Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 (NIV)

It can be overwhelming when emotion takes over. But when it’s hope that overwhelms you, it is uplifting. What greater feeling is there than having hope in the knowledge that God loves you.

Understanding

Posted: May 25, 2017 in bible, books, life, music, religion, words
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Do you read the bible?

Do you understand what the bible is teaching you?

There’s no point reading the bible like we would read a book, because the bible isn’t just about the words on the page, it’s about the message we can receive from God through the bible.

I think we’re all guilty of thinking we don’t need God sometimes, as we can cope on our own.

Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

God remains by our side and always there for us, so whether things are going well or we’re struggling, put your trust in Him, because He will get you through, and help you do His work.

Treat people like mirrors and watch how you reflect in their eyes. – Nnamdi G. Osuagwu

It’s true isn’t it, when we treat others with anger they respond in anger, but when we treat other with love and understanding, they usually respond in kind. It just shows that as the above quote says, our words and actions are reflected by others, so isn’t that a good reminder of our responsibility to act in a Christ-like manner?

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We can all sometimes feel like everything is going wrong for us, and wonder why God allows us to suffer to must pain and heartache. I am no different, I too feel like that sometimes.

I am however very aware that my suffering is miniscule is comparison to what many others in this world have to deal with on a daily basis. That of course doesn’t make our suffering any less painful, or any less real, it simply puts our suffering into perspective.

To relieve our suffering, we have to turn to God and open our hearts to Him in prayer, open our hands to Him in service, open our ears to the Holy Spirit, and open doors to all who need comfort.

Are you opening doors?

In Romans 5:3-5 we read:

…not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character and character HOPE. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

It can be hard to hope, when you’re at your lowest, but it’s when you’re at your lowest that hope may be the only thing you have left to hold onto. So hold onto hope, and hold onto God, no matter what.

 

PRAYER

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I’ve shared a number of prayer quotes with you in the past, so today I have a few more for you:

    1. “Prayer does not influence God. Prayer surely does influence God. It influence His purpose. It does influence His action.”  S.D. Gordon
    2. “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.”  E.M. Bounds
    3. “We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ” E. M. Bounds
    4. “The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.” The Kneeling Christian
    5. “…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.”  C. H. Spurgeon
    6. When prayer has become secondary, or incidental, it has lost its power. Those who are conspicuously men of prayer are those who use prayer as they use food, or air, or light, or money.”  M.E. Andross
    7. “Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”  Watchman Nee
    8. “Prayer is the secret of power.”  Evan Roberts
    9. “I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.”  James Hudson Taylor
    10. “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”  John Bunyon

So why have I been passing on all these quotes about prayer? Well, I think I’ve said to you before, but I make no apology for saying again, that prayer must be at the centre of your Christian life. Without prayer, we cannot be living as Christ wants and needs us to.

Pray now. Pray later. Pray always.

Yesterday, I urged you to make a new start with God at this start of this new year (A New Year and a New Start), but I know for some of you that may be difficult because of things that have happened in your past where maybe you’ve questioned God’s reason for letting something to happen, or maybe the complete opposite, maybe you feel God let you down by not being there for you when you needed him most, or maybe you were let down by people who said they were Christians but in fact acted in a completely un-Christlike manner towards you.

hands reaching to each otherWhatever your past history with God, God is still waiting for you to turn to Him and is reaching out to you to take His hand. Even if you thought God deserted you in the past, I can assure you that He did not because God always answers our prayers, maybe not today or tomorrow, or even in the way we wanted Him to, or expected Him to, but He will answer our prayers, and He is always by our side.

I have felt in the past that God has deserted me, and so I turned away from Him, but after struggling about on my own for a while, God answered the prayers I had voiced over a year in the past, not in the way I expected, but He did answer them. I can therefore assure you that even if you think God has forgotten you, He hasn’t, just wait for Him, just as He is now waiting for you.

Forget your past and make God your present and your future, His waiting for you today.

You are perfection promised
Giver of life for all eternity
My little one, perfect love

Mary willingly took on the responsibility of giving birth to God’s one and only Son, despite the stigma she would face because she was a virgin.

How strong must her faith and trust in God have been to take on that responsibility!

Mary puts us all to shame doesn’t she, as when God asks us to do much less life-changing things, we can be quick to either ignore His calls to us, or say “No” to Him.

This Christmas, let’s take the lead from Mary, and be willing to do whatever God asks us to do, whatever that means as far as our current way of life is concerned.

 

From heaven You came, helpless babe
Entered our world, Your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live
 
This is our God, the Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King
 
There in the garden of tears
My heavy load He chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
Yet not my will, but Yours he said
 
Come see His hands and his feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered
 
So let us learn now to serve
And in our lives enthrone Him
Each other’s needs to prefer
For it is Christ we’re serving

Christ came as a humble child, to serve His Father and to teach the world of His love for us.

He was God’s servant here on earth, and that’s just what God wants us to be too.

Are you God’s servant?