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21st June 2020
God is worthy of our praise. He is worthy of praise when we are feeling joyful, when we are in the depths of despair and everything in between. How we are feeling is changeable and anyone with a toddler knows just how quickly and often that change can happen! God doesn’t change and neither does His glory, His grace, His compassion or His righteousness. If he doesn’t change, our response to Him should always be thankfulness, praise, adoration and worship. Even when we don’t feel like it. Especially when we don’t feel like it, because it is in those moments that we are able to come before God and acknowledge who He is, what he has done and all he is capable of doing and that gives him the glory in our situation. Many of the psalms in the Bible are about people facing challenging and painful times and turning to God for help, pouring out their hearts to him, and choosing to praise God for his love and faithfulness.
I recently had a miscarriage and through it all, for me, the way I held tight to Jesus was by choosing to worship. It started with 3 days of uncertainty and then a scan at the hospital confirmed that the baby had not grown to match the age it should have been. When a miscarriage occurs, the baby has often actually died a while before the body realises and starts the process of the miscarriage; in my case this had probably happened 3 or 4 weeks previously. This is why it is too late once a miscarriage has started to do anything about it medically. Thankfully, God is not limited by medicine and so, while it in human terms there is nothing that can be done, we can still pray to God for his miraculous intervention.
I prayed a lot in those 3 days. I prayed that God would give life to my baby and would catch up the growth to the right place. But during those days, I also surrendered my situation to God. I told God that if this pregnancy went no further, and even if I am not able to have any more children, then I would still trust him. I know that ultimately everything will work out ok because my plans and dreams and hopes for the future rest on God and he knows what he is doing. I can say ‘my soul is well’ even when my body isn’t. My satisfaction in God, my worth and my relationship with Him are not based on whether or not God answers my prayer. They are based on the eternal, unchanging character of God – a God who made me, who knows me, who cares for me - and this brings me back to where I started – worship.
In a way it was actually easy to worship in this situation. There was nothing else to do. When you get to a place where there is no way you can change a situation in your own strength, coming to God is the only option. I hope I don’t have to come to this place too often. But when I do, I hope the place I come to is one of full surrender to God in worship.
Posted by Lauren Enright
24th April 2020
Do you ever feel frustrated and disappointed with where God has placed you? Unhappy where you are living, where you are studying or working, or with your financial situation?
Sometimes we might feel that we need a change in circumstances. To move house or change jobs for example, hoping that the grass is greener on the other side.
But maybe, we don’t need God to change our circumstances, we need God to change our hearts so we can say as Paul did in Philippians 4:11-12 “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need”.
It's not always easy to live the life God has chosen for us. But we can trust his provision of grace, mercy, patience and growth wherever we are at, as long as we are looking to him to supply all of this.
It's ok to tell God we are not happy, but we can also thank him that we are in the place where He wants us to be, even if we’re struggling. It’s important to remember that God may keep us there for longer than we would like because he’s teaching us something.
I remember a few years ago when I was finding life particularly difficult and my Mum texted me these verses from 2 Corinthians 1:23-27 where Paul says that he suffered imprisonment, beatings (often near death!), being stoned, shipwrecked, adrift at sea, in danger from rivers, robbers, his own people, danger in the city and in the wilderness, in hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
Wow! That’s quite a list of suffering! This was a wakeup call if I'm honest, as well as an encouragement! My situation was nothing like what Paul went through! I needed to stop wallowing in self-pity and get on with learning to be content in my situation and allowing God to use that time to change me.
During that time I learnt patience and endurance (something that God’s continuing teach me ... I've not arrived yet!), and how to rely on God more. I can honestly say that when my circumstances eventually changed, I was so thankful to God, and really appreciated, more than I probably would have done before, my new circumstances. It didn’t mean life was completely fine and dandy from then on. That's not the way life works is it? However, the reality of knowing that God has got my back was immense.
He's such a good, kind and patient God. Always there for us, always championing us, always loving us, always there to guide us if we will just ask him for help. King David, who wrote so many of the Psalms, is often found to be pouring out his heart to God, crying out for the help that only God can provide. We can do the same. God is always listening to us and when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. What a wonderful heavenly Father we have, in all circumstances.
Posted by Katie Scott
25th May 2019
We soon begin a new three part mini teaching series in Colossians chapter three.
Look out for messages in our Media section on:
Raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1-4)
Clothed with Christ (Colossians 3:5-14)
Thankful in Christ (Colossians 3:15-17)
Posted by Cliff Nelson
5th May 2019
David Straughton begins a mini teaching series called 'Revealed' where he will be looking at John chapter 14 and speaking on:
'The Son Revealed' (John 14:1-7)
'The Father Revealed' (John 14:7-15)
'The Spirit Revealed' (John14:16-26)
Do look out for these messages in the Media section of this website.
David will also be speaking on 'Peace Revealed' and 'The Trinity Revealed' to complete this series later in the year.
Posted by Cliff Nelson