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Be a Peacemaker

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.’

Patience

Self-control

Wisdom

Do these three characteristics above mark you?

Jesus spent much of His ministry tearing down barriers and building bridges. He did it through acts of love such as washing the feet of those who would fail and betray Him, eating with a tax collector everybody in town despised, and giving hope to a fallen woman that society condemned. The Bible says, ‘Peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness’ (James 3:18 NLT). Words of peace are like seeds. They don’t produce fruit overnight, but slowly and silently they work their way to the surface, changing hearts, minds, attitudes and futures. Doctor Robert Oppenheimer, the noted physicist who masterminded the first atomic bomb, was asked by a congressional committee if there was any defence against it. Addressing a hushed audience he replied, ‘Yes—peace!’ Now, if peace can defuse an atomic bomb, think what it can do in the lives of the people you come in contact with! Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.’ Every day you’ll meet frightened, despairing, lonely, angry people who need a word of peace. Do you have one? Solomon offers us three ways to calm strife, defuse a tense situation, and get a better result: 1)Patience. ‘A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel’ (Proverbs 15:18 NIV). 2) Self-control. ‘Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city’ (Proverbs 16:32 NIV). 3) Wisdom. ‘A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offence’ (Proverbs 19:11 NIV).

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Serving God’s purpose in our generation

David served God’s purpose in his generation – Acts 13v36 He was a man after Gods heart, fulfilling Gods purposes on earth. You do the eternal & timeless (God’s purpose) in a contempory and timely way (in your generation). Neither past nor future generations can serve Gods purpose in this generation. Only we can. Like Esther, God created you ‘for such a time as this’. God is still looking for people to use ‘ The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order the strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.’ Will you serve God’s purpose in your generation? One day history will close, but eternity will go on forever.

Extract from Day 40 – What on earth am I here for? – Rich Warren.

Are you feeling very low in spirit or tired in body today?

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

Are you feeling very low in spirit or tired in body today? Maybe the buffeting you have been enduring has exhausted you. The Lord has good news for you. He says eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man the wonderful things which God has prepared for those who love Him.

You can believe the lies of the devil, who is saying to you that you’re a failure, a loser, and that you will never about to anything. But Jesus said ‘ It is finished’ and He meant it. He has done the job and completed the task. Victory is ours.

Think about this question today: how big is God? The answer is very simple. God is as big as you allow Him to be.

– an excerpt from “A Farmer’s Year” by Angus Buchan – written for May 2nd.

‘He’s coming Soon’

‘Jesus is coming soon, believe me he’s coming soon’ – This was the words of one dear man, sat on a street corner near Covent Garden, London, he had his sleeping bag tucked around him in silent devotion but he had a hope and he was ready to meet his saviour. Another man I read of recently said ‘I had to pause and ask myself what I’d want to be doing if Christ returned today. And I found myself answering from Matthew chapter 24&25… to take my talents and invest them (where the need was).’

It’s a challenge how ready am I or you, are we sleeping? Are satisfied with everything?

Love!

Love! In the week of Valentine’s Day, we want to remember the real meaning of love. Without the motivation and expression of love, all “Christian” activities are more “activity” than Christian. Love is the expression of Christ’s character and presence in our lives through deeds done for others. So don’t get lost in the annual trip down sentimental lane. Too many of us forget the needed daily dose of love that so often gets lost in the grit of day-to-day relationships. Let’s be loving year round and thus show ourselves to be Jesus’ disciples. – From http://www.verseoftheday.com