He has never left you!

Today is the last day of 2021 and sees me taking a break from writing a daily devotional that I have done for 15 years. I am actually going to come off social media for 40 days in order to refocus my mind on Him. These blogs are my own morning devotions. They are not theologically proven with cross-references and commentary to back up any argument. I have never intended for it to be anything other than me sending out what I have written in my own devotion. I know that others are far more capable to write on issues that I simply touch on. But I love the Bible and my prayer is to try and bring application to our everyday life. I hope it helps to do that. Thank you for using these notes in your own devotions, for some every day and for others dipping into them as and when it is appropriate. This last year has been remarkable in that readers from 101 nations have engaged with the devotions with 13,274 different individuals. So it is particularly difficult for me to stop now. However, I believe the Lord is calling me for some private time for 40 days. I would appreciate your prayers! I will write again on the morning of 10th February.

Therefore it seems that today I kept writing and have written a far longer devotion than usual. See it as 40 days-worth!

So on this final morning of 2021 I write the final words of Matthew’s gospel: “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28 v 20) 

How did these words impact not only those first disciples but those hearing the gospel of Matthew for the first time? In AD64 Rome had a huge fire break out that lasted nearly a week and burned three quarters of the city. The people blamed the Emperor Nero for the fire and he in turn blamed the Christians. The Romans rounded them all up and in a savage and brutal way killed them. Can you imagine how these words of the gospel would encourage the believers? And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He was still with us by the middle of the 2nd century as the Mission had begun to die through the Church focusing on itself with new hierarchical titles replacing the five-fold offices. God raised up a renewal movement as He would do throughout the coming ages. The Montanists were the present day Pentecostals with belief in spiritual gifts, holiness and the pursuit of Christ’s return. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He was still with us by the 5th century when He empowered a Scottish man called Patrick, an evangelist in Ireland. Familiar with the Irish clan system he had a gospel strategy: convert the person of influence first, the chiefs first, who would then influence their clans. He found that God was with him and Ireland soon became known as one of Europe’s Christian centres. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

He was still with us by the 6th century when 2 major crises hit the world. Firstly a volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, Indonesia in AD535 resulting in economies across the world crashing as harvests failed, famine and plague struck. God raised up ordinary Christians like the Celts, the Berbers of North Africa, those on the fringe of the Church responded to the crises, learnt new languages and cultures and successfully took the gospel with actions to desperate people. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

He was still with us by the 10th century in the midst of terrible crusades not just in Palestine but in Europe. Most of the Scandinavian countries were Christianised by political manipulation but mainly by threat of punishment or death. God anointed two particular men with a missionary calling and apostolic gifting that changed the world yet was strongly opposed by much of the established Church. Cyril and Methodius, missionaries to the Ukraine introduced the Slavanic language to worship to make it available to the ordinary man. They translated the Bible into the common language, and invented a Slavanic alphabet based on Greek characters which is still in use in a number of Slavic languages today. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He was still with us by the 14th century despite the Black Death plague which would kill 75 million people and the Pope declaring a Papal Bull, meaning that he is the supreme authority in the church and that salvation happens only through submission to him. For God once again raised up another and John Wycliffe was born who would go on to translate the Bible into English. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He was still with us by the 18th and 19th century which saw a new move of God that came out of prayer. The praying of David Brainerd, the passion of Jonathan Edwards for ‘concerts of prayer’ and the 100 year chain of prayer of the Morovians changed the church into a renewal, awakened modern mission movement. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He was still with us by the 20th century powerfully moving through the 1904 Welsh Revival which then contributed to bigger revivals in India, US, Korea, South Africa, China and Indonesia. Despite there being more Christian martyrs than at any other time in history (almost 50 million: 65% of all Christian martyrs in the previous 2,000 years) it was said ‘And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.

He was still with us in 2020 with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic which took lives, devastated so many families and left the church needing to readjust drastically all over again so that the mission could continue. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

The point is: He never left us.

I don’t know who you are nor what has gone on in your life but I do know He is here with you.

If you once walked in the promises of God but now wallow in self-pity, bitterness and hurt – YOU CAN RISE AGAIN. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

If you have long since given up the fight, your armour and weapons of war are stored up with dust, your youthful passion for souls and your energy to give up all for one soul to find Jesus is now a faint dream, hear this wake-up call – YOU CAN RISE AGAIN. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

If you couldn’t hold on any longer, something had to give and you gave away your destiny; you broke up your potential, you ruined your desires and were ruined by new ones. You can regain your footing, it’s time to walk – YOU CAN RISE AGAIN. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

If you came under a stronghold that so gripped your life it paralysed you. Maybe an area of your life is now not functioning like it used to, you feel a lesser man, as a woman you feel your beauty has been taken, you are tarnished and you are stained with an impurity. YOU CAN RISE AGAIN. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

If you think it’s all over: your faith is dead, your anointing is dead, that relationship is dead and you cannot pretend anymore. The Master is touching you even now as you read this and is calling you to get up for YOU CAN RISE AGAIN. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

A young boy misbehaved on his football team.  He wasted his time, the team’s time and the manager’s time. He just did not try. He was lazy and he didn’t care. His heart was never in it. He liked to hear the cheers but he didn’t like to run around. He liked to wear the football shirt but didn’t like to practice. One day the team was training and the manager came and said, “hey there’s a phone call for you.” The boy went to answer the phone, the message was “Your father is dead, come home immediately.” The manager filled with compassion said “Take as much time as you want.” But to be truthful he didn’t care if he took the whole year off.

Saturday came, the teams ran on to the pitch. The same time-waster of a boy came charging into the manager’s dugout, “Can I play? I want to play.”

“No, this is an important game. We need every committed player, you’re not one of them.” Half time came and the manager’s team were losing and into the second half it got worse.

“Let me play, please let me play.” With 30 minutes to play and 3-0 down the manager thought, well, it can’t do any more harm and he let him play.

As soon as the boy got onto the pitch the team exploded. He ran for everything, tackled, headed, passed and eventually the team caught up to 3-3. In the dying seconds the ball lands at his feet and he shoots and he scores. The crowd leap up and down. Now this boy is every ones hero. After the crowds went home, the manager asked just what had happened to him.

“Boss, you know my dad died last week? Well my dad was blind. But today was the first day he ever saw me play!”

God is not dead nor is he blind. He is alive and watching you. When you know this truly, it can make all the difference. Get up. Get back in the game. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

He never left us. He is still here. He is with you today as you end your year and begin a new one.

See you soon.

What will you do?

The mark of any disciple is obedience.

“…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28 v 20)

Jesus was an obedient Son.
In the wilderness he had to choose obedience and again in the garden of Gethsemane. The writer of Hebrews says he offered up prayers and that he learned obedience.
For us to be in the image of Christ, we need to know we are not first but second. We are not leading everything but following. We are not in charge but conforming ourselves to Him and not to our rights. We live in a society which looks so nice in that everyone is free to be whoever they want to be. But this is not true as a disciple of Jesus.

Hear through opening your eyes, slowing your life down, in prayer, meditation of the Bible, listening to others. Be taught.

Obey through change, through the difficult day of testing, it may not be the devil attacking you, it may just be the testing and perfecting of your obedience by God. So don’t run ahead thinking that hearing and obeying doesn’t apply and it is too slow a process for you. Neither become embittered by your life.

What will you do?

What does it mean to be baptised into the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit gives gifts, powerful gifts. Some are referred as charismata (natural gifts) and some as pneumatic gifts (spiritual gifts) found in 1 Corinthians 12.

Some have sadly tried to answer the question by focusing on the gifts as evidence of this baptism. Sad because it completely misses the point. This is not a badge to wear. This is a person to be identified with.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28 v 19)

The Bible clearly reveals the Holy Spirit as a person, describing the Spirit’s personal characteristics, involvement in personal actions and His personal relationships.

He is called, ‘another Counsellor’, who’s the first? Jesus. The Holy Spirit is a person not a power. He lives with you and in you. He is a teacher and a witness in his own right. He has intelligence. He has love and affection. He can be grieved. He has emotions. He can be lied to. He prays and intercedes for us. He speaks. He gives commands. He works miracles. The Holy Spirit is not some reality less than God or other than God, He is God. The Bible says the Father begets the Son and the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. In their operation it is the Father who sends and then operates through the Son and the Father and Son together who send and operate through the Spirit. There is no conviction, regeneration, sanctification, gifts and power without the Holy Spirit.

Early in the life of the Church the apostles in Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had come to follow Jesus. So they sent Peter and John to investigate.

Peter and the Apostles found themselves in trouble and he is defending themselves before the religious leaders by telling them of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus:  Acts 5:32 “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Peter was announcing that they themselves saw the death of Jesus, they were there to see his resurrection and they were even there for his ascension. They saw it all and they were verifying that Jesus was indeed Prince and Saviour of the world.
But someone else was also a witness! Peter died but the Holy Spirit has not passed away! He is alive today in our lives, in our generation, right across the globe. The same Holy Spirit who Peter says is a witness is today in our lives witnessing to us in every doubt, situation and circumstance that Jesus is our Prince and Saviour. In turn we with confidence continue to witness to the world. How do we know what we know? How can we speak so confidently that it would seem like we were witnesses of the events of Christianity? It is the partnership of the Holy Spirit who continually speaks to us and through us.
When everything was barren, life-less and dark the Holy Spirit was hovering and the greatest creative, explosive, divinely empowered act took place, the creation of the world. When the presence of the Most High, the Creator of all and the life-giving Spirit who reaches across His world and beyond overshadows you, miracles happen. Nothing we can do makes it happen except to welcome The Holy Spirit. “Hover over me, overshadow me, come down on me and cloak me in you” That is the prayer and that is the answer!

The Holy Spirit reveals a NOW God. We are not stuck in the past worshipping some historical God in an historical event. He is here. Now. The Holy Spirit reveals a TRANSFORMING God. You may have walked far from God. You may have failed but return to Him and let God change you. The Holy Spirit reveals a GOOD NEWS God. He is on mission in His world. A mission with a message of good news.

In 2022 I see a year where people of all ages are baptised and saturated into the Spirit of God. I see a passion for God possessing them with an intensity of a fire as they burn and shine for Jesus. I see a spirit of cold obedience kindled with an eager devotion. I see a holy passion for righteousness and a consuming enthusiasm for the salvation of the lost.

I see this:

“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

What does it mean to be baptised into the Son?

Maria Skobtsova began her early life as an atheist then a catholic and then by a fresh look at the humanity of Christ became a Christian. Her and her father helped many Jews escape the Nazi occupation. On Easter Sunday 1945 at the Ravensbruck concentration camp she took the place of a Jewish woman who was going to the gas chamber only one day before the Red Cross liberated the camp. She spoke these words as she went, “Lord, I am your messenger. Throw me like a blazing torch into the night.” Maria looked like Jesus.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28 v 19)

Christ came to die. In His death we see the glory of God.

It is what happened to the apostles.

The church wants to live, God wants the church to die. To die is to look like Jesus.

Richard Wurmbrand: 14 years in a communist Romanian prison “A man really believes not what he recites in a creed, but only the things he is ready to die for.” Richard looked like Jesus.

Come to Jesus and he will fix all your problems is lightweight.

We follow a cause, a purpose which needs devotion, focused and disciplined Christians.

Those baptised into the Son understand this.

They have surrendered. They have died so they no longer live but Christ lives in them. They look like Jesus.

What does it mean to be baptised into the Father?

When I think about the complexity of the Trinity, the three-in-one God, my mind cannot understand, but my heart feels wonder in abundant satisfaction. It is as though my heart, in the midst of its euphoria, is saying to my mind, There are things you cannot understand, and you must learn to live with this. Not only must you learn to live with this, you must learn to enjoy this.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)

This is not a formula for when baptising. Jesus is not saying this is what I want you to say but He is speaking of a changed identity by being baptised as clothes are changed washed in dye.

That’s what Jesus meant.

It is essential that disciples of God know God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God 3 Persons.

It matters not who you are, where you have come from, what you have done, your identity can change so much that you become unrecognisable almost.

Take for example, Moses. A murderer, a man with a speech impediment and probably some attitude problem. A man in the back and beyond of where he should have been. Trained in Egypt, should have risen to stardom but is now looking after sheep, wasting 40 years of his life.

Exodus 3: The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush … and God called to him from within the bush “Moses”.

And so we stand before the Father, Son and Spirit just as Moses stood before God, the angel of the Lord and the fire and we are bewildered, unexplainable, beyond words.

All we can say and all God wants us to say is “Here I am” and in that way we are enticing His identity. Here I am who are you?

“I am who I am” I am everything, all that is needed, in control, overall.

Here I am, on this day, in this time of struggle, a child, young person, mid-life, retired.

Here I am married, divorced, single.

Here I am in this circumstance, catastrophe, confusion, contradictions.

 Here I am in my boredom, brilliance of opportunity, in this bereavement.

Here I am I am not anywhere else, I wish I was, but I’m here.

To hear His words, ‘I am who I am’.

To know Him as Father.

There is so much we can know through Gods Word about the Father but I want to show you 2 things importantly:

He is the Father of creation. Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart or “Create a Genesis week in my life” (Message)

Broken, sinful, failed heart. Here I am, it’s a mess, but you are the Father of all creation and you can speak things into existence, you can shape and form this life, you can create something from nothing. Give Him your chaos.

He can take nothing and create something, He can also take the bad and the ugly and through a process of evolution produce something beautiful and glorious.

He is the Father of Adoption. Romans 8:15 “you received the Spirit of adoption.”

You have an enemy who is trying to get you to believe what he is saying to you. For what you believe you are is what you are and who you think you are is what you do. Why did sin happen? Adam didn’t know who he was, tried to become someone. The accuser said “If you do this then you will be like God.”

He should have said “stupid snake I am already like God. Why try and become what I already am?” But he didn’t and he became what God had not intended.

You are a child of God, belonging to Him, adopted to Him.

God wants you plunged into Him, thrown into a relationship that you can know but whose name is far too mysterious for you.

Your identity soaked into His identity.

A baptism of mystery and meaning.

Of closeness and transcendence.

Baptised into the Father.

Can you imagine water baptism being a common occurrence in Churches across the world?

I feel a nudge to ask these questions: Are you baptised in water as an adult believer? Maybe this next year, 2022, you will start by being baptised? Or maybe you will encourage others to do so?

In baptism we are initiated, crowned, chosen, embraced, washed, adopted, gifted, reborn, ‘killed’, and thereby sent forth and redeemed. We are identified as one of God’s own, then assigned our place and our job within the kingdom of God. Baptism is an act of worship; Baptism is a reminder that we cannot save ourselves; Baptism is an external expression of an internal reality; Baptism publicly announces that we are not ashamed of Christ.

Can you imagine instead of Easter, Pentecost or some other special event where a group are baptised that it is every Sunday? Can you imagine every service holding a baptism for someone who came to Christ that week? Is this too weird to imagine? Is this wrong? Is this beyond our imagination?

The Greek definition of the word baptism is a washing or purification by means of water (from baptismos = to immerse, submerge or dip). Water baptism is the submersion of a Christian believer in water, it is symbolic of the death and resurrection of Jesus and the believer’s death to sin and new life in Jesus. It is symbolic of cleansing and is also a command of Jesus.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28 v 19)

It is a command given to us. Jesus obviously intended baptism.

Can you imagine next year being full of stories of baptisms?

Happy Boxing Day!

Christmas is about the whole world knowing Jesus

Across this whole world of ours billions are saying these 2 words today, ‘Happy Christmas!’

I pray it may be so for you.

Wherever you are right now, in the furthest corner of the world, ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands” and He’s got you!

Jesus instructs his disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28 v 19)

To disciple an ethnos (nations) means to transform the existing culture into a new culture of God’s kingdom. Where do you live? The home? The neighbourhood? Who is round your Christmas table today?

Every tribe has its own language, rules of practice, location and most hate other tribes and outsiders.

Today of all days the fact that Jesus came into this world is the greatest sign that we should also go into our world. Today find some time to commit to doing so from this moment on. That you too can be incarnated into your world. Or maybe Jesus will send you beyond your world into another unknown place to you.

Who is God calling you to reach?

Focus on specific people groups, not just geographic areas, ethnic groups, not political countries. A group that is bound together by a common culture, language, values, socio-economic or ethnic identity. Target un-evangelised and under-evangelised groups where there are no Christian witness present, or no indigenous Christian community within that group of sufficient size to complete the task of evangelising that group without outside assistance. What about the Samaritans? The people you might prefer not to work among but who very much need to know about Jesus; people who may live near you but who are culturally very distinct from you. Give special attention to the hidden people groups who are isolated and hidden from other groups living nearby.

Why?

Because it’s Christmas!

Make disciples.

I met a Pastor this week. She’s not qualified in the sight of authorities, she’s not a Reverend, she’s not been to Bible College but God is using her to build a church and she is doing really well at it! She is passionate, committed and is throwing her whole life into the work of God. She is a joy and a walking lesson for many a Pastor! During the conversation she said that her biggest givers and participants were those who were not Christians yet. Those who were following her had not yet professed Christ. Isn’t that refreshing?! Disciples on the path to their conversion.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28 v 19)

Jesus tells his disciples to GO.

This letter was written by Southern Baptist Missionary to Iraq, Karen Watson, prior to leaving for the Middle East. The letter was dated March 7, 2003. Karen was killed, along with four other missionaries, on March 15, 2004.

Dear Pastor Phil and Pastor Roger:

You should only be opening this letter in the event of my death.

When God calls there are no regrets. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the nations. I wasn’t called to a place. I was called to him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, his glory my reward, his glory my reward.

One of the most important things to remember right now is to preserve the work….I am writing this as if I am still working with my people group.

I thank you all so much for your prayers and support. Surely your reward in heaven will be great. Thank you for investing in my life and spiritual well-being. Keep sending missionaries out. Keep raising up fine young pastors.

In regards to any service, keep it small and simple. Yes, simply, just preach the gospel….Be bold and preach the life-saving, life-changing, forever-eternal gospel. Give glory and honor to our Father.

The Missionary Heart:

Care more than some think is wise.

Risk more than some think is safe.

Dream more than some think is practical.

Expect more than some think is possible.

I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience….There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving him. I love you two and my church family.

In his care,

Salaam, Karen

To make disciples it may cost you your whole life as with Karen or it will cost you the kind of life you could have chosen, like my Pastor friend.

The disciple of Jesus loves to invest, they know what it is to pour out their life, they coach, mentor, demonstrate, ‘do what I do’ to others.

We must carry on where Jesus has left. Let your “do” and your “teach” match together. It is your calling. This is what it is to make disciples.

Think about what happens after you have gone. What have you left behind? Is there anyone going to carry on what you are doing? Is there anyone who is speaking the language of love that you speak? Or does everything die when you die?

There are things in you that need to be revealed. You operate out of these beliefs, values and goals. There is a hidden DNA in you that people only see the benefit of. Reveal what is hidden. What is most important in life? How do you do what you do? Why do you say what you say?

Don’t pass on all that is in you to people who will not do anything with it. Give it to those who will also follow. Give to people who will go further than you and do and say more than you. Build a legacy that reaches far and beyond you would ever possibly achieve on your own.

Look not through the eyes of man. Look at potential. Look for the willing. Look for those who will follow. Find some people. Choose someone.

There will come a day when you will no longer be here, you will have been taken to heaven. Until that day carry on. Until that day do the work. Until that day speak up and speak out. For when that ‘day’ comes then your opportunity will be gone. But your work will carry on.

The disciple makes disciples who make disciples. Are you that disciple? Are you that Pastor or that missionary who both know what it is to lay their life down?

Are you living in a cave when you could be living in a castle?

Their relationship with their mother was estranged. They knew she had come from a wealthy background but it had made no impact on the lives of brothers Geza and Zslot Peladi. They literally lived in a cave near Budapest for many years selling scrap metal to survive.

But then in 2009 everything changed. Charity workers tracked them down and informed the brothers that they had inherited a substantial portion of their late maternal grandmother’s $6.6 billion fortune. And just like that, two destitute brothers, should they want to, could call a castle their home when all they had ever known was a cave.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  (Matthew 28 v 18)

How many of us live like we are in a cave when the castle is our home?

How many of us struggle under the weight of sin even though the Redeemer has paid the price and we are forgiven?

How many of us have minds burdened by the unkindness of others, the social media lies and we have no mental space to meditate on God?

All authority. That is who we are following.

All authority. That is who is inside our lives.

All authority. That is who is on our lips.

He is the Ancient of Days, the Creator, with the Father and nothing was made that has been made without Him.

He was given authority, and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed (Daniel 7)

We cannot contain Him to a time and a place and a nation. We cannot hold on to Him, He is beyond our grasp, we cannot understand all that there is to know about Him, He is beyond our capability to think. He is pre-existent, before Abraham was born, I am!

The Jews saw only the historical manifestation and not the eternal person.

Jesus did not begin 2000 years ago, that was just when the incarnation took place. He had no beginning. He was before beginning. Because of this we can say He has seen it all and He knows it all.

There have been no accidents in your life, neither your birth, nor your death, nor anything in between. He knows the beginning and the end for each one of us.

We can invite Jesus into our existence – but there is a far greater invitation. An invitation for us to live our lives in His pre-existence.

Come out of the cave and move into the castle.

Let us walk in the authority given by God. The heaven sent confidence that we are on earth to do His purposes. We are not controlled by any other force whether by man and their hidden agendas or by the evil one with the attacks of fear and doubt. No one can take this authority it belongs to God. It can be wasted and given away but not robbed.

No one has greater authority than Jesus.

No one can move you. I know who I am because I know who He is and what He wants for me.

No one can shake you. Psalm 62:2 “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.”

No one can take your joy. John 16:22 “no one will take away your joy.”

No one can take you from the Lord. John 10:28 “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

No one has the right over you, they can change your circumstance perhaps, they can attack you, but no one can move you from your freedom to choose Him and to remain in Him. No one.

Your place is the castle not the cave.

His presence is the key to removing the uncertainty in who God is and what God is doing.

Here comes what appears to be a disappointing verse:-

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said … (Matthew 28 v 17-18)

The disappointing word of course is ‘doubted’, it is the English word for distázō.

‘They’ were the Eleven. But who were the ‘some’? This has led to so many views and I am sure many have greater thoughts on this than me today. However, what I know about myself is there are many times when I have been in that same place. I have been on my knees, hands in the air, worshipping the resurrected King.

That has been my position, my stance.

But equally I have had times when I would describe my position as a ‘double-stance’ (and that is what the word means).

I have been shifting between two positions, uncertain and so stuck in the middle.

So here’s the point:-

From a distance some worshipped and some shifted between positions of worship/belief and uncertainty. “Then (and let me add the words ‘and so’) Jesus came to them …”

His coming to them effects them, orientates them, commands them and gives them purpose. That’s what the presence of the Lord does even today.

The Great Commission moved them from the uncertainty of who He was, what He had done, who they were and what they should do now to the significance of living in His resurrection. His move to them would bring authority, the vision and their mission strategy and also the promise of His presence continually.

Some days we find ourselves unable to worship from a distance.

There are many today waking to uncertainty for so many reasons.

Jesus come to them by the power of your Spirit.

Move closer.

Let your presence envelop.

Speak words of purpose and direction.

Amen.