UCB Word for Today
Live by your convictions (1)
28 MARCH 2020
‘Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself.’ Daniel 1:8 NKJV
The Bible says, ‘Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank.’ This particular food and wine was offered to pagan gods as an act of worship, and for Daniel that was unacceptable. He was being asked to compromise his character, and he wouldn’t do it. Daniel had good reasons if he had chosen to say yes. He was far from home and could do as he pleased. Nobody back home would ever know it. Plus, if he didn’t eat it, he would be insulting the king – not a good career move! Daniel knew God’s Word was clear when it came to idol worship, and God blessed him for it. He ended up being protected, preserved, promoted, and prospered in unthinkable ways. His philosophy was: ‘When God says yes, I say yes. And when God says no, I say no.’ And he had established his convictions before he got to Babylon. Question: have you decided what your core convictions are? Have you spent the good times determining what you will and won’t do during the hard times? If not, you need to. Daniel’s friends probably told him, ‘Nobody will know.’ But his thinking was: ‘God will know, and so will I. I don’t have to live with you, but I’ve got to live with me.’ Your thoughts and ideas must always be open to change and improvement, but your core convictions must be non-negotiable. So, live by your convictions.
Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 25-27, Mark 14:27-52
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If we truly love God, we’ll want to do the things He wants us to do. If we love ourselves more than God, we’ll be concerned about missing out on things and wanting to go our own way.
Our obedience to Him is an expression of our love for Him. And His desire for us to continually do the right thing is an expression of His love for us. It’s not about rules and regulations, it’s about the love and protection of our Father. Dr Bob & Debbie Gass
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ICB Word fo Today
Don’t go there!
25 MARCH 2020
‘Sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.’ James 1:15 NKJV
When God says no to sin, He’s not being demanding – He’s being protective. The Bible explains the dangers and subtleties of sin this way: ‘Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren’ (vv. 14-16 NKJV). Today some folks are advocating the idea of legalising certain drugs, such as marijuana, for recreational use. But the idea has already been tried, and it failed disastrously. In the late 1980s, the Swiss set aside city property in Zurich, where addicts could legally shoot up and where free needles were provided, hoping to slow the spread of AIDS. The area of Platzspitz became known as ‘Needle Park’. So how did the experiment work out? Almost overnight the number of drug users visiting the park soared from 200 to 20,000. Ten thousand ‘consumption events’ occurred per day, as users from all over Switzerland came to get in on the fun. They soon outnumbered the local population. The death rate went through the roof, as health officials sought to resuscitate as many as fifty overdose cases per day. And the crime rate, instead of decreasing, went through the roof too. City officials finally called off the experiment and closed the park. Almost immediately the crime rate dropped to its former levels, and the programme ended in total failure. When God says to you, ‘Don’t go there,’ it’s because He loves you and wants only the best for you. So be wise, listen to Him, and don’t go there!
Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 16-18, Mark 13:1-20
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“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Beloved, have a faithful and blessed week with divine protection ahead in Jesus Name ❤️
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UCB Word for you
Rest day
17 MARCH 2020
‘The seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.’
Exodus 20:10 NIV
Anyone who likes to exercise knows that it’s important to take rest days to let our bodies recover. And the same principle can apply to other parts of our lives too. We need to take rest days in order to recover and refuel. Even God took a rest day. ‘By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work’ (Genesis 2:2 NIV). If we fail to take rest days, we can end up burned out and unable to serve God or even do the normal everyday activities in our lives. When we have a lot to do at work, home, or church, it can be tempting to keep working until it’s all done. But we’ll ultimately work better and be healthier if we take regular rest days. That’s why the Bible says, ‘The seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.’ Rest days also give us an opportunity to reconnect with God. When everything else in our lives quietens down for a while, it’s easier for us to focus on God and listen to His voice. It’s on these days that we can ‘be still and know that [He is] God’ (Psalm 46:10 NCV). Rest days remind us that we’re humans who can’t do everything. They help us to rely on God to provide, rather than relying on our own strength. Sometimes we can feel like resting is inconvenient, but God never intended for it to be a burden for us. Jesus said: ‘The Sabbath day was made to help people; they were not made to be ruled by the Sabbath day’ (Mark 2:27 NCV). God knew we would need rest days, so let’s take them.
What Now?
Take a rest day this week. Use it to reconnect with God and recover physically.
Numbers 32-34, Mark 9:30-50
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May these abide in our lives by the grace of God and May His favour makes us flourish for His glory in Jesus Name. Amen. Have a lovely ❤️worship service and week ahead beloved.
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