27 March 2020
Success is obeying God - full stop
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:”
1 Samuel 15:22
“So Samuel said: ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.’”
Be sure that you are settled in your heart about doing what God has said for you to do. Many people have much advice as to what you should do – however, resist the urge to compare. The Word of God says it is unwise to compare.
Well, how do I know what God is saying to me? Firstly go to the Bible, whatever you hear in your heart will ALWAYS be consistent with the written word. Build a depository of scripture into your heart. The Psalmist put it like this “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” In heightened times of battle, receive the instruction of God as a command. It always has been, however when things aren’t pressing we tend to take God’s word as a suggestion.
I call you blessed ‘for such a time as this’.
Pastor Bill Nott
25 March 2020
The Royal Law of Love
Scripture readings James 2:8; Mark 12:30-31
"If you fulfil the Royal Law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbour as yourself, you do well."
Easier said than done?
While everything is going well it can seem easier to "get along", be kind and patient. However under pressure situations, tensions are heightened; it seems we can easily be offended and snap.
As Christ's, we are to manifest the love of God to each other and our neighbours. Let me encourage you to refuse to be offended. If an altercation happens in your family, resolve it, own up to your part and forgive each other promptly. Ask God to help you manifest the 'Fruit of the Spirit'. "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, by the LOVE you have for each other." John 13:35
"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS YOU HAVE COME INTO THE KINGDOM" - Esther 4:14
Pastor Bill Nott