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God loves showing up in unexpected ways at unexpected times ~ Mark Batterson

We’ve all heard it said many times before that God does everything in His own times rather than in our time. You may in fact be fed up hearing those words, however I’d urge you today not to be, as while you may be feeling fed up waiting for God to answer our prayers, He will answer them, and as the above quote says, He will take great joy in answering our prayers.

God loves helping us, and He loves helping us in ways we never imagined, so don’t give up on Him, because He will never give up on you.

God will always answer your prayers, so expect the unexpected.

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time for godYou would think that someone who takes the time to get up on a Sunday morning and go to church, would want to be there wouldn’t you?

Well, I recently heard of someone who did exactly that, but then 45 minutes into the service started making comments to their neighbour that it was “going to be a long meeting” all because the meeting had been going for 45 minutes and the leader hadn’t started the sermon yet. They finished by adding that “this was ridiculous”!

Personally I find it ridiculous that someone who had obviously gone to church of their own accord not only thought those things, but that they actually shared their thoughts with their neighbour! The meeting in question was apparently one in which everyone there (or almost everyone!) felt God’s presence right from the start of the service, and that the comments from this individual were an unwanted interruption to their neighbour’s spiritual experience with God that day.

Maybe this individual had gone to church that morning out of habit or duty, which isn’t in itself wrong – I myself admit that I’ve attended meetings (Salvation Army services) sometimes just because I felt I should, rather than because I’ve wanted to be there. However on many of these occasions I have been glad I made the effort to go as God has drawn very close to me during these times.

I just don’t understand why someone who obviously didn’t want to be at a service felt it acceptable to disrupt other people’s experience of God? Were they so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice their neighbour felt God’s presence very close to them, or did they simply not care what their neighbour was experiencing?

So please, if you take the time to go to church, even if you don’t necessarily want to be there, be sensitive to those around you, God may be speaking directly to them, and passing comment about how long the service is  or even about what is being preached really is not helpful.

Do you think you are too old to serve God?

The world may consider it ok to throw away all your experience when you get to a certain age, but God never does!

In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as retirement, therefore God wants and expects us to continue working for Him all our lives. i.e. No matter our age there are still ways in which we can serve God.

So don’t stop serving God, just because you think your too old to be of use to Him.

When difficult times come your way and stay with you for what seems like eternity, you may feel as if God doesn’t love you and doesn’t care about you.

That however couldn’t be further from the truth, because the truth is that God loves you too much to leave you the way you are.

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Sometimes God can ask us to do something which we feel totally unprepared for. Therefore, when we say “yes” to God it can often seem like we’re stepping out into the unknown, but don’t worry, God will be there with you.

God will not ask you to do something which he does not think you are capable of. Even if you think you don’t have the knowledge to do the task, don’t worry, God will prepare you and give you the knowledge you need.

So don’t be afraid to “yes” to whatever God asks you to do, because He will be with you when to step out into the unknown.

Today’s blog post, follows on from my thoughts yesterday, when I stated that life’s events happen for a reason…

God will not allow a trial to come into your life unless He has a purpose. He doesn’t send the storms, but He uses them.

Don’t allow the tough times in your life to become the Godless times in your life, as it’s during the difficult times that we need God most. Trust me, I’ve been there and thought I could do it on my own because I thought God had deserted me. However it was only when I realized He was still with me, and put my trust fully in Him, that the difficulties I was facing, became ones I felt I could overcome.

So don’t despair during the storms of life, accept them and let God use you to learn and grow from the experience.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, The Foundation #1, I want to consider how we make sure God is the foundation of all we do. The quote I used yesterday, actually answers this question:

Time with God should be the foundation for everything else in your life.

Yes, time with God. i.e. prayer. is how we ensure God is our cornerstone, our rock, our everything. Fitting in with my blog post today, here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Cornerstone:

Feeling lost and abandoned by God?

Well in Psalm 27:13-14 we read these great words of reassurance:

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord

It can be difficult sometimes when we feel we God is keeping us waiting when we ask Him for direction or an answer to our prayers. However the above words from Psalms should offer us the reassurance we need that God will “get back to us” in His time, so just wait for God.

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Carrying on the theme of the last few days about God’s faithfulness, Michael W Smith‘s song Forever You Are Faithful, talks about God is faithful and how is love endures forever.

Yes God is Faithful, but added to that He loves you and will always love you.

Do you think what you’ve done in your life may mean God doesn’t want to know you?

Well don’t think that, because God truly does love you. He loves you unconditionally. He loves you for being you because He made you. He want you to love Him and to serve Him, however regardless of whether you have given your life to Him, He still loves you.

His love endures Forever!

In the last few days, I’ve spoken a couple of times about God‘s faithfulness, and so today I want to continue this theme.

First let me share with you one of my favourite songs, You are Faithful by Hillsong United:

Lord of all the earth
how You care for me
You have made me
You will save and carry me always

Yes, God carries me, even when I wander off from Him and don’t listen to His direction. God know me and cares for me and I firmly believe He has saved me on many occasions and will save me many times during the rest of my life.

God is faithful, and will never let you down, so I’d urge you today to put your faith in Him.