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Posted: October 17, 2018 in belief, bible, Internet, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
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Have you ever been waiting for something to be delivered, and become very impatient when it doesn’t arrive when expected? In these days when we can order things on-line for delivery later that same day, I suspect we’ve all found ourselves in that situation, but hopefully not too often!

Just as we can become impatient when deliveries do not arrive when we expect them, so we can become frustrated with God when he doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect Him to, or in the way we want him to.

Shame on us for thinking that though, as God will always answer our prayers:

Mark 11:24 (The Passion translation)

This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

Whenever we ask God for anything, we simply need to believe He will answer our request, and God will deliver in His time – which may or may not be in the timescale we were expecting.

What simple thing do you think we could all give others?

Inclusion!

There is nothing worse than being physically part of something, but still feeling like you are excluded from activities or events. That’s why making sure we include those who are maybe always on the periphery of a group, or never volunteer to participate in events etc, is something we can do to help everyone feel they belong. It can be as simple as just including them in something they wouldn’t normally be part of.

How many times have you found yourself in this scenario?

Once again today, I want to remind you how much we need to be like children in our daily life – quickly forgetting conflicts so we can just forgive and move on. Don’t be stubborn, be forgiving and don’t stay sitting back to back.

I want to look at another verse from scripture today that relates to the ‘faith of a child’.

 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life ~ 1 Peter 2 (TPT)

Babies need nourish of milk from their mothers to flourish and grow physically. So comparing how we grow spiritually, to how babies need nourishment is such a great way to remind us that just as a baby must receive nourishment to grow, so we must receive spiritual nourishment so our faith will grow.

Also what better time to learn about God than when we are young children. When we learn young, these life lessons and directions are more likely to stay with us throughout our life, so again we need to have the ‘faith of a child’.

After seeing the photo I shared in yesterday’s blog post (Faith of a child), I have found myself looking at the bible for instances where the ‘faith of a child’ is mentioned or inferred. So I want to share a few of these with you over the next few days.

Matthew 19:14 (TPT)

Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones like these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of heaven unless he becomes like one of these!”

This is a bible verse I’m sure we’ve all heard a number of times, so I hope you still realise how important it is. The disciples scolded the people who tried to bring children to Christ, claiming Jesus didn’t want to be bothered. It seems the disciples never actually asked Jesus if he was ok to see the children, before scolding those who brought them. I wonder what made them think Jesus wouldn’t want to welcome the children?

Jesus was always willing to welcome anyone who wanted to come to him. We must we welcoming to those who want to seek God, so let’s make sure our church is open and welcoming to all who come through the door, regardless of their need, their background or indeed their past.

A friend shared this photo on Facebook recently, and it really touched me, and has been in my mind since – Here’s the words that were posted on Facebook with the photo:

No words needed, just sit and think about it! She doesn’t know it’s a statue, or the story of Christ. She just sees suffering and wants to help! …. Why can’t we be like this child ?????

Maybe we need to remind ourselves and the world that we need to have the faith of a child. So don’t just walk past when you see a person in need, even if you don’t know them. Instead ,do as this child did, and reach out and help them!

Have you ever stopped and thought what it would be like to be completely on your own, with all your family and friends have passed away?

That sounds such an awfully lonely place doesn’t it?

Well sadly there are many people in our world who find themselves in exactly those circumstances today. I wonder, what can we do to help them, so that they realise they are not on their own, and in fact are loved?

There are in fact many ways we can help people in our local communities who feel alone – Here’s a few suggestions:

  • We can become a volunteer in an organisation which helps the lonely and vulnerable people in your area.
  • We can give monetary donations to charities whose aim is to help or befriend those who feel alone.
  • We can pop in and visit people we know who are at risk of feeling alone – the elderly, those who have been bereaved of their life partner, single parents etc

As well as these suggestions, we can pray, because I believe praying for someone is the best thing we can do for someone.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

I’ve spoken before about how at times, we are all guilty of judging others based, either on what we see or the little bit of their life that we actual know about. Can you imagine what life would really be like if no-one judged anyone else because of their outward appearance?

As 1 Samuel reminds us, even although we look at others outward appearances, God looks inside us. God see the real us, he sees our true feelings and emotions, feelings we try our best to hide from others – scared, insecure, alone, angry, hurt, desperate etc.

Let’s not judge others by their outward appearance, but instead get to know them, so that we too can find out more about their true feelings and emotions.

Have you ever wondered how God feels when we treat others the way he expects and wants us to? I guess he would feel just the same way we would when we see someone we know or love reaching out in kindness to another person.

In Philippians 2:1-2 (TPT) we find out how God feels:

Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy. So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.

Just as we would be filled with joy to see someone we know showing love and kindness to another person, so God would be filled with joy.

It’s great to know that things that even we do, make God happy isn’t it? So let’s not disappoint Him, let’s make sure we keep on trying to live in harmony with one another, showing love and kindness without question, or expecting anything in return.