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We live in a time where many believe there are no such things a miracles. However, you’ll still find people saying things such as

  • “It’s a miracle I got home in one piece”
  • “We need a miracle to get this job completed on time”

Those aren’t really real miracles that are being reference here are they, they are simply figures of speech.

There may be a lack of belief that miracles still happen these days, but I believe they do. For example

  • People who are terminally ill who not only don’t die, but find they have no trace of the terminal illness any more.
  • People who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse, but through the influence and guidance of someone who tries to help them, realise God loves them, and so turn their life around by giving their life to God.

The One who made the blind to see
Is moving here in front of me, moving here in front of me
The One who made the deaf to hear
Is silencing my every fear, silencing my every fear

The One who does impossible is
Reaching out to make me whole
The One who put death in its place
His life is flowing through my veins

These are just a couple of examples of true miracles. I’m sure you can see evidence of God performing miracles all around you.

Do you stand up for what you believe in or do you keep quiet to keep the peace?

When we believe in God, we must stand up for Him and stand up against wrong.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. ~ Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

When we are see or hear things which are wrong, we have the best person supporting us to help us stand up for what is right. As these verses from Ephesians remind us, God will help us to stand against all that is wrong or evil. All we have to do is put our full trust in Him., and He will shield us and guide us through life.

The difficult times come, praising God can feel like the last thing you want to do. However if we don’t trust God through the difficult times, can we be sure we can survive the storm?

Life storms often come one after another making feel more and more like they will never end. When that happens that is often a time of great challenge, and questioning God why he’s let this happen to us, and even why he’s not stopping this from happening.

Without going through storms, would our faith ever truly be tested or challenged? In turn could we ever be sure our faith is secure enough to survive a storm?

Storms whether weather or life related are not the nicest thing to go through, however whenever I doubt whether I can get through a storm, I remind myself that a few years ago I believed there was no point in carrying on, but I survived and I now realised that even in those darkest of days, God was with me, he hadn’t deserted me, as I thought he had. God never gave up on me, even when I felt like I’d given up on myself and on him.

So even when you seem to be facing never-ending storms in life, don’t give up, just keep on believing, because God is with you, and will get you through those days.

Praise You In This StormThunderstorms

I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say, “Amen” and it’s still raining

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry, You raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on if I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as You mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I recently heard the word ‘runaway’ on a TV programme which I wasn’t particularly watching, it was just a noise in the corner. I’ve found since then that since then I’ve thought about ‘runaways’ on a number of occasions since then, but wasn’t entirely sure why.

So I decided to think about this in more detail and find out why this word was nagging at me. First I though I’d think about ‘runaway’ situations:

  • Children or teenagers running away from home.
  • Running away from a dangerous of hazardous situation.
  • Not running away in the physical sense, but in an emotional sense when you try to distance yourself from emotional or stressful events or situations.
  • Again, not running away in the physical sense, but in an emotional sense when you try to distance yourself from a work situation you don’t want to get involved in.
  • Believing God exists and knowing you should trust Him, but failing to full give Him your all, means you’re running away from Him and His abundant love.

Running away can sometimes be the only option in some circumstances, for example when you’re in danger. However when it comes to running away from God, is there really a good reason to run? God has only ever offered each of us his love, forgiveness of our sins and everlasting life – All he wants in turn is our all. When we give him our all we can find that perfect peace we’ve been seeking for so long.

Going to church doesn’t make you Christian – It’s what you believe and give when you’re there that makes you a Christian. i.e. When you believe in God and give Him every part of you, then you are a Christian.

But even being a Christian isn’t enough, because what God wants each Christian to do is to live our lives in a Christian manner, praying for others and helping them whenever possible. Then others will see God through our words and actions. i.e. Be His church!

We’ve probably all said at some point in our life that we want to, or are going to, change the world, but how many of us actually achieve this?

We may have great intentions of changing the world, but either give up when things get difficult, or lose interest. But with atrocities taking place in some part of the world on a daily basis, isn’t it more imperative than ever that we continue trying to change the world?

So let’s not stay in our churches, but instead get out of them and live as God wants us to, so others will see God through our words and our actions. By doing that, we can help God change the world!

“Something that only your faith in God will get you through”

A couple of questions for you:

  • Have you ever felt like you’re facing something you will no be able to get through?
  • Do you feel your faith in God is strong enough to get you through everything you face?

Even if you answered No to my second question it doesn’t mean you will not get through whatever you’re facing, because God will always be there with you, guiding you. At the time you may be unaware of God’s hand in what is going on around you, but be assured, He is always with you and will be there for you whenever you need Him.

When you need to get through tough times, trust God, as He will be your strength and your guide.

How many times has someone said to you, “Take it from me…”, and then proceeded to give you their opinion on why you should  do something, or believe in something?

When it comes to our belief in God, telling someone to “Take it from me…”, that God loves them, is not really a good enough reason for someone to suddenly believe in God. So how do we convince them? We convince them by how we treat ourselves and others, both in our words and our actions.

When we believe in God, and live our lives for Him, others with see something different in us, something better, and hopefully something they want.

I how that the way I live my lives shows others that they should just “Take it from me” that they should believe in God, but they see God in me.

Guilty?

Posted: February 20, 2019 in belief, Crime, faith, life, music, religion
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Did you listen to the lyrics of this song by Newsboys?

If you were put on trial, would you be found guilty of being a voice proclaiming God’s ways, His truth and His life?

I try each day to live my life so that I would be found guilty.

Stay on track

Posted: February 19, 2019 in belief, faith, life, music, religion, words
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If you’re questioned about your faith, do you backdown on what you believe, or do you continue professing your belief in God?

It can be hard these days to stand firm, and speak about our faith, especially with those who hold a different view from us. However we must keep believing God will give us the right words to say to speak out for Him.

So stay on track, and don’t let what others say or think about you or God, stop you from standing up for God.

Stand Up by Graham Kendrick

Stand up, come on,
Stand your ground
Stand up, come on,
Don’t back down
Rise up, come on,
Side by side
Wake up, come on,
Don’t stand by
For our God is strong to save
Why should we be afraid?

Stand up and fight
For your sisters
Fight for your brothers
Fight for your homes
Your sons and your daughters
Stand up, come on
Let’s take some ground

Speak up, come on make some noise
Cry out, where they have no voice
For justice come on fight to win
For mercy come on muscle in
For our God is strong to save
Why should we be afraid?

Stand up and fight
For your sisters
Fight for your brothers
Fight for your homes
Your sons and your daughters
Stand up, come on
Stand up and fight
For the orphans
Fight for the widows
Fight for the truth
To shine in the shadows
Stand up, come on
Let’s take some ground

Hands up, come on holy hands
Join up, praying ‘cross the land
Lift up, honour Jesus’ name
Look up never be ashamed
For our God is strong to save
Why should we be afraid?