Posts Tagged ‘Psalm’

In the first part of this blog post (At the heart of life #1) I spoke about how the heart is an important organ in our body to keep us alive and functioning. Today I want to continue to talk about the heart, but this time about how important the heart is in our relationship with God.

There are many bible verses about how our heart is so important in our relationship with God.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  ~ Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. ~ Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! ~ John 14:27 (TPT)

God wants us to give Him our heart – Yesterday we discovered that the heart is one of the most important organs in our body, so it should be no surprise to us that God considers our heart to be so important in our relationship with Him. If we don’t give him our all – all our feels and emotions, which come from our heart, how can we truly say we’ve given our all to God?

When our heart is full of God’s love, we are capable of anything because God is in control. So give God your heart and He can give you the love and strength to get through any situation or circumstances. Let God be your guide and strength by giving him your heart today.

From the chaos

Posted: October 5, 2018 in bible, clothing, faith, life, love, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Do you ever feel as if you life is chaotic, as you spend what seems like all your ‘free’ time rushing from one place/activity to another, simply stopping occasionally to eat and sleep.

Even in this chaos, God can change us so we can be what he wants us to be. He can help us help others and show them what God can do for them.

We’re reminded of this in Psalm 51:7-15 where we firstly read about  what we would like God to do for us. It then goes on to remind us what the outcome will be when we let God give us what we need to do His work:

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.

It’s all quite descriptive language isn’t it, but because of that it really is clear what we can achieve for God when we give Him our all.

Let’s not be silent about our faith and our relationship with God, instead let God give us the words and the desire to tell others about God’s love for them.

In spite of me, God still loves me.

In spite of you, God still loves you.

In fact God really doesn’t care about our past, he’s simply interested in our now and our future. So if we accept Him now, we will realise that our future is secure because God will always love us.

You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease. ~ Psalm 103:3 (The Passion Translation)

How difficult is it to forgive someone when they do or say something over and over again, that hurts you?

It’s incredibly difficult isn’t it. It can be hard to forgive some people just the once, but when they continue to hurt you over and over again, it can seem impossible.

That’s why it’s so incredible that no matter how often we hurt God by doing or saying things which are not Christ-like, He still forgives us.

I love the way The Passion Translation puts Psalm 130:3-4, which sums up what I’ve said so well:

Lord, if you measured us and marked us with our sins, who would ever have their prayers answered? But your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful. No wonder you are loved and worshiped!

Do you ever feel like you just want to scream, to cry out as loud as you possibly can?

Sometimes life can make us feel like we want to scream out, but if we do, does it achieve anything?

But instead of physically screaming out loud when life is difficult, scream to God, because He will hear you – He will understand and He will help you.

These days, when we look at this world, it can cause us to feel sad, depressed, shocked, maybe even terrified, because let’s be honest, there is a lot of bad, or evilness around these days.

Psalm 27:13 (NLT)
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

We need to be positive, God is here with us in they world, and with his help I believe, we can change this world from one where evil is to the fore, to one where love overcomes evil.

Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do? ~ Psalm 56:4 (The Message)

How often have you felt like others are trying to beat you up either physically or emotionally, every day?

The good news is, as this verse from Psalm says, if we trust God, we can be fearless. So be strong, and trust God.

Psalm 138:3 (Living bible) ~ When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.

God’s strength is perfect. He gives us encouragement when we can see only darkness. He gives us strength when we are weak. He gives us everything we need, even during our darkest of days.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind,
I will listen and
I will be here when the laughter turns to cryin’
Through the winning, losing and tryin’
We’ll be together ’cause I will be here

Breathing

Posted: March 2, 2018 in Health, life, love, music, quotes, religion, words
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Let all that I am praise the LordI will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. ~ Psalm 146:2 and 4

Sounds like a bit of a sad bible reading doesn’t it. However,it’s a reminder that we are called to praise God every day of our life, from the moment we breathe our first breath until we take our last breath.

This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

Are you living and breathing God every day of your life?

Once again news of another shooting in America hit the news headlines on Sunday night. Just about the time I heard of this latest atrocity, I read the following by Nicky Gumbel, and never did these words seem more appropriate:

You are never more like God than when you are helping hurting people, lifting up the fallen and restoring the broken.

Please join me in praying for the family and friends of all those caught up in the events at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas last night.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18