Posts Tagged ‘Revelation’

On Saturday in Every Day I told you how we’d been asked to pray each morning at 9am for guidance from God for ourselves and our corps in Bellshill. Today’s blog post is really a follow-up on this, because, as the title suggests, it about finding answers to all our questions.

We all have questions about life, why some things happens, why others don’t happen. But God knows where He needs us, and what He wants us to do, so seek Him, and let Him give you guidance.

Give me a revelation,
Show me what to do
Cause I’ve been trying to find my way,
I haven’t got a clue
Tell me should I stay here,
Or do I need to move
Give me a revelation
I’ve got nothing without You
I’ve got nothing without You

Come in

Posted: August 17, 2017 in bible, depression, life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:14 and 20 (NIV)

It’s difficult to comprehend sometimes that God, the One who created all things, cares about each one of us, individually. So much so that He will stand beside each of us in our time of need. And when we turn from Him, He will keep asking to come into our lives because He doesn’t want to lose us.

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)


Are you scared of death? Are you frightened of death?

There’s no need to be scared, as God has promised us eternal rest in His presence when we reach the of our time on earth.

Hebrews 4:8-11 (The Message)

And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.

While these words should reassure us, I’m sure it’s still only human nature to fear death and how we might feel during our final moments. That however should never stop us from believing that when our earthly body has died, we will find rest in God’s presence.

Revelations 14:13 (New Living Translation)

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”

What about those who have never found God before they pass away?

As I touched on in my blog post yesterday entitled Non Believer, I truly believe that it’s never too late in someone’s life for them to be saved, regardless of their health or state of mind. God does work in mysterious ways at times, so no matter how unlikely we think it is that a loved one may be saved before their death, do not ever stop believing or praying as God does can still make a difference.

Look forward to heaven, it’s a place where eyes won’t cry and hearts won’t get broken…

Today I attended the funeral of Jim Davidson, who I have known for about 13 years. It was a lovely service, one which I’m sure would have been very pleasing to Jim.

As I’ve said I’ve known Jim for about 13 years, having first met him at Weir Pumps (Cathcart) when I arrived there in 1987 to start my year’s placement there from Paisley College of technology (as it was known then). While at Weir’s Jim was my supervisor/line manager for the majority of my time, although Jim moved onto another job before I completed my year’s placement – and no I don’t think it was supervising me that made him move!

Then a few years later after graduating from Paisley and gaining more work experience in private industry as well as local government, I took a new post at North Lanarkshire Council in 1998. Imagine my surprise on my first day at NLC, when while walking along a corridor, I saw someone who looked like Jim but so much slimmer than the Jim Davidson I’d worked for at Weirs. Nonetheless I still recognised him immediately although the same cannot be said the other way round, as Jim didn’t recognise me! To be honest it didn’t surprise me too much as in the 10 year ago since I’d last seen Jim, I had matured a lot, changed my hairstyle quite a few times too and got married!  Once I told Jim who I was and told him my maiden name, he soon remembered me.

After working at NLC for a while, I was informed that I was moving to a new project team and Jim would be my Project manager there – that was very surreal, it was as if the clock had been turned back 15 years or so!

So that’s how I know Jim, but now I want to tell you a bit more about the person I knew as Jim Davidson. Firstly I remember it being very apparent to me after just a short time working for Jim that he was a very friendly guy, who would try and help anyone if he possibly could. I never ever saw/heard Jim lose his temper, he was always calm and tried to reason with others whenever conflict arose. He never judged anyone by the gossip or stories which circulated the office – It was noticeable that he made his own mind up about the capabilities/personalities in the office.

One of the other things Jim and I had in common was our belief and love of Christ. One things that struck me about Jim and I was that neither of us were ones to push our Christianity onto people, but that certainly didn’t stop us from sharing with each other. We shared stories and experiences on a number of occasions, and I particularly remember Jim asking me a lot about the Salvation Army – to those of you who knew him, it will come as no surprise that he was particularly interested in the music we use in the Salvation Army.

There are many other things I remember about Jim and the kind of man he was, the conversations we had, and the stories and tales he’d tell of family outings or holidays and the times when he was pursuing one of his hobbies, but I don’t feel that would give you a true idea of who and what Jim represented.

Instead I want to share with you a particular conversation we had that I will never ever forget, and that is one we had at work probably about 5 years ago. It is also one which until now, I have never shared with anyone, however I feel today is fitting time to share it with you. To give you a bit of background, I had been unwell since Easter 2003 and had undergone lots of tests, but no diagnosis had yet been found – it was only about 3.5 years later I finally got a diagnosis – and as you can probably imagine I was finding life tough going, though I did try to keep my feelings/emotions/pain to myself when in the office. As Jim was my manager I had made him aware of my health situation, and that I  thought was that. Then one day when I was really struggling to cope with my physical pain and my emotions (although I thought I’d managed to keep my feelings out of public view), he took me aside to another room, and then he prayed for me.

Wow! I will never forget that day, I certainly hadn’t expected Jim to do that for me, and that I think was what made it so special for me – I knew he was a Christian he likewise he knew I was a Christian, however for someone who I’d only really known in a work capacity to care enough about me to do that, was very humbling.  That to me sums up Jim – a quite man, but one who will try to help anyone in any way he felt he could and for me it was sharing with me in prayer.

When I found out a few months ago of Jim’s illness, I like so many others prayed for Jim, and continued to pray for Jim until his death. Jim didn’t know I prayed for him and his family in these last months as by this time Jim had move to work for another council so I was not in contact with him, but still felt that connection with him.

Revelation 21:4 (New International Version)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

During the service today Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) was sung, and as you will know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, this is one of my favourite songs, so I’d like to share this with you again and dedicate it to Jim’s memory:

Thank you Jim for your friendship and your support, you were a true man of God. As was displayed by the hundreds who gathered today to say farewell to you, you will be missed greatly by your family and friends, but I know they can be assured that you are now in your eternal home, in heaven with God.

That was the Sydney Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing a wonderful arrangement of Revelation 19.

Revelation 19 contains words of praise and worship and encourages us to celebrate God’s wonderful love for us each and every day. We so often take God’s love for us for granted, so why not listen to the Songsters sing Revelation 19 again, and then share a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for all he’s done for you today and for all He will do in the future.

The Message version of the bible says the following in Revelation 19:1-10 under the heading of The Sound of Hallelujahs:

I heard a sound like massed choirs in Heaven singing, Hallelujah!
The salvation and glory and power are God’s—
his judgments true, his judgments just.
He judged the great Whore who corrupted the earth with her lust.
He avenged on her the blood of his servants.
Then, more singing:
The smoke from her burning billows up to high Heaven forever and ever and ever.

The Twenty-four Elders and the Four Animals fell to their knees and worshiped God on his Throne, praising,
Amen! Yes! Hallelujah!

From the Throne came a shout, a command:
Praise our God, all you his servants,
All you who fear him, small and great!

Then I heard the sound of massed choirs, the sound of a mighty cataract, the sound of strong thunder:
The Master reigns, our God, the Sovereign-Strong!
Let us celebrate, let us rejoice, let us give him the glory!
The Marriage of the Lamb has come; his Wife has made herself ready.
She was given a bridal gown of bright and shining linen.
The linen is the righteousness of the saints.

The Angel said to me, “Write this: ‘Blessed are those invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.'” He added, “These are the true words of God!”

I fell at his feet to worship him, but he wouldn’t let me. “Don’t do that,” he said. “I’m a servant just like you, and like your brothers and sisters who hold to the witness of Jesus. The witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

It’s Free!

Posted: November 22, 2009 in pray, religion
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Do you believe you can get something for nothing?
Are you sceptical when someone tells you you can have something for nothing?

It’s true I’m sure that there are some things in life that you can get free of charge. Well that includes salvation, as God tells us:

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
Revelation 22:17 (NIV)
Please do not be sceptical, although eternal life does not come to us for free, it simply means that someone has to pay the price…and that someone was Jesus! He has paid the ultimate price for us on the cross – “He paid a debt he did not owe; I owed a debt I could not pay”.

When we accept Jesus as our saviour, God transferred our sins to his account. In other words our debt is taken from us because Jesus paid our debt in full! And that is why He can offer us eternal life free of charge!

So stop trying to pay the debt yourself, just come to God.

Come is such a simply word but it’s the only one required to invite you to God…Come!

I found this simply prayer on the internet, please use it to invite God into your life today:
Lord, I’m coming, I’m coming to Christ. I’m coming to say I’m sorry that you had to die to pay the punishment for sins you didn’t commit – mine! Thank you, Lord Jesus. Lord, I’m coming. I’m coming to say I’m done with trying to “buy” influence with you. I’ve run out of currency – I’m bankrupt. “nothing in my hands I bring. Simply to your cross I cling”. Jesus, I’ve come – here I am – forgive me, come into my heart, enter my life, and give me eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus! Amen

Everything God has done was just so you would come to Him…

First Love

Posted: October 9, 2009 in love, religion
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Do you remember the first time you fell in love? There is nothing quite like it is there.

  • First love laughs at an impossibility and declares it can be done.
  • First love happily makes a fool of itself for the loved one, without caring who sees.
  • First love loves wildly and extravagantly, exulting in the high privilege of giving itself away.
  • First love often obsesses and possesses until it sees, thinks about, or cares for no other things than the loved one, at whatever cost.

Is this an accurate description of your love for God?

Have you settled into a settled relationship with God?

Has your heart become hard to everything around you and for God?

Revelation 2:4-5 (NIV)
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

Maybe nothing has changed in your daily routine, but you’ve simply lost the reality of the loving relationship you have with God.

Maybe you continue to do “churchy” things as you’ve always done, but are finding they are less effective then they used to be – all because you’ve lost your first love relationship with God!

Are you still in love with God, or are your days full of routines or duties?

So how do we rekindle that first love relationship with God?

Well we can can remember the joy of our meetings with God when we had that first love relationship, and we can then make our meetings with Him joyful once again. We can revisit the place we explored with God and can reread God’s letters to us in the scriptures. We can talk to God about rekindling our first love. We can ask God to forgive us for losing our first love relationship with Him, and ask Him to to lift us to the height of that fulfilling love once again.

Let God lift your love for Him to new heights today.