There are many times where the lowest points in your life are actually launching pads to God’s greatest promotion in your life.  It was so for Joseph in the Bible!

Joseph had not been betrayed by his brothers; he would not have been sold as a slave.  If he had not been sold as a slave, he would not have been in Potiphar’s house.  If he was not in Potiphar’s house, he would not have been thrown into an Egyptian prison meant specifically for the king’s prisoners.  If he was not in that specific prison, he would not have interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s officers.  If he had not interpreted their dreams, he would not have been summoned to interpret Pharaoh’s dream two years later.  If he had not interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh would not have promoted Joseph to become his prime minister over the entire Egyptian empire!

God’s presence with Joseph and His unmerited favour caused Joseph to be promoted from the pit to the palace, from the dunghill to Capitol Hill, from the outhouse to the White House.  So, stop looking at your circumstances and stop allowing them to discourage you.  The same Lord, who was with Joseph, is with you right now.  And he knows that you often will need Encouragement.

So He has provided you with a Church family, a body of believers who represent Him to Encourage you, Exhort you, and Comfort you in your times of despair.

As the saying goes  . . .  Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face when circumstances get on top of you. Don’t close yourself off from people who care about you. Don’t stay in Isolation when times are tough.  That’s exactly what your enemy wants you to do  . . .  Don’t walk into his TRAP!

Instead humble yourself and reach out to God through other believers who may not be Perfect, but, whose intention is to help keep you close to God and want what is best for you, so that you can be all you can be in life and in God.

And remember  . . .  what your enemy means for your harm, God can turn around for your good.

Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. - Hebrews 10:25 (TLB)

Computers operate via a series of coded instructions called programs.  Although few of us ever meet the originators responsible for these programs, we don’t delude ourselves thinking computers programmed themselves without an original programmer.

How do birds know how to build a nest?  How do bees know how to make honey?  How do beavers know how to dam a river?  How do spiders know how to design a web?  How can certain fish and birds migrate thousands of kilometres then return each year with satellite accuracy?  How do blind, miniscule, newly born kangaroos know how to wriggle their way from the birth canal all the way to the mother’s pouch to suckle milk?  There are so many inexplicable natural phenomena swept under the carpet with the word, ‘INSTINCT’.  Do we delude ourselves thinking everything in nature has programmed itself?

In fields such as engineering, academic minds continue to learn complex lessons from nature.  Shouldn’t we be asking where nature learnt these lessons, or will we casually say - given time they happen by themselves?   The Bible declares that in nature, everything is created by God.  Therefore, He is the Original Programmer who wrote the coded instructions we call instinct. (See Job 38:36)

Not only that. God our Creator is willing to share His wisdom with us!!

The Bible says that when we are born again we have the mind of Christ.

That means we are able to navigate through life with God’s perspective on every matter. And as we acknowledge Him as Our Creator, He will direct our paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says in the Living Bible: “. . .trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

God has a perspective on the Corona19 Pandemic.

If you would like to know more about having a relationship with God, The Creator of the Universe, we would be happy to show you how to do this.

Often, the reason we don’t have excellent relationships in life is because we have taken our loved ones for granted in pursuit of other things. 

We have forgotten what is important.  The Covid19 Isolation rules are beginning to expose this fact in many lives.

Mothers / Wives are often the prime example of Neglect.  Subtly, the things in our worlds intrude and Mums are taken for granted.

We understand the value of our wives when we first fall in love, and Mums when a baby comes along.  Yet as time passes, they are often taken for granted.  Bit by bit, Dads and Children, particularly when they grow up, become far too busy pursuing personal ambitions than desiring to be in the company of their Mothers who will always love and hold a special place for them in her heart.

A good ambition for life is to spend as much time as possible in the company of loved ones. 

Regarding God, if we say we love Him, we should naturally desire to spend as much time in His company as possible.  This does not mean we hang around a church 24/7.  God is omnipresent (everywhere simultaneously), so wherever we go – there He is.  We can include God in everything we think and do.  When we are excited about the wonder of life – we can praise Him.  When we are sad or worried – we can confide in Him.  When we are stressed or fearful – we can confidently hand our problems to Him. 

As we get to know God, our prayer life should lose its religious-ritual and become a long conversation with a Loved One that never ends.  This is the relationship our Heavenly Father wants with us. 

If we keep God as our first love, it will result in a better relationship with our Wives and Mums. We will start seeing them through God’s eyes.  We will have peace; we will be more caring, tolerant and interested in their lives and not just ours.

This Mother’s Day in particular, there is no excuse not to lavish our Mums with our love – even from a distance.

Why not let this time of Isolation from the many things that ‘used to’ be a great priority in our lives, be a time to think of creative ideas to give our Wives and Mums something they have missed out on in the past. . . . OUR TIME!

 With Social Media facetime etc. we could even check in with her more than once on her Special day!!

The Bible in Matthew 1:21 says: “Jesus, will save His people from their sins.” 

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States.  In New York, over 400 emergency workers died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. They gave up their own lives to rescue others.  In addition, during amazing military operations, soldiers have risked their own lives to rescue others.

However, these rescues were only of a temporary nature.  Those rescued all eventually died.  There is One Rescuer who rescues men so that they will never die again.  This Rescuer, is THE Saviour Jesus Christ. He rescues from spiritual death all who put their trust in Him.
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body.  Spiritual death is the “eternal separation” of the soul from a LOVING God.  His followers die physically, but they never die spiritually.  Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

If we fail to put our trust in Him to rescue us, He will exclude us from His presence.  Jesus said: “Every one who acknowledges Me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9).

However, this is not His will. The Bible says: God “desires all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4).

Unfortunately, there are many who do not wish to be rescued.  They would rather be masters of their lives than turn to Jesus for help.  But for those who wish to be rescued for ETERNITY, they need only follow Jesus.  He delivers men from despair and gives them hope.  He delivers men from sin and gives them a new nature.  He delivers men from death and gives them eternal life. This is the greatest rescue of all, by the only one who could rescue us – Jesus Christ.

May you this Easter, receive God’s revelation of how you can Live for Eternity.

Snakes have the curious habit of shedding their old skin in favour of a new one. Yet no matter how many times they shed their skin they are still the same old snake.   

If we think we get into Heaven by changing our ways (shedding our skin by morally reforming) we have failed to understand the message of the Gospel – the Good News.  

When Adam lost the rulership of the world to Satan (a spiritual snake) all mankind suffered the repercussions and became citizens in the devil’s kingdom.  Through Adam’s original sin we inherit a corrupt (sin) nature which God cannot allow into His heavenly kingdom. (See Romans 5:12)

No matter how blameless we think we are or how many good deeds we have accumulated, we will always fall short of God’s perfect and absolute standard that He demands (see Romans 3:23).  We may impress other people with our reformed ways but to God we are still the same old snake.  The only way we can possibly get to Heaven is by turning into a new creature. 

To become a new creature we have to be spiritually ‘born-again’.  This spiritual rebirth occurs at the moment we accept Jesus Christ as Saviour. We can do nothing to earn or deserve salvation – we are totally dependent on what God has done on our behalf.  God made salvation easy for us because Jesus Christ did all the work on the cross by paying our entire penalty for sin.  

When we believe in Christ, we accept God’s sacrifice on our behalf and we are credited with Christ’s perfect blamelessness.  At that moment we are spiritually reborn (in Christ - a Christian) into the family of God for eternity.

The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8-9: ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith (belief), and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works (good deeds), lest anyone should boast’

If we were able to save ourselves, there would have been no need for God to come to earth as a Man in order to pay the price for our liberation of sin.  The good news of the Bible is we become new people by simply accepting the gift of salvation by believing the Lord Jesus Christ died as our substitute on the cross. 

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)