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I was listening again to the the song We Believe by Newsboys, and one phrase in the song really stuck with me this time

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

It got me thinking about my faith, and the reason I attend church. In the Salvation Army we can at times put a lot of our focus on our musical sections (both our junior and adult bands and choirs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as our musical sections can most definitely make a huge contribution to our worship through their music.

I personally find the music provided by our musical sections, as well as the congregational songs used in  worship often bring me closer to God, and being able to be part of that music making is a great privilege for me, as I believe this how God wants me to contribute to worship.

What the words of this Newsboys song reminded me was that I must never let the music or music making be the reason I worship. Worship must be first and foremost about praising God and learning more about Him. Yes, we can praise God through our music making, but that should not be the main reason we go to church. Our faith must definitely be more than anthems, more than the music.

Matthew 6:25 (The Passion Translation)

This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

What do you focus on in your life? Is your life centred around possessions and goods, or is there more to your life than that?

There is definitely more to life than our possessions – possessions may provide short term happiness, but they don’t provide the peace and contentment that I’m sure we all desire.

The peace and contentment we all desire can only be found in God. God is more than everything we need. He offers us really peace, contentment and happiness, if we simply trust Him.

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.

Carry on

Posted: August 9, 2019 in cross, depression, Health, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, stress, trust
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It can be difficult to move on with your life sometimes when things you’d hope for don’t happen, or life-events send your life on a downward spiral. It’s during those times we all find life extra difficult, but it’s also during those times that we must never turn away from God.

When we put our trust in God, He will walk with us through life. Therefore always look forward with God, and never stop trusting God by turning back.

Have you ever noticed that we always think we know what’s best for us when we’re in a difficult situation?

It’s strange isn’t it, because when everything is going well for us, we can be the first to say that we must put our full trust in God.

So why do we do that? Could it be that our faith isn’t as strong as we think is is, and that’s why when tough times come, we don’t fully trust God to get us through?

We really should know better thought, shouldn’t we!

…who do you turn to?

…who do you choose?

Friends and family may do their best to support and help us when we struggle with life issues, but they never really know or understand just how we feel unless they have been through the exact same experiences as us.

God however knows every part of us – he knows our thoughts and our feelings even before we know or comprehend them ourselves. Therefore, God is the only person we can confidently say we can rely on to understand our every feeling and emotion. So choose God as your confidant, as he will love and support you through every difficult life situation.

 

Only God can provide all we need.

Only God is always there for us.

Only God deserves our praise.

Only God can give us eternal life.

God and God alone

God and God alone
Created all these things we call our own
From the mighty to the small
The Glory in them all
Is God’s and God’s alone

God and God alone
Reveals the truth of all we call unknown
And all the best and worst of man
Won’t change the Master’s plan
It’s God’s and God’s alone

God and God alone
Is fit to take the universe’s throne
Let everything that lives
Reserve it’s truest praise
For God and God alone

God and God alone
Will be the joy of our eternal home
He will be our one desire
Our hearts will never tire
Of God and God alone

God and God alone
Is fit to take the universe’s throne
Let everything that lives
Reserve it’s truest praise
For God and God alone

God and God alone
Is fit to take the universe’s throne
Let everything that lives
Reserve it’s truest praise
For God and God

Let everything that lives
Reserve it’s truest praise
For God and God alone!

 

 

I have found the music and words of a particular song going through my mind constantly for the last few days.

O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

Tune: St. Margaret

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about my Mum in these last few days, so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that this song has being going round my head. Just as God promised to love me unconditionally, so I am reminded that Mum and Dad always loved me.

It is because of the love and guidance I received as a youngster that I came to believe in God, and having grown up in the Salvation Army, I ultimately gave him my all when I was enrolled as a senior soldier of Rutherglen Salvation Army when a teenager.

Yes, that was a while ago now, and yes I’ve questioned and doubted God on many occasions, however God has never let me go, and has always stayed by my side and guided and strengthened me, even when at the time, it didn’t feel like it.

O Joy, that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.

Don’t ever let go of God, because He will never let go of you!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I feel it important to mention again, that it is perfectly normal for us when we’re going through difficult times, to feel abandoned by God.

Even in those times of doubt, our faith will keep us strong, and keep us believing in God. Why? Because of this..

God will always look after us, even when we think He’s forgotten us. He will take care of us, and because of that, those who love us will pray for us.

Ever noticed that when life takes a turn for the better, there always seems to be another raincloud just around the corner. This is not just a coincidence, it’s the devil trying go force his ways into your life.

Thankfully even when life is tough, God is still there because he recognises those times when we feel broken and useless, and wants to fix us.

Just as the devil wants us to fail in God’s work, God would love to help us turn our lives around and help us become His witnesses.