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I wonder what it feels like to have no faith:

…to think death is the end, as there’s no afterlife.

…when life gets tough, thinking there is no hope.

…to feel like you’re on your own, with no-on ever looking out for you.

I’m glad I can’t imagine what those situations feel like, because I do believe God exists and that Jesus is my Saviour.

If any of those situations sound familiar to you, I urge you today to come to God and give Him your life and your all.

Harvest is a time when we thank God for all the things that He provides for us. We give food and produce to our church to help those in our community who are in need.

But is there more to harvest than this?

Yes, it’s about ‘harvesting souls’ for Christ as well. In other words, it’s a time for us to bring others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Join me in praying today that God might use each of us to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.

 

 

Wow! That certainly got me taking a much closer look at myself. Am I living my life in a way that others will see Christ through me? If I’m honest with you and with God, no, it doesn’t.

Today I pray that God will help me to be the person He wants me to be, so others can see Him through the way I lead my life.

How about you, can others see Christ in you?

I struggle to comprehend the pain and agony Christ must endured when he was crucified. I also struggle to comprehend how God must have felt as he watched his only son giving up His life, just so the world could be forgiven of every sin.

So for me, Easter is all about sacrifice, the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us on the cross when he bled and died, so we can all be forgiven of our sins. I am therefore forever in God’s debt because He gave up His only son to die on the cross, just for us.

So this Easter, as I again feel so inadequate and so unworthy of God’s love, I am still so thankful that God does love me unconditionally and is always by my side guiding me and supporting me through each minute of every day.

Easter is all about “The Cross” and the sacrifice God gave for you and for me – Is this what Easter means to you?

Sometimes when we try to spend some quality time with our friends or family, other events or circumstances have a way of disrupting our plans so that we end up not managing to spend the quality time we had wanted with those we love.

It can be the same in our Christian lives too, because when we try to spend quality time with God, that’s when satan will do his best to try to distract us, and keep us from focusing on God.

So stay focused on God, and stop all the things around you that may try to intrude on your time with Him, from distracting you from Him.

Yesterday in Recycling #1, I asked you to consider giving your unwanted items to a local organisation/charity that can make use of your unwanted items rather than just sending them to landfill.

I used a different translation of the John 6:12 yesterday, but we get the same message if we read those words in the NIV translation:

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Jesus instructed the disciples not to waste anything – In this scenario he was talking about food, but does the same apply to all things?

Not only must we not waste physical items such as food and furniture, neither should we waste our knowledge of God by keeping it to ourselves!

There are many people around us who are in need of God, so get out there and recycle your learning of God by telling the world about Him.

 

Psalm 92:1-2 and 95:1-2

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

As musicians, when we play our instruments, we must do it to praise God, not to show off or tell others how great a musician we are.

Being able to play a musical instrument is a talent given to us from God, so make sure we give Him the honour and glory in all we do, because all we do must be with Him at the centre.

 

Sometime through all the busyness of our hectic lives, we simply need to rest…

rest

 

Have you knelt before the cross yet?

This Easter would be a great time to start or renew your Christian experience, by kneeling before God. Are you ready to kneel before Him this Easter?

Live in the awareness that Christ lives and that He lives in His people ~ Julien B. Weil

And more to the point, and He lives in me!

Is Christ living in you?

Here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing one of my favourite songster pieces, Christ In Me: