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Witness

Posted: June 28, 2017 in life, music, quotes, religion
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What can we do for God in these dark times?

The light of the world can overcome the darkness in this world, but we must be His beacons of light in the darkness.

 

 

Hope

Posted: June 23, 2017 in hope, life, music, quotes, religion
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Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. ~ Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

There is only one person who can truly give us hope. Hope for today, and hope for the future. God, where all my hope comes from.

Why do opportunities not come with big signs on them, so it’s obvious they are opportunities!

Opportunities don’t just fall into our laps, we have to identify them and then put the work in to grab the opportunity, even if that means we have to work hard to achieve it.

When you see a closed bag or a suitcase, is it possible to tell what’s inside it, without actually looking inside?

Just as you can’t possibly tell for certain what’s inside a closed bag or suitcase just by looking at it from the outside, neither can we realistically expect to know exactly what someone has experienced in their life, or going through at the moment.

There is a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. Don’t be quick to judge. Be kind and assume the best. ~ Nicky Gumbel

So be kind, and always ‘see’ the best in everyone, because you don’t know what they are going through.

I came across the following on Twitter a few days ago, and it struck me how apt it was, give recent events. We’ve seen the emergency services work continuously in horrendous circumstances, for hours and days. We’ve seen communities working together despite their differences, and despite the difficult circumstances they themselves may be facing.

Strong people do what’s right and show up to help others. They may be tired and going through a tough time, but they find a way to be there.

When it comes down to it, I believe that in the worst of circumstances that is when the best of us will show itself. What would you do if you found yourself in the midst of some kind of disaster, such as those that have happened in the UK in the last few weeks?

Outcomes are described as:

  • the way a thing turns out;
  • a consequence.

Whatever we are facing, we can rest in the assurance that the outcome does not depend upon our strength, but on God’s. ~ @RichStearns

As the above quotes says, we can change the outcome or consequences of all we do, by letting God be at the centre of all be do. Give God your all, and He will give you strength.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace 

We can seek healing for many things: physical illness or injury, spiritual brokenness, emotional frailty etc. But do we seek healing from the correct source?

No matter what part of our life is in need of healing, if we ask God to help us, He will reach out to us and helps, and heals us.

So reach out to God today, and He will heal you of all your ills, physical, emotional or spiritual. Just trust Him.

When we are physically injured or ill, we go and see our GP or go to the hospital to be healed.

When we are injured, hurt or spiritually broken, where should we go, and who should we seek?

God is the one who an heal the broken and give the lost direction. While we can seek God anywhere, we must tell the people in our communities that

Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing. ~ Nicky Gumbel

None of us are perfect, and therefore we are all in need of a place, a church, where we can find healing.

Have you found your church?

I wrote this blog post several days ago, obviously unaware of the events that would unfold last night in London. But it seems even more relevant today because of last night horrendous events.

We have no idea what lies ahead of us, either 2 minutes from now, 2 days from now or even 2 years from now. That’s why we must not get so caught up in things that have happened in the past, that we forget to live today in the here and now.

Today may not always be perfect but if we don’t make the most of it, we may regret it not just tomorrow, but forever.

When it seems darkness is surrounding us, don’t despair, because no matter how bad life is, or how low we feel, we can find light in the darkness.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:5 (NIV)

Even when there seems to be no hope, be assured that even where there is the smallest light, that light can overcome the darkness – Just as good can overcome evil.