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Blessed

Posted: November 19, 2018 in faith, heart, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Maybe you’re wondering what you need to do to ‘be a blessing’. It’s actually quite easy, as all you need to do is give your heart and your all to God, and He will then put you in the situations and places where you are needed, where He needs you – He will then help you and guide you to say and do what is needed to bless those who need you.

You’ve probably heard it said many times before that God will always give you what you need to do what He need you to do, and this is true when you are doing His work.

So get out there and bless others, but just as importantly, be blessed too!

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.

Something new

Posted: November 16, 2018 in Salvation Army, music, life, religion, faith, quotes, trust
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There’s no point moving on to a place or location continuing to do the same things if what we’re doing isn’t effective or it’s not what we should be doing!

God alone can direct us to do what we should be doing, and where we should be doing it. That’s why we need to let Him change us into the person He needs us to be, so He can then send us to where he needs us.

What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow?
How bring back hope where men have sorely failed?
Just where I am I’ll speak the word of comfort,
Tell how for me Christ’s sacrifice availed.

CHORUS
Just where he needs me, my Lord has placed me,
Just where he needs me, there would I be!
And since he found me, by love he’s bound me
To serve him joyfully.

What can I do to ease life’s heavy burdens?
What can I do to help mankind in need?
Just where I am I’ll share my neighbour’s hardship,
Lighten his load, and prove a friend indeed.

What can I do to justify my living?
What can I be to worthwhile?
I’ll be a voice to call men to the Saviour,
Just where I am, and win my Father’s smile.

On Monday I asked you a few questions about whether you go to church, and if you became a member of your church for the right reasons.

I hope by now you’ve had time to consider your answer to those questions.

As I said yesterday, it’s ok if you became a member of your church for the wrong reasons, but now realise you did it for the wrong reasons.

Having realised you joined for the wrong reasons, what have you done about it? Are you still attending and still taking your place as a member? Is there a chance you’re still a member because part of you still believes it’s what you should do?

Maybe deep down you believe in God. If so, why not give church another chance, but go with your mind and heart open and receptive to what God has to say to you, you never know what might happen – God has reached out to, and been accepted into the hearts of people you’d never expect, so He would love you to do the same.

Let God speak to you so you truly get to know him, for the right reasons.

Firstly today I want to ask you a couple of questions:

  • Do you go to church?
  • If you do, why do you go?

I’m sorry for all the questions, but I just wanted to get you thinking before you read my thoughts for today.

For those who do go to church or who used to go to church, I want to focus on why. There are lots of reasons why people attend church: faith, friendship, habit, your parent make you, or maybe you’re not entirely sure why you go.

While we may go to church for different reasons, if we become active members of that church, we must do that for the right reasons. i.e. we believe in God, we want to learn more about God, to be challenged to help/inspire others to follow God.

If you’re a member of your church – for example in the Salvation Army, we are called soldiers when we become members – when did you become a member, and why?

Sadly I’ve found over the years are many younger folk will become members of their church just because that’s what is expected of them by their family or friends. Rather than because they truly believe and understand the promises they are ‘signing-up’ to when they become members, and willingly want to take on those responsibilities. That’s why I believe many of these youngsters within 5/10 years of becoming members of their church, have stopped attending.

So today, take yourself back to the day you became a member of your church and committed your life to God – Did you do it for the right reason?

That’s quite a hard-hitting question isn’t? I suspect for some of you it will be a question may need to spend some time considering before you answer.

Do you regularly attend a church?

Are you inspired by the services when you attend?

If you don’t feel inspired by the worship at your church, have you wondered why?

  • Do you go out of habit not expecting to be challenged or inspired?
  • Do you go feeling there’s no way anything anyone says or does can possibly challenge you?
  • Do you go ready to be challenged, but find nothing in the service relates to you?
  • Are others in at the service challenged and inspired by the worship?

Depending on your answers to those questions, it sounds like there may be two possible solutions to why you get nothing from attending church:

  1. Maybe you need to be open and receptive to God’s message when you go to church.
  2. Maybe you should try attending a different church to see if you are more receptive to their way of worship.
  3. Suggest changes to the format of worship at your church, so that you and others can find the inspiration and challenge you are all looking for.
  4. Pray for your church; Pray for your church leadership team; Pray!

However and wherever you worship, the main thing must always be that you focus on God and make Him the centre of worship. So do what you need to do to make sure He remains at the centre of your worship.

In the first part of this blog post (At the heart of life #1) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning. Today I want to continue to talk about the heart, but this time about how important the heart is in our relationship with God.

There are many bible verses about how our heart is so important in our relationship with God.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! ~ John 14:27 (TPT)

God wants us to give Him our heart – Yesterday we discovered that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body, so it should be no surprise to us that God considers our heart to be so important in our relationship with Him. If we don’t give him our all – all our feels and emotions, which come from our heart, how can we truly say we’ve given our all to God?

When our heart is full of God’s love, we are capable of anything because God is in control. So give God your heart and He can give you the love and strength to get through any situation or circumstances. Let God be your guide and strength by giving him your heart today.

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes.

Have you noticed though that the shape and size of the distraction is often dependent on how interested you are in what you should be focusing on?

These days we have even more things to distract us, we our friends and family can contact us 24/7 using all sorts of available apps on our phone or on our laptop or tablet. There’s also still plenty of other distractions around us that require no phone and no technology, and they can be just as distracting.

I must admit, I can be easily distracted at times. And as I suggested earlier, for me, I get easily distracted when I’m supposed to be doing something that I’m not really wanting to do, or I need inspiration for the task, but am lacking in inspiration.

Two things I can be easily distracted from are, yes, writing this blog when I’m lacking inspiration for something to blog about. The other I’m sorry to say is, spending quality time with God – That tends to happen when I’m tired, or feel I have nothing particular I want to talk to God about, but I forget I need to leave time for Him to talk to me too. i.e. I should always be ready and willing to listen to God, not just put aside time for me to talk to God.

Are you being easily distracted from God? Make time just to listen to God because He always has something to say to us.

How long is it since you rode a bike?

How long is it since you last went for swim, and not just on holiday but actually do some lengths of pool?

Even if it’s been a while since you last did either of those things, once you start again, I’m sure you’ll it’ll feel as if you never stopped doing them. i.e. you’ll ride a bike as easily as you did and remember your swim strokes as if you’ve been practicing daily.

In the same way, even it’s been a while since you knelt before God and ask for his forgiveness, so it is just easy for us to kneel before God today. So if it’s been a while since you sought God, don’t think God will have forgotten you, or you’ll not know what to say to God, as God will always welcome you, and so will make it easy for you to come to Him.

This picture was shared on Facebook by Nicky Gumbel, but I wanted to share it here so that those of you who haven’t seen it, get the chance to see this.

The question from this statement is how do we stay ‘Calm in your heart’ when you’re in the midst of noise or trouble?

There is only one way to achieve calm at all times, and that is by giving everything you fear, everything you face, all your troubles, to God, and leave them with Him. In doing that we can be assured that He will look after us, and help and guide us through any challenges or troubles we may face.

So when you need to calm your heart, turn to God.