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31 August -“Trust Me, everything will be okay!”

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Trusting is choosing to enter a place where we cease our striving and labours, and decide to rest in the confidence that God’s got it all in His hands, and we can trust Him that everything will be okay.

Many times I’ve struggled to enter that rest. I’ve tried, as many of us do to figure it out for myself, to make it happen in my ability and strength. I’m pretty stubborn or tenacious, and so I will get a hold of something and not let go easily once I’m let loose on it. Our kids tease me that people “don’t want to poke the Mamma bear,” as once they do I won’t stop until I get things resolved and sorted out.

However I have grown to understand that all of us would be far more peaceful, calm and have a greater inner strength if we learnt, and chose to trust God to sort out and resolve things on our behalf. Where we learnt to Trust and obey His directives.

Trust includes waiting on God to get His perspective on our circumstances, and to hear His instructions. Sometimes He may say, “Stand-up, speak up and act”, and other times He may say “Stand still, keep quiet and watch me sort this out”.

I love the account of Moses in Exodus in the Bible. God’s people had finally been released from bondage and captivity in Egypt. They had followed God’s instructions and were now standing on the edge of a large expanse of water called the “Red Sea” with no way to cross. Suddenly they hear the chariots of the Egyptian army coming towards them. They feared for their lives, and the lives of their children. They had no means of escape or defence. What are they to do? Trapped with nowhere to go are these terrified three million people; men, women and children.

And that’s when trust comes into play. Moses lifts his face and calls out to God “What do I do now?” The answer comes, “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which I will accomplish for you today. I, the Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace (Exodus 14:14) He instructs Moses to stretch out his staff over the water, and then to watch what God will do for them.

The army is fast approaching; fully armed, their swords ready to cut them down, or at best return them to a life of bondage and slavery. All the prayers, all the crying out to God, all the hopes for freedom, everything now hangs in the balance. But this one man Moses stands His ground and trusts. And because He trusted the waters parted, the people passed safely through on dry ground, and the ocean engulfs the Egyptian army as God accomplishes what He has promised. “I will fight for you, and you will hold your peace”.

Over the years I have discovered some keys to help me trust God more. Trust gives us confidence to believe, too act when we need to, to stand when asked, to trust that God will get to us what He has promised.

I have found it helpful to:

1. Take hold of God’s Word. God is in His word, and when you know His Word, you know Him. We gain an understanding of His character, of how He acts, and what He will do for us. Knowing His word gives us a confidence and causes an inner strength and calm, even in the midst of difficulties.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

 “The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12)

2. Write down when God does something “specky” for us. When we’ve prayed and seen God answer, when we’ve had a breakthrough; when we have received what we have believed for. That’s when we write it down so that we can recount it later, or the next time we are faced with a challenge and need to put “trust to work”.

In our family, and also within our church family we make the effort to remind and tell each other when God has answered. We share testimonies of His goodness. We tell stories of others we know, or we have heard about who have trusted and seen God move in their lives.

I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us– yes, the many good things he has done.” (Isaiah 63:7)

What does this do? It builds our trust. It expands our thinking of what God is and will do for us. We think and expect too small most of the time! Telling and retelling about when He has shown Himself strong helps us to take our eyes off our circumstances and onto God. Then we pray more expectantly, and are able to look and see things through His perspective and not our own. We, put simply are able to Trust Him.

Today, write down all the times you can remember when God has shown His love and care for you. The times He has shown Himself strong for you or those you know. Talk to those around you and ask them to tell of a time when God took care of them or moved in their life. It’s amazing when you start to talk to people how many awe inspiring real life stories people have to tell.

 We trust because we learn that God is trustworthy. As we spend  time reading His Word and growing our understanding and relationship with Him,  we can trust Him more everyday.

Prayer: Lord I thank you for your word which reveals who you are and how you show yourself strong on behalf of those who love and trust you. Help me to take the time to get to know you, to learn why and how to trust you, and to remember all the good you do in my life. In Jesus name Amen.

30 August -Trust Me, I’ve got this!

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“Trust me”. We hear it said often. But what does it mean to trust?

The definition of trust is; a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. Trust is a confidence, belief, faith, certainty sureness and freedom from doubt.

Looking at that definition makes you wonder if there is anything or anyone you can completely trust? Is there anyone who is completely without a shadow of doubt completely reliable? People are people, and things happen to prevent or limit our ability to always be available at all times, in all things. Anyone in a relationship, who is a parent, or has any responsibility, will know that. Stuff happens, and we can all let others and ourselves down.

However there is one who says, “Trust me” and He actually promises not to let us down. He promises He will be 100% reliable, our ever-present help in time of need. God is the one who asks us to trust Him, and who actually has the power to be completely trustworthy. He doesn’t say anything He can’t or won’t do. If He said it, He will do it! And He says. Trust me!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

But what does that sort of trust mean? Trust does not mean indifference, “Oh, I guess it will come out all right,” that is not trusting. Trust is something positive. It is a real something, and a definite attitude, acknowledging our need and God’s ability to meet it.

Trust does not mean ignoring the fact. Trust looks and sees the dangers, the need and the challenges and assesses them. But upon seeing all this, trust looks beyond and sees God, whose name is also “El-Shaddai” – the all-sufficient one, who has everything we need. Trust sees God greater than the challenges, dangers and difficulties, and faces them. Because when we trust in God it makes us strong, for we have the strength of God.

In trust there is peace, the peace of God which goes beyond understanding. There is calmness in us when we trust, for we are no longer overwrought with fear and worry, because trusting brings confidence, calmness and peace. We gain an assurance that God is trustworthy, because He loves us so much. His love motivates Him. Love is who He is. And that sort of perfect love never fails. It never runs out, it never gives up, it is always constant and reliable.

Three Hebrew young men; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trusted God, and the fiery furnace could not even singe their garments. (Daniel 3:16) Daniel trusted God, and the hungry lions could not touch him. (Daniel 6). Abram who God renamed Abraham,  trusted when God asked him to leave his relatives, his country and his home to go into a land he did not know. He trusted that God would bring him to a new home  and that He would protect, bless, and be faithful to His promises. God spoke and Abraham trusted that what God said, He was well able to do. (Genesis 15)

Today God still asks us to trust Him, to rely on Him to do what He has promised. He wants us to trust Him to lead and guide us every day. Not because He wants to control us, but because He knows the way, and the best route to get there. He knows what is going to prepare and grow us to be all that He has made us to be. So He asks that we trust Him, not leaning on our own often limited understanding of the situation, but trusting in His unlimited knowledge of the past, present and future.

Today be encouraged to rely on God. Trust Him; for He is totally trustworthy to get us to where we need to be going. He knows the way, and He will willingly show us if we choose to trust and listen to Him.

Trust Him to speak. Trust Him to protect you. Trust Him to heal and deliver you.  Trust him to help you fulfil the dreams in your heart (Ephesians 3:20). Trust Him because there is no shadow or changing in Him. He is not a man that He should lie, or promise things that He then cannot deliver. (Numbers 23:19)

Trust God; have confidence and rest assured in the firm reliability and ability of who He is, and His great love for you!

For, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

“In God, whose word I praise in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?“ (Psalm 56:4)

 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture”. (Psalm 37:3)

Prayer: Lord thank you that I can trust in you. Forgive me when I rely on myself instead of choosing to trust and have confidence in you. Please help me when I forget just who you are, and how much you love me. I choose to trust you today. In Jesus Name Amen.

29 August -Don’t settle for less!

 

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Don’t settle for less! There is so much more that God wants to reveal to us, to bless us with, to share with us. He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) He is not far from each one of us, no matter who we are, what we’ve done, or what we are going through.

We wonder why we feel disquieted on the inside, why we struggle to be at peace, and why we feel like there must be more, but we don’t know where to find it. That’s because there is more! There is a  feast on offer, but it is not found in our jobs, in more activity, in our programs and entertainment. The feast is found in seeking after and spending time in the presence of God. There is more joy, bliss, and substance in one encounter with Him than anything or anyone can come close to equalling. And the thing is, we can feast everyday! God wants us to desire His presence, to desire Him showing up in our room, in our house, in our car, our workplace, everywhere more than anything or anyone else, more than any pursuit, job, program, meeting, big holiday, or relationship.

But far too often we are happy to settle! To settle for so much less than what God has on offer. We go for the “fast food lane”, when there is a banquet on offer. We go for the “snack” here, snack there” quick fix, rather than the full on, overwhelming, awe inspiring, jaw dropping, presence of God Himself. We settle, when instead He longs for us to reach out to Him, and to know heaven and His kingdom!

Every single person has this invitation to know Him, to know the wonders of who He is, to experience Him, to understand the mysteries of the Universe more fully and to be His friend.

And what do many of us do? We snack; going from one week to the next nibbling on snippets of whatever or whoever makes us feel good. Or settling for a glimpse of who God is, and being content in our thinking that is all there is. Our lives are filled with so much activity; so many meetings, coffees and programs. And because we snack on so many other things we are no longer hungry for more of God. We can forget there is more, and we settle!

But God says there is more! There is more than our minds can comprehend. There is more bliss and wonder, and a closeness to Him that is so amazing there are simply no words to express it. He says, “Come up, lift your vision, lift your expectation of me. Your picture of me, and who I am is too small. I love you and I am greater and more powerful than you thought even possible.”

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Today, don’t settle! Don’t settle for “snacking” your way through life. You have an open invitation to a feast. If you don’t know Him, call out to Him, for “He is not far from each one of us”, and He promises, “that those who diligently seek me will find Me.” (Acts 17:27; Proverbs 8:17)

If today you profess to love Him, don’t settle any longer for a “fast food, quick fix Jesus.” Let’s value and honour Him more than that. Let’s not settle any longer for more programs and meetings. Draw near to Him; shake off the distractions, and the low expectations of God. Shake off the systems that so easily dictate, and choose to love and value Him for who He is, for all He has done, for the life He gives, and for the joy within. Today make a decision to settle for nothing less than an overflow of his awe-inspiring presence.

Prayer: Lord I’m sorry for when I have settled. Where I have desired other things; other pursuits, other relationships more than a seeking after you. I’ve let myself be content with snacking on “fast food,” when I could have been having a feast. I choose to quit snacking, and to hunger after you; that nothing else but your presence will satisfy me. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

28 August -Jesus and the Wart!

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Last night as I was putting our two youngest children to bed we were recounting some of the things Jesus has done for them, and others they know. Our third daughter overheard our conversation and came in to be part of our discussion because she had something to share with her younger siblings.

When she was 7 years old she had a nasty painful planter wart on the bottom of one of her feet. She was having difficulties walking on her foot, and the Doctor felt He would need to cut it out to remove it.

I decided to seek God for His solution and wisdom. I’ve learnt over the years that He always has an answer if we will stop long enough to listen. Sometimes He simply instructs us to pray and stand on the promises in His word, and other times He directs us to do something in the natural in a practical way also. Often we think it has to be one or the other, but God will work in and through both to get the answer to us.

In the instance of the “planter wart”, I felt the Holy Spirit direct me to put a piece of banana on the wart and cover it with a band aid. I was to do that for 7 days, changing it each night. The other thing we were to do together, was to pray and “speak” to that wart commanding it in the name of Jesus to “shrivel up and drop off!” So that’s what we did every night for 7 days. On the morning of the 8th day our daughter came running out of her room yelling, “it fell off, it fell off.” Holding out her hand she revealed a small shrivelled up disk shaped object. She’d taken the band aid off on waking up, and had discovered her foot completely smooth, healed and wart free, with the shrivelled remainder of the planter wart in her bed.

Our daughter is now in her late teens, but she still remembers that day clearly, and how God instructed and answered our prayers; and that He was faithful to His word in healing her.

He sent forth His word and healed them” (Psalm 107:20)

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matthew 9:35)

Jesus said,“Seek first his kingdom and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33) He doesn’t want us to live in fear when we face challenging circumstances. He wants us to learn to trust Him, to discover that He does speak to us though His word and a quiet voice within us. He wants to lead us to solutions; to wholeness, to peace and to joy. He has a way through, because His Word is true and without fault. You can take it “to the bank” so to speak.

We don’t have to have all the answers; all we need do is learn to seek Him, discovering how Heaven works. To do things His way, listening to His guidance, instead of running off always doing our own thing.

Gods says,For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater. So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11)

No matter what we are facing in our day, He is there with us, giving us all the wisdom, revelation, and strength we need to walk through whatever we may face. He says we are more than conquerors; that we are victorious, that we are winners, seated above our circumstances and not beneath them. He declares that all things are possible and that we can do all things in Him. When we know and make Him part of our life, the blessing on our life turns even the most terrible circumstances and challenges around in our favour. That He heals ALL our diseases, delivers us from all evil, crowning our life with love and tender mercy. He promises to fill our life with good things, daily renewing our strength and youthfulness so that we will soar on wings like Eagles.

(Psalm 103; 1 Peter 2:27; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 40:31)

Today, whatever you are facing, regardless of what sort of day or week you are having, know that Jesus is waiting to lead and guide you through every circumstance to victory and breakthrough. Just take the time to listen and obey what He says to do. It’s so much easier than relying on us. You can trust Him to be faithful to His promises because He loves you more than you can comprehend. His love is not changeable, and He doesn’t hold out on us”. He is always present, and His love causes Him to always honour His word.

Have a listen to this song to encourage you today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0FW–zidYA

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Prayer: Lord thank you so much that you are faithful to your promises, and that all we need do is seek you and do things your way. Help me to listen long enough to hear your answer, and to walk according to your word and ways, and not my own. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

27 August -“Keep the Peace”

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I woke up this morning and read this promise. It said “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you.” (Isaiah 26:3).

Our minds are powerful, and what we think about affects us more than most of us understand. “75-98% of mental, physical and behavioural illnesses come from toxic thinking” (Dr Carolyn Leaf).

Therefore it makes sense that a loving God, who cares infinitely about every detail of our lives would want us to keep our minds fixed on Him, so that our whole being would be kept in perfect and constant peace. Peace being; “a freedom from disturbance, and having quiet, tranquillity, and rest.”

 When we fix our minds on God, we choose to fix our thoughts on His goodness, on what He says, on who He is, and on His promises. He wants us to have hope for the day, and He knows that fixing our thoughts on Him, which is fixing our thoughts on faith, hope and love, will cause health and wholeness. When we hope like this it is an activity of the mind that changes the structure of our brain in a positive and normal direction. That means there is hope for us to change even where we haven’t been peaceful, and have struggled with our thoughts and emotions. When we fix our minds on Jesus, and His love and goodness our actual brains change.”It has been found that 12 minutes of daily focused prayer (which is simply talking and listening to God), over an 8 week period can change the brain to such an extent it can be measured on a brain scan.”

The Bible says it this way, “Finally, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things..and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4: 8-9)

Today check what you have been fixing your mind on. Is it thoughts of hope, or is it thoughts of fear and disaster? If you have been struggling, take time throughout the day with Jesus, read His words in the bible, download them onto your phone, put a favourite verse on your screen saver, pin-board or wherever you will see it, as a reminder of what God says about your life. Because  He promises that, “He will keep us in perfect peace when our minds are fixed on Him.”

Prayer: Lord thank you that I can be in perfect peace when I fix my mind on you. Help me to take the time to learn and think more deeply about the promises in your word, than I do about everything else going on around me. I receive and hold onto your peace today. In Jesus Name Amen.

I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

 

26 August -The Truth will set you free!

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Today I heard something on t.v. It’s a common enough thought, and many of us probably believe it. It was, “If something is worth doing it is going to take hard work, and it’s going to be difficult”.

Now I’m all for doing our best, and putting in our full effort. God says He blesses the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17) However I have had the revelation that God doesn’t want our efforts and work to be toil. The definition of toil is “extremely hard and incessant work. To work one’s fingers to the bone; to work like a Trojan. To struggle with difficulty, to trudge, slog and knock oneself out; t to work one’s guts out. To toil means not to rest or relax.”

Doesn’t sound that great does it? But how many of us actually expect that if something is worth doing, it’s going to be difficult and “hard” work? Many of us have spent far too much toiling and relying on ourselves and what we can do and achieve, and not enough time relying on God and allowing Him to lead and guide us. When He leads we are able to achieve, but the load is ‘lighter and easier”, than if we do it alone.

 Jesus said, “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. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light”. (Matthew 11:29-30)

The world constantly tries to dictate to us how we should live and what it takes to be successful and the “best” way to live. I’ve heard some interesting comments over the years as people try to achieve what they envisage to be the ultimate life. Being a wife and mother with six children, plus pastoring a church I have learnt; often the hard way, that it’s very easy to take on the world’s concept of success and expectations. When in actual fact, God doesn’t expect half of what we put ourselves under and through. However if we are not aware and familiar with what the Bible says, we won’t know that, and will live feeling pressured and toiling. However when we know the truth found in God’s word it has the ability to set us free!  Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

That’s why regular reading and study of the Bible is like a breath of fresh air. Reading it protects us from false teaching, unrealistic expectations, and a skewed worldview. The Bible gives us the measuring stick by which we can distinguish truth from error. It tells us what God is like. To have a wrong impression of God can cause us to come under rules, unhealthy mindsets, and “religion”, when God’s word often reveals the exact opposite of what we are struggling and toiling under.

 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)

The Bible tells us how to live, how to have a relationship with a loving God, and how to have loving, fulfilling relationships with others. It reveals how we can experience heavenly amazing things now, and how to live joyful, “toil free” lives. It tells us how much God loves us, and how much He is for us, and not against us, and that He wants us to have dreams because He really wants to help us fulfil them. (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:1-10; Ephesians 3:20).

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)

Today, shake off the toil and the thought that everything has to be hard. God wants there to ease in your day. Let His word be your measuring stick, and not the world or anyone else’s expectations of what and who you are. Ask Him to help you understand the bible and how to apply it to your everyday life, and let Him lighten your load.

Prayer: Lord thank you for your word that brings revelation and truth where perhaps I have been carrying loads and mindsets I didn’t need to. Help me to understand that you want my life and work to be light and easy because you want to help me to learn to rely on you. In Jesus Name Amen

25 August -Please, just read it!

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Today one of our daughters was buying a bible for a friend, and was having trouble deciding which one to buy. That may sound strange unless you have bought a bible recently and have been presented with an array of bibles, translations, paraphrased versions, colours, covers, designs, and whatever else you can think of.

Gone are the days when the only bible available was a big black one that looked heavy enough to take two average sized people to lift it. Now we have a wealth of choice and opportunity to find God’s word packaged in a way that will help us read it.

Although it is impossible to obtain exact figures, there is little doubt that the Bible is the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book.

Combined global sales of the bible have exceeded 17.75 million copies, and the whole Bible had been translated into 349 languages; 2,123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in that language.

However even though the bible is such a popular and often readily available book, an extraordinary thing has happened. Perhaps familiarity has bred contempt and complacency; or have we forgotten whose words are sitting unread on our bookshelves?

New research has been released that reveals only 19% of churchgoers personally (not as part of a church service) read the Bible every day.

That’s approximately 80% of Christians, who will actually admit to not reading the Bible every day. And if this poll is any indication, the number of Christians who even read the Bible weekly may not be much better. Granted, this study group focused solely on Christians, but a group survey focusing on the entire population revealed that many people don’t really care about reading the Bible these days.

Which is strange when you think about the fact that the bible is still one of the most purchased and popular books in history. Add to that the thought that the bible actually emphatically declares that “God is speaking through the words found in its pages.”

 I believe, along with millions of others, that the Bible is literally “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God’s very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in the bible. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do and be good? In addition to these “big” questions, the Bible gives practical advice in areas such as: What do I look for in a spouse? How can I have a successful marriage? How can I be a good friend? How can I be a good parent? What is success and how do I achieve it? How can I change? What really matters in life? How do I live without regrets? How can I handle circumstances and difficult events of life victoriously?

Considering the amount of self help books, courses, classes, counsellors, and wellness centres being advertised and promoted to help us all live fulfilled, happy, successful and purposeful lives, wouldn’t it make sense that we simply pick up this book, or even download it on our phone or computer? Since the bible addresses many of the questions we ask about life doesn’t it make sense to read what it has to say? Especially since Jesus is historically known as the greatest leader and teacher the world has ever known.

Today why not read this book, known as the book of books and check it out again with fresh eyes. Don’t be surprised to hear God speaking to you; to find answers to your questions, and guidance for the future. But be warned this book is a book that is not just for reading. What it contains God expects us to think over, and then apply to our lives.

It’s been said that reading and thinking about what the bible says can be compared to mining for gold. If we make little effort and merely “sift through the pebbles in a stream,” we will only find a little gold dust. But the more we make an effort to really dig into it, the more reward we will gain for our effort.” 

If you have never read the bible before or would like to make it more readily available in your day, try this bible app. Choose a version that’s easy to read such as the NIV or NLT to begin with. https://www.bible.com/app

Prayer: Lord thank you for your words, which help me to know you and to hear you speaking to me. Forgive me when I have taken the bible for granted, and haven’t bothered to find out what you have to say to me. Holy Spirit would you please guide and lead me as I take the time everyday to read it, and help me to understand. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

24 August -Blessings or curses?

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How great would it be if we grew up seeing, hearing and believing that God always wants to bless us, and that that blessing will always turn every situation in our favour?

Sadly though our understanding of what blessing means has been watered down so much that now it’s just something people say when someone sneezes. But it’s so much more than that. The blessing carries substance and creative power from heaven. When activated the blessing will cause us to look up, to expect good things, to believe again, and to release our faith for increase, and new things. It causes us to be fully persuaded that God will do all that He promises.

It’s one thing to see the blessing work for someone else, but it’s another thing to expect and believe that it will operate the same way for us. This is where our minds and hearts often need to be renewed and healed. Because whatever we carry on the inside will cause us to believe for good or to expect disaster.

Many times I have caught myself thinking negatively or expecting something to go wrong, and have realised how often my mindset and beliefs were contrary to what God wants for my life. That’s why we are transformed when we renew our thoughts with what God says about our lives and futures. We are transformed because we start to expect and look out for the blessing. We in a sense draw awesome things into our lives.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

That’s what Jesus came to proclaim; the happy gospel; gospel meaning good news. He encapsulates the blessing. He is the Blessing. He demonstrated how powerful He, “The Blessing” is when He healed the sick, raised the dead and conquered sin and death.

Today, check your thoughts and mindsets. Are you expecting good things, to happen, or do you expect bad? Where does the blessing need to be activated in your life, because that’s what Jesus came to proclaim and deliver?

Turn to Him today, and activate by faith and trust in His goodness the power of the blessing to override and nullify every curse in your life. Trust him to turn things around for you, to make all things work out for good, and in your favour regardless of the circumstances.

Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.” (Galatians 3:13)

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Prayer: Lord thank you for the blessing that is found in you. I reject the curse and it’s operation in my life and I expect good things to happen today as I walk in step with you. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

23 August – Be Kind (pt 2)

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“Have courage and be kind”. To be kind takes courage. Courage to step out of our comfort zone to help another person. It takes courage to be kind even if that means risking loss or rejection in offering our kindness. But if we are secure in who we are, and in God’s love for us, then showing kindness is far easier, and we understand that being kind is not about us, but about who we are being kind to.

 God is rich in kindness towards us, but sadly the society and religion have twisted the image people often have of God. They blame Him for all the unkindness and hurts that see in the world or may experience. But God is kind. And it’s in experiencing God’s kindness that often leads us back to Him.

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads to repentance”. (Romans 2:4)

Kindness is who He is, and the more we know Him and let ourselves receive His love and kindness, the more it starts to become apparent in our own lives.

God wants us to share kindness with those around us. With our family, our friends, workmates, and those we meet through the day. Why? Because people desperately need to see that kindness in us. Many go through the day never feeling the effects of kindness, never hearing a kind word, or encouraging smile. They are surrounded by negativity and hopelessness, and are struggling. To be honest these people are often the people we retreat from and avoid, because they seem to be struggling and/or are grumpy all the time. But kindness has the power to change that. Simple acts of kindness can soften a hardened heart, and heal a broken one.

The bible says “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Kindness is powerful to effect change and healing in people’s lives. But it’s also beneficial for us. Medical studies have found that there are huge benefits to us being kind. Not only does kindness make us and others feel good, studies have demonstrated that the psychological benefits of kindness are actually reflected in the circuitry of the brain. Being kind increases happiness, life satisfaction, and self-esteem. It works for young and old, regardless of race, religion or social status.

When we are being kind, we show someone that they mean something to us. Even if they are a stranger, we’re saying; your life matters. And in people’s often hectic world, even a kind word, or a small gesture can help lift a bad mood, brighten someone’s day, and open hearts up to the goodness of God.

Another interesting study revealed that kindness is found to be more attractive to people than good looks. So if you are looking for a date, partner, friend or even spouse, think about practicing kindness.

Today make the time to show kindness to those around you. It’s good for your health, your brain, your mood; you may just make someone’s day, and even meet your soul mate.

Prayer: Lord thank you for your great kindness towards me. Help me to share that kindness with others, and to look for opportunities to make someone’s day. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

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