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Our Own Way

Does the blame lie with us?
Our news is full of dreadful stories.
Bombings Suicides Murders Fires
It is easy to point the finger at individuals
The unstable
The truly Evil
Extremists
Activists
But are we not all to blame
Have we pushed people away that much
Have we neglected the lonely and the desperate
Have we caused such ferocious anger in others
Has our greed and arrogance pushed people to this drastic action
We do not feed the poor
Yet we are surprised when they steal to feed their family
We have abundance yet half the world have but scraps
Can we really be shocked when they rise up against us
We neglect to care for those around us
Can we not understand when people crack and do horrific things
Have we abandoned all that is good
Exchanged it for a false reality of rights
Made our own rules by which we all fail to abide
We cry out and blame individuals
We cry out and blame God
Yet we have thrown God out and all His ways
We have forbidden Him in our schools and workplaces
We have taken His wisdom from our laws
We have made money, intellect and selfish desires our God And now, do we not reap the consequences?
Have our broken homes created broken lives
Have our fragmented communities led to desperation
Have our sinful desires been at the expense of others
Have our grey churches created sceptical onlookers
We have abandoned God
Has God honoured us and given us the desires of our heart
Has He left us to our own vices
Have we finally got it all our own way…
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No Conditions

God accepts you just as you are – no conditions attached. God loves you completely – no conditions attached. God desires good for you in every circumstance – no conditions attached. God pours grace and mercy into your life – no conditions attached. God longs for you to follow Him, love Him, trust Him – no conditions attached.

Past and Future

No matter what your past holds it doesn’t need to control your future. The power of God can set you free, the grace of God can bring you total forgiveness and the wisdom of God can set you on the right path. Don’t let your past rob you of your future.

A Plan

Do you have a plan for your life? Do you know where you are headed? Do you know your final destination? God says that He knows the plans He has for us. He says that they are good plans, plans to prosper us. Jesus said that He is preparing a place for us. A place where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Our job is simply to seek God for those plans and follow them. Will you spend time today seeking God?

We Cannot Be Static

We cannot be static
Yet we must stand firm
Movement is required
And stillness as well
Constantly changing
Changeless
We must never remain the same
Fluid
And at the same time solid
We must be more of a body
Far less of a building
It must be less about religion
And far more about relationship
Don’t make it about rules
About laws and “do nots”
It’s not about who’s in and who’s out
It’s so much more about love
About acceptance and grace
More about a God who is love
Than a church that is about judgement
It’s not about points of theology
As if out intellect were king
It’s about respect and mercy and… .
..and about acknowledging that we all fall short
Every one of us
We are all in the mire
We have all fallen in the gutter
It’s about knowing that all our futures are bleak
Bleak and dark
Without someone to rescue us
We have all fallen
Yet some are yet to be helped up
The standing have had their helping hand
The standing can’t laud it over the fallen
The standing have no right
No place to judge each other
The place of the standing is to stand in thankfulness
And in that thankfulness to help one another
To restore the fallen
And point all to Him who rescues
Together we are stronger
Together we are wiser
Together we have great power
Great power to make the difference
We have the power to change the world
We have the opportunity to change…
…to change from fighting each other
To fighting for justice
For peace
For life
We can make the difference that we long to see
We can be that difference
We can be the answer to our very prayers
To rise from the gutter and go out to the streets
To the poor
To the unloved
To the hurting
And to those still lying in the gutter
There is an army to muster
There is a battle to be fought
There is a war to be won
A victory to be had
A world to change
A difference to be made
We cannot be static.

Prayer

If God answered all your prayers in the way that you wanted Him to would the world be a better place because of them?

Worry

Worry says that you are not trusting God to be all-powerful, ever present and capable of overcoming any and every situation you face.

Trust

Lord, today I choose to trust you, help me to trust more. Amen

Power

Weakness is one of the greatest opportunities when surrendered to God. When we come to the end of ourselves, it is then the God can work with great power.

Doubts

It’s OK to have doubts. Thomas had doubts, but he took those doubts and worked them through. He took those doubts straight to Jesus and Jesus allayed his fears. We need to do exactly the same. If we live with these doubts they will eat away at our faith, if we take them to Jesus He will help us put them to rest.