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22 Dec – Seek Him, it’s worth the trip!

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This week I am reading the Christmas story to the kids at bedtime. We have a special box to open which holds each one of the characters of the story, and we talk about what part God had them play in that first Christmas; Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Gabriel the angel, and the shepherds.

However there are some characters that are quite different from the rest of the people in the Christmas story. They are the wise men, or Magi. Magi were a combination of philosophers, scientists, and astronomers. They were wealthy, and educated, and obviously seekers of the truth, for they were seeking to know about God, and the future. (Matthew 2:1)

These men weren’t spectators, who made speculative guesses about God. They wanted to know God, and this baby who was born to be king of the Jews. They knew about history, they knew about the salvation story that God had written in the stars, and they wanted to know more.

They didn’t’ take this searching for the truth half heartedly, but were willing to go to great lengths to find the truth. They came from the east, making a four to five-month journey across the desert to find this baby king. They were serious and passionate about their quest, and were willing to do whatever it took. They were what I call “inspiring God seekers”!

I love reading, listening and being around “God seekers”. Those people who seek after God with all they have. They challenge and inspire me, and stir up a hunger for more. They want to understand, and to know and experience God more deeply.

Seekers ask questions, they study, they watch and learn from what is happening around them, and they do whatever it takes to grow and find God and the answers.

The bible says “but from there you will search again for the Lord you God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)

The wise men were willing to give up everything to seek out God; the comforts of their homes, their time, money, safety and possibly even their reputations. They weren’t passive, or merely spectators like many people can be, they engaged in their seeking after God fully.

Today, how serious are you about knowing the truth about Jesus; about the universe, about why and how you are here, and God’s purpose for your life? How engaged are you with wanting to know Him more? And how often do you let other pursuits or distractions get in the way of searching and growing in your relationship with God. Ask yourself, “What would I give up, or invest into, so that this time next year I will know Him more deeply, and be changed because of it?

“For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognising and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10-11)

Prayer: Lord, help me to be a seeker of truth just like the wise men in the Christmas story. If there is anything, or anyone who prevents me from knowing you more please show me, and help me to take the action I need to stop that happening. Please put people in my life that will inspire, challenge and draw me closer to you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

21 Dec -No deposit, no return!

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I was talking with a friend today about making faith deposits in our life. Everyone is given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). You can’t come to know Jesus without having some faith – “For by grace are you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” ( Ephesians 2:8) However our task is to grow our faith, and learn how to use it.

How do we grow our faith? The bible says, faith comes by hearing the Word of God. It comes by reading the Bible and speaking the words of faith over ourselves, and by listening to good preaching on faith.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10: 17)

Everything we need is waiting for us in Jesus. The bible says we are complete in Him. We just need to learn to walk in all that heaven has for us ,while still on earth. We do that by faith. Faith is the currency we use to transfer Gods provision for us from the unseen realm of the spirit to this natural, earthly realm.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10)

Spiritual currency works the same way as natural currency. If you have an abundance in your natural bank account, through your deposits then you can enjoy that abundance. If you have an abundance of faith in your spiritual account, you can then enjoy all the blessings of heaven on earth. As the bible says, “God give us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

My husband Philip recently preached a message on faith – it’s his favourite subject. He was sharing that he has been making faith deposits all year in a particular area of his life. He has been listening and reading God’s word to increase his measure of faith. Some sermons he has listened to seven and eight times throughout the whole year. He even goes to sleep listening to words of faith some nights.

He’s been consistently putting in the Word of God, and, it is starting to flow out of him. It has taken a year of concentrated effort to get his old thinking out of the way, so as to put on the new thinking of God. There have been times when he didn’t want to listen to another message, or sit down and read another verse, and he struggled with the topic throughout the months. But now he is starting to see breakthrough, because he took the time and effort to deposit the Word of God, which has grown his small measure of faith in that part of his life, to the point where it is starting to manifest good things.

What we deposit is what we will have available to draw on. It really matters what we read, listen to, and surround our lives with. If we want to be able to draw on faith, hope, trust and strength, then we have to deposit those things in our lives. Too often we want to live like microwave Christians, and expect an instant feast when we only took the time to deposit “two minute noodles”

Make a quality decision today to begin making faith deposits so that you can become spiritually rich. As you do know that when you have an abundance of faith in your spiritual account nothing, and I mean nothing is impossible for you!

No deposit, no return; consider carefully what you deposit today?

For more on this topic have a listen to Philip’s message “Faith currency” – https://soundcloud.com/phil-dayle-kinney/currency-of-faith-ps-phil-kinney-11th-december-2016

Prayer: Lord help me to be consistent, and to take the time and effort to deposit good things into my life so that I have something to draw on. Please teach me as I read your word, and also lead me to the right places, and people to encourage me to do that. In Jesus name Amen.

20 Dec -Heaven’s gate is open!

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As I put our two youngest to bed tonight we were talking about being able to go in and out of heaven. It’s something I’ve always taught our kids, and that they have a secret, special place they can go to when they want to spend time with Jesus. The more I have come to understand and experience the things of the Spirit, and of heavenly places the more revelation this going in and out of our secret place with Jesus has meant.

We complicate the things of God sometimes, thinking that we have to do, say and be all these things to have access to God, heaven and His presence. When really it is very simple. In John 10:9 Jesus says, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in and through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures”. (NLT). Some translations of that verse say, “and will go in and out, and find pasture”.(NKJV)

Other places in the bible talk about us being seated in heavenly places with Jesus now. “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

We have a body, but we also have a spirit, and our spirit when we ask Jesus into our lives is born anew. The separation between God and us is removed, and we can commune with the creator of the universe, the one who loves us, simply by stepping into that place in Him. We can come in and out of heavenly places, because Jesus has given us that access.

I have discovered that God has given us our imagination for a purpose, and that purpose is to be able to see those things that our natural senses can’t. When we focus in on Jesus and things above, and desire to be with Him, we actually get to be where He is, with Him, seeing and hearing beyond the natural realm.

 “Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

I often see myself walking along a garden path, through a garden gate and into a massive field where Jesus is. From there I get to go to places in heaven…it’s a crazy, amazing, beautiful, and busy place.

I used to think that maybe it was just my imagination, but then I started seeing and hearing about the same places as other people did when they talked about going into heaven to spend time with Jesus. God started speaking truths, imparting information and bringing understanding of how to deal with situations. Heaven is for real, and we don’t have to wait until we die to experience it. It’s a place we can go; to see, hear, learn and experience more of God now.

Today I encourage you to renew your mindset about what is possible when you know Jesus. He says we can “come in and out, and come and go freely,” (John 10:9) because He is the access point to heaven, not death. So why aren’t you going already? It’s an open invitation, and believe me it will change everything! There is a call from heaven today…”come up, come up here”!

 Prayer: Jesus, thank you that you are the door to heaven, and that I can come and go freely, and find you there. Forgive me for making death the way to heaven, and not you. In Jesus Name Amen.

19 Dec -What are you expecting?

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Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hope is a powerful word. Modern-day language has diminished it’s meaning to mean a “weak wish”. But the hope God talks about in the Bible is a powerful force that leads to full manifestation of what we are believing for. It is defined as confident expectation.

I like that – Confident expectation; which is an expectation that focuses on the desired result, and not the dreaded outcome.

How often do we get out of bed in the morning with an expectation that is focused confidently on that which we are believing for, rather than facing the day expecting things to go wrong or to be challenging? How often do we expect favour and blessing to come our way, for the kids to behave, for our relationships and jobs to be satisfying and fruitful, for things to go well for us?

With six children we often hear parents, or those thinking of being parents speak about dreading their children’s teenage years. They worry about all the trouble or problems their kids might get into, and they often expect them to “mess up”, or have plenty of issues. As parents we have had to be strong, and put firm boundaries in place, which have not always been appreciated at the time by our kids. But we have chosen, according to what we see in God’s word, to confidently expect our kids to be happy, intelligent, successful, and passionate about their lives, their relationship with Jesus and with others. It’s what we pray, speak over them, and expect God to do in their lives.

We can’t fear the worst, because that causes the force of fear, rather than faith in God’s care and goodness to go into operation. Fear is a force, just as faith is, and God asks us to have faith, and to trust in Him. He wants us to live by faith, to walk by faith, and to speak and pray words of faith. It’s that powerful, confident expectation that moves both heaven and earth.

For we walk by faith, and not by sight.” (1 Corinthians 5:11)

 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

 The story of blind Bartimaeus is a great example of this. (Mark10:46–47 (NKJV)

Now [Jesus and His disciples] came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out. . . .

Bartimaeus must had heard how Jesus went about healing the sick. And now Jesus was walking by him. Bartimaeus clearly had high expectations that he, too, could be healed, because he immediately began calling out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ ” (v. 47).

When we begin to expect something from God, there will be people around us who will try to squash our expectations. They will be quick to tell us why something can’t happen. The people around Bartimaeus told him to be quiet, but Bartimaeus wouldn’t listen to them. He shouted out even louder. “JESUS, SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!”

He was not going to let anyone quiet him or his expectations, for Bartimaeus was determined to receive his healing!

He had hope, he had a confident expectation, and when we really expect to get something from God, nobody can or should keep us quiet. It doesn’t matter who those are around us; our family, friends, co-workers, even other well-meaning Christians.  Bartimaeus believed that this was his opportunity to get healed, and he wasn’t going to let it pass him by!

It was Bartimaeus’ confident expectation that caused Jesus to stop and find out what he wanted. The same people who told him to be quiet then told him that Jesus was calling for him.

“Notice what Bartimaeus did next: “And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus” (v. 50).

That garment or coat identified Bartimaeus as a beggar—an outcast to society. But when he threw off his coat, Bartimaeus purposely in expectation laid down his life of begging. He wouldn’t need that beggars coat anymore because he wasn’t going to be a blind beggar anymore”. (K.Hagin)

What are you expecting today? Like blind Bartimaeus, is it time for you to get rid of the garments you’ve been hanging on to. To throw off the garment of depression, lack, fear, sickness, failure, and tiredness; the garment that says, “I can’t.”

Isn’t it time we looked to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and began to expect for better? Isn’t it time we started living and expecting that we actually “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us?” (Philippians 4:13)

Don’t be satisfied with the same level of expectation you’ve been at for years. Today is a new day, and His mercies are new every morning, so begin to expect God to work in and through you. Expect God to answer your prayers, and to be faithful to the promises in His word.

Build your expectation for God to do something the same way Bartimaeus did; by reading and listening to the accounts of Jesus found in the bible. Then choose to believe that it is possible, and position yourself to receive your answer and miracle today!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

Prayer: Jesus, I’m lifting my expectation today for you to do miracles in my life. I throw off the old garment of…….., and expect to receive your goodness and mercy in my life. In Jesus name Amen.

18 Dec – Your mess into a message!

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Today I was cleaning up our house after Christmas, birthday and church family celebrations. I was vacuuming crumbs off the lounge when I happened to look between the crevices in the seats on one of the lounges. I was greeted by a not so lovely surprise, as a line of crumbs; food bits, hair accessories, and general yuckyness emerged. Now for anyone who has children or lots of people regularly in their homes will know things can get messy, and unless you are going to cover your furniture with plastic it’s only to be expected. It’s part and parcel of having a home, and not just a house.

However today I was amazed at how much “stuff” was hiding in my lounge. There weren’t even any happy surprises of lost money – just bits and pieces that needed to be quickly sucked up my vacuum cleaner.

It make me think about how we can also easily have things collecting or hiding in our lives, which we simply don’t notice or give much thought to because they are not immediately obvious unless you go poking around. In our everyday lives we don’t generally seek to lift the lid on the more messy, or challenging parts of our lives. We like to keep them well hidden, which allows them to build up bit-by-bit, much like the crumbs and messiness hiding within our lounge.

However when we open our hearts to Jesus, and say come and be part of my life He doesn’t leave these “messy” hiding places alone. That’s because He knows that to be completely free and cleansed He must “bring to light” all those places in our lives we have been putting to one side, or keeping hidden so as to not have to deal with them. Things like our fears, worries, our past, any relationship problems or unhealthy attitudes and mindsets. There is no end to the things we can keep hidden away; but those same things are what keep us from being free to be all that God make us to be.

 For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be known and illuminated. (Luke 8:17)

God loves us just the way we are and invites each one of us to come to Him just as we are. But He also loves us far too much to leave us with the mess we hide away from others and even ourselves. He knows it will eventually cause us harm, just as the mess in our lounge would eventually turn mouldy, start to smell, and destroy our furniture.

Today I encourage you to not waste another day keeping Jesus out of those hidden areas of your life. He moves and touches our hearts, not to harm or make things difficult for us, but to bring freedom and abundant life. When we say yes to Him, our life may seem to get messier for a while, but that’s momentary as He does a “vacuum clean”, and the results are far reaching, life giving, and joy-filled. For if you allow Him God will turn your mess into a message of hope, and joy for both your life, and everyone around you. For No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

 How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.” (Psalm 31:19)

 Prayer: Lord, help me to trust you to reveal and clean up any areas of my life that I’ve been keeping hidden or pushing aside. I give you permission to search all of my life today, so you can bring any needed change or healing. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24) In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

17 Dec – What difference did Jesus make?

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Before Jesus came to the earth the world was a much more brutal place. Everyday people didn’t seem to mind seeing people flogged to death, hung on crosses, burned or whatever other despicable thing that could think up. The Colosseum in Rome is a living monument to the absolute brutality and heartlessness that mankind is capable of. It was that brutality that was characteristic of the time before Jesus came to earth.

Prior to Jesus coming infanticide was common practice. In the ancient world it was commonplace to see each morning unwanted babies on the rubbish dump, placed there by their own mothers.

After Jesus came to earth His followers ended infanticide and the gladiatorial contests. People wanted to emulate Jesus who taught, ”in everything do to others what you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:27-31)) Because of this change of heart and belief, society started to change.

In our world we take our values on human life for granted, we are shocked and outraged when we see atrocities, and brutality against others. We react because in our society we’ve had a regard for human life embedded in our culture for centuries. But had Jesus never been born, it would have been a far different story – human life would be quite cheap.

The morality of any society can easily be judged by the view it holds on human life. Remove the influence of Jesus in the world, and you will quickly see how cheap human life becomes.

Jesus increased the value of human life by elevating the value of women. Mistreatment of women was common around the world. Sati – widow burning is an example of this, where 1000’s of girls as young as 13 years old were married to men who were fifty or sixty years old. When they died the young women were expected to throw themselves on the funeral pier, and die with their husbands. Through the agitation of Christian missionaries in India, finally it was made illegal in the 1830’s. Thousands of women even now owe their lives to the influence of those missionaries.

A Hindu woman once said to a missionary, “Surely your Bible was written by a woman.’ ‘Why?’ he asked. “Because it says so many kind things for women”.

 Before the spread of Christianity there was no organized charitable effort at large in the world. The example and teaching of Jesus changed the way the world reacted to those in need especially the poor, the widowed and the orphaned.

The bible repeatedly teaches to love your neighbour, to give, to have compassion and to bear one another’s burdens. “He who despises his neighbour sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.” (Proverbs 14:21)

Hospitals as we know them began through the influence of those who sought to follow Jesus way’s and teachings. This gave rise to nursing care, and organisations started by Christians such as The Red Cross are an example.

The phenomenon of education for everyone has its roots in Christianity. It is Christianity that has give rise to the concept of education for everyone. The greatest universities worldwide were started by Christians, for Christian purposes. While many of them may today be quite hostile to the Christian faith, the fact is that it was through the labor and sacrifices of Christians that Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and others were created.

I recently read an account, which reveals just how radical a change Jesus coming to earth has made. It’s the story of a servicemen in World War Two who was out in the jungle in one of the pacific islands when he came across an indigenous man carrying a big bible. He pointed at it and said “we don’t believe in that book anymore”. The man looked at him and smiled, “well it’s a good thing for you that I do, or you’d be in here by now”, and he pointed at his stomach. 

The spread of Christianity caused the widespread practice of cannibalism to decrease as people came to know Jesus and to follow his teachings.

One scholar said, “Without Jesus’ influence in our society we would not have benign neutrality, but a sinister form of secularism, where life would have diminished value.”

Jesus Christ was born; He did come to earth, and it’s important to understand what a difference historically and individually He has made. One, because it affects our life both now and for all eternity, and two so that we are ever mindful to continue to protect and stand for that which is pure, holy, loving and good.

I encourage you this Christmas time to not take for granted, or forget what Jesus has done for all mankind. It is just as the angel said on that starry night. “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:10)

 Prayer: Jesus, help me to not take for granted or underestimate the difference you coming into the world made. You are the one who taught us how to love, to be compassionate, how to reach out to the hurting, the sick, and the lonely. Please help me to be as you are in my world today, and especially at this time of the year. In Jesus name Amen

16 Dec – What if Jesus had never come?

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How do you prepare for Christmas? In our house the preparations start in mid November, straight after our youngest daughter’s birthday. It begins with the playing of Christmas carols whilst putting up the Christmas Tree; finding once again all the ornaments from when the kids were really little. There’s lots of tinsel, which our eldest daughter loves to hate, and we joke about how many fairy lights my husband Philip can manage to squeeze on the tree this year. He then takes his annual photo of all of us in front of our tree, which usually takes several attempts, as someone for sure is not looking or smiling at the camera. The fairy lights go up outside, and I hope nobody is going to fall off the roof in the hot sun.

Gingerbread house making, lots of fruit mince pies and apple cider, light looking, celebrating with our church family, lots and lots of food, music, more lights, the annual Christmas movie marathon and shopping galore.

It would be fair to say our family loves Christmas…a lot!

But tonight as we went on our first tour of the lights in our neighbourhood I was struck with the thought, “what would the world be like if Jesus had never come? What if we had never had that first Christmas? Imagine Christmas day with no Christ in it. No stockings hung out on Christmas Eve, no trees, no carols, no wreaths, no churches, or their special services to celebrate, no books in the library about Jesus, no holiday. No comfort for the lonely, the dying, the seeker; no promises, no good news of the gospel, no freedom, no consolation, no hope of heaven.

It’s so easy in the midst of all the preparations, and busyness to overlook, and perhaps even to forget just how important this event is. We see in the bible that the birth of Jesus coming to the world was a gift for all, but just as the gifts under our Christmas tree must be received and opened, we too must receive the gift of Jesus’ coming for ourselves to truly enjoy it. (Luke 2)

Sometimes we can all behave and live like he never did. We get caught up in the world’s way of thinking and doing things, we forget about Jesus, and we lose sight of what and whom Christmas is really all about.

Today consider how your life and the world would be if Jesus had never come? And does His coming make your life any different. If so how does your life reflect that? Or have you forgotten Jesus, and that you can know Him for yourself this Christmas time.

I encourage you this Christmas time to not forget about or overlook the best Christmas gift the world has ever been given. Jesus is the reason for all the lights, food, gift giving, celebrations, and holiday, and He came for you that you might know Him and His love and forgiveness.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son”. (John 3:16-18 NLT)

Prayer: Jesus, thank you that you did come. That you loved mankind so much that you left heaven so that our we could have a relationship with you. Help me to remember in amongst all the busyness of the season, that you are the reason for it all, and for me to live that out today. In Jesus Name. Amen.

15 Dec -Being in the right place, at the right time!

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Today Isaac, our youngest child and I received a special surprise. We got to see a brand new baby foal only hours old, as we arrived at the stables for Isaac’s ride. We’d been watching the mare over the last few weeks get larger and larger as her due date grew closer, and today we were one of the first at the stables to see the very cute new arrival. We couldn’t really plan that we would be there at that opportune time, but it was a desire of Isaac’s that he would get to see this little foal straight after it had been born, and today it was granted.

God has a way of doing that in our lives. He hears our prayers, our conversations, and the desire of our hearts, and the bible says that “when we delight in Him, He gives us the desires of our hearts”. (Psalm 37:4) “He is able to do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20 AMP) Really when we are listening, loving and following God, we should expect these superabundant, beyond our greatest prayers happenings more often!

I love moments like today, when I couldn’t have planned it better. I know that God heard Isaac’s heart and his desire, and just wanted to give a special surprise and gift to us today. Perhaps far too often we relegate these “gifts” to luck, or coincidence. But God actually says that He has good things for us to walk in, and that He will do far above and beyond what we can ever dream, ask or imagine. In fact I believe God has a lot of opportune moments for each one of us, where we are in the right place, at the right time, meeting the right person, or receiving that needed information.

Today, I was reminded of the miracle of new birth, and of being in the midst of an  opportune time moment. God is in the habit of orchestrating these happenings, (which I don’t believe are just coincidences), so He can then  pour out a blessing, or even use us to be the conduit for someone else’s blessing.

We may have been praying for these things; but at other times it is just God doing more than we can ask, think, dream or imagine. He has a plan for our life, but it isn’t necessarily going to follow the path we think. Man makes his plans, but God sets our path. Which means that quite often God is going to mess with our plans, so as to position us for something better.

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps”. (Proverbs 16:19)

Be encouraged today that He has heard your prayers, and even the secret desires of your heart. Trust him to direct and guide you to the right moment, place or person, so as to answer you, even it that may mean messing with your plans! He knows what He is doing. Expect the unexpected, and make room in your life for an opportune time moment, that may well just change your situation, circumstances, and the whole outlook on your day.

Prayer: Lord thank you that you direct my steps, and it is always with a plan in mind.Thank you for your suddenlies, and the moments when you have me in exactly the right place, at the right time. Help me to be quick to respond to your promptings and to be expectant for these God orchestrated moments. In Jesus Name Amen.

14 Dec -Suddenly!

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When we talk about the suddenlies of God we are referring to those moments when God suddenly breaks forth into our situation. Suddenlies are usually after we have been in a time of waiting… waiting in our wilderness, waiting for breakthrough, waiting for God to reveal His plan and purpose. Waiting for things to line up.

But to be honest I really like God’s suddenlies. Where He suddenly moves and acts, and it can be at anytime, anywhere and anyhow. Those sudden moves of God are what makes me expectant, that make me know that God is so much bigger than any formula or prescriptive method I may have on how to get God to act. God is sovereign and He can come at anytime and reveal the reality of who He is, however He likes.

However there are some things that do seem to get God’s attention.

God suddenly came on the scene with some guys named Paul and Silas. They had been thrown in prison for preaching about Jesus, and from the dungeon they started to sing and pray. Logically speaking a dungeon would be the last place anyone would decide to have a sing a long. Maybe a desperate “Help God” prayer, but not a sing along. But these guys, they were singing songs to God so loudly that the other prisoners were being entertained as they listened.

Suddenly, I love that word. “Suddenly there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations, All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off.” (Acts 16:25-26 NLT)

God obviously values that kind of praise and worship where it is a sacrifice, and makes no earthly sense. He loves it when we choose to sing, and pray and believe Him even though we don’t feel like even opening our mouths.

 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name”. (Hebrews 13:15)

Even when it doesn’t make sense and the world tells us we should be working more to pay the bills, worrying more about our future, sorting out the kids, organising, cleaning, and always doing, doing, doing more. It’s in those times when it costs us to pray and sing our worship to God that our worship seems to open up doors to the suddenlies of God.

Today, if you are facing a situation that seems to have you “locked up”, much like Paul and Silas were, know that God is working on your suddenly. Start to sing, pray and worship your way through your circumstances. God loves it, the devil hates it, and other people who may be experiencing similar struggles are listening too. For your suddenly and breakthrough is being prepared even as you pray and sing.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that your word is full of suddenly God moved accounts. Help me to remember to pray, to sing and worship even when I am faced with difficulties, or am feeling like I’m in chains. That’s actually the best time, because my suddenly is on the way. In Jesus name Amen.

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