Wednesday, 15 October 2014

He Restoreth My Soul... Psalm 23:3


"He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
Psalm 23:3


In my quiet times recently I've been reading through the book of Psalms, and as I read and meditated on Psalm 23 the Lord taught me some things and it was a blessing to my heart. So, I thought I'd share with you what I got out of this Psalm, and, of course, a Bible wallpaper to go with it :)

When I was reading Psalm 23, this verse in particular "jumped out" at me and spoke to my heart. Each part of this verse is so beautiful.

"He restoreth my soul..." Restore - to make new, to bring to life again. When I thought of the word restore, I thought of the way that people restore antique things. In order for it to be restored, all the rust and dirt must be removed and sanded away, after this it is given a new coat of paint. 
This reminded me of the work Christ does in our hearts at salvation: He washes all the sin from our hearts with the blood of the Lord Jesus, then clothes us in the righteousness of Christ. No longer does God see us with rusty old hearts filled with sin, but rather He sees our new identity in the righteousness of Jesus. 


But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)


I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Not only does God restore our hearts at salvation, but He daily restores our hearts as we meditate in His word daily. 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)


"He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness..." The Lord will lead us in the right way to live for Him. We cannot walk righteously in our own strength. 


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


"For His name's sake." Walking with the Lord and walking righteously will bring glory to our Saviour's name, He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 


Thanks for reading and I hope that by sharing what I gained from this passage of scripture you were blessed :)
Love and blessings,
Hannah :)

Sunday, 25 May 2014

With God All Things Are Possible - Mark 10:27



Mark 10:27 "And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."


I was reading through Mark 10 a couple of weeks ago, and as I read and considered these verses they were a blessing to me, so I thought I’d share what I learned.

When looking at the context of this verse, we see that a rich young ruler had just come to Jesus asking what he could do to obtain eternal life. This rich young ruler was clearly a very religious man, who obeyed the letter of the law, but yet it wasn’t enough to save him. After the young ruler had left, the disciples asked and wondered, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus’ reply has two parts to it, and as I looked at it, this is what stood out to me:

 “For with men it is impossible…”
We cannot have a hope of saving ourselves. No matter how religious or good you are, you can never do enough to save yourself. (As it was in the case of the young ruler) Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

“but not with God: for with God all things are possible…”
What an amazing truth. We cannot save ourselves, yet by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ we can be saved, by simply believing on Him and trusting in the work He did, and not our own “good works” Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Emphasis mine)



Hope you have had a blessed Lord’s day!!
Hannah :)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Here is Love - 1 John 4:10

I think I should start out by saying I am so sorry that I haven't posted anything on this blog since Christmas. 
The truth of the matter is, I have been very busy with my life and haven't had a lot of time for writing blog posts. But, I'm back :) Not sure what next term has in store for me, but I hope to be able to post a bit more often... I have so many ideas, and have received a lot of suggestions from you all, but I shall just have to see how I go in terms of actually getting those ideas into blog posts :)


Since it is the Easter weekend, I thought I would do something Easter kinda themed this month.
I love this verse in 1 John 4:10 - "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 
 


To me, that is the message of Easter all wrapped up in one sentence; that God sent his only begotten Son to bear our sins on the cross. The word propitiation means to atone for sins and wrong doings. Jesus died to pay the price for our sins & save us.

So, this Easter, I encourage you to think and reflect on God's great love in sending His Son, and the sacrifice He made for you & me. 
Have a blessed Easter! :)
Hannah


This is a beautiful song from Matt and Christy Taylor's Album "Gentle Voice" called "Here is Love." Hope you enjoy listening to it :)
Here Is Love by Matt & Christy Taylor on Grooveshark

Friday, 20 December 2013

The Gift of God - Romans 6:23

Over the past few weeks, our Pastor has been preaching on the necessity and importance of Christ's 1st coming to earth (His birth). So, I thought that seeing as Christmas is almost upon us I would share a few of the points outlined in the sermons. :)



The Necessity of Christ's 1st Coming
1 John 4:11-21
Jesus did not just come to be a part of a nativity scene, or part of a holiday; His purposes in coming to earth were much greater than that.

Why did Jesus come to earth?

1) He came to be our sin bearer. (1 John 3:5)
        Note that in the verse, the word "manifested" is used. This infers that our Lord was pre-existent. He was manifested (made known to us) that He might take away our sins. John 1:1-3 - the Word always was, but then He became flesh.
Jesus' primary purpose in coming was to deal with the root problem of sin. He came to be our sin-bearer so He could take away or sins. (John 1:29, 1 Peter 2:24)
Have you trusted in the Saviour?

2) He came to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
Jesus was manifested to destroy the power of the devil. The devil is real, we mustn't underestimate him lest we get caught off guard. "Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might" God has provided us the weapons of our warfare that we might walk in victory. The devil is a defeated foe, his powers are limited, and his time is short. We don't fight for victory, but in victory.

3) He came that we might live through Him. (1 John 4:9)
Jesus came to give us eternal life. Without Christ, we are spiritually dead. Christ came to give us life, spiritual life, eternal life! The gift of eternal life is the greatest gift of all, and God offers it to us free through faith in Jesus Christ. (John 3:16)

4) He came to appease the righteous wrath of a Holy God by an acceptable offering. (1 John 4:10)
Because of God's holiness, He must deal with sin. Jesus came to be a propitiation. His blood was shed for us. His offering is the acceptable sacrifice for our sins. He came to atone our sins. 
Hebrews 9:1 - Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins. The Israelites of the Old Testament had to sacrifice regularly. But, Jesus' sacrifice was a perfect sacrifice! It was complete, and once for all. (He is the perfect Lamb of God) Jesus satisfied God's righteous judgement through His sacrifice on the cross, and because of this, God can show us grace and mercy! We can have a free pardon!
Praise God that He does not give us the just deserves of our sin! Instead, He offers us grace and mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

5) He came to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14)
Christ's sacrifice was not a partial one. He paid for all people's sin, everywhere!
Luke 2:10-11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

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This short series of sermons has been a blessing to me as I listened, and I hope it is as much of a blessing to you as you read it. (And I hope my notes made sense ;) I often get home and have to decipher my hurried writings!)

May God bless you all this holiday season!
Hannah

Ps. I love this song... it has such a great message! <3 :)

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Be still - Psalm 46:10




So, I have finally got around to sitting down and writing a blog post. I usually try to post at least once a month, but it just didn't happen last month. I got so busy doing a lot of different things and didn't get a chance to actually sit down and write something. This time of year is just such a crazy, busy, hectic time of year! With Christmas (for those who celebrate Christmas) just around the corner, we sometimes get so busy running around doing errands, buying gifts, going to parties, visiting family, and the list could go on!! Which led me to this verse, in Psalm 46:10,  "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

The first thing that stands out to me in this verse is actually one of the smallest things in the verse! And that is the comma after the words "Be still." It is amazing how much meaning a simple punctuation mark can bring to a verse! The verse to me says, "Be still, {pause, reflect, rest}" Taking a "comma" in our day to reflect and spend time with the Lord is so important! 
The verse goes on to say, "and know that I am God." God wants us to be still so we can know Him, and hear His voice. Just being still is often something we neglect to do, especially as the end of the year draws near. We get busy, forget to spend quiet time with the Lord, and we forget to spend time in His presence. I am as guilty of this as the next person! I get so tied up with doing things, that I forget to just be still and know God. God wants us to be still, and know that He is God.
I hope you will be encouraged to remember to find some time to be still at this busy time of the year. 


God bless!
Hannah



Thursday, 10 October 2013

Not Ashamed - Romans 1:16

Just last week I had the great privilege of attending the National Baptist Fellowship Meetings in South Australia. The meetings were such a blessing and I came away challenged and encouraged in the Lord. Over the next few months I plan to share some of the notes I took during the messages in the hope that they will be a blessing to someone else. And as the audio files get uploaded to the internet, I will put a link to them in my post so that you can go listen to the sermons for yourself. :)
There were so many good messages, it is hard to decide which one to share first; so I will start with a message from one of my favourite sessions from the week (although all of them were excellent, there was quite a bit in this message that was really encouraging & challenging!) 


3/10/2013 {2nd Morning Session}

Not Ashamed - Pastor James Herringson 

Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

God has called each one of us to serve Him. 
Paul is a great example of someone who was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. In Romans 1:15 he said he was ready to go wherever the Lord wanted him to go, even though he knew he would be persecuted for it! And this is because he was not ashamed of the gospel and he understood the power of the gospel.
Are we ashamed of the gospel? Do we fear rejection of the world?
The problem is, when we fear rejection from the world, our focus is on ourselves. When we focus on Christ and what He has done for us we won't be ashamed of the gospel.

3 Things Paul realized that helped him not be ashamed of the gospel

1) Paul was not ashamed because he knew the power of the gospel He was preaching! (Romans 1:1-4) The gospel has power, we have the treasure and precious message of salvation! (Isaiah 53:5) 
     a) 1 Corinthians 4:13 - One point Pastor Herringson made was the fact that Paul would have had every excuse and reason to be ashamed... everywhere he went the gospel & he was hated for preaching it! Yet he was not ashamed! And this is because he knew that he had God's message, and he knew the power of that message! We need to have faith in the power of the gospel.

2) Paul knew that souls would be saved when the simple gospel was preached. (Acts 17:32-34) 
v 34 - certain men clave unto him and believed. 
We will face opposition when we preach the gospel, but that does not mean we should try and package the gospel with the world. Souls are genuinely saved through the simple gospel of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 4:12)

3) Paul knew that it was the will of God for him to preach the gospel. The will for our lives is the gospel. God has called us to be witnesses wherever we are. Knowing this gave Paul boldness. He knew what was in store for him, but none of this moved him because he knew that God's will was more important than the trials he might have to face. We need to know where God wants us to be. We can have boldness in His will.
God wants you and I to be a witness for Him. Do you know what God's will for your life is? Where does he want you to be a witness? (it could be in your school, workplace, church, or even on the mission field!) Ask God what His will for you is.

We need not be ashamed of the gospel. We don't need to fear the reproach if we fix our focus firmly on the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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I have tried to put my incoherent sermon notes into some kind of order, so hopefully they made sense! :) This session was such a blessing! (as were all of the meetings!)

Here is a link to the official skydrive where the NBF 2013 sermons are. This sermon was Session 10 by James Herringson. NBF Sermons 2013

Link to National Baptist Fellowship page : baptist-church.com.au/nbf


Hope you have a blessed week!!
Hannah




Monday, 2 September 2013

Be Not Conformed to the World - Romans 12:2



Lately, I have been thinking a lot on the topic of living a life set apart for Christ. And thinking over the question, 'What does it truly mean to live a set-apart life?'
As I was thinking about it, these verses came to my mind. So, I thought I would share a few things that sort of "jumped out" to me as I read it in the hope that it encourages someone else to pursue a life fully surrendered to Him, as it encouraged me.
(Please note: I am not claiming to be a great theologian, nor do I claim to know much about the Bible. - I still have so much to learn about our precious Saviour and His Word!- I am simply sharing what I personally noticed about these verses when I came across them :) All the credit and Glory goes to the Lord, because it is only through HIM that I can even write this)

Romans 12:1-2
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The first thing that stood out to me is in verse one, where it says "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" It is our reasonable service! God expects us to live for Him.

The second thing, was in verse two. "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." True transformation starts with a heart change Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.. We need God to renew our hearts and minds. It's easy enough to put up a good "Christian" front, go to church, do and say all the right "Christian" things etc, but what is in your heart? Have you set your heart on following Him? Do you desire to be set apart for Him?

Psalm 139:33-34 "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

This video by Leslie Ludy was such a challenge to me in regards to living a set-apart life. It's worth watching, and I hope that it challenges you too :)



Just something to think about :) Hope it was a blessing and encouragement to you in some way.

In Christ,
Hannah :)