Posts Tagged ‘chelmsford citadel songsters’

 

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!

 

 

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.

But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces — even to the remotest places on earth!” ~ Acts 1:8 (TPT)

God wants you and me to be His messengers. He needs us to be ready and willing to will go wherever He needs us to go, to do His work.

Are you willing to be His messenger?

How long is it since you rode a bike?

How long is it since you last went for swim, and not just on holiday but actually do some lengths of pool?

Even if it’s been a while since you last did either of those things, once you start again, I’m sure you’ll it’ll feel as if you never stopped doing them. i.e. you’ll ride a bike as easily as you did and remember your swim strokes as if you’ve been practicing daily.

In the same way, even it’s been a while since you knelt before God and ask for his forgiveness, so it is just easy for us to kneel before God today. So if it’s been a while since you sought God, don’t think God will have forgotten you, or you’ll not know what to say to God, as God will always welcome you, and so will make it easy for you to come to Him.

How many times have you heard a mother or father say to their child, “Do as I say” or “Do as you’re told”?

Does the child always obey? No, of course they don’t! I’m sure when we were that child being told to do something we too, didn’t always do what we were told, did we?

What about when it come to God asking us to do something, are we more willing to do what God asks of us?

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. ~ Psalm 119:60 (NIV)

When it comes to our heavenly Father, we need to be ready and willing to firstly, listen to Him, and secondly, do as the above bible verse says, respond quickly to all God asks us to do.

Are you ready to obey today?

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ~ Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

These are words from Isaiah that I’m sure we’ve all heard many times before. I reread this passage several times in the last couple of days.

In this passage of scripture there’s no suggestion that Isaiah hesitated before he responded to God when he asked who he would send. That says so much about his faith and trust in God doesn’t it, that Isaiah didn’t stop to consider what he was ‘signing-up for’ before volunteering, because he trusted God and knew God wouldn’t ask him to do something he wouldn’t be able to do.

As I’ve reread these words in Isaiah, I have to accept that I am not always as willing to accept the plans God has for my life. I have to put my trust fully in God so that I have no hesitation when he assigns a task to me.

How about you, are you as quick to respond to God’s requests of you, as Isaiah was?

 

I always think the word obedience sounds very strict suggesting if we don’t obey there will be severe consequences. That sounds scary doesn’t it? However when it comes to obeying God’s will for our lives, there’s no need to be scared because obeying Him simply means following Him and giving Him your heart.

A number of years ago when I was songster accompanist at Rutherglen Salvation Army, there was a song called Obedience which became very special to me:

Lord I hear you knocking
Hear your voice appealing
Open the door of your heart
Let me enter in and
Take a centre of your life
Controlling every part

Come follow me on the way of the cross
This is the moment you must start

Chorus:
Lord I respond to your claims on my life
With obedience to that you will ask
Lord, knowing you in the way of the cross
This will be my task

Lord I know you’re prompting
Know your spirit surging
Be my desire for today
Make my will your choice and
Meet no other voice
That calls to walk another way

Come follow me on the way of the cross
This is the moment to obey

Chorus:
Lord I respond to your claims on my life
With obedience to that you will ask
Lord, knowing you in the way of the cross
This will be my task

Lord I know your presence
Be your call to service
Be what you want me to be
Serve and to your brothers
Give your life for others
As I do at Calvary

Come follow me on the way of the cross
This is the moment to be free

Chorus:
Lord I respond to your claims on my life
With obedience to that you will ask
Lord, knowing you in the way of the cross
This will be my task

Your cross, my task

I hope you enjoy the following video of Chelmsford Citadel songsters singing Obedience, and I hope you are blessed by the message:

 

It’s good to know that someone is looking out for you and trying to direct you along the right path isn’t it. It’s even better when you know that someone will make a conscious effort to try to help you make the right decisions.

I guess we all know people who will look out for us, but do they really look out for us 24/7? Probably not, that’s why it’s reassuring to know that God is there for us 24/7 seeking to help us find Him so He can direct and guide us along His path.

Though in declaring Christ to the sinner,
I may all men surpass,
If love impassioned seal not the message,
I am naught but sounding brass.

Love suffereth patiently;
Love worketh silently;
Love seeketh not her own.
Love never faileth;
Love still prevaileth;
Lord, in me thy love enthrone!

Though I have wisdom lighting all mysteries;
Though I may all things know;
Though great my faith be, removing mountains,
Without love ’tis empty show.

Though I distribute all my possessions;
Though as a martyr die;
My sacrifices profit me nothing.
Unless love doth sanctify.

Do you believe love is greatest gift we can have?

God’s love is stronger than any other. His love is everlasting unlike any others. Therefore what greater example of love is there than God’s love.

good lessons

I’ve found from my own experiences that the best way to learn is from my own mistakes.

Memories are a great aid to remembering people who are no longer here with us, and a great way of cheering us up when life gets tough. However these aren’t the times that we learn the most from, as learning comes from remembering our mistakes, and choosing a different path whenever we face the same choices again.

Our life lessons last a lifetime, so keep on learning!