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31 Jan – Like a box of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” (Forrest Gump)

Life is like a box of chocolates, loaded with surprises, some delightful and some downright disagreeable. The yummy ones, of course, are easy to swallow, but the ones we don’t like so much are sometimes hard to stomach.

Those yucky ones, however, determine our depth of character. It’s in the moments we would rather spit out and forget about, that we either choose to run to God or run away from Him.

It’s in the bad times that our faith often grows and we mature. We learn to rely on God through everything. He is there. He never promised He would lead us “around” every trial, but that He would be “with us” in every trial, leading us through. That He would never leave or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

Life can serve you up some down right awful moments. When my 24-year-old brother was killed I was faced with a choice how I was going to let that shape my perspective and view of life.

What you do in the midst of trials and how it will change you, is up to you. We can sit there sucking on the bitter moments, reliving them over and over. Or we can face it, pain and all, allowing God in, and work through it with Him.

It’s in that space you learn that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

I made a decision not to live in silence or fear, but to make the most of every opportunity and make the most of my life.

My brother loved the saying “Just do it”. Just do something.

We are alive. So shouldn’t we make the most of it? Shouldn’t we find out what God’s plan and purpose is for our life and then go out and “just do it”?

Is that always easy? No. But if you walk with Jesus, you start to discover that “He will make everything beautiful in His time”. (Ecclesiastes 3:11.) Even if at times you just have to go to a place of trust, knowing God loves you and it is going to be ok. That He has a hope, plan and a future for each one of us.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. (Psalm 139:16)

Where are you today in your walk? Are you enjoying the sweet taste of good times, or a series of unexpected, unpleasant events?

Sometimes when the going gets tough we literally open a box of chocolates looking for comfort. We turn to food, alcohol, drugs, shopping; anything to dull the pain or discomfort.

Today whatever you are going through, rely on Jesus and His love for you. He will get you through the distasteful portions of life and make the sweet ones even sweeter.

Life is like a fantastic box of chocolates. (I happen to like the Vanilla caramel ones). It’s loaded with surprises, opportunities and challenges.

But remember it is like a box of chocolates, so it’s worth unwrapping!

Prayer: Lord thank you Lord that you have given me life. Help me in every season of life; that I’d be grateful for the sweet times and learn to trust you in the distasteful moments. Thank you that you are faithful, and work all things together for my good. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

30 Jan -The Comparison Game

From the first time we start looking to our left and to our right to see how we measure up to those around us, we enter into the comparison trap and a game where there is no real winners.

It’s starts early. We complain to our Mum or Dad at the dinner table that “It’s not fair, they got more ice cream than me for dessert”.

The temptation to compare ourselves to others is a constant battle in a world where we are bombarded by social media, advertising and the pressure to keep up with everyone else.

The game of comparisons is a trap. Sometimes we come up on top – our house is bigger, my grades are better, my job pays more.

When our comparisons end up in our favour, pride and arrogance can very quickly cause us to become judgmental and critical of others. “Our children are much better behaved, they should discipline their kids, they’re little “monsters”, or “They could lose weight if they exercised like I do”.

Sometimes we come up lacking – they’re smarter, skinnier, happier, their life looks so much better than mine.

When we don’t measure up, or we look on social media and see the photo’s of other people’s lives, then envy, jealousy, disappointment and discontentment starts to take root in our lives.

Instead of being thankful for all the blessings in our life, we can start to think that God’s blessings are in short supply, and that you are losing at life while others are winning.

Ugliest of all, comparison can cause us to be smug about the misfortune of others. Be honest – have you ever been a little bit happy to hear someone didn’t get exactly what they were hoping for, when everything else seems to go “their way”?

You may feel like you’ve been left behind while others get married, have kids, travel the world, or get that dream job. All the things you’ve been hoping and praying for. Except someone else is living “your” dream life. What’s worse it’s documented daily on Facebook!

But God says that He has a unique plan for your life. He promises that He will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8), and that you are His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), created with a plan and a purpose. Don’t get so busy looking and wanting someone else’s life that you miss the amazing life God has planned just for you.

Be aware of the comparison trap that easily let’s pride and arrogance creep into your life as you compare and judge, hurting others in the process. God wants us to be a blessing to those around us, and not to criticise and judge.

There’s no win in the comparison game. It brings envy, jealousy, pride, can cause us to make unwise decisions just to keep up with others and causes us to feel discontented. It strains relationships, creates gossip, striving and steals our joy.

Make a decision to trust God to finish the work that He’s started in you. Don’t look to the left or the right , but straight ahead running your own race.

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

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”. (Ephesians 2:10)

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”. (Matthew 6:33)

 Prayer; Lord forgive me where I have fallen into the comparison trap. Help me to count my blessings, be thankful for my life and be a blessing to others. Help to me run my own race and to not miss the life you have planned for me because I’m too busy looking at others. Thank you Lord.  In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 Jan – New Things

I love spring time and watching all the new life that happens at that time of the year. All the seeds that you’ve planted spring up, the flowers bloom. There are reminders of new life everywhere.

It is a yearly reminder of God’s faithfulness.

God created the world with newness of life built into it’s design. Every year we see that in the seasons. It’s also how He created us. We are designed to grow and have new challenges, dreams, goals and vision. It constantly amazes me how we can always do far more than what we might have first thought, if we put our hearts and minds to it.

One of our daughters is always doing new things; it’s exciting to hear what she has been up to, or is planning next. I think it’s a great habit to cultivate, looking and wanting to experience all that life has for us.

Doing new things can actually help to make new pathways in our brains. It also opens us up to new possibilities for God to move in our lives.

If we keep doing everything the same we can close ourselves off to life and having a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Instead we can get as I say “musty, crusty and rusty”.

What we do everyday in our lives affects our hearts, minds, attitudes, and spirits.

 Isaiah 35 in the Bible always encourages me. It is a proclamation of new life from God, to strengthen us where we may feel weak or fearful.

A desert symbolizes our life without God, or areas of our life that have become barren and a wasteland.

God says that the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose, like rivers in the desert will He pour out His spirit on those who are thirsty.

The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,

And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;

It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,

Even with joy and singing…

 Strengthen the weak hands,

And make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who are fearful-hearted,

“Be strong, do not fear!

Behold, your God will come with vengeance,

With the recompense of God;

He will come and save you.

 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Then the lame shall leap like a deer,

And the tongue of the dumb sing.

For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,

And streams in the desert.

The parched ground shall become a pool,

And the thirsty land springs of water;

In the habitation of jackals, where each lay,

There shall be grass with reeds and rushes”.

(Isaiah 35:1-7)

 Be encouraged today to allow God to bring new things into your life. Allow Him to bring “New beginnings”.

How does He do that? By showering us in His presence; softening the barren, dry thirsty places in our lives, and planting seeds of hope and vision.

Then it is up to us whether we hold onto those NEW things and run with them, or push them aside. We get to choose to “water” those seeds of hope and life with prayer, God’s word and believing, or to kill them off with negativity and neglect.

The Bible is full of accounts where God is crying out to His people to listen to him, to turn to Him, so that He can restore, renew and give hope.

Come to God today and ask Him to shower you in His presence and bring life to the desert places of your life.

He is the God of new beginnings!  “Behold I will do a new thing, now it springs forth; shall you not know it.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Prayer: Thank you God that you love me. I ask for your life to flood through me, that you make something amazing out of my life. Restore, renew and begin something new in me. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

28 Jan – “The light line”

The splendour of God and the realm of the spirit were once as tangible and accessible to mankind as the material realm. When sin came into the world, with it came darkness. Man now found that the whole realm of the spirit, of the supernatural, had vanished and mankind was trapped by darkness below the “light line”.

 What’s the light line?

It’s the line that separates the spiritual realm from the material realm. It exists because the light of God released on the first day of Creation functions on two different levels. The higher level constitutes the world of the spirit, and the lower (or slower) level constitutes the physical world of matter.

The Bible says at creation God made both the seen and unseen realm For by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible” (Col 1:16)

The invisible realm above the light line is where angels and other spirit beings live. Heaven is there. All kind of glorious things are there.

Above the light line spirit to spirit is firm and tangible, just as in the natural realm flesh-to-flesh is firm and tangible.

Angels can touch one another. They can see each other. They aren’t just floating mists, disappearing and reappearing. Their bodies have form and substance just as ours do, but they are made of spiritual rather than material substance.

 Occasionally when Angels are on special assignments at the direction of the Lord they slow down to our speed and make an appearance. But otherwise natural senses can’t see them.

Our spirits also aren’t a shapeless vapour. They have the same form our natural bodies have. Our spirits fit into our bodies like a hand fits into a glove.

When sin came in, mankind was trapped below the “light line” and confined to the natural world.

Now people have become accustomed to that confinement.

Many people have even come to believe the visible realm is all that exists. They deny any reality they can’t perceive with their natural senses.

But when you acknowledge Jesus; you choose to leave your old way of life and sin behind you, you are born again, a re-created spirit.

Therefore if anyone is IN CHRIST he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new”. (2 Cor 5:17)

We are re-united with the realm above the light line. We have access to all the things of heaven, just as Jesus does.

As He is so we are in the world” -1 John 4:17

And He is before all things, and in Him all things exist”. (Col 1:17)

Jesus in the New Testament had an imperishable resurrected body. A body with the glory flowing through His being, a body that is both spiritual and material, and that operates equally well on both sides of the light line.

 In this body Jesus can move at will from the spirit realm to the natural realm. He can appear on earth as He did to the disciples seemingly out of thin air, and then vanish as quickly as He came. He was no ghost. He said to His disciples “Behold my hands and feet that it is I myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have. Luke 24:39

You see we are trans dimensional beings. Mankind was created that way and Jesus reinstated that to us.

We are to walk in the light as He is in the light.” 1( John 1:7)

The Garden of Eden described in the bible was a convergence point. Adam and Eve could travel between spiritual and physical realm.

Jesus came to remind us what and who we are. Our genetic lineage comes from Jesus. We need to start redefining what is normal. What’s normal for Jesus is normal for us.

Jesus revealed who we are, “Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him”. (Col 3:10)

The cares and worries of this world, choke our ability to engage above the light line. Everyday we need to be aware of  those things that will keep us from experiencing what should be normal for us.

God wants us to be able to see, to hear, to experience and to live life above the light line.

Let go of the world and embrace heaven. Embrace Jesus. In Him we live and move and have our being. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”. (Colossians 3:2)

Start with little things. Start thinking upon “Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely. Take the time to find the door into the realm of Heaven. If you yield to it you will fall into Jesus.

Remember worries and concerns pull you out; pull you back to earth. Back to only living below the line, to the lower, slower realms. There is so much more!

Don’t let the things of the world, the worries, deceitfulness of riches, the longing to satisfy the cravings of the flesh and every other thing that tries to cheat and distract you from discovering and living as you were created to. Wake up! See things for what they are.

Cast your cares upon Jesus, shake off the sin that so easily entangles, and choose and embrace Heaven. It’s not hard. Find the door, (His name is Jesus), and enter in. You’ll be so glad you did.

Prayer: Lord thank you that I am a new creation. That I can see, that I can hear, that I can know and live in the realm of the spirit and experience heaven. Show me what my “normal” life is in you. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

27 Jan – Stop for the One

The thing that makes life work is Love. Things work as they should when founded in Love; our faith, our hope, our relationships, even the plans for our lives.

 Focusing on Love affects how we think, act, what we plan, everything!

What are you focused on?

 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness”. (Luke 11:34)

The light of the body is the eye. The eye is the point of vision. When our vision is focused it is going to fulfil its vision.

What are you focused on? When you eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. When you eye is bad, focusing on unhealthy things, then your body is also full of darkness.

God wants Love to be our focus.

If we focus on cultivating Love it makes faith work. When faith is working nothing is impossible!

Love causes compassion to rise up in our hearts, to care about things, about others. Our hearts become engaged!

Love activates our faith to start believing, to start reaching out, to love in action.

 I love the account of Jesus Feeding the 5000, in Matthew 14:13-21.

Jesus exhibits a faith that’s motivated by a genuine love for people.

In Jesus feeding the 5000 we see that love was the motivation behind the miracle. He had compassion for them.

Read through the Gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible). Jesus was always motivated by Love.

Some people have never experienced real love like Jesus loves.

But He is love. Love compels Him. Love compelled Him to go to the Cross. Love still compels Him to reach out to each one of us.

 I was reading about Heidi and Rolland Baker. They are doing some amazing work in Mozambique and have set up Iris Ministries. Heidi’s motto is “Stop for the One”

It’s become a catch phrase seeking to inspire us to simply take a moment and love the one in front of us. The pressures and busyness of daily life too often create a self focus mentality that hinders us from “stopping for the one”.

But God’s love is revealed through simple acts of kindness.  When you love God first and then love the people He puts in front of you each day, the Gospel becomes simple.

STOP FOR THE ONE!

“Stop for the One, is listening and obeying, seeing the poor, the lonely, the stressed, and “stopping for the One”. It could look like a million different things, simple or extravagant. God is calling each one of us to love each person we cross paths with because He loves them. It’s simple “Acts of Kindness”.

“Stop for the one”, practicing acts of kindness” has to be based in love. Love for God, and love for others. Not legalism or good works, but Love. For us to think “How can I love someone today?”

Why not encourage someone today. Everyone no matter who they are needs to know that God is real and that He cares. They’ll know through us loving them.

Today look out for and “Stop for the one”, knowing that as you do your faith is being activated; love makes your faith work.

The best that God wants for us is found in Love! Let’s give our energy, our focus to loving God with everything we have, and letting it flow over to those all around us.

As Heidi says, “I pray that you would be overcome by His spirit, surrounded by His voice and interrupted by His love!”

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your love for me. I ask for your love to cover me, to flow through me, and to fill my heart with compassion for whomever you lead me to today. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

26 Jan -Faith works by Love

I‘ve been thinking about how we need to see God’s power more in our lives, to see signs and wonders happening all the time.

God wants us to walk in power. But He wants us to use that power in love. He wants to know that we won’t take it and mix it with judgment and criticism.

Imagine if you had everything you said just like John 15:7 says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”.

 God wants to use us to bless this world, to bring heaven to earth, but can He trust us? Too often if He gave us what we desired we’d get on the freeway and blast someone off the road.

The Power of God without love is dangerous.

 The Bible teaches us that the greatest commandment is, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37)

 Our Faith works by love.… (Galatians 5:6)

That is, faith forgives, faith lets go of things, of offence, and hurt. 

 Jesus teaches us that… “What things you so desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone: that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:24-25).

Others hurt us, but Jesus teaches us to walk in love and forgiveness.

We can do that, because we have God’s love in us.

Don’t let anyone keep you sick, in lack, mentally hassled. Emotionally beaten up and without joy because of un-forgiveness. Why let them ruin the rest of your life by short-circuiting your faith through un-forgiveness?

If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love…I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers…and if I have (sufficient) faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love [God’s love in me] I am nothing—a useless nobody. Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned…but have not love…I gain nothing.” (1 Cor 13)

God asks us to “STAY IN LOVE”. That’s our one commandment. Why? because love makes everything else work.

 1 Corinthians 13 makes it quite clear that faith without love is going nowhere.

How is it that our faith is so tied into love?  I Corinthians 13:7-8 tells us….

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes…its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails—never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…” (1 Cor: 7-8).

God wants us to walk in love because love never fails. He wants the best for us, and the best is found in love.

That’s why Jesus instructed us to forgive when we pray. He wants our prayers to be powerful, and that when we pray we will receive what we ask for. But we have to stay in love for that to happen. The one thing that makes it all work is Love.

We cannot pick and choose what we want to believe from God’s Word and disregard the rest. It’s all connected, and it all centres around love.

 As long as we’re on this earth, we will have plenty of opportunities to forgive people.

 Make love your focus, pursue it, practice it, and study it. Let Love and the one who is love, be your focus. (1 John 4:8) “God is Love”. 

 Love never fails!

 Prayer: Lord I forgive those who have hurt me, and I ask for your love to fill those places in my heart. I choose to walk in love knowing that “my faith works by love.” In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

25 Jan -What sort of life are you living?

It’s the end of January already and the New Year is well under way.

Jesus said something, which always catches my attention and imagination. He said, “I have come to give you fullness and abundant life” (John 10:10)

The original language the New Testament was written is Greek. The Greek word translated “life” here is ZOE.

It’s a small word with a BIG meaning.

Simply put, Zoe means life. Not just life as we think of it (living or being alive), but the word Zoe means eternal life, never-ending life, and God’s life.

Everyone who is breathing has life in the sense of physical existence, but God wants more than just for us to be breathing.

Zoe is life as God has in Himself! The God kind of life!

John 1:4 says, “In Him (the word, Jesus) was life (Zoe!).”

1 John 5:11-12 says, “…God has given us eternal life (Zoe) and this life (Zoe) is in His Son (Jesus). He that has the Son (Jesus) has life (Zoe), and he that has not the Son of God (Jesus) has not life (Zoe).

 God created us to have ZOE – life abundant, overflowing, His kind of life.

 If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have Zoe; God’s life inside of you. The same life that is in God is in you!

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23)

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? “(1 Corinthians 3:16)

 He wants us to experience life as He intended it to be. Jesus came not only to save people from the torment of eternal hell but also to give us ZOE, or God-kind of life, in abundance.

But it’s our choice. LIFE has been deposited in our spirit.

We are not the same. We are a new creation. The old is passed away. (2 Cor 5:17)

 But our souls, our thoughts, and emotions, and consequently our actions need that life constantly flowing into them. We are surrounded by the world’s way of doing and thinking and it’s definitely not Zoe – God’s idea of life.

We can however release this ZOE life within us and enjoy it now.

HOW?

The way we do that is to LET GO of our old way of doing and thinking that are contrary to Gods Word.

If you’re not sure what sort of life He says to live, pick up a Bible, and find out. The Bible holds the words of life. It’s a manual for abundant life. His words are foundation words, words to build your life on (Luke 6:46-49)

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

As we step into another day, another month, God wants us to be able to run, to soar, to Live!

Jesus died to give it to us. That was part of the Joy that was set before him, that He was prepared to die on the Cross to give us something. He was giving us LIFE again.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

It is for Life (ZOE) that He went to the Cross

Starts choosing everyday, choosing today, to “LET GO” of the past, let go of your way of doing things.

Let God into every part of your being, your relationships, your thoughts, your speech, your actions, your home, workplace, everything!

He doesn’t want us to be half alive, and He doesn’t want a half relationship, when we feel like it relationship either, but if we only let God into some of our lives, that’s just what happens. God’s life can’t flow freely.

It’s like if you were given a brand new sports car, an immaculate, new, ready to drive and you never bothered to start the engine. You leave that new car sitting in the driveway, and instead keep driving your beaten up ancient rusty old car. How ridiculous you would be. Yet that’s what we do with our relationship with God. He has given us everything to have life abundant and we keep deciding to keep struggling along in the old.

Hebrews 12:1 says it this way, ”Let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings and entangles us, and let us run….

Looking away from all that will distract us to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith”.

Come on, throw the “old” off and take hold and receive God’s life. Why are you settling for anything less? Why are you still doing the same old things? Let it Go, and really LIVE!

But one thing I do, forgetting those thing which are behind and reaching forward to those thing which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14)

Prayer: I want life today, God kind of life. I’m fed up with settling for less than what Jesus went through to give me. I want to let go of my way of doing things, to throw away the keys to the old and really start living. Help me to do that consistently from now on. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

24 Jan – The Gap

In my walk with God I have discovered “The Gap”. The gap between who God says I am, and what He says about me, and how I actually live and think.

We struggle with the connection between the two. In our efforts to live for God and be all He says we can be we often give up. The “Gap” just seems too big.

In the Bible Jesus says “I am the light” (John 8:12). Then in Matthew 5: 14 he says “You are the light

Most of us don’t have much difficulty with Jesus being “The light”, but it’s a little harder to grasp the concept that “I am the light”. We know our weaknesses and the darkness in our own lives, where we fall short.

Peter boldly confessed, “You are the Christ the living God, and Jesus affirms him by telling Peter “you are my rock and upon this revelation of who I am and you understanding that, I will build my church. What a great moment for Peter. But then Peter messed up.

He told Jesus “You can’t go to the cross!” Jesus abruptly corrected Peter telling him he was being used by Satan and told him publicly “get behind me Satan”. (read Matthew 16:13-19).

Ouch! What happened? It was “The Gap”. Between what Jesus had said about Peter, and His plan for him, and how Peter thought at the time. Peter didn’t get it. He hadn’t realized fully why Jesus had come. He missed it. There was a big gap between Jesus’ thoughts and plans and Peter’s.

When Jesus died on the Cross He closed the gap between the holiness of God and sinful man.

Jesus didn’t just plan to cover up the gap, to cover sin. He chose to close the gap, erase sin, and raise us up to heavenly places, giving us every spiritual blessing. (Eph 1:3)

So why are we not living like that?

If the bible says I have self-control, why do I not exercise everyday, or get of bed to pray, or lose my temper, have trouble paying my bills, struggle in relationships, or whatever your gap is?

When you acknowledge you have a gap, you have to recognise also that God is not a liar. The Gap is to do with us, and the fact that we are not accessing and connecting with who God says we now are in him.

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

 There is a CONNECTION ISSUE

It you use an illustration from technology it would be the “In the cloud” illustration.

All the information we access on our technology is not on our devices. It’s in the cloud – “the server”, elsewhere.

All we need is in the cloud. In our life Jesus is “our cloud”. All we need is IN HIM.

We just have to stay hooked up, connected to the cloud.

If there is a gap in our ability to access all we need in “the cloud” it is because we are missing the connection.

When I bought a Mac I couldn’t operate my new Mac using old PC knowledge. (I did try, but it usually ended with me getting frustrated)

When we try to do things outside of God and His ways we are trying to use our old device; (Like my old PC). The old man/women doesn’t have it. Your old ways can’t access the things of God.

Unfortunately we often try to live our Christian life banging and crashing our way through it using our old ways (our old technology). We see what is possible and available to us in God’s word. We see how others are living a life of overcoming victorious faith.

But far too often we fail to recognize we have to live differently if we are going to be all God says we are. We have to receive from “the cloud” (from Jesus.)

If we keep reverting back to our old ways, when it gets uncomfortable or hard, while still trying to live as a follower of Jesus, the gap in our life from what He says and what we experience will only remain and grow even bigger. (See Ephesians 4:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

 “If you want a different result you have to do something different”.

 Today cut off the ties to your old way of doing things. How are they working out for you anyway? Instead take hold of your new life. Take hold of what Jesus says about you. Take hold of how He says to live. You have open access to “the cloud” of heavenly power and possibilities. Jesus will close “the gaps” in your life.

 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him”. (1 Peter 1:3)

 Prayer: Lord show me where I have areas of my life with “the gap”. Between what you say about me, and how I’m living. I want to connect with you, where I know I have access to everything I need for life and victory. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

23 Jan -Living in the moment

A child has 940 Saturdays between birth and finishing high school.

940 Saturday’s may sound like a lot, but if you have or know a 5 year old, 260 Saturdays have gone already in their life.

Instead of feeling awful about what’s been lost, or how many Saturdays you can’t even remember having, why not focus on turning those moments you still have into memorable moments.

It’s so easy to go into automatic pilot with our lives, especially when you have kids, are busy studying, or are working crazy hours at your job. If our minds are elsewhere during all those moments we share with others then we’ve lost them.

Focus on the Moment

Instead try to stay in the moment. Focus on seeing those around you, hearing them, understanding them.

We do need to continually remind ourselves that everyday is a gift from God, and not to live our day in a negative, and distracted state of mind.

God’s word encourages us to; “Look carefully how you walk! Live purposely and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people). Making the most of the time (buying up each opportunity) because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is”. (Ephesians 5:15-17 amplified)

Living in the moment engages us with God; we are focused on Him and what He is doing. In our world there is so many distractions and it’s easy to miss what God is doing right in front of us.

Instead really open your eyes and see. Open your ears and hear. If you are with your children, your friends, and those significant people in your life, then BE with them. Laugh with them, cry with them, listen to them, play with them, and pray for them. Lock eyes with those you are with,  and BE with them. Turn your mind and heart to what God is doing right in front of you, and in the lives of those around you. Stop yourself from thinking on 100 other things, running ahead to other issues, problems, and people.

If you value living in the moment, you will live in the moment.

 Technology was made for man, not man for technology. Sometimes we just need to turn off our phone, shut down the computer, turn off the television, and most importantly, discipline our minds to be present. We can start to practice listening well and honoring others with our purposeful presence.

Our undivided attention in the moment says you love and care. You have this one moment and then it is gone forever. So be engaged today and be with the ones you love; with those God brings across your path today.

Live in the moment, and trust God with all the things that so often scream for our attention and time. Give your life to those things that are important and not the things that seem urgent.

Today, practice living in the moment. Seize the moment with Jesus; don’t push him to the bottom of the list of who is important. Seize the moment with those you love, and seize the moment for your self, taking time to embrace the day and  enjoy all the wonderful things in it.

Prayer: Lord help me to embrace the day and to take some time with you; to make moments with those I love,  and to understand what and who is really important. Help me not to miss those people and experiences that are right in front of me simply because I get too distracted and weighed down with things that don’t really matter. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

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