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I was listening again to the the song We Believe by Newsboys, and one phrase in the song really stuck with me this time

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

It got me thinking about my faith, and the reason I attend church. In the Salvation Army we can at times put a lot of our focus on our musical sections (both our junior and adult bands and choirs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as our musical sections can most definitely make a huge contribution to our worship through their music.

I personally find the music provided by our musical sections, as well as the congregational songs used in  worship often bring me closer to God, and being able to be part of that music making is a great privilege for me, as I believe this how God wants me to contribute to worship.

What the words of this Newsboys song reminded me was that I must never let the music or music making be the reason I worship. Worship must be first and foremost about praising God and learning more about Him. Yes, we can praise God through our music making, but that should not be the main reason we go to church. Our faith must definitely be more than anthems, more than the music.

In many sports it’s clear that a team or player deliberately target what they feel are their opponent’s vulnerabilities or weaknesses. It’s clear why they do that, as in sport it all about the win isn’t it?

Vulnerabilities don’t just exist when a sport is being played, they exist in our every aspect of our lives. None of us are perfect, we all have weakness, and that is why in our lives we often find ourselves being targeted by the devil. The devil sees when we are weak and puts doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us. He’s great at targeting our weaknesses, but we can overcome the devil’s attack on us by putting our faith firmly in God, and letting Him take away all our burdens and strengthen our weaknesses. God will help us become better and stronger people by helping us learn from our weaknesses and become stronger in our faith.

Yesterday in God Knows I spoke about how, when life gets tough, we often find ourselves thinking we know what’s best for us, rather than trusting God. It can be tough to understand what is happening when life is tough, and it can be even harder to fully trust God to get us through those days.

It seems strange saying that it can be harder to trust God when that’s what I know I should be doing in every situation. However when you’re in the middle of a tough situation, you just want it to finish there and then, with a good outcome. Sadly not every tough situation can be resolved quickly, nor can every one come to a happy conclusion, and that’s what makes it so difficult to continue to have faith that God does know what’s best for us.

So when tough times come, remember it’s up to you whether you place your trust in God and drop your faith anchor, or whether you let fear take hold by letting it drop anchor. I pray that whatever I may face I will always put my faith in God, and not let fear take hold of my life, because God will never stop caring for me.

Have you ever noticed that we always think we know what’s best for us when we’re in a difficult situation?

It’s strange isn’t it, because when everything is going well for us, we can be the first to say that we must put our full trust in God.

So why do we do that? Could it be that our faith isn’t as strong as we think is is, and that’s why when tough times come, we don’t fully trust God to get us through?

We really should know better thought, shouldn’t we!

Best for us

Posted: August 4, 2019 in belief, bible, faith, life, music, prayer, religion, trust
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When God answers our prayers in a way we don’t understand or don’t even like, we may wish he’d change his answer.

When we seek guidance from God, but don’t like the answers we find in His word, we look for different answers.

Why don’t we trust God, and trust His word?

God always knows what’s best for us. That means his guidance to us not seem right to us sometimes. However that’s when must put our faith in God even more, because His way is always best, even when at the time it may not seem the best to us.

Psalm 16:5 (The Passion Translation)

Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance.
You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.
I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (I’ve been chosen), I believe God has chosen each of us to be part of his family. I make no apology for talking about being chosen again today, after all we read in many places in the bible, that we have been chosen, so it must be true!

When we know someone has chosen us, we are reassured that they will guide and direct us, and possibly protect us, and that’s exactly what God has promised to do for His chosen people.

So let God guide and direct you by choosing Him today.

Chosen to be a soldier,
Chosen by God;
Chosen to be a soldier,
Washed in his blood;
Chosen to be a soldier,
Lost ones to save,
Chosen to be a soldier
In the Army brave

Edward Henry Joy

I believe God chose me, and He has chosen you too!

Ephesians 1:4 (The Passion Translation)

And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.

Accept God into your life today, because He loves you and chose you to be part of his family, long before you were even born.

When at school no matter how good I was at sports, I was always one of the last people to picked to be in a team during the sports lessons (though I was picked in the school teams). I never quite got that at the time, as I was always quite good at racket sports, football, volleyball etc, but still never got picked until there was nobody else left. Looking back these days, I now realise that while maybe my focus would have been on picking people to help my team win, others were simply picking their friends to be in their team, and that explains why I was always left to the end!

While I may not have been chosen to be part of a team chosen by my so-called fiends, and that hurt, I do know that I have still been chosen.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (The Message)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

God has chosen me to be me. He’s chosen me to be part of his family. He doesn’t care what I’ve done in the past. All he wants is for me to seek Him as my friend and saviour. I’ve done that and the good news is, He has also chosen you – All you have to do is seek him.

I have found the music and words of a particular song going through my mind constantly for the last few days.

O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

Tune: St. Margaret

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about my Mum in these last few days, so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that this song has being going round my head. Just as God promised to love me unconditionally, so I am reminded that Mum and Dad always loved me.

It is because of the love and guidance I received as a youngster that I came to believe in God, and having grown up in the Salvation Army, I ultimately gave him my all when I was enrolled as a senior soldier of Rutherglen Salvation Army when a teenager.

Yes, that was a while ago now, and yes I’ve questioned and doubted God on many occasions, however God has never let me go, and has always stayed by my side and guided and strengthened me, even when at the time, it didn’t feel like it.

O Joy, that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.

Don’t ever let go of God, because He will never let go of you!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I feel it important to mention again, that it is perfectly normal for us when we’re going through difficult times, to feel abandoned by God.

Even in those times of doubt, our faith will keep us strong, and keep us believing in God. Why? Because of this..

God will always look after us, even when we think He’s forgotten us. He will take care of us, and because of that, those who love us will pray for us.