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He's got the whole world in His hands!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Hello again. We went to see the Blackpool “Luminations”, as my mum used to call them! I’ve always loved these and, of course, they were cancelled last year, along with so many other things, because of Covid. It couldn’t have been a more idyllic evening and the atmosphere was amazing. We were delighted to see this depiction of Christ among all the other beautiful displays.

Unlike worldly peace, usually defined as the absence of conflict, Christ’s peace is confident assurance in any circumstance. With this peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.

“For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

Does anyone have an excuse for not believing in God? The Bible says not! God has revealed Himself in and through His creation. Every person either accepts or rejects God.

Unsurprisingly, my advice is to accept God through the blood of His precious Son, Jesus Christ. I made this decision nearly 11 years ago – the best decision I ever made!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

When I used to watch Dr Who as a child, the daleks were my favourite 'monster'.  They scared me with their horrible metallic voices, threatening to "exterminate!" and this display also included sound effects, adding to the atmosphere.

God works in all things – not just isolated incidents – for our good. That doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us is good. There’s a lot of evil in our fallen world but God is able to turn every circumstance around for us for our long-term good. God isn’t necessarily working to make us happy, but to fulfil His own purposes.

Those who are ‘called’ are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ. They can then trust in God, not life’s treasures; they look for their security in heaven, not in this world.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, and we will live with Him forever. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship and to avoid giving into temptation. This world is not all there is – the best is yet to come! Whenever I feel down, depressed, insecure or anxious, I reassure myself with God’s wonderful promise and actually get butterflies, thinking about meeting Jesus face to face. 😀

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)

Ah, the fruits of the Spirit! How often do we fall short – I am speaking personally. I am so very short on patience and frequently ask for more of this. The trouble with this is I am too impatient to await my top-up of this trait – I want it now!

I cannot in all honesty describe myself as a gentle person, either. My lovely hubby has this attribute but I certainly don’t. As for self-control – don’t even get me started!

Nevertheless, I do believe I have my fair share of the rest of the ‘fruits’, in that I certainly have love, joy and peace arising from my salvation and trust in Christ. I am faithful to the Lord and hope that I – at least most of the time – demonstrate kindness and goodness to my fellow man.

“I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

This is the best goal we can have in life. We should not let anything take our eyes off our goal – knowing Christ. We should lay aside anything harmful and forsake anything that may distract us from being effective Christians. Easy enough to say – not so easy to do! I need a daily top-up of the Lord, or I would never get through the day. I do this by reading my Bible, listening to Christian music or one of the many wonderful podcasts available. I also have a stack of Christian books – ‘real’ and eBooks – that I try to read on a regular basis.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation.” (Colossians 1:15)

Jesus is not only equal to God; He is the exact representation of God. He not only reflects God but reveals Him to us. He came from heaven, is completely holy and has authority to judge the world. Therefore Christ is supreme over all creation and we must believe in the deity of Jesus Chris, as this is a central truth of Christianity.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Because God will examine what kind of workers we have been for Him, we should build our lives on His word and build His word into our lives. Believers who ignore the Bible will certainly be ashamed in the judgement.

Having said that, I don’t always feel like reading my Bible; in fact, I occasionally forget to do my daily study! When I do make the effort, however, I usually enjoy it and feel it was a worthwhile use of my time. I am currently studying the Gospel of Mark - the shortest of the four Gospels. Mark’s version is the most action-packed one, in that the miracles of Jesus are all documented and it makes for a cracking good read.

I wish you a peaceful, healthy and safe week.

Love Ann

No Christ, no hope - know Christ, know hope!