Monday, August 29, 2011

Guide me

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer Hymn

Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer;
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell's destruction
Land me safe on Canaan's side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.


Tune your anxious heart to patience,
Walk by faith where sight is dim;
Loving God, be calm and trustful
And leave everything to Him. (Chambers)

Patience means awaiting God's time without doubting God's love.

[God] Himself has said "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Isaiah 26:4 NLT

Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bid my anguish fears, goodbye

Land me safe on Cannan's side, bid my anguish fears, bid my anguish fears, goodbye.

Guide me o thou great Jehovah.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dear refuge of my weary soul.

1. Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel

2. But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline
Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust
And still my soul would cleave to Thee
Though prostrate in the dust

3. Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sovereign grace,
Be deaf when I complain?
No still the ear of sovereign grace,
Attends the mourner's prayer
Oh may I ever find access,
To breathe my sorrows there

4. Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet,
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet.

1 John lessons

Believe-Jesus is God, came to die for our sins.
Repent-turn from your sin and say sorry.
Follow-live a life of obedience born out off love for what Christ has done.
Love others-out of love for God, love His people and strive to be sacrificial in your love towards them.
Be assured that Jesus has overcome the world and that you have the power to overcome whatever you are facing.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trust & Pray

"Faith looks across the storm-it does not doubt
Or stop to look at clouds and things without.
Faith does not question why when all His ways
Are hard to understand, but trusts and prays." anon.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

The perfect wisdom of our God

Why? Is the question I've been asking God a lot recently. For many different things that have been going on. I have been feeling blind and helpless and that my prayers are hitting the ceiling and bouncing back, unheard, unanswered. Life is hard at the moment with personal issues, Samuel being out of routine, the lost of more church family members and the churches future uncertain. I love God, I trust God but that does not stop the pain and sorrow that I'm experiencing at the moment. I see my Christian brothers and sisters struggling to deal with some of the same issues I am, I look to them for strength and they have none to give, they are in the same boat as me! Struggling to stay a float with their own pain and problems. I struggled with this for a while, then realised what the Bible's been telling me all along only Christ is my strength when I have none, He is the Rock. I know that! I've believed it, sung it for years, but to actually HAVE to depend on it in a way I never have had to before is quite amazing!
"When life is good we will believe-even praise- God, but when trouble comes we may struggle dreadfully..... You don't love God simply because all your prayers are answered and all your dreams are fulfilled. You love Him anyway!" "Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crops fail and the fields produce no food... Yet I will rejoice in the Lord" I know to love God like that is hard, and I have doubts and fears, and sometimes worry my love isn't strong enough. But do you see how precious love like that is to Him? One powerful example in Daniel is the verses "if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve IS ABLE to save us from it.... But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods!" Their faith in God was not based on always getting what they wanted; they had learned to trust "if not".

God is awesome and can do anything! But not all illnesses are healed, all hurts mended, all prayers answered they way we wanted. For even Jesus had His prayer in the garden unanswered "Father... take this cup from me"

Hebrew 11 filled with great heros, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham " but others trusted God and were tortured, some mocked, others chained in dungeons.." The stories of the "if nots"

We have to stop thinking God doesn't love me cause x, y, z is happening or a,b,c wasn't answered or so and so has what I wanted! Love God anyway! He sent His own son that's how much He loves you! Look at the cross and you cannot think of anything else but Gods love for His children. Believe it! Live it!

The perfect wisdom of our God
Revealed in all the universe:
All things created by His hand,
And held together at His command.
He knows the mysteries of the seas,
The secrets of the stars are His;
He guides the planets on their way,
And turns the earth through another day.

The matchless wisdom of His ways
That mark the path of righteousness
His word a lamp unto my feet
His Spirit teaching and guiding me
And O the mystery of the cross
That God should suffer for the lost
So that the fool might shame the wise
And all the glory might go to Christ!

"O grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
“Your perfect will in Your perfect way.”