Meditate on the Glory of God

Meditate on the Glory of God 

By Margaret Thomson  

“The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”  Psalm 19:1

This is a true revelation of God’s glory that displays His power, creativity, artistry, mercy, and wisdom, among other things. Meditating regularly on the words and works of God takes us a long way toward being engulfed in His glory. The universe is a revelation of God’s creation.  The verbs “declare” and “proclaim” express the continuous revelation of the heavens. I love looking at the sky and being engulfed by the mass area of creation which reflects God’s glory. This area is forever changing at different times of the day and night. The sun makes different reflections on the clouds through each day. At night, the sky becomes a reflection of the awesome glory of His glorious love. Words can’t described how God displays His presence in creation of the sky!     

 

I am always seeking to understand and delight in the glory of who God is, the character of His holiness and mercy, and His strength seen in His love for the plans and purposes for His people. When I see the work of the Lord in and through my brothers and sisters in Christ, I see a manifestation of His glory. God is a relational being who is seeking to form His beloved ones into a people of God together. Glory to God is expressed beautifully by John in Revelation 21:23 – “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” What a miraculous place heaven will be, illuminated by God’s glory 

 

Margaret Thomson is an avid student and preacher of the word. Her involvement with Elevate has been varied over many years. She also has Cerebral Palsy and a wicked sense of humour.  

I Will Not Be Shaken

I Will Not Be Shaken

By Cherry Lewis 

“Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalms 16: 8 

Have you ever worried because you have failed? done the wrong thing, thought wrongly about someone, omitted to do something, and then regretted it?   

Once you have confessed these things to our Heavenly Father, they are gone from His memory. He doesn’t even remember them, because He delights in setting us free, not having us weighed down with guilt. But how is it that we can often be plagued with regret? 

There is a conflict going on-the enemy of our souls is intent on pulling us down, whereas Jesus, who is the lover of our souls, said that He came to give us life and that more abundantly [John 10:10] 

We need to be alert to this enemy of ours who prowls around, looking for someone to devour. If we find negative, condemnatory thoughts such as…”Now you are in a mess. What will happen if….” Or “You messed it up there-that was terrible. Things are only going to get worse. How do you expect God to use you?”….  

Then, what can we do? 

We have a mighty weapon at our disposal, and that is the name of Jesus. Let me tell you of an incident that happened to me and that I will never forget. I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night, gripped by some incredible fear that was worse than anything I had ever felt before. Strangely enough, there was no indication of what the fear was about, whereas normally we are afraid of something. The thought came to me that I needed to call on the name of Jesus, but I couldn’t speak. So, I thought I will just think His name and as I did, I felt immediately a slight lessoning of the power of this fear. So, encouraged by this, I managed to call out His name and immediately the fear left.  I can only liken it to being gripped by an octopus and having its tentacles release you from its grasp. 

A few weeks later, exactly the same thing happened again, but this time I was confident about what to do. I called out the name of Jesus and instantly the fear was gone. 

So, how can we strengthen ourselves in the Lord so that we are able to deal with these worrying thoughts that can plague us? What I have found to be very helpful is to get a notebook and build up a selection of favourite verses that talk about how amazing our Father is, how He cares for us, He is our strength and shield, He is right there with us at all times. The Psalms are wonderful for this.  

So, next time you feel weighed down with some worrying thoughts, you could recite one of your verses and think about the game of cricket! Picture yourself as a great batsman-the ball comes towards you and with one of these verses and a mighty swoop of your bat you send it flying to the edge of the field!! 

“He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken” – Ps. 62:2 

Cherry Lewis has been a long-time volunteer at the Drop-in Centre, our camps and Auckland CFFD. 

Easter

Easter

By Olivia Shivas

1 John 4:9-11 NIV 

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

When I was four years old my great-aunt made a teddy bear for me. The bear had light brown fur, a pink bow around its neck and a little flower in its ear. I called her Honey. 

Image of a worn teddy bear with one eye missing and a pink bow around its neckHoney went everywhere with me as a child – I cuddled her to sleep and she came to church camps with me, and to sleepovers at friends’ houses with me too. She needed repairing when her head broke off once, and my grandmother helped patch up the material on her hand when it started to wear thin. But I loved her just the way she was. 

Despite all her wear and tear, she’s still very precious to me; she still sits at the top of the wardrobe in my old bedroom at my parent’s house. Although I could buy a new teddy bear that’s shiny and new, I’d still choose Honey. 

When I think about how much God loves me, it’s a bit like how special Honey is to me. Yes, I am imperfect and tattered in some places, but Jesus would prefer me that way and loves me just as I am. 

He loves us so much that he would sacrifice his perfect only son to forgive the sins of a person like me. When you love something or someone so much, like I did with Honey, of course you would do anything for them.

So my thought for this Easter is a reminder of how much God truly cares for you, and how can we respond to that love? In my own life, I want to love others and model the way Jesus treated others when he was on earth. He loved others by serving them and had grace for all people. 

If God can so freely love me, I should be able to love others the same way.
 

Olivia Shivas is a reporter at Stuff, covering disability issues. In 2021, Olivia received two Attitude Awards including the Supreme Award in recognition of her advocacy work. Olivia volunteers her time and talents at our camps and in several projects for Elevate. 

 

Encourager Magazine No. 173, March 2022

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Commit to the Lord

 

Commit to The Lord

By Michael Smith

Today, I would really like to share some thoughts with you around committing whatever you do, to the Lord. I want to focus today on the first half of Proverbs 16, verse 3, NIV, which says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do…”.

You may be asking yourselves the question, ‘Why do I need to commit to the Lord whatever I do? And how do I do that? Well, as I have been reflecting some more on this verse, it has reinforced the idea that as humans, we are all naturally inclined to want things our own way. So here is an example of how I have wanted things my way in the past, and opportunities never came.

Here’s what not to do! I was so passionate about going to Korea, and serving people with disabilities, but I tried to make it happen myself, and then when I did ask Him, nothing would fall into place. I really like how this author, Natalie Regoli sums it up, she says “A painful course is to wait until the very last minute to check in with God, asking him to bless a plan that he never was behind”. Check!

So why do we need to commit things to the Lord? Because if we want to be doing what He wants us to do. We need to ask Him before we go and do something that we believe He is asking us to do. For those with disabilities, it could be as simple as asking “Lord, who do you want to put in my path today who I can minister to?”

So how do we do this? One way is by having daily quiet time with Him. Every time New Year’s Eve comes around, I find that many Christians state that they want to spend more time with God. That’s a great aspiration, and a great goal. However, it always seems to fall by the waist side for some reason. Maybe that’s because life gets filled with many things throughout a day.

So instead of a New Year’s Resolution, I like to call it a New Days Resolution, and that is to spend more time with God than we did yesterday! To commit things to Him before we start, and that can be difficult, but I encourage you to do it in the morning if you can and commit the day to the Lord. So, my encouragement to you now is to place the heavy burden of your own plans onto Jesus and allow Him to take the wheel.

 

Michael Smith has been a volunteer at our National Camp, Auckland CFFD and Drop-in Centre. He has been working with people with disabilities for six years.

 

Welcome to the Audio Encourager Magazine No. 172

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  2. 2. Friends on the Front Cover ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:17
  3. 3. A Message from the National Director ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:16
  4. 4. This Little Light - Sarah Houston ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 2:35
  5. 5. Running the Race - Jean Griffiths ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 8:06
  6. 6. It was God - Yung Chen ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:19
  7. 7. Gratitude - David Vincent (2002) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:26
  8. 8. Hear some Good News! ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:19
  9. 9. A Miraculous Survival - Isaac Cairns ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 6:30
  10. 10. Kevin Falconer - Volunteer Spotlight ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:57
  11. 11. 2021 National Camp ONLINE ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:04
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  13. 13. Ministry Leaders Support ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:29
  14. 14. TAKE HOLD OF HOPE ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:22

Encourager Magazine No. 172, November 2021

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  2. 2. Three Friends at the Viaduct ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:16
  3. 3. This Year at Elevate (A message from the Ministries Director) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 2:15
  4. 4. Meet James Nyssen (Northland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:39
  5. 5. "Dependence on God" by Manuele Teofilo (Auckland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:57
  6. 6. "Cast Your Anxiety on Him." by Leon Ogilvy (Auckland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:35
  7. 7. National Camp 2021!!! (Totara Springs, Matamata) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:13
  8. 8. Fees for National Camp 2021 ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:28
  9. 9. No Camp Day Visitors Please (National Camp 2021) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:36
  10. 10. Please Help With National Camp 2021 ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:43
  11. 11. "Judah's Song" by Heather Vincent (Tauranga, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:43
  12. 12. "God Changed My World" by Zachary Tagamoa (Auckland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:46
  13. 13. "Life's Railroad Pt 2." by Margie Willers (co-founder of Elevate,) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 16:28
  14. 14. "Look Up" Family Camp 2022 - SIGN UP! ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:56
  15. 15. Volunteer Spotlight - FELICITY SIM (Dunedin, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 4:18
  16. 16. What's Been Happening within Elevate (A look round the country) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 2:36
  17. 17. THANK YOU, ESTHER STEPHENSON! (Tauranga, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:25
  18. 18. Other Happenings around Elevate ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:53
  19. 19. Elevate Family Camp ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:01
  20. 20. Emmanuel Support Parents Retreat ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:23
  21. 21. National Volunteer Week ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:31
  22. 22. Sponsor a Fellow Kiwi for Camp 2021 ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:01
  23. 23. Disability Awareness Sunday ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:44

Audio Encourager Magazine No. 170

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  2. 2. Changes within Elevate ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:32
  3. 3. A Devotion by Toria Newman (Bay of Plenty, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 4:25
  4. 4. A Change In Leadership for ELEVATE ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 3:15
  5. 5. A Message from Kirsty Armitage (new Ministries Director) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 4:04
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  8. 8. "Life's Railroad" by Margie Willers (co-founder, Bay of Plenty) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 12:37
  9. 9. Do You Know Jesus? ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:58
  10. 10. Forsaking All, I Trust Him (Have Faith) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:46
  11. 11. "My Journey Into Suffering (Wrestling with God)" by Timothy Lee (Rotorua, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 13:48
  12. 12. We Remember Heydon Bailey (1970-2020; Auckland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 1:58
  13. 13. Covid-19 Health Update from Joni Eareckson Tada (USA) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 2:39
  14. 14. Article written by Manuele Teofilo (Auckland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 2:35
  15. 15. "Do all the good you can..." John Wesley quote ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:08
  16. 16. "Kia Ora. My Name is Kim Clark..." (Auckland, NZ) ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 6:58
  17. 17. A Great Gathering at Palmerston North ELEVATE Christian Disability Trust 0:22

Encourager Magazine No. 171, July 2021

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