In our own homes – let us be encouraged in the Lord.

When the storms of life are raging, the Lord is our anchor!

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Lord, we thank You that Jesus came to earth for us – and we thank You that He died for us.

He ‘came to seek and to save the lost’ (Luke 19:10). He came to bring us back from our wandering about in the shadows of our life. He came to bring us into the light of Your love.

Lord, we give You thanks for Jesus.

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Lord, we thank You that You guide us – You keep us in the right way. You lead us in the way that brings glory to You.

You show us Your love. You teach us to trust in Your faithfulness. You fill our hearts with praise. You fill our lives with Your ‘overflowing blessing’ (Malachi 3:10).

For all of these things, we give You our thanks.

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When dark clouds come our way, the light of God’s love is still shining upon us!

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Teach us, Lord, to count our blessings.

We try to think of all the good things You have done for us, all the great gifts You have given to us.

We cannot keep up with You, Lord. There is so much to count, so much for which we can only say, ‘Thank You, Lord.’

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When we’re suffering, let us remember this: God never stops loving us.

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Lord, help us to prepare for the future – Your future.

Life without a future is no life at all. Often, we feel like we are stuck in the prison of the present.

You lift up our eyes. You show us Your future. You fill our pathway with Your light.

It is Your light that makes our future very bright – brighter than we can put into words, brighter than we can even imagine.

Lead us, Lord, into Your future. Help us to walk with You on Your pathway to glory – Your eternal glory.

Lord, give us Your wisdom. Help us to see that walking in Your way is better than getting our own way. When we are being drawn away from Your way, bring us back again – back to the way of obedience, back to the way of blessing.

“Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

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Lord, when our hold on You is weak, help us to remember that Your hold on us is strong. Often, we get bogged down in our sin. Lift us up by Your grace. Give us strength to rise above our sin – strength to become all that You want us to be.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27)..

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Lord, everywhere we look, we see so much unbelief. So few people have any real interest in listening to what Your Word has to say to them. This isn’t just a problem for other people. It’s a problem for us. We’re shaped by the world far more than we admit to ourselves. We say, ‘Of course, we’re sinners, every one of us’ – but do we realize how true this is? Lord, we thank You that, at every stage of our life of faith, You speak to us Your Gospel of love: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

Lord, we thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. He leads us out of own way – the way of sin and judgment. He leads us into Your way – the way of salvation and holiness. The Holy Spirit shows us what we really are – sinners who need to be saved by Your love and power. He leads us to Jesus, the Saviour of sinners. He gives us the strength we need to live to Your praise and glory.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains —
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

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Keep on praying for our troubled world – and don’t forget to thank God for answers to prayer.

I’ve just found this song – what an encouraging song it is!

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Lord, we want to have more than religion. We want to have Jesus at the very centre of our lives. Religion without Jesus is empty. It may be saying the right words – but it’s not living the right way. Give us more than religion. Give us Jesus – changing us, making us what You want us to become.

Lord, we thank You for the strong words Jesus speaks to us. Sometimes, His words aren’t very ‘nice’ words. Sometimes, His words are very disturbing. He tears down our defences. He shows us what we’re really like. Why does Jesus speak such strong words to us? He wants to lead us out of our hypocrisy and into His holiness. Lord, help us to get real with You. Bring us to an end of ourselves. Bring us into a new beginning with You.

Lord, help us to value the things that are really important. Sometimes, we make too much of things that don’t really matter very much. You are speaking to us. You’re trying to get our attention, but we’re too busy with other things – things that are much less important than we think they are. Lord, help us not to lose our way. Help us to remember that Jesus is the real “Very Important Person.” What matters to Him – That’s the most important thing!

This is such an uplifting hymn of praise to the Lord! May you be richly blessed as you listen to the words and sing along with them.

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Lord, You call us to live a holy life. We cannot do this in our own strength. True holiness does not come from ourselves. It comes from You. It comes from Your love. Your love reaches us. Your love changes us. Your love is stronger than our sin. May Your love inspire us to live a holy life. May Your love enable us to live a holy life – a life that brings glory to You, the God of our salvation.

When You, Lord, are at work in us, everything changes. You save us. You sanctify us. You strengthen us. Help us to serve You.

This is another song I’ve just found. I’m glad I found it. I hope you will be too!

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Lord, You want us to “grow up in every way into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). You want us to “walk in love” (Ephesians 5:2). You want us to live a life that is “pleasing to You” (Ephesians 5:10). Why do we settle for something less than Your very best? Help us, Lord, not to “grieve Your Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:14). When we hear Your wake-up call – “Awake, O sleeper … ” (Ephesians 5:14), help us to open the door of our heart to Jesus, our great Saviour” (Revelation 3:20).

This song is a joyful celebration of the faithfulness of God. May each of us sing to God, “What a faithful God have I … I will tell of Your faithful love for as long as I live … .”

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“Be very careful how you live” (Ephesians 5:16). When, Lord, You say this to us, we wonder, “How are we to do this?” You say to us, “Be filled with the Spirit”, have “reverence for Christ”, “love our Lord Jesus Christ with love undying” (Ephesians 5:18,21 & 6:24). Help us, Lord, to love Jesus – and help us to live for Him.

This song has a fairly long musical introduction – but, once it really gets going, it’s truly inspiring!

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If you’ve enjoyed the videos, and you want to find some more that aren’t included here, go to God’s Word from St Andrew’s Trinity, Johnstone.

One song you shouldn’t miss is The Mission by Steve Green (same singer as the “Find us faithful” video) – “To love the Lord our God is the heartbeat of our mission …”: again, a truly inspiring song!

God bless you all.

Charlie

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