Posts Tagged ‘life’

It can be hard to comprehend sometimes why people die when they do. So that can make it even more difficult to comprehend why God would allow Jesus to die on the cross, when He could have saved Him…

What He Was Dying To Say

When Jesus was a boy
With the teachers in the temple
They were so amazed
That a child could speak this way
He was so excited
About His Father’s business
There were so many things
He was dying to say
 
Then after He turned thirty
He went back to the temple
To say He was the Son of God,
The Truth, the Life, the Way
They took Him to a hill
They called the Skull
To render Him silent
But they could not prevent
What He was dying to say
 
He was dying to tell the world
How much He really cared
It wasn’t the old rusty nails
That kept Him hanging there
The expression on His face
Gave the real reason away
He had something on His heart
He was dying to say.
 
He said, “I love you.” “I love you.”
“I love you” is what He said.
He said, “I love you.” “I love you”
And He cared enough
That He wrote it down in red.
 
He was dying to tell the world
How much He really cared
It wasn’t the old rusty nails
That kept Him hanging there
The expression on His face
Gave the real reason away
He had something on His heart
He was dying to say.

Did you find the answer in the above song?

Jesus died simply because He loves us, and because God loves us.

Do you sometimes feel as if you’re not in control of your life?

I know when I’ve a lot of things going on in different areas of my life, I can often feel as if everybody else is dictating what I do and when I do it, so I feel as though I’m not in control of my own life anymore.

But hang on, I’m a Christian, so am I really the one who controls my life, my words and my actions?

No, God is in control of course!

Sometimes when life is hectic, we can forget who is actually in control of our lives. Therefore each day when we pray we should be humble before God and acknowledge Him as the One who is in control of our lives.

God is awesome, God is great, and God is in control of my live. Hallelujah!

If My People Pray by Avalon

Now is the season for healing
Deeply we need to see, God’s mercy revealing
Where we have fallen from his ways
For we know he gives hope to the humble,
gives light in the darkness, and grace when we stumble
Let us, call on His name, together, knowing he will say

If my people pray
and reach for me with hearts, that are broken
I will not forget what I’ve spoken
Come and seek my grace
Heaven will rain, rivers of my grace, overflowing
Night and day my ears will be open…
If my people pray

Now is the day to awaken, to pray with conviction,
to the souls of the nation
(So) let us, call on His name
Whose faithful, promise still remain

If my people pray
and reach for me with hearts, that are broken
I will not forget what I’ve spoken (oo)
Come and seek my grace (seek ye and..)
Heaven will reign, rivers of my grace, overflowing
Night and day my ears will be open…
If my people pray

Let us not grow weary as we wait for the day
When the Light turns our night into morning
All we need is to call your name
As we lift our hearts to Heaven (yeah)
Knowing You will say…

If my people pray
and reach for me with hearts, that are broken
I will not forget what I’ve spoken (oo)
Come and seek my grace (seek ye and…)
Heaven will reign, rivers of my grace, overflowing
Night and day my ears will be open…
If my people pray(oo)
If my people pray

How important is your prayer life to you?

How important is your prayer life to God?

Prayer should be one of the most important parts of your Christian life. Why? Imagine having a friend and never speaking to them, could you honestly still expect them to consider you a friend?

God should be our best friend. He will never forget that He has promised to always be there for us:

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. (John 36:37 NIV)

Let’s all get down on our knees and pray because together we CAN change this world!

We all face storms in our life, some just a heavy shower that lasts just s short time, others which seems to last for days and even weeks on end. Just like weather storms, the storms of life never last forever.

However unlike weather storms, we have the ability to do something about them…how? By putting our faith firmly in God and trusting Him to get us through the storm we are going through.

Dont tell God how big your storm is, Tell your storm how big your God is

Do you think God ever laughs? Do you think God ever laughs at some of the decisions we make or the things we do?

I’m sure God must have a chuckle to himself when He hears us making our own plans for our life – Why? Because He’s already planned our lives out for us long before we were even born.

I’m sure we’ve all heard children talking about what they’re going to be when they grow up – How many times do we as adults think the child’s plans are ridiculous and never going to happen. e.g. A child announces they’re going to be an astronaut, or win a noble peace prize – both things I think you’ll agree, that as quite unlikely things to happen

God knows how our life is going to pan out, so knows how ridiculous some of our plans are, in exactly the same way we know when children’s plans are unlikely to be achieved.

So if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for your life!

Your Pilot By William J Shannon

If your way is dark and full of doubt
Let Jesus be your pilot,
He will surely bring you out
Your path may be steep and narrow,
But Jesus waits to welcome you home.

There a robe of white is waiting
And a crown that you will wear;
Where sorrow never enters
And our Pilot never parts.

We can all make the most of each opportunity which comes our way, though sometimes we can find it’s outwith our own reach, but these are the times we must fully rely on our Pilot, Jesus.

Even when we haven’t been presented with an opportunity to move forward, we can still need help from out Pilot because life can be very tough to cope with a times – Situations and people come our way which can cause us to question ourselves, our decisions, our future, and sometimes even our faith or beliefs. These are times we must put our full faith in our Pilot, because he is always by our side, to guide us through the journey known as life.

Guide Me Home

Now the wind has lost my sail
Now the scent has left my trail
Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Where is my star in heaven’s bough
Where is my strength, I need it now
Who can save me, lead me to my destiny
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

Who will find me, take care and side with me
Guide me back safely to my home
Where I belong, once more

How can I go on?
How can I go on this way

The Bible: The Whole

Posted: July 13, 2010 in bible
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A couple of weeks ago I blogged on a number of occasions about the bible and my thoughts on how we should study it. Well today I’d like to give you a few more of my thoughts on this. I hope you find them helpful.

Not Just a Verse but a Whole Book

When you read a book, you don’t just read one paragraph from it and try to work out the rest of the book based on that one paragraph or chapter. Therefore, just as we read any other book from cover to cover to get the whole story and all the information, so we should do the same with the bible.

Yes there will be verses in it that speak or shout out at you, but that shouldn’t stop you from reading the rest of that chapter or indeed the whole bible.

How can we understand all God has to tell us if we are selective about what we read? Read the whole bible to gain context and meaning to each verse as there’s a message there if only we take the time to understand it.

Focus on God

Don’t ever forgot why you are here. You are here because God placed you here. He placed you here on this earth so you could do His work. We may have our own plans for our life, but the only way we can achieve all we can is by doing God’s will, His plan for our life.

John 5:39 (The Message)

You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

You can read the whole bible and understand it all, but if you do not know God, there is no point. In other words, we must have a personal relationship with God to truly know and understand His word, so that we can apply it to our lives.

So, when you read the Bible think about God, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free!

Answering Prayer

Posted: June 24, 2010 in pray
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Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Do you expect God to help you? Do you expect God to make your life more bearable? Do you ask God to do these things, by praying to Him?

If not, how do you expect God to help? God can be the answer to all your prayers, but only if you pray those prayers.

Here’s a lovely little poem I came across that echoes what I’ve been saying:

Prayers Can’t Be Answered Unless They Are Prayed
Life without purpose is barren indeed
There can’t be a harvest unless you plant seed
There can’t be attainment unless there’s a goal
And man’s but a robot unless there’s a soul
If we send no ships out, no ships will come in
And unless there’s a contest, nobody can’t win
For games can’t be won unless they are played
And prayers can’t be answered unless they are prayed
So whatever is wrong with your life today
You’ll find a solution if you kneel down and pray
Not just for pleasure, enjoyment and health
Not just for honors and prestige and wealth
But pray for a purpose to make life worth giving
And pray for the joy of unselfish giving
For great is your gladness and rich your reward
When you make your life’s purpose the choice of the Lord.

Lord Jesus, as I enter this workplace I bring your presence with me, I speak Your peace, Your grace, and Your perfect order into the atmosphere of this office. I acknowledge Your Lordship over all that will be spoken, thought, decided, and accomplished within these walls.

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the gifts You have deposited in me. I do not take them lightly, but commit to using them responsibly and well.

Give me a fresh supply of truth and beauty; on which to draw as I do my job.

Anoint my creativity, my ideas, my energy so that even my smallest task may bring you honor.

Lord, when I’m confused, guide me, when I’m weary, energize me. Lord, when I’m burned out, infuse me with the light of Your Holy Spirit.

May the work I do and the way I do it, bring hope, life, and courage to all that I come in contact with today.

And Oh Lord, even in this day’s most stressful moments, may I rest in You.

In the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray.

 

Amen

What a wonderful prayer.I’ve printed it off and will pray that prayer each morning when I arrive in the office.

I pray that I may live that prayer, not just at work but in every situation I find myself in. I pray you too might have found inspiration in this prayer.

Love Him

Posted: May 30, 2010 in love, music, pray, religion
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So God has promised to love us forever (see yesterday’s blog post Love Forever), but what does he want from us in turn? We find the answer in scripture:

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (The Message)

So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life.

God will love you forever, but we must each try to repay Him for all He does for us. Pray to God today and ask Him to direct your life and help you to do all He wants you to do in your life.

Live your life for God. Love God forever.

Michael W Smith sings Forever:

So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life.