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February 2014

AN INVITATION

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I heard a quote this week that “being educated in something is not the same as having the substance of it.

Jesus gives us an invitation to belong to His family, to belong in His space and Kingdom. We are given an invitation to explore that “country” that we now belong to when we accept Jesus Christ to be the centre of our lives.

It’s like we have been given a passport to a new country, but most people are not using it.  Too often we just sit at the airport and miss the heavenly places Jesus has invited us to experience with Him.

Ephesians 2:6 says that we were “made alive together in Christ and He raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. So then if we are raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col 3:1)

Just reading and being educated about a foreign country is not the same as living and experiencing the substance of that place.

God wants us to experience the reality, splendour and awe of heaven. We belong there. We are “called out” to be part of heavens reality and function. It is not a place we just go to when we die, but a place we are called to experience and take our place in NOW, as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

It’s time those of us who know Jesus use our invitation – our passport into the heavenlies. It is stamped with the sacrificial blood of Jesus, and we are being called to take our seats. It ‘s not just important for us in this time, but for all those who are crying out for truth! 

Lets not settle for the familiar, as too often the familiar can become the enemy of the future. God’s heart is for us to know Him. He has always called His people to be courageous, and to step out in faith knowing He is there!

Happy travels.

FEAR NOT!

 

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One of the biggest things that comes against us in life is FEAR!

Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of being disappointed, fear of not being worthy, fear of our past, fear of our future. Fear of the “What If’s?”

Fear has been defined in an acrostic as False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear makes you think that the worst will happen!

Jesus said in John 10:10 “the devil comes to rob, kill and destroy, but I have come to give you abundant life”.

We sometimes get a glimpse of that abundant life that Jesus wants to give us, and then too often it is stolen from us by the cares of life, our fears and worry.

The devil is called the “father of lies.” He uses the natural emotion of fear against us to make us feel helpless in resisting him. He wants us to doubt God, and ourselves because it makes him appear stronger than he really is!

DEVIL’S TACTICS

The devil’s tactic is to make us feel like we are all alone. His objective is to warp our image of the world and ourselves.

He tries to make us believe we have to strive for success, and achievement before we are acceptable.  He speaks the lie that we have to live in fear and intimidation, and all too often we listen!

Only say what the God says in His Word!

We are all created in the image of God, and are precious in His sight. Our objective in the fight against fear is to grab hold of all that God has given us. 

To know “who” we are in Jesus and “what He has done for us”. 

Imagine if we only believed, and only said “what God said about us”.

What if we only spoke what God said about others and life’s situations?

How different we would be! 

God has so much to show us, for us to experience in Him, to “LIVEthis life He has given to each one of us.

Let’s not let fear and intimidation blind us to how much God loves us and How much He is for us!

Declare instead what God says about you, and let that be “your” tactic!

“I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

 

 

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