No. 113
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Have you ever been to a fun arcade where there are strange curved mirrors?
I have, I used to go to Luna Park in St Kilda when I was a child. I loved those mirrors.
In one my head would be long and stretched out, and my body would be very short with funny stubby legs. In another I would look like a skinny stork, so tall and thin that I looked as though the wind might blow me away. Some of those mirrors would make me look square all over, like a robot made of metal. Others made me look curvy and wobbly. Yes, they were sure funny, but they didn’t really do the job of a mirror. Because a mirror is supposed to show you what you really look like, isn’t it.

There is a marvellous mirror that shows you exactly what you are like.
It doesn’t show you whether you have dirt on your nose or not, or whether your hair is combed just right. It shows you what you are like inside yourself. That mirror which is so marvellous is the Bible. Without its wonderful picture of us all, as we really are, we would never know what we are like inside. We would never know that we needed Jesus to save us from sin. Most boys and girls and adults too like to think they are pretty good inside! I went to visit my uncle last weekend, and he is 90 years old. That is old all right. I talked to him about needing Jesus Christ as his Saviour from sin, but he was not that interested. He said he had never sinned at all, not in 90 years. He did not look in God’s mirror, the Bible, so he didn’t know what he is really like. He could only see what he wanted to see.
My uncle said, “I have never hurt anyone in all my life, and have always been kind.”
Do you believe that is true?
No, sadly it is not. For all of us are selfish and unkind lots of the time.
Especially when we are away from God.

When we look in God’s mirror we know that we see the truth there. I might imagine that my hair is nice and fluffy on top, as I like it to be, but when I look in my purse mirror I see it is really flat and boring looking. I can see the truth about my hair in the mirror. Just so, we can imagine that we are very good people, but when we look into God’s mirror, the Bible, we see ourselves for what we actually are.

The Bible says:

“there is none righteous (good and holy), no, not one.”
(Romans 3:10).

“All we like sheep have gone astray (wandered away from God);
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him  (Jesus Christ)
the iniquity (the sin) of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6).

Here is a memory verse for you to learn. I wonder if you can learn one piece at a time, and then join all the pieces together:

FIRST PIECE - “For the wages of sin is death”
SECOND PIECE - “but the gift of God”
THIRD PIECE -  “is eternal life”
FOURTH PIECE -  “through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
FIFTH PIECE -  “Romans 6:23.”

Here is the whole verse put together:

“For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “
Romans 6 :23.

Shut your eyes, and see if you can say that verse by memory.

I will be going to a conference for the next four days, so I will leave you some Bible studies to do.
You will need a Bible to find the verses in, so have one ready  to do for your study tomorrow.
‘Bye for now! God bless you all!

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