Posts Tagged ‘NIV’

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

When we are struggling and everything and everyone seems to be against us, stand firm in God’s love, because He is with you. Always be assured of His love because He is the guardian of your soul.

We probably all cope/react differently to the death of a loved one. However there are some things everyone can do to help manage our grief, so today I’m starting a series of blog posts about some of the things we can do to manage grief.

Today is all about the reminding ourselves of the timeless promises contained in the bible to provide comfort for our sorrow, healing from our hurts, and peace in place of pain.

Isaiah 40:29 and 31 (NIV)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 34:18 (The Voice)

When someone is hurting or broken-hearted, the Eternal moves in close and revives him in his pain.

Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.

I pray that as you have read the above bible passages, you will have felt the Lord surrounding you with His love. I have found great comfort in these verses in the last few weeks and I hope that they will also help remember that God will help you find the strength to face each new day.

check listAt 7.13am last Thursday morning, about 15 minutes before my alarm was due to go off, our phone rang – Phone calls at that time in the morning are never good news, and sure enough this particular phone call was to let me know that just a couple of minutes earlier, my Dad had passed away.

So it’s now one week one since that phone call we all dread, and to be honest, I’m only now beginning the grieving process having spent most of the last week supporting Mum, letting people know about Dad’s passing and when the funeral was, as well as actually getting everything sorted for the funeral. So this last week has really been a bit of a blur leading up to yesterday, Dad’s funeral, so it’s probably no surprise that today I’ve been feeling very emotional, shedding a lot of tears, and thinking about Dad a lot.

As I said in Stress and Strain a couple of days ago, Dad professed no faith, however he was always supportive of Mum and me as we attended the Salvation Army. I have certainly found great strength from my faith in these last days, and can only reiterate to you words which I have said many time before…God is more than just enough to get us through everything.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Please listen closely to the beautiful words of the song More Than Just Enough by Sara Luneack:

Life can be difficult at time, and it’s often during those times that we find it hardest to be still and wait on the Lord. The thing is, if only we took the time to stop and wait on Him, we would find the reassurance and help we need.

Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Don’t be afraid of the silence, it’s during the silence that we can hear God more clearly when all around us is in turmoil.

Be Still For the Presence of the Lord by David J Evans

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found,
We stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
Our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him,
In faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

My whole being will exclaim, ‘Who is like you, Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.’ ~ Psalm 35:10 (NIV)

There is no-one in this world who we can totally rely on to the same extent as we can God. Yes, our family and close friends may be very good to us and be there for us in most situations, but ultimately they will never be able to be there for us all the time.

We try our best for our family and friends, to support them and be there for them whenever they need us, but what about those who have no family or friends, who is there for them?

God of course is there for them, just as He is always there for us. However as Christians it’s our responsibility to try to help everyone we come into contact with, and that includes those with no family and friends.

So let’s try to be like God, and be there for those in need, supporting them and helping them in any way we can.

 

Just love them like Jesus, carry them to Him
His yoke is easy, His burden is light
You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions
Just know that He loves them and stay by their side
Love them like Jesus

Psalm 70:5 (NIV)

But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me O God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.

Yes, we always know when we are in need don’t we, but do we always turn to the one person who can always help us? I’m quite an independent person and don’t like to rely on anyone for anything, therefore if I’m honest with myself, with you and with God, I must admit that when I am in need, I often struggle on on my own, thinking things will get better.

Unsurprisingly things don’t normally get any better all by themselves! It’s only when I take my problems/burdens to God and leave them with Him, that I feel my needs are being answered.

The moral of this is, whenever we’re in need, turn to God right away and tell Him your problems and your needs, because He alone can answer your prayers!

Here’s the Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Come To Me – It fits perfectly with my thoughts for today, and is a song which has meant a lot to me during some difficult time:

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works so that no one can boast.

Have you been saved by God?

If not, what’s stopping you?

If so, I bet the day you got saved, was the happiest day of your life! When we get saved not only does it make us happy, it makes God happy because we are accepting God’s presence in our lives, and committing to live our life for Him.

But what makes God even happier?

When you get saved, God puts a smile on your face. When you grow up, you put a smile on God’s face.

i.e. When our faith and trust in God grows, so does what we can achieve for God, and that is what makes God smile.

Ever wondered how your life would have turned out if you’d made a different choice at a particular point in your life?

Is there any point in even considering what your life would have been like if you’d made different choices at some point, because it’s now all in the past and can can therefore not be changed.

Yes, we need to learn from the wrong decisions we’ve made in the past, but don’t dwell on them too much or they will hold us back from achieving what we capable of. We all make wrong choices in our lives, but it’s how we react and cope with those mistakes that shape us into the people we become.

At the end of the day, all we can do is ask God to show us the right path for our lives, and then trust Him to actually go the direction He has chosen for us.

God’s path is always the right path for us, so trust His directions.

Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Here’s Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army playing The Path of Glory:

Ever wondered if you can rely on God in all situations and in all circumstances?

Well I can answer that for you…God is most definitely the most reliable person you will ever come across.

God’s love for us is unconditional for each and every one of us. God cares for us in every aspect of our lives in which He is part, but as God cares able every part of our life, His care for us is always reliable.

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8 NIV)

Proverbs 16:27-28 (NIV)

A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Sadly, there are many people in this world who always seem to get some kind of perverse pleasure out of stirring things up and causing trouble for others. I’m guessing you’re now thinking about those you know who fit that description! They’re not terribly nice people are they?

Jeremiah 1:19 (NIV)

They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

And that is how we overcome those who would conspire to make this world a world full of pointless and meaningless conflicts, just because they get some perverse pleasure from conflict. God can help us overcome sin, because Christ can and will overcome the world!