Resurrected by Grace

How many movies scenes can you think of where the hero you think is dead dramatically comes alive again? Peeta in the Hunger Games, Neo in The Matrix, Optimus Prime in Transformers, Batman at the end of Dark Knight Rises. Any others?

It’s hard to beat that for drama right?

So imagine the cameras are on you – dead, out for the count, lifeless. Unresponsive to the people desperately trying to bring you back.

Those movie scenes are onto something – it’s what happened to us when God took our soul-dead selves and breathed life into us again.

Saved. By grace.

So what happens next?

Psalm 30 here:




Songs Of Salvation

Do you ever sing songs to yourself when things get really tough? Way back in 1971 a guy called Gavin Bryars came across a homeless man in London singing these lyrics:

‘Jesus’ blood never failed me yet / Never failed me yet / Jesus’ blood never failed me yet / There’s one thing I know / For he loves me so’

He was repeating them over and over to himself. Bryars recorded and looped it into a powerful 74-minute track.

So simple but it’s the heart of our faith! Jesus’ blood is the unfailing sign of God’s unfailing love for us.

Are things or people failing you? How about singing that homeless guy’s song a few times over to yourself this week?

Listen to Jars of Clay’s cover here:




Eyes on the Unseen

How are you feeling as you get ready for today? Are you thinking of the things you’re struggling with: conflicts you’re caught in, the test you haven’t really studied for, the habits you’re definitely going to avoid today? Or are you focusing on something better?

Someone once said we tend to move towards the things our eyes are focused on. Is that true for you? What if you fixed your eyes on what is unseen, the hope to which Jesus has called you, the fearfully and wonderfully made person you are, and on Jesus himself who is God’s great YES to us?

Great verse on that in Ephesians 1v18:



Do you sometimes find yourself doing things just to get accepted by the people around you – things you’re later a bit ashamed of? Ever wondered why?

Imagine these three things were really real for you: 1) you are someone whom Jesus chooses to live inside by his Spirit 2) Jesus living inside you makes you part of God’s Kingdom 3) no matter how badly things are going around you, God’s Kingdom is not in trouble. So ultimately YOU’RE not in trouble either.

Next time you’re tempted to do something to win the approval of people around you – ask the Spirit to remind you who you really are. It might make all the difference

Read Colossians 1: 15-27 here: