Be obedient

Be obedient

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

Be obedient

By Arlo Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral

Every morning while I am walking my dog, Merlin, before work, I pray and thank our Father for all the wonderful things He has done for me in my life and for my family.

I then ask God for help in certain aspects of my life, and recently, specifically with a situation which is of my own doing.

I remember a very good friend, on numerous occasions, reminding me of Proverbs 3:5:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

About three years ago I made a decision which now has caused a lot of stress and heartache. When I made this decision I did not speak to Gerry about it.

I prayed and asked God to help me out of the mess I had created.  For some time I didn’t take much notice of any thought in my head after I had prayed, although on occasions I could sense God was telling me and showing me that I needed to:

  1. Trust him
  2. Stop doing things my way in this situation.

Over those three years I was not constant in my prayer life. Sometimes I went and spoke to members of the church for guidance, and all of those I spoke to said the same thing: listen to what God’s saying to you and act upon it. And the action I needed to take was to speak to Gerry and discuss what I had done. I knew I had to do it, but I bottled it frequently, and continued to lean on my way of doing things.  I coped fine with it to start with but slowly it began to unravel, putting me in difficult situations.

At some point recently I was praying to God and asking why He was not helping me out of this mess.  I felt like I kept praying and praying but the situation only got worse not better. The longer time went on, the more difficulties I seemed to have. So, I went back to a member of the church and spoke to them again and asked for prayer, and it was said to me again, do what God is telling you –  and that was tell Gerry.

We had a guest speaker last week. The preach was about acting on what God is telling you to do. I knew that this was God speaking to me to do the right thing about this situation as it was getting out of control. I went for prayer and had a sense of it all being ok.  I remembered when I was growing up my parents said to me to always tell the truth even if you get into trouble. I brought up my children with the same values, but when I started to look at myself, I realised I was being a hypocrite and I was feeling very ashamed, guilty and frightened.

God does work in ways that are so good and God opened a door for me on that day.  I was walking across the church and Gerry was near by and just looked at me and said, “You don’t look happy”.

At that moment I didn’t even think of an answer, I just opened my mouth and the words “I am not, I need to speak to you when we’re at home” came out. I knew the Lord had set this up. I was finally trusting God and letting him deal with this.

As I was driving home, I just said to God, “You said I must trust you, and that’s what I did.”

It was not a nice feeling talking to Gerry about the mess I had made……

With all the emotion around the situation, Gerry was gracious and understanding.  I still feel ashamed and guilty. However, what I do know is: Always listen to what God is saying, and always be obedient. And never underestimate what love can do.   

Arlo Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral

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God’s got your back

God’s got your back

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

God’s got your back

By Arlo Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral

For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the lord, plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Most of my childhood I believed that what people thought of you was based on what type of job you had, how big your house was and what type of car you drove.

I didn’t see the sense in it at all. but in the back of my mind I was like most children/teenagers – I wanted the fast cars, the big house and loads of cash. Well that never happened, as the sequence of my life didn’t turn out that way  and mainly because of the way I ran my life. I didn’t always do things the Christian way. Until I gave my life to the Lord, then my life did change.

Although my life has been up and down, I have always known God is with me. No matter where I was or what I did, God was looking out for me.

The past few years, I have had this feeling that I am not good enough or worthy enough for all the good that has happened in my life. Seven years ago my life changed for the better, and again God was part of that. But I still had this feeling that I am not good enough, so I decided it must be because I am not being taken seriously enough and that I needed to have more money and best clothes etc.

So I decided to look for a better paid job with more responsibility. To look for a job with more of a  senior management  role, but still in my career path. So I looked around and applied for more senior positions and, with the experience I have obtained, I was in a good position for some of the applications I submitted.

Some applications were turned down but I did, however, receive an email asking me to come for a two-day interview, a one-day selection process and then an interview if I passed.

However, in my heart and in my mind, and after speaking to Gerry and praying and seeing signs, my heart was not really into going for the job. I went for the selection process and I passed so it was interview time, but knowing that I cannot really speak very well and my communications skills are not really the best, as a lot of you will know by now, I grunt a lot and have a face like thunder, but really I am just a big cuddly bear. I didn’t pass the interview, which I was relieved about.

But whilst all this is going on, I kept hearing and seeing that verse in Jeremiah – verse 29:11 – and listening to my work colleagues saying about that with the way I interact with the pupils and parents, I would be sorely missed.

Knowing what God is saying to me about helping other and being there for people, I have realised that I don’t need to have all the money in the world, a nice car, a big house or a senior management role.

All you need to have is to have God on your side to show you what you are really capable of doing in life, your own life and in someone else’s life.

Concentrate on reading your Bible, praying to God and listening to what is being said to you, either through the word, a sign or a person. God’s got your back. Believe in God, trust God and love God.

You don’t need material things in life, all you need is love, respect, hope and, most importantly, God.

Arlo Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral

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Am I to I am

Am I to I am

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

Am I to I am

By Arlo Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral

I have had this on my heart for some time, and would like to share some of my thoughts.

  • AM I doing what is on the tin?
  • AM I living as a born again believer?
  • AM I loving my neighbour?
  • AM I helping the needy?
  • AM I doing as God has asked me?
  • AM I living how the Bible says I should live?
  • AM I reading the Bible and meditating on what I have read?
  • AM I being obedient?

The answers to many of these questions will sadly be no, as I am not perfect and will never be…..but…..

That is a massive but.

  • AM I willing to try harder?
  • AM I willing to change my ways?
  • AM I willing to do as God has asked me to?
  • AM I willing to accept that my old life has gone and my new life is now?
  • AM I willing to accept that people may judge me and ridicule me?
  • AM I going to try my utmost best to be positive?
  • AM I going to look at my lifestyle and ask myself am I living how God wants me to live?

How am I going to be able to accomplish all this? By reading and praying and asking God to take over my life. To help me understand the really meaning of being born again. Getting rid of the OLD life and being a NEW creation. Asking God to take over ALL aspects of my life.

When accepting Jesus as our personal saviour, we need to realise that there will be a huge change in ourselves, our hearts and the way we see things. We need to realise that we cannot go back to our previous lives.

As many people who know me, know I like my sport, either playing or watching, I have realised that my Christian walk is similar to sports. Let me explain.

An athlete needs to be well prepared, physically, emotionally and mentally.

All sporting athletes train hard, and this takes hours, months and years of practice. To be the best in your sport there are a lot of sacrifices.

In our walk with Jesus, this is a day-to-day occurrence, and it can be months and years to see what we have sacrificed.

Athletes have to have a base to work from. It all depends on what sport you are in, for myself it is rugby, so my base will be the rugby club. We have a gym and all the equipment needed for a rugby team.

My sport is a team effort, however it is up to the individual to maintain their own fitness, as a team we do fitness together but that is twice a week, which really is not enough. With my fitness I try to maintain good core muscles, I need my core to be fit and strong as the position I play in the team requires me to be able to run and tackle and push in the scrums.

As a Christian, my base is the church; my team is the groups I belong to. My core is reading the Bible, praying and standing firm on God’s word. My position within the team (church) is to spread the gospel, to help the needy, to love my neighbour, to do what God has called me to do.

My favourite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I also like to read the following scriptures:

Exodus 20 – The 10 Commandments

Matthew 6:9-13 – The Lord’s Prayer

What I like to do when reading any Bible scriptures, is to work out how I can fit my life around the verse that stands out or that has spoken to me. It is not easy as life does get in the way, but I try.

I know life has its difficulties but God is the same throughout, God never fails, never changes and God will never harm you. God is our protector, all we need to do is have faith, and love Him always.

Life has thrown many curve balls my way and I am sure that there will be many more to come, but I know if I submit my life to God and do God’s work and try and lead a Christian life then it will all be ok. It’s not going to be easy but it will be ok.

When listening to Christian music, there are lyrics that we can use to get closer to God when worshipping. Here are some that particularly help me:

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me.
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause,
As I walk from earth into eternity

I feel when you read or listen to these words God is talking to us, in what we should be doing as Christians.

Let your spirit be led by God, If you give your all God will lead you to amazing things.

Commit your life to God.

Arlo Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral

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