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Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV)

You wouldn’t turn a light on in your house and then cover it with a thick blanket to stop the light from shining throughout the room. Therefore, when we know just how much God loves us, we shouldn’t hide that away either. Instead we should be sharing that knowledge with those around us. i.e. We need to shine God’s light in this dark world.

Faith to believe

Posted: November 18, 2019 in belief, bible, depression, faith, life, religion, stress, trust, words
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Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

This bible verse is all about faith. Faith to believe that God will look after us, no matter what problems or circumstances we may face.

Do you trust God to look out for you in every situation? If not, maybe your faith isn’t as strong as you think it is. I encourage you to put your faith and trust firmly in God, because he alone can guide and strengthen you.

Have you ever been in a situation where you honestly thought your life was at an end, that you were going to die? If you have, you will know how utterly terrifying that experience can be.

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with serious health condition or illness that means you must undergo major surgery, to try and save your life, you will have experienced a situation where your future seems uncertain. In those circumstances we put our lives in the hands of the surgeon and medical staff.

From a health perspective, there are many who have experienced the life saving skills of medical professionals the world over. But what about your spiritual future, have you been saved?

God is a true life saver, because he loves each of us unconditionally, and can save our lives. He can guarantee our future, when we freely give our lives to him.

In this world there are health professionals who save physical lives on a daily basis. However in order to save our future life, God is our health professional, as when we give Him our lives, our heart our all, He saves our lives, and guarantees our future with Him.

Today I give thanks not just for those health professionals who have saved my life, but also God, as I have accepted Him as my Lord, and know He will look after me always.

Pieces

Posted: November 11, 2019 in bible, faith, Health, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Your love not fractured, its not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
Its not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It’s hang on every word we say
Love keeps it promises
It keeps its word
It honours what’s sacred
Cause its vows are good
Your love not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love not selfish
You love is pure

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When we give God every part of our lives we will experience true love. God’s love is pure.

I’ve found myself finding I’ve run out of time to complete or do a few things in the last few weeks, and it’s been frustrating. It been particularly frustrating as these deadlines weren’t imposed at the last minute, but were in fact planned at least a week beforehand.

The problem has been that for several of the tasks, I delayed started them because I felt I still had plenty of time to complete them. Unfortunately, as time went on, I ended up with other tasks to do as well, which moved the planned tasks further down my priority list, but I still thought I had plenty of time to do them.

Don’t keep putting off sorting out your future because you think there’s still plenty of time to sort that out. We don’t know what lies ahead of us, so if something is important to you, make sure you get that sorted out as soon as you can, that way you limit the change of running out of time to do it.

Our relationship with God is similar, as we only have our time here on earth to sort out our future with God. So I encourage you to ‘sort out’ your future with God, by giving your heart to him, and ensuring your future is decided.

Won’t let go

Posted: November 8, 2019 in belief, bible, faith, hope, life, music, quotes, religion
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John 16:33 ~ I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

I think we can all agree that “in this world you will have trouble”. However not everyone agrees that God can give us peace because He has overcome the world.

Yes, many do not believe that God exists or choose to ignore Him. That’s why we must show those who don’t believe in God, that they too can find peace if they accept God, and give Him all their troubles.

Have you ever been told you’re not good enough, or that you’re a nobody? It hurts doesn’t it?

Imagine you are continually told those things by someone who others think love you or care for you, by someone who should have your best interests at heart.

You’re never alone and you really do matter!

The song Fear is a liar by Zach Williams was co-written by Jonathan Smith. Zach stated that “Fear is a Liar” is a declaration of encouragement and some scriptural reality that he wanted to communicate to fans.  He explained what the song for about

We were calling out the devil for who he is, and reminding him that he was a liar, and that he has already been defeated. That was the idea for that song. I wanted something that people would relate to, and find hope in.

For anybody who was struggling with fear or going through something, I hope this song gives them hope, to call the devil out.

So if you’re frightened or scared, don’t give up, turn to God because he does care about you.

Fear Is a Liar

When he told you you’re not good enough
When he told you you’re not right
When he told you you’re not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you’re not worthy
When he told you you’re not loved
When he told you you’re not beautiful
That you’ll never be enough

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
Cause fear he is a liar

When he told you were troubled
You’ll forever be alone
When he told you you should run away
You’ll never find a home
When he told you you were dirty
And you should be ashamed
When he told you you could be the one
That grace could never change

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
Cause fear he is a liar

Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
Cause fear he is a liar

Not much

Posted: October 30, 2019 in belief, clothing, faith, finance, Food, friendship, life, love, music, religion
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What do we really need in life?

Food, water, air, clothes, a roof over our head, money, love, a friend?

Some of those things are necessities for us to live, but some are not essential they are just things that would make life a little easier or happier for us.

Maybe all we really need is God!

Maybe all we really need is to believe!

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

In several posts last week I spoke about faith, in Not invisible and Faith in the darkness. Have you noticed that the bible verse I’ve used today reiterates that faith is not about what we see?

Putting our faith in something we cannot see can seem a stupid thing to do, especially to those who don’t believe in the existence of God. However for those of us who do believe, it isn’t such a ridiculous believe because God has proved his existence to us – he offers us forgiveness every time we commit a sin, and he still loves and cares for us today, regardless of our past, because he cares about our future.

God actively shows me that my faith in him is merited, because he answers my prayers. I’m sure many of you can testify of God’s love for you too.

Is it good enough for us just to believe in God, and do nothing else?

I believe it is not. I believe that as a Christian, I have a responsibility to tell others about God, and about how he loves them, even if they don’t believe in his existence.

Telling others about our faith and our beliefs, shouldn’t be a case of just quoting scripture at people. People are more likely to believe what we have to say if they can see by the way we live, that we believe in God. So we must live as Christ would live, then others will see Christ in us, and then they might believe that if God is more than enough for us, that He can be more than just enough for them too.

God is more than just enough for me, He is my everything.