The Beginning of the End?

“When you hear of wars and revolutions do not be frightened.  These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.  Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.’”  Luke 21:9-11

We are living in strange times – wars and rumours of wars, and much more besides.  What do we make of it all?  Well, for those who believe the Bible, it is a time of renewed hope, watchfulness and joy.  The Lord Jesus is coming soon.  The Bridegroom will return for His Bride.  The Church should wake up and get ready.

For those who don’t believe the Bible it is time of great perplexity and anxiety, if they allow themselves to think about it.  Many try to simply ‘switch off’ and not think about the events that are happening at this time.  I don’t profess to understand the prophecies in books such as Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation but I can see some of what is prophesied coming to pass.  I also recommend recent talks by Amir Tsarfati which explain much of what is going on – here’s the link to a recent talk at Grace Chapel.  If you click on this link you will find his talk under the title ‘The Beginning of the End’.

http://www.gracechapel.net/media/detail/the-beginning-of-the-end

We live in a time of great urgency.  God is still patient and waits for many more people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, but He will not always wait.  One day Jesus will return and God will deal with evil completely and forever.  The question for each of us is where will I stand on that day?  Will I be for Him or against Him?  The answer to that question will determine my eternal destiny.

‘He who is coming will come and will not delay’ Hebrews 10:37

‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved’ Acts 16:31

‘Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts’ Hebrews 4:7

 

Be still, and know that I am God

‘Be still, and know that I am God.’  Psalm 46:10

Today I want to just ‘be still’ and know this awesome God.

I am amazed once again by the wonder and the awesomeness (not sure that’s a word!) of God.  I am so amazed that I can’t even find the words to express how I feel.  But then I know we can’t really describe God.  But we can know Him, through the Lord Jesus Christ.  And He is a God who is always good, and One who so often surprises me by being so interested in the smallest details of my life.

Yesterday we had a very powerful message from Wim Mauritz in Gillingham.  He reminded us that we should ‘shout aloud’ the good news we have.  The good news from a good God, who loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die on a cross for each one of us.  Wim reminded us that we have so much to ‘shout about’.  And today I want to do just that.  I want to shout about the goodness and the wonder of God.  A God who is soooooo great, but who is also interested in every detail of our lives.

As I’m writing this on the ‘howdoiknow’ website, I want to ‘shout about’ a personal example in connection with the books I have written.  If you had told me five years ago that I would write books which would be read in places like India, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, America and all over Europe, I would simply have laughed.  Laughed at the thought of being an author, and laughed even more at the thought anyone would want to read my books!

But today, I believe this God of surprises has made this happen.  The boy with the small loaves and fishes comes again to mind.  If we give what we have to Jesus, however small we think that is, then He can work the miracle.  He can, and does, do far more than we can ever think or imagine.  Ephesians 3:20

So today, I want to point again to this wonderful God.  The One with whom each of us can have a personal relationship, if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

I also want to say a big thanks to everyone who follows this blog, comments on it from time to time and sends me emails.  Your thoughts and comments encourage me and teach me.  Thank you.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention – the next book in the BSBP series (a short, simple Bible study for the Gospel of John) has been published.  The Gospel of John is a wonderful, wonderful book about a wonderful, wonderful God.

The link for this latest Bible Study and one for my Author page on Amazon are as follows:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gospel-John-Bible-Study-BSBP/dp/1500299707/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404749765&sr=8-1&keywords=bsbp+john - Gospel of John BSBP

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006BY4H2G - Margaret Weston Author page

Good Friday 2014

Good Friday 2014!  And the invitation from God is the same one today as it is every day – and it has been the same every day for over 2000 years.  But one day this invitation will be withdrawn, so we should accept it today while it is still available.   ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…..’ Acts 16:31

 

 

Come, see a man

‘Come, see a man who told me all things I had ever done:’  John 4:28

This woman had a personal meeting with Jesus and her heart and life were transformed.  He then worked through her so that others could meet Him and also be changed.  If we have a personal meeting with Jesus then our hearts and our lives are transformed.  Sometimes the change is dramatic and immediate – like Saul of Tarsus – sometimes the transformation takes longer but there will always be a change in us when we have met with Jesus.  This woman left her water pot and hurried off into the village to tell people about Jesus.  She found she could hardly find the words so she had to say to them – come and see, come and meet Him for yourself and see for yourself what I am talking about.  Do you know Jesus?  If you do you will be able to understand this woman – it’s hard to find words to tell people just how wonderful He is.

I believe that the key to lives being transformed is always a personal meeting with Jesus.  Someone somewhere has a personal meeting with Jesus and their own life is changed.  They then want to follow Jesus and he is able to work through them to bring others to meet him.

I believe that to meet with Jesus personally for ourselves is absolutely vital.  Have you had a personal meeting with Him?  When He met with this woman, He disclosed something about Himself to her – just as He will to you and to me.  The woman had heard about Him.  It seems she knew the Old Testament – she knew the Messiah was coming – and you can understand her wonder, her disbelief almost.  This One that God had been pointing to throughout the whole of history – was here meeting with her!  A woman with a history of sin.  Here was the Messiah?  Meeting with her and speaking with her?

In Exodus we read that the Israelites said to Moses, you speak with God and tell us what he says – we don’t want Him to speak to us Himself or we will be consumed.  But here was the Messiah, God Himself come to earth in human form, prepared to stop and talk with this woman.  You can feel her amazement as you read the chapter.  Could this really be the Messiah?  But Jesus said to her – I who speak with you am He!  What?  The Maker of the universe, Creator God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last – prepared to stop and speak with a woman – and one who was tainted by sin? This was so wonderful and so extraordinary for her that she just had to tell someone!

So after meeting with Him the woman went off to tell others about Him and many of them believed on Him because of what she said.  But they couldn’t really get to know Him by listening to her.  They needed to come and meet Him for themselves.  And so they came and met with Him and then they too could understand who this really was – ‘we know that he really is the Saviour of the world’.  And likewise each of us needs to meet Him for ourselves to understand who He really is.  To have the wonder and the amazement of this woman as it dawns on us who He really is.  God Himself come down in human form, because of His love for you and for me and for this woman.  The Saviour of the world.  The One who was prepared to die for you and for me and for this woman, and shed his precious blood so that this woman’s sin, and your sin and mine could be put away from the sight of God for ever.  The One who died and was buried and then rose again and who is alive today and still transforming the hearts and lives of each one who meets with Him.

But maybe you met with Jesus 20 years ago, or 10 years ago and asked Him into your life.  Now that’s great but I want to ask you – what about today?  Have you met with Him today?  Because you know I believe that it is not just at that first meeting with Jesus that He transforms our hearts and lives, but He goes on doing that each time we meet with Him.  So do you, do I, make sure that we have a personal meeting with Jesus each day every day – just the two of us – so that He can continue His transformation of our own lives, and then work through us to reach others, so that they too have the opportunity to meet Him and experience their lives being transformed too.

 

Jonah

‘The word of the Lord came to Jonah …………………………….but Jonah ran away.’             Jonah 1:1-3

Someone sent me the link below which is the story of Jonah told by a young girl.  I thought it was wonderful so I am sharing it on my blog.  It was very appropriate that it landed in my inbox exactly when it did, because I was feeling just like Jonah!

Do you ever feel like Jonah?  You believe you have a message in your heart from God but you don’t want to give it?  But if we keep it to ourselves then it means others will not be blessed!  So however we feel we must take courage because sometimes other people’s destinies depend on it!  So take the opportunity to speak about Jesus and tell someone all that He has done for you.  You will feel His presence right there with you and He may even use something you have said to bring someone to Himself.  What an honour and what a privilege – but you will miss this blessing if you run away!  Here’s the link to the story of Jonah I referred to above and sorry this blog is late but my server was down last evening so I couldn’t post this!

Jesus – the Way and the Truth and the Life

‘Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’  John 14:6

I heard a wonderful message yesterday in a church inSan Juan- a reminder that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  If we believe this, it would solve every problem in our lives.  He is the way – the way out of all our problems, the way into joy and love, the way we are able to have a purpose in our lives and best of all the way to be delivered from all our sin.  He is the truth – when men and women today speak of truth as if it is a variable, we know the Truth in Jesus.  Unchanging and unchangeable.  A truth which we can hold onto, irrespective of all that is going on around us.  The truth that if we ‘believe on the Lord Jesus’ we WILL be saved.  Beautiful, amazing and incomprehensible it may be – but truth nevertheless.  And He is the life.  Real life, everlasting life, abundant life – not the poor temporary life in this world spoiled by sin, but real life in the presence of One who loves us beyond anything we can comprehend.  One who loves us, not just during our time here, but who will love us through all eternity!  Praise the Lord!

A break from blogging!

Thank you for all the comments/messages I have received about ‘How do I know God answers prayer?’    Having just published this book I am now taking a break from blogging until September.  So, if you do comment on this blog or message me you may not receive a reply until September.

I have been very encouraged by all your messages and it is wonderful to relearn that God is over every detail of our lives.  Often when I have been feeling discouraged recently, suddenly a lovely message pops into my inbox or onto this blog.  Yes, God is over every detail of our lives and on this note I leave you with a final thought from 1 Samuel 9.  God was over every detail in that chapter, as He is in our own lives and we can always expect the unexpected when He is at work.  In 1 Samuel 9 we see that Saul went out to look for donkeys – and returned home anointed as a king!

I hope you all have a great summer and God bless you.

How do I know God answers prayer?

How do I know God answers prayer?  A question we should all be able to answer!  This is the third book in the ‘How do I know?’ series and it has now been published in both printed and electronic formats.

Why isn’t God answering my prayer?  This is a question we all ask at some time in our lives.  What’s the point of praying?  If God knows what is going to happen then why pray?  And if he knows everything then he knows what I am going to pray before I pray it!  Why when we pray for healing are some people healed and not others?  How should I pray?  When should I pray?  What should I pray?  These and many other questions arise in our lives and the root question behind them all is – How do I know God answers prayer?

This book continues the conversation between the same two people we met in the first and second books of the ‘How do I know?’ series.  It follows ‘How do I know I know God?’ and ‘How do I know what God wants me to do?’

So if you have questions about prayer or if you feel that sometimes God does not answer your prayers, then this book is for you!

The book will be available for sale on all Amazon sites from next week and in many bookstores from July onwards.  All profit goes to Tearfund.

I hope you enjoy this book!  Thanks for your interest and, if you buy the book, then thanks for supporting Tearfund.

Without me you can do nothing

‘Without me you can do nothing’ – John 15:5

What freedom and peace we would find if we understood this!  What restfulness and joy we would experience.  ‘Without me you can do nothing.’  Or, ‘apart from me you can do nothing.’ (NIV)

Jesus said in this verse, ‘I am the vine.  You are the branches.’   If a branch is not connected to the vine, it dies.  A branch has no responsibility except to stay connected to the vine. If we made this our first – indeed our only – priority then nothing else would matter.  If the branch stays connected to the vine then everything else that happens is a consequence of that.  The branch stays healthy, the branch bears fruit.  It all happens naturally because it is connected to the vine.

Oh to be so rooted in Jesus that everything I do flows out from that!  No more plans and ideas of my own – just constantly connected to Him.  No more worries or fears or anxious striving – just restfully connected to the vine.  He is in charge and He will ensure that everything happens just as it should!  I need only to concentrate on staying connected to Him.