I’ve been out of church for a while. But I felt I should attend today as it’s Easter Sunday. So, I visited our local church. At the end of the sermon the pastor made an altar call for people to come forward and give their heart to Jesus. No one went up. I stood there thinking, “I gave my life to Jesus more than 14 years ago. I’ve got a relationship with Him so I’m cool. There’s no need for me to go to the altar and give my heart to Him.”
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Sometimes all you need is for God to wrap you in His arms. You know, the times when you feel alone, sad and troubled. When those negative emotions cling to your mind and you want to shake it off, think about being wrapped tightly and securely in His arms.
In His arms no one or nothing can touch you. Whatever is going on in your life will be locked outside, because you’ll be locked inside His arms. As long as you stay there, you’ll feel love, peace and joy.
So next time you want to escape the pressures of life, listen to William McDowell sing ‘Wrap Me In Your Arms’, close your eyes and escape to that place of bliss.
Do you find it hard to leave the past behind? I used to spend most of my time living in a time zone that belonged to the past.
My mind replayed lots of regrets. Thoughts like ‘I wish I did it another way, if only I didn’t do that, I feel terrible because of what I did, why did I do that? And many more negative thoughts went round and round in my head.
When you feel low and the pressures of life are heavy, you need encouragement. I know what it’s like to be in that dark place. It could even make you wonder if there is a God. Sometimes, you feel so discouraged you don’t even want to get out of bed. When you think about the day ahead, there is nothing to look forward to. So why get up?
A man died. When he realised it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in His hand.
God said, “Alright son, it’s time to go.”
Surprised, the man responded, “Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans…”
“I’m sorry, but it’s time to go.”
“What do you have in that suitcase?” The man asked.
God answered. “Your belongings.”
“My belongings? You mean my things, my clothes, my money.”
You’ve been dating a fantastic man. He’s your dream. He’s absolutely perfect. And treats you like his queen. You think Mr Right has finally come along.
Everything about him is exactly what you’re looking for in a man. He’s the whole package. Your mum likes him and your friends thinks he adorable.
Are you sure he’s Mr Right?
It’s easy to trust God when everything in your life is going smooth. When you haven’t got any problems, it’s easy to pray, praise, worship and give thanks God with a happy heart and a smile.
But what about when the bills are piling up, you’re sick, can’t get a job, you’re depressed, lonely and you’ve got lots of problems. Do you trust God then?
Are you too busy to pray? You have to do everything on your own. So, you have less time. But, you need prayers to keep you strong, guide you and help you cope with problems.
I’m a single mum and I know how important prayer is to me. And I also know that when I don’t pray, it affects me negatively.
So, I’m going to pray for us this morning for the week ahead.