Good morning all, I hope this finds you well. I hope you can take a few minutes to sit and listen to this short Reflection, you never know, you just might hear something which gives you some food for thought as well as some help in these difficult times.
Take care, keep safe and God bless. Iain.
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3rd February 2021
Good morning and welcome to our Midweek Meditation.
How are you ? I hope you are well and coping as well as you can in these difficult times.
May I ask you a personal question?
Are you a worrier? Do you ever feel like you’re inadequate, not good enough, at times?
If so, don’t worry – so do I.
And if we are totally honest, most of us do ; even the strongest of us have their moments of self doubt.
We might put on a brave face or speak that wee bit louder to make ourselves sound and feel more confident, but inside we may well be feeling far from self assured.
We often feel that others are more self confident than us – or have a stronger faith than we have.
And that would be true of the people we read about in the Bible too.
We think that they must have been really Holy people, but that just isn’t true either.
They were all human, like us – with all their faults and failings – just like us.
Listen to what Paul the Apostle said ”I do not understand myself. I don’t do the things I know I should do – but find myself doing the things I know I shouldn’t do!” and you’ll find that in his letter to the Romans at Chapter 7 verse 15.
And there a number of examples in the Bible of the Disciples letting Jesus down.
The Disciples fell asleep and left Him alone during the time of His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane – do you remember? He asked them to stay awake and keep watch – but they all fell asleep!
Peter denied knowing Jesus.
Judas betrayed Him.
At the cross, all the disciples deserted Him.
Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem—instead, they went back to the Sea of Galilee and returned to their fishing business!
When he needed their support they constantly disappointed Him.
There was a man called Saul who enthusiastically persecuted the Christians until he was converted on his way to Damascus to expose a group of Christian worshippers.
He became known as Paul who went on to do great things.
No, you are not perfect – neither am I,
but we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves – none of us are… but that’s okay.
Jesus chose His disciples from everyday people like you and I.
He knew they weren’t perfect – just like us.
He knew all their faults and issues – as He knows ours – but saw past all that because He could also see what they could be.
He saw that they were capable of great things – and that is what He sees that in you – and me too, whatever we may think of ourselves.
The Gospels are full of stories and incidents of the miracles and amazing things that the disciples did with God’s strengthening power.
Think then, of what we – you and I can do – when we tap into the power and the strength of God – through His Son, Jesus Christ.
These Readings should give us great encouragement –
32 “He is the God who makes me strong,
who makes my pathway safe.”
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”
Isaiah 40 : 29
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”
2nd Corinthians 12 : 9 – 11
9 But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Philippians 4 : 13
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
So don’t listen to your head – listen to your heart.
You ARE capable of doing amazing things – Jesus believes in you – you should believe in yourself.
Perhaps you would like to print out that reading from Philippians 4 : 13 – and leave it by your computer – in the Kitchen or at your bed side – wherever you will readily see it.
So, when you feel in need of help and encouragement – or if you think your faith isn’t good enough or strong enough.
Then look at it, read it slowly and let the words sink in.
That’s what I do.
And I pray that on your difficult days – you will do that too.
And I pray for you in Jesus’ name.
And remember “it is in our weakness that we gain Gods’ strength”.
Let us pray ~
Holy, Heavenly Father, I thank you for all your goodness to me – you bless me more than I could ever deserve.
Help me realize just how special I am to you – and help me to see that through you I can do amazing things.
Remind me often that I am your child, made in your image, “I am wonderfully made” the Bible says, so give me the strength and the courage to turn to you in those times when I doubt myself – for I know that in my weakness I can gain your strength.
How blessed I am – and in Jesus’ name.
Thank you Lord, thank you so much.
Take care and God Bless.
I hope your week is going well –
And please – keep safe.