Thank you for your dynamic life of hope!

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Heb 6:19)

As a pilgrim who feeds on the goodness of the promises of God with unwavering faith and steadfast endurance, you are inspiring your brothers and sisters to continue to live a life of righteousness, holiness and patience. God’s incomparable word and unrivaled power transformed your frailty into adequacy, your shame into blessing and your impotence into strength. The light of the Gospel broke into the darkness of your life illuminating your mind and heart. Your life will never be the same! Your faith in God’s redemptive work has brought forgiveness for all your sins. You have received the heavenly gift of the Holy Spirit who is willing and able to teach you all things.

When in faith you are clinging to hope, you are living a life worthy of imitation so that others will desire to serve the living God and experience hope! You have a lively hope resting on the solemn promises of God. God is absolutely trustworthy! God’s words are reliable! God stands behind his promises.

You are a well watered, cultivated field capable of producing a bountiful harvest for God’s kingdom. Hope perseveres until there is a bountiful crop. Hope doesn’t allow thorns and thistles to choke out the life of the Spirit. Hope doesn’t grow weary in doing good.

Your quiet obedience, your love, your faithful service and your diligence to your vocation is strengthening and encouraging someone today who is becoming weary of being God’s child.

As you keep your fires burning, as you remain zealous to the very end, you are a motivation to persist in faith, hope and love so that we inherit what God has promised.

Read Hebrews 6:9-20 on Bible Gateway.

Approach God’s Throne of Grace

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Your faith in Christ is a treasure beyond price! Your faith makes you fully alive as Jesus was, makes life worth living and provides an anchor for your soul. In the place where you live and work, commit to hold firmly to your faith with courage and boldness. May your confession of faith in Christ as Lord, be accompanied by obedience and generosity. Rejoice with thanksgiving for the indescribable gift of surpassing grace that God has blessed you with. Fix your eyes and thoughts on Jesus who won the victory over sin and through whom your redemption has been permanently accomplished. Enjoy the intimate relationship you have with God because of what Jesus has done.

When you fact temptation today, Jesus offers you the strength you need to resist. Jesus has been in the thick of life, he has seen it all and experienced it all – sickness, physical weakness, moral weakness, hatred, murder, greed, dishonesty, lust and every other sin in the book. Jesus understands the temptations which lead to doubt, despair, disobedience, lack of self-love and selfish preoccupation. Jesus has endured more temptation then you or I ever faced. Jesus kept on hanging in there resisting temptation until he defeated the tempter while we often give into temptation long before it is over.

Jesus isn’t standing aloof like a spectator watching you being tempted. Jesus isn’t exasperated over your sinfulness. Jesus didn’t come to condemn you but to save you. Jesus is constantly, gently inviting you to remain with him in the most holy place, at God’s throne of grace. At God’s throne of grace you will find a sanctuary even when it seems like you can’t find a safe place on earth. There you will always find the one who longs to help you gain the stability you need to stand firm and resist temptation. God, who is sitting on the throne of grace has authority, capability and resources beyond this world. In humble worship, with earnest prayers, at God’s throne of grace, confidently state your needs with honesty and childlike faith. At God’s throne of grace there is no need to be afraid … there you will hear the words “I do not condemn you – go and sin no more”.

At this moment, in faith continue to believe that:

  • You are God’s beloved child!
  • God is your refuge and strength – an ever present help in trouble!
  • God’s power is made perfect in weakness!
  • God’s grace is sufficient for you!

Read Hebrews 4:14-16 on Bible Gateway

Enter God’s Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.(Matt 11:28)

The same voice that dynamically spoke at creation passionately speaks to you today, inviting you to enter into God’s rest. For in repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength (Isa 30:15). Resting in God does not depend on what the people around you worship or do. Resting in God, depends solely on your faith in God. Rest is actively lived out in obedience to Christ, using the skills and talents God has blessed you with, where God has planted you.

God invites you today to:

  • Rest from having to take matters into your own hands;
  • Rest from trying to please other people;
  • Rest from running or aimless wandering;
  • Rest from loneliness, bondage, or shame;
  • Rest from worry … worry about your life, survival, your family, your body, your work or tomorrow;
  • Rest from fear … fear of those who mock you, hate you, or ridicule you;
  • Rest from fear of the wicked, the proud, the arrogant or those filled with perverse speech.

 God invites you today to:

  • Rest and rejoice in God’s presence, delighting in at all God has done, is doing and will do;
  • Rest allowing your faith to grow;
  • Rest and worship God;
  • Rest and hear the voice of wisdom and learn the paths of righteousness;
  • Rest so God can fill you with peace, quietness and confidence;
  • Rest so that you can be who God created you to be and do what God created you to do;
  • Rest so that you can co-labor with Christ in caring for God’s creation.

What a privilege you have as God’s child, to share in the rest that God enjoys today. Do not miss out through disobedience, a hard heart, bad choices, or lack of faith. Believe the divine promises and rest in God.

Read Hebrews 4 on BibleGateway.

A New Today – Hebrews 3

This morning brought you a new ‘today’ to hear God’s voice and to enjoy communion with Christ. Today you are holy. Today you have been purified from your sins. Today Jesus in his high priestly role has consecrated you to the service of God. Continue today to persevere in your relationship with God faithfully resting in hope. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4). With all your heart, soul and mind resolve to do God’s will this moment and to render him obedience from your heart . May you be known as a faithful servant in God’s house.

Believe that God’s grace can triumph today. Continue to pray, continue to trust. God does speak into every situation you will face today. God is orchestrating all the events that are happening around you. Christ, as the faithful Son over God’s house, has authority and is worthy of honor in everything that happens in your life and work today. Orient your day towards heaven for you are a citizen of a realm not constrained by the conditions of earthly life.

Shoulder to shoulder with the community of faith stand firm upon the promises of God in his Word. Stand with public boldness and confidence in the hope in which you glory. Together with your brothers and sisters discern God’s voice amidst the dangers of unbelief and the deceitfulness of sin. Shout out to each other that God sees you; that God knows you and calls you by name; that God empowers you for a future he has envisioned for you.

Read Hebrews 3 on Bible Gateway.

Look to Jesus

What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” (Heb 2:9 The Message)

In the middle of your life and work, focus on Jesus, the pioneer of your salvation who was made perfect by what he suffered. When God created mankind, God crowned us with glory and honor, and put everything under our feet. However we no longer see everything “subject to us” because of the fall. What we do see … is Jesus crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death for us. As you look at Jesus, the one who set you free from slavery to the fear of death, he will show you a brighter and bigger picture filled with hope.

Jesus assures you that there is a day coming when there will be a new heaven and a new earth – God’s Kingdom – where workplaces, communities and the world will be what they were meant to be. Together with Jesus you will reign in God’s Kingdom. For Jesus with joy and delight brought you to glory, to the throne room of heaven and introduced you as one of the children God gave him. Jesus is not ashamed to call you his brother or sister.

Jesus fully understands the temptations you face, for he shared in our humanity. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus for he is able to help you when you face temptations at work. Jesus worked as a carpenter and knows what it is like for tools to be dull, or misplaced. Jesus interacted with the best and worst of people. Jesus led a group of disciples and experienced all the challenges and disappointments of friendships and betrayals, of followers and saboteurs. Look to Jesus for he is merciful, he sympathizes with you in your sufferings and trials for he has experienced them all. Look to Jesus as your example for he was faithful and endured to the end.

When you look to Jesus you can walk through this day with hope, knowing that your life can be lived as it was meant to be lived, fully alive in God’s presence.

Celebrate the New Year

I know God can do all things; no purpose of God’s can be thwarted (Job 42:2)

The baby born in Bethlehem, the carpenter of Nazareth, the enthroned Lord of this universe is worthy of your praise, honor and worship this year! Everything you have today exists because He created it. He set the heavens in their place, established the clouds above, established the boundaries of the oceans, and marked out the foundations of the earth. The King of Kings, the Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace is lovingly ruling over everything that will happen in your life this year.

In the midst of the realities of life and death, work and unemployment, sickness and health you don’t need to keep searching. God’s celestial voice speaks to you through his word providing all that you need to know. Your relationship with Christ is your anchor of stability. The exalted and risen Christ, full of grace and truth, stepped into history and provided purification for your sins graciously offering you a way past any shameful or embarrassing moments. Relax, for when you face affliction, persecution or temptation, you can cry out Abba Father, and know that he understands.

Celebrate this year knowing that God can do all things! No purpose of God’s can be foiled. Look to Christ with adoration, as he rules and sustains everything that is happening in your world. God’s plans for you are more wonderful than you can comprehend!

Good News of Great Joy

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2:10)

Your prayers have been heard! God’s promises will be fulfilled at the proper time. The word of God will never fail! The day is coming when you will say “How kind the Lord Is! The Lord has done this for me.” You have nothing to fear, the Lord is with you! The Lord’s hand is upon you! Exchange your fear for peace and joy – The Savior – yes the only one who can deliver you from your sin, the Messiah, was born in Bethlehem.There is no need to worry – He is risen from the dead!

Lay at the foot of the cross your past,your shattered dreams, your wounded heart and broken toys. Allow Christ to fashion you into the person he created you to be. Surrender yourself-centeredness your pride, your dreams, your hopes and fears to the Lord of the universe and you will find peace and joy. Exchange your self-pity, regret, guilt, remorse, resentments and frustrations for glorifying and praising God. Then you will know the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.

Hallelujah! He is Lord in each and every situation that you find yourself in today. He is Lord wherever you go. If you rise on the wings of the dawn, or settle on the far side of the sea God’s hand will guide you, and his right hand will hold you fast [1]. Don’t allow yourself to be cheated out of peace and joy by planning and preparing for every contingency so that you cannot hear the baby born in Bethlehem say to you “I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope [2]. Firmly and confidently place your future where it belongs in the hands of your Savior and Lord.

Merry Christmas!
James Bruyn

[1] Ps 139:9-10
[2] Jer 29:11

Servant’s of God

Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you! (Luke 1:28)

What a privilege it is to be a servant of the Lord, to know that you have a unique contribution to make in God’s Kingdom at this time, in this place. What a privilege it is to be a servant of the living God, right here, right now in the midst of your everyday, ordinary life experiences. God did not choose you because of your job, your skills, your financial status, your marital status or where you live. God chose you to be His servant and has filled you with the Holy Spirit because He created you and because He loves you.

God is mindful of you. God has done great things for you. God takes the initiative morning by morning to show you His mercy. God has given you sufficient grace for where you are right now in your life. God will bless you with sufficient grace for what lies ahead. You don’t need to have all the answers, trust that God knows all the answers.

Today you have a choice – you can focus on all that has to get done between now and Christmas, or you can thoughtfully reflect on what you hear God is saying to you today through his Word. You can choose to worry about what lies ahead next year or you can choose to humbly trust that the Lord will fulfill his promises to you. You can choose to be troubled about all that is broken in this world, or you can choose to glorify the Lord.

And Mary said: 
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. 
From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. 
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; 
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 
to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46-55) 

Lord our spirits rejoice that you are mindful of each one of us. You have done great things for each of us, forgive us for the times when we forget or are blind to what you have done for us. Thank you for your mercy, and the mighty deeds you have done. Keep us humble, purify our inmost thoughts. Amen

Merry Christmas!

Immanuel, God With Us

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”) (Matt 1:23)

God is with you! God is with you today in your meetings, during your phone calls, over lunch and coffee. God is with you while you do each task of your job. Your value, your significance and your hope comes from doing what you are doing with God, for God’s glory. No matter how mundane your life may be, in continual communion with God, your life is elevated to sacred heights. [1]

Enjoy the immense privilege of God being with you right now. In your Spirit freely callout ‘Abba, Father’ and know that God hears you. Since Christ is at your side you can trust and obey God. Humbly allow the potter to shape you according to his divine will into the person he created you to be. Make a fresh start today with God at your side. God will strengthen you so that you can turn from sin and resist temptation. God is your hiding place from temptation in a hostile world. The Lord, God almighty is upholding you with his righteous hand.

Who is it that is with you? The Lord of heaven and earth is with you! The God of peace, grace, truth and light is with you. The loving, holy and righteous God is your constant companion. God delights over you with his whole being and freely gives you true riches and treasures. God hears your prayers and is providing exactly what you need for this moment.

Allow God’s presence to fill you with joy, celebrate God’s righteousness and the eternal pleasures that are at God’s right hand. Be strong and courageous! God is with you! God will never leave you nor forsake you! Live a grace filled life without shame, seeking no reward, fearing nothing, being afraid of no one. Live your life with boldness, joy, love, power and gratitude. Freely give. Freely forgive. Freely love. Enjoy each moment of this day basking in God’s presence.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa 41:10)

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. (Ps 23:4-5)


May the god of love and peace be with you, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

[1] Jethani, Skye, With¸ (Nelson books, 2011) p. 150


“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38) 

God is calling you today. God may be calling you to a role that is exciting or to a place that the world may deem as “ordinary”. That is not what is important. What is important is that God is calling you to be exactly who he created you to be when he knit you together in your mother’s womb. When God created you, he knew that the world needed you today with your unique gifts and skills. He knew that there were things that needed to be done in this world that only you can do. God is calling you today to be a living witness to the life of faith. God is calling you today to a life of quiet obedience and faithful trust in every situation, in every conversation, in the good times and the bad times. God is calling you today to use the skills and talents he has blessed you with, right where you are. God’s call on your life is tremendously freeing, for his call on your life is for you to be you.

You don’t have to be afraid! The one who calls you today, sees exactly what is happening in this world. God is grieved by the sinfulness he sees, and his heart longs for redemption and reconciliation, but God is not surprised or panicking. What a privilege you have to constantly enjoy the presence of the one who called you, the one who is in control of this universe wherever you go, as you take the next step in obedience. No matter how many scary, dark, wonderful or joyous situations you experience, God has promised to be with you and never to leave you alone or forsake you. When you are tempted to say “what if this happens” or “what if that happens” what are you saying about God?

You know what you need to do next! The one who calls you, has given you sufficient guidance for the next step. His word is a lamp unto your feet. God has blessed you with everything you need to faithfully move forward (people, gifts, resources, skills). The one who calls you, is the one who created you. He is aware of your weaknesses and limitations be they physical, emotional, financial or whatever they may be. Yes, God has called you, because he knows that your unique combination of strengths and weakness are exactly what is required to do what you are called to do. When you doubt your ability to follow his call, what are you saying about God, and who he created you to be?

It is never too late … today you can start being the person God created you to be. Be obedient today and faithfully follow what you know about God. There is nothing stopping you from starting now to trust God. God is with you. God will deliver you. God is faithful, God will keep his promises toward you. Even though nobody around you may be trusting God – you can! Today you can model Christ’s love! Today you can model grace!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb 12:1-3)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Heb 13:15-16)