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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.