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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.

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.

When you’re amazed by something, you want to tell everyone about it, don’t you?

So why is it, for many Christians, they keep their faith very much to themselves, and don’t take opportunities that present themselves, to share God’s love with others?

I want to tell everyone about God, and what he can do for them. That is in part, why I started blogging, although I never really intended to blog every day, and I certainly didn’t intend my blog to be about my faith. However God obviously had different plans, and has directed me to share more about my faith and my love for God through my blog, than I would ever do face to face with anyone.

Yes I blog about more than just God and my faith, but to me, that shows I’m human, and am more than just someone who blindly follows God. I’ve faced some major challenges in my life, some I’ve shared with you over the years, others are too personal for that. But through each of them, I’ve come out the other side with my faith intact, and in fact with my faith stronger than ever.

That’s why I want to repay God for his unconditional love for me, by telling others of his love. I want to ‘shout’ about his love for me, and for you. I’d encourage you to to ‘shout’ about your faith.

Why do we do the things we do
How can we sing when there seems no reason to
How do we smile when there’s not much to smile about
When the world is down who are we to stand and shout
They wonder why we do the things we do

These are questions I’ve often pondered. Questions which really only have one answer…

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ~ John 3:16 (The message)

 

It’s all because of this
It’s all because of this
We’ve tasted love, tasted hope, tasted holiness

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Men and women, boys and girls, never knowing unconditional love, never feeling their future is secure.

Messages of turmoil, disasters, hatred fill our news and social media streams.

More than ever this world needs to know God.

Millions have turned from God thinking He doesn’t exist or doesn’t care for them.

Millions are wrong, God is always there for them, they just need to have faith to believe in God.

My prayer is that those of us who believe in God, do all we can to show those we come into contact with, that we are different, and live our lives differently, because we believe in God.

May we then be examples of Christ’s love to others, showing love and compassion to everyone.

Many seek peace in these times of turbulence and conflict in this world. If only they could see Jesus is the answer, as He alone can provide peace. It’s therefore up to those of us to believe in Christ, to tell the world about Christ and his love for everyone.

When you’re in the middle of difficult times, it can seem like there is no end, that you’re troubles will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (The Passion Translation)

We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.

Always remember that, although it may not feel like it, our troubles are only temporary. It is important we always remember that. It’s even more important though that we remember to continue to trust God during times of difficulty.

Pray to God, give him all your worries, all your fears, focus on Him, and He will look after us forever.

As I’ve said many times before in my blog posts, life can be hard at times. It is even harder when doing the same thing can mean you’re either courageous or stupid! So how on earth are we supposed to be clever enough to work out when taking an action is courageous or whether it’s stupid?

Answer: We’re not! Sometimes it’s just luck whether an action turns our to be courageous or stupid. One thing is certain though, if we seek God’s guidance in everything we do, He will help us make the right decisions and hopefully help our actions to be courageous rather than stupid.

What is the purpose or aim of our time here on earth?

Are we here to simply get by, or only do things which we can see will benefit ourselves?

I hope and pray that I can be the kind of person described in this picture

Let’s all try and add value to every situation we find ourselves in by being or doing just what those around you need you to be.

How good are you at waiting?

For me and possibly you too, it probably depends what you’re waiting for.

  • If you’ve got a hospital appointment and you’re waiting to be seen, you’re probably anxious or nervous.
  • If you’re waiting for delivery of a new TV, you’re probably desperate for it to be delivered, anticipating how great the picture and sound are going to be.
  • If you’re waiting for a letter to confirm a job offer, you may be anxiously looking out the window for the postman.

How about when you’ve prayed to God about something specific and are waiting for Him to answer your prayer – Are you eager to find out how God is going to answer your prayer, or anxious that he won’t answer your prayer in the way you want?

However and whenever God answers our prayers, there’s no need to be anxious or afraid, because He will answer our prayers in the way that He deems is best for us.