You are Invited

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians, 13:13

Today you are invited to consider these words.  How much does love show in your life?  How much do you struggle with that awkward old aunt, that demanding boss, that unhelpful sales assistant or the irritating next door dog that barks all day?  How do your faith and hope help you to love?  Where do you need help to love?  Ask God to show you which relationships in your life do not show His love – and then ask for His help to love in His way.

May God bless you as you love others today – whatever the circumstances.

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You are Invited

(Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Today you are invited to consider how these characteristics are present in your life. Which ones do you struggle with?  Is it easier to protect some people (or things) than others?  Who do you not trust?  Where do you lack hope, and where do you want to give up because there are few signs of results?  Speak to God about these things.  What will help you to live closer to the statements Paul makes in this verse?  Who can you go to for advice and encouragement?  Ask God to guide you today.

May God help you to protect others, to trust Him and those around you with wisdom, to hope in Him and to persevere in the calling He has made on your life.

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You are Invited

(Love) does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5

Today you are invited to consider what God is saying to you through these words.  Read each phrase and stop to listen for His voice.  How do you feel about what you are hearing?  If you need to make any changes in your behaviour or responses to others, what are they?  Speak to God today about these things and ask for His help where you feel you will need it.

May God bless you as you seek His will in your life in regard to these things.

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You are Invited

If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2

Today you are invited to consider how you make use of your faith.  Do you step out in faith or is it a private part of your life?  How do you express your faith to others? When you do step out in faith, how do you do this?  Do you encourage others to do the same?What do you say?  How do people respond when you pray in faith for healing, guidance, protection etc?  Are you comfortable expressing your faith?  Speak to God today asking if you need to make any changes in the way you express your faith. Ask Him how you can encourage others to grow their faith.

May God bless you today as you step out in faith for Him, and help you to do so graciously.

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You are Invited

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

Today you are invited to consider your tone of voice.  How do you say things?  How aware are those close to you of the love you feel for them?  How aware are business associates of your integrity and your goal to encourage them to be the best they can be?  Do your words encourage or devalue people?  Listen to yourself today as you speak to the people you meet.  How would you feel if they spoke to you in the tone of voice you are using?  Speak to God about your struggles, especially about speaking to those whom you find it difficult to love in the way God desires.

May God bless you with His love for those around you and may He fill you with His grace as you speak to them today.

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Challenge

This week in ‘You are Invited’ we have been looking at the work and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I believe God is as active through His people today as He was in the days of Moses and Elijah; as He was in the days of Peter and Paul.

God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk through on dry land when Moses followed His command and held out his staff over the waters.  Elijah ordered the wood to be soaked and then called down fire from heaven and everything was consumed by the flames – everything!

Peter had a strange dream and then did what God commanded him to do and Gentiles turned to Christ.  No questions, just obedience.  Paul went to Jerusalem, in spite of all the warnings people gave him, and he was arrested and sent to Rome where he was imprisoned and where he wrote many of the letters that make up the New Testament ltoday.

Thinking about all these strange things God has asked people to do and the amazing things He accomplished through their obedience, I began to wonder about the things He asks me to do.  Sometimes I am brave and step out in faith and do the oddest things for Him.  It may be writing a letter I don’t understand, but I know I have to say the things I write.  It may be phoning someone I don’t know very well and asking them a question that means nothing to me, but touches them deeply.

It maybe going somewhere I do not usually go – out of my comfort zone – and doing an errand for Him.

Sometimes I say yes to Him.  I don’t always know why He asks me to do these things for Him, or what the result is.

Sometimes I say no.  I pretend I don’t hear.  I get busy doing other things.  Looking back, I wonder what did not happen because of my disobedience.  Who did God find to do the work I refused to do?  What effect did it have on the person who would have been blessed by Him through me?

One day I was prompted to phone an old friend on his birthday.  I was busy.  It was the day before we were going on holiday and I was packing for the family and doing all the stuff a mom has to do before going away.  I would make the call later – later – later.  But then it was bedtime and too late.  Oh well, never mind I’d phone when I returned from our holiday.  But when we returned my dear friend had died peacefully whilst I was away.  I was not even able to go to his funeral.  I never forgot that.  What happens when we don’t follow the promptings of God? Those insistent little thoughts that say ‘do it now’?

When I fetched the printed copies of my latest book Hope through Dark Valleys I began the 5 km drive home.  As I was driving, I heard God say to me, “You are going to pass four churches on the way home.  Call in on each of them and drop off a book.”

What?

Even as I questioned it the feeling grew stronger that this was what I had to do.  So I stepped out of my comfort zone and stopped off at each church.  I’m not good at promoting my own work or going into places I don’t know.

But people were interested and said they would have a look.  And some of them have looked and have ordered books for their people.  For God’s people. Over the weeks since then, God has brought to mind people and churches to whom He wants me to send copies of the book.  I wrote it at His request – now He is guiding me in my weakest point – the marketing.

What would have happened if I had dismissed that request on the drive home?  I would still have 195 of the 200 copies sitting in boxes in my car (family are always willing to support me).  As it is I have sold almost half the print run.  God said ‘Leave it to Me,’  when I prayed about marketing this book, and then showed me the first steps to take.  He has taught me once again to step out in faith.

I am in awe of His activity in my life in the 21st century.

What is He doing in your life today?  Can you hear Him say, ‘Bear testimony to the work I am asking you to do and respond to this question’?  Let us share God’s active role in our lives with each other by commenting on this question.

God bless you as you step out in faith for Him today and always.

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You are Invited

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16

Today you are invited to consider how you hear the Spirit testify to you?  How do you know you are God’s child?  Is it intellectual knowledge because you have read about it?  Or is it heart knowledge because you just know deep inside that this is so?  How do you feel about this statement?  Does it give you joy or do you have some doubt about this? Offer your heart and mind to God today and open yourself to His Holy Spirit.  Invite Him to testify to you that these words are true for you and that you are indeed His child, no matter what may have gone before.  Then celebrate this truth, for if you believe in Jesus you are, indeed, a child of God!

May God bless you with an assurance today that you are His child and He is your Abba, your Father.

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