Sometimes in the midst of our busy and hectic lives it's easy to forget that God wants us to be like Jesus. Trying to be like Jesus is too much for us to do by ourselves, we need the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us into Christlike people.
To change how we live we must change how we think. The way we think determines the way we feel and the way we feel influences the way we act.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Philippians 4:8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Psalm 100 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures for ever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
I hope like me you are enjoying our present series on Ephesians. God graciously blesses us week after week with wonderful Bible teaching.
Last Sunday we were told that Paul in his letter to the Ephesians was laying out an outline of prayer, thinking beyond their situation, in praying that the Holy Spirit would come alongside these believers with wisdom and revelation that they might know God better.
If there is one thing we all need, it is to know God better.
If there is one thing we need to do for one another, it is to pray that we know God better.
Our verse for this year is Ephesians 5 v 1-2:
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrent offering and sacrifice to God."
As young children copy their parents we are being told to copy God and live loving lives. Perhaps the key to living a life of love is to continually remind ourselves that we are God's dearly loved children. The more we think about God's love, grace and mercy to us, the more likely we are to offer love, grace and mercy to others.
Our example, of course, is Jesus. The more we think about His love for us, the things he said and did, the more likely we are to begin to imitate God.
This year's Christmas dinner went really well and I was wondering what had made the difference, and then I remembered the Christmas pudding.
Normally I would boil the Christmas pudding, leaving it simmering on the hob for about two hours. This left three hobs for the potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, peas, sweetcorn and the bread sauce, all of which were needed before the pudding. The pudding also produces a lot of steam, misting the kitchen up and it needs constant checking in case the water boils away.
The simmering Christmas pudding was generating stress in the kitchen.
This was solved by cooking it in the microwave oven for seven minutes after we had finished dinner.
We need to keep an eye out for anything that could be simmering away in the background of our lives; we may just need to ask God to help us do things in a different way.
Jeremiah 33 v 3 says "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
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