You are Invited

Remain in Me as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.  John 15:4

Today you are invited to consider the fruit you are bearing for God.  What are you doing that bears or will bear fruit for Him?  What stage have you reached?  Are you sowing the seed, nurturing the crop, on the point of harvest, or sharing the abundance of God’s hand upon your work?  How does the prospect of fruit make you feel?  Or are you struggling to find the task God has for you and so are standing at the edge of an unploughed field?  Speak to God about the work He has called you to do – and to identify it for you if you are not yet aware what it is.  In all cases, ask Him to show you the next step, that you may remain in Him and He in you.

May God bless you as you live your life for Him today.

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You are Invited

As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you.  Now remain in My love.  John 15:9

Today you are invited not to consider anything, but rather to sit and be aware of God’s love.  Find a quiet place where you can be alone for a while and open yourself to the love of God.  No words, no prayers, no activity.  Just be and know that God loves you.

May God bless you with waterfalls of love today.

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Love

Recently I visited a small child in hospital.  She was not impressed at my visit and shut her eyes tightly as if to say “I can’t see you, therefore you are not there.”  She kept checking, peering through her long eyelashes – and then screwing her eyes tight shut, not wanting to interact with me at all, or even acknowledge my presence.

That was okay.  She was not well. She is only small.  I could understand that playing or even talking was not what she wanted to do.  As I watched and chatted to the adults present, she fell asleep.

And my heart melted with love for her.  She was so little, so vulnerable.  And as I watched, I suddenly had a sense of God watching us, with a melting heart, longing to take us in His arms and hold us.

But we will not let Him.  We peer at Him with half open eyes, but then screw them up shut tight, not wanting to share our life, our pain, our problems with Him.  Perhaps it is too much bother to open our lives to Him.  Perhaps we know what we are doing or struggling with is of our own making and do not want to face Him.  Perhaps we think He will not understand.

As I watched the little one, I suddenly knew that God feels like I did.  Nothing, nothing, we have ever done or said or thought can change His love for us.  He is our Father.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  He looks at us as we fall asleep at night, in the most vulnerable part of our day, and loves us.  Whether we acknowledge Him or not, whether we have our eyes open or screwed shut, He is there, watching us, just as I was watching this small child.

God loves us.

God loves you.

And whether you believe it or not, it is so, for He believes in you, He made you, and He is your Father.

How do you feel about Him watching you and loving you like this?

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You are Invited

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

Today you are invited to consider where you need the peace of God in your life.  What troubles you?  What makes you afraid?  Tell God about these things.  Jesus has been encouraging His disciples for the days that lie ahead.  How do these words of His encourage you?  If you know God’s peace, then spend some time today thanking and praising Him for it.  If you do not know God’s peace in your life at this time, ask Him to give you His peace that passes all understanding, and open your heart and mind to receive it from Him.

May God bless you with His peace today and all the days of your life.

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You are Invited

Jesus said to His followers:

‘You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.’  John 14:14

Today you are invited to consider how you pray.  Do you ask God to answer your prayers hoping that He has heard you?  Or do you ask expecting an answer?  Do you ask and move on to other things, putting your request on the shelf until you pray again?  Or do you move into your day watching for the answer?  Do you despair, suspecting He will never answer this prayer of yours for you have been asking for so long?  Or do you use the waiting time before the answer is clear to learn from the experience?  How do you pray?  Stop today and listen.  What is God saying to you about your prayers?  Give Him the chance, the time, to answer you, and only when He has, move on, taking His promise in this verse into your life.

May God bless you with His answer today.

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You are Invited

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

Today you are invited to consider whether you believe this is true for you.  How do you feel about doing ‘even greater things’ than Jesus did?  What is your reaction to these words?  Do you believe God – or do you have a small voice in your head saying “Who, you? Who do you think you are that you would even consider this to be true?” As you consider these things remember who you are.  You are a Child of the King!  A Prince or Princess in His Kingdom!  Rise up, Daughter, Son of the King and take on the authority of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and reach out in faith to those around you who are in need of His touch today.

May God bless you with an unquestionable assurance that you are His Child and that He has given you the authority to do ‘even greater things than these,’ today and in the days ahead.

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You are Invited

Thomas answered, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:5

Today you are invited to consider whether you know the way.  What is your goal, your destination?  Is it your way?  Or is it God’s way?  How close are you to God that you know what His way, His plan, His goal for you, is?  How do you determine whether you are living your life God’s way or your own way?  What is happening in your life that makes you feel uneasy, as if it may not be God’s way for you?  Talk to God about these things.  Ask Him to show you His way for you.  And then make any changes that are required to ensure you are following Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)

May God bless you as you walk the path He has planned for you today.

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