Posts Tagged ‘Christianity’

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.

You may or may not agree with me but I believe that

I’m not a great example of Christianity but I am a much improved version of who I used to be

I’m not sure where I came across that quote, but it has really stuck with me, and has also challenged me to contemplate how much more I need to improve as a Christian.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past and said and done a lot of things I’m not proud of, but I know over the years my relationship with God has grown stronger, as has my faith and trust that He is with me always, guiding and helping me through each day.

I simply pray that God will continue to help me become a better example of Christianity, so that others will see Him through my words and actions.

 

So that’s Christmas and New Year over, and soon we’ll all be back at work or school, and everything will be back to normal…whatever normal might be!

I’m sure many are already thinking about the big credit card bills that will soon be coming our way, or complaining about all the food we’ve consumed over the festive period (again!). Many of us will have made new year resolutions to make changes in our lives, so our lives can be “better” in 2016. So let me ask you a question about your new year resolutions, were any of your new year resolutions about your relationship with God?

Maybe God’s never been part of your life, or maybe you used to believe in God but events or people made you doubt Him and turn away from Him, or maybe you still believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart…whatever your current relationship is with God (if any), why not make a new start with God and give Him your heart at the start of this new year.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

 So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
  Come, come and know, know me now

A friend recently shared this on Facebook

empty me and fill me

Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

We need to be willing to clear out our lives of all our personal baggage and let Him fully into our lives.

The Future

Posted: July 31, 2015 in faith, life, music, quotes, religion
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Faith

 

And it’s because of my faith in the above statement that I say the following…

 

Keep the faith

Posted: March 3, 2015 in faith, life, religion, words
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faith

We will overcome
When You are with us we are strong
And love will be our greatest song
We’ll keep the faith and stand forever

If we are strong we can stand up against anything. To stand strong, we must put our full trust in God to guide and direct us especially when we’re frightened of what lies ahead of us.

Be strong, and keep the faith!

Keep the faith by Tim Hughes

I’m laying out all the pieces of my life
On the altar, I’m Your sacrifice
Let Your fire fall, I’m waiting here
Come and take it all, this heart of fearAll I want is to do my father’s will
And be a voice to a world that’s standing still
I must the keep the faith, not backing down
We must keep the faith, this is our time

We will overcome
When You are with us we are strong
And love will be our greatest song
We’ll keep the faith and stand forever

If not us who will shout Your song of praise?
For every soul to be saved in Jesus name
So we must keep the faith, not backing down
We must live this faith, this is our time, oh

We will overcome
When You are with us we are strong
And love will be our greatest song
We’ll keep the faith and stand forever

We will overcome
When You are with us we are strong
And love will be our greatest song
We’ll keep the faith and stand forever

We believe in God Almighty
We believe in You
We will trust in God Almighty
We will trust in You

We believe in God Almighty
We believe in You
We will trust in God Almighty
We will trust in You

We will overcome
When You are with us we are strong
And love will be our greatest song
We’ll keep the faith and stand forever

We will overcome
When You are with us we are strong
And love will be our greatest song
We’ll keep the faith and stand forever

We’ll keep the faith and stand forever
We’ll live the faith and stand forever

Once again since Christmas, we’ve been trying to clear out the house a bit, as we seem to have accumulated things which either we’ve never used in years, or have forgotten we had bought, and therefore we don’t really need. Why is it that we hold onto so many things “just in case we need it”, because over all these years I could count on one hand the number of times that “just in case” moment has every happened!

It can be hard work to clearing out cupboards/wardrobes/attics of things we no longer need in our lives, sometimes made harder because we come across items which remind us of specific people, situations or events and that can cause us to reminisce and sometimes upset us and distract us from what we’re trying to do.

Maybe at the start of this new year, we need to not only clear out our physical belongs but also clear out our hearts and minds of hurts and disappointments that we are still holding onto. By holding onto hurts and disappointments and not giving them over to God, my guess would be that, if we’re honest with ourselves, they are probably still causing us more pain and hurt because we are still holding onto them.

So this new year why not clear out your emotional baggage as well as your physical belongs by giving them all to God and leaving them there, because in doing so you will feel as though a burden has been lifted from you.

 

Take all of these impurities
Giving You this wretched soul
I’m giving You these insecurities
Giving You all control

We spend a lot of time each new year considering what our new year resolutions should be, and what we want to change about our lives, but do we consider God in this?

May be we tend to disregard God during these times of deliberation, not intentionally, but simply because we know, regardless of how little or how much we change, God remains just the same.

God loved us before were born and has promised to love us every day we live on his earth, regardless of whether we don’t acknowledge him as Lord, or whether we fail Him. God’s love is unquestioning and will be ours for eternity, so while this new year is a time when we talk about changing our lives for the better, God wants us to love Him, loving us, just the way he did last year and every year prior to that, and will do every year in the future.

 

Relationship_with_GodIt’s almost the end of 2014, so let’s look back over your year from a spiritual perspective. So to help with this, here’s some questions for you:

  • Have you prayed regularly during 2014?
  • Have you listened to what God has to say to you in this last year?
  • Have you said “yes” to all God has asked you to do this year?
  • When difficult times have come along during 2014, did you turn to God for help immediately, or wait until turning to God was your last resort?
  • Have you done your best to tell others about Jesus?
  • Has God been at the centre of all you’ve done in 2014?

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

Sadly, I guess if we are honest with ourselves, many of us, including me, will find we did not answer “Yes” to all those questions, but answered either “No” or “Sometimes” to at least one or two of the questions. Thankfully, regardless of our answers to these questions, we have time to change so that we can answer “Yes” to all the above questions honestly, just by trusting God to help us in every part of our life, not just the parts we’re choose to let Him into.

So as 2014 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

Have you ever seen Jesus?

No? Have a closer look around you, can you see Jesus now?

Jesus is all around us, and can be seen not only in the physical things around us which He provides for us, but also in the actions and words of those we surround ourselves with. So , I’ll ask you again, can you see Jesus?

I have, and I pray that others may see Christ in me too.

 

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Here’s the Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army telling you about how I’ve Just Seen Jesus: