Sunday 24th February 2019

kyle-loftus-1334807-unsplashJesus tells us that the spirit of God is like the wind; we don’t know where it comes from and where it goes. He tells us not to fret and he proclaims blessings for the poor and woes for the rich. The whole world is seemingly at his feet as he works miracles and wondrous works. But his kingdom is not of this world.

Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, lead us not into temptation. We can understand this, in light of the blessings that God brings and the troubles of the day, as an appeal to God to save us from our selves.

We need to pray in all things. History has brought us to a place, good and bad, but we must not go on without first waiting on God. Without peace on our journey we fret and sin crouches at our door.

Control, power and success are intoxicating and can lead us to follow our own ways and trust our own understanding. We begin to believe God is blessing us because of what we are doing and how we are achieving it. We fear God is not blessing us because we are not loved. It’s dangerous and each day we need to pray that God does not lead us in to temptation, that he saves us from having ungrateful hearts.

As a community living with abundance, we need to stop and consider, if all we had were lost, what treasure would remain. Jesus sets out what the treasure is, a people that knows radical forgiveness and practices it.

In Jesus’ teaching we have a mirror to hold ourselves up to, which gives us a vision for how we are meant to be. Coming to Jesus honestly, knowing his teaching, we have the hope of transformation. Jesus’ words are like a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through to the daily issues of life and death. If we take them to heart we will be empowered to resist evil.

Each of us is first physical and is raised up spiritual. There is first a death that begins with a death to unforgiving ways. If we wrestle with Jesus’ teaching and come to him, we will know rest and fruitfulness.

 

Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40

… Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.

Do not fret–it leads only to evil…

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50  

…If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body…But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual…What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Luke 6:27-38

.. “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

We meet at the chapel on a Wednesday evening at 8pm until 8-40pm for a period of prayer including 20 minutes silent prayer during school term time.

Photo by Kyle Loftus on Unsplash

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