Category Archives: Faith

Through the Bible in one Year 2018; 1st June

The readings for Friday are;

1 Kings 12 & 13

Proverbs 2

2 Corinthians 3

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Through the Bible in one year 2018; 31st May

The readings for Thursday are;

1 Kings 10 & 11

Proverbs 1

2 Corinthians 2

Bloom where you are planted?

Some of my regular readers will have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet lately. As happens with these plans I have been busy and struggling myself to keep up with the readings without spending the extra time writing about it, so if you have been struggling too don’t worry; keep going as God always times perfectly what you need to read/ hear each day.

To help keep some interest I have been using photos of flowers and colours from my garden. We moved last year and aquired a beautiful well established garden but never saw all the different plants in flower so its an exciting time for us seeing what plants come up and what the colours are.

I saw a quote today which I have heard several times before “Bloom where you are planted”

This however can be difficult for some as you could well be “putting on a beautiful display” but nobody sees it.

This could be for several reasons;

You are surrounded by other plants which take over, weeds or bigger plants which block peoples view of you or block the light from you which means you are not able to fourish.

I’ve spent a lot of time digging out some plants which had spread and taken over. There was just too many amd they were smothering other smaller plants and taking all the nutrients.

You could compare this to some chuch situations. You have a vast congregation soaking up everything but not contributing while but others are being overlooked and not getting the support they need.

Now that some of the bigger shrubs have finished flowering we have started to cut them back so thay they can put on some fresh growth and flower next year and allow some of the smaller plants to grow.

We will put some compost and feed down so that they can replenish the nutrients they need.

The garden gives so many examples of spiritual lessons.

We need feeding (on the Word), water (rain, often used to refer to the touch and presence of the Holy Spirit), the sun (Son, Jesus)

The skilled gardener knows his plants and how to tend them. Sometimes he needs to move something as he sees that it will do better somewhere else, or it is being smothered. Sometimes he needs to move something so that it complements others.

This can apply to us. Sometimes we need to be moved to be able to grow and flourish. That also gives others the opportunity to grow too.

Some plants do better in bright sunshine, others (like our rhubarb) thrive in a quiet shady corner (a prayer warrior?)

As we watch the different plants appear we are starting to notice which ones we think will do better somewhere else in the garden.

There are some which are beautiful but too similar so need to be spaced out.

Some are smothered by others which need to be trimmed back to allow the light through and space to flourish.

A plant nursery will propagate and grow plants to a size where they are big enough and strong enough to go into the ground. If they were planted out to soon they get smothered by weeds or killed by frost or too much sun.

It takes a while for a plant to settle into its new place, sometimes they don’t survive because the roots are not strong enough.

Make sure your roots are strong by studying Gods word and staying close to Him.

Through the the Bible in one year 2018; 24th March

Several times in our readings today we are reminded to walk humbly and in obedience to God.

Deuteronomy 10 verse 12 & 13 says; “And now , Israel , what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

Deuteronomy 11 verse 1 says; Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

Then in John 14 verse 15 we see Jesus say “If you love me, keep my commands”

God wants us to obey his commands out of a love for Him and not of fear. He sees our hearts and knew that the hearts of the Israelites were far from him.

Jesus told the Pharisees that although they were obsessed with minute details of the law, their hearts were far from God.

We have though a promise that if we are obedient to Him, follow and trust him, he will bless us.

In Deuteronomy chpter 11 verse 26 to 28 we read;

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known .

We have been reading how the Israelites struggled because they didn’t do what God had commanded and if you have read ahead you will know that they still don’t seem to learn.

We have a choice, lets choose wisely

The readings for Saturday are;

Deuteronomy 12 & 13

Psalm 83

John 15

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 20th March

It’s good sometimes to look back and take stock of our history.

In our readings today in Deuteronomy and Psalms we are reminded of the story so far.

The Psalmist says in Psalm 78 how he will tell of the “things from of old”

He is not only reminding himself and those listening of what has happened in the past. He is wanting to pass it on to the next generation.

At this stage in Deuteronomy all the adults that left Egypt have died and it is time to prepare to enter the promised land.

Many of the people would not know or remember everything that had happened in the history of the Israelites. Perhaps some of them were fearful of what was going to happen.

Would they succeed?

Can God provide?

By reminding ourselves of where we have come from we can build up our faith that God will continue to provide for and take care of us.

He has been faithful in the past and will continue to be so in the future.

Even in our current lives our nations have history, some of it good and some of it bad.

If we are wise we will learn from the past and will avoid making the same mistakes.

You can see even in Deuteronomy they were still making the same mistakes which is why they needed reminding.

Lets heed the warnings and trust God and not continue to make the mistakes the Israelites did.

The readings for Tuesday are;

Deuteronomy 4 & 5

Psalm 79

John 11

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 19th March

Some parts of the Bible are difficult to read, especially the books of the law and Chronicles.

Today we started in Deuteronomy and I was wondering why it was called that and what it meant.

Doing my usual quick look on line I discovered that Deuteronomy is derived from a Greek word which means “Second Law”

This would seem to be a good name as it follows on from the previous lot of Laws and regulations that Moses gave.

However it seems that this is a mistranslation of the Hebrew name which is Devarim which means “spoken words” And is derived from the opening sentence of Deuteronomy 1 verse 1;

“These are the words”

The readings for Monday are;

Deuteronomy 2 & 3

Psalm 78

John 10

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 15th March

Sometimes there is more behind a story than first appears.

In John 5 we read about the man at the Pool of Bethesda who apparently had been there for many years and had been disabled for 38 years.

Now if you really think about it, his response to Jesus asking if he wanted to be healed was a little strange. Rather than say “yes” he starts to say how he has no one to help him get into the pool. Was he placing his faith in the pool more than Jesus? Perhaps.

Now another thing to consider is that some of the people that waited at the pool did very well financially from wellwishers and there were some places that were more lucrative than others.

There is some thought that this man occupied one such position which is why he was perhaps not so bothered about being healed. He was possibly up in the covered colonnade and was comfortable with his life. If he was healed, he would possibly have lost his livelihood. He may have never worked and wouild not know what to do. It would be a big change and risky for him.

Now I wonder…if he had really wanted to be healed, and the pool really was a source of healing, I would think that he would want to be as close to the pool as possible to increase the likelyhood of being the first into the pool when the waters were stirred.

Either way, Jesus demonstrated that he is more powerful than the waters and the disabled man had to exercise his faith by being obedient to Jesus and getting up.

The readings for Thursday are;

Numbers 30 & 31

Psalm 74

John 6