Category Archives: Life in general

What’s Your Story?

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long. – Fanny Crosby

The words of this great old hymn have been sung throughout the world in church buildings, church services, in the homes and cars of individual Christians, during times of blessing and times are hardship. Yet these words are so much more than the lyrics to a song. These are the words of a life story!

Each of us have a story. Some have their story in the public eye, some keep their story in private, some have had movies made about their story while others have written books about their story. No matter who we are though, there is a story behind our lives.

One day someone is going to ask you to tell your story. It could be a new friend, a significant other. It may be an employer or someone you manage. It may happen soon, it may not happen for many years, but one thing is guaranteed, one day someone will want to know your story!

For Fanny Crosby there was only one theme behind her story, that was the assurance, grace, peace and hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her story wasn’t about song writing, it wasn’t about all she could achieve. It wasn’t about becoming popular or famous, it was about one thing, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The way you tell your story reveals what has touched your heart and changed your life. Fanny Crosby had the perfect story to tell. A heart that had been touched by the gospel and a life that had been changed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Is your story similar to Mrs Crosby’s or do you have a different story to tell?

One day, the almighty creator, God the father will ask you for your story; unless your story tells of a life that has been born of the spirit of God and washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the rest will have all been in vain!

Is it time to change your story?

 


Bad Examples

Don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. 3 John:11

One rotten apple can spoil a bag of good apples. It’s an age-old proverb of wisdom. No one ever argues with it, everyone is in agreement that the damage that one piece of rotten fruit can do to many pieces of healthy fruit.

The problem is not believing this piece of wisdom, but identifying when an apple is rotten before it starts to destroy other apples close by. So often we only realize that an apple is rotten aftr it is too late.

John wrote about this problem to his friend Gaius. For the church which Gaius pastored had fell foul to one rotten apple. This apple came in the name of Diotrephes. A man who desired to be the leader and sort to eliminate anyone who he thought was a threat to this leadership. When preachers would come from out-of-town he would encourage people to not be welcoming. He gossiped about and accused men of God all in an effort to help himself. This man was truly a rotten apple. He had influenced others and now people had a bad taste in their mouths about church, leaders and even the gospel of Jesus Christ.

John urges the people to not let this rotten apple influence them, but instead discern what is right by what is good. If someone is trying to influence people to act in a way that is contrary to the life of Jesus Christ, then that person is a rotten apple, and follow John words of advice, stay well clear! In fact run for your lives because if you are not careful the rot will spread and before you know it, you will also be a rotten apple.

Who are you spending your time with? Who are you listening to? Who is influencing you? If you are finding yourself becoming gossips, becoming negative, becoming bitter or always finding fault, chances are there’s a rotten apple not too far away. Run from them and follow what is good!


Expel The Darkness

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5

Twice a day there is a transition between light and darkness. Almost like the changing of the guard or someone handing one shift of employment unto someone else.

Each evening it seems as if darkness expels light from sight. It seems as if darkness is just too powerful for the light. However, darkness only occurs when the light disappears. Each day the dark of night is only possible because the light has been removed from sight. However, as soon as a light is shone, the darkness has no place in which to stand.

The enemy of your soul tries to flood your life with darkness. He consumes your life with things that will take ‘The Light’ out of your sight. It will try to scare you, spook you and confuse you, but one shine of light and the power of darkness is eliminated!

Jesus Christ has come to be that light that distinguishes the darkness. When His light is around there is no need to be scared, spooked or confused. His light shows the way, illuminates your life and expells the darkness.

Don’t let the enemy take ‘The Light’ out of sight. Keep His light near, hold on tight because in that moment of sudden darkness His light will shine and guide you safely through.