In these crazy times, it can be easy for us to prioritise and pursue our own desires instead of lining up our wants with Scripture and God’s perfect will. The truth is, God has our best interests at hearts and our highest aim as followers of Him should be to glorify His name.
‘So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to for the glory of God.’ 1 Corinthians 10:31
We must remember that God does not keep a scoreboard of how many times we pray or have had quiet time with Him. However, the Bible commands us ‘to not lose heart and pray without ceasing.’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 17) We should not see praying as a chore, but as a gift and opportunity to connect with our Heavenly Father and trust in His perfect will.
When we cannot find the words to say, we can be rest assured that we have the Holy Spirit’s help to guide and assist us in praying. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” Romans 8:26-27
When your heart is burdened with trouble, doubt or confusion from the situation you are facing, let your Heavenly Father know.
I personally feel like this is the area where I backslide as a Christian, which is funny because it is such an essential part of my relationship with God. I try to figure things out myself, with my own reasoning and understanding of life, instead of just letting my Father in heaven know my troubles and heartache.
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, by thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:9
When we feel distant from God, it can become easy for us to place our attention on things which we feel will satisfy us and ,as a result, we lose focus of our Creator.
‘Draw Closer to Him’ explores how we can feel rest assured in God’s promises and grace when we feel distant and far from His love. This book reminds us that we our hope in Christ is certain and we can trust that every word of the gospel is filled with truth and hope.
When all else fails and you feel like you have nothing to hold on to, trust God.
Although the commonly used words sound straightforward and easy, it can be difficult to trust God when you are struggling to find peace from His Word.
The truth is, God does not expect us to find everything in life easy and stress-free. He knows we are bound to sin and capable of falling, which is why it is essential that we trust Him. He is our Rock, refuge and stronghold that will not let us down when it seems as if everything else we know has failed us.
Our Heavenly Father’s arms are always open wide. He welcomes us into relationship with Him and we can trust that He will listen, care and attend to our needs. All he asks us to do is to accept Him as our beloved Saviour, Holy God and trust in His powerful, mighty name.
One of my favourite worship songs has these lyrics, ‘O Come to the altar, the father’s arms are open wide, forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.’
Rainy days can be depressing, gloomy and even fail to lift our moods sometimes. However, there is a wise saying which goes’ ‘It’s not what happens to you that matters, but how you react to it.’ This poses the question, how will you react to your rainy days?
Will you allow the rain and storms of life block your vision and hinder what you were called to do? Instead of feeling downcast, will you rise above the current circumstances and work towards your purpose?
It’s not our situation that matters, but how we respond to overcoming and acting towards it.
Just like many other people today, I have had a lot on my mind recently. Countless thoughts and feelings of fear, worry and doubt have swept over me, and left me feeling unstable in faith. However, I remain confident and certain that all is well when I hand everything over to God. Not part of it or most of it, all of it.
Without a doubt, heading into final year next month as a soon-to-be Journalism graduate has ,in a way, spooked me. As much as I love what I do, I cannot seem to fathom that my years at university will be over and done with. But, I know that God will be with me, and all of us, because He promises it in His Word.
As I begin my final year next month, I plan ,by His grace, to start my own YouTube channel encouraging students in their walk with Christ. Although this is not setting stone, it is an idea that has moved me to come out of my comfort zone and lead others to Christ. Hopefully, I will be able to encourage and lift the hearts of others as well as learn more about the God of the Bible who deserves all praise, glory and adoration.
We are saved by His grace through faith. God has gifted us with eternal life, not that we should boast or claim credit for His doing, but to glorify and praise His name for paying the price for our sins.
As believers who have been gifted with the Holy Spirit, we can feel rest assured that God is constantly pouring out His love and grace, and wants us to reflect His glory at work in us. We can stand confidently in faith knowing that God will guide us in all situations, regardless of what it may be.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Monday mornings can often feel quite gloomy, and it can be tempting to start the week with a bleak and pessimistic mindset. This only poses the question, how can I start my week right as a believer and follower of Christ?
When we reframe our mindset to becoming beacons of hope who aim to inspire, encourage and lift the hearts of others, we fill ourselves with the passion of Christ and reflect His glory in us. As our week progresses, we look forward to Jesus who provides new ways for us to shine, serve and glorify Him. How will you be a beacon of hope this week? In what ways can you lift the hearts of others during this uncertain time?
The little things always make a difference. Whether it’s a text message to a close friend reminding them how loved they are or offering to help a neighbour in need, God sees our hearts through our small acts of kindness.
With the current situation in our world instilling fear and panic into the hearts of many, it is key to remember that nothing has changed about our Creator. He remains in the same position as He always has been, at the very top holding all power and supreme authority.
‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ Hebrews 13:8
Regardless of how the world is swiftly changing and our society is creating new ways to ‘fit in’ and be accepted into its system, our Father loves us as we are and has not, does not, and will never change. We can confidently trust that He will continue to provide, protect and guide our hearts in all that we do.