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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ~ Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

Is this what other’s think when they look at how you live your life? If it’s not, we’re not living our life in the way God wants us too.

Let’s make sure that we cause unbelievers to question their unbelief when they see how we live our lives.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

God forgives us no matter what we’ve done. If God can forgive us of anything, why can we not forgive others when they hurt us?

That makes it sound as if it should be really easy to forgive others, doesn’t? But in reality when someone hurts us really badly it can take incredible strength and character to forgive them and move on or that you can trust them again.

How do we gain that strength and character to be that person? By being a true Christian, after all Jesus told us to:

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over.” ~ Luke 6:37 (The Passion Translation)

I pray today that God will help each of us to do as Jesus told us, to stop judging and criticising others, but instead forgive them.

The other week in our morning worship we were challenged to go outside our church and shine our light in this dark world, so others will know Christ is at the centre of all we do. We were challenged to consider how we could shine our light and this got me thinking…

  1. Do others see Christ in me, or do they see something else?
  2. Am I swinging my light for Christ?
  3. Am I sharing my faith with those I come into contact with?

Some challenging questions there, some that have been going round in my head since we were challenged to shine our light.

I know I’m far from perfect. I know I’m not very good at vocalising my faith. I started the blog a few years ago because I felt it was what I wanted to do – I intended my blog to be about me, the things I did in life, my observations, maybe even my challenges. However God had other ideas, as within a short time of started to blog, I found I was blogging every day, and most of my posts were about my faith, being a Christian, or the challenges we face in life as Christians.

So my blog hasn’t turned out to as I planned it to be, but I pray it has trued out as God wanted it to be, a way for me to shine my light for God through my posts.

Do you think it’s important to share your life experiences with others?

Do you think it’s important to share your Christian experiences with others?

The answer, in my opinion, to both those questions is, of course it is, how else to others learn from our mistakes and our rewarding moments!

If by sharing something of my experiences through my blog, I can stop one person from making the same mistakes I’ve made in life, my blogging has been worthwhile.

Or if through something I say in my blog posts, just one person is challenged to find God for themselves, my blogging has been worthwhile.

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Posted: September 9, 2018 in depression, faith, life, quotes, religion, stress, words
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How big is your faith?

If you were to print the word faith in the size of your faith, how big would it be?

 

Did you choose one?

Does the size of the word you chose really represent the size of your faith? For me it doesn’t, as my faith is strong now than it’s ever been, so no size of lettering could represent how strong my faith is.

Having said all that, no matter how strong your faith is, it doesn’t mean we’ll have an easy life. In fact it couldn’t be further from the truth, just ask any Christian!

How hard is that!

Yes, when people hurt us, physically or emotionally, it can be extremely difficult to forgive them. It can be even more difficult to forgive them if they’re not sorry for what they’ve said or done.

However as Christians we must be willing to forgive and forget, even when those concerned aren’t sorry!

Hebrews 10:32-35 (NIV)
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

We may not face daily persecution because of our Christian beliefs, however many do. Yes, like many of you I’ll have been called names, shouted but nothing like the level of persecution some in other countries have to endure because they believe in God.

Can you imagine still having the strength and courage to openly share your faith, even when others persecute you because of it. I’m not sure my faith would be strong is enough in that situation, is yours?

When someone has no hope, they are at their lowest possible point. Sadly the world contains many people these days who, if asked, would say they have no hope, either for themselves or for this world.

For those of us who believe in God and believe that Christ died for us, we know there is hope for this world, if the world can find Jesus. It is therefore our responsibility as Christians to tell the world that there is hope, and that that hope comes from Jesus.

Jesus is our Living Hope.