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Blessed

Posted: November 19, 2018 in faith, heart, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Maybe you’re wondering what you need to do to ‘be a blessing’. It’s actually quite easy, as all you need to do is give your heart and your all to God, and He will then put you in the situations and places where you are needed, where He needs you – He will then help you and guide you to say and do what is needed to bless those who need you.

You’ve probably heard it said many times before that God will always give you what you need to do what He need you to do, and this is true when you are doing His work.

So get out there and bless others, but just as importantly, be blessed too!

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.

On Monday I asked you a few questions about whether you go to church, and if you became a member of your church for the right reasons.

I hope by now you’ve had time to consider your answer to those questions.

As I said yesterday, it’s ok if you became a member of your church for the wrong reasons, but now realise you did it for the wrong reasons.

Having realised you joined for the wrong reasons, what have you done about it? Are you still attending and still taking your place as a member? Is there a chance you’re still a member because part of you still believes it’s what you should do?

Maybe deep down you believe in God. If so, why not give church another chance, but go with your mind and heart open and receptive to what God has to say to you, you never know what might happen – God has reached out to, and been accepted into the hearts of people you’d never expect, so He would love you to do the same.

Let God speak to you so you truly get to know him, for the right reasons.

Yesterday I asked you a few questions about whether you go to church, and if you became a member of your church for the right reasons.

I hope you’ve had time to consider your answer to my questions yesterday.

It’s ok if you become a member of your church for the wrong reasons, the main thing is that you know you did it for the wrong reasons. e.g. pressure from your friends or family, expectations of others in your church.

Maybe you joined for the wrong reasons a long time ago, but maybe now you do attend for the right reasons. You now attend church and believe in God, so you are doing it for the right reasons now. Maybe you could consider seeing if you could re-commit to your church again, knowing that this time you’ll be doing it for the right reason?

Firstly today I want to ask you a couple of questions:

  • Do you go to church?
  • If you do, why do you go?

I’m sorry for all the questions, but I just wanted to get you thinking before you read my thoughts for today.

For those who do go to church or who used to go to church, I want to focus on why. There are lots of reasons why people attend church: faith, friendship, habit, your parent make you, or maybe you’re not entirely sure why you go.

While we may go to church for different reasons, if we become active members of that church, we must do that for the right reasons. i.e. we believe in God, we want to learn more about God, to be challenged to help/inspire others to follow God.

If you’re a member of your church – for example in the Salvation Army, we are called soldiers when we become members – when did you become a member, and why?

Sadly I’ve found over the years are many younger folk will become members of their church just because that’s what is expected of them by their family or friends. Rather than because they truly believe and understand the promises they are ‘signing-up’ to when they become members, and willingly want to take on those responsibilities. That’s why I believe many of these youngsters within 5/10 years of becoming members of their church, have stopped attending.

So today, take yourself back to the day you became a member of your church and committed your life to God – Did you do it for the right reason?

That’s quite a hard-hitting question isn’t? I suspect for some of you it will be a question may need to spend some time considering before you answer.

Today marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed bringing to an end of the First World War. So today, on this Remembrance Sunday we particularly celebrate the end of WW1, but as always, we also remember those who died fighting for our country, for our freedom, in many conflicts all over the world.

We also think of those who fought in these conflicts, and returned home, as their lives will have been changed forever because of what they have witnessed, and the friends they have lost. Life will never be the same for them.

Life for us would not be as it is today if it wasn’t for the thousands of brave men and women, who were part of our armed forces who fought for their country, our country.

There are still many men and women in our armed forces today who are protecting/fighting for our country, here in the UK and in conflict situations around the world. They too are in our thoughts today, so please pray for them, and their families, and pray for their safe return home.

We are all individuals. We are all unique. We all have different experiences. We all experience emotions when we go through life, however the emotions we feel in each circumstance are individual to us. Therefore just because you know how you feel when you experience a particular situation, doesn’t mean that is how others feel.

Remember we are unique, no-one else know how we truly feel, so don’t ever think you know exactly how someone else feels, unless they tell you!

Do you regularly attend a church?

Are you inspired by the services when you attend?

If you don’t feel inspired by the worship at your church, have you wondered why?

  • Do you go out of habit not expecting to be challenged or inspired?
  • Do you go feeling there’s no way anything anyone says or does can possibly challenge you?
  • Do you go ready to be challenged, but find nothing in the service relates to you?
  • Are others in at the service challenged and inspired by the worship?

Depending on your answers to those questions, it sounds like there may be two possible solutions to why you get nothing from attending church:

  1. Maybe you need to be open and receptive to God’s message when you go to church.
  2. Maybe you should try attending a different church to see if you are more receptive to their way of worship.
  3. Suggest changes to the format of worship at your church, so that you and others can find the inspiration and challenge you are all looking for.
  4. Pray for your church; Pray for your church leadership team; Pray!

However and wherever you worship, the main thing must always be that you focus on God and make Him the centre of worship. So do what you need to do to make sure He remains at the centre of your worship.

I’m do not profess to be a marriage expert, but I’m sure like many, I have heard many descriptions of what marriage means, and what makes a marriage work. This photo is probably one of the best I’ve seen for some time, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the quote is from the bible.

 

Do you believe these words, that you must believe in yourself?

If we don’t believe in ourself, how can we expect anyone else to believe in us? Many may try to tell us that we are not important, that we are worthless, that we can’t achieve anything, but we are important – In fact we are more important than any one else we know, so remember that always!

We can do lots of things in our life, but we can only achieve greatness if we truly believe in ourselves, so believe in yourself, and believe in your importance in this world, because you are important!