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In the last few days I’ve talked about how we get through tough times in our life. We can appear to be completely deflated and defeated by what we face, but when we follow the advice given in the posts of the last few days, we can find strength.

When we pray and give our all to God, He can start working in us, and through us, and start healing and renewing us for the inside out. So again I urge you, give all your problems and concerns to God, and He will help you through every situation you face.

Somethings we face in life can seem like immovable mountains. However that doesn’t mean that they are impassable, after all even the highest of mountains in the world have been conquered by man.

Just as the highest of mountains can now be scaled and passed when you have the right equipment and support team, so even the biggest of life challenges can be overcome when we trust God to give us the support we need.

In the last couple of days I’ve been talking about how we need to shine our light in this dark world. In order for a light to shine, it needs to get its power or energy from somewhere, so where do we get our energy from to shine our light?

The answer can be found in John 8:12:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

To make sure we have the power/energy to shine our light we must trust God. When we follow Him, he will give us the strength and guidance to shine our light.

Make sure you have the power to shine your light, so trust God and in return He will give you the light of life.

Here’s one of my favourite Salvation Army band pieces called The Light of the World (Dean Goffin). It features the hymn tune Aurelia which in this piece of music we associate with the following words:

O Jesus, Thou art standing, outside the fast closed door,
In lowly patience waiting to pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us, to keep Him standing there!

O Jesus, Thou art knocking; and lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle, and tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge, so patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal, so fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, Thou art pleading in accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children, and will you treat Me so?”
O Lord, with shame and sorrow we open now the door;
Dear Saviour, enter, enter, and leave us nevermore.

God is always watching over us, and looking out for us, but rather than just wandering or faltering maybe we need to take the initiative sometime, and approach him when we’re struggling.

God alone can calm our fears and give us peace, because only he can take away all our problems and worries. So let God give you rest.

Watching

Posted: September 6, 2018 in bible, faith, life, music, pets, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Ever feel like you’re being watched?

When we used to have a cat I used to get that feeling quite often – Our cat used to sit in places where he could see you, though sometimes it wasn’t obvious, and he’s watch or stare at you!

You could be in bed and get that eerie feeling someone was watching you, only to find the cat was sitting on the chest of drawers staring! It was a bit disconcerting but also quite funny how he could sit there for ages just staring…and often purring too.

So our cat used to watch us, but there is someone always watches over us, and looks out for us…God.

It may seem at times that God isn’t with us but that is far from the truth, as he has promised to be with us always, and he is, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25 (The Message)

Are you an encourager or do you inadvertently discourage those around you?

Yesterday in Worth Dying For, I once again spoke about how we all have disagreements with others. I then suggested we must all rise above any personal feeling or opinions, and simply love and care for one another.

When we love and care for others, we in turn encourage and support them too – Isn’t that what God needs us to do? So be that person who encourages those around you, because when we encourage one another when can achieve great things for God, together.

Yesterday in The Same God I challenged you to think about your church and whether everyone in it is actually serving the same God. Today follows on from that, as I want to look at our responsibility to the other in our church. In Acts 20:28 in The Message translation, we read:

Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.

We may not be the ones in charge of our church, but we do still have a responsibility to care for those who are part of our church.

We have disagreements with others, and there will always be those who, no matter what, will never be our favourite people! However God considers us all equal, as he thought we were all worth dying for…not just one or two of us, but every single one of us. If God can love each if us that much, surely we can rise above any personal felling or opinions, and just love and care for one another!

Yesterday in Spread Love I asked that we all try to spread some love, because it could make a huge difference to someone’s day.

In a similar vein, we should always be kind to others, as kindness costs the giver nothing, but may be the lifeline the receiver is desperately in need of.

2 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)

May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favour because you have done this.

Kindness encourages kindness, and kindness makes other’s lives brighter, so be spread some kindness each day.

Do you consider yourself to be unique?

You may have noticed the tagline on my blog tells you whether I consider myself to be unique:

I’d actually go further and say that I know I am unique – yes, I know many of you who know me will be saying thank goodness just now!

When we think of potters we think of them making each piece of pottery by hand on a pottery wheel, meaning each item is individual and unique.

In the bible we read about God being the potter and us the clay, so it stands to reason then that in making us, God has made us all unique.

Still, God, you are our Father. We’re the clay and you’re our potter: All of us are what you made us. ~ Isaiah 64:8 (The Message)

The world would be boring if we were all the same, wouldn’t it!

We all have times when we feel as if we can’t do the tasks in front of us.

However God can help us face everything and anything that lies ahead – In Philippians 4:13 we read

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

So remember whenever you think you can’t do or can’t face something, turn to God, and he will give you the strength to face each day.