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These are some of the most reassuring words I have ever heard. Knowing that no matter what I face in life, God is with me, makes me happy.

If you do not believe in God, you probably don’t understand why those words make me so happy, or understand how words can make me happy as aren’t actions stronger than words?

For me I believe in God, and I’ve been through some very tough and difficult situations, and I know that if God hadn’t been with me to help me through I wouldn’t be here today. There was a time when I went through a difficult situation that I thought God had deserted and tried to ‘go it alone’, but when I hit rock bottom and could see no way out, I was desperate, and God reached out to me – I took His hand and so I am here today to tell you to believe in God, and believe He is with you all the time.

Already there by Casting Crowns

From where I’m standing
Lord, it’s so hard for me to see
Where this is going
And where You’re leading me
I wish I knew how
All my fears and all my questions
Are going to play out
In a world I can’t control

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory

‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

From where You’re standing
Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined
When You breathed me into life
And all the chaos
Comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece
Of Your picture-perfect plan

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
I can’t wait to enjoy the view
And see how all the pieces fit

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

The last few days I’ve been talking about the definition of a Christian, and the qualities we’d expect to find in a Christian.

When someone is a Christian they hold a firm belief in God’s existence, and that He has planned out their life for them before we were even born. A Christian doesn’t need to wish for things to happen, instead they pray, knowing that God will answer every prayer.

 

Yesterday I gave you a definition of a Christian provided by Frederick Buechner. Today I have another quote for you about what it actually means to be a Christian, this time from C.S. Lewis.

We all do and say things which are wrong. We sin.

Our friends, our family, our colleagues, may forgive us when we say and do things which hurt them. That’s forgiveness.

God goes even further than any friend, family member or colleagues would ever go – He’s prepared to forgive everything we do that is wrong, regardless of how heinous or inexcusable it may be.

It’s because God is prepared to forgive all our inexcusable wrongs, that we too must try to forgive even the inexcusable. It’s hard, I know, but if God can forgive us for all the wrongs we do, surely we can try to forgive everyone else?

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. ~ Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

Stupid

Posted: December 11, 2018 in bible, faith, life, personnel characteristics, quotes, religion, trust
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How many times have you said or done something which makes you feel really stupid? You don’t actually need to answer that question, as I suspect, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been in that situation more times than you want to remember!

Think about the situation where you felt the most stupid…now think about Noah and how he must have felt being told to go and build an ark because great flood were coming, when all seemed calm and no sign of rain never mind the floods which God told him were coming!

What faith Noah had to trust God that the floods were coming, is your faith that strong?

When you’re in a group or a crowd and each have their own needs and requirements, it would seem strange if the leader then wandered off to find another person who had maybe become separated from the group wouldn’t it?

Well Jesus did that – Matthew 18:12-14

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

I’m sure if you were that person who has become detached from everyone else, you’ would be happy that someone had come to save you wouldn’t you – I certainly would!

Have you heard the following quote before?

It’s a quote I’ve seen and read a number of times in the past, but today I’ve found an added dimension to this when I found the following image

Yes, to change the world we must love our family, but to love them we must truly live as God wants us to. Therefore we must live as we’re instructed to do by God, and once we start treating our family as we should, we can them start working with and treating our friends and neighbours as we should; Then our community and so on, until we reach the world!

There may have been times in the past when I have felt as if belief in God or the message contained in the bible, was ridiculous and foolish. However when I found myself at my lowest and unable to see how I could get through a situation I faced, it was then , or to be more accurate, it was when I looked back at that time afterwards, that I suddenly realised God was the one who got me through those dark days.

You may think that sounds ridiculous but honestly I know how dark a time I was in, and can assure you that to me I was at rock-bottom, and could see no way forward for me as I couldn’t cope with anymore – I stopped praying, believing God had deserted me, and in turn my life just seemed to get more and more out of control with the outlook becoming less and less assured.

Then just when I really felt I couldn’t face anything further, life took and unexpected turn for the better, with a new friendship bond being created – one that is stronger than ever today. My life began to turn around and my new-found friend was by my side, there to listen to me 24/7 and offers support and encouragement. Once my life was fully back on track I looked back at that awful time in my life, and that was when it struck me, why did that person who I’d know for a while suddenly reach out to me, and why did my life suddenly take a turn for the best – The reason was obvious to me, God!

Yes I’d prayed and prayed, and yes I thought God wasn’t listening to me and had deserted me. I was stupid – I forgot that God always hears and answers our prayers, although he doesn’t always answer them when we want or even in the way we want or expect, and that I believe is exactly what happened to me.

And all that is why I believe in God and the power of the cross.

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.

Catch

Posted: November 15, 2018 in bible, life, love, mercy, religion, trust, words
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We can find in a lot of things these days that thing that seems too good to be true, usually are. i.e. When it sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a catch!

While many things offered to us by others can often come with a catch, there is one thing in life that comes with no catch…God’s love!

Here’s some very well-known words from 1 John 4:16 which remind us that God loves us:

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

No matter your past, no matter your current life, God loves you and can help you make your future.

We can sometimes wonder why God doesn’t always give us what we ask for. But we just need to remind ourselves that in every situation and circumstance, God knows best. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it and will provide it in His time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

So when you question God’s decisions, remind yourself of the words in this picture, because God knows us better than we know ourselves, so He does know what is best for us, so trust Him.