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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…

 

I don’t know about you, but I always feel my turn to do the devotions seems to come round extra quick. So me being the organised person I am, I did my usual and checked back to see firstly when I last was responsible for the devotions and secondly what I spoke about. I was surprised to find that it is almost a year to the day since I last did the devotions!

I usually find when I’m preparing these kinds of things that my thoughts are all over the place with lots of things coming into my mind but nothing feeling quite right until the very last minute. This time however, having realised it was almost a year exactly since I last did the devotions for the practice, it really set off my train of thought around “looking back” and “memories”.past-and-future

Over this last year, and particular these last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about precious moments spent with family who are no longer with here or looking back at countless things which I’d long ago forgotten about but a photo or item has triggered a memory.

People often say we shouldn’t look back because it’s in the past and we can’t change it, but what about all those precious moments we’d never recall or recount to others if we simply put them to one side and never think about them?

Where would that leave our faith if we never looked back?

What about the cross and what it stands for? Surely as Christians we must never forget the cross, in other words we need to look back and remember the reason Christ died on the cross for us?

In looking back at the cross it should give us inspiration for the future, knowing that if we keep our focus on Him we have fulfilled his plans for us.

Why shouldn’t we look back, as if we don’t, how will we remind ourselves how much of a sacrifice God gave for us at Calvary?

Without the cross where would we be?

Without the cross would we have any future?

Lots of questions which I asked of myself, and this in turn made me think of various people in my family who are no longer with us, but who trusted God and remained faithful to Him right to the end. This in turn reminded me of song which really sums us their faith and my hope for the future:

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.

Each of us here have made promises to serve God all our lives. Tonight I challenge you to always remember the cross, Remember why we’re here in Bellshill serving God as part of this band, keep focused on the cross, and serving Him until the end?

Let me leave the words of 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV) with you:

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

God is good

Posted: December 9, 2014 in bible, life, love, quotes, religion
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god is good Do you believe God is good? I believe God is good to us at all times. He is faithful and will always hear us when we call to Him. Who else will be there for you always?

Have you ever been robbed? I’m pleased to say that I personally have never been robbed in a monetary sense…however there have certainly been a few tennis matches that I’ve played in in the past where I’ve definitely felt robbed due to some dodgy line calls!

But in a spiritual sense, have you robbed yourself of God‘s faithfulness?

Don’t let the problems you perceive rob you from God’s promise that you hold. God is faithful!

Just the other week I got myself all worked up and annoyed about something I heard someone say because I thought their comments were directed at me. The following day, during a conversation with someone else about something completely different I discussed the comments I’d had thought were directed at me, were in fact a statement by the person about themself! How foolish I felt, but also thankful that I have kept my feelings and anger to myself instead of “going off on one”!

Just as I proved the other week that we can often “see” problems where there are none, so we can often to that when it come to doing God’s will. Don’t ever forget God will be with you and support you in all you do for Him.

Here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing I Confess My Trust:

When you read the title of my blog post today, what did you think about? A meeting that never happened because the other person didn’t turn up; A date when you were stood-up; A time when a close friend failed you and you felt let down.

Well, the last example above was actually what I was thinking of when I wrote the title of this blog post. It’s a real horrible and empty feeling you get when someone you love and trust lets you down, no matter the way in which they let you down – Shared something with others that you shared with them in confidence; Weren’t there for you when you needed them most; etc.

Being let down is something I hope you never have to experience as it really can be very heartbreaking. However I can recommend a friend to you who will never let you down, who is trustworthy and honest, and who will always be faithful to youGod!

If you read my blog post yesterday, In His Thoughts, I’m sure you’ll have already got the connection with the song in the above video, So You Would Come. If not, here’s the link, this song talks about how we were on God‘s mind long before we were even born, and everything He has ever done, has been done for you and for me.

We may fail God many times during our lifetime, but nothing we could ever do will stop God from loving us. Isn’t that absolutely amazing!

So You Would Come

Before the world began
You were on His mind
And every tear you cry
Is  precious in His eyes
Because of His great love
He gave His only Son
Everything was done
So you would come

Nothing you can do
Could make  Him love you more
And nothing that you’ve done
Could make Him close the door
Because of His great love
He gave His only Son
Everything was done
So you would come

Come to the Father
Though your gift is small
Broken hearts, broken lives
He will take them all
The power of the Word
The power of His blood
Everything was done
So you would come

As I think I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post What Are You…? I mentioned that this last weekend was our Harvest weekend at Bellshill Salvation Army. For the weekend we had visitors from DHQ, Carole and Elwyn Harries, leading our meetings.

I must admit that having been at many harvest weekends over the years, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this one, as what was I going to hear this harvest that I haven’t heard plenty of times before? I couldn’t have got it more wrong!

I thoroughly enjoyed our three harvest meetings. The corps sections (senior band, songsters, young peoples’ band and singing company) were all fabulous, but best of all were our leaders for the weekend – their enthusiasm and love for God was clear for all to see throughout the weekend.

Added to all this I found the message from our leaders very challenging and has certainly got be thinking about the person I am, and the Christ-like person I want to be.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Words I’m sure most of us have heard many times before, however I was made to think again about them on Sunday – I’d never really noticed before that it says “the fruit of the spirit” rather than “the fruits of the spirit”.

Yes, there is only one fruit of the spirit and that is love…Jesus commands us to

Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12 NIV)

He doesn’t command us to be joyful, live in peace, have patience, be kind etc. He simply commands us to love one another just as He loves us.

So why is Galatians are these other things mentioned, well in order to love, we must possess the other qualities mentioned. i.e.  joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am far from being Christ-like as I lack many of the qualities required, but recognising my failings is a step in the right direction. Now I must, with God’s help and guidance, become the kind of person God needs and wants me to be…I must learn to love everyone, even those I might presently feel are unloveable.

I pray God will help each of us to learn to love one another as Christ would.

God you are faithful in every way, to every person.

No matter what we face in life, God will be able to carry us through it. Although we cannot see God, I believe He does exist, and that He is always there for me holding my hand at all times.

Why not reach out and take hold of God’s hand today.

 

Faithful God, faithful God,
All-sufficient one,
I worship you.
Shalom my peace,
My strong deliverer
I lift you up,
Faithful God.

This last week I’ve found these words have been very much in the forefront of my mind ever since I hear of the sudden passing of a friend, Hazel Ferguson. At first I didn’t understand why this song kept going round and round in my head, but I soon came to realise that God was reminding me of several things…

Firstly, regardless of the feelings and emotions we may be experiencing, God is there with us because He is faithful, and can supply all we need in every situation.

Secondly, and probably most importantly at this time, that my friend is now with her Saviour, the One she has served for many years through the Salvation Army,

Today I attended Hazel’s funeral, so like many other day’s this week, I found myself thinking about some of the times I’ve spent with Hazel…

I’ve known Hazel for many years, as I gre up attended Rutherglen Salvation Army where Hazel and her family attended. I became much closer to Hazel during her time as Songster Leader at Rutherglen as she had the faith and trust in my to convince me to firstly become accompanist for the songsters, and then a few years later her deputy as leader.

Hazel was one of the members of the Harmony Trio and I was privileged to travelled with them to various churches and other Salvation Army corps, to play clarinet solos and then a few years later as their accompanist. These were also interesting times, not just because of the message the group portrayed to the listeners, but also the car journeys to and from the venue! As was mentioned at Hazel’s funeral she was a scary driver! But for me, my memory of car journeys with Hazel is the fact that we never ever came home from somewhere the same way we had gone…een although we intended to! We got lost countless times, but to be honest all this all just become part of the fun at travelling with Hazel!

In these last few years since we both moved from Rutherglen Salvation Army to other corps, Hazel and I maybe didn’t see each other very often, however it didn’t stop us continuing out friendship by email and text.

Hazel was Mum to someone I grew up with and am friends with, but the age difference between Hazel and I definitely didn’t stop us becoming good friends. Over the years we shared some hilarious moments (many prolonged by Hazel’s infectious giggling), and we also shared in some emotional and tearful moments. However, no matter the situation one thing always shone through and that was Hazel’s deep love of God, and for that reason I can say with confidence that she is now with God.

Rest in peace my friend.

’Mid all the traffic of the ways,
Turmoils without, within,
Make in my heart a quiet place,
And come and dwell therein.

A little shrine of quietness,
All sacred to Thyself,
Where Thou shalt all my soul possess,
And I may find myself.

A little shelter from life’s stress,
Where I may lay me prone,
And bare my soul in loneliness,
And know as I am known.

A little place of mystic grace,
Of self and sin swept bare,
Where I may look upon Thy face,
And talk with Thee in prayer.

Faithful God by Gateway

VERSE 1
If I call, will You come
When I cry, do You hear
I believe every tear
Is caught up by a faithful God
So I will cry until You come
Cast my cares into Your arms
I can’t see past this storm
But I’m counting on a faithful God

CHORUS
Faithful God
You hold my life secure
All my days are Yours
I believe
My God is like a fire defending me
Faithfully

VERSE 2
I believe You still heal
And demons still bow
I’m convinced there is power
In trusting in a faithful God
So I will praise till You appear
And set Your foot upon this shore
I declare that every foe
Is subject to my faithful God

BRIDGE
I know that You are mine
And I am Yours, I am Yours
I know Your faithfulness
It will endure, it will endure

Are the words of the above song true for you?

Do you believe God holds you securely in every situation?

Do you live for God?

If you answered no to any of these questions, maybe it’s time to consider your relationship with God again.

You can never give too much of you life to God, but you can give your whole life to God. God wants me and He wants you, so go on, kneel before Him today and give the whole of you to our faithful God.

Through It All by Matt Redman

Through it all you are faithful
Through it all You are strong
As we walk through the shadows
Still You shine on

So many broken promises
So many empty words
God of love and faithfulness
Have mercy on this world

You never turn or change
You never break the faith
Yesterday, today and always

Through it all You are faithful
Through it all You are strong
As we walk through the shadows
Still You shine on
Still You shine on

God of unbroken promises
Always You keep Your word
Glory, grace and holiness
Forever to endure

You are faithful, Jesus You are faithful to the end
You are faithful, Jesus You are faithful to the end

If you ever need a reminder that God is always with you, through the good times and the bad, this song is a great reminder. I’ve been in a situation where I’ve thought I’d never make it through those days, but despite my doubting, my faith remained….God remained…God remained faithful through it all.