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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Preparation definitely is important for everything we do

  • Would you sit your driving test without first having driving lessons?
  • Would you go on stage as a concert pianist without learning to play the piano, and spending hours and hours practicing?
  • Would you rewire our house without being trained as an electrician?

Just as we must prepare or train so we can be successful in the tasks we undertake, so we must prepare ourselves so we are receptive to God. We cannot be true Christians without preparing our heart for God.

To do that we must clear out our hearts and minds of all thoughts, words and deeds that do not reflect God. We must give all our worries and stresses to God and leave them with Him. Only then will be truly be ready for God to be at the centre of all we do. So if you life is not ready for God today, start preparing your life and your heart today.

It always fascinated when I was young, why God chose David to fight the Goliath. After all David was just a young boy and Goliath was a giant – Surely there were others better equipped, with more training to face Goliath?

When you actually look into it though, before fight Goliath, David actually fought a lion and a bear. Those previous battles were designed to train, prepare and build David’s confidence, so he was ready for his battle with Goliath.

Compare that with your own life – I know it’s unlikely we’ve had to fight a lion, a bear or a giant, but we do each face huge challenges in our lives. At the time those challenges may seem insurmountable and we may question why we have to face them. However just like David, each difficulty we face today is designed teach and train us for whatever battles or difficulties we may face tomorrow.

For love

Posted: October 18, 2019 in life, love, music, prayer, religion, sin, words
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All for love

All for love the Father gave
For only love could make a way
All for love the heavens cried
For love was crucified
Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me
Everything I need is You
My beginning, my forever
Everything I need is You
Let me sing all for love
I will join the angels song
Ever holy is the Lord
King of Glory
King of all
All for a love a Saviour prayed
Abba Father have Your way
Though they know not what they do
Let the Cross draw man to You

 

I can really relate to the words of this song, particularly these ones

Oh how many times have I broken Your heart
But still You forgive
If only I ask
And how many times have You heard me pray
Draw near to me

It’s because God loves us so much, that I can confidently say that no matter how many times I fail God, when I ask Him for forgiveness, He still forgives me, over and over again. That’s why we must continually pray that God will come close to us. Only when we let God fully into our hearts and lives, will we be able to live the life God has planned for us.

Because God loves you, let him draw near to you today.

Why do we do the things we do
How can we sing when there seems no reason to
How do we smile when there’s not much to smile about
When the world is down who are we to stand and shout
They wonder why we do the things we do

These are questions I’ve often pondered. Questions which really only have one answer…

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ~ John 3:16 (The message)

 

It’s all because of this
It’s all because of this
We’ve tasted love, tasted hope, tasted holiness

Into Your hands
I commit again
With all I am, for You, Lord
You hold my world
In the palm of Your hand
And I am Yours forever

Everything I am is because of God.

Everything I’ve failed to be, is because God has a greater plan for me, or I have thought I’ve known better and gone my own way.

Everything I can be, is only achievable when I put my whole trust in him

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing
With all I am

I believe, do you?

When we trust someone, we believe in them. We believe they won’t let us down, and will always be there for us.

Sadly, when we put our trust in others, they often let us down. They turn out not to be the reliable, faithful friend we thought they were.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Passion Translation)

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.

As we’re told in Proverbs, God is the one we should be putting our trust in. He can always rely on Him, because He’s always by our side.

Trust in Him, always.

Psalm 66:9 (The Passion Translation)

There’s no doubt about it; God holds our lives safely in his hands. He’s the one who keeps us faithfully following him.

We’re reminded in this verse in Psalms that God has promised to look after us always.

Imagine you promise your your best friend something, but they continually keep asking you to confirm that you’re still going to keep your promise to them. That feels like they don’t really trust you doesn’t it? So when we doubt God, we’re really questioning the promise God has made to each one of us!

There is a possibility that even our best friends will not keep promises they have made us, however there should be no doubt in our mind that God will always keep his promise to always be there for us, and look after us.

Yesterday I spoke about how we should never doubt God’s love for us, especially when we are going through difficult times in our life.

So, with that in mind, how much do we need God?

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.

Psalm 46:1 (The Passion Translation)

Don’t ever doubt that He’s not there for you, or that He doesn’t care about what you’re walking through. He loves you more than you could ever imagine, and promises to be with you, always.

Jesus.

The One who sets us free.

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My Jesus, Lord I need you

Let’s be honest, it can be really difficult at times to believe God is still listening to your prayers. And even more difficult to believe he will answer them when he doesn’t answer them when or how you want.

When we go through difficult times in our life, that’s when we trust God more than ever. However because we are human, we do doubt him, and doubt his plans for us.

I love the song Don’t Doubt Him Now, not just the beautiful melody, but also because I can really relate the words. The message is clear, don’t doubt him now, instead trust in God’s love and turn your care to gladness.

Don’t doubt Him now
Don’t lift your heart to sorrow
Though all around seems in such disarray
God’s love is sure, sustaining through tomorrow
Dispelling doubt that only brings despair
Don’t doubt Him now, don’t doubt Him now.

Trust in God’s love to turn your care to gladness
Prove for yourself the merits of His grace
Find in His strength the will to shake off sadness
Discover too the warmth of His embrace
Trust in God’s love, don’t doubt Him now.

Your faith in Him will gladden every morning
The days ahead will more His goodness show
Your heart with trust fulfils the Father’s longings
And in return His love He will bestow
Have faith in Him, don’t doubt Him now.

When we’re not confident about ourselves, our looks, our personality, our ability to do our job etc we can let the most innocent of comments really affect us.

Sometimes we even let those comments nag at us until we can blow the comment out of proportion and let it make us feel worthless.

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, remember you are amazing!

God made each one of us. He planned our life before us. He planned how we look, our personality, our abilities, our spiritual gifts. So never listen to those who doubt you, because God knows what he’s doing, and has made you the amazing individual you are today.

Believe in God, and believe in his plan for you.

Cos we are amazing
If only we could believe that it’s all in His hands
We’re a part of a plan that’s much bigger than us
Yes we are amazing
There’s nothing we can’t achieve
and we don’t need to change
So I’m gonna stay, just the way God made me