Satan tried to win through tempting me with sin

Was reminded today of the need to praise and thank God at all times.  It really is great to praise and thank God.  I challenged myself to pray and thank God for 5 minutes without stopping.   I did repeat myself a few times but had enough verses in my “treasure chest” of verses that I could use as a basis for the prayer (it showed me that I do need to learn more praise and thanksgiving verses).  But what it really showed me was how great it is to thank God, how great it is to recognise all the fantastic things he has done for me and what he means to me.  I know 5 minutes doesn’t sound long so give it a go and see how great you feel afterwards!

Ezra 3:11 – With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

PURE AND PERFECT LOVE

You are good, your love endures forever, and what that really means is your love never fails, not like human love, not like the kind of love that depends upon their mood or whether they’re having a good day, your love is here to stay and may I never grow tired of thanking you for all you do, may I never cease to praise you for answered prayer, for showing me that you really care, for providing over and above, for showering me with the type of love that makes me feel safe and secure, a pure and perfect love, thank you for the peace you give, for taking away all my stress, for changing my life from a bit of a mess to a life of satisfaction, a life where perfection feels attainable, a life where all my shame has gone, thank you for giving us your son, your son who intercedes for me, who wants nothing more than for all to be free, thank you for looking into my heart, for setting me apart since before time began, for watching me as I grew in my Mother’s womb, for taking time to write out plans that are so perfect for me, for giving me a chance to reclaim the years the locusts have eaten, for not allowing me to be beaten by Satan who tried to win through tempting me with sin, but you trampled on him and put him in his place, turned your face towards me, you blessed me, thank you God for your amazing grace, thank you for saving me a place in your heavenly Kingdom where I will live for eternity, loved, cherished and eternally free.

The holy God of heaven loves me

I have been reading the story of Samuel and today read Hannah’s prayer 1 Samuel 2: 1-11.  Particularly love the first two verses and wonder if I am as grateful when God does something for me.  Am I guilty of not thanking him sometimes, perhaps.  I resolve to be more thankful for answered prayer as Hannah was:

The Lord has filled my heart with joy. He has made me strong. I can laugh at my enemies. I’m so glad he saved me.

“There isn’t anyone holy like the Lord.  There isn’t anyone except him.  There isn’t any Rock like our God.

 THANKS

Father, you fill my heart with joy, you put a skip in my step, you’ve let me feel your love, you’ve made me strong, you’ve lifted me up, laid a table for me before my enemies, I am so thrilled that you’ve saved me, given me a place at your table where your banner flies above me, your banner clear for all to see that you love me, you, the holy God of heaven loves me, there is no one holy like you Lord, no one except you, you are my rock, my foundation, my shelter and my refuge, my very present help, you have answered me time and time again and for that I praise your name, I thank you and exclaim that you are a mighty awesome Father with you on my side I will never falter.

It’s by God’s grace that you’ve achieved

Alone we may feel small or weak, unable to make a difference in God’s mighty Kingdom but that is not true.  When we join our spiritual lives together we are a mighty force that God can use to defeat impossible odds. But this all has to be to God’s glory, we should not seek to receive recognition or praise, we should ensure that all that we do is done because we want to do it to bring all the glory to God.  God doesn’t need us to be strong, he just wants us to have faith in him and he will deliver time and time again.

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –  not by works, so that no one can boast.
  • Judges 7:2 – The Lord spoke to Gideon. He said, “I want to hand Midian over to you. But you have too many men for me to do that. I do not want Israel to brag that their own strength has saved them

KICKSTART

I did it, but then did I, was it me that did it or was it that cry to Jesus that kick started the whole process, the prayer request that I thought went unnoticed and then it happened, just as God had planned it, and let me expand on that, God hears our prayers and makes a way, we are saved by his grace combined with our faith, but be guarded, do not seek to take the glory, do not boast of your success, it is by God’s grace that you’ve achieved, because of the strength that you’ve received from God, his gift freely given, let your ambitions be handed over to God, seek to serve him only, seek to boast of his power and strength, speak at length of his outrageous grace that is the foundation of your faith, desire to serve him with all your heart, it’s not about the winning, it’s about taking part.

I’m undeserving but that doesn’t unnerve him

Do we need any excuse to praise God, I don’t think so!!  When I think of all God has done for me my heart is filled with love, gratitude, praise and worship for my amazing God.

Psalm 100: 1-2 – Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!

 Who Am I?

You wanna know why I shout for joy, sing songs of praise and punch the air, why I can’t contain my love for God, it’s not hard it’s simply that God loves me, before I knew Jesus I was nothing, then I met him, he is everything and he calls me “friend”, the creator of the universe knows my name and loves me more that I will ever comprehend, and now I am something, OK so I’m undeserving but that doesn’t unnerve him, Jesus gave everything for me, he delights in me, and I celebrate his love, jump for joy when I think of all he’s done for me, I rejoice in the Lord who’s brought me this far, he made me, I am his and because of this all that is within me is filled with joy, I am loved, singing a new song direct from my heart, I praise and proclaim the name of Jesus, I laugh without fear of the future for I am a child of God, blessed, redeemed, adored and esteemed by an awesome Father, I am stronger through his love, my future secured, who am I? I am God’s

Who are we to doubt, our God can do anything..

Who are we to doubt, our God can do anything..

Oh yes what an awesome quote to start the day with and a reminder to me, having had a tough week that hey, who cares, God loves me and I need to bathe in that love and soak up his love and let him reign in me..

GOD CAN DO ANYTHING

Who are we to doubt, our God can do anything… who are we to question, our God has all the answers so take advantage, God is great and God made us to be happy, to revel in his love, to enjoy all life’s abundant gifts, he lifts us when we’re down and turns that frown into a smile, just think on, all the while that we are down we miss out on the amazing joy that Jesus gives us, we miss out on amazing happiness and peace of mind and I find that when I allow myself to trust him I am filled with optimism, a sense of well-being that sends my heart soaring and when I’m calling out to God in praise and worship, it hits me, God thinks I’m worth it, God really thinks something of me and who am I to disagree, God thanks so much for now I see that you have got a place for me, that you have got such plans for me and you are pleased with what you see, so God when I slip up or fail to trust, remind me that I must turn to you and think of all that you have done, to remember the sacrifice of your only son and even more importantly to think of what that means for me, the life changing sacrifice that spoke to me, that helped me to break free from a life that was dragging me down, yes I was lost but now I’m found, all praise to you, all glory to your name, you turned my shame into esteem, streams of living water flow through my veins and my God reigns in me, my God reigns my life will never be the same and that’s OK cos my life is on the up, my cup overflows and even though I know that life can be tough, I have enough with God by my side, and I decide to trust, I choose trust oh Lord, I choose to believe your word so Father God please hear me out, I will never doubt your love for me, never turn away from you, I can’t promise I won’t make mistakes but they will just make me more determined to become a better person, a faithful servant and I am certain that you will guide me, gently correct me and lovingly perfect me, so thank you God that despite my frailty you love me unconditionally.

Jesus is Lord and yes Jesus reigns!

Today got absolutely soaked in the rain, walking by the river with absolutely no shelter and just before the rain came I had been talking to God about my mood and wanting to be filled with his Spirit and then it poured down with rain.  You know what I just laughed, amazing, God spoke to me right there and that’s what I want, his Holy Spirit to absolutely drench me so I am filled to overflowing for him (on fire!)

Then was asking for God to help me get back on track with him and he gave me John 17 and these verses just jumped out at me, what an amazing message from our loving Father.

24 ‘Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 ‘Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.’

THANK YOU FATHER

Father you want me to be with you, wherever you are, wherever I am

Father you want me to see your glory, you have loved me since before creation began

Father, although others may not know you, you have made yourself known to me

Father your love resides in my heart, you now live in me

Father your Spirit fills me, enables and empowers me

Father your shield surrounds me, protecting me

Father your forgiveness takes away my shame

Father I praise you, I worship your name

Father I thank you again and again

Father I love that I can exclaim –

Jesus is Lord and yes Jesus reigns

Sometimes you just have to say it as it is…

Hi God, it’s me and think it’s time I spoke candidly, you already know I guess that things in my head are such a mess and I’m trying with all my might to put things right, I’m spending time listening, but somethings blocking my enjoyment of your word, things are going unheard, cos my head is full of the past and I feel I need a blast of your great love and care to help me get back up there, back on a high where I can share in all the blessings you are giving out today, rather than feeling this way, you know what I mean God you’re in my heart, you know how far apart I feel from you and from reality, I look at others around me and feel like I’m an anomaly, I can’t cope the way they do and God I do, I really do want to be able to feel in control and I know you can make me whole, your healing is so much on my mind, your healing so I can find peace in my life, no longer trying so hard to fit in but finding it comes naturally, instead of anxiously considering my behaviour, turning instead to you my Saviour, handing back control to you in everything I say and do, allowing myself to be courageous in stopping all my controlling behaviours so that I can fully benefit from your sacrifice, from your gift of eternal life and enjoy the gift of direct access to you, it’s madness that I can’t hear your answers because I allow a blackness to envelop me, may today Lord be the start of my opening up my heart and allowing you to complete the work you have started, so I may never be parted from your great love, may I never fail to be in awe of your mercy and grace, I constantly want to seek your face and get myself to a place where I can start to feel straight, take away my pain and reign in me again.

Thanks God, I know you knew all that, but just getting it off my chest helps me to feel that I can rest safe in the knowledge that my God listens and you make provision for all your children, have a billion plans for me and you didn’t save me after all these years to sit and watch yet more tears, so I believe that healing will be forthcoming, there is nothing that you won’t do for me to help me find reality, make me comfortable in my skin, stop me from spinning out of control, heal me, love me and make me whole.