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22 Mar – “The Rosetta stone”

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Today our two younger children were learning about hieroglyphics and the significance of the Rosetta stone.

In 1799 while French soldiers were building a French fort in Egypt they discovered a stone in the village of Rosetta (Rashid). This stone was written in three scripts; Hieroglyphics the Egyptian script used for important documents, demotic the common script of Egypt, and Greek which was the language of the rulers of Egypt at that time. The discovering of the Rosetta stone was particularly significant because it held the keys to unlock the mysteries of the ancient world, and in particular the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphics.

A few years ago while we were visiting London as a family we visited the British museum where the Rosetta stone is on display. There was so much to see that we only glanced at the stone as we passed by, a little overwhelmed by how much there was to see in one building. Today however my younger children commented that they wished they’d known how significant the Rosetta stone was while they were there, because they would have paid more attention to it.

It made me think about how there are particular “Rosetta stones” in our lives which hold the “keys” to unlocking problems, challenges, mysteries and discoveries. So often we can just walk past these “Rosetta stones paying little attention, while all along they hold the keys to mysteries and solutions which we would really benefit from knowing and understanding. Sadly it is often because we are in a hurry, distracted, burdened with life, pursuing other things, or simply unaware of what is right in front of us. It’s much like how we paid very little attention to the ancient Rosetta stone who’s discovery helped unlock many of the secrets of the ancient world to those who knew what they had in their hands.

I’m discovering that God also has His “Rosetta stone” which holds the keys to understanding the story of the world, God, the universe and mankind’s future. It holds the keys to life and death, the power and workings of God, and the mysteries and technology of heavenly places, the universe, of angels, demons, and the deep things of God.

“God’s Rosetta stone” is the Bible and it’s translated to us when we take time to read it, and to rest in God’s presence. In it, and with Him translating for us we can find “keys” and  “spiritual technology.” Some of the keys He reveals to us when we seek Him include the power of worship, prayer, walking in heavenly places, moving in authority, who we truly are in Jesus, our purpose, and unlocking the understanding of how to operate as Jesus does on the earth and in heaven.

I believe we all need “God’s Rosetta stone”, and the relationship with God that helps us translate it.  With Him, and when we take the opportunity to actually consider and marvel at all that is before us God will reveal and unlock both the past, present and future, and how it all works to us.

The choice  however is ours whether we keep walking right on by, not even stopping to consider or examine what God has and is revealing in this time and hour. We can sadly easily allow ourselves to be distracted by all the other things we can look at, and never really search the depths of His presence and “God’s Rosetta stone” . We can miss the secrets and keys He’s just waiting to reveal to all who really want it. But I’d hate for that to be the case, so today I encourage you to seek God, read His words contained in the Bible, and ask  and seek to see and hear the deeper things, because they are there waiting to be discovered.

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

“Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God”.  (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

“You will seek Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”  (Jeremiah 29:13)

Prayer: Lord help me not to be distracted or drawn away from the what you are wanting to reveal to me. Today I want to know you, and to discover more of how you, heaven and the universe works and my place in it. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

21 Mar -Finding Rest (Pt 2)

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Yesterday I woke from a busy weekend feeling a little anxious. I was talking to God about how I was feeling and felt him prompt me to get out of bed and to take Isaac our youngest child for his twice weekly horse ride. We love the stables; it’s quiet, peaceful and I feel close to God there. Usually we don’t go at the start of the week, but yesterday I followed the Holy Spirit’s gentle promptings to change my plans, and I’m really glad I did. Within minutes of being at the stables I felt the anxiety lift off me. In it’s place was a greater awareness of God’s presence, which quickly turned into a rest which I carried with me throughout the rest of my day.

Finding rest is vital in the world in which we live. Unfortunately we often have not the slightest idea how to rest or slow down. We have become accustomed to constant activity, and even think we don’t deserve to take a break, or do something that prospers our souls and spirit’s, so we ignore our body and spirit’s quiet whisper to rest.

But we must rest if we want to live our best life, for without finding rest we will never discover that closeness and awareness of God, nor live the life for which we were made.

I encourage you to take the time everyday to find that place of rest. Perhaps you first need to rest you body and do something that prospers your soul. That means finding things that make you happy. Jesus is totally in to that, because He is the one who said “I have come that they may have life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10) He actually wants us to find joy in our existence, because He knows how we are wired and that when we relax, slow down and rest from our labours we are far more aware of His presence and able to connect more deeply with Him. When we relax we can let our spirit rest within us too, and engage with all the wonderful things God has to share with us.

 Some helpful hints to help relax are:

 1.Respond to Jesus. We can try all the self-help books and methods we like, but it is Jesus and His love for us that ultimately gives us true rest to our souls and spirits. He makes us come alive in the inside and replenishes our very being. When we find the truth about Jesus and then respond to Him we find true rest.

2.Pray and read and speak God’s word. When everything is chaos and noise around us talking to God and reading His word gives us strength and perspective. He says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

3.Breathe We often forget to focus on the simplest, shortest activity available to us: our breath. An easy way to start to relax is take five deep breaths. There is a natural pause between our inhale and exhale, and then between our exhale and our next inhale. When we breathe deeply and with focus we relax.

4. Tend to yourself. Do something nice for yourself and take the time to treat yourself kindly. Far too often we can forget the importance of doing something nice for ourselves just because.

5. Morning pages or writing in a journal. It works wonders for getting all those thoughts out of our heads and down on paper. You’ll be amazed at what starts to happen when you consistently write down your thoughts, emotions and dreams. It clarifies, reveals our hearts, and also allows God to speak to us.

6. Keep a diary so you are not trying to keep everything in your head. Then you can spend time with God, read his word, do what you need to do and not be weighed down with those things you are trying not to forget in your day. Plus once you’ve done them you can tick them off your list as accomplished.

7.Bless and think of someone else. Sometimes the quickest way to unwind is to focus on someone other than ourselves. Call a friend and talk. Listen to them, and be on the look out for ways to bless others.

8.Be in nature. Engaging our senses is a powerful way to relax, and even to connect with our creator God. Which is why the stables work for me. Head outdoors and appreciate all that God has made. The bible says that all creation tells of His goodness. (Psalm 19:1)

9.Take a 20-minute catnap. My husband says this works wonders, and makes people far more productive in their day. A short nap, can feel like a mini-vacation. But anything over 30 minutes takes you into deep sleep, so keep it short and sweet.

10. Take a bathroom break. This may sound silly, but if a bathroom break is the only quiet place you can find when you’re feeling stressed at work or when you’re out and about, then “just escape to the bathroom” and take a few minutes.

Figure out what works for you. Some people unwind with a vigorous run, playing sport, being creative, a walk in the park, sitting quietly reading a book, praying, or simply enjoying their favourite cup of tea or coffee.

Regardless of how we relax, God wants us to make and discover ways to come aside and rest awhile so that our souls and spirit’s can be replenished and renewed. Without learning to rest we will fall into the trap of never being able to stop, and we can quickly lose the ability to get quiet on the inside. This can cause a distance, and even dullness towards the God, His presence and His ways, and true rest will continue to escape us.

 Take a few moments and find time to rest today!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)

Prayer: Lord help me to take the time to come aside and rest awhile with you, and to discover what prospers my soul and spirit, so that I can draw closer to you in true rest. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

20 Mar – Finding rest!

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There are many things in our everyday life that can steal our peace and consequently our rest.

I’ve discovered (the hard way) that I must let go of the concerns and worries of this life if I want to step into all that God has for me. I must choose everyday to let go of the world’s worries and to embrace all of heaven, because otherwise the world and its “noise” will “pull me out” of that rest.

There is an account in the bible about how the Israelites struggled and constantly questioned God. They doubted His goodness even when He had shown His power, love and concern for them in releasing them from slavery . They chose to strive and stress, and because of it they never were able to enter into the rest God had planned for them. Through their lack of trust and resultant disobedience they missed it. But God says, “There remains a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:9-11)

God’s rest could be described as ceasing from our works, just as God ceased from His. In one sense, to receive and trust in God means to stop relying on our works , and instead to rest securely on what Jesus has already done for us. It’s not about what we can do, but what He has done for us. Which is that He has done everything!

Today, make the effort to enter into God’s rest. It will mean letting go of the controls; of laying aside what you may want, so as to take hold of something better. It means trust, and believing that God’s goodness will work on your behalf; and it’s means seeking Him first in everything. It can require us to come aside by ourselves and allow God into every space of our hearts, which often means we will have to deal with some issues in our life. But these are the very issues, which so often steal our peace and rest. However the benefits of entering into God’s rest are huge, and not to be underestimated. The benefit is peace and a rest deep on the inside that nothing can compare with. The benefit is being able to find a place in God where you are able to experience more of heaven and the joy that is in that place, and to carry it wherever you go.

Jesus said “come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. For there were many coming and going and they did not even have time to eat” (Mark 6:31)

“You will keep in perfect peace whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3)

Today cease from all your “works” and enter His rest!

Prayer: Lord help me to let go of all the concerns of the world and the things that so readily seek to steal my peace and rest in you. I seek to enter your rest today. In Jesus Name Amen.

19 Mar – Do what you know to do!

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Often in life we can know the things we ought to do, but yet fail repeatedly to do them. We know we should eat right, exercise, be kind, give to others, make time for our partner and family, spend time with Jesus, read our bible, pray, meet with others regularly to encourage us in our faith etc., etc., etc.

Yet why do we fail to do these things? God wants better for us than for us to be constantly falling short of what we are created to be all the time. His ways are not actually burdensome, and are designed to set us free and equip and enable us to be the person we were made to be. Yet many times we can give into our weaknesses, and do the exact opposite of what we know we ought to do, or perhaps just do nothing at all.

But the bible says we will be known by how we live. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome “ (1 John 5:2-3)

“Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:16)

I think the problem stems from the fact that many times we can fall into the trap and habit of living by our feelings. If we don’t feel like it, then we don’t do it. If we don’t feel like cooking, we buy take-out, if we don’t feel like exercising we lie in bed instead, if we don’t feel especially loving or giving we ignore or snap at everyone in our vicinity, and sadly above all else, if we don’t feel like it we don’t take the time to focus our heart and attention on Jesus; we don’t give Him any time, we don’t read His word, we don’t talk to Him, we don’t listen to Him, and we definitely don’t do what He says. All because we tell ourselves and give the excuse that “we just don’t feel like it today!”

Fortunately for us God is not governed by feelings that can change like shifting shadows. He is constant, always loving, faithful, and dependable. Where we lack, He is enough, where we ignore Him, He is all-knowing and attentive to us, where we walk away from our commitment and agreement with Him, He sticks to His promises to us.

Contrary to the way we can often live out our lives God says, “I am the LORD, and I do not change (Malachi 3:6)

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

The question to ask ourselves on a daily basis is “what sort of person do we actually want to be?” When we look at ourselves in the mirror and  others look at our lives, what will our life say about us? Because the decisions we make everyday need to be more than simply the sum total of how we “feel” on a given day. It’s more than some vibe, or am I “feeling it” or not. It’s about making quality decisions regarding what’s really important; about what God saying to do and be, and about living it out.

Today regardless of whether you are feeling it or not, or whether you can be bothered or not, just make a decision to do what you know to do! Make a decision to stick to your convictions; your commitments; your vows; your goals, your vision. Those things that God has spoken and asked you to do and be, make a decision today to get up and go and do them! Then tomorrow do it all again! Let your life be governed by more than your feelings, and instead base your actions on truth and love, and doing what you know to do!

Prayer: Lord help me to do what I know to do! That I wouldn’t simply live by my feelings, but instead by what you say in your word; and my convictions, values and beliefs. In Jesus Name Amen.

18 Mar -Even Greater Things!

 

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There are times in life when we can be struck with feelings of complete inadequacy. We believe we have no idea how to do something, or how to tackle the task before us and we can start to feel inadequate and even powerless.

There is an account in the bible about some friends of Jesus who also felt inadequate. They had just witnessed Jesus’ death, His resurrection, and now His ascension into heaven, and they were perhaps wondering what to do next. They were no doubt feeling inadequate to the task of “going into all the world to share the good news of Jesus, just as He had asked them to do. Perhaps they wondered how a rag tag group of men and women were up to the task, and could carry such a responsibility. However Jesus had asked them to do one thing before they set off into all the world…

And being assembled together with them, He (Jesus) commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptised with water, but you shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many day from now.” (Acts 1:4-5)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – (Acts 1:8 NLT)

God knows that alone and in our own strength and abilities we are not up to the task. But with Him, and with His life and power within us we are able to do all things! When you welcome God into your life you instantly become a new creation, and God desires to then clothe your new life with power. We no longer have the same inabilities, constrictions and limitations that we used to. Jesus actually said, “What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. In fact, he will do even greater things…” (John 14:2)

What did Jesus do? He healed the sick, cast out demons, destroyed the works of the devil, raised the dead, walked on water, spoke with wisdom and authority, knew people’s thoughts and the intent of their hearts, multiplied food, and even walked through walls, and disappeared in front of crowds who were intent on harming him.

And Jesus Himself said, “we would do even greater things than He did while He walked the earth….”(John 14:2)

The list is endless of the challenges we can face in life, and the subsequent feelings of inadequacy, but God doesn’t want us to live our lives feeling that way. He has things for us to do and places for us to go, and the sooner we realise who we are in Him the faster we are going to be able to step into everything He has planned for us.

 Today if you are feeling inadequate in some way, or perhaps even bored with your life I encourage you to lift your expectations of who Jesus says you can be if you invite Him into your life, and who you are if you have already. We may face some challenges, but they are nothing that God doesn’t have the answers and solutions to. Far too often we underestimate how powerful we are, and how much authority and ability we have been given. Stop thinking small, or that it’s impossible and too hard, because greater is He that is within you, and you CAN do all things though Jesus who gives your strength, because as He, is so we are in the world. (Philippians 4:13; 1 John 4:17)

 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:37)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Prayer: Lord help me to understand what and who I am once I have invited you into my life. I am a new creation, and all limits are off. Please reveal to me, and use me to do the “greater things” today. In Jesus Name Amen.

17 Mar – Listen and Act!

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One of our six children got into strife this past month. The issue being that they have being falling into the habit of failing to both listen and then act. There are probably many reasons for this occurring; like their age, allowing themselves to be distracted by their phone, tv, and others around them. But primarily the problem seems to have arisen because when they are asked to do something they fail to act straight away and put it off, saying, “yeah, yeah I’ll do it later” or “I’ll just watch this, or do that first”. But by the time they have finished what they wanted to do, they have completely forgotten what we asked them to do in the first place. My husband and I know that their age and maturity level has a lot to do with this little issue, so we are gently but firmly navigating them through this tendency as we teach them the importance of both listening and acting.

But how often can we all be the same when God speaks to us? We hear, read, dream or discern something and know that we should listen and take it to heart, but we fail to act. We too allow ourselves to be distracted, and hesitate to take the time to listen carefully, and then act accordingly. We too can fail to be what the bible describes as, “a person who is both a doer of the word, and not just one who hears.”

 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the world and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25)

Perhaps like a teenager it is our maturity level, wilfulness, and if we are honest our tendency to not want to listen, but simply continue on the path we are on. We don’t want to be interrupted or have to change. Even when God clearly speaks to us through His word, or some other means we persist in what we want to do, and don’t realise or acknowledge that when God speaks and directs, it’s for a very good reason! He desires to lead us away from danger, life’s pitfalls, and the things that are going to damage us, and instead seeks to direct us towards the path of blessing, meaning and purpose.

God says in His word, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.” (Psalm 82:8-9)

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. “If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. (Isaiah 48:17-18)

Today, I encourage you to both listen and act! When God speaks, or you know that He is trying to catch your attention, don’t be like a forgetful or distracted teenager and brush what He is saying aside. Stop and listen, and then act straight away on what He is saying. If you aren’t sure, take the time to pray and seek clarification, and perhaps talk to someone who is more mature in the things of God than you are. Let’s both listen and act!

Prayer: Lord I desire for my ears to hear you speaking, my eyes to see what you are revealing to me, and a heart to understand what you are saying. Help me to not be stubborn, forgetful or difficult, but someone who is quick to listen and even quicker to act. In Jesus name Amen.

16 Mar -Better than chocolate!

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Today we visited the Swan valley, which is a region near to where we live. We visited lovely wineries, gardens, art galleries, museums, the honey shop and finally the two chocolate factories in the area. We love chocolate; especially when we all get free tastings. It always makes for a happy car ride home.

Today was no exception as five of our six children, plus our little grand daughter blissfully consumed those little drops of yummy goodness. One of our daughter’s however is usually particularly careful about what she eats, and especially stays away from sugar – except when she visits the chocolate factory. She is hilarious when it comes to being surrounded by chocolate, especially free chocolate. Today however she might have had a little too much, and was what we termed “sugar drunk”. She was laughing and chattering to everyone, with not a care in the world. She was quite deliriously “blissed out” on chocolate.

As I watched her I was reminded that this is in a way, how God wants us to be all the time. We so often walk around with the weight of the world on our shoulders; stressing, striving and living broken on the inside. But there is a solution and an antidote to living under all those weights, and worries. Plus its also free and “better than chocolate” or any other “fix” the world around us has on offer.

When we are hungry and open to God’s presence He comes; He comes and pours into our lives blissful joy and peace. In our house and community we call it being “whacked”, and its benefits far out weigh any of the highs of sugar, success, power or fame, and there are no negative side effects.

However Gods presence is addictive, because once you’ve tasted that joy, peace and the blissfulness which encompasses your whole being, you just want more. You just want to stay close to Jesus who has the bottle open ready to pour rivers of joy into your life.

There are however some things that will take you out of that place of receiving from heaven in this way.

Some of those things are:

Disobedience to what God says in His word. This will harden and distance our hearts from God, so we feel unable to receive from Him.

“ Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)

Un-forgiveness – it shuts down our ability to even get close to God. It’s like a blockage and barrier in the way on our end. (Mark 11:25; John 10:10)

The cares of the world, and all the concerns, worries and desire for other things more than God will cause a resistance and dullness to Gods presence, and the joy we find in Him. (Mark 4:19)

But all of these things are not too hard for God to break through. He simply says “Come near to me; turn away from all that keeps you from knowing me more; come up here and receive all you need. There is joy in my presence, and secrets I want to share with you.”

It’s really up to us what we want to spend our life, energy, time and money on. Do we keep chasing after the “quick fix, sugary highs” that don’t last, and which bring no real long term benefit to our lives; Or do we seek after God who has the real answers to our emptiness, uncertainties, worries, boredom, spiritual dryness, and need for joy and fulfilment?

Today, ask yourself the question, “What am I spending my life consuming and chasing after”. Chocolate, great surroundings, a nice house, car, boat, holidays are not bad, but if they are primarily the things we seek after we are allowing ourselves to be satisfied with cheap substitutes, when God has the “stuff” of heaven to share with us.

Jesus says, “Why spend your money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare”. (Isaiah 55:2)

Choose wisely what and whom you spend your life and day focusing on, because God has something for you today that is far “better than chocolate”. You just have to ask and make room in your heart, and He’ll freely pour it out.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Now its time to change your ways! Turn to face God so He will wipe away your sins, and pour out showers of His blessing to refresh you”. (Acts 3:19-22 The message)

Prayer: Jesus thank you that you have something better for me than chocolate, or any other thing the world might have on offer. I want, and make room in my life for the “good stuff” of heaven to be poured out in my life today.  In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

15 Mar – The best is yet to come!

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I was challenged today about the fact that the older we get in our walk with Jesus the greater should be our testimony, and the stories we have to tell.

It’s fantastic when we retell and repeat other people’s stories of what God has done, and especially when we share our own accounts of what He has done in our past, or even just last week. But it’s also important that we have daily accounts of what He is doing right now – today! That our best stories are not in the past; months or years ago, but that we have a living, vital relationship with God that is ongoing. That the further and deeper we get in our relationship with Jesus the brighter our light shines, and the greater the stories we have to tell of His power working in and through our lives. 

Sadly far too often it can be the opposite, and we live only telling of what God did way back when; how we used to serve and be “full on” for Jesus and how we “have” experienced Him doing amazing things, but not “are” experiencing Him.

But God never intended that our walk with Him would start with a “bang” and then fade out; that the light within us would slowly become dimmer and dimmer. No! He intends that we would all go from faith to faith, from one great exploit and adventure with God to another. That we would still be running; five, ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred years on, and that the testimonies and stories that we first started with are nothing compared to what’s happening in our lives now, and in our future.

What we’ve experienced is nothing in comparison to what God has in store for us, if we’d just keep going deeper in our relationship with Him. But far too often we expect and have faith for so little, and so we experience little.

Today, remember and celebrate all that you have seen and experienced in your walk with God so far, but make a decision to not live there. Keep going deeper and further in your relationship with Him. Start to believe and build your faith for God to do more, and for you to know Him more; for your light to shine brighter and brighter; and for God to continue to do great exploits through you, and in you. “For the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32NKJV)

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” (Galatians 6:9)

 “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (Job 5:9)

Prayer: Jesus I want to have my own amazing stories to tell of what I have seen and experienced with you. I want you to use me to do great and marvellous things, and for my light to just get brighter and brighter. Lets do something awesome today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

14 Mar – I”ll hold your hand

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I recently was reminded of something God says in His word when talking with a friend who was concerned about whether God would be there for them. There are times when we may feel like what is up ahead in our lives is downright scary, confronting and way out of our comfort zones. We wonder if Jesus will be there to “hold our hand” and be with us on our journey.

But the amazing truth about having Jesus as part of our lives is that He promises to do exactly that. He promises to lead us, to direct our steps and to show us the right path. When what we face seems difficult or challenging He promises He will be there to support us, and yes even to be there to “hold our hand”.

When we invite Jesus to be part of our lives we never have to walk into a room alone ever again; we never have to handle life by ourself and in our own strength again; we never need to feel afraid, overwhelmed or intimated again, and we don’t ever need to feel lonely or unloved for the rest of our lives, and for all eternity.

Through the absolute highs and best times of life Jesus says He will be there celebrating alongside us. In the times where we can’t seem to see the sunshine for the storm raging, He will remain constant. He promises to never leave us, even when we may doubt His goodness and wander away from Him and onto other paths. His goodness will keep calling us home.

Sometimes we may not understand everything that happens in our lives, but the truth is we see partially and with often limited understanding. But God sees and knows all, and He says this:

“But now, God’s message, the God who made you in the first place…

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.

When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.

When you’re between a rock and a hard place it won’t be a dead end. Because I am your God, your personal God, the Holy of Israel, your Savior.

I paid a huge price for you… That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you!

I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the whole of creation just for you. “So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.” (Isaiah 43:1-4)

“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Today, if you know you have chosen another route and you feel lost and far from Jesus, I encourage you to turn and run towards Him.

If you are feeling afraid or uncertain of what to do next, take some time to simply sit quietly and focus upon Jesus. Open a bible and search God’s word for every situation you may be facing. The “keys” are hidden for you there. And know that through it all you can trust in Him.

Have a listen to this song “It is well” by Kristen DeMarco to encourage you today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI

Prayer: Jesus thank you that no matter how far I may wander, or the times when I may stumble and doubt, that you are constant and promise that you are with me. Help me to walk closer to you today as I keep my eyes fixed firmly on you. In Jesus name Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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