Sunday 23 September 2012

Today is Your Best Day!

In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Psalm 44:8 (NKJV)
Here are four reasons why today is your best day.
- Today is your best day because you are here. God has placed you in this moment of time for a purpose, and the things that happen to you today will be an unfolding of that purpose.
- What happened to you yesterday, however easy or difficult, was used by God to help prepare you for what He has for you today.
- God will use what happens today to prepare you for what He has for you in future days.
- God has used your past and worked it all together for the good, and He will use this day to add to the good that He has already worked in your behalf.
Devotional excerpt by Roy Lessin, from his new book Today is Your Best Day.

Monday 17 September 2012

Christian Behavior

"Many friends and acquaintances look at you with avid curiosity: How does a Christian respond in this situation? What does a person who goes to church every week and has one of those fish stickers on the back of her car do when bad stuff happens to her? Often they are really asking the questions not to judge you or criticize you but because they genuinely want to know  if being a Christian makes a practical difference in your life. When you react exactly the same way they would in a crisis, they can't help but wonder, Why in the world would I need her God? We have to ask ourselves the same hard question: If being a Christian makes no difference in the way we respond to problems, what good is our faith? What have we gained by going to church every weekend, attending Bible studies, memorizing Scripture, and sending our kids to Christian school if, when trouble comes, we're just like everyone else?"

-- Kay Warren, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough

Thursday 6 September 2012

How does God mold us?

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity