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Is your faith in God true?

What do I mean by that – well, has it survived difficult times, or have you ever been through a time when you felt God had deserted you only to realise later that God was right there with you every step of the way?

Faith is not a simple, easy thing. True faith grows through trials and testing.

Cross-Cultural Partnerships – Navigating the Complexities of Money & Mission – Mary T Lederleitner

Every day you believe in God, your faith in Him can grow. Every situation and experience that you go through, God is with you, so if you stay strong, and keep believing your faith in God will prove to be well founded.

Prayer is as natural as breathing. Prayer should not be restricted to certain times of the day or week when we have a quiet time. Prayer is living and active.

Women Who Move Mountains – @SueDetweiler

I love this quote as it totally sums up what prayer should really be about. It also reminds us that there are no restrictions on when we can pray.

God is ready and waiting to hear our prayers whenever we pray. He also doesn’t care where we are when we pray, or even if we close our eyes or not, because if we offer a prayer sincerely, that’s all he asks. So lift your prayer restrictions, and pray whenever and wherever you can, because God is always listening.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling so good, or feeling low, emotional or alone, I just want to hide from the world and everyone in it. The last thing I want to do is run to someone for help, I prefer to be on my own, and cope with whatever I face by myself.

I know I don’t ever need to face anything on my own, as God is always with me, and will always help me. But when it comes to interacting with the world and the people in it, sometimes I just don’t want to, especially when it feels like no-one even notices when I’m not around.

At those times, that’s when I do run to God, because He’s the only one who truly knows and understand me, and how I feel. He gives me peace and hides me under His wings.

Hide Myself by Michael W Smith

I’ve heard the thunder before
I’m not a stranger to storms
Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

I’ve had to wait in the dark
And hold the truth in my heart
Even in the night
Still You open wide
Your faithful arms

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

You are the refuge that stands
You hold my world in Your hands
The quiet in the noise
The stillness of Your voice
Will be enough

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

And it’s Your presence alone
That changes all that I know
‘Til all that I know
Is just Your presence alone
I’m safe in Your shadow

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

When life gets tough it can seem like nothing is possible. However we can often find more strength than we knew we possessed during those times, to overcome adversity.

God is with us during our happiest of times, but he’s also with us through our darkest times. Even when don’t feel God is with us, He is. And it’s Him who gives us our greatest strength to face every situation we face in life.

Always remember, it’s during those tough times, that we grow the most, because those situations give us real-life experience allowing us to grow and learn. That’s probably not how it feels when we’re going through those difficult times, but when you look back on them once you’re in a happier place, I’m sure you’ll realise then how much strength God gave you to get through those difficult days.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with a theme, Music!

So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Garage
  2. Power
  3. Dentist
  4. Vase
  5. Wound
  6. Camera
  7. Inhale
  8. Light
  9. Tie
  10. Bus

wordsSo how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Money!
  2. Cut
  3. Abscess
  4. Water
  5. Scar
  6. Photos
  7. Asthma
  8. Spot
  9. Link
  10. Bell

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

If ever you start to doubt Him,
He’d say, there is more to you than this.

Have you ever felt that people misjudge the person you are, because they only see or know about a small part of your life? We are human, and human nature tells us that within just a few seconds of meeting someone, we form an option of them.

How ridiculous is that! How can we possibly form understanding about a person based on just a few seconds?

God has known us all our lives. He know how we feel, He knows what we’re thinking, even before those thoughts have even formed in our minds. God is therefore best qualified to understand the person we are, both publicly and privately. So please remember we can never know every little thing about a person, therefore do not form opinions of how that person feels or who or what they care about, or even how good or bad they are at something, because you do not know that person in full, like God does – There is always more to a person than what you can see.

More to you than this by Mark Schultz

I know you’re compared to some image on a page, but it’s fake.
And you spend your life just to try and look that way.

Oh but there’s a girl crying out inside you,
and she’s longing to be heard.

[Chorus:]
Cause there is more, there is more, there is more to you.
Than the lies you believed they were never true.
If ever you start to doubt Him,
He’d say, there is more to you than this.

So maybe you thought if you gave yourself away, he would stay.
And maybe you felt it was worth the price you’d pay.
And you tell yourself, it doesn’t really matter.
But your heart will start to break.

[Chorus]

And all the love you need, you cannot find it.
Inside a magazine, you cannot buy it.

Don’t let ’em pull you in, don’t let ’em sell you.
Your God hung on a cross. He died to tell you…

[Chorus]

More to you than this.

I know you’re compared to some image on a page, but it’s fake.

 

Ever walked into a church you don’t usually attend, where you don’t know anyone?

How did the people there make you feel? Did they welcome you, or did they treat you as if you were an outsider?

Now think about your own church, and how those in your church, including you, treat those who come to your church for the first time. If a person walks into your church smartly dressed and well-presented are they treat the same as when a drunk or homeless person comes in?

Imagine being treated like this

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

I pray that I will never judge someone because of their outward looks, good or bad, but welcome every person into God’s house when they want to enter. We don’t know what others are going through, but God does. He brings people to His church when they are their lowest, in greatest need, so it’s our responsibility as Christians, to welcome them, just as Jesus would.

The song Somebody like me by The Martins, from which the above lyrics are an excerpt, is a great song, and a remind that someone like us needs to step up, and reach out to everyone who seeks shelter, or solace in God’s house.

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

Chorus

You’d think somebody would put their arm around him
You’d think somebody would hit a knee
Pull him in, say a prayer, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there
You’d think somebody would practice what they’re preaching
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Well he’s got problems nobody wants a part of
When he got up and slipped, nobody stood up
They don’t wanna make a scene, they let him walk out of there
Ooh, without a prayer

Chorus

You’d think somebody would do something different
You’d think somebody would go against the grain
Be the one to run him down
Bring him back and turn him around
You’d think somebody would want to make a difference
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Oh, can I get a witness (somebody, somebody), Ooh, Ooh

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu Off The Racetrack From Color-blind to Color-kind

Being kind to someone isn’t just about being nice to them. As the above quote says, being kind to someone many emotions or feelings in the person who experiences your kindness.

Kindness starts by showing someone unconditional love, and that gives the receiver the confidence that they can trust you. And when you trust someone love shines through.

Be kind to others, because isn’t that how you’d want others to treat you?

I read this on a friends Facebook timeline, and it really hit home to me. I wonder how many people go to their church simply because it’s the church they’ve always gone to, or it’s the one their friends go to?

So consider these statements…

If Jesus isnt preached in your church…
If there is no opportunity for people to respond to Him in your church worship services…
If the major thing isnt HIM…
If the Bible is compromised or watered down…

It might be the time to find a new church. 😳😩

Or at least challenge the one you are in

There are a lot of things that matter in this world. But the thing that matters most, is getting people connected to Jesus Christ and saved for eternity by Him. Everything else is secondary to that, so if found when you read the above statements that your conclusion was “at least challenge the [church] you are in”, then maybe the church you attend is not the right church for you.

Just because you’ve always done something or gone to the same place, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

Pentecost is the festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, as well as the start of the church’s mission in the world. And that is why we celebrate Pentecost today!

Act 2:1-4 and 17-21 (The Passion Translation)

On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

God said, ‘This is what I will do in the last days—I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dar  and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit today, I challenge you to renew God’s presence in your life today.