Saturday, November 25, 2023, 12:02 pm | No Comments »

In the busyness of life, it's easy to get caught up in the surrounding demands and challenges.

Taking a moment to express gratefulness to God can transform our perspective and bring a sense of peace and joy.

In this post, we explore nine great reasons to give thanks to God, acknowledging the blessings that often go unnoticed.

1. The Gift of Life

With every breath bringing the miracle of existence, we find a reason to be thankful. Being alive is a miracle of life. Even with its complexities and wonders, life is a gift from God where He invites us to marvel at the beauty of creation and existence.

 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25)

2. God's Everlasting Love

God's love is unwavering, unconditional, and boundless. Reflecting on this divine love, which surpasses human understanding, fills our hearts with gratitude for the constant source of comfort and assurance it provides.

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you (Jer 31:3)

3. The Gift of Salvation and Eternal Life

The ultimate expression of God's love to us is the gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation (Isaiah 12:2)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him (John 3:16-17)

Reflecting on this allows us to give thanks and rejoice in God for the forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life found in Christ.

4. God's Faithful Provision

From the roofs over our heads to food on our tables, God's provision is evident in our everyday life. Giving thanks because of God’s faithful sustenance reminds us of His reliability and daily care for us.  

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19)

5. God's Guidance

Life's challenges may be inevitable, but so is the guidance of God. Expressing gratitude for His wisdom and direction for life seasons reinforces our trust in His plan and reaffirms that we are never alone.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you (Psalms 32:8)

6. Healing and Restoration

Whether we are healed physically, emotionally, or spiritually, God's healing and transformative power is a reason to give thanks.

Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases…(Psalms 103:3)

who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed ( 1 Peter 2:24)

By doing so, we acknowledge His ability to bring wholeness, restoration, and miraculous transformations into our lives.

7. The Blessing of Relationships

God designed us for relationships, and the love we share with family and friends is a testament to His goodness. Expressing gratitude for the people in our lives fosters a sense of community and appreciation for the bonds that enrich our journey.

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God... (Ephesians 2:19)

8. The Splendor of Creation

Taking time to appreciate the beauty of creation—whether in a sunrise, sunset, a blooming flower, or stars, sea creatures, the birds of the air, wildlife, and more—invites us to give thanks for the breathtaking masterpiece that is God's creation.

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created (Rev 4:11)

9. Hope for the Present and the Future

As we traverse through life, our hope rests in the never-failing promises of God.

Expressing gratitude for God’s faithfulness in the past strengthens our confidence that He holds our tomorrows, enabling us to face the future with gratitude, praise, and assurance.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer 29:11)

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Saturday, November 18, 2023, 03:06 am | No Comments »

The Word of God contains numerous teachings emphasizing the importance of giving.

This post delves into five powerful reasons illustrated by the Bible why giving is not just a moral obligation but also a spiritual discipline that mirrors God's heart and releases profound blessings.

1. Reflects the Character of God

Giving is more than a transaction; it’s a reflection of God’s generous and selfless nature.

God was the first to give us a super special gift—His Son, Jesus, so that we can be saved from sin. When we give to others, we're emulating God’s character—we are being like God our Father.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)

Just as God freely gave the gift of salvation, believers are encouraged to demonstrate big-heartedness.

Whether we give through acts of kindness, financial contributions, or the giving of our time and talents, it all fosters a spirit of selflessness, replicating the character of God. 

2. Obedience to God

In the Old Testament, God commanded Israelites through Moses to give a tenth of what they owned in support of the priests. In the New Testament, Jesus teaches us to give generously in proportion to how we would like God to be generous toward us.

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. With the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6:38)

Giving is a way to show obedience to God because we follow His commandments to love and care for others.

3. Blessings and Abundance 

The Bible teaches that when we give, we receive blessings in return, highlighting the principle of sowing and reaping.

What you give returns to you.

One person gives freely yet gains even more; another withholds unduly but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed (Proverbs 11:24-25)

The law of sowing and reaping is an iterative aspect of the Bible. When we give generously, be it time, love, or material possessions, we are promised spiritual blessings and practical prosperity.

And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35)

This principle encourages us to view giving as an investment in God's kingdom, trusting that God will multiply our acts of generosity in various aspects of their lives

4. Support for the Needy

Giving is a means to support and care for the less fortunate. The Bible constantly emphasizes the importance of caring for the poor and needy.

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He (God) will pay back what he gives (Proverbs 19:17)

By giving to the needy, believers also participate in God's redeeming work on Earth, as stated in Matthew 25:40, where Jesus says,

"Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Acts of kindness and generosity toward the less fortunate are seen as a direct expression of God’s love.

5. Heavenly Treasures

The Word of God encourages believers to store treasures in heaven through acts of generosity.

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:20)

While earthly possessions may be temporary, the impact of generous giving extends into eternity. Believers align themselves with God's eternal purposes by prioritizing heavenly treasures over worldly possessions.

Giving is a practical means of supporting others and a spiritual discipline that aligns us with God's character and His plan for abundance and blessings in our lives. Let us not grow weary in giving.

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Monday, November 13, 2023, 05:13 am | No Comments »

God's love for us is boundless, unwavering, unending, and unconditional. But life is often marked by conditions and expectations, which make it challenging to grasp the concept of God's unconditional love.

As believers, God’s unconditional love is a fundamental and profound truth we must understand in our faith journey.

Let's delve into the scriptures to explore the depth of God's unconditional love and see how understanding it can transform our lives.

The Nature of God's Love

The Bible vividly depicts God's love as pure, selfless, and all-encompassing.

One of the most renowned verses capturing this essence is found in 1 John 4:16:

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

This verse captures the very essence of God's character, accentuating that love is not just something God does; it is who He is.

God's Love Endures Forever

This timeless truth reminds us that God's love is not subject to the passing of time or the fluctuating circumstances of life. The love of God is an enduring constant and provides comfort and security during life's challenges and uncertainties.

Psalm 136:1 declares,

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever."

Understanding that God's love is steadfast enables us to navigate challenges with unwavering faith, knowing we are held securely in His eternal embrace.

Loving One Another

In recognizing God's unconditional love, we are called to respond to God’s love by reflecting it in our relationships with others. Our response to the love of God involves loving others. 

In John 13:34-35, Jesus instructs us,

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

By loving others, we become living testimonies of the transformative power of God's unconditional love.

Unconditional Love Even in Our Brokenness

Often, we find it challenging to accept ourselves in our brokenness and imperfections. However, God's love transcends our flaws, and His grace is more significant than our shortcomings.

The Bible beautifully expresses this truth in Romans 5:8,

“But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

This verse above emphasizes that God's love depends not on our perfection but on His redeeming grace, offered freely through Jesus Christ.

Trusting in God's Plan

The journey of understanding God's unconditional love is transformative. It reshapes our self-perception, empowers us to love others sacrificially, and instils a deep trust in God's unwavering plan even when situations seem unclear.

We are assured that, no matter what we face, God's unconditional love guides us on a path that leads to fulfilment and purpose.

As we study and meditate on the scriptures that affirm God's love, let us embrace the profound truth that God cherishes us beyond measure.

May this understanding anchor us in the unending and unshakeable love of our Heavenly Father, shaping our lives in ways that reflect His infinite and unconditional love.

Looking for a church in Sydney? Join us to learn about God each week by worshipping with the welcoming church family of Westside Bible Chapel – Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact us through our Facebook page. 

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