Posts Tagged ‘sacrifice’

One God.

One Son.

One sacrifice.

One cross.

One life. Oh may I live for Thee.

If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be the most expensive thing you would buy?

Some things are invaluable, and not because they are worth huge amounts of money, but maybe  because of who gave you them or how much sacrifice the giver had to make to get the gift.

Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary. You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God! ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (The Passion Translation)

God spent a fortune on each one of us, not in monetary terms but because of the sacrifice he gave for each of us. The gift of Jesus was the ultimate gift God gave the world. He was also the biggest sacrifice too, as He paid the biggest price for us, as Jesus died to that each of us could be free and forgiven.

That was an expensive price God paid for us. My question to you is, how much will you willing repay God for the love he gives us?

Follower

Posted: January 9, 2019 in cross, death, life, music, quotes, religion
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If I were to ask you to draw a picture of a follower of Jesus, what would your picture look like?

Here’s a picture which to me, shows and explains a follower of Jesus.

For me, and I’m sure, for other Christians, it’s all about the cross, and what God sacrificed for each of us when Jesus died on the cross. That is why I follow the cross. That is why I follow Jesus.

 

Over the years there have been a number of high profile cases where though newer technology, they have been able to prove that someone who has been in prison for many years, is actually innocent of the crime they were imprisoned for.

I cannot comprehend what it must feel like for these people. People who have not committed the crime they were imprisoned for, but unjustly kept locked away from every day life, and away from their family and friends.

Now think about Jesus and the crime he was accused of, and the price he paid…

Jesus was innocent, but he died for you and me. We need to tell the world just what Christ sacrificed for each of us.

Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. ~ Isaiah 42:1 (NLT)

Long before Jesus was even born God already knew He was going to have to sacrifice His only son. If that was you or me, I suspect we’d have done everything in our power to prevent our only son from dying. God had the power to do that, but still Jesus died, what greater love as anyone ever shown for you, than God did by sacrificing his own son?

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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

In the Christian calendar, Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter which is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. It symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the desert.

Every year Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (This year starting on 1st March) and finishes on Holy Thursday (This year the 13th April). While Lent is a 40-day period it is actually 46 days of lent, as Sunday’s are excluded.

These days lent has traditionally become a time when people give up something up such as chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, favourite foods or television.

How many of you have given up something for lent this year? Did you do so just because traditionally you give up something for lent, or because it is the lead up to Easter and so this is a time of reflection for you as well as a time for fasting from some of your favourite things?

I pray that this lent as you reflect and/or give up one of your favourite things, you take time to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, and reflect on your relationship with God.

Music Prayer

Thank you for the music all around us.

Each morning we hear it from the moment we open our ears;

the low notes of wind around the eaves

the whoosh of water as it comes from the tap

the glug glug as it drains

the throaty whistle of the boiling kettle

the metallic tap of the spoon against the cup

the jazz percussion of our feet on the steps.

The sounds of our day,

so familiar we hardly pay attention.

Thank you for the ability to hear.

Thank you for the sounds of life

the chatter of the squirrel

the deep purr of  a cat

the sharp calls of a blue jay

the sound of someone we love laughing.

Give us wisdom to enter this day with good sounds,

tones and pitches and words that affirm, encourage, cherish,

our sounds affecting the world in a positive way.

We pray for all who sing a sad song today;

the grieving, the lonely, the lost.

We pray especially for those who have lost their voice

and feel silenced or oppressed.

There are many singing freedom songs around our world,

and so today we pray for the safety of these singers.

Give their song the strength to convince and convert,

the power to ward off war.

There are too many war songs,

we don’t want to hear another one.

Thank you for your songs, love songs, which we are invited to sing.

Thank you for all the parts you’ve made for the song;

soprano, alto, tenor, bass.

Thank you for the children’s part and the senior’s part,

thank you for the youth part and the part for middle agers,

thank you for the crazy baby descant

that we all love to hear.

You are the Great Composer .

We long to be composed each day in your image,

singing your elegant score truly, clearly,

following your rhythm by heart,

finding our voice in your beautiful world.

Hearing you in the music of life.

This is our prayer.

Amen.

God inspires musicians to compose words and music that can tell others about His love, His faithfulness, His forgiveness and the ultimate sacrifice he gave for us. Words and music which  can touch the hearts and souls of the listener and bring them to kneel before God.

It really is God’s music we play, so make sure we play it for the right reasons.

Music has the ability to lift our spirits and bring us closer to God, but is it just the music that touches our hearts or is there more to it than that?

musicYou can get the best musicians in the world to play a piece of music which means nothing to them and they’ll play it note perfect, but will it convey the story and the message behind the music?

Sometimes it might, but I’d suggest that when playing christian music, the true message behind the music will cannot truly be conveyed by the musicians unless they themselves have a real relationship with God. Only then can the full message and the emotions related to God’s sacrifice and love for us, really be portrayed by the musician.

Music is simply a series notes which together can evoke images and emotions held deep within us. When it is music that’s been inspired by God, it can stir our hearts and bring us closer to God. So listen to God’s music, but open your heart, and let God stir your emotions.

In the last few week I’ve found myself listening to the song Through It All – The music and words always evoke huge emotion for me, as God always seems so close to me when I hear it:

Though the future seems uncertain

Though the fear erodes my peace

Though the circumstance seems hopeless

And the doubting will not cease

I will claim what He has promised

For my heart must recognise

Mine is not to question

But keep focused on the prize.

 

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour

Through it all I claim Christ as my friend

Through it all my faith will never waver

Till He calls me home or comes again

 

This path now set before me

Is not my route of choice

Yet I must keep moving forward

Listening to His still small voice

This step along this journey

He reminds me I’m His own

And through the cold dark loneliness

I’m aware I’m not alone

 

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour

Through it all I claim Christ as my friend

Through it all my faith will never waver

Till He calls me home or comes again

…remember Easter!

We have just celebrated Easter, and celebrated Christ rising from the dead, but does that mean we forget about what Christ did for us until next Easter? Definitely not! In fact, because of what Christ did for us, that’s exactly why we must remember the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for us, each day. Because of the cross, we are free to lead the lives we lead…so remember Christ’s sacrifice for you each day!

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Above all powers, above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here before the world began

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure what you’re worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all