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Our Pastor's Devotionals Archive

This page displays the Pastor's Devotionals since their inception in June 2019.


Our Pastor's Devotional - June 2019

Being a Christian is not learning what our parents believe or what the church believes, it is a personal encounter with Jesus. When Nicodemus approached Jesus in John 3:7, he was told if he wanted to see the kingdom of heaven he would need to be born again. The Amplified version of the Bible says in 1 John 5:1, ‘Everyone who believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring).’

In Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins, the scripture says half are wise and half are foolish, is this a warning to the church today? Half were accepted by the bridegroom and entered in through the door, while the other five were told, “I don’t know you,” and were left out in the cold! Could it be the five foolish made all the pretence of being Christians, going to church on the Sabbath etc. but never actually had a personal encounter with Jesus?

How well do you know Jesus? Do you spend time with Him on a daily basis? ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16) Today take time to meet Jesus, as you daily study the word of God, and make Him Lord of your life.



Our Pastor's Devotional - July 2019

During the last week of June, Europe experienced an unprecedented heat wave. Yet this is nothing compared with what is to come, Revelation 16:9 says: ‘And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.’

Every day we make choices, the clothes we wear, the food we eat and so on. Even during this heat wave the people needed to make choices, not to go out in the midday sun, drink plenty of water etc. However, it seems some made poor choices, which resulted in death. I understand one person chose to sit out in the hottest part of the day and died of sunstroke, while another went into a river and drowned (being unable to swim).

Romans 6:23 says, ‘The wages of sin is death,’ In Romans 3:23 we are told, ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.’ If we have all sinned, Romans 3:10, ‘There are none righteous, not one.’ Then we all deserve death, but Romans 6:23 continues, ‘The gift of God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ As we put our trust and faith in Jesus, as we choose to believe in the sacrifice He has made for us, we have the promise of eternal life with Him, in the kingdom to come.

So, we have a choice? We can choose to believe in Jesus, or to believe in the world. When Daniel was exiled to Babylon the Bible says, that he and his three friends ‘purposed in their heart,’ they chose to stay faithful to God. When they were tested, they remained true! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went through the fiery furnace experience and the Son of Man was with them. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, the Amplified version says in chapter 6:21: "My God sent his angel, who closed the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me. I've been found innocent before God and also before you, O king. I've done nothing to harm you."

It may have been hot over the past weeks, one day it’s going to get really hot, but when we have made Jesus, Lord of our lives, when we have put our complete trust in Him, we can be assured in the times of difficulty, He will be our shade, our sustainer, He will not leave nor forsake us. Make Jesus Lord of your life today and let Him be your guide as you get to know Him through study of His word.



Our Pastor's Devotional - August 2019

In the gospel of Matthew [8:2-4] we can find the story of a man who was healed from leprosy: ‘And behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying Lord, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy was cleansed.
      And Jesus saith unto the man, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.’

At the time of Jesus, of all diseases, leprosy was the most dreaded. Its incurable and contagious character, its horrible effect upon the victims, filled the bravest person with fear. Among the Jews it was regarded as a judgement on account of sin, and was called “the stroke,” “the finger of God.” Deep rooted, engrained, and deadly, leprosy was looked upon as a symbol of sin.

Because of its infectious nature leprosy can affect anyone from the king in his palace, to the beggar in the street. Sin is like that! In fact, Romans 3:23 says: ‘For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,’ in verse 10 of the same chapter we’re told that, ‘There is none righteous, no not one.’

During the time of Jesus, when a person was infected with leprosy, there was no cure, no anti-biotics, the future only held a lonely painful death. Praise God! With the wonders of modern medicine leprosy can now be treated, however, some of the damage and deformities can remain.

There’s an anti-dote for sin too, a modern-day medicine, a medicine which will completely heal and leave no lasting scars, what is this cure? In Romans 6:23 the Bible says: “The wages of sin is death;” in other words, sin will result in our death and we have all sinned, we are all facing a death sentence! “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” How can we claim this gift? John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We are told in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Like the man with leprosy, Jesus wants to reach out to you, to touch you and make you clean, won’t you let Jesus into your heart today, to cleanse and heal you from all sin? Why not pray this prayer right now:
      Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.



Our Pastor's Devotional - September 2019

Recently, my wife and I were surprised by an abundant crop of potatoes we harvested from the garden.

The previous owner of the garden, many years ago, covered the soil with a sheet and then on top of this, put layers of gravel. Over the years, weeds grew up through the gravel eventually hiding the whole area from view. When we started to clear the patch, it wasn’t just weeds and gravel we had to contend with, but also tree stumps and thorn bushes, all surrounded by nettles and weeds.

After the tree stumps were dug out, the weeds, thorn bushes, gravel and sheet removed, below was found a hard-compacted soil, what to do? After much turning over, the soil seemed quite rich and so the potatoes were planted and tended over the summer months and they grew and flourished.

Jesus says in Luke 13:29-30, in the last days: ‘And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.’ We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. When we look around, we may see a world full of despair and hopelessness, but below the surface, below all the weeds and gravel, the rubbish, there is good soil. When we scrape back the surface prepare the soil and plant the word of God, we will be amazed at what God will do!

Today, is the day to seek God, to allow Him to remove the weeds and garbage, to allow Him to grow in your life. Would you like to invite Jesus to be your Lord and saviour? Pray to Him and open your heart and He will come in.



Our Pastor's Devotional - October 2019

In the Atlantic Ocean, off the West African coast lie seven lumps of rock that make up the Canary Island archipelago. The way the Islands are grouped it is easy to think at one time in the past they had all been together, before a huge volcanic eruption resulted in the now seven Islands. I recently visited Faro de Sardina on Gran Canaria; this is the most north westerly point of the island. To say the area is barren would be an understatement, the volcanic rock being constantly battered by the sea and only a few crabs are to be seen scurrying from one position to another.

As I looked at the landscape it brought to mind what the state of the earth would look like during the millennium. The in the book of Revelation, the Bible says when Jesus comes the second time, ‘Every mountain and island were moved out of their places.’ In 2nd Peter we’re told, ‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.’

Yet all is not lost, the promise of the Jesus is found in 1Thesalonians 4:16-17, ‘For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.’ Then in the following verse we read, ‘Wherefore comfort one another with these words.’

Why can we be comforted with these words? Jesus has promised to make this earth new, there will not be any reminders of the old things, like the volcanic rock at Sardina, but everything will be new. The new earth will not get old and we’ll live there, in paradise, for eternity, with nothing to harm us or cause us sorrow. Don’t you want to be there? I know I do? All we need to do, is turn from our wickedness and believe in Jesus Christ. ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.’ Ephesians 2:8-9. Give yourself to Jesus.



Our Pastor's Devotional - November 2019

Banking on the Promises of God.

In the ‘Message,’ translation of the Bible, Psalm 119:11 reads: “I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won't sin myself bankrupt.”

If you think of a bank vault, it is generally a pretty safe place to keep your valuables. If you were planning to break into Fort Knox, one of the most secure vaults in the world! First you would need to climb the four surrounding fences—two of which are electric—then sneak past the armed guards lining the perimeter. Be sure to avoid the video cameras. Don’t waste time trying to blast through the granite walls—they are four feet thick and held together by 750 tons of reinforcing steel.

If you get past the armed guards inside, plus the maze of locked doors, you’ll probably be stopped by the 22-ton vault door. Don’t despair. The vault can be opened, but only if you find all the staff members who know a small slice of the combination (you’ll need all of them, since nobody knows the whole thing.) Once you get inside the vault, you’ll have to break into the smaller vaults tucked inside, then you can start taking the 5000 tons of gold bullion stored in there. And do be careful when you leave: 30,000 soldiers from Fort Knox’s military camp will be anxiously awaiting you outside.

What are these promises that we should bank in the vault of our heart, to keep us from sinning? God loves you, sometimes it is hard to even find the right words to describe the incredible love God has for you and me. In Ezekiel 18:23, the Bible says: “Do you think I [God speaking] take any pleasure in the death of wicked men and women? Isn't it my pleasure that they turn around, no longer living wrong but living right—really living?”

God loves us and He doesn’t want to see anyone lose out on eternity. In a kingdom, where there will be no more death or sorrow, there will be no more crying or pain, a kingdom where we can speak with God face to face. This sounds like the place I want to be, and God wants us there, but today sin is separating us, sin is stopping us access to Him. Isaiah 59:2 says, “There's nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you. Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God. Your sins got between you so that he doesn't hear.” This is why we need to bank the promises of God in the vault of our heart, so, when we are tempted to sin, we’ll turn from those sins.

God promises, “On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—He won't let us down; He'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.” [1 John 1:9]. When we’ve banked God’s promises in the vault of our heart, when we put our trust in the promises of the Bible, we won't sin ourselves bankrupt and miss out on eternity.

Read God’s word today and hide or vault the promises of God in your heart.



Our Pastor's Devotional - December 2019

Trouble.

Do you sometimes get the feeling your world is caving in. It seems everything you touch is falling apart. You feel, if there is a God, He’s doesn’t care about me, or He’s punishing me and I’m alone in the world!

Imagine how Job must have felt? He lost his business, his friends, his transport and finally his children, yet Job didn’t know why! When Job became ill, instead of sympathy from his wife, he was told to curse God and die. When 3 wise men, so called friends, by the names of Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar came, instead of offering comfort they tell him, he must have done something wrong and he was now suffering the displeasure, the wrath of God.

Today, we can look back at the story and see the whole picture. We can read how Satan was responsible for Job’s suffering, not God. Wouldn’t it be great, if we could see the whole story of our lives? Wouldn’t you like to make the right choices, go in the right direction? Satan accused God of putting a hedge around Job and that was the reason his life went well. God was told by Satan, if He removed the hedge, then we would see what Job was really like, but Satan was in for a shock! Job had put his trust in God and as a result he was able to say: Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

In John 10:10, Jesus says, ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’ Jesus wants you and I to have an abundant life while here on earth and eternal life in the kingdom to come. Jesus just asks us to believe in Him and to follow His directions. Let Jesus into your life today, let Him draw close to you, as you study His word the Bible. As for Job? The scripture says: ‘So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.’

God wants to bless your life, there may be trouble, but who is really behind it? God promises in Deuteronomy 31:6, He will neither fail you nor abandon you.