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How will others know how God can change their lives if we don’t show them what He’s done in ours through our actions and our words?

If ever there was a reason why we must live our lives as God desires us to, that is it! If we don’t show others God’s love through the way we live our lives, others will never believe God loves them and can change their life.

For this is what I’m glad to do
It’s time to live a life of love that pleases You
And I will give my all to You
Surrender everything I have and follow You
I’ll follow You

When you’re arranging to meet someone for a meal or a coffee, what is your response if they ask you where you want to meet?

I often say, “Wherever suits you” and basically pass the decision-making back to the other person. When the person then decides on a location, am I always happy about it? To be honest, no I’m not! However having told the person to pick a location, can I really be unhappy with their choice!

This got me thinking about God and how we say to God, “Here am I, send me”. We don’t say, “Here am I, send me to a or b”. Instead by saying, “Here I am, send me”, we imply we’re happy to go wherever God wants us to go.

I’ll leave you thinking about this question…are you really ready and willing to go wherever God needs you?

Here I am

Posted: December 2, 2018 in belief, faith, life, music, religion, trust, words
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When you say ‘Here I Am’ to God, what are your expectations?

When God responds by telling you what and where He wants you to go, are you willing?

This following video is of one of my favourite songs, it called Here I Am Send Me by Darlene Zschech, and it reminds us of all we need to do to give our all to God. But just as importantly tells us how we in return must be willing to say to God, ‘Send me’.

Are you ready and willing to be sent wherever God wants you to go?

Every knee will bow
Every tongue confess
Every heart will cry out Your Name
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Every life, will see
The glory of our King
Jesus come and reign in our hearts
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

God of heav’n and earth
We long for more of You
Come and meet; with us as we pray
You are welcome, You’re welcome

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me, God!

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours

Holy Spirit come, come in power
My life is Yours, my life is Yours
Holy Spirit come, start a fire
My life is Yours, my life is Yours!

Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me
Here I am, send me, God!

Send me to the nations
Send me to my neighbours
Send me with Your love!

Here I am send me
Here I am send me
Here I am send me, God!

Do you consider yourself to be a survivor?

Life can be tough, and life can make us get to a point where we feel like victims. That’s why where we are rescued by God (as I spoke about yesterday in Rescuer), we become a survivor.

If you’ve ever been a bit nervous about a task you’ve to do, but then manage to do the task successfully, I’m sure you feel relieved, and possibly want to tell others how you survived your experience.

Well it should be no different when it comes to surviving a difficult time in your life, you should tell others about that too, because God was at the root of your survival.

This is the sound of surviving
This is my farewell to fear
This is my whole heart deciding
I’m still here, I’m still here
And I’m not done fighting
This is the sound of surviving

There are times when each of us find ourselves in need of help or rescuing, so we probably call one of the following:

  • Police
  • Ambulance or doctor
  • Fire brigade
  • Coastguard or lifeboat
  • Car breakdown service

We put our lives and our future in their hands, in the knowledge that they will do what is best for us.

When it comes to God we shouldn’t wait until we’re in trouble before we turn to Him, instead we should be letting Him rescue us before we even get into trouble.

This song by Rend Collective sums this up really well – here’s them singing Rescuer

There is good news for the captive, good news for the shamed
There is good news for the one who walked away
There is good news for the doubter, the one religion failed
For the Good Lord has come to seek and save

He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

He is beauty for the blind man, riches for the poor
He is friendship for the one the world ignores
He is pasture for the weary, rest for those who strive
For the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life
Yes the Good Lord is the way, the truth, the life (Hey!)

He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary
So come and be chainless (Come and be chainless)
Come and be fearless (Come and be fearless)
Come to the foot of Calvary
‘Cause there is redemption
For every affliction (For every affliction)
Here at the foot of Calvary

Oh He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
He’s our rescuer (Hey!)
We are free from sin forevermore (We are free indeed)
Oh how sweet the sound (Hey!)
Oh how grace abounds (Hey!)
We will praise the Lord our rescuer
We will praise the Lord our rescuer (Hey!)

We’ve all heard people give examples of situations and events and say, “When your life depends on it”. But have you ever considered the phrase “when your death depends on it”?

For me when it comes to death, I am sure that if you have given your heart and your all to God, you can be assured of eternal life with God. Therefore, when we die our future depends on the decisions and promises we made during our life.

I therefore urge you to make sure you decide your future long before you die, by giving your all to God today.

Counting

Posted: November 23, 2018 in flowers, Food, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, Travel, words
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I wonder on a daily basis, how many things we count. For example

  • Minutes until going home time!
  • Potatoes to boil for the dinner
  • Can of juice in the fridge
  • Miles until you reach your destination
  • Steps to enter a building
  • Flowers blooming in your garden

Did you notice there was something missing from my list of suggestions – God wasn’t included in any of my suggestions.

I may not have included God in my list of suggestions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing about God we should count each day. Do you count the number of blessings you receive from God each day?

It may be that when you first think about how many blessings you’ve received from God today you think there will be very few. But I guarantee when you actually sit down and think about it God’s blessings  will far outnumber all those other things I’ve suggested, and many of them will be things that we normally just take for granted.

I thank God today for the countless blessings he gives to me each day.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ~ Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

Have you ever felt like this? Bored!

We’ve probably all felt like that sometime. For the last few weeks, and the next while I am not working. This doesn’t mean I’ve been free to do what I want or go where I want as I’ve been very limited in what I am able to do physically. This has meant that I’ve had to find lots of things to do which involve limited physical activity at the very most, and that’s hard! You’ve got to be really desperate to watch day-time TV, and there’s only so much you can read, so yes, I have found myself feeling bored and frustrated at times.

So out of interest I googled ‘bored’, and had a look at some of the images it offered me that relate to being bored. This one was definitely my favourite

Don’t worry folks, I haven’t (yet!) done this 🙂

My lesson from this is that if ever I need cheered up, just google how you feel and have a look at the images it suggests, you’re sure to see one that amuses you and brightens your day.

Catch

Posted: November 15, 2018 in bible, life, love, mercy, religion, trust, words
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We can find in a lot of things these days that thing that seems too good to be true, usually are. i.e. When it sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a catch!

While many things offered to us by others can often come with a catch, there is one thing in life that comes with no catch…God’s love!

Here’s some very well-known words from 1 John 4:16 which remind us that God loves us:

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

No matter your past, no matter your current life, God loves you and can help you make your future.