Place = ‘ealing-st-mary’
You have to put yourself in situations where, if God doesn’t show up, you’re stuffed. Only then will you learn to rely on God’s power and strength, not your own.
God cares enough about this world to go through the difficulty of renewing it, instead of taking the easy way out and starting again from scratch. We should care that much as well.
Being Jesus’ witness means being filled with the Holy Spirit to be bold, inspired, relevant and interesting.
Jesus bound the devil by resisting his best efforts – and we can do the same; the same Holy Spirit that was in Jesus God has given to us.
‘Revering God’s name’ means doing everything so that if people see it they praise God. It means doing your best, not offering God second best.
Jesus says, ‘If you are well, you do not need me to heal you; so are you sure you are well? If you are righteous, you do not need my grace to make perfect your weakness; so are you sure you are righteous?’
The same God calls us, whatever our vocation may be; the same God gives us his Spirit to enable us to carry it out; it is the same God whom we serve every day.
The more times I read about Jesus in the Gospels, the more I’m struck by his awesome humility and faithfulness.
What is the treasure that Jesus has given to me, that I can open up and present to him in loving, humble worship?