40acts Day 26

This morning’s reading – Hebrews 10.19-25

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

My prayer this morning was one of thanksgiving for all who have volunteered in response to the NHS appeal. So encouraging to see there were far more than their hopes. God often exceeds our hopes. I prayed for Christians everywhere to hold fast to their faith and I remembered how in years of difficulty I held on tenuously to faith in God. Not so much standing firm on the rock but hanging on by my fingernails whilst the storms of life threatened to overwhelm me. God is faithful and just and he will not let us be tested beyond what we can bear, but when we are tested he will show us the way that we can stand up in it. The first bible verse I purposely committed to memory.

I have not always had that faith. I had gone to Sunday school as a child and drifted away as a teenager. By the time I married and had children I did not believe in God but I still had the babies Christened and when the older one was 5 took her to Sunday school and I also attended church with the younger one so she could go in the creche. I also took her to the mid-week toddler church (like Little Angels). We had a time of singing songs and a bible story and I remember watching the other mums and realizing they had something I didn’t. They meant it when they sang the songs like Sing Hosanna – give me joy in my heart. They had a sense of peace and real joy. My faith gradually returned and I came to know that what they had, I also had – the peace and joy that comes from knowing God is with you, whatever you are going through.

I smiled when I read the “do not neglect to meet together” as that is the one thing we are being prevented from doing. And in an interesting twist to the tale, as it were, more people than ever ARE engaging in worship together as they are physically apart, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. People have been joining me online who would not be in church on a Sunday morning. Praise God! I encourage them to continue, and pray that their faith will deepen and develop through this current crisis.

I have had a busy day and not much to show for it. This morning I did some work on Sunday’s sermon and have made various phone calls to see how people are. A walk this afternoon by the river Dove with my husband was lovely and I really do appreciate living in this countryside. I decided to do night prayer on Facebook this evening after the Prime Minister’s update.

As for the 40acts for today:

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Have you ever thought that your life may be the only Bible someone reads? Telling your testimony could kick-start someone’s own journey into faith or encourage them to keep going when they’re struggling. This may be a time when more people than usual are open to talking about faith, so be intentional in your conversations and see what opportunities open up.

Green: To build your confidence, start by sharing testimonies with a Christian friend. Don’t be afraid to practice. You’ll soon get better at it.

Amber: Pray for opportunities to mention how God has answered your prayers with those you are contacting today. Afterwards, offer to pray for them too.

Red: Listen out for cues in your conversations that could lead into sharing how you came to faith. Watch their reactions, and gauge your message accordingly. Know when you’ve said enough or could carry on with more.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16 NIV)

I didn’t actually have the opportunity to speak to anyone today who is not already a Christian, so I gave the very short version you see earlier on in this blog in the Night Prayer on Facebook.

2 Comments

  1. Hi.
    Am going to catch up on blogging and reading blog posts today.

    The passage from Hebrew is one of my favourites, what version are you quoting?

    Blessings from my house to your house.

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