Humans need hope. Hope gets us up in the morning and motivates us to do any number of things in the day. Without it we are hopeless and eventually fall into despair. When we are down, a ray of hope can make all the difference. We are hopers, always looking forward to the next good thing –
Rom. 8:26 As we try to pray and do so very imperfectly, as we struggle with words and groans, so, we are told, the Holy Spirit prays perfectly for us because he knows the mind and will of God perfectly (1 Cor. 2 also tells us this). But we must be praying, or trying to
Is this not something we should be saying more to one another? Is this not what we hope the Lord Jesus himself will say to us on that last day that will also be the first day of that forever happiness? ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…’ (Matthew 25). Could he really say that to
This is a good place to raise the matter of rewards in the future life. God has promised rewards. The word appears over 70 times in the Bible. We find it difficult because it does not seem to fit well with the idea of grace – God’s free gifts regardless of whether we deserve it or not (we don’t!). It
The biblical way to stop worrying is to: THINK (Matthew 6:25); PRAY (Phil. 4:6) and TRUST (John 14:1).
The biblical way to overcome sins like anger, bitterness, envy, lust.. is to think, pray and try. We need to think biblically to renew our minds (Romans 12:2), we need to pray for grace to strengthen us (James 4:6) because we cannot do it ourselves (as we well know) and then (on that foundation of
Prayer is work, wrestling. There is a wonderful simplicity about prayer – just children coming a wonderful Father. But it can also be hard work as we struggle with ourselves (our reluctance, laziness, self-centredness etc), with the spiritual forces of evil (who fear prayer) and even with God himself as he intends to deepen our
‘that it may go well with you’ (Eph 6:3). God wants it to go well with you, children and all. That’s a great thought! And he tells us how. Often we invite our own misery, and we invite the discipline of God because a loving Father must discipline his children for their good (Heb 12).
Is there any greater encouragement to pray than in the words of Luke 11:1-13? Here we find not only a pattern for prayer but also the huge encouragement of the Lord Jesus himself to: ask and you will receive, seek and you will find and knock and the door will be opened to you. This
Christians are promised that in the world to come ‘they will reign for ever and ever’ (Revelation 21:5). We will reign under Christ and with Christ. Reign over what? Over creation, as humans were always made and meant to (Genesis 1:26), but there is also the possibility we will reign over cities as a reward: