Posts Tagged ‘Jesu’

So that’s Christmas and New Year over, and everything is beginning to get back to normal…whatever normal might be!

We’ve probably all spent too much money on Christmas presents and eaten far too much food, that we’re all making new year resolutions to change this thing or that thing in our life, to save money and/or lose weight, but what about your spiritual life? Have you stopped to consider what you need to do to make a new start with God this year?

Maybe you’ve never truly believed in God, maybe you believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart…whatever state your spiritual life may be in, why not make a new start with God and give Him your heart for 2014, and forever more.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
Come, come and know, know me now

Romans 12:21 (NIV) – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post In the Confusion, today’s blog post is about reinforcing the belief that no matter what happens in our life, in our world, God will still win through.

There will be hope

There will be love

but most importantly

There will be God

The Christ of Calvary,
The dearest name to me,
Is the matchless name of Jesus,
The Christ of Calvary

 

Is Jesus the dearest name to you?

Jesus gave His life for me and for you. He paid the ransom for our lives, just so all our sins could be forgiven.

Let Jesus be part of your life; Let Him be at the centre of all you do; Live your life for Him.

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh`
The falling of a tear;
The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near.
 
by James Montgomery (1771-1854)

When we feel alone…Jesus is there for us.

When we feel rejected…Jesus is there for us.

When life is cruel to us…Jesus is there for us.

In all these situations, pray, because Jesus is there for you, and will help you.

In your presence there is comfort
In your presence there is peace
When we seek to know your heart
We will find such blessed assurance
In your holy presence, hope

Prayer is not merely about asking God for things, but about enjoying His presence. When praying to God you should pause for a moment, and acknowledge that you are in the presence of infinite Love.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)

 

When your friends or family do something for you, I bet you always say thank you to them for their help, so why treat God any differently? Therefore, as well as talking to God about things that are worrying you, and things you especially need His help with, please remember to say thank you to Him for all He does for you.

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

Expressing gratitude to God is an essential part of our prayer life, as it reminds us of what He has been and is doing within our lives, bringing us peace, comfort, and joy.

So give thanks with a grateful heart…

When we pray, tell God everything that’s on your mind, that’s worrying you, because only when you do give all your worries to Him, will you find peace. God has promised to help us in all times of need, so all we have to do is give Him all our worries, and He will help us.

1 Peter:5-6 (NLT)

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honour. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

We all live very busy lives these, running around from one task to another, without having any time to stop and consider how effectively we are at actually achieving anything. So here’s a lovely poem I came across which give us some guidance on how to live more effective lives:

To Be More Effective by M.S.Lowndes
 
I know I need to concentrate
Wholly Lord on you
But why does that always seem
So hard for me to do
 
I get so easily distracted
With so many worldly thoughts
Unable to stay focused on you
And on the things I ought
 
Lord I long so much to know
Your tender loving ways
And to be much more effective
When to you I humbly pray
 
I need your Holy Spirit
Filling me this hour
So I will be fully equipped
Inspired and empowered
 
Then I can face the day ahead
And be ready for what may come
To continue to walk and to flourish
In the things that you’ve begun
 
To bring it into maturity
A full completion in you
So when others may behold your works
They will long to know you too
Care You Not By William J Shannon
 
In the paths along the way,
Countless souls are passing by,
Many lost and some are saved.
Shall we stand idly by?
 
So you not care for those in pain,
Those we love, in sin do die.
When by a word, or some kind deed,
Will cheer some soul in need.
 
Blessed Saviour, be our Guide,
To have us bring the light
To souls that are lost,
Down to the foot of the cross.

Do you care about those in pain?

Do you care about those in need?

Do you care about those who haven’t found Christ?

All those of us who answered “Yes” to these questions, will be doing their best to help those of you who said “No”, to accept Christ as their saviour.

Let’s knee down before Christ, at the foot of the cross, and thank Him for giving His life for us, and in turn accepting Him into our lives.

Have you ever wondered how your life would have turned out and how you would have coped with life , if you hadn’t accepted Christ as your saviour?

I have, particularly in these last few weeks as we’ve had to cope with the death of first my Dad and then my Aunt Mae.faith

Just after my Dad passed away, someone said to me that, “There are only two certainties on life, one that you have been born, and secondly, that you will die” – Despite this, we all find the death of a loved one very upsetting and difficult to cope with.

It’s therefore no surprise to me that during these difficult and stressful weeks, I’ve relied heavily on God to keep me strong for my Mum and focused enough make all the required arrangements etc. So much so, I actually feel as if I’ve been running on auto-pilot for weeks now, as every day seems to have been a bit of a blur and I’m not sure I can actually tell you what I did on any particular day since the middle of February!

That said, I’m not sure I would have been able to get through these weeks if God hadn’t been there with me, as there were times when I honestly felt I couldn’t cope with any more problems, but as you can tell, I got through those days, and that I simply put down to the fact that my faith reassured me that God is with me at all times, and is helping me when my own strength has gone.

Today I thank God for my faith. Without Him, these last few weeks would have been even harder to face than they were.