day cast that evil liar into everlasting torment and damnation.

God’s grace is freely available to all. There is no-one who is beyond His redemptive power. There is no-one who, whilst there is breath in their body, who is beyond the power of Salvation. The blood of the Lamb (Jesus) can cleanse and redeem and blot out all transgression. God is love.

Satan is a liar, a deceiver of all mankind and he only wants to destroy and oppose everything that God has for believers. Resist him and let us not give in to his lies or false accusations. Satan can be overcome by the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony and those who do not love their life unto death. Satan cannot take your soul as a believer because you are sealed in Christ for the day of redemption. He can try and kill the body but he cannot take your soul once that is in the hands of your everlasting Father in Heaven who holds you unto him. God is sovereign. God is on the Throne – not satan. Amen.