encouragement

Thomas - Not Condemned for Doubt

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 
John 20:26-29

I personally think Thomas has a bad rap when he is labelled Doubting Thomas. How quickly we forget that the other disciples didn't believe the women initially either. They went running to the tomb to confirm that what the women had said. Thomas does take it to a new level when he says that unless he can put his finger in the side and see the scars, that he wouldn't believe.

Anyway, what I love about the above passage is that Jesus did not condemn Thomas for his doubts. Jesus entered the room, he proclaimed peace, then he gave Thomas the chance to set his doubts aside. Jesus invited him to come and see and touch.

Through Jesus - Your Testimony

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 5 in a 5 part series, and today we explore our stories of God's faithfulness.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Over this series, I want to explore what Jesus has done that allows us to live this life through him.

Through Jesus - Holy Spirit

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 4 in a 5 part series, where we will be exploring the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Through Jesus - Conquerors

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 3 in a 5 part series, where we will be exploring the idea that we are more than conquerors and have access to heavenly resources.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Through Jesus - Peace With God

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 2 in a 5 part series, and today we look at peace with God

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Over this series, I want to explore what Jesus has done that allows us to live this life through him.

Through Jesus - New Creation

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 1 in a 5 part series, where we focus on our identity as a new creation.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Over this series, I want to explore what Jesus has done that allows us to live this life through him.

Acts Of Obedience

Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience
Steven Furtick

Our independant and self-sufficient ways of living often get challenged when the work obedience is used. And yet if we are followers of Christ then he is Saviour and Lord. As saviour, he has set our relationship right with God and done everything necessary for forgiveness of sin. As Lord, he is to be obeyed.

The Will Of God And The Grace Of God

The will of God will not take us, where the grace of God cannot sustain us.
Billy Graham

It is not in God's character to set us up to fail. John 10:10 says that Jesus came that we might have life, even life abundantly. And so as we journey along this road of faith, relationship, ministry and leadership, we need to understand that the grace of God is with us to uphold us and sustain us.

Align Your Habits With Your Drean

"If your habits don't line up with your dream, then you need to change your habits or change your dream"
John Maxwell

Many people live and die with frustrations and unfulfilled dreams, and it is often because they have not considered the importance of today's habits. Because dreams are future oriented, we can make excuses for today's behvaiour, rationalising that one day in the overall scheme won't make the difference.

But if we repeat those decisions and habits across multiple days then all of a sudden we have a lifestyle that may not be taking us where we hoped to go.

Remember The Joy

I recently started to feel like my responsibilities were becoming a burden. Whenever I sat down to work on things, it would be like pulling teeth. I had overdue tasks piling up, projects stalling and unread emails going back days.

I reflected on the various roles and responsibilities that I had. I knew that they were all my doing, they were things that I had said yes to for one reason or another. I also reflected on the current environment. COVID-19, lock-down, returning to the work and other situations that were beyond my control.

I acknowledged my emotional, mental, spiritual and physical state. But also needed to find a pathway forward. After prayer and reflection I landed on joy.

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