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Let us each be a blessing and honour God’s names, because one day we will be together with the blind man Jesus healed, and the saints from all the ages, our friends and family who have gone before us, and we will be with God for eternity. On that day we will know for sure that everything we endured during our lifetime was for our good, and for the glory of God.

So today and tomorrow and the day after, remember that whatever we face, God is with us. And because of that we must accept his blessings and do our best to bless others and honour His glorious name.

Light the world

Posted: November 20, 2018 in life, love, personnel characteristics, quotes, religion
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Not only can we be blessings to others, but we can receive blessing from others too. However the greatest giver of blessing will always be God, simply because he loves us more than anyone else ever will.

So let your love also be a blessing to others.

Blessed

Posted: November 19, 2018 in faith, heart, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, trust
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Maybe you’re wondering what you need to do to ‘be a blessing’. It’s actually quite easy, as all you need to do is give your heart and your all to God, and He will then put you in the situations and places where you are needed, where He needs you – He will then help you and guide you to say and do what is needed to bless those who need you.

You’ve probably heard it said many times before that God will always give you what you need to do what He need you to do, and this is true when you are doing His work.

So get out there and bless others, but just as importantly, be blessed too!

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.

Something new

Posted: November 16, 2018 in Salvation Army, music, life, religion, faith, quotes, trust
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There’s no point moving on to a place or location continuing to do the same things if what we’re doing isn’t effective or it’s not what we should be doing!

God alone can direct us to do what we should be doing, and where we should be doing it. That’s why we need to let Him change us into the person He needs us to be, so He can then send us to where he needs us.

What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow?
How bring back hope where men have sorely failed?
Just where I am I’ll speak the word of comfort,
Tell how for me Christ’s sacrifice availed.

CHORUS
Just where he needs me, my Lord has placed me,
Just where he needs me, there would I be!
And since he found me, by love he’s bound me
To serve him joyfully.

What can I do to ease life’s heavy burdens?
What can I do to help mankind in need?
Just where I am I’ll share my neighbour’s hardship,
Lighten his load, and prove a friend indeed.

What can I do to justify my living?
What can I be to worthwhile?
I’ll be a voice to call men to the Saviour,
Just where I am, and win my Father’s smile.

Catch

Posted: November 15, 2018 in bible, life, love, mercy, religion, trust, words
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We can find in a lot of things these days that thing that seems too good to be true, usually are. i.e. When it sounds too good to be true, there’s probably a catch!

While many things offered to us by others can often come with a catch, there is one thing in life that comes with no catch…God’s love!

Here’s some very well-known words from 1 John 4:16 which remind us that God loves us:

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

No matter your past, no matter your current life, God loves you and can help you make your future.

On Monday I asked you a few questions about whether you go to church, and if you became a member of your church for the right reasons.

I hope by now you’ve had time to consider your answer to those questions.

As I said yesterday, it’s ok if you became a member of your church for the wrong reasons, but now realise you did it for the wrong reasons.

Having realised you joined for the wrong reasons, what have you done about it? Are you still attending and still taking your place as a member? Is there a chance you’re still a member because part of you still believes it’s what you should do?

Maybe deep down you believe in God. If so, why not give church another chance, but go with your mind and heart open and receptive to what God has to say to you, you never know what might happen – God has reached out to, and been accepted into the hearts of people you’d never expect, so He would love you to do the same.

Let God speak to you so you truly get to know him, for the right reasons.

Yesterday I asked you a few questions about whether you go to church, and if you became a member of your church for the right reasons.

I hope you’ve had time to consider your answer to my questions yesterday.

It’s ok if you become a member of your church for the wrong reasons, the main thing is that you know you did it for the wrong reasons. e.g. pressure from your friends or family, expectations of others in your church.

Maybe you joined for the wrong reasons a long time ago, but maybe now you do attend for the right reasons. You now attend church and believe in God, so you are doing it for the right reasons now. Maybe you could consider seeing if you could re-commit to your church again, knowing that this time you’ll be doing it for the right reason?

Firstly today I want to ask you a couple of questions:

  • Do you go to church?
  • If you do, why do you go?

I’m sorry for all the questions, but I just wanted to get you thinking before you read my thoughts for today.

For those who do go to church or who used to go to church, I want to focus on why. There are lots of reasons why people attend church: faith, friendship, habit, your parent make you, or maybe you’re not entirely sure why you go.

While we may go to church for different reasons, if we become active members of that church, we must do that for the right reasons. i.e. we believe in God, we want to learn more about God, to be challenged to help/inspire others to follow God.

If you’re a member of your church – for example in the Salvation Army, we are called soldiers when we become members – when did you become a member, and why?

Sadly I’ve found over the years are many younger folk will become members of their church just because that’s what is expected of them by their family or friends. Rather than because they truly believe and understand the promises they are ‘signing-up’ to when they become members, and willingly want to take on those responsibilities. That’s why I believe many of these youngsters within 5/10 years of becoming members of their church, have stopped attending.

So today, take yourself back to the day you became a member of your church and committed your life to God – Did you do it for the right reason?

That’s quite a hard-hitting question isn’t? I suspect for some of you it will be a question may need to spend some time considering before you answer.

And how do we get the strength to overcome the things we thought we couldn’t do? We pray!

When we ask God to help us to overcome a difficult situation we can be assured that He will help us. It may be that how we get through the situation isn’t the way we expected, or even wanted, but it will be the way God knows is best for us.

God will give us the strength we need in every situation we find ourselves, so trust Him to give you the strength you need to overcome every situation.