It will all work out in the end!

Verse of the Day

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? [NIV] Matthew 6:26

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Do you know it’s funny how we go about worrying about life’s challenges, yet when we get a minute to sit down, and look out of our windows we see birds chirping away. They don’t have money to buy food, but every day they wake up with a knowledge that they have been provided for out there. When the food seems to run out in one Area/continent they move on to another, because they know there’s food out there J. They don’t have any worry or care. Why? Because in our bible verse for today we are told that, they do not sow, and they do not store away in barns, yet they know that they have been provided for, our heavenly Father always provides for them. But that same God asks us “are we then less valuable than they?” Have you asked yourself that question, How much value do you place on yourself? If you don’t know, I’ll just quickly remind you: God loves you so much that He sent HIs one and only son to come into this world to reconnect us back to Him. That process required Jesus to die on the cross. He died for all of our past sins, and mistakes, our sin was nailed with Him to the cross, was buried with Him, and when He was raised from the dead by God the Father, so did we too, to walk into the new life Jesus died for us to live. That’s how important you are! That’s how precious and important we are to God. If we are that important to Him, why do we let the worries of this life steal our joy and hope on the glorious plans He has for us. Don’t you know how much you’re loved! Don’t you realise your value to God. Next time, you start getting overwhelmed with life’s challenges, think on your value in God’s eyes, and you’ll see that indeed all will work out well in the end! #Verseoftheday #Devotional #Bible #Jesus #TrustingGod #Grace #Past #Mistakes #Worry #Challenges #NotGivingUpInLife

You a New Creation!

Verse of the Day

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. [NKJV] 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Isn’t being a new creation a wondrous thing – formed in the mind of God and created by His power and for His glory? In today’s reading we are told what it means to be a new creation and in the preceding verses how we came about it. When we chose to put our faith in Christ Jesus by believing, our old nature was automatically nailed to the cross with Christ. You see when Jesus died on the cross He died for all of our past sins, and mistakes. So that when we put our faith and trust in Him, we’re acknowledging Him as our Lord and Saviour, and the fact that our sin was nailed with Him to the cross, was buried with Him, and when He was raised from the dead by God the Father, so did we too, to walk into the new life Jesus died for us to live – Our new life, us as “new creation”. Of course as believers we can and will still make mistakes, but because of our new nature in Christ, we are no longer slaves to it (as we formerly were), and with the help of God sin will no longer have any power over us (Romans 6:6-7). Now as new creations, we are empowered by and for righteousness, and now have the choice to either let sin rule over our lives or to count ourselves alive to God in Christ Jesus and therefore dead to sin. But most of all, as new creations, we now have the power to choose the latter. Isn’t that glorious! So what would your choice be today? To be alive in Christ as a new creation where you are empowered to live the life you were created to live, or be alive in your old self? The choice is entirely up to you! #Verseoftheday #Devotional #Bible #Jesus #Sin #NewCreation #OldThingsHavePassedAway #AllThingsAreNew #EndlessPossibilities #Grace #Past #Mistakes #ForgettingThePast #ReachingForTheFuture

Forgetting what lies behind!

Verse of the Day

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, [NKJV] Philippians 3:13

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Everyone likes to remember their past! Of course there are many things in our past which are pertinent for our future, have made us what we are today and some can say is a vital part of what we are today. However, there is a reason why our past is our past! In as much as one can recall the joys and victories of the past, our past is also littered with mistakes, failures and painful memories. Someone once said,” to focus on the mistakes and failures of the past brings paralysis of anguish and remorse”. We are encouraged in our today’s Bible reading, that action we need to take in order not to sabotage our future; the need to “Forget what lies behind”. If Jesus through His action, His death on the cross, brought us forgiveness of sins and says to us “Our Past is forgiven”; Who has covered up our past with His love and forgotten the unforgettable in our past lives, don’t we think it’s time we forgot all that lies behind us too? It is only when we’ve chosen to forget, to not let the mistakes of the past hurt us anymore, can we “reach forward to those things which are ahead” of us. Jesus’ redeeming grace that grants perfect peace has freed us from the shackles of our past mistakes! And it is because of that grace can we freely reach for our future, one filled with endless possibilities of fulfilling destinies. Now don’t you think that future is worth reaching for, don’t you think that future is forgetting all the mistakes of the past?? #Verseoftheday #Devotional #Bible #Jesus #EndlessPossibilities #Grace #Past #Mistakes #ForgettingThePast #ReachingForTheFuture