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Victory!

Posted: April 21, 2019 in cross, death, Easter, music, religion, Salvation Army, words
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When we succeed at something, when we’re victorious, you want to shout about it don’t you? That’s why the name of this cornet solo, The Victory Cry, is such a great title given it features the wonderful words the song The Power of the Cross:

Christ overcome the world when he gave His life for us. He achieved victory over evil and sin. Let’s shout about that victory this Easter.

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Today is known as Palm Sunday. It’s a day Christians around the world celebrate as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before he was crucified.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem that day on a donkey – in those days a donkey was a symbol of peace. Crowds paved his way with palm branches – in those days this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph!

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration, which we call Holy Week. It follows Christ’s journey from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, to his crucifixion on the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Have you noticed how when some people walk in the room, something happens. e.g.

  • the room suddenly becomes quiet; or
  • there are oh’s and ah’s and gasps of excitement.

How about the reaction to those already in the room?

God is with us wherever we go. He’s in every room with us, but sadly he’s not necessarily in the heart of everyone in the room.

That’s why God needs us to do the leg work, to tell people about Him. So that there will come a time when those people will realise God’s presence in every room with them. Maybe then they will experience  that same excitement when they accept Christ into their lives.

I encourage you to let Christ walk into you life and into your heart today.

Enter, enter right into my heart, Lord.

Enter now, enter now.

Life can be hard to cope with at times, particularly when we have a number of difficult or stressful situations to deal with at the same time.

The best way to cope when you’re stressed or struggling to deal with life issues is to give all your stresses and problems to God and let Him take care of all of them. That’s easy to say, but can be incredibly difficult do because when we’re going through a tough time we can forget to pray, thinking God has abandoned us. The worst thing is, it’s during these times that we need God most.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 – King James Version)

Be assured that God will give you all you need when life gets tough. Give all your problems to God today.

Come just as you are by Sydney Staff Songsters

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.

I must admit, after writing yesterday’s blog post in the middle of last week, I’ve struggled to get any inspiration for today’s or the rest of this week’s blog posts…that is until yesterday!

Yesterday morning at church, we were treated to a beautiful vocal solo by Olwyn Mathie which reminded us that even when it seems to constantly raining in our lives, God is with us, and will soon turn our rain to sunshine.

Last week was not only a week of very wet and rainy weather for us, but also one where I felt that the rain in my life was never going to end. So Olwyn’s solo was the reminder I needed, that even when life is tough, the sunshine is not far away when we trust God.

I pray that whatever difficulties you may be facing just now, you too will be reminded that God is always with us and so the sunshine is not far away when we trust Him.

Let the Holy Spirit come over you now
As the healing rain falls from the clouds
There is nothing you can do to deserve it
You don’t have to earn His love
Let the rain fall from above
Merciful rain falls over the children
Merciful rain falls over the children
Merciful rain falls over the children of God
Over the children of God
Merciful rain falls
See the Holy Dove descending over you now
Feel the Living Water cleansing your soul
In the name of Jesus you have been forgiven
You have been redeemed forever
Fix your eyes on Heaven

I remember when I was young, my gran used to beckon me to “come close so I can…”. I would get all excited when she said that to me, as often it was to give me a some sweets or some coins from her purse. It maybe doesn’t sound like much now, but at that time, and at that age, it really meant something to me.

There is another person who beckoned to me to “come close” many years ago, and I responded, and that is God. God continues to call me to Him after all these years, because He knows that sometimes I just need reminded to go to Him when I’m in trouble.

As you come close to God in prayer, He brings purpose even from the brokenness of your life. You can’t remain downcast when you turn your face upward to God. He reaches down to your lowest pit, but He doesn’t leave you there. Women Who Move Mountains – @SueDetweiler

It can sadly be the case these days, that some churches have completely forgotten why they were built in the first place. I’ve heard of churches where there’s more in-fighting than caring for one another; churches where they simply seems to exist to promote their own achievements instead of promoting God in their community.

It’s sad isn’t it, because at the end of the day if we’re part of a church, we must be completely God focused, making sure our church is set for its mission, as directed by God.

How far would you go to help someone you love? Would you do anything and everything in your power to help them? I’m sure you would.

But if it were someone you didn’t know, but you knew they needed help, would you do anything for them?

Here’s what God wants us to do:

God would do anything for you, that’s why he gave his only son. So let’s make sure we do anything and everything to help those who need help.

I’ve said it before, but I want to tell you again in the hope that you realise I’m not just saying what I think I should say, but what I know to be the truth.

I have had some very dark moments in my life, when I’ve questioned not only God’s existence, but my own. I’ve questioned whether there was any point in going on, as I felt as though no one truly cared about me. But even in those darkest of times, something, or should I say someone kept me going – I believe that was God. Because looking back on those days I realised that while at the time I thought no-one cared, God was still there and was answering those prayers I’d stopped praying days/weeks beforehand.

That is why having got through those tough times a number of years ago, my faith is now stronger than it ever was. I can’t imagine ever questioning God’s existence or doubting he is there for me ever again.

Trust God, because He believes in you and will always be there for you.