Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Friend of God

In each generation she passes into holy souls, she makes them friends of God and prophets; for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom.
Ws.7:27,28

Soloman attempts to describe the nature of Wisdom, the Holy Spirit of God. With soaring language he portrays a being both omnipotent and intimate. Someone who makes us the friends of God.

“Oh to be a friend of God” has been a cry of the ages. I remember during my conversion experience coming to this realisation, that I , broken imperfect me, can be a friend of God. Suddenly God was no longer a God to fear but a God to love.

My friendship with God doesn’t stop with me. It transforms my relationship with everyone, all those made in the image of God. Today I can be friends with everyone I meet.

Lord Jesus. You know that not all people are friendly to God. You experienced that first hand. Help me be steadfast in my friendship to those I encounter today.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

We will be Changed

Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. So let us thank God for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Cor.15:55,56

Saint Paul quotes from the prophet Hosea to give hope to the Church in Corinth concerning the end of time. We believers will not die but will be changed.

I have had the wonderful privaledge of hearing both my parents confess their faith in God while on their death beds. For my mother it was a death bed conversion, so all the more wonderful. What a source and peace and joy today, knowing that death is has not the final say. Jesus has the final say and he says I bring you life and life in its fullness. Alleluia!

Jesus, you rose from the dead, the first of many to follow. I pray for Mum and Dad. May your mercy triumph over judgement that they may rush into your loving embrace.
Little Flower, please pray for us.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Alignment

As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.
Eph.2:21,22

Saint Paul writes about the unity of Christendom found when all align with Jesus, the cornerstone.

There’s a lovely Korean man I have formed a relationship with over the years. He runs the local Two Dollar shop and we soon discovered we were both Christian. We are from different denominations, Catholicism being a mystery to him. Whenever our discussion drifts into theological differences, I pull it back to where we totally agree. The lordship of Jesus.

This unity transcends all and bares a wonderful witness to the power of Jesus to pull people together, not push them apart. When I see all people as made in the image of God, whether they believe I him or not, unity is expanded even further.

Lord Jesus, I align myself with you today. Let me draw people in rather than push them away, for your glory.
Little Flower please pray for me.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Currency of Love

‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’
Lk.12:15

A man asks Jesus to ejudicate in a family inheritance dispute and he responds with the Parable of the Rich Fool.

The cracks in a family become gulfs when it comes down to inheritance disputes. Jesus warns against greed, saying material riches give no security that lasts.

The rich man in the parable actually made a good business decision. Build bigger barns for bigger profits. The problem wasn’t his business acumen, it was his reliance on wealth for his security.

Being rich in the sight of God is the goal. Good works, compassion, mercy and love are the currency. I can start saving this treasure by spending it on the people God places in my life today. It’s that back-to-front land logic of Jesus again. The more I give away the more I have. It’s a currency of love.

Lord Jesus. You know the natural graspiness I have. Help me open my hand and be generous with the currency of love you give me today.
Little Flower, please pray for me.




Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Wise Old Owl

‘When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.’
Lk.12:11,12

Jesus is at the height of his ministry and is teaching his disciples, giving warning and instruction. Here his advice is, again, not to worry. This time not to worry about what to say.

Yesterday my granddaughter picked out a nursery rhyme book for me to read and we found the following gem:

A wise old owl sat in an oak, 
The more he heard, the less he spoke; 
The less he spoke, the more he heard; 
Why aren't we all like that wise old bird?

The message is clear. Speak less to hear more and become wise. Or as Jesus said, wait for when the time comes before speaking. 

Lord Jesus, you know about my motor-mouth. Help me  speak less and hear more that I may become wise.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Merciful Redemption

With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
Psalm response.


“If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive?” says Psalm 129. The psalm response declares the answer. 5hose who have received God’s mercy and redemption.

Mercy I know well. Redemption is a word used so much in Christian circles it has lost its punch. The dictionary defines it as “The action of clearing a debt”.

Ah! So God’s merciful action is to clear my debt, to pay off what I owe through my sinfulness., my guilt. The result? I survive. I am saved. What wonderful news!

Thank you Jesus for being my saviour, for paying my debt. This is God’s News indeed to tell the world today.
Little Flower please pray for me.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ask Seek Knock

‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.’
Lk.11:9,10

Jesus has been asked, “Lord, teach us how to pray”. He has given The Lord’s Prayer and now goes further, teaching how to persist in prayer, to ask seek knock.

Asking, seeking, knocking are all actions that I initiate. Prayer is not passive, according to Jesus. It’s active, dynamic. Persistence has a long view. It doesn’t give up until it has achieved its goal. It has an eternal view on things.

When we pray for a sick baby, as we are doing now, we pray not only for physical healing but for life in the fullest as intended by God when he gave her life. And we pray not just for baby Naia but for all the millions of sick babies around the world. Prayer is magnanimous as we have a generous big God.

Lord Jesus, I lift up baby Naia and all sick babies in the world. Heal them Lord. Comfort their parents and families. May your fullness of life triumph eternally in these lives.
Little Flower, please pray for us.