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When we call out to someone, you hope they hear you and respond as quickly as they can. When we call out to God, He will respond to us before we even utter a sound, because He knows what we need even before we know we’re in trouble.
Maybe that’s why in the Jesus Culture song Fierce, they describe God’s love for us as being
Like a tidal wave
Crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce
Like a hurricane
That I can’t escape
Tearing through the atmosphere
Your love is fierce
God’s love is fierce. He loves us, and cares about what we do. He doesn’t want you to turn away from Him, so he will fight fiercely for us.
God will never let you down, even through the fiercest of storms, so trust Him.

Come alive

Posted: March 21, 2019 in belief, hope, life, love, music, religion, stress, trust, words
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How do we get this world back on track with God at the centre of everyone’s lives?

As I watch the world being held captive by dreams
That will never be fulfilled in this life,
Chasing the darkness and everything that surrounds
All the emptiness buried inside,
Well I won’t stop showing this hope that is holding
The passion so deep in my heart,
To tell all the world of Your love and affection
And the plan that You’ve had from the start,
So I will continue to fight

‘Til the world comes alive
‘Til the world comes alive
Cause You have restored us
And You have redeemed us
And we have been given new life
Cause You are alive

There is a freedom that begins by receiving
The forgiveness that cleanses us all
All the broken and bleeding just start by believing
His love has conquered death’s call.
So I will continue to fight

‘Til the world comes alive
‘Til the world comes alive
Cause You have restored us
And You have redeemed us
And we have been given new life
Cause You are alive

I walk out on the battlefield
See that all the pain is real
Be the hands that stop the bleeding
Seeing all these wounded souls
All they really need is hope
I’ll show Your great love is healing

‘Til the world comes alive

‘Til the world comes alive
‘Til the world comes alive
Cause You have restored us
And You have redeemed us
And we have been given new life
Cause You are alive
And You are alive
You are alive
You are alive

As I watch the world being held captive by dreams
That will never be fulfilled in this life

Are you ready to help wake up the world? Are you ready to give this world hope by telling the how much God loves every person?

Go on, take responsibility and wake up this world to God!

 

Come alive by Jeremy Camp

 

The difficult times come, praising God can feel like the last thing you want to do. However if we don’t trust God through the difficult times, can we be sure we can survive the storm?

Life storms often come one after another making feel more and more like they will never end. When that happens that is often a time of great challenge, and questioning God why he’s let this happen to us, and even why he’s not stopping this from happening.

Without going through storms, would our faith ever truly be tested or challenged? In turn could we ever be sure our faith is secure enough to survive a storm?

Storms whether weather or life related are not the nicest thing to go through, however whenever I doubt whether I can get through a storm, I remind myself that a few years ago I believed there was no point in carrying on, but I survived and I now realised that even in those darkest of days, God was with me, he hadn’t deserted me, as I thought he had. God never gave up on me, even when I felt like I’d given up on myself and on him.

So even when you seem to be facing never-ending storms in life, don’t give up, just keep on believing, because God is with you, and will get you through those days.

Praise You In This StormThunderstorms

I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say, “Amen” and it’s still raining

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry, You raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on if I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as You mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Healing rain! That sounds ridiculous doesn’t it, but it is true, there is such a thing as healing rain – It’s not physical rain, but a way of describing the pouring out of God’s love for each one of us, so that we are soaked in His love.

One of my favourite songs is Michael W Smith‘s Healing Rain. and it reminds us of God’s love raining down on us.

Healing rain is coming down
It’s coming closer to the lost and found
Tears of joy, and tears of shame
Are washed forever in Jesus’ name

As I said in yesterday’s blog, life can sometimes make us feel like we’re getting soaked by difficult life events. That’s why I think I like this song because even when we’re hurting physically or emotionally, it reminds us that if we let God’s love pour over us He can heal all our wounds.

I must admit, after writing yesterday’s blog post in the middle of last week, I’ve struggled to get any inspiration for today’s or the rest of this week’s blog posts…that is until yesterday!

Yesterday morning at church, we were treated to a beautiful vocal solo by Olwyn Mathie which reminded us that even when it seems to constantly raining in our lives, God is with us, and will soon turn our rain to sunshine.

Last week was not only a week of very wet and rainy weather for us, but also one where I felt that the rain in my life was never going to end. So Olwyn’s solo was the reminder I needed, that even when life is tough, the sunshine is not far away when we trust God.

I pray that whatever difficulties you may be facing just now, you too will be reminded that God is always with us and so the sunshine is not far away when we trust Him.

Let the Holy Spirit come over you now
As the healing rain falls from the clouds
There is nothing you can do to deserve it
You don’t have to earn His love
Let the rain fall from above
Merciful rain falls over the children
Merciful rain falls over the children
Merciful rain falls over the children of God
Over the children of God
Merciful rain falls
See the Holy Dove descending over you now
Feel the Living Water cleansing your soul
In the name of Jesus you have been forgiven
You have been redeemed forever
Fix your eyes on Heaven

I remember when I was young, my gran used to beckon me to “come close so I can…”. I would get all excited when she said that to me, as often it was to give me a some sweets or some coins from her purse. It maybe doesn’t sound like much now, but at that time, and at that age, it really meant something to me.

There is another person who beckoned to me to “come close” many years ago, and I responded, and that is God. God continues to call me to Him after all these years, because He knows that sometimes I just need reminded to go to Him when I’m in trouble.

As you come close to God in prayer, He brings purpose even from the brokenness of your life. You can’t remain downcast when you turn your face upward to God. He reaches down to your lowest pit, but He doesn’t leave you there. Women Who Move Mountains – @SueDetweiler

I recently heard the word ‘runaway’ on a TV programme which I wasn’t particularly watching, it was just a noise in the corner. I’ve found since then that since then I’ve thought about ‘runaways’ on a number of occasions since then, but wasn’t entirely sure why.

So I decided to think about this in more detail and find out why this word was nagging at me. First I though I’d think about ‘runaway’ situations:

  • Children or teenagers running away from home.
  • Running away from a dangerous of hazardous situation.
  • Not running away in the physical sense, but in an emotional sense when you try to distance yourself from emotional or stressful events or situations.
  • Again, not running away in the physical sense, but in an emotional sense when you try to distance yourself from a work situation you don’t want to get involved in.
  • Believing God exists and knowing you should trust Him, but failing to full give Him your all, means you’re running away from Him and His abundant love.

Running away can sometimes be the only option in some circumstances, for example when you’re in danger. However when it comes to running away from God, is there really a good reason to run? God has only ever offered each of us his love, forgiveness of our sins and everlasting life – All he wants in turn is our all. When we give him our all we can find that perfect peace we’ve been seeking for so long.

When we’re young, I’m we all were read stories by our parents at bedtime. When we go to school, we’re given stories to read ourselves and encouraged to read more stories ourselves.

I love reading, I always have, I think it was the fictional stories I was told or read that really caught my imagination and made me want to read more.

Were you inspired by the stories you read as youngster? Did you ever think you could write a bestseller or maybe I should ask did you ever wish you could write a bestseller?

I said the stories I read as  youngster, were fictional stories, and they are still my favourite – I like crime/detective stories best.

But stories don’t have to be fictional to be best sellers. In fact the best-selling books ever was not fictional, the bible! You may find some lists of best sellers do not include the bible, which I don’t understand, as if it’s not a book what is it!

Stories of love, hatred, instructions for life, adversity, parenting, deceit, war, life lessons, miracles…you name it, the bible has a story about it! So if you’ve never read the best-selling book of all time (or even if you have), why not start reading it today. Don’t be put of by the language in the bible, as many of the versions that are now available read just as stories, so you’d never realise you were even reading the bible if it wasn’t for all bible characters being mentioned!

It can sadly be the case these days, that some churches have completely forgotten why they were built in the first place. I’ve heard of churches where there’s more in-fighting than caring for one another; churches where they simply seems to exist to promote their own achievements instead of promoting God in their community.

It’s sad isn’t it, because at the end of the day if we’re part of a church, we must be completely God focused, making sure our church is set for its mission, as directed by God.

This is the recipe I follow for life – Just like a recipe for baking or making food, even if you follow a recipe to the letter, it doesn’t always turn out as you expect. The difference with the life recipe is that even when it doesn’t work out as expected, God is always at the centre of everything that happens, so he continues to guide and teach me through every aspect of life.

This is the best recipe you will ever have for life, and it’s free! So I share it with you today so you too can experience life at it’s best.