Thursday, 12 October 2017

Premier Radio Thought on peace of mind

It may be you lack peace of mind.

Perhaps it’s due to an illness giving grief to your body that disturbs your whole being.

Or an upset in relationships, a concern about something you have to account for, or a thing ahead you’re just getting your head around.

Lack of peace is a tell tale sign we need to interpret because God desires we live in his peace even if that goes beyond our understanding.

I find when my peace is disturbed over a number of days it challenges me as to how surrendered my life is to God. 

Very often lack of peace links to anger about the way things are, inability to change those things and most significant of all, lack of submission to God.

I don’t know about you but I begin each day submitting it overall to God so it's given to be God’s day lived through me. Like any resolve it needs sticking at. Giving your life to God is something that needs repeating. It's also something basic to Christian worship where, at the eucharist, we regularly offer ourselves to God with Christ.

Inner turmoil when it comes is an invitation to seek attention for body, mind or spirit. Sometimes that attention is as simple as an act of faith in God as God of your life through rough and smooth. 

Take, Lord, and receive all that I am: my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire life. Dispose of me according to your will. All I need is your love and your grace. That is enough for me. Amen.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Premier Radio Thought on Joy 9th October 2017

The more you want God, the more he comes real to you.

Abide in me as I abide in you Jesus says in John 15 so that my joy may be in you.

I find there’s a battle for attention inside of me between myself and Jesus Christ - and when I’m looking away from myself to the Lord it’s a joy. Elsewhere in the Bible it says ‘in the Lord’s presence there is fullness of joy’.

There’s no greater aid to evangelism than joy: quiet, infectious joy, expressed in a smile.

God is beyond words. In Jesus Christ God comes to live in us by his Spirit. Reading his word, receiving Holy Communion, engaging with fellow believers - all these reinforce what Paul calls in Colossians 1:27 Christ in me, the hope of glory.

The Saints are famous for their smiles - I remember Mother Teresa’s infectious smile on TV to this day - smiles that are an overflowing from the heart where Christ is dwelling.

I want to be a Saint - don’t you? I mean, there’ll be nothing sadder ultimately than to miss the mark when it comes to unending friendship with God!

It's not what we have been or are that matters so much as what we would be.

Would you be a friend of God? The more you want God, the more he’ll make himself real to you.

Abide in me as I abide in you Jesus says so that my joy may be in you.

So be it, Lord Jesus - your joy be my strength this day!