Archive for October, 2010

An intimate message from God to you…

My Child,You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3  

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31  

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27  

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28   

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28   

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5   

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12   

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16  

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26   

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14   

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13   

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6  

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
John 8:41-44  

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16   

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1   

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1  

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11   

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48   

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17  

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33   

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11   

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3   

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18  

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17   

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40   

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5   

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41   

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3   

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29   

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4   

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13   

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20   

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17  

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4   

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18   

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11   

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4   

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4   

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23   

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26  

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3   

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31   

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19  

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19   

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10  

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32   

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23  

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39  

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7   

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15   

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13   

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God  



I’ve become very aware over these last few months of how important it is to tell those we love, just how much they mean to us, as we don’t know when we may never get that opportunity again. Maybe it’s because I’ve become more aware of the frailties and health issues of some of those close to me, or as someone said to me yesterday, maybe it’s just because I’m getting old! Who knows!

 

Whatever the reason for it, I think it’s important that we do tell those we love just what they mean to us. Although it shouldn’t just be something we just do because we become aware of the fragility of life, but something we do regularly throughout our life.

 

Do those you love, know and understand just how much they mean to you? Maybe today is the time to tell them!

 

When someone tells you that they love you it is one of the most special things you can ever hear. Appreciate those who love you and tell those who you love how you feel…it will mean the world to them.

I say on Sunday how much I want revival
But then on Monday, I can’t even find my Bible
Where’s the power
The power of the cross in my life

I’m sick of playing the game of religion
I’m tired of losing my reason for living
Where’s the power
The power of the cross in my life

I’m not content just to walk through my life, giving in
To the lies, Walking in compromises now
We cry out as a generation that was lost
But now is found in the power of the cross

We believe in You
We believe in the power of Your Word that is true
We believe in You
So we lay down our cause
That our cross might be found in You

I’m not satisfied doing it my own way
I’m not satisfied to do church and walk away
I’m not satisfied there’s no love in my life but You
I’m not satisfied living in yesterday’s hour
I’m not satisfied to have the form but not the power
I’m not satisfied, Lord I am crucified in You

We believe in You
We believe in the power of Your Word that is true
We believe in You
So we lay down our cause
That our cross might be found in You

So we lay down our cause
That our cross might be found in You

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Have you lost sight of the power of the cross in your life?

It’s time to believe in God. It’s time to believe in God’s word. It’s time to let Jesus’ cross be found in you!

Please watch and listen to Hillsong singing the above song, entitled Believe:

God promises us that He will continue to teach us every day of our lives…we just need to be open to His teachings!

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Do you call upon God each day to help and guide you through all that you have to face? No, why not?

Do you think you’re doing fine on your own or don’t think God would help you? Well whatever your reason for not turning to God before, I’d urge you to do so today, as I can honestly tell you that GOd will make a huge impact on your life – He will help you to cope in all situations you find yourself in and will support you in the most difficult of times.

God is the best teacher any of us can ever have, to take Him up on his offer to teach you today.

Love and Learn by Steven Curtis Chapman

Echoes of careless words and slamming doors
Are still ringing in the night
I’ve taken my side and you’ve taken yours
We’re both wrong and we’re both right
Once again misunderstanding has turned us into enemies
I will forgive you, will you forgive me?

CHORUS
Love and learn, that’s what we will do
Love and lean through the flood and through the flame
This world will turn and the seasons will change
But there’s nothing we can’t get through
As long as we both hold on to the hand of God and each other
And take a lifetime to love and learn

We start out believing we know love so well
But through the years we find
True love is a story only time can tell
And God has made this lifetime yours and mine

(Chorus)

BRIDGE
So until that day when one of us
Has to lay the other in the arms of Jesus
I will be with you and you will be with me

(Chorus)

I was looking through my Salvation Army song book yesterday looking for a particular song which had been going through my mind most of the day, when a little card fell out of my song book. Here is what it said:

The kind and special
things you do –
your caring,
thoughtful way
reflect much more
of His great love
than words could
ever say.
 
Thank you!

I turned the card over where I found it was addressed to me, but unfortunately it didn’t indicate who had given it to me.

This got me thinking, firstly to remember who had given me the card as the words where so beautiful as if I’d really touch someone, but also to thinking about whether there have been other times when I’ve done something special for someone.

We may not always be aware of the times when we have truly “meant the world” to someone, but God knows, and He loves us for it.

I pray that God will use me to make a difference (even just a small one) in someone’s life.

I also pray that I will remember to say “Thank you” to those who “mean the world” to me, as it is great encouragement to know when you have made that kind of difference in someone’s life.

Be that special, caring person today and every day.

In Music to Touch Our Hearts I listed a number of pieces of music which always pull at my heart-strings. So today I want to talk to you about the fifth of the songs I listed, which was The Power of the Cross.

As I’ve told you before, music has always been a huge part of my life both with my family and also my Christian life. So that is probably why the music I’ve selected, reflects my faith, my beliefs, my emotional side about life and my faith (which I usually try my best to hide from everyone!)

So The Power of The Cross, why is one that pulls at my heartstrings? probably because od what I’ve just explained above…i.e. It explains to the listen just how important an event Christ‘s crucifixion at Calvary was (and still is) to me, and to every other Christian. Without Christ dying on the cross, we would have no Christianity, and that song explains to the listen the true emotion of Christ’s crucifixion and the pain He suffered that day, all for you and for me.

I’ve mentioned before that Easter is my favourite time of the year – I know this might seem odd to many of you as I think most people would probably say Christmas. However for me, Easter encapsulates everything that my faith is build on, and therefore, the power of the cross is unmatchable.

The Power of The Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Is it wrong that whenever I’m out of my house, no matter who I’m with or where I am, I can’t wait to get back to the safety of my own home?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I feel physically unsafe when I’m out, but simply that I’m scared that I can’t keep of the facade that emotionally I’m ok.

Again it’s not that I am an emotional wreck the whole time I’m in public, but that it can just take one word or action from someone, or something I think of myself, to overwhelm me with emotion again – and that is something which I really find very scary.

Psalm 3:3-5 (NIV)

But you are a shield around me, O LORD;
       you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

To the LORD I cry aloud,
       and he answers me from his holy hill.
       Selah

I lie down and sleep;
       I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Even during these times of deep emotion, I try to always remember that God is there by my side. He is the one who knows why I’m feeling like this, even though I often don’t know myself!

It kind of all comes back to yesterday’s blog post again, Christ Alone, because:

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;

Here’s another version of this wonderful song, this time by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army:

That was Keith and Kristyn Getty singing In Christ Alone

Psalm 18:32 (NIV)

It is God who arms me with strength
       and makes my way perfect.

Jesus is my rock, and my tower of strength. In times of great joy, and in times of deep despair, He is there, helping and guiding me.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

Keith and Kristyn Getty singing Beneath the Cross:

Beneath the cross of Jesus
I find a place to stand,
And wonder at such mercy
That calls me as I am;
For hands that should discard me
Hold wounds which tell me, “Come.”
Beneath the cross of Jesus
My unworthy soul is won.

Beneath the cross of Jesus
His family is my own—
Once strangers chasing selfish dreams,
Now one through grace alone.
How could I now dishonor
The ones that You have loved?
Beneath the cross of Jesus
See the children called by God.

Beneath the cross of Jesus—
The path before the crown—
We follow in His footsteps
Where promised hope is found.
How great the joy before us
To be His perfect bride;
Beneath the cross of Jesus
We will gladly live our lives.

God calls us to the foot of the cross, just as we are. He doesn’t care what we’ve done in the past or how we’ve lived our lives, He simple wants us to give Him our all.

When we seek Jesus by kneeling at the foot of the cross, we are promising that we will live our lives for God.

Have you knelt beneath the cross? It’s never too late to do so, so I urge you today to make that commitment to God and kneel beneath the cross of Jesus.

On Calvary‘s tree the King of Glory languished,
Hel, not by nails, but by undying love,
Sin’s debt to pay, the sting of death remove.
Boundless cleansing to provide,
Mercy’s gate open wide.
 
From that sacred hill
Hope is gleaming still;
Thy shame and grief he bore;
Go in peace, sin no more.
 
His purple robe is parted ‘mong the soldiers,
that sceptre-reed discarded where it fell;
Yet, meekly borne, that crown of cruel thorn
Still attests his royal might,
Fears to quell, wrongs to right.
 
Darkness descends, the cross in mystery veiling,
Deep thunders roll and lightnings rend the skies
As jesus dies, a willing sacrifice;
God’s own word, by blood is sealed;
By his stripes we are healed.
 
His tender touch can heal the broken-hearted,
his word dispel the darkness of despair;
Come, bring thy sin, thy sorrow, pain and care,
And, believing, thou shalt prove
All the strength of his love.

Can you believe that Jesus died on a cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins? I personally find that awesome – I don’t think there’s a better was to describe how it makes me feel.

Can you imagine sending someone you love to visit a particular location, knowing that they would be killed there? I can’t! But that’s exactly what God did, he sent Jesus down to earth knowing that he was  going to be killed. Wow!

Why did God allow his only son to be killed?…because He loves us…he loves you and he loves me. If ever someone showed us how much they loved us, surely it was God that day all those years ago when his son died on a cross.

I love the song From That Sacred Hill, I always have. However the trombone feature of the same name, has made this song come alive for me once again. I include here the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing this arrangement, please follow the words above…

My favourite verse of this song is the very last one…

His tender touch can heal the broken-hearted,
his word dispel the darkness of despair;
Come, bring thy sin, thy sorrow, pain and care,
And, believing, thou shalt prove
All the strength of his love.

…why? Because it reminds me that no matter what life has thrown my way, all I have to do is believe in God and he will show his love for me in ways I could never imagine.

Remember believe in God because he does love YOU!