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Kangaroos and Emus

By Pastor Brenda Gray

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Two of Australia’s indigenous animals are kangaroos and emus. The two have something in common and that is they seldom move backward. Kangaroos, because of the shape of their body and the length of their strong tail, they can bounce along with forward movement, but they cannot shift easily into reverse. Emus can run fast on their strong legs, but the joints in their knees seem to make backward movement difficult. Both animals appear on Australia’s coat of arms as a symbol that the nation is to be ever moving forward and making progress.

The apostle Paul called for a similar approach to the life of faith in his letters to the Philippians: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”

Something to think about: While it is wise to learn from the past, we shouldn’t live in the past. We cannot redo or undo the past, but by God’s grace we can press forward and serve God faithfully today and in the future. Remember the life of faith is a journey forward. Amen!

Prayer starter: Father in the name of Jesus I am pressing on the upward way, gaining new heights every day. While I am onward bound, Lord plant my feet…

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God’s Grace

By Pastor Brenda Gray

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.

During the winter season when the snow begins to fall, a transformation takes place. Dark patches of soil turn white. The white cottony fluff of snow comes down steadily and covers trees, roads, grass, houses etc.

The snowfall reminds me of a spiritual truth: Just as the snow covers everything in sight, God’s grace covers our sin. But grace doesn’t just cover sin, grace erases sin.

Through the prophet Isaiah, God appealed to the Israelite’s to come and reason together even though their sins were like scarlet, he said that their sins would be as white as snow. When God made this promise, His children had a painful problem with sin. God compared then to a physical body plagued with “wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.”

Something to think about: As bad as their sin was, God was willing to extend His grace to them. As His children today, we have the same assurance. Sin may stain our lives, but when we repent and confess it, we have the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God’s grace.

Prayer starter: Father in the name of Jesus, give me courage to confess, to bare my sinful heart to you. To receive the forgiving love that you long to show me and from my sin to set me free. Lord…

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A Good Soldier

By Pastor Brenda Gray

2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Do you remember running relay races in school? Someone on your team would run around the course and then hand off the baton to you. You had to wait for them to make those final yards before it was your turn to run with it. Then, with all your strength and endurance you ran your part of the race.

Something to think about: God’s word has been given to every one of his children. We have been entered into the race of life. We have no excuse! It’s up to each of us to use all our strength and endurance to complete what God has called us to do. Be set on fire by God’s word. Read it! Know it! Then set your eyes on the finish line of heaven and run! Remember that God is on your side!

Prayer starter: Father in the name of Jesus teach me to search your ways so that I may know you. Thank you that when I draw near to you, you draw near to me with wisdom and discernment…

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