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Friday, 11 September 2015

Acts 1-5: Are you continuing with determination?

Good evening girls! How have you been getting along this week with the first five chapters of Acts? I have to admit I'm a bit behind myself because this has been a very busy and difficult week, but that's the joy of having the two weekend days to catch up! I know I said I'd be here on Wednesday and I apologize for not popping in; I'll try harder next time not to let you down!!

What verses spoke most to you out of these chapters so far?
I was struck by the words of Acts 2:42,
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Do you ever get weary? Weary with the trials of life? Weary with praying? Weary with keeping on top of things? Weary with trying to be a good Christian? I'd be very surprised if anyone said an emphatic "No!" to these questions. Sometimes life is just plain hard! It sometimes feels as though it's three steps forward and then two back. Up one day and down the next. Does this sound familiar? I think that sometimes the events and trials of life become the only things we see and the salvation, grace and mercy of God fade into the background, simply because we aren't really trying to focus on Him. Instead we focus on what or who is bothering us...it could be just one thing or indeed one person, but it's enough to throw us off track and we stumble and often fall in our Christian life. What's the first thing you do when you are having a problem? Who do you turn to? Of course, it is completely acceptable to go to your family or best friend to have a talk about how you are feeling, if they are someone you can trust. But do you consider going to talk it over with the Lord at any time? Usually, when we talk about our worries and concerns with family or friends they will offer a supportive shoulder to cry on and then, if they're saved, will offer to pray for us. And that is all very good. But think about it...they are going to talk to God about your problems and intercede on your behalf, and maybe you yourself don't even mention it to the Lord. I know I've done this at times. Someone has said, "I'll remember you in prayer", but you keep carrying the burden yourself and don't tell God about it. Christian friend, don't you know that the Lord wants to hear your prayers for help? When you feel that no one else can help or understand, you're right! No one knows or cares about you the way the Lord does. But even better than this, He is the only one who can do anything about it for you. Your friends and family love and care for you and they'll do what they can to help, but at the end of the day it is only our loving heavenly Father who can actually work things out according to his will. He may perhaps change your situation but often, as he did with Paul when he asked three times for the thorn to be removed from him, God simply replied "My grace is sufficient for you." In Acts 2:42, these believers were determined to keep going on in their Christian life, by listening to and learning from good sound doctrine, having fellowship with other saved believers, taking communion and spending time in prayer. They would have been at risk of great personal persecution because of their faith in those days and they could easily have gotten weary and downcast, but they 'continued stedfastly'. When the trials and annoyances of circumstances and life try to push away our view of Christ, that's when we need to focus on Him even more. If you've recently had, or are on your way into, a difficult situation, remember to keep looking to the Saviour. Spend much time talking to Him about it in prayer. he alone can see you through it and give you the grace you need to keep you above board. Focus on Him!

FAITH:

Have a great weekend and hopefully, DV, we'll be in the first five chapters of Numbers next week. Here is the reading plan for the month of September.

Hugs, Karen x

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