Thursday, 4 June 2020

#BlackLivesMatter


There is no escaping the current news concerning the protests about racial inequality or more specifically systemic racism sparked by the harrowing video of George Floyd, a black man being pinned to the ground by a white policeman which eventually led to his death.  #BlackLivesMatter is the trending hashtag.

I have read much on social media, the posts, the blogs, the comments especially from the Christian community – those who follow the Lord Jesus.


I am a white person, I do not suffer the racism I have seen and heard recently in that it does not impact upon my daily life as it is. 
Should I be silent? 
Does that mean I have no opinion? 
Does it mean I should not embroil myself in the ongoing situation? 
What can I do or what can I say?


I have no answers to some of those questions. 
I have no words.
I can offer nothing that will be adequate to comfort those who are suffering or words to quell the fears and anger of black men and women who do not have the privileges in life I have by virtue of where I was born.  
My opinion is just that -my opinion and no use to anyone. 

But what I do have is this, the words and comfort of the Lord Almighty.


This is what the Lord says to His people, to those who are oppressed, to those suffering racial inequality and systemic racism in their daily lives.  This is why I could not remain silent; why I will shout His words for they are mightier than any I have.


Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

NB: Justice here includes privilege not only a formal decree

Proverbs 21:3

To do righteousness and justice is more desirable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 31:9

Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy

Jeremiah 22:3

This is what the LORD says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow. Do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Zechariah 7:9

"This is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Administer true justice. Show loving devotion and compassion to one another.

Matthew 22:39 and Mark 12:31

Love your neighbour as yourself



The Lord cares, He is the answer, He is a refuge, He is your strength. He is your avenger.



Psalm 9:7-10 

But the LORD reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne. He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness. The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.

Psalm 103:5-6 

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

1 Peter 5:7

 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Isaiah 41:10

 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Psalm 145:18

The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 34:18

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 62:8

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.



I have heard the cry from some that we should not say #BlackLivesMatter because #AllLivesMatter. It is true that ALL lives matter, it is true that we were created equally before God, it is true that God does not treat us more or less favourably based on colour or culture. God does see colour, He created us that way. 
Sadly mankind created bias and discrimination. We live in a fallen world, sin exists, hate exists, racism exists, oppression exists. 
Call it out! Use your privilege to change things for those who are oppressed. “Speak up” for truth and righteousness. In this instance the systemic racism that exists in many places against our brothers and sister who are black. I must act and speak against racism at every turn becasue the Lord demands it of me. What I can do I have not yet worked out, but do something I must. Now is not the time to be silent and ignore this hoping it will go away soon.
#BlackLivesMatter



Amanda Mair

Saturday, 11 April 2020

It's Easter. What do you believe?


Easter Sunday. What do you believe or not believe? 

This is the day in the Christian calendar when Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus 3 days after he was crucified on a cruel cross on Golgotha’s hill. This is the day when Jesus, the son of God rose from the dead over 2000 years ago.

Unbelievable? Are you like many who believe that there once was a good man, named Jesus who was a great teacher? That is historical fact, there are such evidences of Jesus’ life on earth and that is easy to believe and is accepted as truth.  But Son of God, risen King?

Following his death on the cross Jesus had been quickly embalmed and laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, with a stone covering the entrance and a roman guard, yet when Mary Magdalene and the women came and found the stone rolled away and Jesus' body missing, they at first thought the body had been stolen.  Peter and John, too, did not think that Jesus had arose from the dead! The disciples who were hiding in a room out of fear did not believe it either at first!


So why should we believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God, that Jesus bore the burden of our sin on the cross, that he died and that He rose again from the dead?

 We believe because of what Jesus said and what happened after He appeared to his disciples and others who were hiding in fear. We believe because Jesus called these men and women out to be witnesses. They were eyewitnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus. They saw it with their own eyes and were commissioned to tell the world.

Read Luke 24:44-49
Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 
45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 
48 You are witnesses of these things. 
49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
 We believe because of the eyewitness accounts of the resurrection. It is important to get this, these men and women had spent time with Jesus when he lived, close up and personal time with Him, yet they feared and grieved when he was arrested and died, and despite His teaching to them they record their own scepticism when His body could not be found in the tomb, even they found it unbelievable at first, until they saw Him and following His command they documented it carefully and it is recorded in the New Testament.

Let’s examine a letter from Peter, written many years after the resurrection  and certainly when Peter could reflect back upon the events of that day and have a greater understanding of its significance and the impact this had on not only his own life also the life of everyone who would choose to believe.

1 Peter 1:3
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Some amazing statements here from Peter:



He believes Jesus is the Son of God

He believes in new life

He believes in a living hope



Having witnessed the resurrection of Jesus, Peter has come to know that through that event new life is made available to us. His confident hope comes not just through the teaching and miracles he saw when Jesus was alive, the basis of his hope and confidence in Jesus as the son of God and in a new life and living hope comes through “the resurrection of Jesus from the dead” . The event he himself witnessed.  That is the basis of his certainty, the basis of his hope – Jesus rose from the dead.

Verses 4-6 get really interesting,
4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time
Having established a firm basis for belief in the resurrected Jesus Peter mentions an inheritance. Now, who inherits? Children usually. The resurrection isn’t just an event in history that happened but it points to relationship. Through Jesus we are given the chance to have a unique relationship with God that was not available previously, Jesus death and resurrection established a brand new covenant between God and man.

In verse 6 Peter reveals something that will cut right across where, I imagine many of us, are right now, with so much going on in every nation because of the current COVID 19 pandemic.  If you don’t believe in God or stopped following Him or doubt Him because of suffering in your life or lives of others, then this is going to speak directly to you.

So many have asked the question Why suffering? Why if God is such a loving God does He let suffering and pain happen?  Why if God is sovereign and good are people dying in their thousands every day, nations are emotionally broke, economically broke and people are hurting beyond imagination because of this virus called COVID 19? Why?

Good question and if you could ask it of Peter he would answer as he said in v6…

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials
7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Peter himself had seen and personally experienced much suffering and pain so he knew what he was talking about.  Please don’t miss this important point. Peter did NOT doubt God’s existence nor did he doubt the LOVE of God despite the unimaginable suffering and pain he saw and experienced.
It did not undermine in any way his faith that God is a good and loving God, whom we have relationship with through Jesus. Peter’s faith, his confidence was not tied to “an imaginary God who never allows bad things to happen to good people” after all Peter witnessed the worst thing imaginable happen to the very, best person he ever knew and loved – Jesus. And this same Jesus who rose from the dead continued to speak of a good and just and merciful God. Peter put his faith not in things around him but in the GOD WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD.

GOD IS FOR US because JESUS DIED FOR US and JESUS WAS RESURRECTED FOR US.

He died for us to have relationship with God through him, he did not die so things would always work out the way we think they should.

The resurrection proves:

God is personal and he wants a relationship with us.
Pain and tragedy are not evidence of God’s absence.
Heaven is real.
Jesus is who He claimed to be – the Son of the living God
Jesus has the power to forgive sin.
Forgiveness is available because you are loved by God and because of the resurrection we too are now free to love and forgive others, to love as Jesus loved.

So, it is Easter Sunday. The day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. What do you believe?

God invites us to believe, as Peter did, and my hope is that this Easter, despite the heart-breaking impact of the current pandemic on all our lives, that the death and resurrection would become personal for you. That you would believe and would trust in Jesus.

Choose to believe this Easter.



If you have any questions or want more information there are good resources on Connect Church Lurgan website.

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Amanda Mair

Saturday, 4 April 2020

BE A WOMAN WHO IS BE A WOMAN WHO IS INTENTIONAL IN CONNECTING WITH COMPASSION Part 2


One of the anchors I want for you women is to

Be a Woman who is intentional in connecting with compassion. .


Having looked at the necessity of connecting  (part 1)let’s explore what compassion means.

Firstly we need to understand compassion. 
The dictionary definition of compassion is:
              "Suffering together with one another, participation in suffering”

Wow, the emphasis is on personal involvement with those in need, suffering WITH them, not just giving to them. That is a real challenge, to suffer with someone.

Jesus is our greatest example and there are countless incidents in the Bible of Jesus’ compassion and we will look at a couple here.

Luke 8:40-48


The story of the woman who was ostracised from family and society, who had spent all her money on trying to find a cure for a 12 year condition of hemorrhaging. This lady risked everything to crawl through a crowd that would have killed her for being in their midst, such was her desperation. Jesus would have been expected to condemn her as Levitical law stated a woman who began her menstrual cycle was unclean and in need of purification, it was a defilement to touch her. Jesus did not condemn this lady but he showed her compassion, he healed her and he led her to saving faith in divine grace.



John 4:1-30


The interesting thing in this story is that Jesus broke quite a few rules – He was Jew, the woman in this story was a Samaritan- the Jews had no dealings with Samaritans it was seen as heretical, she was a woman in a time when men did not publicly sit and chat with women and she was alone. Women in those days went to the well in groups, it would have been unusual for a woman to go alone like this, but this lady again was ostracised from the other women because of her immorality. Yet Jesus went out of his way to meet her, sit with her talk to her and once again led her to saving faith in divine grace. Amazing!


So what motivated Jesus’ behavior towards these 2 women? Yes it was COMPASSION. True compassion causes action. At its heart compassion is simply love or it is birthed out of love. We all have the capacity to love and so we can all be compassionate. When this comes from the heart of God it is spiritual compassion and as God is love, our love must be based upon Him.

God’s love is:

Unconditional
Unlimited
Unfathomable
Everlasting 
It is the opposite of what our human capacity for love is:

Conditional
Limited
Reasoned out
Shifting 

Love is an emotion. Jesus love was about what he felt not what he did. Mark 10:21 says “Jesus looked at him and he loved him”,  Jesus did not have to think about it, He just felt a love for this rich young ruler.

 Love is deep and abiding.   Nothing in the heart of God can be superficial or fleeting. We are created in His image and so I believe we have the capacity for this same kind of emotion.

 Love is subject to the will. The choice to love or not is our own. Love is so important we are commanded by Jesus to love God with our whole heart and then to love our neighbor as ourselves.

To be intentional in connection lovingly involves self sacrifice and risk but our motivation is compassion.  Compassion enables us to walk by faith into areas of hazardous service. Faith spells RISK. Compassion will bridge culture, gender, age, class, intellect, religious beliefs and opinions. 



It is so important to be a loving serving believer part of a loving, serving church that intentionally connects with others and the community! Our love is proof our faith is genuine.  We serve God by serving each other.

John13:35

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.



COMPASSION CAUSES ACTION. 


Be a woman who is intentional in connecting with compassion.







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Amanda Mair



Tuesday, 31 March 2020

BE A WOMAN WHO IS BE A WOMAN WHO IS INTENTIONAL IN CONNECTING WITH COMPASSION Part 1

One of the anchors I want for women is to

Be a Woman who connects with compassion.


We are living in strange times, in a situation with no precedent due to the public health situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic and society across the world is in “lockdown”. We cannot physically meet with other people and we cannot even attend our regular places of worship and many of us must not even go out to the shop for ourselves. So how do we outwardly express our faith, how do we give it away and be a safe place for people to come to find rest, how do we connect?

It is of course not just during an unprecedented pandemic that we must connect compassionately but we should always seek to be women who are intentional and compassionate in connecting or serving. The only difference, at the moment, is the how.

Why do we need to live this out? Why do we need to serve or connect with others? Why can’t we just enjoy and soak in God’s presence and get to know Him more and more? And perhaps now more than ever with the restrictions placed on us we have time to watch online services and teaching, time to read, time to just consume this amazing God that we have and as wonderful as this is, it really is not all that we should be doing.

Let’s think about our physical bodies for a moment. If we eat a lot but don’t exercise or move around a bit then we will quickly become unhealthy (note to self: a walk to the fridge does NOT count as daily exercise in lockdown!) Girls, if we only “consume” God, if there is only input but no output, then we are not healthy, as much as we need to be women who are established in the Word and in prayer we need to be women who are intentional in serving and connecting.


Let me put it this way, I think we have a generation of women who are waiting for a season in the future when they will use what they have been given and fulfil their God given one time purpose in this life. I don’t believe it is like that, I believe the moment we are saved, I repeat for emphasis, the moment we are saved we are not meant to only sit and absorb but we are meant to step up and into our role of ambassadorship in His kingdom. There is no probationary period, as we give our lives to Him we become ambassadors for Him.

God has called us into His kingdom, we have been uniquely chosen at the right time. We are coheirs with Christ and as soon as we accept Him we have been given the awesome privilege of telling other people about Him.

In today’s society we have put an emphasis on the stage, there is a multitude of mega conferences with renowned speakers/teachers and it has created a false reality or expectation  that women have to wait their turn to use their gifts and what it will look like when it is our turn.  We think it should always be big, always exciting but while mega conferences and the stage has its place for most of us the ministry will not happen on a stage in front of hundreds or thousands. Most of the time no one will ever know or see what we do to minister in His name. Its those acts of intentional connection  that are the most vibrant and life changing work of service that we have the opportunity to do.



Think about it, if we disciple someone or help someone then we’re not going to post it all over social media, are we? No! The most beautiful life giving exchanges we have that lead people to know Jesus will happen in moments with our children/grandchildren, in the back rows or little rooms of our churches, in coffee shops and in our homes when we show someone the gospel lived out in our lives. (although in the current period of time we will need to seek God for new ways of doing just this)

We should use what we have been given right now so we don’t miss out on the abundant ministry that is going to happen in this season. Of course this not to say that we should not continue to learn, mature and develop our strengths and gifts, we should but I see nothing in God’s word that tells me I should wait before sharing the good news of His love or extending His love and kindness and compassion to others.  There is a hurting world out there and we have access to hope and healing and life which we are to give away through acts of compassionate service. It could be as simple as holding a baby, baking a cake, a random act of kindness or (hopefully one day soon) giving someone a hug. It is now that we need to compassionately serve and connect and we are always equipped to do it. 
Hebrews 13:20-21

Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep [a]through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21. equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17. that the person dedicated to God[d] may be capable and equipped for every good work.


So how we can apply this to our lives, well we can begin by not speaking death over ourselves, I hear so many women, myself included, say things that limit us and we know there is a great power in words! We say things like “I can’t do that I am just a mum”,” I’m just an office girl,” “I’m just a schoolgirl or a student”, or “I’m too old “or “I’m just ….. (whatever)”. No, no no, we are not JUST anything. Who does God say we are? We are ambassadors of Jesus, we are carriers of light and truth, we are the salt of the earth, we are bearers of the good news, we bring hope, we are the hands and feet of Jesus.

1 Peter 2: 9-10

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues[a] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.


Speak this verse over yourself, this is God’s view of us. I believe then we will see ways in which we can connect, we will see opportunities where we can minister, we will be surprised by what God will do because we are serving Him where we are right now.

Lord we pray you will open our eyes to see TODAY how we can use our lives for your glory.



Next blog we will look at this topic of intentional connecting with compassion a little more.


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Amanda Mair

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

BE A WOMAN WHO IS PURPOSEFUL IN PRAYER


One of the anchors I want for you women is to

Be a Woman who is purposeful in prayer




James 5:16 tells us “the effective prayer of a righteous man (woman) can accomplish much”  or as one translation phrases it “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”




Who doesn’t want their prayers to be purposeful and achieve much? I know I certainly do, and I really believe as Christian women we need to be deeply involved in prayer and intercession.

So how do we be purposeful in prayer?

James 5:16 is an often quoted verse, and when we hear or see this verse we tend to interpret it to mean that if our prayers are to be effective we make it about us and our need to be righteous, we have focused in on being righteous, that makes it about us!

To really understand this verse we need to look at it in context. Let’s go back a few verses:

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.

14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

James encourages his readers to pray in suffering, in cheerfulness, in sickness, in sin. He does this because, simply put, prayer is effective. God hears and answers prayer.


V16 begins with an exhortation to confess our sins to one another and to pray for each other that we might be healed. It is then James goes to emphasise the point with “the effective prayer of a righteous man has great power”. The point is pray, because prayer is effective.

Just in case we don’t quite get it James goes to mention Elijah. Does he want us to be like Elijah so our prayers would work like his? I don’t think he does because he takes care to tell us Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. He was just an ordinary man, like me and you! Yet he prayed fervently and God answered.  James wants us to realise we don’t need to be extraordinary for God to answer our prayers, we just need to pray.  


Prayer is effective because of God, not us. It’s not about how good we are or how good we feel. To focus on the word righteous in this sentence makes the answer to our prayers dependent upon us being righteous. In fact the truth is we could never be “righteous” enough but because He is a gracious God and a good God when we pray, He hears! The focus should be on the word pray, prayer is effective because God is good, prayer accomplishes much because God is good, prayer works because of God not us! Our righteousness, as believers, comes from Jesus, when we pray God sees us clothed in the righteousness of His son Jesus.

God is the key to purposeful, effective prayer. So pray!

Next blog we will look at ways of leading the women in your church or group to pray with purpose.

Be a woman who is purposeful in prayer.

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Amanda Mair



Thursday, 20 February 2020

BE A WOMAN OF THE WORD part 2



One of the anchors I want for you women is to

Be a Woman who is Rooted 


In my last blog we explored what it means being rooted in the Word of God and I feel that alongside that is being rooted or planted in a local church.  There is a power when a woman of the Word is connected to her local church.


I find it very sad when I hear women say negative and unloving things about church, because the church is what God has established as a place He wants to see us to grow. If we say we love God and if we believe in God and believe His Word is true then it stands to reason we should love what He loves, right? God loves the church, He calls the church His bride, in Matthew 18:18 He tells us His church will prevail. The church is where God wants us to experience Him and to experience one another. He loves the church. 


It is good to remember when we talk about church, we are talking about the wonderful treasure God has established and uniquely equipped to grow and mature believers. As believers local church is where we need to be planted and rooted.


Church isn’t perfect, in fact I’ve heard it said the church is floundering and flailing in theological and moral confusion with scandals and challenges such as same sex marriage. I don’t really want to debate those things here, but the church is a place where many believers have been hurt and had bad experiences. Leaders and congregants both have been on the receiving end of church abuse and church pain.

The local church I am planted in has recently undergone a time of intense hurt and pain which resulted in people leaving and leaders stepping away. The why’s and wherefores of the detail of the hurt is not important here, people I love were hurt and the heartbreak I felt through this period was acute. But for me I reached the point where I had to say God loves this church, He loves His church He designed it for my good, our good and for His glory, its where the kingdom moves forward on earth. 
I had to choose to either say I don’t like it and walk away feeling self-pity because of the pain OR I had to choose to get out from under the hurt and acknowledge the importance of continuing to be a part of seeing the church shift and grow and change for the better, choose to use what I have been given to see it come to fruition the way God wants it to 
I chose to continue to play my part in the story the best way I could. When we do that of course it may mean we will fail or get it wrong and we will need to change more but He is a faithful God and He gives grace and has given us the privilege of learning as we go. It helped me in the tough times to remember that God loves His church and He was sad and grieved at the hurt and pain experienced by many yet He graciously gave the opportunity to be a part of changing the church for the better.

Culture tries to tell us what church should be but when we throw that out the window church is really beautiful. It doesn’t need to be a mega church but church should be mighty, the power of the Holy spirit evident, church should be wild and it can be confusing and tough but it’s where we can all grow and see Jesus shine in and amongst each other and where we see Him shine in our villages, towns and cities that are really so often dark and heavy.

Through the hurt and the experience, I came to realise, in myself, that even though it is chaotic and hard God picks us up and says let’s try again because this is where the best things happen!



People are not perfect, but Jesus is the perfect One and that’s the reason we need to turn up at church, that’s who we are worshipping, that is who we are serving and without a doubt it is worth the effort.

Be a woman of the Word who is planted in local church.


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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

BE A WOMAN OF THE WORD




One of the anchors I want for you women is to

Be a Woman who is Rooted in the Word of God


 Be a woman of the Word. I find there is a real physical power when I take my bible with me wherever I go. I mean literally, take on the train, the bus, work, coffee shop, wherever. It might sound like a small practical thing to do, but I feel it is quite a profound and beautiful thought to take the Word with you wherever you go. ( And the great thing about having your bible always at hand is you don't need to memorise it which is just the thing if you're a menopausal woman like me with short term memory issues!) That’s what being rooted in the Word looks like!

Ofcourse just carrying the Bible is no use if you never read it, study it, write the verses down and use it wherever you go!

I often talk with women who haven’t quite grasped how life changing this book can be, sometimes as a new Christian we try to set ourselves some good disciplined goals of reading the Word and that is no bad thing, good habits, like bad, are formed. Many people resolve to read their Bible more as a new year resolution yet many will also admit to having already failed to live up to this goal, before the end of January! So why can something that is so life changing, so useful as Paul says


2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.




How can something that helps us endure, encourages us and gives us hope:
Rom 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
how can reading the Word be so hard? 


I think when we have an attitude of thinking that we HAVE to read the bible, we so often fail and end up beating ourselves up because we can’t maintain an expected standard. Yet how wonderful it is when we stop thinking like that and simply realise or grasp that reading the Word is good for us, it is really life changing, and encouraging. I don’t HAVE to read the bible everyday but yet, everyday, I have the privilege of getting to read the bible, of being rooted in His unfailing Word and it is a great way to experience Jesus and draw near to Him and realise how near He draws to us. 


If we understand in our hearts that its not an obligation but that it is better for us, our life is better then it is much easier to be disciplined and sometimes we have to fight for that. For me spending alone time with God is a must, there I find He really comes alive to me but getting alone time in a very busy life is something I need to be intentional about and fight for sometimes! 


Being alone and being quiet with God can be early in the morning, out walking the dog just talking to Him, sometimes I just love when everyone has gone to bed and I sit alone in the dark talking to God. No phone, no TV, and so on, sitting alone not consuming anything just consuming my God. He loves us and wants to talk with us but sometimes we need to be just still. Or you can be moving, we can experience God in our bodies when we’re on the move some people hear “still” and picture cup of coffee a soft blanket and think of a sweet moment and yet to encourage you, my time with God is not always sweet, sometimes it can be awkward, it can be intense, the Word of God is a weapon, helpful in the battle:

Eph 6:11,17 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.





When we trust and love God as our Father, we’re more likely to want to do what pleases him, to be more like him, to pursue his purposes in our lives, and to see the world around us through our Father’s eyes.

That’s why it is good to be rooted in the Word and have that alone time with Him.



Do you struggle with reading your bible?  How do you have your alone time with God ? Let’s have a conversation about being rooted in the word?

Next time we can look at being rooted or planted in a local church which I believe is part of being rooted in His Word.

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