Author of Life
“You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” Acts 3:15
God is the author and perfecter of our faith. Faith that we need to rise over the fear that we are currently facing. He breathes life into dry bones and dark places. God creates life from nothing so we can trust him with our lives. No matter what we face.
Bread of Life
“ Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. “John 6:35
There are many , not knowing where their next meal is coming from. God sustains us and He provides when we need it. John Piper says Jesus didn’t come to give bread but to be bread. He came to be the gift not give the gift. He is our source and he does also provide many times over.
“For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace ” Isaiah 9:6
When we are feeling low or depressed because of isolation or anxiety over finances. He is our Counsellor who helps us through the storms of life.
“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1Peter 4:19
Knowing He is creator is important in times like this. He is a creative God and we are made in his image. Therefore we are creative. We have to use that creativity to think outside of the box and create a new normal. Create new job opportunities or new ways of making an income.
“For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14
He is our Guide! I think of a tour guide that takes us on a safari. He leads us along the paths we should go and helps us sat away from the paths not meant to be taken. A guide warns us of dangers ahead. He guides us to beautiful spacious and new places.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Love is what is going to unify us as a nation and as a world! Love over hatred, fear and distrust. Loving our neighbours and sharing what we have. Loving our families and prioritising them above all else. Love covers a multitude of sins!
“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
It is not a time to question and put the blame and wonder how we got here but a time to trust The Potter. We are clay in his hands. Allow him to fashion and shape you into the vessel you were made to become!
“and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” 1Cor 10:4
Knowing Christ as our Rock gives us a firm foundation to stand as well as a foundation that cannot be moved. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We can hold on to that!
Spirit of God
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Gen1:2
The Spirit of God is powerful. It touches hearts and breaks chains! We cannot do anything in our strength. It does not matter how eloquent or skilful we are. It is the Spirit that moves and does the completed work. Not us
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” John 13:13
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13
This is important for many parents out there now forced to school their kids at home. God is our Teacher. He will teach you and show you the way and He will teach your children. You need not worry about their education. You just have to shift your mindset.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
Above all Jesus is the way! He will show us a way in and through this pandemic and through life.