So, I took a mini vacation to the northern city of Sheffield. As a man from the south of England that’s never left the south, it’s a shock to the system in the best way. Now after spending a weekend away, and seeing a good friend of mine. (https://ardentword.wordpress.com/ if you haven’t checked out his stuff already, I highly recommend it!) I’m refreashed and ready to get back to doing what i love, writing, and allowed me to think about this weeks topic.
I was walking from my hotel around the centre of town, I had a chance to reflect on the past few years since I became a follower of Jesus, how I’ve changed as a person, how my confidence has improved, and how my faith in God has grown. Continue reading “The importance of the church family.”
“Lord, I will put my trust in you, I’m sorry for the times I’ve tried to be in control, the love you have for me is beyond compare, your love is the sweetest, your will is the strongest, and your way is righteous. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the coming years but I know as long as you’re with me, your power will overcome all that stands against me, for I am a child of God, I know I’m not perfect, but you love me all the same, and I love you Jesus, the pain in the night is nothing compared to the joy in the morning, I won’t claim to know your plans, but I know they’re right and just. May your will be mine too, I’ve come so far already and let me continue to walk in your light and name lord. You always provide and God I need your help now. Please provide me with what I need in your name lord.
Thank you for the days I’ve spent with you, may your kingdom reign for evermore
This is a piece i wrote nearly a year ago, based on Ephesians 6 10-20, otherwise known as the armor of God, and this is the piece that inspired this weeks post, which you can find here (Fighting depression in the army of Christ ) , it’s not a long piece but i hope you enjoy, and thank you for reading, may God bless you Continue reading “War of love (poem)”
I just want to start this post off by saying God is good. even when everything seems to be crumbling around you, it’s only so he can build something better. Our God is a God of love, and a God of grace. He knows what ever you’re going through right now, and he feels your hurt, and he will stand beside you and be there for you as long as you’re willing to turn to him. Continue reading “Fighting depression in the army of Christ”
Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the sacrifice of Jesus, who died for the sins of the world, and what that means for us as followers of Christ. And a verse i saw earlier this week cemented this weeks blog being about this idea, the verse in question?
1 John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves”
This verse fascinates me. it’s something I feel like a lot of Christians, including myself, don’t really think about, this idea that just because we’re saved from the pit that is sin, doesn’t mean we can’t sin. Continue reading “Free from sin, but not sinless”
This post is going to be a little different to the content i normally post, it will have Themes based around my faith, and I’ll be going into detail about topics I’ve brought up before, but this month, with a lot of positive events happening, with this blog and in my life, I wanted to take this chance to ask myself and all of you reading…
Why do you write? Continue reading “Why do you write/do what you love?”
Day to day
minute to minute
my life means nothing when you’re not in it.
Month to month
Hour to hour
Even now I’m amazed by your power.
Thought to thought
dream to dream
In your name Jesus I am free.
From slave to saved
hopeless to redeemed
There’s an I in Christ but it’s Christ that’s in me
In last weeks post, I wrote about proverbs 21:3 “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice” and how important it is to keep in this in mind when we are living for Jesus (you can find that post here Justice & righteousness over sacrifice ) and once again I was reading through proverbs and these verses really struck me from this book of wisdom. Continue reading “Neither poverty nor riches”
This is a piece I wrote for another site i write for, and lately I’ve been thinking about why i started blogging in the first place, my muse for sharing how I’m feeling and why it’s important to understand why you enjoy writing in the first place, whether it’s just because you have something that you feel like the world needs to hear, or it’s because you simply love writing, it’s a good thing to hold on to, and i feel like this piece sums that up pretty well, so if you’re new to my content welcome and i hope this gives you a good idea of what i’m about. Going to be posting another poem this week so stay tuned!
Yesterday morning while I was sitting in church, I picked up the word and felt called to read proverbs, one of my favorite books in the old testament. I love how it’s a book that even non Christians can apply to their lives with ease, “The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” (proverbs 10:14) is a good example of this. It’s a book full of messages that anyone can apply to their lives. However, this isn’t the verse I want to focus on in this post. Continue reading “Justice & righteousness over sacrifice”
I talk about confidence a lot in this blog, so i thought i’d share one of the moments that improved mine! Continue reading The moment my confidence changed
You knew me before my mother’s womb
And you carved the way to go
I see your plans over me loom
And there’s one thing that I know.
You’ve made me for a purpose
Your light shall be my guide
You gave your only son for me
On the cross is where he died. Continue reading “L-O-V-E (poem)”
Jesus knows you’re not perfect, but that doesn’t mean he loves you any less. Continue reading Jesus doesn’t want you to be perfect.
Hi everyone, this is week 4 on the topic of “The I in Christ” this week’s post is written not just as an encouragement piece for those suffering with depression or anxiety, but as a reminder to myself, that you can get through the trials that you will face, you can beat the struggles you’ll face, and that’s not by your strength, but by God’s in you. If you have any suggestions for later posts or any topics you’d like me to write about let me know in the comments!
Something that’s become a mainstay of my content is my battle with clinical depression. I mean even the tagline of this blog is “Living with depression while living for Christ” and these are words I stand by (read living with depression, living for Christ for more on that phrase) i mention this because, this week has been a real struggle. My anxiety has been at its worst, I’ve been pretty low and today i had my money that I have to live on for the next week or so taken from my bank without my permission.
The old me would dwell on this, would take this as a sign that God has forgotten about me, that I’m no worth his time, that he hates me. The old me would blame everyone around me, “It’s them that are making me anxious” “It’s his fault that I’m depressed” That’s not to say I don’t struggle with those thoughts, because I’m human, I’m just as broken as everyone else, but even in this time where there seems to be nothing good happening, where i feel let down and alone, I know that his will shall be done through my struggles, because, when i’m following Jesus, I’m Stronger than the sorrow in my life. The darkness will follow me, and may even surround me at times, but his light will still remain and overwhelm.
And the wonderful thing about Jesus is, if you’re willing to let him in, he will be with you through the good and the bad. He is the lord of all things, and when you let him help you carry the burdens in your heart and in your life, no weight is too heavy for him. In Matthew 11 (28-30) it says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We may grow weary and let the problems of this world burden us, but Jesus took up the cross so he may help carry yours. Bad things will happen in your life, as we’re in a broken and hurting world, but he is stronger than the sorrow and you are through him. All you have to do is be willing to meet with him, and embrace the love he has for you as one of his Children.
That’s not to say that if you suffer with depression that it’ll just go away straight away, I’ve been a follower of Christ for 5 years and I’m still suffering with my mental illnesses, but it’s the light that I know he brings that keeps me fighting and following him, I’ve been through some real struggles in my lifetime, and even when i thought he should have because i believed i wasn’t worthy of having anyone love me, let alone the Son of God. But even through that, he never left me. He will carry you through in his strength if you let him take the weight. No matter how hopeless it seems, or lonely it may be, he will always love you, and his love will make you strong. Continue reading “Stronger than the sorrow”
And now, why do you wait?
Paul once called himself the chief among sinners, and he believed it. The more I read the Bible, the more I see the people behind the verses; how they must have thought and felt, not mere characters in a tale but people who lived and breathed as we do. The person of Paul is perhaps the most vivid; we see so much of his writing in the New Testament, so much of his personality transferred to those pages. Think on all the revelation Paul had; how highly he saw Christ, how mightily he saw God move, how he saw the Body of Christ find being in the world as the Church took shape. He knew with utter certainty that Christ and His Body, the Church, were alive and real. Yet before his eyes, always, was the man Saul. The man who put to death the followers of Christ, who zealously repressed the Gospel. The man who sought to destroy the one thing that he now held as the most precious thing imaginable. Paul certainly believed that among sinners, he was greatest.
How do you feel when you consider your sins? If you’re anything like me, in that moment you probably feel like you’ve let God down again, that you’ve took steps backward and need to make up for it. Those feelings draw you away from God and rather that seeing Him as He is, you retreat into your own guilt, hide away, hope that next time will be better. This isn’t how it should be.
Think, what did Paul do, knowing the worth of God and knowing the extent of his own sin? He did not hide from God in shame. Ananias, the brother who restored Paul’s sight, said to him: “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). With that, Paul rose, and he began a ministry that changed the world. Paul did not allow fear and shame to rule over him, rather he saw the depth of God’s love and mercy and gave his entire life to His cause. In Philippians 3:8-9 the immensity of God’s mercy and the covering of his old life was surely stark in Paul’s mind as he wrote “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ…”
Read that quote again, and truly consider it. The surpassing worth of knowing Christ, Paul says, makes anything else loss. That includes your pride. That includes your shame. That includes all things that distract you and detract from you knowing Christ Jesus as your Lord. There is no room in Paul’s world for self-pity or self-doubt; there is only Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). The man Saul was blind, and in his place rose Paul, given new sight. He spread the Gospel of Christ to thousands, travelled hundreds of miles by land and sea, and in the end this chief among sinners proclaimed boldly: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) All because he knew his God, and saw all else as loss.
Christ has made us righteous. Moment by moment we are before Him and sanctified through Him, if we know Him. We have no need to hide or doubt. The message is clear; “And now why do you wait? Rise, for you have been baptized and your sins are washed away. Call upon His Name.” God saved Saul; He is more than capable of saving you. Have you fell into sin again? Is your life not where you expected it to be? Still in the old habits, still not seeing breakthrough, God still so very distant? Rise. Call upon His Name. God is surely faithful, and you are not too lost to be saved. To those who are weak God says “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6) and “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
The only thing God asks of us is that we trust His promises. Don’t turn away in the trial. Even when the walk is long and dry and God seems a thousand miles away, know that His promises stand true. Paul gives testimony that the harshest trials can lead to the greatest love. Know the surpassing worth of Christ, that all else may be loss. Be encouraged today – we have a God who can turn the chief of sinners into the chief Apostle. Trust that He is capable of doing the same in your life. God bless and keep you.
Hi everyone,I’ve decided to publish this post a day early, but this is week three on the topic “The I in Christ” and it’s one that’s extremely important to living a life for Jesus, and that’s understanding that you are beautiful the way you are because he made you to be who you are. If you have any suggestions for another topic or subject, please let me know in the comments! Before I start, this is a little bit different to the norm of these posts, but this is something that has really been on my heart for a while and it’s an important message for us all. I hope you enjoy. Continue reading “You’re beautiful”
Going into detail about the waiting after being the I in Christ. Because it’s not our timing that matters, it’s God’s. Continue reading Your time, not mine.
Hi everyone, this is the beginning of my second topic since starting this blog, “The I in Christ” this was originally going to be a one-off post, but this is such a big topic, I thought I’d make it the theme of this month. I really hope you enjoy what you read.
Now, What do I mean when i say “The I in Christ” Well, to start with, I’d like to tell you a bit about my life. Before i come to know Jesus, i was lost, being a teenager can be scary enough, without the added fear of living with mental health issues. But since i became a follower of his, I’ve gone from glory to glory, not because of my greatness, but his. Now that’s not to say it hasn’t been easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve been getting through with him by my side. God has been active in my life, and for that I’m extremely grateful.However, i still struggle in following his will, if i feel him telling me to speak to someone, or asking me to bless or pray for someone, i still doubt myself and sometimes that’s leads me to not go through with it. Continue reading “The I in Christ”
“Following Jesus isn’t about taking the easy way out, nor to show how great we are, but to show everyone how great he is!” Continue reading More than a word
i may have to struggle with depression day-to-day, when i live for Jesus i follow him from glory to glory Continue reading Living with Depression, Living for Christ (mental health awareness week)
Hi everyone, this is a bonus post for this week, i thought’d share something little different to what i’d normally … Continue reading Self vs self (Poem)
At his word the storms ceased, and he can do the same for us, as long as we let his word into the eye of our storms. Continue reading Anchor in the storm
“His love is everlasting, his plans are unbeatable, and his will is always for the good of us, He is a God of amazing grace and unfailing love, This is just as true today as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow” Continue reading Light after darkness
While I was in church on sunday, we had a sermon on verses 1-14 from the book of Luke (Quite fitting for this blog, with my name sake an all)so I thought I’d give my input on this wonderful piece of scripture. This verse really got me thinking about why this passage is so important to us as the church. But before that, here’s the passage in question:
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Continue reading “Why Luke 14( 7-14) has some of the most important verses to the church at large.”