Friday, 29 May 2015

Great is Thy Faithfulness - Lamentations 3:22-23


It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23



Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Hope you enjoy listening to this arrangement of "Great is Faithfulness" by Coffey Ministries - I have been loving this song lately :)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

True Beauty

So, this isn't exactly a scripture wallpaper, but this is one of my favourite Leslie Ludy quotes so I made a picture to go with it & wanted to share it here :)


This video from Ellerslie is really worth watching too :)



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

He Restoreth My Soul... Psalm 23:3


"He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
Psalm 23:3


In my quiet times recently I've been reading through the book of Psalms, and as I read and meditated on Psalm 23 the Lord taught me some things and it was a blessing to my heart. So, I thought I'd share with you what I got out of this Psalm, and, of course, a Bible wallpaper to go with it :)

When I was reading Psalm 23, this verse in particular "jumped out" at me and spoke to my heart. Each part of this verse is so beautiful.

"He restoreth my soul..." Restore - to make new, to bring to life again. When I thought of the word restore, I thought of the way that people restore antique things. In order for it to be restored, all the rust and dirt must be removed and sanded away, after this it is given a new coat of paint. 
This reminded me of the work Christ does in our hearts at salvation: He washes all the sin from our hearts with the blood of the Lord Jesus, then clothes us in the righteousness of Christ. No longer does God see us with rusty old hearts filled with sin, but rather He sees our new identity in the righteousness of Jesus. 


But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)


I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Not only does God restore our hearts at salvation, but He daily restores our hearts as we meditate in His word daily. 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)


"He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness..." The Lord will lead us in the right way to live for Him. We cannot walk righteously in our own strength. 


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


"For His name's sake." Walking with the Lord and walking righteously will bring glory to our Saviour's name, He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 


Thanks for reading and I hope that by sharing what I gained from this passage of scripture you were blessed :)
Love and blessings,
Hannah :)

Sunday, 25 May 2014

With God All Things Are Possible - Mark 10:27



Mark 10:27 "And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."


I was reading through Mark 10 a couple of weeks ago, and as I read and considered these verses they were a blessing to me, so I thought I’d share what I learned.

When looking at the context of this verse, we see that a rich young ruler had just come to Jesus asking what he could do to obtain eternal life. This rich young ruler was clearly a very religious man, who obeyed the letter of the law, but yet it wasn’t enough to save him. After the young ruler had left, the disciples asked and wondered, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus’ reply has two parts to it, and as I looked at it, this is what stood out to me:

 “For with men it is impossible…”
We cannot have a hope of saving ourselves. No matter how religious or good you are, you can never do enough to save yourself. (As it was in the case of the young ruler) Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

“but not with God: for with God all things are possible…”
What an amazing truth. We cannot save ourselves, yet by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ we can be saved, by simply believing on Him and trusting in the work He did, and not our own “good works” Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Emphasis mine)



Hope you have had a blessed Lord’s day!!
Hannah :)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Here is Love - 1 John 4:10

I think I should start out by saying I am so sorry that I haven't posted anything on this blog since Christmas. 
The truth of the matter is, I have been very busy with my life and haven't had a lot of time for writing blog posts. But, I'm back :) Not sure what next term has in store for me, but I hope to be able to post a bit more often... I have so many ideas, and have received a lot of suggestions from you all, but I shall just have to see how I go in terms of actually getting those ideas into blog posts :)


Since it is the Easter weekend, I thought I would do something Easter kinda themed this month.
I love this verse in 1 John 4:10 - "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 
 


To me, that is the message of Easter all wrapped up in one sentence; that God sent his only begotten Son to bear our sins on the cross. The word propitiation means to atone for sins and wrong doings. Jesus died to pay the price for our sins & save us.

So, this Easter, I encourage you to think and reflect on God's great love in sending His Son, and the sacrifice He made for you & me. 
Have a blessed Easter! :)
Hannah


This is a beautiful song from Matt and Christy Taylor's Album "Gentle Voice" called "Here is Love." Hope you enjoy listening to it :)
Here Is Love by Matt & Christy Taylor on Grooveshark

Friday, 20 December 2013

The Gift of God - Romans 6:23

Over the past few weeks, our Pastor has been preaching on the necessity and importance of Christ's 1st coming to earth (His birth). So, I thought that seeing as Christmas is almost upon us I would share a few of the points outlined in the sermons. :)



The Necessity of Christ's 1st Coming
1 John 4:11-21
Jesus did not just come to be a part of a nativity scene, or part of a holiday; His purposes in coming to earth were much greater than that.

Why did Jesus come to earth?

1) He came to be our sin bearer. (1 John 3:5)
        Note that in the verse, the word "manifested" is used. This infers that our Lord was pre-existent. He was manifested (made known to us) that He might take away our sins. John 1:1-3 - the Word always was, but then He became flesh.
Jesus' primary purpose in coming was to deal with the root problem of sin. He came to be our sin-bearer so He could take away or sins. (John 1:29, 1 Peter 2:24)
Have you trusted in the Saviour?

2) He came to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
Jesus was manifested to destroy the power of the devil. The devil is real, we mustn't underestimate him lest we get caught off guard. "Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might" God has provided us the weapons of our warfare that we might walk in victory. The devil is a defeated foe, his powers are limited, and his time is short. We don't fight for victory, but in victory.

3) He came that we might live through Him. (1 John 4:9)
Jesus came to give us eternal life. Without Christ, we are spiritually dead. Christ came to give us life, spiritual life, eternal life! The gift of eternal life is the greatest gift of all, and God offers it to us free through faith in Jesus Christ. (John 3:16)

4) He came to appease the righteous wrath of a Holy God by an acceptable offering. (1 John 4:10)
Because of God's holiness, He must deal with sin. Jesus came to be a propitiation. His blood was shed for us. His offering is the acceptable sacrifice for our sins. He came to atone our sins. 
Hebrews 9:1 - Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins. The Israelites of the Old Testament had to sacrifice regularly. But, Jesus' sacrifice was a perfect sacrifice! It was complete, and once for all. (He is the perfect Lamb of God) Jesus satisfied God's righteous judgement through His sacrifice on the cross, and because of this, God can show us grace and mercy! We can have a free pardon!
Praise God that He does not give us the just deserves of our sin! Instead, He offers us grace and mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

5) He came to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14)
Christ's sacrifice was not a partial one. He paid for all people's sin, everywhere!
Luke 2:10-11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

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This short series of sermons has been a blessing to me as I listened, and I hope it is as much of a blessing to you as you read it. (And I hope my notes made sense ;) I often get home and have to decipher my hurried writings!)

May God bless you all this holiday season!
Hannah

Ps. I love this song... it has such a great message! <3 :)

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Be still - Psalm 46:10




So, I have finally got around to sitting down and writing a blog post. I usually try to post at least once a month, but it just didn't happen last month. I got so busy doing a lot of different things and didn't get a chance to actually sit down and write something. This time of year is just such a crazy, busy, hectic time of year! With Christmas (for those who celebrate Christmas) just around the corner, we sometimes get so busy running around doing errands, buying gifts, going to parties, visiting family, and the list could go on!! Which led me to this verse, in Psalm 46:10,  "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

The first thing that stands out to me in this verse is actually one of the smallest things in the verse! And that is the comma after the words "Be still." It is amazing how much meaning a simple punctuation mark can bring to a verse! The verse to me says, "Be still, {pause, reflect, rest}" Taking a "comma" in our day to reflect and spend time with the Lord is so important! 
The verse goes on to say, "and know that I am God." God wants us to be still so we can know Him, and hear His voice. Just being still is often something we neglect to do, especially as the end of the year draws near. We get busy, forget to spend quiet time with the Lord, and we forget to spend time in His presence. I am as guilty of this as the next person! I get so tied up with doing things, that I forget to just be still and know God. God wants us to be still, and know that He is God.
I hope you will be encouraged to remember to find some time to be still at this busy time of the year. 


God bless!
Hannah