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What a Privilege!

Five songs are sung by the angels, elders and the four creatures in Revelations 4 & 5. All of the songs speak of the power, splendour and majesty of God and Jesus – they are all objective (of the person or being of God). This is great and should be the centre of our own worship individually or as  a gathered church.

It’s easy to notice that none of the songs is ever subjective – of emotions, experience, or depicting a relationship with God. Why? Maybe because the angels and creatures of God have never really tasted what we have here – a personal father-child relationship. They don’t know the experience of redemption or being saved from darkness into light.

Its only people like us, the redeemed of God, children of God, that can sing songs like ‘How he loves me’, ‘You will never leave me’, ‘Your steadfast love never ceases’, or simply – ‘I love you, Lord’. What a privilege!

Go on – pour your heart out to God – begin like the angels, but don’t forget to end it like a child of God – dearly loved and precious.

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Love of Neighbour

“This rough world sometimes needs to be rebuked, and if we can get at the ears of the people, it is our business to reprove them; and I think if ever there was a time when this text needed to be enlarged upon, it is just now. It is so often forgotten, so seldom remembered, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’

‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ – We can split it into three parts. Whom am I to love? My neighbour. What am I to do? I am to love him. How am I to do it? I am to love him as myself.” – Charles Spurgeon

Something to reflect on: a) Who is your ‘neighbour’? and b) What might be the practical implications of loving neighbour as yourself?

Every blessing, in Jesus Christ
Word of Hope Ministries

Prayer For The New Year

“O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come…”1

“My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fears to fly
Whose every promise is enough
For every step I take
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace”2

Your love in the past years assures me that you will never leave me in the new. No matter what the unknown morrow brings, I know You will bear me through. Sustain me, Oh Lord, with your grace and hold me in the hollow of your hands. Help me to walk more closely with you and to know your presence, peace and enabling every day in 2013.

Amen

Word of Hope Ministries

1. Isaac Watts, 1719
2. Stuart Townend/Keith Getty, 2006

 

Just A Thought is One!!

Join us in celebrating the One Year Anniversary of Just A Thought today.

After a year of blogging, we’ve now reached:
52 blog posts and 185 tweets with
71 followers on twitter, 89 on Facebook and 21 other bloggers.

Thanks to all 5 JAT Team members around the world who make everything happen here and to you our readers for your encouragement and feedback. It is our prayer at JAT that the next year of blogging helps us to reach more people with the message of hope, motivation and encouragement to be all that we were made to be to the glory of God!

Happy Anniversary,
From Word of Hope Ministries

Access To God

For all [saved Christians] who live in fear of  the judgment and the burden of performance to meet the standards of a holy and perfect God –

Remember that our access to God does not depend on yesterday’s performance, today’s practice or tomorrow’s potential (Bob Kauflin). Instead, we’re dearly loved and accepted by a Father of grace and mercy, through Jesus Christ.

May this set you free to live for Jesus, without guilt or fear, through the grace offered by God the Father.

Wishing you every blessing in Christ Jesus,
Word of Hope Ministries

Prayer Over Fear

If the light of God surrounds me, if his love enfolds me, if the presence of God encourages me, and his power defends me- why should I be afraid? May all my fears be dissolved in the great quiet of God, Amen”

Every blessing, with prayer…
Word of Hope Ministries

A New Leaf

For anyone that might be struggling with mistakes of the past….May you know the grace and mercy of God through this poem.

He came to my desk with quivering lip–
The lesson was done.
“Dear Teacher I want a new leaf,” he said,
“I have spoiled this one.”
I took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave him a new one all unspotted,
And into his sad eyes smiled,
“Do better now, my child.”

I went to the throne with a quivering soul–
The old year [day] was done.
“Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me?
I have spoiled this one.”
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one all unspotted,
And into my sad heart smiled,
“Do better now, My child.”
— Kathleen Wheeler

Every Blessing, with prayers….
Word of Hope Ministries

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