Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

Is it good enough for us just to believe in God, and do nothing else?

I believe it is not. I believe that as a Christian, I have a responsibility to tell others about God, and about how he loves them, even if they don’t believe in his existence.

Telling others about our faith and our beliefs, shouldn’t be a case of just quoting scripture at people. People are more likely to believe what we have to say if they can see by the way we live, that we believe in God. So we must live as Christ would live, then others will see Christ in us, and then they might believe that if God is more than enough for us, that He can be more than just enough for them too.

God is more than just enough for me, He is my everything.

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.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Preparation definitely is important for everything we do

  • Would you sit your driving test without first having driving lessons?
  • Would you go on stage as a concert pianist without learning to play the piano, and spending hours and hours practicing?
  • Would you rewire our house without being trained as an electrician?

Just as we must prepare or train so we can be successful in the tasks we undertake, so we must prepare ourselves so we are receptive to God. We cannot be true Christians without preparing our heart for God.

To do that we must clear out our hearts and minds of all thoughts, words and deeds that do not reflect God. We must give all our worries and stresses to God and leave them with Him. Only then will be truly be ready for God to be at the centre of all we do. So if you life is not ready for God today, start preparing your life and your heart today.

We all get fed up with things at times – work, friends, neighbours, family, our ill-health etc. And sometimes we even get fed up with God when He doesn’t answer our prayers when we want, or in the way we want.

Could it be in those situations, that we have lost our faith and trust in God?

Maybe it’s then that we need to re-energise ourselves and our faith, and the the best way to do that is to pray to God and ask him to help reignite our love for Him.

Please don’t let your love for God die when you go through difficult times, when you think God doesn’t care about you. Instead trust God because He does care about you and will never leave you. We must trust God, and never give up on Him, because will never give up on us, even when we our faith falters.

Don’t let our love grow cold
‘Cause I’m calling out
Light the fire again
Don’t let our vision die
I’m calling out
Light the fire again

You know my heart, my deeds
I’m calling out
Light the fire again
I need your discipline
I’m calling out

Light the fire again

I am here to buy gold
Refined in the fire, naked and poor
Wretched and blind I come
Clothe me in white
So I won’t be ashamed
Lord, light the fire again

Devotion

Posted: September 17, 2019 in faith, Health, heart, life, music, religion, words
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Devotion

love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.

Who or what are you devoted to?

Those who are Christians should be devoted fully to God. We God everything we have, so in return we should give Him our heart, our life, our all, our devotion.

All my world
All I’ve lost
The wrecks I’ve made here
The lives it cost
Your hand restores
Your works make whole
With all my soul
I thank You
I owe You
All my
Devotion
All that I have to give
Here’s my devotion
You’re all that it means to live

It’s my turn to provide the devotions at our band practice tonight, so I thought I’d share will you what I will be sharing with the band tonight…

How are you at remembering significant dates in your life?

We all have significant dates in our lives that we mark each year because they were times of great happiness or celebration or because when they happened, they caused us great sadness.

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about significant dates that have changed my life, probably because in the last few weeks I’ve had a few of those dates, and there are others in the coming weeks also

  • Early August was my birthday..
  • Then just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • The end of last week marked 4 years since my Mum died.
  • And amazingly, in a few weeks time, that will be one year since I had life saving heart surgery to fix one of the issues I’ve lived with all my life.

Yes, I’ve marked, or will mark each of those significant dates I’ve just mentioned, in some way. But do I pay as much attention to those significant dates in my Christian journey?

I have to be honest and say, the only exact date I can remember in my Christian journey, is the day I made my decision to become senior soldier as it was on my 18th birthday! I was really disappointed that I couldn’t remember the date I first knelt at the mercy seat or the date I was enrolled as a senior soldier, both at Rutherglen Salvation Army. So much so that I found myself last week looking for the Articles of War I signed on the day I was made a senior soldier, and I found it, and that anniversary is in just a few weeks!

We each celebrate or mark the important dates in our life and many of us shared those anniversaries with our friends on social media. So my question to each of you tonight is, do you put the same importance into celebrating or marking the significant dates in your Christian life as you do, other life events?

Do you remember the date on which you first gave my heart to Jesus?

Or the exact date you were enrolled as a senior soldier?

Romans 1:1 (The Passion Translation)

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvellous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

God has promised to love us always and that in itself is a reason to celebrate isn’t it. I believe I’m one of the fortunate ones as I’ve had that significant moment in my lives I accepted God into my life, and promised to serve Him until the end. So I will mark those important dates in my life, but I will also celebrate God’s love for me each day. After all I hadn’t accepted God into my heart, who knows where I would be today! And where else would I want to be on a Wednesday night, than at band practice! 🙂

 

Here’s a favourite piece of mine which features the tune associated with there words which for me, sum up one of the most significant moments in my Christian life

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

True colours

Posted: September 9, 2019 in life, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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If we show our true Christians colours, not only will Christ see them, but so will others. When others look at us or talk to us, if we live our lives as a true Christian, they will see something different in us – Hopefully that difference will be they see Christ!

I pray that I start each day by asking God to help me live my life as a true Christian. By doing that, I hope that others will see Christ through me, and see something that makes them want to seek Christ for themselves.

We often talk talk about how, as Christians, we must forgive others when they hurt or upset us.

Colossians 3:13 (The Passion Translation)

Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.

But forgiveness isn’t just something we need to offer to others. It can sometimes be easier to forgive others for what they do/say, than for us to forgive ourselves for our mistakes. It’s probably just because we feel we should be more in control of ourselves, our words and our actions, that we have higher expectations of ourselves. However we must treat ourselves just as well as we treat other, by showing ourselves forgiveness.

 

Joshua 1:9 (The Message)

Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (Granted), I reminded you that being a Christian does mean you are immune from facing difficulties in your life. However, we are assured that we never have to face any problem on our own, because just as it tells us in Joshua, God will be with us through everything.

It may seem at time that God isn’t with you, but remember, God does everything in His time, not in the timescales we necessarily want. Just trust God, because His is always with you.

Blind?

Posted: June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized
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When we see people in need, whether they be friends, acquaintances or strangers, do you

  1. Stop and speak to them and ask if you can help.
  2. Stop and ask them if they’re ok, and even if they say they are, ask them what is wrong.
  3. Keep walking passed them, and look the other way.

We all live such busy lives these days, and we all have our own concerns or problems to deal with. However we know there are other around us who are in greater need than ourselves, and maybe have no-one to turn to for help, so surely as Christians we must reach out to those we see who are in need?

Even if we choose to ignore those around us who are in need, doesn’t mean they will ‘go away’. In fact it simply tells us, and God, more about the person we are. Is that the person you want to be?