Posts Tagged ‘Christianity for Seekers’

Relationship_with_GodNow we’re nearly at the end of 2013, I want you to think about 2013 from a spiritual perspective. So to get started, I have a few questions for you to consider:

  • Have you prayed regularly this year?
  • Have you listened to what God has to say to you this year?
  • Have you said “yes” to all God has wanted you to do this year?
  • When times of difficulty have come along this year, did you turn to God immediately for help, or wait until he was a last resort?
  • Have you done your best to tell others about Jesus?
  • Has God been at the centre of all you’ve done in 2013?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to all of the above questions, well done, as it sounds at though you’re doing the best you can to be a good example of Christ to those you encounter.

Sadly, I think many of us will, if we’re being honest with ourselves and with God, will have answered either “No” or “Sometimes” to at least one of the above questions. Thankfully though, we still have time to change so that we can honestly answer “Yes” to all the above questions, all we need to do is trust God to help us in every part of our life, not just the parts we’re choose to let Him into.

So as the end of 2013 draws near, draw closer to God, and let Him into every part of your life.

You’re all I want
You’re all I’ve ever needed
You’re all I want
Help me know you are near

Patience with others is love. Patience with self is hope. Patience with God is faith.

Are you patient?

Do you show love to all you meet?

Is your life full of hope?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, your life is incomplete. Jesus can give you peace by helping you be patient and love, and by doing these things you will find hope and your faith in God will increase.

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I found the following quote written on a bit of paper in one of our books the other day, no idea who said it, but want to share it with you as it struck a chord with me:

Great faith is a product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs only come after great trials

We only gain life experiences by experiencing the good and the not so good bit of life. In the same way our faith in God can become stronger the more of life’s experience we face with God by our side.

So carry on experiencing life to the full, but remember to keep Christ at the centre of all you do, as only then will your life experiences help you grow in faith.

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Following recent events, I’ve been reminded how sad it can be when people we were once so close to become people you can no longer trust because they maliciously spread lies and untruths about you.

broken friendshipSometimes we find people who say they are Christians show by their words and actions that they are in fact anything but true Christians. Sometimes they may even spread lies about other or subject others to verbal abuse. In these circumstances it can be difficult to continue to smile or even say hello, as even that may subject us to either being completely ignored or  subjected to verbal abuse.

It may seem daft to some that in circumstances such as these, some people will continue to reach out to these folks, while others will completely understand that as a Christian we cannot ignore these folk. It can be upsetting when these situation arise, but I actually find it quite sad that some so-called Christians feel it’s ok to treat others in the way they do, as to be honest, it is often just very childish.

It’s sad when non-Christians act this way, but when Christians act un-Christ-like we give non-believers more reasons and excuses to believe Christianity offers them nothing. Is it any wonder the people in this world don’t believe there’s a God, when they see and hear so-called Christians treating one another as we have been treated?!

I know I’m far from being perfect and therefore have many faults, but I pray that I will always do my best to be a good example of Christianity, and that God will help me to live my life as He would want.

I also pray for those who profess to be Christians, but who regularly say/act in a way that does not reflect Christ, because I believe God can change their lives so that they can again become shining examples of His love.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend ~ Martin Luther King

You are always having impact…but is it the impact you want?

What you say, how you say it, and what you do, all combine to determine the kind of impact you have on others.

I know at times I am guilty of saying things in a way that I shouldn’t and also doing things, which give others a bad impression of me and what I stand for. These days I usually realise as soon as I’ve said or done something I shouldn’t have done, what I’ve done. However that wasn’t always the case, as in the past I’ve been guilty of being unaware of my failings, and therefore didn’t even realise the impact I may be having on others.

These days however, I try to apologise to those concerned when I’ve said or done something I shouldn’t have done. I know that doesn’t positive impactmean it makes it ok for me to say/do things I shouldn’t. So, to those of you I’ve annoyed/upset by saying something, or saying something in a way I shouldn’t, or done something I shouldn’t have, I apologise and ask your forgiveness.

Believe me, I am trying to be a better, more loving, caring and understanding person, but I find it very difficult when I’ve struggling physically or emotionally with life, so please bear with me, and please don’t take anything I say or do in these circumstances to heart because I won’t have meant it the way it’s come across.

I want to be a good influence on people, and have a positive impact on other’s lives, and I know I can achieve this with God‘s help.

We can all have a positive impact on others if we give our lives to Jesus, because He can guide us in all situations and help us be the influence He knows we can be. That’s what I’ve done, how about you?

The last couple of days I’ve talked about happiness and how true happiness can only truly be found when we give our lives to God. Today though it’s all about the happiest day in believers lives…the day our sins were forgiven, the day Christ died on the cross and then rose again…

Happy Day by Tim Hughes

The greatest day in history, Death is beaten
You have rescued  me
Sing it out Jesus is alive
The empty cross, The empty grave
Life  eternal You have won the day
Shout it out Jesus is alive
He’s  alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin  away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am  changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last,  meeting face to face
I am Yours Jesus You are mine
Endless joy, perfect  peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He’s  alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same 
Forever I am  changed

Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You  have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin  away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am  changed

 What a glorious glorious day,
I’ll never be the same

This Is Our God by Hillsong

Your grace is enough
More than I need
And your word I will believe
I wait for you
Draw near again
And your spirit make me new
And I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship you here

Your presence in me
Jesus light the way
By the power of your word
I am restored
I am redeemed
 By your spirit i am free
And I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship you here

Freely you gave it all for us
Surrendered your life upon that cross
Great is your love
Poured out for all
This is our God

Lifted on high from death to life
Forever our God is glorified
Sovereign king
Rescued the world
This is our God

And I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship you here

And I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship you here

Freely you gave it all for us
Surrendered your life upon that cross
Great is your love
Poured out for all
This is our God

Lifted on high from death to life
Forever out God is glorified
Sovereign king
Rescued the world
This is our God

Have you fallen at God’s feet?

God gave up His Son for you, therefore I’d urge you to repay Him today by giving your life to Him by kneeling before Him and giving Him your heart.

There are some situations when no matter what you say or do, you can never say enough to offer the comfort and reassurance needed by someone.

In a similar way, sometimes when we are so upset about the things that are affecting our life or the life of those around us, our tears just do not seem to offer the comfort or the help needed.

So sometimes our tears just simply aren’t enough so what do we do? We turn to God. No matter how senseless of hopeless a situation may seem, God is there, and He understands our tears and knows our pain.

Tears Are Not Enough by Northern Lights 

As every day goes by
How can we close our eyes
Until we open up our hearts

We can learn to share
And show how much we care
Right from the moment that we start

Seems like overnight
We see the world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost

How can we look away
‘Cause every single day
We’ve got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don’t ya know that tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We could change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It’s up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It’s time to take our message everywhere

C’est l’amour qui nous rassemble
D’ici ?l’autre bout du monde
Let’s show them Canada still cares
You know that we’ll be there

If we should try together you and I
Maybe we could understand the reasons why
If we take a stand every woman, child and man
We can make it work for God’s sake lend a hand

I’ve said many times before in my blog that life can be so tough at times. I make no apology for repeating myself again today, as I feel it’s very important to remind ourselves frequently that it’s ok to find life tough.

Tough times never last. Tough people do ~ Robert H. Schuller

It’s true you know, although sometimes it may feel as though the tough times are unending, things will get better. Tough times call for tough people, and so as the above saying states, tough people do survive tough times…but let me put it another way for you…

It’s not tough people who survive tough times, it’s the people who have put their full trust in God to help them through tough times.

So I’d urge you if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Saviour, give your heart to Him today, because when tough times hit, He has promised to be there for you, and will help you survive those tough days.

Yesterday in Change Your Plans I spoke about how when we give our lives fully to God we must be willing to change our plans for our life. Today I want to clarify this as it may have sounded as though God is inflexible and will only accept us if we completely change our lives…that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Yes, God may require us to change our plans for our life because they may not be fitting for a Christian, however wherever you are on your Christian journey, God has a plan for you. i.e. God will meet you where you are, and He has a plan just for you.

So wherever we are in our Christian journey – taking our first tentative steps or life-long Christian taking our final breath, God still has a plan for us.

You may think that God cannot possibly have any explicit tasks for you, but He has.

You may not think that you can achieve anything God wants you to do, but you can.

All these things you can do because God loves you unconditionally, and He will help you in every situation you find yourself in – So trust God’s plans for you!