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When you think of the advent season, what do you think about?

  • Christmas Day
  • The birth of Christ
  • God’s love
  • Those less fortunate than you

Mother Teresa summed up the advent season well when she said this

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.

Yes during advent we must love others, can I ask you to extend that period, so that all year round others.

Are you short of self-confidence, or need reassurance that what you’re doing is right?

Do you hate the way you look, and try all sorts of potions and lotions to try to improve your looks?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to either of these questions, you probably will understand why I mean when I say, you can get ‘enemy voices’ in your head telling you you’re not good enough, or not pretty enough. But let me remind you that you are amazing, just the way you are!

That I am amazing, in spite of what I can see
When I look at myself, wishing I could be anyone other than me
‘Cause I was created, with everything I could ever need
So I’m not gonna change, I’m gonna stay
Just the way God made me

Some things are easy to say, but difficult to put into practice. For me, the statement in this picture are some of those.

There is one part of this statement that I find far more difficult than the rest – can you guess which part that is?

I suspect you’ll not be surprised when I tell you, “A heart that forgives the worst” is what I find the most difficult. I’m human, have many flaws, and yes, when someone really hurts me or those I love, it can be very difficult to forgive them. However I believe forgiving them is what I must do, and so I do try to forgive, though if I’m honest, I do still struggle with this at times.

I pray that we may each be able to say the above prayer sincerely, knowing that God will help us to achieve the goals stated in this prayer.

Over the last few days I’ve been talking about how we need to live a Christ-like life so others will be able to see God through our words and our actions.

I don’t know about you, but when I think about spreading God’s message, I tend to think about people I don’t know, rather than family and friends who don’t believe in God. I know that’s wrong, as the people I’m closest to, who see and interact with me on a regular basis, are far more likely to see the real me and how I act and talk on a daily basis than someone I don’t know but our paths cross once or twice over a period of time.

My challenge for me and for you today, is to make sure those I love know I love God, and what He means to me, and what He can do for them. Because if I don’t tell them and show them, how can I expect someone else to convince them?!

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?

Have you heard the following quote before?

It’s a quote I’ve seen and read a number of times in the past, but today I’ve found an added dimension to this when I found the following image

Yes, to change the world we must love our family, but to love them we must truly live as God wants us to. Therefore we must live as we’re instructed to do by God, and once we start treating our family as we should, we can them start working with and treating our friends and neighbours as we should; Then our community and so on, until we reach the world!

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!)