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Imitate

Posted: September 18, 2019 in belief, bible, Employment, life, music, religion, words
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If you want to be the best footballer in the world, what do you do? Do you try and copy the dribbling, shooting or defensive skills of the player you consider to be the nest in the world?

If you want to become the best at your job, how to you achieve that? Do you go on training courses, to learn the best way to do things?

Ephesians 5:1 (The Passion Translation)

Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters.

If you want to become like Christ, we must, as it says in Ephesians, “be imitators of God”. But here’s my question to you, are imitators the real thing, or are they just going through the motions?

Yes, we need to learn from God to become more like Him. That means we must believe in Him and believe in all He does, otherwise we are simply imitators of God rather than true believer. So be a believer, not just an imitator of God.

Devotion

Posted: September 17, 2019 in faith, Health, heart, life, music, religion, words
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Devotion

love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.

Who or what are you devoted to?

Those who are Christians should be devoted fully to God. We God everything we have, so in return we should give Him our heart, our life, our all, our devotion.

All my world
All I’ve lost
The wrecks I’ve made here
The lives it cost
Your hand restores
Your works make whole
With all my soul
I thank You
I owe You
All my
Devotion
All that I have to give
Here’s my devotion
You’re all that it means to live

If you’re going through a tough time, and someone asks you if you’re really ok, so you say you’re ok, or do you tell them the truth?

I guess it depends on your relationships with the person who’s asking doesn’t it? Even if the person asking is someone you know well, and trust, that still doesn’t mean you are definitely going to tell someone how you really feel, does it?

Maybe it’s because when we’re going through tough times, it can take us every bit of strength we have, to keep it together and not completely fall apart.

Even when we can’t tell those closest to us just how much we’re struggling or finding life difficult, we can still take it all to God. God is always will us, so no matter what we are facing or going through, we must trust God. Because when we trust God, we can be assured that all will be well.

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Men and women, boys and girls, never knowing unconditional love, never feeling their future is secure.

Messages of turmoil, disasters, hatred fill our news and social media streams.

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Millions have turned from God thinking He doesn’t exist or doesn’t care for them.

Millions are wrong, God is always there for them, they just need to have faith to believe in God.

My prayer is that those of us who believe in God, do all we can to show those we come into contact with, that we are different, and live our lives differently, because we believe in God.

May we then be examples of Christ’s love to others, showing love and compassion to everyone.

Life and eternity

Posted: September 13, 2019 in faith, life, prayer, quotes, religion, self improvement
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Are you too busy trying to live each day, that you’re not preparing for your future?

Life is only too short if we haven’t prepared ourselves for eternity. I want to send eternity with God, therefore I have given my life to God. I pray that each day I live here on tis earth, that I will do my best, with God’s help, to lead the life He wants me to live.

Are you preparing for your eternal life with God, or are you too busy living your life here on earth? Enjoy life, but don’t leave it too late to sort our your eternity

It’s my turn to provide the devotions at our band practice tonight, so I thought I’d share will you what I will be sharing with the band tonight…

How are you at remembering significant dates in your life?

We all have significant dates in our lives that we mark each year because they were times of great happiness or celebration or because when they happened, they caused us great sadness.

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about significant dates that have changed my life, probably because in the last few weeks I’ve had a few of those dates, and there are others in the coming weeks also

  • Early August was my birthday..
  • Then just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • The end of last week marked 4 years since my Mum died.
  • And amazingly, in a few weeks time, that will be one year since I had life saving heart surgery to fix one of the issues I’ve lived with all my life.

Yes, I’ve marked, or will mark each of those significant dates I’ve just mentioned, in some way. But do I pay as much attention to those significant dates in my Christian journey?

I have to be honest and say, the only exact date I can remember in my Christian journey, is the day I made my decision to become senior soldier as it was on my 18th birthday! I was really disappointed that I couldn’t remember the date I first knelt at the mercy seat or the date I was enrolled as a senior soldier, both at Rutherglen Salvation Army. So much so that I found myself last week looking for the Articles of War I signed on the day I was made a senior soldier, and I found it, and that anniversary is in just a few weeks!

We each celebrate or mark the important dates in our life and many of us shared those anniversaries with our friends on social media. So my question to each of you tonight is, do you put the same importance into celebrating or marking the significant dates in your Christian life as you do, other life events?

Do you remember the date on which you first gave my heart to Jesus?

Or the exact date you were enrolled as a senior soldier?

Romans 1:1 (The Passion Translation)

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvellous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

God has promised to love us always and that in itself is a reason to celebrate isn’t it. I believe I’m one of the fortunate ones as I’ve had that significant moment in my lives I accepted God into my life, and promised to serve Him until the end. So I will mark those important dates in my life, but I will also celebrate God’s love for me each day. After all I hadn’t accepted God into my heart, who knows where I would be today! And where else would I want to be on a Wednesday night, than at band practice! 🙂

 

Here’s a favourite piece of mine which features the tune associated with there words which for me, sum up one of the most significant moments in my Christian life

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

True colours

Posted: September 9, 2019 in life, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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If we show our true Christians colours, not only will Christ see them, but so will others. When others look at us or talk to us, if we live our lives as a true Christian, they will see something different in us – Hopefully that difference will be they see Christ!

I pray that I start each day by asking God to help me live my life as a true Christian. By doing that, I hope that others will see Christ through me, and see something that makes them want to seek Christ for themselves.

One God.

One Son.

One sacrifice.

One cross.

One life. Oh may I live for Thee.

I did, at one point in my life, wonder if there really was any reason to carry on living. There seemed to be one problem or issue after another in every aspect of my life, that I just could see how I would ever get through that time.

Having got through that very difficult time, I realised that those days when I should have let God take full control of my life, were the days when I completely ignored God, because it seemed to me as if he had forgotten me. I really should have known better, after all I’d heard so many time before how God is always with us and has a plan for each of us. I forgot God’s timing wasn’t necessarily my desired timing, and so instead of trusting God, I turned away from him.

My faith is now stronger than ever as I know now I only got through those difficult days because God did not desert me. I also am now confident that God really does have a plan for me, and therefore I want to fulfil his plan for my life – I therefore have a reason to live because I believe in God.

So believe in God because He alone gives us a reason to live!

Have you ever come across a quote or a picture, which you feel describes you perfectly? Well I came across this picture a few days ago, and it struck a chord with me – I know I have made mistakes in the past which I truly regret, and as I said Spotlight yesterday, I wish I could just delete some of these mistakes from my past, but I can’t.

I know there are those who do treat me in a way that suggests they still hold my past mistakes against me, even though some may have happened a number of years ago. In the last 15 years my life I have faced some life changing situations, and because of that my faith had become stronger than it’s ever been. And because of that I know I am a completely different person now than I was 15 years ago and most definitely a different person than I was 30 years ago. Maybe that’s why this picture struck a chord with me!

Time passes, people change, so forgive those who have hurt you or made mistakes that have affected you in the past. Have a look at yourself, I’m sure you’re not the same person today as you were 10 or 20 years ago, so I’m sure you wouldn’t want others to hold your past mistakes against you, so don’t hold other’s past mistakes against them, forgive and move on.

I shared some thoughts about how critical we are of ourselves a couple of week’s ago, in my blog post called Critic – please have a read of that too.