Faith on Fire – Week 7
Wow we’re on Week 7 of our Faith on Fire series already!
Time can seem to fly by on occasions and this may feel especially true for those of you with children who have just left Nursery, Primary School or even Secondary School or College this week!
I know I’m usually one to be fighting back the tears and wondering where all the years go etc during these often emotional transitional times, but it must have been even more tough for some of you and your families this year if the goodbyes have been sudden, unplanned or just not quite how you would have hoped. But I trust and pray for a smooth transition into the summer break and into the ‘next chapter’ for you and your children after what has been a challenging time for many.
And we know that’s why it’s good to spend time in the Word to help keep our eyes fixed on Jesus so here’s a reminder of this week’s verse:
“Therefore in the present case I advise you: leave these men alone! Let them go! For of their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38-39
Helen did a great job on her Facebook Live session over on the Mummy Meditations Facebook Group this week and shared about how this particular verse is a key one for her. She told us about how Gamaliel was one of the most famous Jewish teachers of his time and he was consulted for his advice because of his knowledge and that he probably would have been someone of significant influence. Helen explained how this verse demonstrates that he must have seen something different in the disciples and the way they lived their lives. She also highlighted how significant this verse is, in affirming that if something is of God nothing can stop it, evidenced by the Gospel message still going strong today over 2000 years later!
Helen described the beautiful and amazing thing where scripture and our experience can just seem to come together in a particularly powerful way to help strengthen our faith, where we know and can say that “This is true!”.
So often these verses and experiences are so powerful because they are just so personal and significant to us and that these moments, these key memorable times in our lives where we really hear or feel that God is speaking so clearly to us through His word, are also sometimes difficult to fully explain or describe to others. Which may be why it’s harder to share these things online but it doesn’t make their significance any less and testimony is so encouraging. So it was really good to hear what Helen shared with us on her Facebook Live, so thank you Helen!
That’s one of the many things I love about God, He’s such a personal and loving God, so intricately interested and involved in every area of our lives, especially if we invite Him in to those places through prayer and being open to all that He wants to do both in and through us.
I usually try to journal and write down these key scriptures and ‘faith anchoring’ moments but sometimes I forget or have gone through periods where I haven’t which is a shame, as I find that whenever I have, it’s something great to come back to and be able to re-read and re-visit these key verses.
So it’s been a helpful reminder to take time to reflect and if journaling is something that you are interested in too then Rachel has a Bible Journaling Group that you can join for some more inspiration, ideas and encouragement with your journaling.
So maybe you could take some time today or sometime soon, to think back and to reflect on the times in your life where you have experienced such moments and revisit some of those verses. But if you are reading this thinking that you haven’t really got any particular verses or haven’t ever really felt you have had any specifically memorable moments like this or you are finding that you are going through a difficult time and struggling at the moment with times of confusion or doubt then my prayer is that over these summer months, you will experience those times of encountering His love, peace, comfort, presence, reassurance and encouragement in a new, personal and significant way.
May we all be encouraged when we reflect on this verse knowing that His purposes never fail and He is with us and for us as we enter into this new season and new way of life as we start to navigate out of lockdown and into all the new things and new opportunities that He has for us and our families this summer and beyond.
We move on to chapter six of Acts next week, and looking at how the disciples handle their ministry as it grows and expands. This is our meditation verse:
“Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:3-4
Rachel will be back hosting the Facebook live discussion over in the group at 8pm on Monday night, so do come and join her to start off the week!