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January 2016

22 Jan -Fixing the Brokenness

Jesus came to heal the broken hearted. He gave up Heaven to come and restore, heal, and give us hope where it looks hopeless.

He knows what it is to experience pain, to suffer. He knows what it is to be rejected and despised. When He died on the Cross He said, “I will carry all the suffering, pain, loss, sickness, evil and every brokenness and hurt.”

Pain and suffering has a power behind it. It has a power to keep hurting, and for us to keep experiencing ongoing loss. Jesus broke that power when He died on the Cross. He broke the power of brokenness and suffering so we might be fully healed.

Surely He has borne our grief’s, and carried our sorrows;…He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed…. (Isaiah 53:4-6)

“The sovereign Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted..” (Luke 4:18)

 To be healed of a broken heart you have to open your life up and allow yourself to be healed. Jesus can’t heal you unless you come to Him; otherwise the pain just continues to grow. You might be able to cover it up but it’s still there. Brokenness always causes us to never feel quite whole, healthy or able to enjoy life to the fullest. It causes us to lose our passion and enthusiasm for life.

Jesus is God and He came to reveal Himself to us. To dispel the myth that He is the one causing all the suffering; that if something bad is happening it’s because God is judging and hating “on us” in some way.

Instead He actually says things like, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart” (Psalm 34:7)

 “Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

He is the same God who created the Heavens and the earth, the same God who holds the moon and the sun in their orbits, the same God who exists outside of time and space, He is the same God who fashions and forms a child within its mother’s womb.

For you formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb, I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…my frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and skilfully wrought…. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

He is the One who brings life. He has an active part in moulding every cell and every membrane of every person.

 No matter what the circumstances, no matter what the reasons are behind your heart being broken, regardless of the pain of the past, God can and will heal your heart because He is the One that made it.

 The crazy thing is that too often we try to medicate and heal ourselves with distractions, the accumulation of “stuff”, avoiding our pain and brokenness by keeping busy, taking another holiday etc… All that effort to fix ourselves, or avoid our pain when Jesus simply says “Come to me and I will heal your brokenness”.

 Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)

 Jesus wants us to know that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

 Don’t go another day hurting. Come to Him and let Him into your heart, into all of your heart and life so that you can be made whole.

 Prayer: Jesus I’m hurting and I need you to heal me. I invite you into my life, in every area both the past and the present to heal me of my hurt, disappointment, confusion and brokenness. I want to be made whole, and I let you into my life so that you can start to do that. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

21 Jan – Reaching for something

What are you pursuing?

People lose their fire and enthusiasm for life simply because they are not pursuing anything.

A key to keeping passionate about life is having fresh goals before you.

We need to understand how God has created us. To be looking forward, reaching for something beyond what we have presently.

If you live with low motivation, few dreams, and unrealistic goals, you are likely to become stagnant, bored and even depressed.

Pursue a new goal; it will keep you fresh and excited about life. It doesn’t need to be lofty. Maybe a goal to finish school, increase your income, be a better parent or grand parent, exercise a little more, go for a trip. Read a chapter of the bible each day.

 Have something in front of you. We are created to always be growing. Don’t allow yourself to become complacent. Life is a gift!

After you have accomplished one goal, immediately set another one. Keep moving; keep looking for new challenges.

The bible talks a lot about vision, dreams and running your race.

Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18)

Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2)

Now to Him who is able to do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20),

God will do more than you ask or dream. What are you asking and dreaming for? What goal are you pursuing?

Whatever your assignment in life is right now, do it with passion. Write it down, and keep pressing on towards the goal.

You may have obstacles, but don’t give up on your goals and dreams. God has something important for you to do. Take the time to find out what He has placed in your heart to pursue.

Dwell on the good things in your life.

Know that He will make all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Today put what you are reaching for in front of you. Write it down, and keep it before you. Thank God that you are able to do it with Him. Ask for His help and wisdom.

Encourage yourself. Remember what God has done in you already and that “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13).

Prayer: Thank you for my life today, that my life is a gift. Help me to set a goal and keep at it. I stir myself up today. I look ahead and not behind, knowing that I can do all things in your strength. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

20 Jan -Passion

Many people have lost their passion for life. They’ve lost their enthusiasm. At one time they were excited about their dreams. They got up with a passion and a purpose. But now because of the time that has passed, the disappointments they have experienced, and the pressures of life, they’re not excited anymore. They’ve lost the fire.

The thing is we need to understand that most of our life is routine, and that anything can become stagnant if we allow it to do so.

You can have an exciting job, but it can become boring. You may be married or in a relationship with a loving, amazing person, but if you don’t nourish that relationship and put something into it, over time, it’s likely to become stagnant.

The bible talks about stirring ourselves up everyday and fanning into flame the gifts that God has given us.

2 Tim 1:6 – “ Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Paul was saying “Timothy, don’t let your fire go out. Stay passionate about your life. Stay enthusiastic about your dreams.”

If there is still a spark within you, no matter how small, you can do your part and fan it into flame.

Charles Capps felt the Lord say to him one day “My people say what they have, rather than having what they say”

Talking about the bad stuff all the time just reinforces it and it’s negative power in your life. Start talking like Jesus talks. The devil doesn’t need our help “talking up”  all the evil in the world. There’s enough people doing that already. We are to speak like God speaks, bringing heaven to earth.

 Stop looking at what’s wrong in your life and the world,  and start being grateful for what’s right!

To have an attitude of: “My dreams may not have come to pass yet; I may have had some obstacles in my path, but I know God is still in control, I know He’s got great things in store for me, so I’m going to get up each day and enjoy and be excited about my life.”

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23)

 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.” (Rom 12:11)

You may not have perfect job, or house, relationships, situation etc., but you can be grateful for what you do have.

 Have an attitude of gratitude today. God doesn’t want us to live our lives with an attitude of obligation.

You don’t HAVE to do anything, you GET to do it. God is the one who has given you breath.

“I don’t have to go work – I get to go to work

I don’t’ have to take care of these kids, they’re a blessing; I get to take care of them.

I don’t have to study, I get to study and gain an education.

I don’t have to give; I get to give.”

Count your blessings today and have an “attitude of gratitude”. Your heart is still beating; you still have breath. Don’t’ be afraid, you get to be alive today. Stir yourself up, go for a walk, hug someone, call a friend for a catch up, do something that makes you glad you are alive today. And thank God you get to do any of it!

Prayer: Thank you Lord that I am alive today. Help me to focus on the positives in my life, and “fan into flame” my God given gifts, and passion for life. Help me to let go of the past, and understand I can’t control everything, but I do get to choose to enjoy today. In Jesus Name Amen.

19 Jan – Everything’s going to be alright!

If you knew that everything was going to be alright, and you were going to be ok, how would you be today?

There are some thing in life that can really stress us out. But in the midst of all of the “noise” of our life God says “everything is going to be ok”.

Jesus himself says ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” 

The key is not to try and handle everything in our own strength, trying to fix things ourselves. How many times to we get ourselves into stress and strife trying to “fix” things in our own ability and strength?

We have a BIG God who happens to have created the universe.. He spoke and creation came into being..

He can handle our troubles. The important point is that we need to give them to Him to handle and let him lead us through.

“Cast all your cares upon Jesus for He cares for you” ….and then leave that “care” for Him to handle. (1 Peter 5:7)

He knows the beginning from the end , and everything in between. All He wants us to do is abide in Him. To settle ourselves in Him and let all His strength, wisdom, love and power take care of every issue and circumstance we may face.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

Today picture yourself sitting down next to Jesus. Take hold of Him and give Him all your burdens and the load you may be carrying. Then let His power, love and peace flow through to you. Our job is simply to receive. It’s His job to lead the way and make sure “everything is going to be alright”. Then go and have a Great Day!

Prayer: Thank you for giving me everything I need today. I give you my cares and burdens, and take hold of and rest in you today. Thank you for your strength, power, love and peace. I receive today as I abide in and stay connected to you. Everything is going to be okay. In Jesus Name Amen.

18 Jan -What do you See?

Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” In his heart, not his head or brain. So how do you think with the heart?

The language of the heart is not words, it’s pictures and images.

When God speaks it’s often through dreams and visions – pictures!

We also see this in Numbers 13:33 when the spies returned from the Promised Land. After seeing the giants the spies said, “and we were as grasshoppers in our own sight and so we were in their sight.”

Obviously that was not a physical thing, it was the way they saw themselves inside – in their hearts!

What image do you have on the inside?

I heard a story recently about a woman who came into a church service in a wheel chair. The Lord prompted the pastor to ask her if she had ever “seen” herself walking. She was shocked, “what do you mean?” she replied. “Well, close your eyes and start to see yourself getting out of your wheelchair and walking!” She looked at him as if he was stupid. “You have to see yourself out of that wheelchair before you will ever experience it!” he told her. “In fact,  if you start seeing yourself walking I believe it could happen quickly, as quickly as next Sunday!”

Next Sunday came around and the pastor watched her get out of the car and roll up in her wheelchair. As she approached him she started to cry and he wondered what was wrong. “You told me if I started seeing myself walking I could get out of this wheelchair by Sunday!” she said to him.

“Yes, I remember telling you that”, the pastor replied, still puzzled.

“Well,” she said, “I got out on Wednesday…look at this!” And with that she stepped out of the wheelchair and started to walk.

What you focus on powerfully determines what will develop in your life.

Whoever or whatever controls your imagination controls you.

God wants us to have a Godly imagination. That’s picturing things the Bible says are true. That’s why it is so important to meditate upon the Word of God and the promises of God every day.

There are many, many promises of God in the bible. In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These are not flippant, casual promises such as we often make; these promises of God are rock-solid, unequivocal commitments made by God Himself. Because God is faithful, we can have full assurance that what God has pledged will he will be faithful to.

Here is just a few promises to encourage you today. Look up the scriptures, underline them in your bible, and write them down.

God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17).

God promised that all things work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28).

God promised comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). He has a plan.

God promised new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is the beginning of a brand-new existence.

God promised every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

God promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). God does nothing in half measures. He started the work in us, and He will be sure to complete it.

God promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7).

God promised to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19).

Take hold of the promises in God’s word today. Focus your attention on all the good things He has planned for and promised you.

Prayer: Lord thank you for your promises and that your Word is truth. Help me to see as you see, and to picture and imagine those things the bible says are true today. In Jesus name. Amen

 

 

17 Jan – Picture This

We possess both physical eyes to see into the natural world as well as spiritual eyes, which can enable us to see into the future and spirit realm.

There are over 400 scriptures in the Bible referring to imaginations, dreams and visions.Our imaginations are an “on ramp” into heavenly places.

First Peter 1:13 tells us, “Gird up the loins of your mind.”

Loins (which involves the center back muscles, are regarded as the center of physical strength and power.)

The Greek word for mind in is this passage is “dianoia” (dee-an-oy-ah) or imagination; the center of power in our mind. When we gird up the “Loins of our mind” we strengthen our imagination.

God gave Abraham a vision of the stars of the sky and told him he would have many children (Gen. 15:5), and that produced faith in Abraham’s heart (Gen. 15:6).

It was an example of godly imagery, where Abraham girded up the loins of his mind – his imagination to see what God saw, which produced faith in Him.

There’s a saying a picture is worth a 1000 words, so when we see something, it has the power to change us much more than when we simply think a thought. 

Don’t fix your thoughts and imagination on problems and worry.  That uses your imagination to empower fear and anxiety. 

Use it instead to magnify the bigness of God. Begin to imagine all that God will do in your life.

Take the scriptures and promises He has given you and imagine and dream with them.  See yourself healing the sick, raising the dead, preaching in stadiums or starting orphanages, to have a job you love, to see your family saved and blessed, to be healthy and whole. – Whatever He has put in your heart to do – picture that!

Look to Jesus, and picture all that He has for you today!

Prayer: Lord thank you for my imagination. Help me to see what you see, and to gird up my mind and strengthen it with your thoughts, visions  and plan for my life.  I picture good things for my life knowing that all things are possible in you. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Jan – Heaven’s Door

In a sense we are all longing for heaven. For peace, safety, joy, beauty and love. We want to experience “heaven on earth”. There is a built in desire in all of us to experience heaven now.

When Adam and Eve messed up mankind lost the ability to move in the realms of the spirit– back and forth between heaven and earth. We couldn’t function in that heavenly realm any longer because of the divide between mankind and God. We were stuck on earth with a longing for heaven.

But Jesus became the door into heaven restoring and enabling us to experience heavenly realms. Because of Him we can come boldly to the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16)

Unfortunately we have made death the entrance point for heaven. In a sense we have made death our saviour. Death saves us from all the pain and sorrow, and when we die then we can then enter our rest and enjoy Heaven.

But actually Jesus is our saviour and He is the entrance point to heaven now.  Not death!

God’s presence for real life

For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

“If then you were 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 the earth.” (Col 3:1-2)

When we ask Jesus to be our Saviour and leader in our lives we are joined to heaven.

We are in Him, and He is in us. “In Him we live and move and have our being”. (Acts 17:28)

He is the door to heaven.

John 10:9 “I am the door, If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

In and out, in and out of Heaven, and we find all we need. We don’t have to wait till we die to experience all the amazing things of heaven. Jesus invites us in. Jesus is the door and the access point for us to enter into heavens realms.

Practice just enjoying Him; being IN Him. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. (Heb 12:2)

Fix your eyes today on His love, His kindness and His deep affection for you. You can experience Heaven today. Just step in.

Prayer: Lord please help me to see how I am connected to you and to heaven now. That death isn’t the doorway to living in heavenly realms, you are. I want to experience Heaven today. In Jesus Name Amen.

15 Jan -Habit

Habit: A usual manner of behaviour, or a behaviour pattern acquired by frequent repetition

Studies show that 90% of our everyday behaviour is based on our habits. From the time we wake up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night, 90% of what we do is habitual behaviour.

Of the 11,000 signals we receive from our senses daily, only forty of them are consciously processed.

That means how we treat people, how we spend our time and money, what we watch, and listen to. 90% of the time we are on auto pilot. We do what we’ve always done.

That means that most of what we do is done out of habit.

An old Cherokee tale tells of a grandfather teaching life principles to his grandson. The wise old Cherokee said, “Son, on the inside of every person a battle is raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It’s angry, jealous, unforgiving, proud, and lazy. The other wolf is good. It’s filled with love, kindness, humility, and self-control.

“These two wolves are constantly fighting, “the grandfather said.

The little boy thought about it, and said, “Grandfather, which wolf is going to win?”

The grandfather smiled and said, “Whichever one you feed.”

ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION?

“Do I really want to keep feeding this negative habit? Do I really want to stay where I am? Or “do I want to starve this complaining spirit and step up higher?”

If we will start feeding peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, humility and self-control, we will see those character traits developing in our lives.

Sometimes our habits are keeping us from God’s best and we may not even realize it.

The Bible says. “I say then: Walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16)

When we “walk in the spirit”. We “feed” our spirit instead of our flesh. What we feed grows. What comes forth is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Walking in the Spirit is living yielded to God.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5)

Don’t be on auto pilot today. Choose to feed your spirit, and starve the things that keep you from discovering and experiencing God’s best for your life.

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you love me, even with my bad habits. But thank you that you love me too much to leave me stuck with things in my life that diminish who you have made me to be.

I choose to feed my Spirit today and not my flesh and any  bad habits. You lead me today. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

14 Jan – Who’s in Control

The definition of Control is “The power to influence or direct people’s behaviour or the course of events”.

The opposite of control is “Independence” which is self government, self rule, self determination, or freedom,

Many would say it’s been free from constraints, being able to do whatever you please, that there is no absolutes, that we self determine our lives. That we rule.

Some would like to think that we determine our behaviour and that there are no other forces at work.

But we live with another dimension, surrounded by forces of good and evil.

This spiritual dimension has its basis either in good, or evil. The basis of the evil forces is to control us, to enslave us really.

That our lives would be controlled and devastated by evil, loss, sickness, abuse, and every other evil work.

That is the dimension, which has control over people unless they reach out and grab the hand of Jesus and let him bring them into the light.

Jesus himself said “I have come to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8)

Michelangelo perhaps grasped this thought when he painted the Sistine chapel depicting God reaching out to give life to Adam.

An amazing revelation that God is love in the midst of a world that only understood God as a harsh judge and lived in fear.

God created mankind free, and He made us to govern and have dominion and authority.

But mankind lost that power through lack of trust and questioning God’s goodness.

The devil through deceiving and enslaving Adam and Eve stole our inheritance.

But Jesus got it back for us. He dealt with the Sin issue and gained freedom dominion and authority for us once more. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross“. (Colossians 2:15)

Goodness of God

The point to grab hold of is that unless we trust and rely on God’s goodness and love towards us we will remain walking and living in bondage. We can only walk in that freedom that is ours if we let go of distrust and self-government, which causes us to question whether God is holding out on us?

The Lord is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 81:11)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow or turning.” James 1:17

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out “Abba Father” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” Romans 8:13-16

God is a loving, generous Father. He doesn’t disappoint, He doesn’t deal harshly us, or abuse us.

He wants us to trust Him

He wants us to follow His lead. 

Follow Him today and give Him the controls. He can see up ahead, and will lead you through.

Prayer: Lord thank you that you are good. Help me to trust in who you are and that no matter what I am going through you will make a way through for me. I give you the controls. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

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