6th April 2019

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:2


And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:49


For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:29




Prayer Points


Take time today to rejoice in what God has done for us. Our future is stunning, awesome, more amazing than we could ever ask or imagine. Thank God for this.


Pray for those who are suffering: physically
or emotionally.


Pray for those who are being persecuted. Pray that God will give strong glimpses of heaven and the new order of things.


Pray for those who are facing death that they will do so without fear, joyfully anticipating their own resurrection.


Pray for those who have lost heart, that God would restore hope.





In fairy tales, a frog becomes a prince, a puppet becomes a real boy, and a scullery maid becomes a princess. But in the real world God is working towards a whole new creation. And when God restores he does not come with his mending kit to stick the old, broken self back together again. He comes with his creative transforming power to make us altogether new.


We are new creatures: the old has gone and the new has come. God is not just restoring us to what we should have been if we had lived a good life from the day of our birth. He is making us like Jesus.


But when we look in the mirror the old familiar face stares back at us. When we stumble into sin we are acutely aware that the old has not yet gone. At this time we have the deposit of the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of what is to come. A deposit is given when the purchase is fully decided, but it speaks of a day of completion still to come. The apostle John says NOW we are children of God, but what we will be has not yet been made known. There is a NOW and a THEN.


Paul talks of the whole of creation groaning, as we do, longing for the liberation from the old into the new. Today we catch glimpses of love, joy, peace and kindness; we taste the powers of the age to come, but that perception can be quickly snatched away by life’s uncertainties. However a day will come when God will restore it all, when the Kingdom will come in all its fullness and everything that causes sin, pain and heartache will be gone forever.





*    Pray for your ‘big issue’

*    Pray for your ‘three friends’

*    Pray for a new wave of revival.

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