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21 Nov -Never Alone

 

never-alone

One of the things that many people fear is to be alone in the world. It’s the awful feeling of having no one; of loneliness with no real close family, friends or healthy relationships. Even with the 7.4 billion people who live on earth, people everywhere struggle with loneliness.

Sadly it’s loneliness that often leads people to have relationships that are damaging, or just plain awful. They would rather have unhealthy relationships, than have no one to come home to. Others go from person to person, often having dysfunctional relationships because of the fear of being lonely and unloved.

Loneliness, and the fear of it is a real driving force behind many people’s decisions, and the attitudes they have.

At times loneliness can be caused by transitions in life, such as leaving school or uni, becoming a parent, job changes, moving, and getting older. Other times it can be separation, opposition from others, or feeling rejected.

But there is someone who understands our hearts completely. He knows our thoughts, feels our every emotion, and longs for us to know He is with us, and for us. No matter how many hurdles we face, or what we are going through God promises that He never leaves us alone. He is always calling us to Him, for us to open our hearts to His love and comfort.

Life is going to have times when people let us down, when attacks of sickness or lack can make us feel stretched to our limits. Times when the pressures of life can seem never-ending. Seasons of isolation, or feeling like nobody understands what we are going through. But these moments are also opportunities for us to lean into Jesus, and know that He is there for us. Loneliness can in actual fact be an opportunity to discover intimacy with Him, for He promises, “He will be with us, even to the end of the age”. (Matthew 28:20), and that the Holy Spirit will  be our helper, and will lead us in all truth.

“I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth … I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16–18).

Today know that God “will never desert you, nor will He ever forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB) For there is no place where God isn’t. He is everywhere at all times, and we can constantly talk with Him, and let Him talk to us.

He is stronger than our loneliness. He is more powerful than our problems, and He emphatically states that “we can do all things through Him who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13 NASB)

Have a listen to this song “Never Once” to encourage you today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhaw4r67BSE

Prayer: Lord thank you that I am never alone, for you stand with me. Help me to know and recognise that your presence is all around me, in the very air that I breathe. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

20 Nov -Disentangled

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Recently I felt God speak to me about disentangling myself from the things of the earth. The everyday aspects of our life, the relationships, cares and busyness of life can subtly entangle our lives without us even realising it. Even the good things can sometimes end up entangling us; love for our partner, our children, our career, pursuing an education; our aspirations, goals, dreams and desires. Not to mention the obvious entanglements involved when we get “bogged” down in our concern for others, or ongoing problems and strife.

But the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)

The danger in all these things is that we can focus more on the everyday things of our life, rather than on God. When we do that we are in a sense attaching ourselves to earth rather than to heaven. When we respond to Jesus and invite Him to forgive us of our sins, and start following Him and His ways, we automatically become part of God’s family. We receive a passport to heaven, and the ability to see and know the mysteries of Heaven. Our citizenship, our home is not here on earth; we are just sojourners, for our home is in Heaven.

But our affections can’t be in two places. God wants our hearts and minds to be on things above, and not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2) He knows that when we instead hold the world in our hearts it will result in entangling us in it’s delights, and distractions, pulling us out of the realms of heaven and the supernatural. Even our relationships are designed to be spirit to spirit, so that no matter where we are we are connected to one another on a higher level. We relate free from the tangled web of the world’s system, and the cares of the world.

God will reveal mysteries to us, wonders in the heavens, dreams and visions, and things to come. He will teach us how to prosper on earth, how to relate to others in love, and how to live victorious and free. But we will not be able to receive this knowledge if we do not let go of the entanglements that pull us down into the world’s thinking and way of doing things. We will remain living on a purely natural level, rather than accessing supernatural wisdom and ability.

 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13)

This quote by Rev W. Beveridge says it all. “And therefore it is in vain to think of thinking upon God until your thoughts and affections be disentangled from the world, and your hearts hang loose and indifferent as to all things here below. So that your hearts having no heavy clog on them, may freely soar aloft in the open air, without taking notice of anything of earth…. because He is infinitely above and beyond all things in the world.”

Today, think about those things that pull you away from God; that distract and entangle you back down onto earth. A whole world awaits us when we choose to live heaven focused, plus everything on earth rather than being our “all in all”, simply reminds us of the divine, and thus holds a greater richness and blessing to it.

“But our citizenship is in heaven.” (Ephesians 3:20)

 “Therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the saints and members of God’s household”. (Ephesians 2:19)

Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)

Prayer: Lord please help me to disentangle myself from the things that so easily pull me out of that place I can know in you. I fix my heart and mind heavenward today. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

19 Nov -Choosing the right lane!

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Our life is a bit like driving on a freeway. It can be hectic and always feel like peak hour, or it can be a consistent and steady flow. As we drive along on those freeways I’ve discovered it’s imperative to choose the correct lane, so as to get to where we want to go. Take the wrong lane, fail to merge or be inattentive, and we’ll end up taking the wrong exit, miss our turn off or end up in a pile up. One small turning point, one decision determines the outcome of our journey and destination.

Many choices in life are like that. At the time they don’t seem significant, like initially choosing the wrong lane. But those choices set in motion a series of events, which shape our life and even the lives of our children and grandchildren after us.

Many stories in life begin with seemingly insignificant decisions, but those decisions are the ones that lead to relationships, opportunities, and even our coming to know Jesus. Those decisions forever affect our lives, not to mention future generations.

Sometimes we can make unwise choices, which aren’t momentous in themselves, but they lead to tragedies.

 There is a story in the bible about Lot, in Genesis 13:5-18. It’s a story of Lot’s choice  and it teaches us a crucial lesson about life’s choices:

The herdsmen of Lot and of Abram were quarreling because there wasn’t adequate land to support all their flocks. So Abram gave Lot his choice of where to settle. Lot surveyed the land and decided to move down into the fertile Jordan valley. That choice was the beginning of Lot’s gradual but steady decline. First he looked toward Sodom (13:10). Then he moved his tents near Sodom (13:12). Next we find him living in Sodom (14:12). Finally he is sitting in the gate of Sodom.

As a result Lot lost his wife, barely escaped with his own life and his two daughters, and the last we hear of him he’s hiding in a cave where his daughters (who were raised surrounded by depravity and sinfulness) encouraged him to become drunk and commit incest with him. The offspring conceived become the Moabites and the Ammonites; who later became two of Abraham family’s biggest enemies. But it all began with Lot’s choice to live near Sodom.

Sounds dramatic I know. But it’s the choices we make that direct our steps, and everything in our life is a reflection of those choices. Some choices do have significant eternal consequences.

We tend to think of being a Christian as a bold decision to let go of everything and follow Jesus. That is true. We all have opportunity to make that once and for all commitment. Lot had done that. He had left his family and friends in Ur to go with Abram to the Promised Land on God’s command.

Lot’s problem, like many people who respond to God’s love for them, was in following through; in walking step by step, allowing God to be the GPS. It is in choosing to say no to the things of this world based on our relationship and commitment to God’s and following His directions.

Fortunately God is a great restorer. None of us need end up like Lot and his family. With Him we can all get back in the right lane. He’s like our GPS. We just have to choose to connect Him up to our life, and keep listening. The key is to not be always thinking we know a better route or a great short cut. That usually results in us hitting a traffic jam or going completely in the wrong direction.

Today if you feel like you are in the wrong lane, stop and allow God to get you back on  track. Let Him be your GPS. Ask Him to help you get back on the right road. Then start to listen and trust Him, and He will direct your every step.

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

18 Nov -Doing those things you’ve always wanted to do!

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I would hazard a guess that there are things that all of us have always wanted to do. Whether that is writing a novel, travelling to a foreign country, opening a little coffee shop, or parachuting out of a plane.

We all have things we dream about, and we’d love to do. But how many of these things do we ever actually see happen?

Fear usually steps in; practicalities, financial considerations or some other limitation, and we persuade ourselves that it’s just a dream; that it could never actually happen, and it probably wouldn’t work anyway.

The tragedy is that the more we limit our dreams, and consign all the things we want to do as pipe dreams, the more we train ourselves to think small. Our confidence in what we can do, and whom we could be lessens as we doubt our ability to do anything that really matters to us.

But what if we really could see some, or all of what we have always wanted to do happen?

Here are three thoughts on how to do what we’ve always wanted to do.

1.Dream.

We have to open up our hearts and minds to dream and imagine, and then take the time to investigate what’s involved. To look for resources that can inform and help; talk to other people who might have done something similar. Then take the time to pray and bring those dreams to God.

Dreaming is free, there is no risk, as it is simply allowing our selves to remove the limitations, as we gather ideas and resources we think might help us to get moving. We can write down all the questions we have about what we want to do, and then we can go and find the answers to them.

2.Make a decision

Once we have allowed ourselves to dream and started to research all the possibilities, we have to decide whether this really still matters to us. Does it make our soul sing thinking about it? Will we grow as a person and find enjoyment? Is it what God wants us to do – is His blessing on it?

We have to consider what is important to us, and what are our priorities? Do any of these need to change? What is at the top of our list in life? Are our priorities right for the stage we are at in life? Can we commit to starting to do some of the things we have always wanted to do?

3.Do one thing everyday

When we make the choice to start to pursue our dreams, and can answer what is actually important to us, then we need to do one thing today towards making it a reality. Then tomorrow do one more thing.

That might mean writing 100 words towards writing that novel, or choosing to forgo our daily coffee, so as to save the money towards an overseas holiday instead. Is it turning off the tv an hour earlier so as to get up earlier to exercise so we can eventually run that marathon, or choosing to take a course of study we’ve always wanted to.

God desires for us to have dreams. He actually says He will do far and beyond what we can dream, or wish we had always had a chance to do. He’s actually for us, and not against us. He wants us to live, and not just exist. But first we have to make some choices about what is really important to us, and how that fits into the plan God has for our lives.

“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 AMP)

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Today take some time to dream a little. Think about those things that you have always wished you could do, and decided whether they are actually worth the commitment and cost for you to do them. Pray and ask God for His wisdom and enabling, and then begin to do just one thing everyday towards doing those things you’ve always wanted to do. 

Prayer: Lord thank you that it is you who has given me the ability to dream. Help me to be honest bout what I really want to do in life, and to not keep putting things off because it doesn’t seem practical, or I am afraid. Thank you that in you all things are possible. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

17 Nov -Keeping a positive mind!

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I recently read about the health benefits of being positive. Being a positive person is about having a positive mind set. It’s not looking or being happy all the time, but how we choose to “see” the things that go on in our life, and the world around us.

Researches have discovered some benefits of positivity are:

Increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress, greater resistance to the common cold, better psychological and physical well-being, reduced risk of death through cardiovascular disease, and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Having a positive mindset doesn’t mean that we keep our head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. But it does relate to what we do with disappointments and unpleasantness, after we’ve gotten past the initial feelings of anger and sadness.

A positive mindset can make such a difference to the quality of our life. There are going to be disappointments in our life, but if we are to live the life God desires for us, we have to learn to manage and create ways to think which make things better and not worse.

One of the great things I have learnt, is that when we know Jesus and have invited Him to lead our life, He says we have His mind – “the mind of Christ”. That means we have access to the thoughts, wisdom and understanding of God. We actually have all the positivity we need because love is positive, and God is love.

For, who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”. (1 John 4:8)

Left to my own devices and weakness I used to fall into the trap of  fear and worry. However in Christ – knowing Jesus I have experienced first hand the change to my own way of thinking, and consequently my actions. I remember a group of people I knew commented that I was just “too happy all the time”. I laughed because that just proves what a difference Jesus can make to our lives. As long as we stay connected and abiding in Him, His positivity and joy will flow into every area of our hearts and minds, renewing us day by day.

Our self talk – the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through our minds starts to change as we choose to listen to what God says about us in His word – that’s why we need to read it every day! Without His positivity feeding our thoughts we can entertain self-talk that is full of misconceptions we create through lack of information, our fears, what we watch and listen to, or our past.

The old adage of “if life serves you up lemons, then make lemonade” is so true. We can either wallow in our circumstances and give up, or look to Jesus and seek Him for a way through. He says we are over comers and gives strength to the weary. He binds up the broken-hearted, and comforts all those who mourn. (Romans 8:39, Isaiah 40:29, Isaiah 61:2, Matthew 5:4)

Today, I encourage you to seek Jesus, and His way of thinking. Made it a habit to self talk “His” talk about your day, instead of “self-talking” negatives and fear. It makes such a difference to the quality of our overall life and health. God is good, and today if you are reading this you are still alive, and God has a reason and purpose for you.

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

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)

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 NKJV)

Prayer: Lord I choose to talk how you talk today, and to fill my mind with positivity and life giving thoughts. Thank you that you love me so much, and have good things in store for me. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

16 Nov -The blame game.

blame-game

It’s relatively easy to blame someone else for our circumstances, or our actions and life. Often we can  blame things that have happened for the issues we face now. There are some terrible situations that occur in people’s life, and it’s easy to understand how we can stay blaming our behavior and attitudes on these past situations.

However if we keep basing our life’s choices on these things then we can run the risk of  using circumstances or the treatment we experienced from other people as an excuse to stay in captivity and bondage to them.

If we want to live free we must make a decision to “stop playing the blame game.” Every time we excuse our bad attitudes, fears, and inadequacies on something or someone else we give in to the temptation of blaming them for our life right now. It’s easier and it makes sense. We tell ourselves, “If they hadn’t done that; if this hadn’t happened, or if only I had been given this opportunity”

 But Jesus offers each one of us a means of escape from the “blame game”. We don’t have  to remain stuck in our circumstances, or the negative or disappointing issues from our past. We don’t need to remain blaming others for our inability to make good choices, or to live free.

Jesus said “I have broken the power of every evil, sickness, disappointment, mistreatment, sin, lack and bondage in your life.” For “who the son sets free is free indeed”. (John 8:36)

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8)

He offers us the rescue plan (that He executed at the Cross of Calvary.) Jesus will help us break free from any bondage, if we will rely on Him and take the steps of faith and  trust Him. We don’t have to remain a victim, stuck in our weaknesses and excuses for a life we don’t like. We may be weak, but God is strong. We may be broken, but God is the healer. We may wish we were different, and God says with me you can be.

 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 12:26 NLT)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isaiah 41:10)

The important thing is to listen to what God says, and not our excuses, our past life, or the devil’s lies. The devil will try to use our circumstances to build strongholds in our thinking and emotions.

 “He’ll use whatever he can—our sense of weakness, our problems from childhood, or the wrong things we did when we were twelve years old. If the devil can darken our minds—make us think we can’t possibly win—we’ve lost. We need to keep reminding ourselves that we serve a victorious God who has provided the spiritual weapons we need to tear down the devil’s strongholds (Joyce Meyer)

God is able to help us. We don’t need to give into the temptation to blame others for our actions, or stay feeling sorry for ourselves any longer. We don’t need to live our lives stuck! Instead we can take hold of the promises of God, and what He declares about our life. Nothing is too hard for him to handle. No bondage is too difficult or too ingrained for Him to break; there is no generational curse that will not give way to the blessing of God operating in our life.

Today fix your heart and mind on the promises of God for your life. Don’t keep playing the blame game and excusing the things you don’t like, or are unhappy about in your life on others. Don’t give other people, or past circumstances that power over your future. Instead discover for yourself through reading God’s word what He says about your life? What does He say your future will be? Who does He say you are? When we begin to keep our minds and hearts turned toward Jesus, and listen to His voice, He will provide a way through every circumstance, and a means of escape to truly live free.

Prayer: Lord thank you that I don’t have to remain stuck in the “blame game”; that I am not a victim, and can live free from the trap of excusing my life and choices on others. Help me to take hold of the promises in your word, to listen to your voice and to make a decision every day to move forward to better things. In Jesus name Amen.

15 Nov -Think Again!

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There are many times in life where we need to, and would in fact be wise to give ourselves the opportunity to “think again”. God has given us a free will, and the ability to think, process, choose and change. The thing about growing and developing as a person is that we can change our thinking. We can always think again, and make better choices than we did the last time.

God’s mercies are new every morning and even where we may have chosen unwisely, or perhaps negatively or fearfully, He says we have a fresh opportunity every day to think again, and change for the better.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning”. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

It’s a bit like trying a new garment on to wear. We get to try that new outfit on, and then we decide if it fits. If it doesn’t then we choose something that is a better fit for whom we are. It’s not just about the size, but also about who we are, and who and what we want to become.

Sometimes that might mean we are stretched out of our comfort zone as we try on a new style, colour etc. Other times we know straight away those clothes are in no way going to fit us, no matter how we may try to stretch and struggle into them.

The same principle works in other parts of our life. We are never stuck with having to think in only one way. With Jesus, we get another chance to disregard those thoughts and choices that just don’t “fit” who God says we are. We don’t have to be stuck with thinking in a way that constantly makes us feel uncomfortable, and fearful;  which gets us “all bent out of shape”. There are times when we need to pick up another thought, (much like a new garment) and think again!

A great way to begin putting into practice the “think again” principle, is to “think again” every time we have a thought about our self, our life and future that doesn’t agree with what God says about us.

Our thoughts, fears and feelings can lead us astray. They can cause us to think things, which are contrary to what God says and has planned for us. However when our hearts and minds are strengthened by time spent with Jesus, and reading God’s word we will know the truth, and it will set us free. God has given us everything we need, and if we stop and allow our spirit to speak to our minds we will find the truth and answers within us.

Jesus said, “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourself the truth, and the truth will free you”. (John 8:31-32)

The need to think again is something that is ongoing. As we choose wisely in one area of our life, we will no doubt have to apply the same principle to other areas. But the more we do it, the easier it gets, and the quicker we begin to think and accept those things that God says about us.

Today, choose to “think again” if you need to. If the thoughts don’t fit, and are causing you to live in fear, or are limiting your faith and trust in God, then take them off just like you would an ill-fitting garment, and choose again how you desire to “clothe’ yourself.

 You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are obsolete. …From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you; compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, disciplineand regardless of what you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:10-12 Message Bible)

 

14 Nov -No Fear of Death!

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Thanotophobia affects many millions around the world. It is the term used to describe the anxiety and persistent fear of one’s mortality. It’s not just about the fear of death, but anything death related.

Death is something that many of us don’t really talk about or like to consider. We either push the thought of our own departure from this life out of our minds, or on the other extreme fixate upon death, and what that means and how it will happen. The fear of death can cause people to live fearfully. The News, reports of sickness, others dying, and disasters either at home or around the world can cause people to feel very anxious, stealing their peace and joy.

Jesus taught us why He had no fear of death. He said, “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” (John 10:18) God has an appointed time, place and reason when everyone will die. The Lord’s ways are perfect. Jesus warned people not to fear physical death, but spiritual death that would separate them from God for eternity. Jesus prescribed a cure for the fear of death when He said, “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24) Jesus wants all of us to enjoy spiritual life, so that we will have no fear of physical death.

Paul the apostle often had close encounters with death. He was stoned several times, and lived with his life under threat. But he discovered something which gives hope when we consider our life, and also our departure from this world. It encourages us to no longer fear what may happen, because not even death can separate us from the love of God.

Paul wrote, “In in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Paul discovered that the way to overcome the fear of death is to know that once a person is a believer in Jesus they no longer need to fear death, since their future is eternally secure. (John 6:37;10:28-29).

That’s also why David in the bible, said that he had nothing to fear when He wrote Psalm 23. “Even in the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me”. David’s life was also under constant threat of death as King Saul sought to kill him. David understood that “if God is for him, who could be against Him” (Romans 8:31).

However there is much to fear from death if we don’t know and accept the gift of forgiveness and salvation that Jesus offers. Jesus himself said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of he One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

God loves every person, and desires that none should perish or suffer. He invites everyone to accept his gift of eternal life, and freedom from the fear of death. But He won’t force people to know or live with Him for eternity. That’s our choice. But once we choose to have Jesus in our life, there is nothing; no man, women, sickness, disaster, neither the present nor the future that will be able to separate us from God. We can live peacefully knowing that no matter what happens our relationship with Jesus cannot be severed. Heaven is for real, eternity is for real, and God’s promises to us are for real.

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me. ‘In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, (there) you may be also. (John 14:2-4)

 

Today know that God loves you. When you know Him, you don’t need to fear death anymore. Think upon His great love for you, and that nothing can separate you from that love, not even death. Know that He knows the number of your days on earth; He chooses the time when you will go to be with Him forever in Heaven. He promises that He has good things planned in advance for you to do, and He desires to prolong your life, and bring you peace, prosperity, and a hope and a future. (Proverbs 3:1-2).

If you aren’t sure of your future, and whether you will go to heaven when you die; If you live with the fear of death, then  I invite you to pray this prayer, and to mean it with all your heart.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life (take a few moments to ask his forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience). Please forgive me. I now turn from everything I know is wrong.

Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.

Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Holy Spirit. I now receive that gift, and freedom from the fear of death.

Please come into my life by your Holy spirit to be with me forever.

In Jesus name Amen.

 

13 Nov -Spiritual Sight!

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A few years ago I was in a meeting and I was standing behind a man who was physically blind, and I noticed that He had a huge grin on His face. He was telling His friend next to Him that He could see angels all around us in the room. He was “seeing” where most of us couldn’t “see”a thing.

I remember God speaking to me and telling me I needed to be more like this man in front of me; to rely less on my physical eyes to “see”, and more on my spiritual eyes. I was essentially missing out on “seeing” all that was, and is happening around me all the time.

When we follow Jesus and His way of living we are called to start living our lives through our spirit. That’s because it is our spirit that comes alive and is “born again” when we ask Jesus to be part of our lives. Where we were once dead and “blind” to the supernatural realms of God become alive and illuminated to us. 

“We no longer need to live seeing only with our natural eyes. We start living through our spirits, because our spirits come alive as we are united with Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals things to our spirit, and then our spirit reveals these things to our mind.”(P.Kinney)

The key is to be more aware and sensitive to the things being revealed to our spiritual eyes than to the things we experience and see in the natural. Far too often we can miss what God is doing in our midst, or get busy trying to do and fix things using only our natural senses. However if we stop and ask God to reveal things to our spirits, we would see exactly what we need to do, or where we are going and the path laid out for us.

We have been made in God’s image. That means we are like God. We are not God, but we have Him in us. Our spirit and Holy Spirit are connected as one. However God planned for us to live not only seeing in the natural at situations, but also to see and listen  to our spirit, because He will speak to us in our spirit. That is why when we hear God it often sounds like us, because He speaks to our spirit, which then speaks to our mind.

There is an account in Mark 11: 12 – 14;19 -21 of Jesus cursing the fig tree. He spoke to this massive tree and.… nothing looked in the natural like as it had changed. Jesus and his friends came back along that road later that night and still didn’t notice any change in the tree. But the next day as they again passed by, that tree had overnight shrivelled up. When did the tree start to die? The moment Jesus spoke to it.

Even though there was no physical evidence, the spirit realm was at work the moment Jesus spoke. When we speak, the spirit realm goes to work. We may not see it with our natural eyes, but our spirits will be able to see it. If we want to live free from fear, and from the constraints and limitations of the world, we have to learn to see beyond our five senses, and look through our spiritual eyes. Sometimes that may even mean telling our minds to be quiet until they have caught up with what God is saying and revealing to our spirit’s, but that’s okay.

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)

God created all of us to see – both in the natural realms and the spiritual realms. However if we are content to do our own thing and be separate from God we will not see the things of the spirit as we should. Spiritual things may even seem foolish to us, until we invite Jesus to switch our “spiritual lights on”.

Jesus said, “For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. (Matthew 13:15-16)

Today don’t be satisfied with only “seeing” in the natural. There is a whole other world waiting for you to discover if you’d only open your “eyes!”

I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 1:18-20)

To hear more about how to see with our spiritual eyes have a listen to this message by  Phil Kinney (he’s my hubby) to encourage you. https://soundcloud.com/phil-dayle-kinney/spiritual-authority-ps-phil-kinney-13th-november-2016

 

 

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