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Nicky Gumbel recently shared this photo on social media:

I think in all the running around we do these days, going from one task to another, we can easily forget we’re here for a reason – God placed you just where you are to make an impact.

Matthew 5:16 ~ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In this last week, what have you been doing at 9am each morning?

Well like (hopefully) many others from Bellshill Salvation Army, I have spent a few minutes in prayer at 9am each morning, asking God to give both myself and my corps family, guidance in the coming days.

The last few weeks in our church, we’ve really experienced God’s presence in our meetings. God is alive and working in our lives of everyone who is part of our worship. During last Sunday’s meeting were asked to pray at 9am each morning for God’s guidance, as God told us in Exodus 6:1 “Now go and see what I will do”.

Please pray for Bellshill Salvation Army in these coming days, as we’ve been deeply challenged by God in these last weeks, and are ready to respond to God’s guidance.

When you call out to someone to get their attention, but they don’t hear you (or pretend not to hear you), it can be disappointing and/or frustrating. Similarly if you send a text/IM/email to someone, it can also be disappointing and/or frustrating if you receive no response.

I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my prayers. I will call on Him as long as I live, because He has turned His ear to me. ~ Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

God never frustrates us, He is always with us, and always listens when we speak to Him. So call out to God and He will hear you, and will answer your prayers.

In yesterday’s blog post, Show love, I spoke about how the we should treat others in the way we would want others to treat us. Today, let’s look at that in a slightly different way – I don’t know about you, but when I’ve given someone an unexpected gift, it not only makes the receiver feel good, but it also brings a smile and a good feeling to me too.

That’s not a great surprise though is it, as Jesus teaches us to

Give, and it will be given to you. You will have more than enough. It can be pushed down and shaken together and it will still run over as it is given to you. The way you give to others is the way you will receive in return.~ Luke 6:38 (New life version)

When someone treats you badly, or doesn’t treat you in a way you’d want to be treated, do you ever stop any wonder why?

In Luke chapter 6 verses 36 – 37 Jesus teaches about finding bad in others:

You must have loving-kindness just as your Father has loving-kindness. Do not say what is wrong in other people’s lives. Then other people will not say what is wrong in your life. Do not say someone is guilty. Then other people will not say you are guilty. Forgive other people and other people will forgive you.

So maybe it’s not always the other person’s fault that they have treated us as they have, maybe they are treating us as we treated them. Therefore take care in how you treat others, because as we read above, if we show love to others, it’ll make it so much easier for others to treat as with love too.

When we think of someone who gives life to those who are dying, who do you think of – A doctor, a surgeon, a physician?

All these answers are of course correct when it comes to our physical health, but what about our spiritual health, who gives you spiritual life?

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. ~ 1 John 5:12 (NIV)

We often hear God been called ‘the great physician’, that’s because he looks after our spiritual health just as doctors, surgeons look after our health.

So is the Son, Jesus at the centre of your life? If not, let the great physician help you improve your spiritual health today.

Come in

Posted: August 17, 2017 in bible, depression, life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:14 and 20 (NIV)

It’s difficult to comprehend sometimes that God, the One who created all things, cares about each one of us, individually. So much so that He will stand beside each of us in our time of need. And when we turn from Him, He will keep asking to come into our lives because He doesn’t want to lose us.

It starts with the cross, continues with Jesus, and lasts forever because of God’s love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Who have you put your trust in?

My hope is in God. He has proved to me over the years that putting my hope in Him is the best thing I could ever have done.

Long before the world was made, God chose Christ to be given to you in these last days. Because of Christ, you have put your trust in God. He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great honor. So now your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1 Peter 1:20-21 (New life version)

When was the last time you thanked God for giving Christ for us?

Our faith and our hope in God is built on how much God loves us, and how willingly he sacrificed His Son so we could be forgiven. God had faith that we would love Him when He gave Christ to the world. So now it’s time for us fully repay God, by putting all our faith and trust in Him.