G'day From Steve

G’day from Steve,

June 28th, 2010|

Refuge and Trust

The verse at the very centre of the Bible is Psalm 118:8 ” It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put your trust in man”.

More and more I know that nothing else matters.. only the life I live and the stuff I do in Jesus Name. We can spend our entire lives working like slaves for a corrupt system, indebted to a greedy manipulative society that exploits the poor and oppresses people. The law condemns but God’s grace sets us free. Governments strive to imprison us but Jesus sets the captive free. When we put our trust in the systems of man we will be destroyed by them…. But when we take refuge in the Lord we will always be safe.

In Australia this past week the leadership of our nation changed hands in the ugliest and most malicious, deceptive way I have ever seen. In one night the man who the nation had elected as leader was gone in a callous, soul destroying move.. by his own friends. It reminded me of the dangers of trusting in man and not in the Lord. Even though I was not a big supporter of the Prime Minister’s policies I was ashamed to be an Australian if that is how we dishonour our leaders. But… I am even more compelled that I desperately need the Lordship of Jesus over my life and not be held prisoner to the godless ways of man. Life is so unpredictable and at times cruel, which is why we need a faith in Christ to carry us through.

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G’day from Steve,

June 21st, 2010|

Cracked Pots on the Crazy Road of Life.

I am a cracked pot. I was created in the image of God yet have fallen far short of the original template He purposed me for. I am a sinner saved by the everlasting and ever forgiving love of God through Jesus. When a potter centres a lump of clay onto the pottery wheel, he never intends that the work of art he is creating will be broken. As he patiently moulds it and shapes it with his skilful hands he sees the finished masterpiece that it will become. He sees a useful and unique vessel. Yet as you know every work of art can be broken. Because of sin… you and I can be broken. Some times by our own bad decisions, or by the destructive decisions of others.. and the attacks of the enemy.. we all get broken.

The good news is Jesus loves cracked and broken pots. His love and grace is the glue that repairs our lives and restores us to the full intentions the Father has for us. I love these words.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4: 7- 9

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G’day from Steve,

June 13th, 2010|

A prayer by Billy Graham

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says. ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”

I came across this prayer by Billy Graham a few weeks ago. With all that is taking place in the world today I felt it was important to share.

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G’day from Steve,

June 7th, 2010|

Blessing or Curse

Two brothers attended the funeral of their father in ancient times. He was a man of great faith called Abraham. A friend of God. After Ishmael and Isaac laid him to rest they both went back to their lives. One pursued the promises God had given to his father, the other went back to conflict and living under a curse. But Isaac chased after the blessings God gave to his Dad.

“Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” Genesis 26:3-5

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