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13 Dec -Why give a gift?

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At this time of the year many people have just finished, or are still Christmas shopping. My Dad was well known for his last minute Christmas shopping, and he had a habit of dragging one of his children to the shops to help him finish his shopping before closing time Christmas Eve. He always however gave me great presents; one’s he knew I needed, or wanted such as a dishwasher (I have a lot of dishes), a sewing machine, or special little things that would last.

The funny quirk he had however is that unless He could buy you something big or expensive, and what he really wanted to give you, was that sometimes you didn’t get your gift from him on the exact day. Sometimes your birthday gift would be months late.

Now that Dad has gone to permanently be with Jesus in heaven,  I really appreciate his gift giving and that he made the effort, even if it was usually last minute, or a little late. I still have the sewing machine, the expensive jewellery and pictures he gave me. My kids treasure the toys, keepsakes and gifts that have outlived their Poppee’.

Sometimes we can feel like everything is just too rushed, expensive, and stressful at this time of the year. We can lose sight of the whole point of gift giving. That it is designed to be a blessing, to honour those you are giving to, and to let them know you have taken notice of their interests, and hearts desires. When we give a gift it isn’t about us, but about the person we are giving to. It is meant to reflect our love and appreciation of them in our life.

Jesus Himself was given gifts at His birth by the three wise men. They gave gifts that were significant, meaningful and no doubt later provided for Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus while they were seeking refuge in Egypt from the murderous King Herod.

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh”. (Matthew 2:11)

The bible says that there is power in a gift for,“Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people”. (Proverbs 18:16 NLT)

Today if you are a bit jaded about gift giving, and especially about your Christmas gift shopping, I encourage you to really step back and see the potential joy that is contained in the giving of a gift.

We can see the gifts we purchase and give as just something we should or have to do. Or we can choose to see the power in our giving, and the blessing and real demonstration of God’s love that has the opportunity to be contained in our gift.

It’s important to be mindful that the attitude behind our giving really matters to us, to the recipient of our giving and to God. There is a vast difference between being obligated to, and intentionally and cheerfully giving something to another person.

Paul said, “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

The bible is full of giving; of gifts, and the love contained in that giving. Jesus is our ultimate gift, and He is the gift to mankind that just keeps on giving.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only on 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”. (John 3:16-17 NLT)

Therefore God without a doubt is the ultimate big gift giver, and He encourages us to imitate Him. “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17)

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children”. (Ephesians 5:1 NLT)

As you prepare for this Christmas season choose to see the value and blessing potential contained in the simple giving of your gift to another. It doesn’t even really matter how it is received if you give with love in your heart, and a desire to imitate God. The point is you have given, just as God did, and still does.

Prayer: Lord I thank you for the ability to give a gift, no matter how big or small. The point is for me to demonstrate love in my giving, and to look to bless and honour those in my life. Please give me wisdom, creativity and fresh ideas as I give this Christmas. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

12 Dec -Trust His process!

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I read a thought today about how God leads us through the process of personal growth in our lives. There are three words which God seems to operate within when working and establishing us as the people we were made to be.

They are “out, through and in”. He has applied the same pattern of “out, through, and in” for generations, and it’s repeatedly illustrated in the bible through the lives of such people as Abraham, Joseph and David. (Van Moody)

If we examine the account of the Israelites in Egypt we can see the pattern demonstrated again. They were brought “OUT” of slavery in Egypt, led “THROUGH” the wilderness and “IN to” the Promised Land.

God still uses the same process for us today. Egypt is often symbolic of any type of bondage, hardship or limitation in our life. God calls us “out” of these situations because he has blessing, release and restoration on His mind for us. But it is a process, and the quicker we “get on board” with the process of growth the faster we will develop and move through it.

We often think, “Great now that I’m “out” of that uncomfortable or negative situation I can walk straight into my “promised land”. However the Israelites were first led “through” the wilderness before they entered into the land God had prepared for them. (Exodus 13-15)

Sadly however we can be just like the Israelites who grumbled and complained, and sought to go back to Egypt rather than trust God in the midst of their wilderness experience. We can doubt God’s goodness towards us, and start to think that things were better and more fun back where we’ve come from. No one likes the wilderness moments, where we are proved, refined, and more often than not have to wait for God to reveal and release His next move and plan. Given the choice we would probably all opt out of our wilderness experiences, and go straight to the Promised Land.

“The sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the LORD’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” (Exodus 16:3)

But it is in the wilderness that our characters are forged, and refined. It is in the wilderness that we discover whether we are prepared to trust and obey God’s leading and way of doing things. It is in the wilderness where we find ourselves, and where we discover what we really believe; it is where our faith and patience is strengthened and given some “muscle”. We want a quick overnight process, but it is our willingness to listen, obey and be led that shortens or lengthens our wilderness time frame. We can definitely hold things up by our attitude and stubbornness; by our unwillingness to let go of the things of “Egypt and our past”. Just look at the Israelites who ended up spending 40years in the wilderness, before entering into the Promised Land.

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands”. (Deuteronomy 8:2)

Today, whatever situation and circumstance you find yourself in, know that God has a plan to bring you “out, through and in”. Trust Him, and consider your attitude today, for it is always the willing, and the obedient that have the best of the land. Learn from those who have gone before and choose to humble yourself, so as to allow God to lead and guide you. It’s a much quicker journey!

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land”. (Isaiah 1:19)

Prayer: Lord, help me to be willing and obedient, and to follow the process you have to bring me into my “promised land”. Please help me to be quick to listen; quick to obey and that I will trust you so that I don’t hold up the process of growth you are working out in my life. And so I don’t end up wandering around and around the wilderness needlessly. In Jesus name Amen.

 

11 Dec – He sees the best in me

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One of the things I have come to realise as a parent is that you look for the best in your children. Even when there are aspects of their character that need some work, we choose to focus on enhancing their strengths and seeing their greatness, while praying and speaking into any weaknesses.

Likewise God sees a lot of value in each of us; He sees greatness in us, and He knows full well what we are capable of. When God looks at us—He sees the best in us, He sees what others don’t or refuse to see in us.

Samuel 16: 7 tells of the difference between how others saw David and how God saw him. It says, “…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

David was overlooked by his own family, and viewed as being too insignificant to even include in a celebration with Samuel the prophet. Yet God noticed David, and He saw the best in Him. He saw His heart and believed in what He could be.

The women who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears was a known sinner. Most people would call her a woman of ill repute or a prostitute. She did not have a good reputation. People had written her off as being a no good hopeless sinner, unworthy of any consideration and unworthy of their compassion. However, Jesus was different. He saw the best in her. He saw who she was created to be, and not just what she had become. Overcome by the greatness of God’s forgiveness towards her she began to cry, and the tears fell on the feet of Jesus. Untying her hair she used it to dry her tears off his feet, and then with the little she had of value she anointed Jesus feet with her precious bottle of perfume. (Luke 7:36-50)

Those watching commented, “This man is no prophet! If he were a prophet he would know about this sinful woman! He would turn her away”.

Sadly far too often we can respond the same way. How quick are we to pass judgment, to presume, and fail to look and see the best in people? We fail at the very thing for which we also have to be most grateful for ourselves. That God sees the best in us. That He believes in us. That when He looks at us He sees love us, and sees that all things are possible.

Jesus forgave the woman because He saw the best in her, when everyone else could only see the worst in her. Because of Jesus’ compassion and reassurance this woman chose to acknowledge that her lifestyle was not God’s best for her, and realised that she was of greater value than she or others had given her credit for. Jesus didn’t condemn or give her a lecture on the error of her ways; He simply loved and welcomed her into his presence, and it changed her life forever.

Today, Jesus is still the same. He still believes and looks for the best in each one of us. He still believes in us regardless of what our life may look like to others, or even who and what we see when we look in the mirror. He loves us, and still welcomes all who come to Him into His presence.

Plus He wants us to imitate Him; to look for the best in ourselves, and in others. He wants us to believe for the better, for the seemingly impossible, for miracles, for lives being transformed and changed. He hasn’t changed, for “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Today take a look in the mirror and see what Jesus sees when he looks at you. Know that you are of value and greatly loved. That He believes the best of you. Then as you meet others today, imitate Jesus and look for the greatness and best in them too.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us.” (Ephesians 5:1)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you see the best in me. Help me to see myself as you do, and to start to live out of that new understanding of who I am in you. Then please help me to show the same grace and love to all I meet today. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Read about the women who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears: Luke 7:36-50 (NIV) 

“When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

10 Dec – Don’t look back!

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One of the things that I have learnt over the years is the importance of not looking back. It seems to hold people back, both from where they are meant to be going now, and their future. We can recall the times that God has done awesome things in our past, but we need to be aware of not living there. As I say, “nothing is ever wasted if we learn from it”, but I have discovered that not a lot of  good comes from continually looking, or going back.

Lot’s wife is a dramatic example of the inherent dangers in looking back. She was turned into a pillar of salt after she looked back at the city of Sodom, where she lived, which was being destroyed because of it’s wickedness. She disobeyed the command given by the angels to not look back as they fled.

The question is why did she look back, and as a result was turned into a pillar of salt. In the original Hebrew language the words “looked back” indicates that she took a longing look upon the city, a look that indicated she wanted what she left, and not what God was saving her from, or the new life He was going to give them. (Genesis 19:26)

God did not want Lot and his family to look back because He wanted them to trust in His direction and future for their lives. When we “look back longingly” as Lot’s wife did, we are saying in our hearts that we miss where we have come from, and are unsure of where God is leading us.

Jesus gave a very simple directive that relates to our ability to walk away from our old life, and our past. Some people came to Jesus and said we want to follow you…“Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.” Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” (Luke 9:61-62 Message)

Far too often we don’t seize the day because we are too busy looking back. We can let the guilt of our past, or failures, disappointments or even the desire for things from our old way of life keep us from reaping the rewards of a new life and future in Jesus. The bible is full of people who had past mistakes and failures.

  • Moses murdered an Egyptian (Exodus 2:11-15)
  • David committed both adultery and murder (2 Samuel 11)
  • Solomon, indulged in everything worldly (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)
  • Peter denied knowing Jesus three times (Luke 22:54-62)
  • Paul murdered and persecuted Christians before coming to know Jesus.(Acts 22:4)

Yet God moved mightily and redirected their lives. If they had looked back they would never of been able to fulfil their God given purpose. They would have remained stuck in their past as they constantly looked back.

For when we look back, we can easily miss the day; we can miss God given opportunities, and we can miss the freedom and better life that is awaiting us when we choose to look to Jesus and His plan.

Today don’t get caught in the trap and habit of looking and going back. Instead set your course ahead; “forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead, press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should have this attitude.” (Philippians 3:12-14 AMP)

Prayer: Lord please help me to keep looking ahead and not behind, so that I may reach toward all that you have for my future. Thank you that you make everything beautiful in its time, and that you work everything out for my good. In Jesus name Amen.

He made everything appropriate in its time. He also placed eternity within them—yet, no person can fully comprehend what God is doing from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 – International standard version)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

9 Dec -Little by little everyday!

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How does something grow? Does it grow instantly the moment it is planted, or little by little every day? The answer is a little at a time, 24 hours a day, every day. The same is true for anything we undertake in life. We accomplish the most when we are consistent over an extended period of time.

Many times we can begin a new fitness regime, diet, study or even our relationship with God; we can “go hard” at it studying, praying, “working out” for a few days and then far too often we quit. Many people start things brilliantly, but give up soon after, for it is not so much how we begin that counts, but how we finish that really matters.

When it comes to the things of the God and our purpose in life there are no short cuts. To really understand who we are, and to learn to use our faith, gifts and talents productively and powerfully we have to be consistent and constant in keeping our relationship with Jesus; in reading, listening and keeping His words before us, and in seeking to grow in what we have been given. 

Little by little every day we grow stronger. Little by little we understand more deeply who we are, and who He is. Little by little we discover our purpose. Little by little everyday, we put into practice the things we have seen and heard; not just when we want to or feel like it, but a little at a time everyday.

Today, make a decision to begin the daily walk of constant growth. Determine to do, say and be the person you know you are called to be. For it’s not just what we say, it’s what we do; it’s not how we start, but how we finish. It not just who we are, it’s who we can become.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit (pride).” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)

 

 

 

 

 

8 Dec -Just say Yes!

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I was reading back on a message of encouragement I received a few years ago. The message was from a person who had known me for over 25 years, and was remarking on how great it was to see how I had grown as a person. I replied it was because God had challenged and encouraged me to simply say “Yes” to Him.

Saying Yes is actually harder than one might imagine. We are often far more prone towards saying “No” to things, and second guessing ourselves than we might like to admit. Yet without saying “Yes” I am going to allow myself to be stretched and do that or, “Yes God, I’m up for whatever you bring my way” we often settle and keep within our comfort zones.

Some people find it easier according to their upbringing, personality type and life experience to say Yes to things, while others struggle with change, transition, new places, people and things, and any challenges that push them beyond what they have known.

But the God of heaven is a God of new things; of excitement, of colour, creativity, and life. He is not stagnant, or dead but very much alive and full of power and might. He looks for those who will say “yes” to Him for in those ones He is able to show Himself strong, and they are the ones who will do exploits in His name. When we struggle He promises to lead us gently and guide us into all the good things He has prepared in advance for us. We just have to learn to trust Him.

Being a “Yes God” person doesn’t mean we won’t ever have moments of doubt or thoughts of, “God what an earth are you doing now”, but it does mean  we are people who trust Him more than we trust our plans, and nice neat organised lives.

God loves us, and it’s in saying “yes” to Him that we are able to become all that He purposed and planned for us to be. His dream and story for our lives is bigger than we can ever imagine. Most of the time we think far too small and limited, and God loves to come along and push out the boundaries and limitations we put on ourselves, and our futures. When we choose every day to simply say “Yes God, here I am, lead me, use me, grow me” then we will get to experience the full, overflowing, abundant life that Jesus came to give us. (John 10:10)

Today, I encourage you to trust God and His promises for your life. He has good things in mind for you; so put your hand in the hand of the one who created so much for you to enjoy and experience, and just say “Yes”! 

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)

“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, freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” (John 10:10 AMP)

Prayer: Lord thank you that with you all things are possible, and that you have good things in mind for me. Help me to be brave enough every day to say “Yes” to you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

7 Dec -How to have your prayers answered!

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One of the great people of prayer that I have read about is a man called George Mueller of Bristol, England. Mueller led four influential ministries, but he is perhaps most well known today for the orphanages he ran.

During a time in England when most orphans lived in miserable workhouses or on the streets, Mueller took them in, fed them, clothed them, and educated them. He cared for as many as two thousand orphans at a time, and more than ten thousand in his lifetime. Yet he never made the needs of his ministries known to anyone except to God in prayer. Only through his annual reports were people informed of how God had provided.

Mueller had over fifty thousand specific recorded answers to prayer in his journals, thirty thousand of which he said were answered the same day or the same hour that he prayed them. Think of it: that’s five hundred definite answers to prayer each year, more than one per day, every day for sixty years! Plus God also provided the equivalent of $7,200,000.00 in answer to Mueller’s prayers.

But what made George Mueller’s prayer life so fruitful? One of the main reasons is that whenever it was laid upon George Mueller’s heart to pray for anything, he would search the bible to find if there was some promise that covered his need and request to God. Sometimes he would spend days reading and meditating on the scriptures before he presented his petition to God. And then when he found the promise, he would with his Bible open before him, and with his finger on that promise ask for what he required, and in doing so he received what he asked for. He always prayed with an open Bible before him.

Mueller’s discovery was that after spending time searching God’s promises in His word he was able to experience a powerful prayer life. “

Often we rush our requests to God, failing to build any real faith for what we are asking for. We ask, but not with the assurance we need based on God’s promises in His word. However thinking deeply on God’s promises – or meditating, is perhaps the biggest key regarding “taking in” God’s word, and having an effective prayer life.”

Today, I encourage you to seek to have a life full of answered prayers like George Mueller. Write down your requests to God, and then go to His word and find out what He has to say. What are His promises regarding your situation? When you discover the answer, bring your request to God in prayer, and petition Him according to His word, rather than your need. The whole of heaven responds to His promises, so it’s worth taking the time to find out what they are, and then bring them to God in prayer.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him”. (1 John 5:14-16)

Prayer: Lord I thank you for your promises, and that you are faithful to keep them. Help me to not rush in my requests to you, but to know and bring my petitions to you in faith that you will answer according to your promises. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

6 Nov -Never underestimate someone with a prayer and a plan!

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My husband recently brought me a t-shirt with the words “Never underestimate a woman with a prayer and a plan.” I like that, because when we pray no matter how large or small we are, or if we are male, female, young or old; when we pray and get revelation from heaven on our situation we are far more powerful than we look. As I say “I’m bigger on the inside than the outside”.

Andrew Murray once said, “The man (or woman –my addition) who mobilises the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelisation in history.”

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16-18 declares, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.

Jesus said, “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

Actually God’s word is full of His promises regarding prayer, if we would only take the time to look.

 Psalm 107:28-30 says, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven”

Matthew 7:7 states, “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 11:24  “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it”.

 Yet we can far too often underestimate the power of prayer, and the plans and strategies that God will reveal to us when we pray. When the world looks like it is going a little crazy, and solutions are few and far between, that is not the time to run around screaming, or throwing our hands up in the air in defeat, that is the time to pray. It’s the time to pray, and seek God’s face for the answers.

The fact of the matter is that if the devil can keep people from praying, and believing in the power and effectiveness of their prayers he will. He will put pressure on, throw smoke screens in our eyes, remind us of our failings, and try to deceive, cheat and lie to convince us that we don’t have time to pray, or try to cause us to wonder if it works anyway.

Today however I encourage you to not fall for his lies and schemes any longer. Jesus said pray, and to pray without ceasing. (Matthew 6:9-13) He prayed, He taught his disciples to pray, and wherever and whenever people have determined in their hearts to pray in faith and according to God’s word, amazing things have happened.

George Mueller a man who received astonishing answers to prayer, when asked how much time he spent in prayer, replied, “Hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk and when I lie down and when I arise. And the answers are always coming.”

That constant attitude of prayer will bring us into a place of supernatural protection, deliverance, comfort and communion with God. “It clears the vision; steadies the nerves; stiffens the purpose; and sweetens and strengthens the spirit.” (S.D. Gordon)

Don’t get too busy to pray today; take the time to seek God, to pray His word, and to believe that He will, and is working to deliver you and answer your prayers.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be obvious to everyone. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

 

 

 

 

 

5 Dec -There is so much More!

 

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One of the amazing things  I continue to learn as I spend time with Jesus and as I “hang out” in heavenly places with Him, is that He always wants to show me “more”. That more is possible, that more is available, and that God wants to give it to us.

He wants to give us more understanding and knowledge, to help us fathom the mysteries of the universe. He wants to give us more joy, and more bliss-filled lives, in which we overcome every mountain before us, and are able to walk in His power and presence more deeply.

The world often see’s “more” as attaining more money, possessions, education, power over others, more food, more alcohol, more sex, more success, more things to feed mankind’s natural, more base tendencies. This “more” may satisfy momentarily, but it eventually always leaves us wanting, empty and dissatisfied.

When I choose to forgo what the world has on offer, for the far richer treasures of heaven, and communion with God, I am always astounded at the things He speaks and reveals to me. He shows me things to come, of His plans and dreams for not only me, but also for the world. He loves us so much and has such plans and promise for mankind. (John 16:13)

He says to us, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come”. (Jeremiah 33:3)

What is even more amazing to me is that He desires to include each one of us in His grand story, and that the gifts, talents, dreams and desires He has placed in each of our hearts, are all part of how He wants to bless the world.

Far too often the lives we lead become devoid of the “more”. Life often becomes  a matter of survival, rather than being filled with hope, joy, love and meaning. But Jesus has some good news today. He is “The More”, He desires to give us more than we could ask, dream, think, or imagine. When we spend time with Him; when we step thorough into His presence and sit in the secret place with Him, He reveals “the more” for our life, for our family, for our community, for our world.

Now to Him who 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)

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)

Today don’t settle for just surviving. Don’t be afraid any longer of being disappointed, let down, or hurt. Instead look to Jesus and let Him show you all the wonders of the universe through His eyes. Let Him show you around heaven – it’s awesome! Let Him reveal the “more” He has for your life. It’s so much better than you can even imagine, and will enable you to let go of the past, of any disappointments and fear, and enable you to take hold of the wonderful future you have in Him.

Prayer: Lord, I want to thank you today for the “more” you have for my life. Help me to let go of the things of this world that so easily clutter up my heart and head space, so that I can make room in my life for the real treasure, and “The more” you have to give me. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

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