Posts Tagged ‘God’

If someone put a spotlight on you and you had to give them details of every part of your life, would you be comfortable? Or would you be happier if you could delete or omit parts of your life that you’re not proud of, maybe because you’ve said/not said or done/not done something?

No matter how much we wish we could delete parts of our lives that we’re not proud of, we can’t! No matter what these things are, even though we may successfully ‘hide’ them from our others around us, we can never hide them from God.

God doesn’t care what we’ve done in our past, because be cares about us so much that he simply cares about our present and our future. Therefore if God can forgive us of our past indiscretions, we should forgive ourselves, and when we do that the burden of carrying those indiscretions/wrongs is lifted from us.

So let God’s spotlight fall on you, and leave your indiscretions with Him.

When we are in trouble or struggling with life, that’s when we are most in need of God. Sadly though, that is often the time when we’re most likely to think God has deserted us.

Why do we think during our most difficult times that God has deserted us when the rest of the time we fully believe God is always with us? Probably because we’re human, and during those times we’re most vulnerable, so the devil finds it easier to get into our lives and our minds.

Keep on believing in God, even through the difficult days.

Yesterday in Celebrate! I encouraged you to celebrate your own life, because you alone know the challenges and difficulties you’ve had to go through to get to where you are now.

Today I want to suggest that having celebrated our own lives yesterday, we celebrate God today, as he was the one who gave us life. Not only did he give us live, he lives each moment of it with us. He guides and directs us, He forgives us and comforts us, and provides everything we need.

Thank you God for giving us life.

Thank you for sacrificing your only son.

Thank you for loving us unconditionally.

Thank you for forgiving us.

Thank you for being the one we can always rely on to help and guide us in every situation.

Help us to be who you made us to be.

Help us to praise you and to celebrate your love for us so that others will always see you in us.

Thank you God for everything.

I was listening again to the the song We Believe by Newsboys, and one phrase in the song really stuck with me this time

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

It got me thinking about my faith, and the reason I attend church. In the Salvation Army we can at times put a lot of our focus on our musical sections (both our junior and adult bands and choirs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as our musical sections can most definitely make a huge contribution to our worship through their music.

I personally find the music provided by our musical sections, as well as the congregational songs used in  worship often bring me closer to God, and being able to be part of that music making is a great privilege for me, as I believe this how God wants me to contribute to worship.

What the words of this Newsboys song reminded me was that I must never let the music or music making be the reason I worship. Worship must be first and foremost about praising God and learning more about Him. Yes, we can praise God through our music making, but that should not be the main reason we go to church. Our faith must definitely be more than anthems, more than the music.

We can all be critics sometimes can’t we? We’re all have opinions about what is good or bad, right or wrong for someone to do or say in specific situations or circumstances.

When it comes to our own lives, our thoughts and actions, are we as critical of ourselves as we are of others? I guess that depends on the type of person we are – I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a perfectionist, and so I admit it, I am my own worst critic. I expect myself to do and say everything to the high standards I expect of myself, however in reality my expectations of myself are usually far too high, and so I end up giving myself a hard time because in my eyes I have failed.

 

Why am I my worst critic? I know I set my expectations of myself way to high – That in itself is fine as it’s great to aim high, however I know I shouldn’t give myself such a hard time when I don’t live up to my own expectations.

If I don’t live up to my own expectations of myself, how can I ever live up to God’s expectations! The difference is God is realistic about what I can do and will only expect we to do what He knows I’m capable of with His help.

If like me you’re you own worst critic, give yourself some slack, you’re human, you’re not perfect. However if we put our faith and trust in God, He can help us become more like Him, and in doing so we will become better people.

In many sports it’s clear that a team or player deliberately target what they feel are their opponent’s vulnerabilities or weaknesses. It’s clear why they do that, as in sport it all about the win isn’t it?

Vulnerabilities don’t just exist when a sport is being played, they exist in our every aspect of our lives. None of us are perfect, we all have weakness, and that is why in our lives we often find ourselves being targeted by the devil. The devil sees when we are weak and puts doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us. He’s great at targeting our weaknesses, but we can overcome the devil’s attack on us by putting our faith firmly in God, and letting Him take away all our burdens and strengthen our weaknesses. God will help us become better and stronger people by helping us learn from our weaknesses and become stronger in our faith.

If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be the most expensive thing you would buy?

Some things are invaluable, and not because they are worth huge amounts of money, but maybe  because of who gave you them or how much sacrifice the giver had to make to get the gift.

Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary. You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God! ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (The Passion Translation)

God spent a fortune on each one of us, not in monetary terms but because of the sacrifice he gave for each of us. The gift of Jesus was the ultimate gift God gave the world. He was also the biggest sacrifice too, as He paid the biggest price for us, as Jesus died to that each of us could be free and forgiven.

That was an expensive price God paid for us. My question to you is, how much will you willing repay God for the love he gives us?

Questions and uncertainty

It can sometimes feel like we’re inundated with questions and uncertainty day after day. So in these circumstances where do you turn? Who do you turn to?

If your questions are about a specific subject or topic, I’m sure there are experts around who can assist. For example if you have a problem with your laptop or mobile phone, there are many shops and companies around who have technical experts who can help solve your technology issue.

If you questions are about life’s problems, maybe you turns to your parents or other family or friends.

If you feel your future is uncertain and you’re struggling to know how to see a positive outcome, who better to turn to than God. In fact, whether you have questions about life in general, problems with life, or feel life is getting on top of you, God is the the one to turn to. He alone can give you direction and guidance which always has your best interests at heart.

There’s no need to stress about your future, instead take all your questions or concerns to God, and He will answer your questions and guide you into the best future for you.

Matthew 6:25 (The Passion Translation)

This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

What do you focus on in your life? Is your life centred around possessions and goods, or is there more to your life than that?

There is definitely more to life than our possessions – possessions may provide short term happiness, but they don’t provide the peace and contentment that I’m sure we all desire.

The peace and contentment we all desire can only be found in God. God is more than everything we need. He offers us really peace, contentment and happiness, if we simply trust Him.

When you’re in the middle of difficult times, it can seem like there is no end, that you’re troubles will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (The Passion Translation)

We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.

Always remember that, although it may not feel like it, our troubles are only temporary. It is important we always remember that. It’s even more important though that we remember to continue to trust God during times of difficulty.

Pray to God, give him all your worries, all your fears, focus on Him, and He will look after us forever.