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I am the light of the world whoever follows me will not walk in darkness John 8: 12

John 8: 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

This Bible verse of the day is a scripture on grace and hope.

Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

In John’s Gospel Chapter 8, the stage is set for an amazing showdown between Jesus and the religious people who contended with him. They were always looking for ways to catch him and trap him into saying the wrong thing. However, not once did Jesus ever say something that was not a great truth.

Imaging the scenario, a woman is brought to Jesus who has been caught committing adultery (the man she was apparently caught in the act with is not mentioned). Under the strict Law of Moses she should have been stoned to death. The scribes and Pharisees (religious class of the day), pressed Jesus to comment as this woman was brought to him. Notice that in John 8 verse 6 Jesus is stooped down writing on the ground with his finger. There is nothing insignificant recorded in the Bible. Why was this gesture by Jesus recorded? Jesus then raised himself up and said, ‘let him who is without sin among you throw a stone at her’. He then continued writing on the ground. After that statement, each one was conscience-stricken and one by one, beginning with the eldest, they departed.

Jesus then addressed the woman and said to her, ‘Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? …. I do not condemn you either – go on your way, and from now on sin no more’.

The next statement Jesus made was, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

When Jesus was stooping down writing on the ground with his finger – it was the same finger that wrote the Law on the tablets of stone handed to Moses! When the Jews were in the wilderness, after their exodus from Egypt they gave a startling boast. They said that they could keep every law that was given them by Moses. The first Passover had just occurred (when the blood of a lamb was put on the doorframe of their houses, so death passed over them in Egypt). They were effectively saying that they did not need grace but they could do anything that was asked of them by God by their own self-effort. Also, they had not seen the mystery of the blood of the Lamb covering their sins and the curse of death.

Later Jesus said to the religious onlookers, ‘You set yourself up to judge according to the flesh – by what you see; you condemn by external human standards’ (John 8:15 Amplified Bible). How many of those onlookers were also guilty of adultery just by their thoughts?

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) but Jesus is saying that not only is he not condemning us but that He is the light of the world and if we follow Him we will not follow the dark ways of sin and death. How else could he say to the woman, ‘go and sin no more’? He was the answer to adultery – he is the answer to every human sinful condition.

What a wonderful Saviour we have in Jesus.

Let’s pray;

Father, I know that I cannot do anything by my own self-effort. I need your light to light my way and lead me into life and freedom from sin and guilt. Forgive me when I have failed in thought or in deed. I receive your grace and mercy in every area of my life in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

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Don’t be anxious for your life. Matthew 6: 25

Nuthatch bird and bindweed nature picture. Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25

Don’t be anxious for your life. Freedom from worry and anxiety.

Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25

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Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? I Corinthians 13: 13
Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? I Corinthians 13: 13
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I know the plans I have for you… Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Scripture on encouragement. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

This Bible verse today is a scripture on encouragement and hope.

Sometimes, it is easy to think that God has forgotten us when our lives are not how we would like them to be.  If life seems mundane and full of worries sometimes we can wonder what God has planned for us.  However, as you go about your daily lives you never know what impact a few words you may say could have upon another’s life.  Just be diligent to do good whenever you have an opportunity however small and entrust your day to Him. We need to be faithful with the small things before God can trust us with large responsibilities.  Never give up believing that God is a good God and His ways are perfect.  Follow Him, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.  They will certainly be plans for welfare, not for evil to give you a future and hope.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow but trust in Him.

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
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God can be trusted with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6

God can be trusted with all your heart.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6
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God will provide abundantly. Philippians 4: 19

God will provide abundantly. Philippians 4: 19

God will provide abundantly.  Philippians 4: 19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

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And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

 

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Renewed strength for those who wait on the Lord. Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord

Renewed strength for those who wait on the Lord

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

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But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength ... Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength … Isaiah 40:31
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For God so loved the world that He gave … John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Barn owl picture in watercolour

 A Bible verse on love.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee … Isaiah 26:3

The Bible verse of the day is a scripture on peace.

I have come to learn the last year or so, that there is a real blessing in protecting your own heart from being troubled. Jesus said:

Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1).

I believe that this is a straight-forward command from the Lord, not to allow our hearts to be troubled.  When our minds are stayed on the Lord and when we trust in Him we can receive perfect peace.  It is not always easy to do this as your mind is bombarded with fears and anxieties. I remember when my cat went missing – my heart was absolutely gripped with fear of every awful thing that could happen to him. Eventually, by absolutely refusing to be tormented by fear, I was able to reject the fear, be at peace and sleep for five nights before he returned home absolutely fine.

When there is so much around us today that leads to fear and anxiety, it is easy to developed a troubled heart.  However, what good does worrying do?  I personally know of somebody who, at a relatively young age, wore her heart muscles out working in a a stressful job environment.  The extra adrenaline and stress hormones had caused wear and tear on her most vital organ for life.  For many of us, the things we worry about rarely happen and we can actually develop habits of anxiety that are not serving us.  The challenge is to not let our hearts by troubled each and every moment of the day.

I very much like the tender way that Jesus rebukes Martha who had become thoroughly stressed preparing a meal for the Lord and His disciples.  Here is the scenario:

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)

I often wonder if Jesus says that in a teasing way or a sombre way – I imagine it is the former because Jesus was full of joy. I expect Martha smiled, took off her apron and just sat down and relaxed with everyone else knowing that everything would be just fine as the Lord was there.  Just imagine, if we did that in all aspects of our lives – just sit down and relax and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  I am sure that everything would then turn out well as we enjoy the fruits of an untroubled heart.

It is easy to think, “oh well that’s all very well, sitting around reading the Bible and praying but what about my life and all the other things I need to worry about such as what I shall eat, drink or even things I need to make to wear or earn a living” Well, next time you think those troubling thoughts take a look out of the window and look at a bird and then look at a common flowering weed. Jesus mentions these two living creatures to remind us of the futility of worry:

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6: 25-27)

Your Heavenly Father will take care of you just as well as He does of the birds and the flowers – in fact, much better!

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Isaiah 26: 3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
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Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.

 

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I am the way the truth and the life … John 14:6-7

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The Bible verse today is a scripture of comfort and salvation. John 14 and John 15 are the most beautiful chapters in John’s Gospel. Bible verses of hope, comfort and faith can all be found.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.   I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor that he may be with you forever, – the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you”.           (John 14:6-7)

Jesus had just explained to His followers that He was to depart speaking this very famous couple of verses:

“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also”. John 14:1-3

These scriptures reassure us to not be troubled whilst Jesus is gone and to wait patiently for His return. There is also the reassurance that Jesus is preparing a wonderful home for us in Heaven. It is hard to imagine how beautiful Heaven must be but it has been said that if God took only seven days to create Earth and the Universe, Heaven must indeed be a fabulous place since Jesus has been gone for 2000 years!

There was a Jewish tradition in ancient times where the bridegroom would go away and build a house for his bride before returning for her. His return was never known for sure and she would wait expectantly for him. What joy it must have been when he returned and the wedding celebration could finally begin.

It is no coincidence that the church, (Christian believers from every nation and from every time in history), can be referred to as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25). In the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelations there is ordained, at the end of this age, a great event called the Marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelations 19:9).

While we wait expectantly for Christ’s return, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit abiding in us who will lead us in all Truth. Indeed Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and nobody comes to the Father except by Him. As we trust in the Holy Spirit to teach us we will see the reality of this dayby day.

Let’s pray: Thank you Father that you sent Jesus as the way, the truth and the life and that we have the precious Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth. I could read all the earthly books in the world written by flawed men and women to find truth but my efforts would be in vain. Thank you that I have the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth and counsel me. In pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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And let the peace of God rule in your hearts … Colossians 3: 15

Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3: 14-15

This wonderful Bible verse on peace is delightful when you know the full meaning in the original Greek of which it has been translated from. Here it is in the Amplified version.

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Soul harmony is something that would bless everybody rich or poor, young or old, man or woman.  Some try to find it by meditation or stress relief using yoga or various other bodily activities.  However there is nothing in this world that has the power to still troubled thoughts other than the word of God.

When worries and anxiety assault your mind there is no tonic or antidote in a physical activity or even a discipline such as meditation which simply trains you to temporarily ignore the thoughts for a short while. In fact ultimately things like drinking alcohol only makes things worse.

Soul harmony could also be called an untroubled mind. As this scriptures says, the more you know Christ and His thoughts and His ways you find that a peace comes to your mind and heart. Quite simply unsettled thoughts, well they just become settled!

What is nice in the Amplified version is the word ‘umpire’ and is used in sport.  The idea is that the peace of God that blesses your soul says ‘in or out’ to any confusing, unhelpful or oppressive thought from our adversary the devil. The peace of God is blowing the whistle on the enemy’s tactics.

The verse also says to be thankful.  It has recently become fashionable to be mindful and thankful but this has always been the will of God.  Let us list our blessings and think on all the good things in our lives.

Finally this Bible verse on peace is followed by a scripture that says let the Word dwell in you richly.  This means that we must be well-nourished from meditating and thinking about the word of God so it fills our minds and hearts in a rich abundant way.

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