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Do you know where you are going?

Strange question I guess since you’re currently reading this blog, but just to clarify, I’m not really asking about a location or a place you are travelling to, but rather, where you are going in your Christian experience or journey.

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading ~ Oswald Chambers

Just as this quote reminds us, we don’t need to know where we’re going as long as we have faith that God will take us where He needs us to be.

So have faith in His leading, because he will lead you to where He needs you to be, to do what He wants you to do.

On Monday we celebrated the birth of Jesus. That was such great news over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, but is it still good news today in 2017?

Most of us will have celebrated Christmas is some way over these last few weeks, whether it was spending Christmas Day with your family, going out to an office party, giving or receiving gifts, carolling or attending a church carol service, going for lunch with your work colleagues. But on Christmas Day, did you take some time to celebrate the good news that Christ is alive?

Good news, great joy for all
Melody breaks through the silence
Christ, the Saviour is born!

The story of amazing love – told through this wonderful song, Noel, by Chris Tomlin featuring Lauren Daigle.

If you don’t understand or know what Christmas is truly about, come and find out all about the Light of the world, Jesus…the One that was born on that first Christmas morn.

When we suffer setback after setback and feel we are experiencing nothing but problems, here’s what we should say to our problems:

I believe God is bigger than my problems, so can help me through anything. Do you?

Come all you weary
Come and find
His yoke is easy
His burden light
He is able, He will restore
At the table of the Lord

When we approach God’s table, we are seeking His strength, forgiveness, hope and assurance that all will be well.

No matter how broken or tired we are, God can make us strong again. Strong enough to face whatever life throws our way.

God will provide all we need.

Jesus

Posted: November 20, 2016 in depression, faith, life, music, quotes, religion, stress, trust, words
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There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages

If our faith in God is not 100%, we can convince ourselves that we can get by on our own. Unfortunately we all need God all the time – during goods days as well as challenging days, so today I simply want to remind you trust Jesus, because He is the answer to all we need.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)

Amazing grace

Posted: August 17, 2016 in blogging, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion
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One of my favourite songs, which, just like yesterday’s blog post, is also about grace – Here’s Chris Tomlin with Amazing Grace:

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

So what is “grace”?

The popular definition for grace is “unmerited favour”. However, this definition is insufficient to describe the just how much value and worth the word actually conveys, but it makes grace indistinguishable from mercy.

If we consider how we use the word grave is normal everyday language, we can get a better idea of what grace means.

  • We call a person a “gracious host” if they provide us with everything we could need, making us satisfied.
  • We call a dance “graceful” if the dancers move around in a lovely and beautiful way.

These definitions reflect the definition of God’s grace, because he is provides everything we could ever need, even if we do not deserve it.

God’s grace is amazing!

When someone asks you that question, do you answer honestly?

I guess it maybe depends on the situation and your circumstances. i.e. If you’re in a shop buying a special birthday present for your partner you maybe wouldn’t want to tell them which shop you’re in as it would give away your surprise gift.

What if I asked you where you are in your Christian experience today? Would you answer that question honestly?

Again, I guess it depends on who’s asking the question and how well you know them and also where you are in your relationship with God. After all it’s unlikely you’ll bear any doubts to a complete stranger but conversely, you’re more likely to open up to a close friend you knows you and your Christian journey.

So wherever you are in your Christian journey today, keep trusting Him and keep Him at the centre of your life.

Some well known words from 1 John 4:16-18 (NIV):

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We are all human, so we have a tendency to think that when we’re going through difficult times, God is far away and has forgotten about us. However God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us, so even if we feel He isn’t there, He is! God will not let us face the storms of life alone if we love Him and serve Him.

Remember, God will be with you every step of the way to protect, shield and guide you through the stresses and strains of life, so try not to fear what lies ahead and trust God.

I’ve seen a few example recently where once one person does something, many follow.

One of my friends started getting inundated with messages on his Facebook page congratulating him on his engagement. I had been thinking it was a bit odd as I’d been with him a few hours before the messages started and he’d not said anything to me. It turned out someone had overheard a conversation and put 2 and 2 together and got 5!!!! They then posted their congratulations on Facebook and others, seeing the messages of congratulations, assumed it to be true and followed suit posting their congratulatory messages too!

That’s just one example but I’m sure you have seen other similar examples yourself.

This got me thinking, wouldn’t it be great if it was as easy as this to get others to follow Christ? The fact that it isn’t that easy suggests to me that maybe each one of us is not portraying the right image/message to others – What do you think? Do we need to change the message we tell/show others so that God’s message is more meaningful and more real to others?