Posts Tagged ‘presence’

dedicate ourselves to GodLast week in Refurbishment I told you that our new worship hall and refurbished building at Bellshill Salvation Army was now complete and we were returning to our building this weekend. Yesterday we had our open day when we invited friends, family and our community to come and see our new building, and share in music and fellowship with us. Well what a turnout, the place was mobbed! That’s not a complaint of course, as it was fantastic to see so  many people share with us in our new building.

So today we met for our first service/meeting in our new hall, and just like yesterday, the place was mobbed! Our first meeting in our new hall and we had to bring in extra seats! It was particularly great to see so many people who had never worshipped with us before, join with us on this special day.

From the moment the band played their first note of the day, outside the hall, to welcome everyone to worship, to the final song and prayer, it was clear we were in God’s presence. During the meeting we were encouraged to rededicate ourselves to God. I must admit to finding the emotion of the occasion a bit overwhelming having personally had a very emotional and difficult week. I was emotional because this week has been the first anniversary of my Aunt Mae passing away, and she was a true Christian who lived her whole life serving God through the Salvation Army in Rutherglen, and for me if I can rededicate my life to God and serve Him half as well as Aunt Mae did, I’ll be doing well.

Our corps at Bellshill has started a new chapter in the corps history in our new hall, and today I simply pray that as I recommitted my life to God today, He will continue to help and guide me wherever and in whatever He has planned for me.

To finish, I’d like to leave you with In Christ Alone which was my musical highlight from this morning, as it’s a personal favourite, but the words were so perfect for today,:

 

 

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

 

Presence (My Heart’s Desire) by Newsboys

I lift up my voice
to The King, The King of glory
I hold out my hands
to The One who is worthy
I long for Your presence
I long, Lord, I need Your touch

CHORUS:
come, oh Lord, and fill up my life
with the light of Your presence
this is my heart’s desire
oh Father, come and let Your spirit abide
I long for Your presence
this is my heart’s desire

I long to be washed
in the well of Your mercy
I long to be warmed
by the fire of Your glory
I long for Your presence
I long for Your healing touch

CHORUS:
come oh Lord and fill up my life
with the light of Your presence
this is my heart’s desire
oh Father, come and let Your spirit abide
I long for Your presence
this is my heart’s desire

it’s my desire

(I wanna feel Your presence)
Lord, it’s my desire
(I wanna feel Your presence)
Lord, You’re my desire
(I wanna feel Your presence)
I wanna feel Your presence
I wanna feel Your presence
I wanna feel Your presence – Jesus

CHORUS:
come oh Lord and fill up my life
with the light of Your presence
this is my heart’s desire (this is my heart’s desire, oh…)
come and let Your spirit abide
I long for Your presence (presence…)
this is my heart’s desire (this is my heart’s desire, oh…)

come oh Lord and fill up my life (fill up my life)
with the light of Your presence
this is my heart’s desire (this is my heart’s desire, oh…)
come and let Your spirit abide
I long for Your presence this is my heart’s desire

it’s my desire

Lord, You’re my desire
Lord, You’re my desire

What is your heart’s desire?

Do you long to be in God’s presence?

Life is so much fuller, so much more rewarding when you let God into your life. So I’d urge you today, seek God and let Him fill your life with His presence and His love. I promise you will be aware of a huge change in your life for the better when you do so.

The darkness that surrounds grief or depression can be so deep that it seems no light will ever penetrate it, and that no end is in sight.

Depression is not something that has only just been recognised, it existed in the times when the bible was written. Job was one of those who suffered deep depression and pain:

Job 3:20-23 (NIV)
“Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?.”

There was a point to Job’s suffering, he learned various lessons during his depression which he couldn’t have learned any other way. He learned lessons which are still relevant to each of us today:

  • We have an intercessor in heaven who counts our tears and can lift us out of depression
  • We have a living Redeemer who will stand on earth at last
  • God is the the power behind all nature and the one who cares for all He has made

Job came out of his dark time with a new insight:
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Job 42:5 (NIV)

When we’re in our darkest times, that’s often when we see God in a way we would never have seen when life is running smoothly for us. What we find out about God during our darkest times is what can make those painful and depressing times worthwhile – maybe not right at that time, but certainly later when we truly appreciate what God has done for us.

God’s presence is as important to us as God’s protection, and God’s presence is all we need.

Checkout Jeremy Camp’s website: http://www.jeremycamp.com/

Greatest Day

Posted: October 15, 2009 in religion
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What kind of day have you had today?

Has today been the greatest day of your life?

Psalm 121:3 (NIV)
He will not let your foot slip he who watches over you will not slumber;

Everyday in God presence can be the greatest day of your life. He will watch over you and look after you every day. He’ll help you when you’re struggling, comfort you when you’re grieving and rejoice with you when you’re happy.

Today I’ve chosen a completely non-Christian song to use, but I think the words can very aptly be used to describe a day in God’s presence! – Greatest Day by Take That!

Today this could be the greatest day of our lives
Before it all ends,
Before we run out of time
Stay close to me
Stay close to me
Watch the world come alive tonight
Stay close to me

Tonight this could be the greatest night of our lives
Let’s make a new start
The future is ours to find
Can you see it?
Can you see it in my eyes?
Can you feel it now?
Can you hold it in your arms?

Tonight
Tonight
Oh stay close to me
Stay close to me
Watch the world come alive tonight
Stay close to me

Oh

Hold your head high
Hold your arms open wide
Let the worlds start come alive
When you stay close to me

Today this could be the greatest day of our lives
Today this could be the greatest day of our lives

Oh, and the world comes alive
And the world comes alive
And the world comes alive

Oh oh oh

Stay close to me
Stay close to me
Watch the world come alive tonight
Stay close to me

Oh

And the world comes alive
And the world comes alive
Watch the world come alive tonight
Stay close to me

Oh

Make every day the greatest day of your life, let God into your heart and let Him use you to spread message of love.