Jesus Loves You, He Always Has And He Always Will

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JESUS LOVES YOU, HE ALWAYS HAS AND HE ALWAYS WILL

Friends forever

   MY FOREVER FRIEND         

Everybody needs a little help sometime,

No one stands alone,

Makes no difference if you’re just a child like me,

Or a King upon a throne.

For there are no exceptions,

We all stand in the Light,

Everybody needs a friend, Let me tell you of mine.

He’s my forever friend,

My leave me never friend,

From darkest night, to rainbow’s end,

He’s my forever friend.

Even when I turn away He cares for me,

His love no one can shake,

Even as I walk away He’s by my side,

With every breath I take,

And sometimes I forget Him,

My halo fails to shine,

Sometimes I’m not His friend, But He is always mine.

He’s my forever friend,

My leave me never friend,

From darkest night, to rainbow’s end,

He’s my forever friend.

If you still don’t know the one I’m talking of,

I think it’s time you knew,

Long ago and far away upon a Cross,

My friend died for you.

So if you’d like to meet Him,

And don’t know what to do,

Ask my friend into your heart,

And He’ll be your friend too.

He’s my forever friend,

My leave me never friend, darkest night, to rainbow’s end,

He’s my forever friend.  

Sung by Daniel O’Donnell, Charlie Landsborough and others. Written by Charlie Landsborough.

(Listen to the tune on You Tube.)

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God is spirit. God is three persons in one (the Trinity). God the Father,  God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit, but they are ONE GOD.  The Trinity is not easy for our human minds to understand; but as we go on in our Christian faith and pray and read the Holy Bible more and more, it becomes easier to believe and understand.

God (the Trinity) is Eternal. He has always existed, long before time as we understand it. He created the world which we now live in. There will be a time when God will end this present age and set up His Eternal Kingdom. No one except God the Father knows when that will happen.

He is the same God today in this modern age, where life seems complicated and full of problems. He sees us in our loneliness and our struggles and offers us words of encouragement and advice. He is the God who is there, and He still cares. Most of us prefer a person or people near us when we are lonely, a hand we can touch, and a voice we can hear. God may provide that for us in His perfect time. Meanwhile, He is with us, and the very fact that we are physically alone can make His presence more precious than it would be if there were people around us. To believe that He is with us can help to dispel the aching loneliness.

As you look back on your life you will be able to see times when God was helping you, although you could not see this at the time.

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GOD ON THE MOUNTAIN

Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain

And you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known.

But then things change and you’re down in the valley.

Don’t lose faith for you’re never alone.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.

When things go wrong, He’ll make it right.

And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.

The God of the day is still God in the night.

You talk of faith when you’re up on the mountain.

Oh but the talk comes easy when life’s at its best.

But it’s down in the valley of trials and temptation

That’s when faith is really put to the test.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.

When things go wrong, He’ll make it right.

And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.

The God of the day is still God in the night.

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.

When things go wrong, He’ll make it right.

And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.

The God of the day is still God in the night.

The God of the day is still God in the night.

God On The Mountain” words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

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We learn great truths about God’s love, mercy and faithfulness, and our heart is softened, when we are ‘in the valley’.

Sometimes we are faced with a situation we feel we can’t cope with. That’s when God steps in, if we allow Him, and lifts our head, strengthens our backbone and with His grace helps us make the seemingly impossible, POSSIBLE!

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He is with us when we face difficulties in our daily lives.

Knowing God was with me helped me cope when bringing up four children after my husband left home.  The same when my father died when my own children were still comparatively young.  My father had been an excellent male roll model for my children and I thought I would not be able to cope. Then I read in the bible  ‘Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Many godly people in Scripture faced tasks which they believed were beyond them, but the confidence to carry on came through the assurance of God’s presence. For example, when Moses was called by God to return to Egypt and deliver the people from bondage, he shuddered at the enormity of the task. When he tried to protest God said “Certainly I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). That was just the encouragement he needed to go on.

Again, after the nation’s sin with the golden calf, God told Moses to lead the people on to their promised land. But he was afraid to go until the promise was reaffirmed. Finally it was: “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14). The promise of God’s presence was the inspiration he needed to do the job he was called to do.

When Joshua took over the leadership of the nation after Moses’ death, he struggled with the same lack of confidence. But God was right there to encourage him: “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (verse 9). If God would be with him, he could conquer the land against insuperable odds.

When our Lord’s disciples heard His commission to make disciples of all nations, they must have trembled at the vastness of what they were being asked to do until the Lord added, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). That would make all the difference in the world.

 God never asks us to do anything by ourselves. When he gives us a job to do He promises to be with us as we do it. Whether it is teaching a class, witnessing to a friend, sharing our testimony with a group of unbelievers, lovingly confronting another Christian with his sin, or anything else He might want us to do, He is right there with us, directing, assisting, and enabling us as we do His will.

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He is with us when we face danger. The Apostle Paul faced many dangerous situations in the course of his apostolic ministry, one of which was in Corinth. The Jews there were disturbed at the great numbers of people turning to Christ and the situation seemed to be as potentially explosive as a barrel of TNT beside a campfire. Paul seriously considered leaving. “And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, ‘Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city’” (Acts 18:9-10). The key to Paul’s courage was in those words, “I am with you.”

God said much the same thing to the tiny nation Israel when she was surrounded by giant world powers which threatened to destroy her. He says the same thing today.

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

That is also His promise to us. There is nothing to fear for the child of God. He is present in all the places people sometimes fear. He is on that airplane, in that elevator, in that cramped room, on those high places, in that wild animal infested jungle, in that new and strange situation with people we do not know, in that operating room during delicate surgery, in the recovery room where the pain and discomfort are fierce. He was even in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished to see four people in the furnace instead of only the three he had cast in (Daniel 3:24-25). It was a fulfilment of God’s promise to His people.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you (Isaiah 43:2).

Why should we fear anything when God is there? The Psalmist put it so beautifully.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea (Psalm 46:1-2).

The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold (verse 7).

He will be wth us in death. Death is the ultimate source of fear and anxiety for many people. But again, God is right there with us.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).

When we face the death of a loved one, this thought brings greater consolation than all the well intentioned words of our human friends put together: God is with us. And when we face our own departure from this earthly scene there is no reason for alarm. God will accompany us right into Heaven’s glory.

The poem Footsteps is a great favourite with many people. It reminds us that God is always with us even when we feel that He is far away.

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FOOTSTEPS 

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord

and across the sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

one belonging to me, the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of my life flashed before me,

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that many times along the path of my life

there was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened

at the very lowest and saddest times in my life.

I questioned the Lord about it.

“Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You,

You would walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,

there is only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why in times when I needed You most, You would leave.”

The Lord replied,

“My precious child, I would never leave you during your times of trial and suffering.

When you see only one set of footprints, it was then I carried you.”

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What more can we ask? Wherever we go, whatever we face, our omnipresent Lord is with us. Ignore Him no longer. Let Him be part of every situation and circumstance. The awareness of His presence will add an exciting new dimension to the quality of your life and to the confidence you enjoy in living. Practice the presence of God in all the routine tasks you have to do, and when you are at leisure.  Be aware of the question ‘What would Jesus do in this situation’ when you are facing a difficult decision.

Begin to be aware of God’s presence. Greet Him at the beginning of each new day. Remember often through the day that He is right there with you. At bedtime rehearse the events of the day and think about how you could have allowed Him to be more a part of them, and what difference it would have made if you had. Say “goodnight” to Him before you drop off to sleep, remembering that He will be with you all night long.

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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