The Need for Prayer

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2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

14 “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

I have read IF, a small word but with massive meaning that requires some action. It appears to be a message to the Hebrew people of Israel (Gods chosen nation) some time back, but I have no doubt applies to us in 2020. He says IF my people, who are called by My name (Christians) will Humble themselves and pray. Now that doesn’t seem to be popular these days when I hear the top politicians on CNN and Sky news. They believe they have answers to the international crises taking place now.  

And turn from their wicked ways, these ways are an everyday occurrence among the modern world. And seek My face daily, a personal invitation from the Lord. Then, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, ( All of us have sinned and fallen short of His glory) And I will heal their land.

This is the answer to Corona virus and all of our needs, then, and now.

 

Our love to all Gods people at New Harvest.

Dave Griffiths

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Unguarded Ones

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How guarded are you in your relationship with God? I am nearly done with my first read through of “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan and am really enjoying it. It has been very challenging as it has highlighted some weaknesses in my life when it comes to my relationship with God. I am really grateful for this role the book has played as I can now work on these areas and get to a place I am happy with. I wanted to share a small section of the book that I read today that I thought was really interesting:

“Before my wife and I got married I knew that I had to tell her everything about me, all the ways I’d messed up. All the things I’d done. She had to know what she was getting before she agreed to marry me. That conversation was not easy, but at the end of it, we still chose to be with each other, to commit our lives to one another. I find myself acting differently with God. Often, when I pray, I will phrase my sentences in a way that makes me sound better. I will try to soften my sins, or touch up my true feelings before laying them before God. How foolish it is for me to be completely honest with my wife about my shortcomings, but try to fool God!… People who are obsessed [with God] are raw with God; they do not attempt to mask the ugliness of their sins or their failures. Obsessed people don’t put it on for God; He is their safe place where they can be at peace.” – Francis Chan

I think that this is such an interesting observation that Francis Chan makes. As children of God we have no reason to try and edit ourselves in how we interact with God in any way or in any situation. If we have messed up we can be completely transparent with Him in asking for forgiveness as there’s no point in trying to hide anything from the One who knows everything!

Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
you understand my thoughts from far away.
You observe my travels and my rest;
you are aware of all my ways.

Psalm 139:1-3

God desires an intimate relationship with each and every one of His children and one of the ways in which we can make this happen is through being vulnerable enough to always be honest with our amazing Father.

 

Much Love,

Luke

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Unsearchable

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Romans 11:33-36

33 Oh, the depth of the riches
and the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments
and untraceable his ways!
34 For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?
35 And who has ever given to God,
that he should be repaid?
36 For from him and through him
and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever. Amen.

Paul includes the above hymn of praise in his letter to the believers in Rome. The words acknowledge God’s awe-inspiring sovereignty over all things, His infinite wisdom and power, the fact that He is the source of all life and goodness and beauty. Therefore it is right that He should be forever glorified. This hymn reminds us of God’s praiseworthiness and yet at the same time it highlights one of the frustrations we sometimes have when it comes to God…

“How unsearchable His judgements and untraceable His ways!” Wouldn’t we love to understand God, to know what He is thinking, to have insight into His plans. Especially now during this time of uncertainty. We’d love to know when God will end the pandemic, when nations will begin to recover from the after effects. We’d love to know what His plan is for us, for our family, our Church, our nation. Many have prayed and prayed but no one really has an answer. God does mercifully reveal things to us, but we’ll never know the whole plan, we’ll never fully understand what He does and why He does it.

Verse 35 refers a line from Job 41:11 and emphasises the fact that God owes us nothing for, as verse 36 makes clear, all that we have, all that exists is already a gift from God. It is appropriate that Paul refers to the story of Job as we see in that account that God does not justify Himself before Job. In fact, speaking from the mighty storm, He asks Job the question of who he is to demand an answer from God, he who doesn’t understand how the earth was created and sustained, he who speaks of things he doesn’t truly understand.

God doesn’t owe us any explanation or justification. His judgements are unsearchable, His ways are untraceable. And yet, despite owing us nothing, He gave us everything when He gave His own Son for our sake. He is both Great and Good.

To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

God Bless

Graham

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Jesus is with You

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For today’s blog I have another song to share with you. I came across this a long time ago while going through a First15 daily devotion which always includes a song to listen to. The reason this song speaks to me is because it is a much needed reminder that Jesus is always with us regardless of what we are going through. It doesn’t matter if we are in the best or most difficult season of our life – Jesus is right there beside us just as He said he would be:

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20

I love how Jesus tells us to remember this fact as it is something I am often prone to forget! Below are the lyrics and link to the song. I trust you will be as blessed as I have been by this beautiful song.

When your faith in perfect love
Can’t explain the pain that you feel
You will find you’ve looked for a sign up above
But He was there in the dirt where you stood
He was there in the dirt where you stood

And there’s hope found
Here and now, here within the real
In the midst of all we’ve done
All we’ve given up on
He was with us every step
Feeling what we feel
When the soul was buried down
Burdened by the long road

And in time we will learn to grow
Through the pain and into hope
For the storms they come
And swallow up the sun
But the light lives on and on
But the light lives on and on

And there’s hope found
Here and now, here within the real
In the midst of all we’ve done
All we’ve given up on
He was with us every step
Feeling what we feel
When the soul was buried down
Burdened by the long road

And there’s hope found
Here and now, here within the real
In the midst of all we’ve done
All we’ve given up on
He was with us every step
Feeling what we feel
When the soul was buried down
Burdened by the long road

Much love,

Luke

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