Lose yourself in God

We know how much God loves us,
and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

1. Lose yourself in God:
Live in faith, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
Walk with him today.

2. Lose yourself in God:
Live in hope, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
Talk with him each day.

3. Lose yourself in God:
Live in love, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
Join with him today.

4. Lose yourself in God;
Live in him, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
One with him, each day.

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I have given them the glory you gave me,
so they may be one as we are one.
(John 17:22; NLT).


References

1. Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT). 

2. God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

3-4. The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT). 


 

Don’t let prayer become a burden


Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

Don’t let prayer become a burden;
Don’t let prayer become a chore:
Listen to the Spirit’s prompting –
Silence is your inner core.

Take it slowly. Take it gently.
Keep it honest; not too long:
One with God in deep communion –
Though you’re weak, your prayers are strong.

Revel in your intercessions;
Pray for those who cross your path,
Begging God to bless and heal them –
Don’t let this become a “task”.

For yourself, ask God to help you
Face, and bear, his perfect will
With humble thanks, and great rejoicing –
Knowing that he loves you, still.

Pray that many unbelievers
Meet Christ Jesus, hear his call,
Repent, and turn to him each day –
Believing that God loves us all.

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God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16; NLT).


Fear God (#2 of 2)

Fear him alone (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Fear God’s awesome fire and strength:
Worship him alone.

Praise God’s gracious mind and heart:
Honour him alone.

Seek God’s faithful love and truth:
Dwell in him alone.

Search God’s endless height and depth:
Trust in him alone.

Share God’s blissful light and peace:
Rest in him alone.

Choose God’s perfect way of life:
Follow him alone.

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God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 31; NLT). 

Listen! I, the Lord, am giving you a choice between the way that leads to life and the way that leads to death (Jeremiah 21:8; GNT). 

We will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.
(Micah 4:5; NLT).


Fear God (#1 of 2)

I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear (Luke 12:5; NLT). 

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Fear God’s awesome fire and strength:
Turn away from sin.

Seek God’s gracious heart and mind:
Worship only him.

Choose God’s faithful truth and care:
Give up lies and shame.

Search God’s endless height and depth:
Honour his great name.

Share God’s blissful light and peace:
Make his love your home.

Choose God’s perfect way of life –
Serving him alone.

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Serve him alone (Matthew 4:10; CPDV).

 


Christ’s way

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
(Luke 11:9; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways,
take up your cross daily, and follow me.
(Luke 9:23; NLT).

Lord God,
I want to follow Christ:

Please help me to turn away
From sin,

To bear my cross
Both night and day,

To pray, rejoice,
And grow like him.

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We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


I love you

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

I love you, Lord,
Because you are God’s light;
Our living bread.

I love you, Lord,
Because you are God’s vine;
Our living Head.

I love you, Lord,
Because you are God’s Word;
Our living truth.

I love you, Lord,
Because you are God’s Son;
His living proof.

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The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name” (John 10:24-5; NLT).

 


 

By your power

He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm.
(Nahum 1:3; NLT).

By your power
Tempests rise,

Whirlwinds blow,
And waves are born.

By your power
Peace descends:

You are the calming
Of the storm.

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He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves (Psalm 107:29; NLT).

Then he arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39; NKJV).

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7; NLT). 

 


Live in love (for 2022)

1. When we live in love,
We live in God,
And when we live in God,
He lives in us.

2. When he lives in us,
We live in prayer,
And when we live in prayer,
We learn his will.

3. When we learn his will,
We drink his cup,
And when we drink his cup,
We follow Christ.

4. When we follow Christ,
We die to sin,
And when we die to sin,
We live like him.

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References 

1. All who live in love live in God and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

2. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT). 

3. My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

4. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

 


 

Give and take (#1 of 2)

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; CSB).

God gives us everything we have:
Kin, and friends, and neighbours.

He gives us everything we have:
All we regard as “mine”.

He gives us everything we have:
Health, and strength, and senses.

He gives us everything we have:
Flesh, mind, heart, soul; time.

God gives us everything we have:
Faith, and hope, and courage.

He gives us everything we have:
Think about this, and pray,

For we must prepare
To surrender each gift,

As Almighty God
Takes them away.

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Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
(Matthew 26:42; NIV).

 


Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

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 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).