End time events timeline

There are a number of different views held about end time events. Some hold that Christians will be taken out of the world before much of it happens. Some hold that Christians are here for some of the things, while others believe Christians go through it all. Below is a explanation of the first view. I found it quite helpful.

Crying out to God in your desert place

All of us as Christians go through desert places. Where our journey feels dry and barren and it is like we are walking through a hot, dry and windy desert alone.

David went through a number of times like this. We read a number of times in Psalms where he cried out to God and told God how he was really truly feeling!

I really like David’s honesty in his prayers. He laid out all his hurts, his pain, his fears and his frustrations. He did not try to hide anything from God.

The reality is that God knew how David was feeling and He knows how we are feeling today too. He sees into our hearts and sees our pain, our frustration and our deep longings.

When I go through a desert place my first reaction to push on and tough it out. Slowly (read as extremely slowly) I realise what it happening and I go easy on myself and go to God honestly in prayer.

David’s prayer from Psalm 63 has been a great help in these times. It is worth a slow and reflective read…

Psalm 63:1-8 NLT
[1] O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. [2] I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. [3] Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! [4] I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. [5] You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. [6] I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. [7] Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. [8] I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

If you are going through a dry place at the moment, I would encourage you to reflectively read Psalm 63 and see how David cried out to God in the midst of his sufferings.

David said he thirsted for God. He told God he longed for Him. And how he would praise Him and pray to Him as long as he lived. David even said he laid awake at night thinking of God. David also declared in the midst of it, that God held him securely.

David knew what it was to be honest with God. This is something we can learn from him. The desert place can be hard. But it becomes easier if we follow David’s example and cry out to God in the midst of it.

Blessings,
Dave

The mind of Christ

I have been thinking a lot lately about how the Bible says we have the mind of Christ. It is something I have been praying about and starting to research. Here are some early reflections.

The Dictionary of Biblical Themes describes the mind of Christ as, “The centre of Jesus Christ’s thought, understanding and motivation, characterised by a total dedication to God. Christians are called upon to have the same mind as Christ.”

What a great simple definition. Having Christ’s thoughts, understanding, motivation and dedication to God. This is something we should all aim for as disciples of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 NLT the Apostle Paul tells us why this is so important. He says, “Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. [16] For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”

Paul tells us that having the mind of Christ is important for us as Christians so we can understand the things of God and evaluate all things.

In verse 14 Paul gives us context, “But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”

So for us as Christians it is vitally important to have the mind of Christ. It enables us to both understand the things of God and helps us to be totally dedicated to God with our lives.

Prayer

Dear God, help us to understand what it is to have the mind of Christ. Help us to have the same attitude of Christ. Please renew our minds so we can understand the things of God and evaluate all things. I pray we can be totally dedicated to You and Your Kingdom. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Two weeks on the life of Christ

Here is one of our Bible reading plans. It is a two week one on the life and teachings of Jesus. Please enjoy…

Day 1 – Luke 1:1-80 – Preparing for Jesus’ arrival
Day 2 – Luke 2:1-52 – The story of Jesus’ birth
Day 3 – Mark 1:1-45 – The beginning of Jesus ministry
Day 4 – Mark 9:1-50 – A day in the life of Jesus
Day 5 – Matthew 5:1-48 – The Sermon on the Mount
Day 6 – Matthew 6:1-34 – The Sermon on the Mount
Day 7 – Luke 15:1-32 – Parables of Jesus
Day 8 – John 3:1-36 – A conversation with Jesus
Day 9 – John 14:1-31 – Jesus’ final instructions
Day 10 – John 17:1-26 – Jesus’ prayer for His disciples
Day 11 – Matthew 26:1-75 – Betrayal and arrest
Day 12 – Matthew 27:1-66 – Jesus’ execution on a cross
Day 13 – John 20:1-30 – Resurrection
Day 14 – Luke 24:1-53 – Jesus’ appearance after resurrection