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21 April – Love’s power never fails.

power of love

A few years ago I was really struggling with some people and how to walk in love towards them. My soul – my emotions, mind and will were in a tousle with my Spirit and God’s way of dealing with the issue.

Part of me wanted to be angry, retaliate, and get even at what I felt was uncalled for treatment. But God was continually speaking to my Spirit saying “Walk in love not hate, in peace and not offence, lest a root of bitterness find a place in your heart.”

There is a high life and a low life, and everyday we have the choice of which one we are going to walk in. The low life comes from a system that hates, and manipulates. It seeks to get revenge and thrives on having the opportunity to give people a “piece of our mind.”

The high life in contrast is filled with holiness, love, joy, and giving. The high life is stronger than the low life, because we can’t overcome evil with evil, but we can only overcome evil with good. We can’t overcome hate with hate, but we can overcome hate with love.

The Bible says we don’t do this on our own. We cannot reproduce the character of Jesus in our own strength, but “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT)

God’s love in us transforms us into walking, talking, “love machines.” We are created and designed by God to love, and as we draw near to Him we reflect this more and more.

But how do we love when there are other people involved who sometimes hurt or annoy us? Jesus was asked the question, “How often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said, “I do not say to you, up to seen times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

What was Jesus saying here? Seventy times seven is meaning that as many times as someone offends us we are to forgive them, and love them with the love that God has deposits on the inside of us. Because once we know God and choose to be in relationship with Him, we have the same love that is in God, in us.

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” (1 John 4:16)

The devil and the world’s system says “get even, get revenge, hate, lie, steal, and become bitter. But God’s way is to stay in love, and it will make us free. Love’s way will keep us free and protected from offence, bitterness, evil, and keep our prayers effective.

Love is a commandment. God loved us when we hated him. He took us in when we were still cursing him. The love of God loves us no matter how we are acting, and the power of God’s type of love will turn around every circumstance, because His love never fails!

If we’ve asked God to be part of our life then we have His type of love on the inside of us. We’ve just got to “work it” out of us, and at times stir it up on the inside of us. As we spend time with Him and in His Word, it increases our faith in the power of love and releases it’s potential to go to work in every situation.

Today know that God says His love never fails. It never runs out, and it never gets tired of us. So choose the high life instead of the low life today, and put love to work.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails!” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)

Prayer: Lord thank you that your love in me never fails. Help me to choose the high life, and your way of love today. In Jesus Name Amen.

20 April – Our soul is a battlezone!

walk in the spirit

Our soul which consists of the mind (which includes our conscience), the will and the emotions is naturally bent towards the things we can see, taste, and feel, and it’s this part of us that once we have made Jesus a part of our life that needs to be brought into agreement with the new life we have in our Spirit. However if our mind, will and emotions are pulling one way and our “born again” Spirit is pulling the opposite way we won’t go anywhere except around in circles.

The Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit reveals things to our Spirit, which then speaks to our soul. As a follower of Jesus we want to follow the leading of our Spirit, and not our soul.

The bible says a lot on this subject and the battle that goes on when our souls – (our mind, will and emotions) and our Spirit’s aren’t in unity.

We wouldn’t intentionally eat or drink poison, as we know it has the potential to cause harm to our bodies. Yet we often consume poison to our souls, which then battles against our Spirit without even realising it. We then wonder why we are struggling to do the things we know we ought to do.

Toxic attitudes, behaviours, and cultural influences that we “pick up on” simply by the choices we make on a day-to-day basis put our souls in danger. We can’t avoid contact with everything that is harmful, unless we are all going to become hermits, but we don’t have to immerse ourselves in these things either.

We have to realise that everything counts. What we allow into our minds and hearts has the potential to impact our lives and how we grow or don’t grow in our relationship with God. It’s the little choices we make everyday that quickly add up to having a significant effect on our souls. The bible cautions us to “catch the little foxes that spoil the vine.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) It’s about our choices to watch this, read that, listen to a conversation, allow our thought life to go to particular places that aren’t beneficial, miss meeting with others who encourage us in our walk with God, neglect our quiet times with God, not deal with offence, harbour unforgiveness, etc etc etc.

Our everyday decisions need to be taken seriously because the devil is a sneak and he and his demons roam around looking for ways to take us out. They are quite happy to bide their time, setting up traps and opportune ways to snare us. The key is to be wised up to the devil’s thieving, stealing wicked schemes and choose consistently to shut the door in his face.

Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Jesus demonstrated the importance of making time to pray at the beginning of the day, so that we have set our mind, will and emotions on the right course, and are tuned to listen to the Holy Spirit leading us in our day. (Mark 1:35)

We allow Him to reveal any parts of our life that may be toxic, and understand that it’s our decision what we think about, speak, hang around, and allow into our lives. God won’t cross our wills, because He chose to give us authority over them. We are not robots, and it’s our choice whether we listen to His promptings and the wisdom found in His Word, or choose to ignore Him.

If we mess up and let toxins in, He says we just need to wash our “feet,” just as Jesus washed the disciples feet. We are already cleansed and made Holy before Him if we have received the forgiveness Jesus offers us through the work of the Cross. We just need our “feet” washed.

 

 Jesus said, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean… (John 13:1-17)

Choose wisely today and fix your attention on God and let Him lead you. If you get “muddy feet,” come to God and confess where you have messed up and be cleansed and filled with His love so that you can keep walking boldly and confidently with Him.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

The bible encourages not to, “become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity. God bring the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2 Message Bible)

“But I say to you, walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit. and the Spirit against the flesh. For these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” (Galatians 5:16-17)

Prayer: Lord would you please help me to see any areas of my life that may be toxic. Forgive me where I have messed around with things that are not healthy for me. Help me to see where I have been tricked by the lying schemes of the devil, so I don’t fall for his tactics again. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

19 April – Just One Person.

one person

If just one person can rise to the top, to stand on the mountaintop they have the potential to change millions of lives.

If just one man or woman can cause evil in the world, why don’t we think and believe that just one person with hope, faith and love can change things for good?

Look at Hitler, whose plan was to take over the earth; the devil raised up this one man to cause such harm, and as we look at our modern world we can see he is now trying to raise up others. But God has a strategy and plan to combat the evil we see when we switch on the news, read a newspaper or scroll through our news feeds. He looks to rise up those who will influence and impact the world for good.

God wants to take us to the top, because whoever is on the top of the mountain controls what is in the mountain. The one’s on top of the mountain living without compromise, are the one’s capable of shifting the climate at the top of the mountain. What is the climate? The climate is that somehow a new culture is trying to redefine the family, the culture of education, music, the arts, politics, our cities, and streets, and even in some cases the Church.

God wants us to go to the top to shift the culture back to the Kingdom of God. For some that means being at the top of their field and profession so that they can be a voice for God and His kingdom. For other’s it is standing up and being a voice in their homes, their family life, their schools, universities, workplaces, and communities. It means knowing how to go to the “mountain tops” in the spirit, in the heavenly places, and learning how to govern above situations, cities and nations so that God’s plans for the world are released and fulfilled.

If God can rise up just one person who will follow Him without compromise, but with faith, love and confidence He knows that they have the potential to affect millions of lives. Noah did it, Abraham did it, Moses did it, Esther did it, Joseph did it, Jesus did it, and He ultimately shifted the authority back into mankind’s hands, so that we can do it. Just one person can do it!

Consider those who have gone before us:

Robert Raikes is remembered as the founder of the Sunday school movement, which sought to provide education to poor children. He changed thousands of children’s lives and future’s by simply teaching them how to read and write.

Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing and a social reformer. She prayed for God to give her a life-defining task, and would not rest until she seized hold of that for what she had been called.

George Mueller established orphanages in Bristol England after a cholera epidemic. For the next 60 years he cared for more than 10,000 orphaned and abandoned children.

William Wilberforce was a Christian abolitionist who also served as a member of England’s House of Commons. Wilberforce campaigned tirelessly for the abolition of slavery beginning in 1789. Just before his death Parliament passed the Abolition Act, by which 700,000 slaves were set free.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A Baptist Minister who spoke in support of fair and equal treatment of African Americans in the United States during the 1960’s. His dream of equality was a catalyst for the beginnings of social and political change.

Not forgetting to mention the scientists, doctors, nurses, educators, social reformers, missionaries, preachers, musicians, artists, parents, teachers and everyday people who simply said “God use me”, and because of that God used them to change the world for good.

Jesus demonstrated that all we need do is choose to follow the Father’s commands. To go where the Father says to go; saying nothing except what the Father speaks. If we say what God says He has to back it up!

 John 14:21 “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

‘Remain in me, as I also remain in you..If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5; 7-8)

Even if we fall the Bible promises that “though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16) “If we mess up, we “fess up” and get back up again” (Bill Winston)

When we are rising to the top we can’t attempt to be like everyone else, or try to have everyone like us, because people probably won’t understand. We’ve got to keep our eyes on Jesus, feed our spirit’s with His Word, and look up and keep going, because He’s got a job that needs doing and He needs us to do it. Just one can orchestrate a massive shift, and bring change. Just One!

Prayer: Lord would you reveal to me what and where you would have me go, to speak and to be. May my words and actions be without compromise and be those that you direct. Please help me be the one that changes someone’s life for good today, as I learn how to stand on the mountaintops. In Jesus Name Amen.

18 April – What are you carrying?

pregnant

I recently had the Lord speak to me about being pregnant. When I hear that sort of thing in my spirit I listen up because with six children I know a thing or two about pregnancy. But this was not pregnancy in the sense of a human baby, but of being pregnant with a mandate and purpose from God.

When you or those close to you are pregnant in the natural it’s wisdom to take the necessary steps to protect and nurture the life growing within you. So too we also need to protect the things that God deposits in our spirit’s and hearts. All too often we can create unnecessary strain on our “pregnancy” and what God has planned for our lives if we rush in too quickly, share our news with the wrong people, don’t prepare, fail to make adjustments, or don’t protect, nourish and take care of ourselves and what we carry.

It’s much the same as what is necessary and ultimately our responsibility when a woman is carrying a baby. You have to know your limitations, where you are fit, strong and healthy, and where you are not. If we fail to listen, and heed wisdom we can find ourselves in premature labour, suffering from high blood pressure, or just not feeling very good.

When God shares something with us, whether that is a dream, vision or the responsibility to “birth” something He wants released in the earth, we’ve got to know our strengths, weaknesses, who we should share our news with, who will pray with and for us, and what the process is.

We need to know that what we carry needs to be nurtured, nourished and protected, and that God wants to see what we have been gifted with develop, grow and be “birthed” into fulfilment.

Today, if you are “pregnant” with a dream, vision or mandate from God be careful with it. God has chosen you for this, and will provide and give direction on how to go about all that is needed to birth what you are “pregnant” with. As with all “pregnancies” no doubt there will be sacrifices to be made, changes, stretching, care to be taken, nourishment needed, and some preparations; but as with all babies being a gift from God, if what you carry is in God’s plan for your life it will bring great blessing, and be worth it all in the end.

“I will instruct you and teach in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”(Psalms 32:8)

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6)

Prayer: Lord help me to know clearly when you deposit dreams, vision and mandates into my spirit and heart, so that I can do what ever is needed to make sure these things grow and develop until they are fulfilled. In Jesus

17 April – You’re worth it!

your'e worth it

Today I witnessed an investment pay off. Our youngest child Isaac participated in his first horse-riding event. We have invested time, energy, prayer and money into Isaac pursuing his dream of having his own horse. At present he, or should I say we, are intent on honing our horsemanship skills in preparation for his dream to come to pass. That has meant learning from scratch how to care for a horse, early morning rides and lessons, and the understanding of the responsibility and commitment needed to take care of one. Today it meant a 5am start, and watching Isaac participate in his events, and the huge smile on his face as he proudly displayed his winning ribbons.

Isaac’s prayers and his and our investment in his dream is paying off, and it’s awesome to watch him as he is steadily growing and developing.

I believe God wants us to all invest our lives in those things that are worthwhile and God inspired. The question however is, “what are we actually investing our life in?” Are we investing our time, effort, finances and thought life into things that position and help us to become the person we were created to be?

However from my experience and what I have learned from God’s word, the greatest investment we can make is to spend our lives getting to know Jesus. That has massive rewards in itself, but it is the one instance where someone else has made the investment in us, and yet we reap the rewards. Jesus invested his life into us, giving it up for us, so that we could reap a harvest of joy, peace, purpose, and eternal life.

Coupled with this is the fact that when we spend time with God He starts to reveal to us what we were made for. He thought we were worth the investment because He loves us, much the same as my husband and I believe that Isaac and our other five children are worth our investment too.

Today, know that Jesus sees you and made the choice that you were worth investing his life for. He gave His all for you, so that you might have life, and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)

If He thinks you are that worthwhile, don’t you think you should start seeing yourself as someone who Jesus thought worth dying for, and start investing your own life into those things that matter to both you and Him.

Stop thinking less of yourself than you ought, and start to invest into one of God’s greatest assets – YOU!

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

“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.” (John 3:16)

Prayer: Lord help me to understand that I matter to you, and that you made the ultimate investment into my life because you believe I’m worth it. Because my life does matter to you please help me to invest my time and effort wisely on those things that really matter, and for which I was born. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

16 April – Resurrection Power!

resurreciton power

There was a man named Elisha who is talked about in the bible. He was a prophet and miracle worker of God. Some time after Elisha was dead and buried, a band of enemy raiders invaded Israel. During one of the battles, some soldiers were attempting to bury one of their friends when the raiders attacked them. In desperation they quickly placed their dead comrade into the tomb of Elisha. The bones of Elisha had become exposed and as soon as the dead man’s body touched the bones of Elisha he was restored to life. He came back to life because there was still some residual power of God in Elisha’s bones. (2 Kings 13:21)

It’s this power that raised Lazarus from the dead, that opens blind eyes, heals the lame, cleanses lepers, and sets the demon oppressed free. It’s this power that raised Jesus from the dead, and which also fills our whole beings when we open our hearts and lives to God’s love and forgiveness. God’s presence and power when released changes whole atmospheres, heals bodies, cures diseases, creates, restores, multiplies and overrides the natural order of things.

“Sometimes we imagine that we are a hollow case, and that our spirit dwells in the hollow. This is not the case at all. The spiritual life of God actually infuses the physical body. This life of God gets inside our flesh and our bones.” (Phil Pringle) This is where the healing, restoring, miracle working life and power of God lives.

We are physical and spiritual beings and our spiritual nature is expressed through our bodies. That’s why the bible calls us temples of the Holy Spirit. When we ask Jesus to be part of our life, we become a place where He dwells. His spiritual life and power becomes part of who we are. That’s why the dead bones of Elisha still held power, because the “stuff” of God still resided in Elisha’s bones.

The power of God lives in our flesh and our bones. It lives in physical things. The presence of God can fill buildings and atmospheres. It infuses into our bodies, our workplaces, and our homes. This “stuff” of God touches and gets into and on us and things and causes miracles to happen. It changes lives; heals diseases, raises the dead and causes evil spirits to leave. It is the Spirit of God, and where He is no evil or it’s effects can hang around for long.

However if faith is absent and there is an active atmosphere of unbelief this will restrict the release and flow of this life of God. Even Jesus was restricted in the level of power He was able to release and operate in because of people’s unbelief. It’s why when He raised the young girl who had died back to life He chose to remove everyone except two of his disciples and the girl’s parent’s from the room. He knew that unbelief and lack of faith would hinder the flow of power. (Mark 5:21-43)

Jesus chose to die to carry the burden and weight of our sin, sickness and sorrow even unto death. But death could not hold Him, and once He had triumphed over every evil force He rose again. The amazing part of this is that now this same power and presence of God is available to all who believe in Him. When we activate our faith we begin to trade in the currency of heaven, and the miracle working power of God is released in our lives. The impossible becomes possible, and every curse is broken.

Today, look to what Jesus has done for you in choosing to die in your place. He bore every shame, sickness, disappointment, sin, lack and evil that you could ever commit or experience, and He triumphed over it. Then on the third day He rose again and now chooses to dwell within us by His Spirit.

Whatever you are facing know that Jesus is bigger. Whatever hurt, disappointment, failure, evil, lack, or sicknesses you may be facing know Jesus is able to turn it around, and to infuse every situation with His life and miracles working power. No problem is too big for Him, and no hurt is too deep for Him to heal. Now that is worth celebrating!

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (Luke 24:1-5)

“Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

Have a listen to this song by Kari Jobe called “Forever” to encourage you today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huFra1mnIVE

Prayer: Jesus thank you for all that you have done for me. I come to you and ask that you fill my life with your resurrection power that brings life to those things that are dead, and that restores, and heals. Please work in my life and my circumstances today. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

15 April – Living out of the box

out of the box

Doing things “outside of the box” or beyond the boundaries of systems and methods which are the norm always challenges people. It challenges our beliefs, values and what is important, and questions if there is more than one way of being able to achieve, reach our goals, love Jesus and live out our faith. This is evident in how we educate our children, raise our families, the places we choose to live, the way we worship and serve God, how we live out our relationships, communicate, discover new things, and live beyond the “normal” limits that mankind and the systems of the world have restricted us to.

Being “different”, and choosing to live “outside the box” often threatens people. Many even find this freedom confronting. We can easily become accustomed to limits, to boundaries and rules, and if truth were told we may be quite fearful and offended when others venture beyond the known norm.

Yet the bible says that when we ask Jesus into our lives He takes off the limits and offers us freedom instead. He gives us freedom to choose, to grow, to discover and to really live. The battle is whether we will be brave enough to embrace that type of lifestyle and belief system, or whether we stay within the confines of the status quo.

Even the church and many of those who seek to follow Jesus and His ways still remain locked behind walls of religion, rules and limitations in their thinking, and expressions of faith. Instead of believing that all things are possible for the person who believes, we have allowed circumstances and the tactics of the devil to define and confine us to venturing only where it “seems” safe.

However I sense that God wants so much more for us. His Word says so, the moving of His Spirit says so, and the demonstrations of His miracle working power say so. If you look through God’s Word you will discover account after account of people who refused to live within the limits of their time. They pushed the boundaries of their faith, their race, their gender and their natural abilities.

One of the people whose life is documented in the Bible is Abraham. He dared to believe God, forsaking the limits of his time in leaving everything he knew to venture forth into a land he did not know. He believed when all natural hope was lost of fathering a child to his wife, and He believed when God spoke and directed him on how to live. He chose to live out his life beyond limits, and this is why God calls Him the “Father of faith.” (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:6; Romans 4:16)

Today as we celebrate the Easter season I encourage you to examine the limits on your life. Are they self-imposed because of your fear and lack of understanding, or where the devil has hedged you in, seeking to lock you into a lifestyle, thinking and system that was never God’s plan for you. Because one of the main reasons Jesus died and rose again is to release us from these bondages and bring us freedom. “For who the son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Jesus himself said these words; “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4:18)

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

Here is a song called “On the Shores” to encourage you today to be brave enough to live outside the box and to see how God sees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYuXNgj-0BQ

Prayer: Jesus thank you for the freedom you offer me. Please help me to live beyond my own self imposed walls, and the system of the world, so that I can truly live free in you. In Jesus Name Amen.

14 April – What the cross did for you and me!

the cross

Jesus didn’t die for nothing, but sometimes when we look at our lives we could assume that we have forgotten what and whom He did die for. Many people still live in defeat because they haven’t yet grasped the fullness of what Jesus has done for them. They haven’t realised the work of the cross has provided an absolutely complete salvation for the person who accepts Jesus into their lives. For many they think what Jesus did only relates to deliverance from hell, and gaining entrance into heaven, which it does, but it is not the only work of the Cross.

Through the cross we have been:

Set from sin

Set free from sickness

Set free from the devil

Set free from poverty

Set free from the curse of the Law

Set free from us

Set free from the world

Unfortunately we can make the mistake of judging the effectiveness of the cross in our lives depending on how we feel on any given day. If certain feelings fail to appear in us, we assume that what Jesus has done isn’t true, or God is not interested in us, and/or it doesn’t work for us. But this is incorrect thinking because it’s not how we feel that takes hold of the work of the cross, but having a faith that acts upon what Jesus has done.

Far too often we can sit on the sidelines waiting for something to happen; for God to do something, when in fact He has done everything already, and it’s now up to us whether we choose to “get in the game” and play. Jesus has given us the ball, but what are we going to do with it?

If we don’t know how to play then the best thing to do is find out how; not drop our bundle and call it quits when things get hard or we aren’t feeling it. We can’t win and live out the victory of what Jesus has already done for us that way.

Appropriating truth means we first gain understanding by reading the playbook, which in this case is the bible. We gain knowledge of the guidelines of who we are and how to play, of God’s plan, His strategies, the tactics of our opponent and how to run out our victory to win. We don’t go on feelings, but make our feelings and lives line up with the truth.

I encourage you to take a look at the playbook and understand more fully what Jesus has done for you.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

“So if the son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36)

Prayer: Jesus I ask that you would help me to gain a greater understanding of what you have done for me in the work of the Cross, and that I would learn how to live that out in my everyday life. Thank you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

13 April – Who does He say you are?

god sings over us

I love it when God speaks to us and we hear what He is saying. Recently I was spending some time with Jesus, together with some others when I heard God speak to my spirit and say, “What am I calling you; who do I say you are?” It made me stop and think, because who God says we are, and what He is speaking about us is pretty important. He calls over us what is written in our books in heaven, and it’s up to us whether we are listening or not.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)

The bible says He rejoices over us with singing, which makes me wonder what He is singing over us. What song does He specifically sing over us that speaks out what He is calling us to be, and become. For He is, “The God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” (Romans 4:17)

When we hear what He is saying and receive and take hold of it, something creative, dynamic and powerful happens on the inside of us. We start to echo back or “sound back” to God our song, and what He says about us. It’s like the deep things within us, calling to the deep things in God; deep calling to deep!

 The bible says it this way, “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls;

All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me.” (Psalm 42:7-8)

“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

It’s not just about having head knowledge of what “God says about us, or that He calls us this or that.” God deposits what He specifically calls us in our spirits, and then we get revelation in our minds. That’s why sometimes we may get a sound or a song that we simply have to let out. It’s our spirit wanting to “sound back” to God what He has called and sung over us. That may sound strange to some, but we are more than flesh and blood; we also are spirit, and it’s our spirit’s that “hear” from God first, and then our minds receive revelation of who He is, and who we are.

An example of this happened while having my regular quiet time with God a few years ago. I started to see myself running long distances, and then God started to call and speak over me, “you’re a runner”. I wondered what on earth He was talking about. But He persisted over several weeks until I chose to listen and respond. Then I started to see and speak about myself like He was. I brought running shoes and began a running program. Today I’m not an Olympic athlete but I do run every few days; and I no longer run for seconds and minutes but hours and kilometres at a time.

God called something over me about whom He said I was, and I responded by getting in agreement with what He had said. This caused something dynamic and powerful to go off on the inside of me.

What God called me superseded anything I might have called myself. It superseded my inability, and replaced it with His strength and consistency. What He called and sang over me went beyond my fears and doubts, to replace them with His confidence and endurance; and today I am the fittest, strongest and healthiest I have ever been.

“Who does God say you are?” What has God deposited inside of you that you need to listen to and “sound” back to Him. Receive and respond to His call today, and become all that He is singing over you to be.

Prayer: Lord please help me to listen to what you are calling me, so that I might hear and respond back to you. In Jesus name Amen.

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