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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.



Our Pastor's Devotional - January 2020

‘Words that give eternal life’

How must Jesus have felt, when the Bible says, many of His followers began to turn away from Him? Was it because they didn’t believe the things Jesus had to say? Was it, that in Jesus they saw some kind of dictator or unfair leader? Or had they felt the truths Jesus shared with them too hard to follow? The scripture says, Jesus turns to the twelve and says: “Are you also going to leave?” Look at the reply of Peter in John 6:68-69, ‘Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”' What are these words that give eternal life? Are they relevant for us today?

In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” Jesus is the way. Jesus’ righteousness is the path that leads to eternal life, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.’ [Acts 16:31]. As we believe in the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us, as we confess our sins, ‘He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ [1John 1:9]. Jesus will clothe us with His righteousness, that God will know longer see us, in our pitiful, wicked state, but Jesus’ purity, goodness and mercy.

Jesus is truth. When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, the governor asked Him, "What is truth?" [John 18:38]. Well, what is truth? Jesus says, ‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.’ The song says: ‘Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of life.’ The scripture, speaking of God, says it is: ‘Impossible for God to lie.’ [Hebrews 6:18] We can believe the Bible, the word of God, in the word we have truth.

Jesus is life, and Jesus so desperately wants you to have life, not just now, but for eternity. The apostle John writes in his first epistle, ‘And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.’

Do you have the Son, Jesus Christ, in your life, if not invite Him in today? Please, don’t turn away from Jesus as many did, Jesus is only a prayer away, accept Jesus and believe.



Our Pastor's Devotional - February 2020

Trust.

In the chorus of the hymn ‘Trust and Obey,’ J.H. Sammis writes, ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.’ The writer counsels us to trust in Jesus, but can we trust Him, can we trust God?

Throughout the Bible we read of characters who put their trust in God and God didn’t let them down. In the first book of the Bible there was a man called Noah, God called him to build a boat, because of an impending flood, even though it had never rained. Noah spent 125 years of his life building the boat and warning the people of the coming flood. When the boat was finally finished it was large enough to take two of every species of animals and as many people who wanted to get on board. When it was time to board the boat, even though the animals had miraculously appeared, there was only Noah and his family. They trusted God and were saved through the flood.

Daniel trusted God. Even though he was falsely accused and thrown into the lion’s den, because Daniel trusted God, God sent an angel to close the mouths of the lions and Daniel was safely brought through the experience. Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, trusted God and wouldn’t bow down to king Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. As a result, they were thrown into the fiery furnace, but Jesus was there with them and the flames didn’t touch or harm them, the flames didn’t even singe a hair of their heads.

Job went through a terrible time, but even in his pain he cried out, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:’ [Job 13:15]. Because Job trusted God, when his time of trial came to a close the Bible says, ‘So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:’ [Job 42:12].

King David, wrote Psalm 91, paraphrased: when we put our trust in God, He will protect us, even though all around us we see the people fall. In verse 7 the New Living Translation of the Bible says: ‘Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.’ Then in verse 10, ‘No evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.’

In this world of uncertainty, why not put your trust in God, He is only a prayer a way? King Solomon, the wisest person ever to live, wrote in the book of proverbs a verse which will help you in your daily walk, ‘Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.’ [Proverbs 3:5]. Be blessed, as you go through this week and every week until Jesus comes.



Our Pastor's Devotional - March 2020

Don’t Panic!

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Psalm 37:3.

I remember the old sitcom ‘Dad’s Army,’ one of those who had a key part in the programme was Corporal Jones. If anything happened, he would immediately jump up and shout “Don’t Panic, don’t Panic!” Yet he was always the first one to jump up and run around in an state of near hysteria.

Today in 2020 it seems as though the world is in panic! If it’s not one thing it’s another. There’s panic over the weather, in some places it’s too hot and the ice-caps are melting, which could result in some areas being reclaimed by the sea.

In other places it’s too dry and there’s the possibility these places will turn into dust bowls. While in other places it’s so windy, we see airports, like those in the Canaries, closed down because of Sahara sand being blown over from Africa, which made it too dangerous to fly the planes. Or commercial aircraft flying from America, over the Atlantic, to Europe making it in record time.

We read about floods, avalanches, tornadoes and whirlwinds in unexpected places. Here in the UK it seems almost every weekend, over the past few months, there are warnings of torrential rain and strong winds.

Then we have Corona Virus, will we get it; won’t we get it? As a result, the financial institutions have almost gone into melt down. In Luke 21:26 Jesus says, ‘men’s hearts failing them for fear’. On the streets there’s panic buying, even though the government says we have more than enough food and supplies, to keep us going.

Yet when we truly put our trust in the Lord, we don’t need to panic, we don’t need to run around like headless chickens. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. The word fed here, means God is more than able to supply all our needs, He just asks us to put our trust in Him. Besides trusting God what part do we have to play? Let us do what is right and good. May this be our continuing experience.



Our Pastor's Devotional - April 2020

Is this pandemic a result of an angry God: Or is this the consequence of man’s wickedness? Has God caused people to stockpile, so some have more than they could ever eat, while others go hungry?

It seems as though God has been put on the backburner, so to speak, the world is not interested in His commands and statues, yet God gave us these laws, that we might have life and life more abundantly. Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

From the foundation of the earth, God’s commandments existed. Because the people had forgotten them, God had to write them on two tables of stone, with His own finger, which He gave to Moses, on mount Sinai. Later, when Jesus was asked about these laws, and which one of them was the most important or the greatest, Jesus replied:

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” [Matthew 22:37-40]

Some may think, at this point Jesus was removing the other eight, but that wasn’t the case, what Jesus was saying, is: The first four commandments have to do with our relationship with God, ‘Love the Lord with all your heart.’ While the last six have to do with our relationship one with another, ‘love thy neighbour as yourself.’ When asked who is my neighbour, Jesus basically responds with, ‘those within our sphere of influence.’ Luke 10:29-37

Simplifying the last six commandments, they look like this:
5. Honour your father and mother. Do we show respect for our seniors, or are they crushed in the rush to get there first?
6. Do not murder. Jesus, in the book of Matthew 5, makes it clear that if we hate one another we are in a sense murdering. Do we put needs of others before our own?
7. Do not commit adultery, again, Jesus in Matthew 5, says if we look lustfully upon one of the opposite sexes, we’re committing adultery in the heart. Today, where is our focus?
8. Do not steal, in light of panic buying, we’re stealing the opportunity for others to have the simplest of food. Just look at the video of the poor critical health worker, who came out of work to find the shelves empty, of even the most basic food.
9. Do not lie, be truthful! We’re hearing all the time, if only the people would tell us what’s going on, tell us the truth! The truth is Jesus is coming and coming soon, today is the day to make Jesus Lord of your life.
10. Do not covet, just because the neighbour has it, doesn’t mean you have too!

God loves us and wants what’s best for us. Today, there are more than 35 million laws in the world to govern human behaviour? Yet, God gave us just ten commandments, if we were to follow these ten, we wouldn’t need the 35 million, and what a safer and better world we would live in. We would care for one another and want what is best for our neighbour. I hope you can find real JOY in today’s fast paced world, Jesus, others and yourself.

Matthew 6:33, ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.



Our Pastor's Devotional - May 2020

Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic our Pastor was furloughed by the Church Administrators for several weeks and by the rules of the UK Government's furloughing scheme he was unable to write a Devotional for May 2020.



Our Pastor's Devotional - June 2020

At Peace, Trusting in God

The story goes: A little girl was travelling on an aeroplane which her father was the pilot. During the flight the plane went through some heavy turbulence. The air hostess nudged the little girl who had fallen asleep in her seat and said she should put her seat belt on, to which the little girl replied, “Is my daddy flying the plane?” The hostess replied, “Yes” and the little girl just curled up and went back to sleep.

Psalm 48:14, ‘For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.’ [NLT] The little girl could sleep in peace because she had complete trust in the pilot. Today the world is going through one crisis after another, but when we put our trust in our heavenly Father we don’t need to worry.

Jesus entered a boat, it had been another busy day, healing and preaching the word. Jesus asks the disciples to bring Him to the other side of the lake. The story can be found in Mark 4:35-41, as they set off, Jesus lies on a pillow at the rear of the boat and falls asleep. Jesus has fully surrendered to His Father in heaven, John 8:28, ‘I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me.’ The story continues in Mark 4:37, ‘And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.’ As Jesus sleeps a great storm arises and everyone is panicking as the boat begins to fill with water, but Jesus is peacefully asleep. Verse 38-39, ‘And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.’

Jesus was able to sleep peacefully while everyone else was panicking, because He knew His Father was watching over and in control. God doesn’t change, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is in control and He is watching over you, that is why we to can have peace in the rough and bumpy road ahead.



Our Pastor's Devotional - July 2020

Have you ever left something behind on a train or in a taxi? A news report on the BBC News website said: ‘While many of us have left something on a train - a phone, a wallet, headphones - it's highly unlikely you've wandered onto the platform leaving a bagful of gold behind. Well, one person in Switzerland has. And the authorities would quite like to find them. The report continues: ‘Efforts are being made to track down the owner of more than 3kg of gold that was left in a carriage last October. The hoard, worth around £152,000, was found on a train between St Gallen and Lucerne.

Luke 15:8-10 says: “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

Unlike the owner of the gold, when this lady loses just one of ten coins, she thoroughly searches for it. When the women finds the lost coin, she is so over joyed that she makes a party with her neighbours. Is this how we should study the Bible?

We want to know about Jesus, God, forgiveness of sin, we must not just surface read the Bible, but diligently search the scriptures, not in the dark, but in the light. Psalm 119:105 says, ‘Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.’

Jesus, talking to the Scribes and Pharisees said, ‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.’ (John 5:39). The apostle Paul writing about the Berean believers commended them because they checked to see if what was said was true, ‘These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.’ (Acts 17:11).

Don’t leave the treasure behind, but diligently search for it and when you find it, you’ll find you’ll not be able to contain the delight. The Bible says, ‘Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.’ When we accept Jesus as Lord and saviour, we not only have inner peace and happiness here, but we can know there is rejoicing in heaven.