Archive for the ‘faith’ Category

Whether you play or watch sports, I’m sure you’ve heard players or teams talking about finding and targeting their opponent’s weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Yes players and team target their opponents vulnerabilities in an attempt to gain an advantage over them, so they can beat them.

Just as our sporting opponents target our weaknesses, so the devil targets our vulnerabilities. He sees when we are weak and places doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us.

The devil is good at targeting our weaknesses, but we must always remember God is even better at helping us to learn from our weaknesses and in doing so become stronger in our faith.

 

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.

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.

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. ~ Hebrews 11:1 (The Living Bible)

It can be hard to have faith in someone or something even when we can see them, so surely it’s harder to have faith in someone we cannot see, God? We maybe cannot see the person God, but we can see His creation, the results of His actions, the result of others having faith in Him, we read of others faith in Him in the bible…between all these things, that must be more than enough to encourage us have faith in God, isn’t it?

What does it mean to have faith in God?

Here’s what it says in Hebrews 11:3 (The living bible):

By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen.

Do you believe in “things that can’t be seen”? Is your faith in God strong enough to get you through all life is throwing your way?

Have faith, because God will always be with you.

Life can be so busy that we fill it with everything and everyone but the one person who should be at the centre of our life…God!

Maybe we just need to let God interrupt us on days when we try to get through it without Him. Because when we let God into our everyday, He will become our everything.

Are you the kind of person who sees the best in people, or are you wary of people until you get to know them and only then trusts them?

Just like others, I know I don’t always give others the benefit of the doubt, or forgives and forgets, but I pray daily that God will help me to be the person described in this picture.

Probably one of the best known verses from scripture, but is it one you’ve stopped to really think about its meaning recently?

With darkness can come fear, depression, hatred and turmoil, which I’m sure none of us want to experience. At least this verse from scripture reassures us that if we have faith in God, He will be with us always.

Another week, another tragedy in the UK. When will it end?

We just seem to be hearing about one terrible situation after another these days. No wonder many are asking ‘why’, and questioning where God is in all of this.

God is still here, and He is still there for us. However in a world where people are killing others because of misguided beliefs, and horrendous accidents/tragedies are happening all too frequently, we must still seek God, because He alone can get us through these dark times.

We can seek healing for many things: physical illness or injury, spiritual brokenness, emotional frailty etc. But do we seek healing from the correct source?

No matter what part of our life is in need of healing, if we ask God to help us, He will reach out to us and helps, and heals us.

So reach out to God today, and He will heal you of all your ills, physical, emotional or spiritual. Just trust Him.