Monday, October 24, 2016

The dawn of a new day

Here I am in Northern Ireland. It's Monday. I got up, eventually, at 0430. Left the house at 0445. In case your wondering I showered and shaved yesterday! Once a week is enough - I thought that was the new norm in these days of reduced carbon footprints! I arrived at Liverpool John Lennon Airport after dropping off my car for secure parking at 0520.

I had the time so I settled down to eat a bacon and cheese croissant and a coffee. Getting my priorities right as always!

The flight left early but the lady across the isle from me was in a bit of a panic. She had left her phone, in a bright green case, in the security area and just realised her predicament as we pulled away from the stand. She was phoning on her daughter's phone but seemed to eventually find a solution.

The flight was uneventful. There was the quiet hum of chatter and the steady rise and fall of sleepy breathing as we headed out across the Irish Sea. We were soon passing the Isle of Man in the stillness of the morning finally commencing our descent over Lough Neagh into Belfast International.

We arrived on time, just after dawn had cast its glorious light across the landscape. What beauty to see the gradual departure of darkness and to welcome the light of a new day. This got me thinking about a new day and it's dawning.

We just take it for granted that we will see each new day. When a person has been ill or has come face to face with death they tend to value each day and to be extremely grateful for it. The good book, the Bible, states 'boast not yourself of tomorrow for you know not what a day will bring forth,' Proverbs 27.1.

The freshness of each new day is a privledge that many of us enjoy. However many people dread the dawn of a new day. When you are staring illness in the face and wondering if you'll make it through another day the start of the day can be quite daunting. Having said that the darkness of night can be like an eternity going on for ever and the dawn of the day can be a welcome relief. How do you get through the day when you are in these circumstances? I am convinced that we are designed to need God in our lives not as an external crutch but as an essential vibrant part of our lives. Men, like Paul, in the scriptures faced death on a daily basis. Sometimes through persecution and on other occasions because of the dangers of travel. Paul admitted that he could only carry on in God's strength. Verses such as 'your strength (God's) is made perfect in weakness' or 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'.

What Paul experienced only works if you a believer in Jesus Christ. If you have never had a conversion experience then you are not a true believer. To use biblical language you need to be saved, converted or born again. This happens when you admit and confess your sin (to God, not to a priest) and ask Jesus Christ (by praying to Him) to save you.

The scripture says the following:

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 'For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures'

Acts 13:38-39 'Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses'

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- Posted from Seek the Truth Bible Media

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