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20 Feb -Shine

In furniture restoration once the craftsman has sanded, and repaired and sanded some more, there comes the time to apply the colour. Whether it’s glossy, flat, French polished or painted; a decision is made if it’s in the latest style and colour.

It’s the fun bit where all the hard work pays off. The wood and texture shines through and the craftsman is thankful for all the sanding, scraping and time and effort.

I think this is a fun stage for God too. We have allowed Him to lovingly restore us, and He then He gets to add the unique colour, gloss, and shine.

He releases gifts and dreams in us. We are all unique and He knows what it’s going to take to make us look the best; to bring out all the workmanship and beauty in us.

A big part of restoration in our life is realising life is a blessing! Enjoy it, and prosper your soul. Look for the good, the inspiring, the beauty in everything and everyone around you. That’s how God thinks.

Life is a gift from God. Sometimes we need to be reminded to embrace the gift. As we do our minds and hearts are renewed to think and see like God does, and our hope and joy is restored.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.

This week plan to find and do things regularly that make your soul sing. Surround yourself with joyful people. Turn off the news if you need to. Ignore facebook, don’t read that article, or listen to that conversation.

When God takes the time to restore us He wants us to shine. If what you are doing is stealing the “shine” from your day then don’t “go there.” Let God guide you. Let Him colour your world, and cause you to shine and prosper your soul.

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2).

Prayer: Lord I thank you for today. Please continue to restore me and release the fun stuff in my life. Release gifts, dreams and all the things that will cause me to shine as you created me to, Help me to see life as a blessing and a gift. In Jesus Name Amen.

19 Feb -Stay put and let God repair

In furniture restoration once you have sanded all surfaces and  have gotten down to the bare wood, it’s a good time to do any woodworking repairs or replace any parts.

Some joints, such as table legs are more likely to get more wobbly than others.

That’s when the glue comes out and is applied to all the joints, and clamps are applied to hold everything together.

When God the master craftsmen restores us we may feel like we are a bit wobbly too, like our legs are going to fall off and we need God to get out the glue and hold us together.

You may have the feeling of being exposed and vulnerable as the Lord moves in your heart, but that’s where and when God can start repairing.

Stay put and let God repair you. Don’t try to grab a paint brush and cover up again, or decide you can sort it by yourself because it seems too hard to do it God’s way.

Wait on The Holy Spirit

But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener,), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)

The Holy Spirit is our Helper. When we open up our lives we allow God’s very presence, the Holy Spirit to fill and empower us. He comes to help, and to strengthen us.

Let the Holy Spirit apply His healing ointment and don’t run from His presence.

He’ll speak to you and show you where you need healing and restoring. Receive what the Lord says. Do what He says. Come to Him. Forgive, and bring anything to God that you sense is not right in your life.

God doesn’t condemn us, but He will bring conviction of the things that are keeping us from being all we can be in Him.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”,

 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)

God is always calling us to follow Him, and His ways are not man’s ways. It is always our choice whether we choose to follow Him. It is our choice whether we open up our lives and invite Him in. Too often I think we slam the door in His face when He knocks on the door of our hearts because we think we know better. When what God offers each one of us is real freedom and peace.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8)

Choose today to live free, whole and completely restored. Stay still and let God repair those things that have become broken, lost or stolen in you. He is the great restorer!

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way”. (Psalm 139:3)

Prayer: Lord I thank you for your presence which gives me hope and strength. Help me to be sensitive to your Holy Spirit, and your leading even when I may feel vulnerable or raw and exposed. Please restore me. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

18 Feb – What are you talking about?

Many of the great artists that we admire today were known as Masters of their craft. But there is one who surpasses even the most accomplished of Masters. He is the creator of the heavens and earth, the whole universe. From the tiniest grain of sand to the sweeping grandeur of a sunset He knows and orchestrates every detail.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands, you put everything under their feet” (Psalm 8).

When we allow God to work in us, sanding back the layers, cleansing, wiping away our past, our hurts, our fears, He is going to start speaking to us about who He says we are.

He starts to renew our minds, ridding us of our “stinking thinking”

The bible says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. (Romans 12:2)

It’s time to start agreeing with what God says about you.

You are new, you are loved, you are whole, your are righteous, you are healed, you are free, you are forgiven, you have a sound mind, you are strong, you are bold, you are brave, you are patient, you are kind and loving, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

It’s our choice at this point whether we receive these words from God or we reject them.

His words have power – dynamic power in them. They have the power to restore and to transform.

When He speaks, things are shaped, changed, and brought to life. He wants us to speak what He speaks, to get into agreement with what He says about us.

Unfortunately a lot of the time we are speaking absolute rubbish. We don’t need others to run us down, we do a good job of being negative, self-depreciating, with an “I can’t” or won’t attitude, all by ourselves. Too often we even do the devil’s job for him by the words we declare over our lives.

We’ve started a practice in our family of checking each other’s words. If they are fearful, negative, or lacking in faith we say to each other “Do you want me to agree with that?” The bible teaches that there is power when two agree together, both for good and for evil.

Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).

That usually gives the one speaking a check and we close our mouths until we can speak what God is speaking.

Is that ever annoying when you want to just “let off some steam?” You bet it is. But it helps hopefully to bring our mouths under control, causing us to be renewed and transformed by what God is saying rather than our circumstances or emotions.

What are you going to speak?

The question is will you start to speak what God declares about your life, or continue spouting failure, fear, negativity and doubt?

Put a guard on your mouth. Go on a word fast. Unless it agrees with what the bible says about you and others, don’t say it.

You might have to stay really quiet once you begin to do this, because we can all get into the habit of speaking rubbish.

Make a decision today to allow God to reveal any “stinking thinking” and to choose to only speak what God speaks. Then watch the restoration and transformation begin to unfold in your life.

Prayer: Lord I put a guard on my mouth, and a watch on my thoughts. Show me where I have been thinking and speaking out of line with what you say about me. Instead let your Word become real to me as I renew my mind and speech with your Word, and allow you to remove old habits from my life. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Wait on The Holy Spirit –– He is our Helper

But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.”

Once you’ve allowed God to begin to restore and the all your “layers” and walls have been scraped back, and sanded and you are feeling exposed God can start repairing” (John 14:26).

In furniture restoration once you have sanded all surfaces it’s a good time to do any woodworking repairs or replace any parts.

 

The rebates, dowels, mortise and tenon and glue may have worked loose over time if your piece is old or has seen a hard life. Some joints, such as table legs are more likely to get wobbly than others.

That’s when the glue comes out and is applied to all the joints and clamps are applied to hold everything together.

 

We may feel like we are a bit wobbly too, like our legs are going to fall off and we need God to get out the glue and hold us together.

 

 

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”. (Colossians 1:17)

 

 

Stay put and let God repair you. Don’t try to grab a paint brush and “paint” over the problems because it seems too hard.

 

Let the Holy Spirit apply His healing ointment and His strength. Don’t run from His presence.

 

He’ll speak to you and show you where you need healing. Receive what He says. Do what He says. Come to Him. Forgive, repent, and let go and let God.

 

 

 

17 Feb – Restoration pt 2 – the process

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:11-12)

God has promised to guide, satisfy, prosper, refresh, rebuild, raise up, repair, and restore all those who come to Him.

This sounds unbelievable I know, but God is a God of increase, blessing, and restoration.

The Bible is full of people who had to be restored.

Joseph, David, the prodigal son, Peter, the woman with the issue of blood, Lazarus, the widow of Nain.

 As you read the Bible you’ll discover it is actually a book of restoration, because that is God’s heart.

But restoration is a process. We are born again in our spirits, and we become a new creation the moment we ask Jesus to cleanse us from our sin. However we must allow that truth to permeate our mind, emotions and body. We must allow that restoration of our disconnected relationship with God to affect every area of our lives.

 An analogy for the process is how in the hands of master craftsmen a beautiful piece of old furniture is given a new  life.

 God says we are His masterpiece, His workmanship. At some point we may need some refreshing and restoring, and God is our master craftsman, with skills for the job (Ephesians 2:10).

He promises that he will “perfect that which concerns us”, ( and that he will be faithful to complete what He has started in us. The key is for us each to take the steps to let Him work.

Here is step 1:

  1. Be willing to let God work. – A piece of furniture firstly has to be placed in the hands of the restorer.

The people you see in the bible that were restored:

Allowed God to work in their lives

They forgave (Joseph and his brothers Genesis chap 45)

They asked for forgiveness (Prodigal Son, (Luke 15:17), Peter the disciple (John 21)

 When furniture is restored a survey is taken of the extent of the damage to the table/ piece, for instance; is it scratched badly? Does it have watermarks that has removed or destroyed the existing finish? Are there any stains/oily marks that are ingrained in the wood and cannot be cleaned off with cleaning products?

God knows you. He knows what has to be done. He already sees any damage. Don’t try to hide from Him.

Let your prayer be, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

A big part of God restoring is admitting we need Him to do just that, and then allowing Him into ALL areas of our lives.

 Unfortunately pride and fear can too often get in the way. He knows it all. You aren’t fooling him.

IT’S MESSY

Anyone restoring furniture knows you need to be prepared for some mess.

Restoration means we have be willing to allow God to “sand” away any damage, scratches, dints, spillages, and deep wounds.

Often we have been busy covering up damage with layers and layers of protective techniques. Just like a piece of furniture that has been painted over and over with many layers of paint, needs to be sanded back to the material underneath. We too have to allow God to remove things from our life to get us back to what we are really made of.

If you are serious about wanting God to restore you, then allow the “layers” that you have put on to be “scraped” back and “sanded smooth” to bring out the real you.

 That can be confronting. What if we don’t like who we really are underneath?

It takes courage to allow God to show you what’s really in your heart and mind. But this step leads to transformation.

Ps 139 also says “For you formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret. 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.”

Today make a decision to let go of the old and allow God to restore, transform and reveal who He created you to be.

 It may be messy, uncomfortable and even confronting, but know that God loves you, and you can trust Him in His grace to skillfully work something amazing in you.

Prayer: Lord I trust you. Today I put myself in your hands, trusting that you will work in me. Restore those things that are broken, missing or have been stolen. Help me not to run from you, but to have courage even when you reveal things in me I may not like or that have been hidden. In Jesus Name Amen.

16 Feb – restoration

I was thinking about how God works, and it made me think about a piece of furniture, created by a master craftsman. It is built to last, to be both useful and beautiful. But sometimes you see a piece of furniture that has seen better days, it is beaten up, scratched, and often put out on the curb to be taken to the rubbish tip.

At times you may see a piece of furniture that someone has decided to “patch up” to look okay and usable again. But they haven’t followed the full process involved in restoration and the table or cabinet is never quite as it could or should be.

The old furniture wasn’t sanded and scraped back enough; or was quickly painted over so you can still see the bumps and marks underneath.

 You learn quickly that the most difficult part of restoring furniture or anything for that matter, is the stripping off of the old wax and paint etc. It takes effort and time to overcome the effects of years of use and abuse. 

There are tools for the job: Sandpapers, power sanders, stains, wood glue, rags and cloths, brushes, a dust mask and gloves. Your chosen finish; whether it is French polish, Teak, Danish, Tung, or Linseed oil, varnish, or even paint.

If you are not committed to the restoration, you could easily decide that the process is too difficult, time consuming or just impossible.

I want to draw on the analogy of restoring furniture, because I believe God is the God of restoration. He longs to restore us to relationship with Him, to who He created mankind to be, to restore anything that has been broken or lost or stolen.

When you ask Jesus into your life He restores us completely. We are born again. We become a brand new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

But our soul – our mind, emotions, and body must get a hold of what Jesus has done for us in our new born again spirits. God encourages us to keep allowing our souls to be restored.

Restoration is a process that has to be lived out, as we allow the master craftsman God himself, to work on and in us, both through the good and more challenging times of our lives.

David, the psalmist, declares,” He restores my soul’’ (Psalm 23:3).

The term restores indicates process. Only God knows what’s truly involved in restoring and renewing each individual’s heart and life.

There is story in the book of Ruth, (Ruth 1:1-22) about a women name Naomi. She changed her name to Mara meaning “bitter” because she felt like her life was over, meaningless and held only bitterness.

She had lost her husband, her two sons and saw herself as alone and destitute in a foreign land. She felt empty, lost and bitter with the way her life had turned out.

But God is the great restorer and comforter. He used a young woman named Ruth in Naomi’s life to bring restoration of her family line, property and to bring renewed joy. She became no longer Mara, (bitter), but Naomi meaning pleasantness, and someone who was full of renewed hope and joy.

We can often be challenged by the struggles of our life. But there are two things that anybody who may feel like Naomi can rely upon.

  1. God is a restorer. As you go over your own thoughts, playing old re-runs from the scenes in your life, some things God will explain and others He will simply heal.

Restoration doesn’t necessarily mean everything being exactly as it was. Usually God restores things to be better, and He gives purpose to the years of question marks.

   2. God nourishes. This may be a difficult for some of us to receive; that God wants to nourish and give to us. You may have always been the source of others’ strength, carrying their burdens. Or you’ve been let down, and hurt by others and you may find it difficult to receive from anyone including God.

One of the Hebrew names that express who God is and His character is “El-Shaddai” (Exodus 6:3). It means all sufficient one. The one who nourishes and supplies all we need.

If you take the time to read the Bible you’ll find it is full of people who had to be restored.

Look at the lives of Joseph, (Genesis chapters 37-50), David (2 Samuel 19), the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), Peter after denying Jesus (John 21), the woman who was healed with the issue of blood ((Luke 8:43-48), Lazarus ((John 11:38-44), and one of my favorites the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17).

The Bible is actually a book of restoration, because that is God’s heart.

As you read about God’s heart towards us in His word it will reveal that you too can be restored.

 Over the next few days we are going to look at God’s process of restoration, and what part we play.

I encourage you to take some time, to stop running, pretending, or always being frantically busy so as to avoid what’s going on in the inside of you. Make a decision to put yourself in God’s hands and let Him begin to restore you.

Prayer: Lord I’m going to take some time with you to allow you into my heart and life. There are areas in me that I know, need your restoring hand and renewal. Help me to stop, trust and let you go to work. In Jesus name Amen.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:12)

 

 

 

15 Feb – A blank page

Imagine if you had a blank sheet of white paper. It is completely free of spots, marks or wrinkles.

Imagine if that blank piece of paper represented your life.

The bible says that we’ve been given such a blank piece of paper; a clean slate, when we come to Jesus.We acknowledge where we have messed up and fallen short, and ask for His forgiveness. That clean slate is then gifted to us, and it’s our choice what we do with it.

God says He is faithful and just to forgive all our mistakes; where we haven’t acted, said or thought the right things. He cleanses us and gives us His righteousness, His being right, His holiness, His cleansing, His strength, His purity.

A clean slate is a blank page, free from disappointment, sin, and mistakes. It’s an opportunity to take hold of new life, to be a new creation, and embrace a brand new way of living.

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:19)

No matter what we’ve done, God, when we come to Him, always gives us a fresh start, a clean slate, a blank page.

God loves us and  wants us to live free, without the weights of the past. Part of living in that freedom is that He asks that we  do for others what He has done for us. We are encouraged in fact to be “imitators of God”. To think like He thinks, talk like He talks, act like He acts, and to forgive as He forgives.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

People may have wronged us, disappointed, abused, taken advantage, been rude etc. But God says to forgive them and let it go.

Imagine if you wrote down all the wrong, messed up things you are guilty of. God then takes that list and tears it up. If you come to Him he promises that, as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12).

Yet how many lists do we hold  of other people’s faults and wrong doings towards us, or those we care about?

Isn’t it time  you extended the same grace and forgiveness you have been offered, and tear up those lists?

Examine your heart. What lists do you have today? What list have you got of your own failings, and what lists do you have of others shortcomings?

Lists where you have been disappointed, or feel like a failure. Where you have anger and bitterness in your heart. Do you have a list of hurts and grievances? Lists on your husband or wife, partner, friends, family, workmates.

Too many of us have great big long lists. Some we’ve been carrying around for a very long time.

You tell yourself that’s ok. You don’t know what they did or do.

But God knows your lists, and He says today to tear them up.  He offers you a black brand new piece of paper, and He says to offer other people the same chance.

It’s a massive weight to carry where you know you’ve been less than you should have been, and people are holding it against you.

What a relief people feel when we extend to them a blank piece of paper, a clean slate.

Beware, it doesn’t mean they won’t mess up, or that you won’t stumble yourself. But God, if you let Him will take the lead, He will guide and teach you to love and walk in forgiveness just as He does.

Give God your lists today. Let them go, and allow Him to restore, and make you and your relationships healthy and whole.

Prayer: Lord I give you all my lists. Forgive me for where I have fallen short of what you have asked of me. Thank you that you offer me a blank page to write the next chapter of my story on. I also choose to let go of the lists I hold on others. I forgive as you forgave me. I let go, and let you lead. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Feb – Pregnant with a promise

When we are believing God for something in our life It is like being “pregnant with a promise”. God speaks a dream, a promise, His plan for us and faith and the substance of what we see is conceived inside of us.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1)

 However we must be patient even when we can’t see any evidence of this promise. We can’t let go, but are to keep on believing. That promise gets bigger and bigger on the inside of us. Our faith and patience go to work until that which we are believing for is “birthed”.

I’m always saying I’m “bigger on the inside”…I am “pregnant” with houses, land, blessing, multitudes of people coming to know Jesus, healings, miracles and revival. I know what God has said and I keep building into that by focusing on God’s word, taking care of the promises, the dreams and words that have been conceived in faith within me.

While I wait for the “delivery day” I need to be mindful of what I speak, hear and listen to. It is too easy to let go of the things which God has spoken and revealed. It is too easy to let go of visions and dreams because they seem to be taking a long time to come to pass.

While we patiently wait we must know what the Bible says about testing’s and trials. We need to know what to do when what we are “pregnant” with seems to be under threat and/or taking a long time to arrive.

Tradition and religion says that trials and tribulations develop faith. Trials and tribulations do not develop faith…the bible says that ”faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:16)

 But Trials and tribulations do develop PATIENCE.

James 1:2 says, “my brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

The same thing is stated in Romans 5:3, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation produces perseverance (patience), and perseverance character; and character, hope.

 When pressure (tribulation) comes it is our faith; based in God’s word and undergirded by patience that will enable us to hold on and not let go of the promises of God when we are under pressure.

Blessed is the man who endures temptations for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is temped say, “ I am tempted by God”, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone”. (James 1:12-14)

It is vitally important that we know from God’s word that God does not tempt or test men with evil.

 A test or trial is anything that applies pressure on our flesh. Any pressure that tries to draw us away from God, bringing doubt and fear is the beginning of a test.

When Satan applies pressure on our bodies to make them sick, we don’t have to succumb to that pressure. When he presents us with financial stress, or relationship and family issues we don’t have to yield to the temptation to fall into fear, doubt or anger and impatience.

We instead have opportunity to use our faith in God and the truth of His word.  We let patience develop and have its perfect work in us.

Don’t forget the work of the Holy Spirit in all of this. He is continually working in us; teaching, interceding, and backing our faith and patience with His mighty power.

Suffering is more often than not the result of an attack of Satan. He is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)

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

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

 Troubles may come our way, but through the goodness of God, He will always make a way for us to triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)

1 John 5:4 “ For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith”.

 Instead of being on the defensive, always just waiting for the next bad thing to happen, why not instead you go on the offensive?

Exert the force of faith in your life and circumstances. If you aren’t “carrying” a dream, or believing for God to do anything in your life then start! Seek God; ask Him to plant the seed of a dream, a vision, a purpose for your life. If you are alive then He still has a plan for you.

Get into God’s word and discover for yourself that God wants to bless and prosper you, to give you a hope and a future. Don’t settle for less than what Jesus died and rose again to give you.

Today you put some pressure on and push back. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you have resurrection, hardcore, devil stomping dynamo power on the inside of you! See where the real enemy and origin of the trial and pressure is coming from and make a stand.

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ”. (Ephesians 6:12)

Make the devil sorry when you get out of bed in the morning.

Speak God’s promises, praise God, tell as many people as you can about His goodness. Count your blessings. Pray, believe and shout, because your faith and patience working together will overcome and cause “your promise” to arrive.

Prayer: Lord, help me to hold on to the promise you have spoken to me. Thank you that I have resurrection, hard core, devil stomping dynamo power on the inside of me that causes me to triumph. I stand in faith and patience. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

13 Feb – Patience at Work

Caleb is one of the great men of the Bible. He and Joshua were two of the spies sent our to look at the land that God had led the Israelites to as they came out of Egypt. He and Joshua believed what God said about them as a people, rather than looking at the their circumstances, fears and the “giants in the land” before them.

 For 40 years Caleb believed in faith on “one word” from God. He believed that he would inherit the promise of land for his family. For 40 years as all his friends and other families died off he continued to stand in faith and patience.

Then at the appointed time, at 80yrs old Caleb went up and took what he had been promised. You can read Caleb’s story in the bible (see Numbers 14:24, 30, Deuteronomy 1:36; Joshua 14:6). It’s worth the read.

Caleb’s life is an example of faith and patience working together. Faith to trust and believe what God has spoken, and patience to keep standing while you wait.

Almost everywhere you see faith mentioned in the Bible you also find patience. Faith and patience work together. They could be called the POWER TWINS.

do not grow sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12)

Patience by itself,  without faith has no power to call into reality the thing desired. Faith is the substance of things we hope for.“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)

On the other hand, faith without patience means many times we will fail to stand firm. Faith speaks about things that are not yet seen with our physical eyes.

Without the power of patience at work, we will allow sensory knowledge; “the things we see” to overwhelm our Faith.

The definition of patience is being constant or being the same way at all times. The bible encourages us to let patience have it’s perfect work, that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing, being single-minded, not doubting, but in faith. (James 1:2-8)

Faith is a powerful force. It is important however to understand that it is often not that our faith is weak and needs strength. Without the power of patience we ourselves stop the force of faith from working with negative confession and actions.

WE GET IMPATIENT – and our emotions instead of our spirits start to dictate our actions, speech and believing.

Romans 10:8 says, “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach)

 When you are pressured, what is it that you speak? “For out of the mouth the heart speaks.

When we are pressured, and our natural eyes can see only defeat and failure, that is when our faith must speak, that is when our patience must undergird and persevere.

Patience causes us to wait and trust, patience helps us to be still and know that He is God, patience steadies us to keep our faith working.

When trials and tribulations comes -The Greek word translated for tribulations is Pressure)…when pressure comes we must go back to the faith we received from hearing and understanding God’s word and stand on that word.

“So then faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God”. (Romans 10:16)

Pressure will try and shake you loose of God’s Word and the hope it gives. Satan loves to bring pressure. He will do everything he can to stir up things around you. He’ll try to get you into fear. He’ll push all of “your buttons” to try and get you to let go of what you are believing for.

However patience encourages us to stand. To NOT let go! Patience says “keep your eyes on the Word of God and what God has promised until it comes to pass”.

Patience undergirds faith and gives it endurance to persevere until the answer comes.

The bible speaks about a rest that comes through faith and patience. This rest enables us to trust God will answer, and come through for us. But that rest is gained by taking time to put God’s word in our mouths and in our hearts, causing our faith to grow. “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.” (Hebrews 4:11)

Don’t let go of what you are believing for. Base your faith in God’s word. Think on and speak His word, and know that God is faithful. For “through faith and patience we inherit the promises of God” (Hebrews 6:12)

Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

Prayer: Lord by faith and patience I inherit your promises. I stand in faith today, and put patience to work. I choose to remain constant and consistent as I believe. I believe your promises more than my circumstances and pressure. I ask you continue to give me strength and patience to stand. Thank you for this new day and your goodness towards me. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

12 Feb -To know Him

Imagine if we didn’t waste all our time on things that God has already said He is going to take care of.

 That’s everything by the way!

Jesus said this, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. (Matthew 6:25-33)

Imagine how you would be. How different your day would be?

That’s why Jesus asks us to put Him first. To seek His way, His plan for our lives, for our day.

Why? Because He is looking out for us, and promises that He will take care of all those issues that concern us.

 There’s a saying, “Don’t let the urgent distract you from the important”

 God knows that when we focus on the “important” we will start fulfilling our purpose in life. He has planned good things for us to do.

 The bible says,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)

When you love Jesus. When you choose Him consistently, turning your thoughts, your heart, your will, your emotions towards Him through the day, your life changes.

Life starts to have more meaning, to have purpose. You get perspective, and start to see the “bigger picture”. You don’t “sweat the small stuff” as much. You start to realise that the things that scream “urgent, urgent” often are not urgent at all.

He becomes your light. You feel His presence. You experience Him; you start to see, and to hear what He is saying and doing. You get to know Him!

 Paul writes it this way in Philippians 3:10:

For my determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. Perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection”.

 That’s why Jesus said do not be afraid, do not worry about your life. (Matthew 6:25). When we get to know Him, we also know discover that He has it all under control.

If  we take the time to discover who we are, and how powerful we are in God; If we understand WHAT the important is in our life, then the blessing of God, and the expectation of that blessing on our life goes to work for us. Not in our strength, but in the strength of who Jesus is! He is the blessing!

 That’s why Jesus really, really, wants for people to know Him!

He says to us, seek first His kingdom. That’s Heaven. Seek for “The blessing” and things of heaven to spread over the whole universe, to every creature.

That we will know Him, not just us, but that everyone would know who He is; really Who He is. Not some misinformed, messed up, image of Him. Not some lies of the devil to keep people away from Him.

But that we would know Him, and His wonderful marvellous plan to prosper, to heal, to set free, and to bless and bring abundant, meaningful, joy filled bliss to all mankind.

If we live seeking Him first, we won’t be kept so busy seeking out an existence that we miss the real meaning and purpose for our lives. We won’t miss what is truly “Important” in our day.

Instead we’ll begin to trust that He will look after all our needs and concerns. Then we’ll really start to live and fulfil the purpose God made each one of us uniquely for.

Ask yourself the question today. Imagine if I don’t waste all my time on the things that God has already said He is going to take care of? What will I do today? How will I fill my time? What will I think about, and how will I spend my day?

 Go on, “Seek FIRST His kingdom and His way of doing things,” and see what God will do IN and THROUGH you today.

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] 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)

 Prayer: Lord I trust you today.  I am going to spend time seeking you and your plan for me today. I hand over all the cares and concerns of my day to you and ask that you take care of them all. Now you lead and direct my thoughts and steps today. Show me what is important. I make myself available to be a blessing wherever you need me to be. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

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