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31 March -Two sets of ears

Did you know that God created us with two sets of ears. Not just an ear on either side of our head, but an outer ear and an inner ear. The inner ear is made up of a bone structure inside our head, the inner ear feeds our voice directly into the human spirit, what if refereed to as the heart. This is why the words we speak are more important than the words that someone else speaks to us or against us. The words we speak affect our whole being.

Medical research has discovered that the part of the brain which controls human speech is connected to every nerve of the body. The words we speak about ourselves can even affect our health. That’s why it’s vital for us to understand who we are in God. When we understand that, we will say what He says about our life, instead of saying what everyone else says.

When you take hold of what God says about you it will get inside you and will literally change you from the inside out.

Today we celebrated Isaac’s birthday. He is a healthy happy little boy. Last month however he contracted a nasty virus which caused pox like bumps to pop up all over him. We visited the doctors and were told this has no cure and will take between 1 and 2 years to disappear. What do you do with that sort of information? We chose to go to God.

We prayed, listened and did what we felt the Lord said to do. Isaac knows that Jesus is his healer, so for 1 week we played a recording which spoke scriptures to Isaac of every verse where Jesus healed in the bible. Did the pox disappear straight away. No it got worse! But we stood on what God says. Isaac kept listening, getting Gods’ word down on the inside of him. Then those words started to come out of his mouth. He would look at a bump and say “you go bump, Jesus has healed me”. The bumps got smaller, and smaller and no new ones appeared. Within 1 week they had gone and now He is speaking over the marks left behind.

He said to me tonight “Mummy while I’m sleeping those words are going into me and they’ve healed me”.

What happened? Isaac got the image of who God says he is down on the inside of Him. Those words listened to each night as he went off to sleep changed how he saw and spoke about himself.

They didn’t come from looking at what he had all over his body, or from listening to what everyone else said to expect. That image came from listening and receiving what God said about him. He is just a little boy, with a simple faith that what God says, He will do for him. Yet that is all we all require. Jesus said, truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven(Matthew 18:21).

Words that are spoken, whether it’s from us listening and then speaking; or reading for ourselves and then speaking them out can change our lives, our health, our future’s. The tongue speaks the words which are picked up by the inner ear and fed directly into the heart. And our heart or spirit assumes that what we speak is what we want.

With that in mind, shouldn’t we choose to put a watch over our words and start to only speak what we want to come to pass, instead of some of the things we do say. What are you listening to, what are you speaking? Our words are powerful; The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)

Prayer: Lord put a watch over my mouth. Help me to listen to what you say and to get the image of who you say I am down on the inside of me. Thank you that nothing is impossible for you. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

30 March -What do you see?

What do you see? How do we see ourselves? How do we see our life? These are pretty important questions which we often don’t ask ourselves enough.

When you read the bible you will discover that what we see is really significant to how our faith works, and subsequently how we live our lives.

When the children of Israel were standing on the edge of the land God had promised them they hesitated, and then completely stopped on their journey. Why? Because when faced with the question of how they saw themselves they were confronted with the reality of their poor self image, weaknesses and fears.

Before them was a land “flowing with milk and honey”, a good land as far as the eye could see. God had spoken, promised and was with them. But all of that didn’t matter because apart from a few men, all of them felt incapable of taking the next step to possess the promise before them. The inhabitants of the land terrified them and they were paralysed with self doubt and fear. They said, “we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in theirs.” (Numbers 13:33)

The reason the Israelites were so terrified to fight the giants in Canaan wasn’t because those giants were so big. It was because the Israelites saw themselves as so small. It was what they were in their own sight that defeated them.

The same can be true for each one of us. It’s what we are in our own sight that will make all the difference. If, in our own sight we see ourselves as weak and powerless, then for one the devil will take delight in running all over us, and two we will never step into all that we are capable of and called to become.

How often do we miss out on the unique and special life that God has planned and created for each one of us  because we don’t take the time to discover who God made us to be? Sadly some people never take the time to find out. Instead they live in fear, confusion, sickness, and complacency, far from the plan and purposes God had for them.

It’s too easy to never step into our “promised land”. We just go through life believing what the world and it’s system says about us, only ever looking at the possibilities of our “promised land” before us, but never taking any steps to enter and possess it.

If you are not strong in who you are in your own sight, and see yourself as a grasshopper, you can change that.

  • Spend time with Jesus every day, and read His Word – the Bible.
  • Ask God what His plan and purpose is for your life.
  • Start to agree with what God says about you. Reject the negative words and images and visualise yourself succeeding, and being healthy and whole, and seeing your prayers answered.

Before you know it you will start to see yourself as God sees you; a conquering, victorious, healed, whole child of God with the power of heaven behind you.

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Philippians 4:13)

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

Prayer:  Lord help me to see myself as you see me. Let your Word renew and heal my heart and mind. Thank you that I am forgiven, healed, whole, victorious, and have all I need in you. I refuse to see myself as a “grasshopper” any longer, and take the steps to become all you made me to be. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

29 March – Don’t mess with Me!

Sometimes you just need to give yourself a shake; a talking to and take authority. Too often we let things come at us, and the consequence is that we feel like a road train has just driven over the top of us.

It’s those times when I say it’s time to get feisty. Yes feisty! You are not a wimp, a bump on a log or someone to be trivalled with. If you know Jesus then you are a co-heir with him, and a child of the most High God. You are not someone to be messed with.

“And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ”. (Romans 8:17)

Sometimes we need to get up on the inside, and give ourselves a good talking to and remind ourselves who we are. We are forgiven, washed clean,and have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead residing on the inside of us. We are devil stomping, individuals that every evil force should be afraid of. You know when you get out of bed in the morning the devil and his lot are and should be afraid because you are up!

We have been given all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Jesus gave that to us, and He gave it to us to use. So what are we doing getting ourselves run over by emotional turmoil, sickness, lack, family strife, and every other thing the enemy tries to think up.

There are times, as my Mum says where you need to shout at your enemy and tell it him to clear off. She testifies that feistiness is what saved her life against aggressive cancer, and released God’s healing power throughout her body. If she had been passive she probably wouldn’t be here today.

When you are being harassed by evil, that it no time to be passive. It’s the time to stand in the reality of who you are in Christ. That doesn’t mean you get into striving. If means you walk in who you are, knowing God has you. If you are not sure how to do that start discovering through God’s word who you are in Christ; find a great place to get along side other people who know Jesus and learn how to walk in authority.

Make a decision today to not be passive and a push over any longer. Don’t be fooled anymore by the antics of the evil one. Ask God to show you what and who the real enemy is, and the cause of any stress and trouble in your life. Then stand up and use your authority, and watch the devil flee.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he shall flee from you”. (James 4:7)

28 March -Blessing agents!

The word “blessing” has been so stripped of it’s meaning that most people don’t pay much attention to it anymore. The word blessing however has a definite and distinct meaning and purpose. It’s one of the most important concepts in the bible and when understood reveal’s God’s will for all mankind.

The word blessing’s primary biblical meaning is “to say something good about.” In Hebrew, blessing is the exact opposite of a curse, which means to say something bad about. The original readers of God’s Word understood this fact. They never got blessings and curses mixed up. They knew, if it’s good, it’s a Blessing. If it’s bad, it’s a curse.

We on the other hand have completely twisted what the blessing is, and when something unfortunate happens we often say “well that’s a blessing in disguise.”

The Hebrew definition for “good” gives further proof that a blessing is a purely positive thing. It includes in it’s definition: “beautiful, best, better, bountiful, joyful, kindly, loving, merry, pleasant, prosperity, sweet, wealth and to be well.”

Even better is what happens when God gets involved and speaks a blessing. Then it is defined as a declaration which empowers people to prosper.

God’s words carry creative power; take a look at what happened in Genesis 1 when God spoke and the world came into being.

When He blesses it’s more than a positive statement. It releases the power to bring the blessing to pass. That’s the reason The Blessing God spoke over mankind in Genesis 1:28 is so significant. It’s the first thing God did after creating the world. He commanded a blessing on Adam and Eve, and actually made a declaration which empowered man to prosper.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

Through the blessing God endowed mankind with the divine power to increase and excel in everything good.He empowered them to fill the earth with that goodness, to extend what God had created in the Garden of Eden and spread it across the universe. God could have completed the job Himself but He wanted it to be “a family project”.

Adam and Eve and all mankind were given  a mandate. We were given the responsibility and the resources to fill the earth with God’s goodness.

After creation was complete, God rested – it wasn’t because He was tired. It was because He was finished. He had completed His work on the universe, poured Himself into mankind, creating us in His own image, crowned us with His creative power, and gave us authority over the earth. There was nothing left for Him to do.

Sin however came in and messed the plan up. But Jesus restored that blessing, power and authority to mankind.

From Jesus’ perspective His death and resurrection  is all about us. He didn’t die for Himself. He didn’t come for Himself, that He could have abundant life. He came so we could have life abundant. (John 10:10) He came so the Blessing could be restored to us again.That what was started at creation could be completed through us!

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him”.

When Jesus came and dealt with the sin issue once and for all, He transferred His authority onto His disciples (His followers) after His death and resurrection. He did it by giving us the Great Commission, and then equipping us with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Then Jesus came to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8)

That means we have some work to do yet. There are individuals, homes, streets, cities, and nations that aren’t experiencing the Blessing of God. There are schools, universities workplaces, and hospitals, that are not living in the Blessing.

What can we do? We can start discovering through relationship with Jesus and His Word  who we are, and who He created us to be.

This is no time to be distracted, lazy, or complacent. We are not insignificant, or powerless to bring change. Each one of us is created in God’s image. We have been endowed with authority and the power to spread the blessing. Start seeing yourself that way.

  • Start looking around you at who is doing good already and give them a hand.
  • Look for ways to bless those around you. Ask “who needs to experience blessing?”
  • Spend time with Jesus everyday; He will reveal to you who to talk to and what to do.
  • Make your prayer every morning “Lord show me where to pour out blessing today?”

We don’t have to be victims, or powerless bystanders. We can be, and are designed to be agents of change!

So let’s truly walk in who we are. Let’s learn how to engage Heaven so we know what and where to work the blessing, and then go out into our homes, streets and cities and BLESS!

Prayer: Lord I ask you to help me see who I am, and the ability I have to really make a difference wherever and in the life of whoever I am with. Please release your blessing power and goodness  in me. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

27 March -God is for us

“Hey! I could sing unending songs of how You saved my Soul. Well I could dance a thousand miles because of your great Love

My heart is bursting Lord, to tell of all you’ve done, of how you changed my life, and wiped away the past.

Oh I wanna shout it out, from every roof top sing. For now I know that God is for me not against me”. (Delirious)

God is for us not against us! What a profound thought. God, creator of the universe. No one and nothing can match His Glory, strength, power, might, knowledge, forgiveness, blessings, riches, love, mercy, grace, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, skill, handiwork, greatness, holiness, righteousness, availability, sensitivity, patience, tenderness, peace, graciousness, gentleness, self-control, joy, kindness, faithfulness, goodness,  love, bravery, consistency, willingness, beauty, authority, and anything else you can possibly think of, and He says He is for us!

If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?…(Romans 8:31).

We know that God is for us because of Jesus. He came, He revealed how to love and how much we are loved, He paid the ultimate price to bring us freedom by dying, and He rose again. He calls us His friends,(John 15:15) His family, (Mark 3:34) co-heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven, (Romans 8:17) and clothed us with His power.

He established a New covenant (contract and agreement) which states He has our backs, He will be there for us, and He won’t let us down. That’s why we can say “if God is for us, who can be against us? (Hebrews 9:15; Romans 8:31)

Today, remind yourself of who has your back, who is with you, who fights for you, who will never leave you, who loves you. Know that when God is for you, everything is, and will be alright!

If you don’t know Jesus, but you want to meet this Jesus who is for you and not against you, invite Him into your life. Seek Him out, read His words in the bible and follow what He says. When you discover that He is for you and not against you, nothing will ever be the same.

Prayer: Lord thank you that I have a covenant agreement with you. That I can trust you with everything, knowing that you always have the best in mind for my life. Help me to live in the reality of the truth that when you are for me, who can be against me. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 March – Settle down!

To Rest. Something that most of us aren’t particularly accomplished at. The Hebrew word used in the bible for rest is “nuach”, meaning to rest, settle down, to be soothed or quieted.

God says, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
It’s no accident that God created the world and then had a day of rest. He created rest, and He created mankind in His image to desire times of rest and enjoyment.  Unfortunately we often don’t live our best lives, and our own desires, fears, inadequacies, and striving can inhibit that “nuach” (true rest), God created us for.

We get things out of balance so easily. Either people pursue rest to the point of laziness, or we refuse to rest to the point of exhaustion and illness. Either way,  true rest eludes many.

In an age where we have developed time saving technology in an effort to save time and money, why is it that so many people are burnt out, depressed, exhausted, and restless? Many of us even claim to be too busy to rest.

Is it rather that we don’t lack time, but instead need to discover what true rest is? Is it that we don’t need another time saving gadget, but rather to discover the rest of Jesus?

What does the person playing video games or watching show after tv show, have in common with the person who works nonstop at having their home or yard perfect and/or spotlessly clean? Both are looking for true rest. One in the inactivity of the tv or computer, the other trying to achieve rest in activity. Neither at the end of the day will be fully satisfied or at rest.

Sin has caused an imbalance. It has distorted rest. We often either lead restless lives driven by countless hours of work and ambition, or we withdraw into laziness.  Many fear stopping, because in stopping  we must face our deepest thoughts, pain and fears.

None of this is the joy-filled rest, or “nuach” that God planned for us. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 6:1-7, we accumulate all the things we could possibly desire, yet we are unable to find satisfaction in it. We cannot enjoy fully what we have, because we haven’t discovered lasting joy and rest in God.

Jesus calls us to come to Him and enter the rest He gives. He says cease from our constant toil and labour and take on His ways,  which are not burdensome. (Matthew 11:28) This rest is a rest that remains with us whether the circumstances  are wonderful or terrible. That sort of rest in Jesus is not dependent on circumstances. It is personal and is a result of being accepted, forgiven, loved, and protected. It’a a rest which comes with the knowledge and discovery of who we are in Jesus. It frees us to enjoy life right now.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. (Matthew 11:28)

How will you respond to Jesus? He asks us to come and rest.

Some of us may need to respond by making time to pursue the joy of God’s creation and all He has created for us to enjoy. We may simply need to take some time out.
Others may need to ask forgiveness for trying to find rest and satisfaction in constant activity, the striving for order and perfection, or accumulation of possessions.

Whatever the case may be, take some time today and seek to enter His rest.

25 March – Wow!

The universe is quite an incredible place. Just contemplating the immensity of the number of stars is mind boggling. If every person were to count different stars, each person would have to count over 50 billion stars without counting the same star twice.
If you were to pour a small amount of salt into your hand and then look at one grain of salt, each grain has many, many atoms inside it. Everything is made up of tiny, tiny atoms, including us.
A snowflake is created from a water droplet forming around a minute dust particle which then freezes. Amazingly each is unique from the other, yet all have six sides. What incredible beauty and detail each individual snowflake exhibits.

All around us creation says “Look at how I was created, look at the infinite wisdom and insight with which I was formed. Look at the sunrise and the sunset, the ebb and flow of the tides, the rhythm of the seasons, the beauty of a newborn baby or the greatness of the heavens above on a cloudless night” “Look and see”,  creation cries out there is a God, a creator, of infinite love and limitless power.

God says that He knows the number of stars, and calls each of them by name. (Psalm 147:4) That He knows every hair upon our heads or the lack of, whatever the case may be. He know when we sit and when we rise. He knows our thoughts before we speak them, and the hidden things in our hearts. He sees and knows everything, and in the midst of all of this greatness, and majesty He loves us.(Psalm 147:4; Matthew 10:30)

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.…” (Psalm 139:2)

If He knows us and loves us that much, should that not cause us to trust Him? To trust in His strength and His goodness.  Trust in His plan and purposes for our lives.  Trust that He has it all covered. When we meditate on the greatness of God we soon realise that He is more than capable of handling our every need and prayer.

Today take some time to think, to meditate on, just how powerful, creative, and unlimited God is. There are no limits or boundaries He cannot cross or override. There are no limits to His love. It is unfailing and faultless.
There are some things that may cause us to go wow in life, but perhaps the greatest is the reality that we are loved by the one who created it all, and that He did it for us.

Prayer: Lord I’m going to take some time to think about all you have done and acknowledge your greatness. To take the time to say Wow, and worship you. Thank you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

24 March – Who’s Judging?

I’ve been thinking about the inclination to point the finger and pass judgement on people. With judging comes criticism, harsh words and too often pride.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of judging others, of making off hand comments about what others may or may not be doing, how they look, are dressed, or their belief system.

We all at some point need to check our hearts, and see what attitudes we have. It’s relatively simple to ascertain what we really think and feel, as our words and actions towards  others will give it away.
It’s confronting to realise we may not be as patient or loving as we thought. Too often we can be like the story of two men in the bible coming to pray to God. One man puffed up with pride and arrogance is busy thanking God he wasn’t a lowly sinner like the other man standing beside him. This other man was crying out to God fully as he acknowledged his unworthy state and asking for forgiveness.  Even though the first man may have been doing all the “right” things his heart attitude grieved God as he was puffed up with spiritual pride and judgment.

And Jesus also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”(Luke 18:9-14)

God would rather we be merciful and kind towards others than any sacrifice, offering or good works we may bring. Even if we work amazing miracles, understand all mysteries, excel in knowledge, and have faith that can move mountains, He says it amounts to nothing in His eyes if we don’t walk in love and grace towards others.

Love doesn’t judge, point the finger; it doesn’t criticize and critique others. Love is free from judgement. When we love and live in grace, we leave judgments up to God who knows the hearts and minds of all of His creation. Who are we anyway to judge? Our responsibility is to know what and in whom we believe, and to live looking to bless those around us. We can stand securely in Gods love and grace when we have discovered who we are in God. We don’t need to pull others down in judgement to be able to stand on those truths.

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)

When we free our lives from passing judgments, and instead have a heart to bless others, (even if they don’t agree with us), it changes our hearts, our minds, and our actions. It lifts the weight of negativity and irritation from us, breaks pride and arrogance and sets us free to love as Jesus loves. Full of mercy, compassion, grace and willingness to bless, even the ones the world says are worth nothing.

This Easter examine your heart, and allow Jesus’ great love for you to flow into the places in your life that are stained with judgement, arrogance, cynicism and hardness of heart. Thank Him for His lack of judgment and condemnation towards you, and choose to allow a heart shift from judgement to grace and love.

Prayer: Lord Jesus I thank you for your great love for me, that caused you to die in my place, so that I can live free from judgement. Forgive me when I have not extended the same love and grace to others. Help me to really love people as you love them. In Jesus name. Amen

23 March – “I Remember”

My family have a laugh at me regularly, as I have a little habit of saying “I remember”.

I remember lots of things.. important events, people’s faces and names, experiences and places I’ve been.I remember learning I was expecting each one of our children, their births, milestones and special moments that I treasure with them. I remember the first time I saw my husband and the moment he said I love you for the first time.  I remember times when God has spoken to me or revealed something more of Himself. I remember visions and dreams and encounters with Him.

I think it’s important to remember milestones and important details in our lives. Life is made up of moments and there are moments that are worth remembering. Life goes by so fast, sometimes we need to mentally and emotionally pause and take a mental snap shot so we can store them away  so we can remember.

The bible is full of remembrances. Of when and where God would show up on the scene and deliver or reveal Himself to people. They would then build something, or leave a marker or memorial to remind themselves and their descendants every time they passed that spot of what God had done for them. (Joshua 4:4-7)

Easter is one of those markers for the world and for those who follow Jesus. It is a marker in our lives every year to remember what Jesus has done for us. That He loves us so much that He sacrificed His life so that we might be free from the power and consequences of sin, and a fallen world. It’s a marker for us to remember that the power of the devil is broken in our lives, that we are not alone, that we have nothing to fear for we have a home and passport to heaven.

“For the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil”. (1 John 3:8)

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17)

This Easter take some time to remember. In the busyness of family gatherings, picnics, public holidays and chocolate overload , take some time out to remember Him. He is the reason for the season, He is the reason we remember and celebrate. He died, He conquered sin and death and triumphed over the devil, delivering us and setting us free. Because of Jesus we can have full overflowing abundant life free from guilt and shame. (John 10:10) That’s something worth remembering.

This Easter why not tell someone about this important marker in the calendar, and what Jesus means to you. If you don’t know Jesus find a church or someone who knows Him and find out who and what Easter is all about.

Be blessed as you remember Him this Easter. (John 19)

 

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