Faith

Sep 23

I Can Communicate

I Can Communicate


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In a film I saw years ago: "The Last Emperor",  an English tutor was hired to teach the little boy Emperor English Grammar. When the little boy got really frustrated and said how much he hated words, his tutor responded by saying: "But if you can't  say what you mean, how can you ever mean what you say?" We all know how crucial words are to get the right meaning across. Problem is, words are only part of the way we communicate. When we sit down with someone, their expression has an impact on us, their body language, and we have all heard the saying: "Actions speak louder than words". How we treat people, how we ARE is what leaves the lasting impression on them. That is how we communicate most powerfully, most clearly.

In Scripture, we are told that God tried to communicate with his people by sending prophets but they often got ignored or laughed at or even killed for their troubles. It seems finally the only way He could get through to us was by becoming part of his own creation, becoming flesh and blood as we are, to communicate exactly what He is like. Hebrews1:1-2 says "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being.."

God communicated with us through His Son, because the only way we can understand him is by him becoming one of us. All our efforts to communicate clearly with one another are a reflection of that relationship with Him. Let's continue with our attempts to be clear in our learning of words, but also in what we communicate in the way we treat each other.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you  for showing me who you are and what you are like through the life and death of your Son, Jesus.  Help me to communicate who you are also through my words and actions and the way I live my life. Amen


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Sep 16

I Am Organised

I Am Organised

Organisation and spirituality doesn't seem initially to go together. What on earth does God have to do with being organised?! You may well think this, but as we begin to look at how we ourselves are made, all of creation and if course the universe, we see the most intricate design and organisation. Some people don't believe being creative goes with being organised but the creativity of God is organised into bringing yet more life and creativity. It's an amazing cycle of life. It's one which God calls us to share with him. We also can help contribute to his creativity which is no way separate from, being organised. Psalm 144 says: Teach us to order our days rightly, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Organisation is good order, which in it's turn, brings peace and then freedom. When we accept our share in the responsibility of organising and ordering our days, we discover a peace and freedom within to be more and more creative. Ultimately, then, to be organised, or ordered, is deeply spiritual. Our worship and our prayer lives need to be organised and ordered so that we can be free to share in Gods creative power as he calls us.

Prayer: Dear God, help me to see that in ordering my school work, my life in all sorts of different ways, I am sharing in your creative power if organising and ordering the world. Help me to understand the significance of that. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Sep 9

Doing the right thing 2

Doing the right thing 2

Do you know the song by Faithless about a 14 year old?


It is very human to want to treat others as we have been treated ourselves, especially if we've been on the receiving end of unfair treatment.  Jesus' Golden Rule for his followers was: "Treat others as you wish to be treated yourselves", which is harder but more rewarding.  This song also reminds us that there are people all around us who can help us if only we would listen to them.

Watch the song again but this time the lyrics will be on the screen.


Prayer: Lord, help us to treat others as You would wish them to be treated.  We ask for the Holy Spirit's help to do this.  Amen.

 

 



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Jul 14

Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing

When Steve Jobs finished designing the first Macintosh computer, he did something special:  he asked everyone who helped him design that first revolutionary machine to sign a large piece of paper.  He then took that paper and turned it into an engraving template.  When those first Macs finally rolled off the assembly line, the names of their creators were engraved inside the case of every one.

Inside the first Macs  Inside the first Macs

You couldn't see the signatures from the outside—and most people never even knew they existed on the inside because few people had any reason to open up a computer in those days. But if you opened one up and looked deep inside, you'd see them—the signatures of their creators, including "steven jobs."

But Steve Jobs wasn't the first one to sign his creation on the inside.  

God did it when He created each one of us.  He's written His name deep inside us.  And if we take a closer look, we'll find that it's not just His name that's written there, but also His laws—His words of instruction to help us live the fullest life possible.

As God said in the book of Hebrews:  "I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people" (Hebrews 8:10b).

Our conscience has been implanted by God.  It helps us to consider our options and the outcomes of our actions.  It helps us to regulate our passions and desires, comparing them to God's passions and desires for us.  When our passions and desires are different from God's, our conscience kicks in to let you know that something is amiss and needs to be addressed.

Our conscience, though, is a warning indicator only.  We can override it.  We can ignore it.  We still have free will.  We need to check out our options using God's Word. 

Even though God has written His Word on our hearts, sometimes we can't read the writing so clearly.  We need to check out the pages of the Bible, the example of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the His Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Lord, help us to hear Your voice more clearly this and every day.  Amen.

 

 

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