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12 April – Worry Free Day

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I was chatting with one of our kids today about watching their thought life and enjoying a worry free day. They’ve been reading “battlefield for the mind for kids” by Joyce Meyer. Today we put into practice something we learnt from reading this book that I’d like to share, because let’s face it many of us struggle with worrying anxious thoughts. Sometimes if you’ve really been battling you can get to the end of the day and feel worn out because you’ve carried around so many worries, stresses and concerns.

We may be in the habit of worrying and feeling anxious, but God can help us if we really want to get past these things. He encourages us to take one day at a time and to put some practical strategies in our lives to assist us in managing our day worry free!

Our daily account 

Imagine if you had a hundred dollars in a bank that symbolised your day. It was your account for the day, and whenever you worried or faced thoughts and concerns that depleted your resources, the balance of your account went down. You may be stressed about your kids in the morning, and concerned about an appointment you have later in the day. These things take your account balance for the day down from $100 to $90. By 10am you have further lowered your account by spending time worrying about the bills you have to pay, and the phone call you have just had with a family member. By lunchtime you are feeling further stressed about work, or what an earth you are going to make for dinner, and getting to the shops in time, and your account balance for the day is now down to $40.

By dinner time, you’ve spent more time worrying and thinking about the pain in your stomach that’s been bugging you, your lack of making time for yourself and to exercise, your weight, the kids, extended family, your partners work, the traffic on the way home, and a hundred and one other thoughts that you’ve allowed to flit through your mind. Not only have you used the $100 in your day’s account, you’ve put it in deficit.

Sound extreme? But I wonder how many days in our week do we allow ourselves to worry and become anxious like that? How often do we live in deficit, running ourselves ragged mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually? It’s not what God wants for us, and it’s definitely not the full and abundant life Jesus died to give us. (John 10:10)

So what can we do to stop this cycle of worry, stress, and using up all our reserves? How can we go about making deposits in our day’s account? What can we choose to do instead of worrying and depleting our lives on a daily basis?

Here are a few thoughts on how to make some deposits instead of withdrawals in our account:

  1. We can start our day with prayer, thanking God that He kept us safe and secure through the night.
  2. We can ask for God’s help with our day, and all the things that we have to do and the places we have to be. When we do that we are making life deposits, and we start our day with a full account.
  3. When we realise we are stressed about work, family or our health we can stop and assess whether these are valid concerns or just our fears. Are there things we can do to actively address these issues, rather than just worrying about them?
  4. We can speak God’s word out loud. Memorising or writing down a few Bible verses that help us stop worrying and speak specifically to what we are worrying about is a powerful and effective way of shifting worrying thoughts.
  5. God cares about us and tells us we can bring our concerns to Him, and talk to Him about them. Worry makes us weaker and weaker, but trusting in God makes us strong. He wants us to give all our worries to Him so He can handle them because He really does care about us. God knows that the devil is out to defeat us and undermine our trust and faith in Him by causing us to worry and become fearful. That’s why it is so important to watch what we are thinking. When we are in a weak state, we can be sure that the devil is watching for a chance to come an attack our lives. That’s why God encourages us to stand strong, give our burdens to Him, keep His word in our hearts and mouths, and stay connected with those who love and follow Jesus too, because they will help us. (1 Peter 5:6-9)
  1. Lastly understand that worry is an activity all of it’s own and it can be exhausting. When we worry we find it hard to hear God. It’s like a loud noise which tries to keep our attention so that we miss what God is saying. Unplug worry and choose not to listen anymore, and instead rest in God’s love and care.

Jesus said, “I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

Whatever we are facing, God says we don’t have to worry about it. We can easily get to the point of exhausting our energy and resources if we spend every moment of our day in worry. All we can do is take care of the things we can, and leave the rest to God.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. “(1 Peter 5:7)

“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.“(Psalm 55:22)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)

Today choose to make deposits in your account; especially if you catch yourself making withdrawals of worry. We do our part and God will do His. He doesn’t want us to carry the load, and we can depend on Him.

Prayer: Lord thank you that you do lift my load, and that you want to help me to live worry free. Help me to listen to you and to stay out of worry today. In Jesus name Amen.

11 April – At peace with who you are.

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Are you at peace with who you are, and how God made you to be?

The bible says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body” (Proverbs 14:30)

But focusing on imperfections, negative traits, and the things we don’t like about ourselves and our lives will steal our peace. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27). Yet how often do people live their whole lives without peace, and if we do find peace; how often do we let go of it and allow our peace to be replaced with worries, concerns, striving, stress and negative thinking?

How often do we give up our peace because we wish we were someone else, or we allow the devil to try and replace our peace with negatives and fear? It’s a trap that many of us fall into, and it’s usually because we allow ourselves to be convinced that we are less than who God says we are, or that our lives aren’t significant, or of consequence. We essentially haven’t learnt to celebrate who God has made us to be.

We may not be happy with certain aspects of our lives, but we do need to listen to what God says about the essentials of who we are, and what He says about us. He longs for us to accept His love and forgiveness, and to know that He promises that He will perfect that which concerns us, because He is faithful to complete what He has started in us. He will work with us to bring out the best in us, and to fulfil those things we were made for.

I’ve discovered that when we begin to accept who God says we are, any wrong thinking, negativity, lack of self worth, and fears  fall away, and we are transformed as our thinking is renewed according to what God says about us. As a result our hearts are filled with peace, giving life to our whole body, which is a great way to live. (Romans 12:2)

Today let your heart be filled with peace as you choose to listen and accept who God says you are. He thinks you’re amazing, significant and special, and since He is the one who created you, He’d know?

 “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;

Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)

“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.” (Philippians1:6)

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a]

Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

Prayer: Lord I ask for your peace to fill my heart today, and that I would listen and accept what you say about my life. Help me to let go, and give over to you any thinking, attitudes and concerns that would try to steal my peace today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

10 April – Better than Google

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My family often laugh at me because I love to “Google”. Often when we are talking about a topic, or watching something on TV and I want to know more about a particular person, place or topic of discussion I will say, “I’ll just Google it”.

I’m naturally curious about life, and not simply what is easily visible on the surface of things. I want to know, and discover and learn more.

However there is something and someone even better than “Google” for the information, direction and wisdom that really matters in life. It’s God, and the knowledge held in His Word.

God’s Word holds powerful and insightful instructions for our lives. It’s really a manual for how to live a full, meaningful, healthy and prosperous life. But unfortunately people often fail to pick it up and read it on a regular basis, and if they do they choose not to do what it says anyway.

But if we do listen to what God’s Word says, and choose to tune our ears to His wisdom and understanding, He promises He will grant us a treasure of common sense, and be a shield and protection to those who walk with integrity; so that we will know what is right, just and fair, and the right way to go. (Proverbs 2:2-9)

Today I encourage you to discover for yourself how God and His word are better than any encyclopaedia, information technology or Google. If you really want to know and walk in those things that truly matter, then make the effort to search and study out His Word first, and you’re sure to discover all the wisdom, and answers you’ll need, because “God is better than Google.”

“Never forget the things I have taught you.

 Store my commands in your heart.

If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. 

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones….Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce, The He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” (Proverbs 3:1-9)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you are better than Google, because you do have all the answers. Thank you for the wisdom, knowledge and understanding you reveal to me when I take the time to read and study your Word, and spend time with you.  Help me to be more diligent in seeking you than I am about seeking anything or anyone else. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

9 April – Faith Food!

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Jesus encourages us that it doesn’t take a lot of faith to release the ability of God in our lives and situations. He said, “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of 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)

One of the keys to releasing the ability of our faith is to stop saying and believing merely what we can see happening around us, and start believing and saying what’s written in the book; God’s book, because that is what God is going to establish in our lives.

When we start believing what is written in “Gods’ Book”, our faith goes to work, and even a little bit of faith is very powerful, and holds dynamic ability to shift and change the seemingly impossible.  It’s like our bodies; every one has muscles or we wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or move around. But some people don’t pay much attention or work on strengthening their muscles and so they can’t lift much, run far, or exercise for long. They have been given a measure of muscle, but they have chosen not to use them, so those muscles can’t at present do much for them. But if we start to use and work out those muscles, it doesn’t take long for us to discover just how much potential energy and strength we have residing in our bodies.

The same can be said for our measure of faith. We have all been given it, but some choose to make their measure work for them. They’ve made the decision to consistently build into and strengthen their faith muscles. That’s why some people’s faith, prayers and life in God seems to work for them more than others. They’ve learnt and chosen to “work out” their faith.

Our source of “food” to activate and work out our faith isn’t protein shakes, or carb loading; our faith food is the Word of God. We must be fully persuaded and act on the Word of God for our faith muscles to grow and work.

Faith is not designed to stagnate; it’s supposed to grow which is our responsibility. Real faith is designed for the impossible, and in the process it should grow to enable us to do bigger and better things in our life, and for God’s kingdom. God wants us to commit ourselves to going to His word everyday so we can develop the faith that’s required for the tasks that have been given to us, and then turn our faith loose to work on them. This is how faith grows, and the way faith works.

But it’s important to remember that the power and ability of God, and what He has promised doesn’t need anything but our believing for it to come to pass. He is the one who has everything we need, and His word is the food we need to strengthen our faith and trust in Him to release His supernatural ability.

For, “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it?” (Numbers 23:19)

Today find out what is written in God’s book about your situation, your concerns, your hopes and dreams; and then take that Word (your faith food), and speak only that into your situation, so that God’s ability and power can go to work for you.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”(Matthew 4:4)

“As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the Lord is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless] He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (Psalm 18:30)

“Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12)

Prayer: Lord help me to use and grow the measure of faith you have given me, and to strengthen my “faith muscles” to do big things! Holy Spirit please give me understanding and guidance as I study God’s word so that I get all the sustenance I need today. In Jesus Name Amen.

8 April – Shout it from the rooftops!

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There are some things that need to be shouted from the rooftops. Those things aren’t necessarily what you see splashed across the front page of the newspaper or on every news feed, and face book post. You probably won’t actually find a lot of rooftop shouting news there. Don’t get me wrong; it’s wise to be informed and to know what is going on around us so that we are able to pray and govern over these things. But I believe that there are things God does or says to us that quite simply need to be shouted out for all to hear.

Jesus said, “What I tell you now in the darkness (secret), shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear.” (Mark 10:27)

Unfortunately many times we allow life to get in the way of “rooftop shouting business.” We allow fear, busyness and the concern that comes from listening to others, and/or of offending those with a different point of view or experience to cause us to keep silent. Which is unfortunate because the world and all the people in our sphere of influence need to know that there is good news, that there is hope, that God is on His throne, and that He is faithful to His promises. The world needs to see demonstrations of His power at work in every person who says they believe in Him, and we need to be those people!

Peter in the bible is recorded as doing this when He “fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favourites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.” (Acts 10:34-36 The Message Bible)

Today I am going to “shout it from the rooftops” because God is so good. For He is faithful to His Word and what man could not do He did for me. Today I completed one of my goals for the year of running 15km. That in itself may be an achievement, but if you know me and my past you will understand why I am shouting what God has done from the rooftops.

For eleven years I could not run, walk without pain, climb a set of stairs without difficulty, and manage for even a few hours without pain medication for my knees. I had treatment after treatment, and several operations to no avail until the great physician; God Himself broke into my life. Not only did He heal my knees, he healed me from the inside out, and set my life on a path where I no longer shrank back in the back ground, but stepped out onto the rooftops.

Today I not only want to shout, I have to shout because Jesus deserves honour for what He has done in me. He is no respecter of persons; what He has done for me, and many others I know He will do for all who come to Him in trust and faith. I refused to let go of His promises; I refused to be told by man that it’s just they way it is; and I chose to believe that what God had shown me was possible, because faith in Him connects us to His ability and power. But I also know that He’s hardly started on what He wants to do in and through me yet.

Today, I encourage you lift your expectation of what God can do. There are things He wants to set you free from, and truth’s He longs to tell you in secret, that then need to be shouted from the rooftops. Don’t come under the circumstances you may be facing, but put your trust and faith in Jesus and what He says to be true, and overcome those circumstances instead.

We get to choose; the hole that the devil has planned for our lives, or the mountains and rooftops that God has for us to stand and shout from instead.

Look up, and listen today, and let Jesus reveal to you what He can and will do for you, if you will only trust and believe in Him.

“Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Prayer: Lord thank you for those things that you share and do for me. Please help me to believe in you to meet every need, and to fulfil every dream and desire of my heart, so that I  continually have something new to shout from the rooftops. In Jesus Name Amen.

7 April – Faith works!

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How sure are we that God answers prayer, and do we really know that prayer isn’t a gamble with God but an assurance?

When we get to the assurance part of  our faith we know that we have moved from seeing God as a gamble, to having a complete absolute assurance in His ability and will to perform His word. We are growing in faith when we move from “I’m believing” into “I know!” (Jessie Duplantis)

What do you know today? Are you seeing Jesus and His power as a gamble and last-ditch resort, or do you have an assurance that He does and will answer your prayers? Jesus knows what He can do, and it’s our faith added to His power that brings about miracles. It’s what we believe that is going to make the difference.

Sadly many people never stop long enough to consider what they do believe, and take the time to discover how to “work their faith” until they are suddenly faced with a crisis or something that scares them, and then they wonder why their prayers and faith don’t seem to be working, or why they feel so far from God.

The bible says we have all been given a measure of faith, (Romans 12:3) but it does need to be put to work everyday. Some people’s faith works better for them than others because they have chosen to put their faith to work for them.

The more we use our faith the more of God’s ability we will have at our disposal, because His ability in us is waiting to be unleashed into our circumstances.

However if we know we need to grow our measure of faith to deal with the situations we face, God has given us a resource to power our faith up. It’s His words found in the Bible. Reading His word, hearing it being preached, and time in His presence are the only source of faith we need. For “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Our task is to act on the Word and put our faith to work. Whatever God calls us to do, He has given us the ability to achieve it, but we must learn to activate our faith to receive those things He has promised.

“Faith is a servant and is designed to do things for us that are impossible. It feeds on the impossible and breaks limitations.” (Bill Winston)

Put your faith to work today and unleash the ability and power of God into your circumstances.

If you don’t believe you have enough faith, then I encourage you to do something about it! There’s no point walking around saying, “I cant’ do that, or “my faith doesn’t work for me”, because God himself has given us everything we need; We just need to “work” our faith to get the best that He has for us.

God has given us the ability to receive, so make the effort to “power up” your faith everyday by spending time in His presence, and reading and studying His word, and discovering what He says about your situation, need or dream.

Jesus said it this way, “Truly I tell you, 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)

“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” (Mark 11:22-23)

Why not see what your faith can do for you, and those around you today?

Prayer: Lord thank you that we all have been given a measure of faith. Help me today to be bold enough to do something with what you have given me, and to take the opportunity everyday to grow and strengthen my measure of faith as I put it to work in the situations I face both in my life, and in the lives of those around me. In Jesus Name Amen

 

6 April – Technicolour!

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I was chatting with our third daughter Rebekah recently about something she was feeling a little bit nervous about, and I encouraged her to just “be herself!”

Many people unfortunately never feel comfortable being themselves. We can grow insecure if we are not invited, seen to be attending or haven’t received lots of likes and tags on Facebook, and we feel we must go along with what everyone else does, thinks and likes even if that isn’t us.

There is the constant pressure to look, talk and act the part, and to fall in with the frenetic style of living all around us. We are all faced with the need to be accepted by others, which can cause us to easily lose something really important. Our true identity! Instead of seeking to discover what and who God has made us to be, we live for recognition, acceptance, and with the constant fear of not fitting in.

But God has made each one of us unique and different for a reason. We are not clones, or mono toned, but multi-faceted and technicolour, each a “poem and masterpiece” written and designed by God in heaven.

“For we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

There is a story in the bible about a young man named Joseph whose father gave him a special gift of a coat of many colours. In Joseph’s day everyone had a coat, used to keep warm, carry belongings and even to serve as security for a loan. Most would have been very plain, and about knee length, and merely functional. In contrast the coat that Joseph’s father gave him was colourful, ankle length, and probably more in keeping with what royalty wore. Joseph’s coat of many colours became a sign of favouritism between this father and son, and it aggravated his other 10 brothers no end, so much so that they wanted to destroy him because of their jealousy. (Genesis 37-50)

I believe that when we ask God to be part of our lives He gifts and bestows within and upon us our own “coat of many colours.” It’s a coat of favour and recognition that we are special in His sight, and that we have position and esteem in His kingdom. He wants us to shine and to stand out from the crowd by exploring, discovering and embracing our unique call and purpose in life. And sadly that can sometimes make others feel jealous when we begin to shine, and walk in His favour. But that doesn’t mean we are to shrink back and not accept God’s hand and gifting upon our lives. It doesn’t mean we should seek instead to become one of the crowd, and seek above all else to fit in and look, talk, and walk around “dressed” in just a plain monotone “coat”.

God wants us to choose to make time for curiosity, and wonder at the world around us. To take time to pray, to seek Him, to read that book, to take that class, to explore those things that resonate in our hearts, and to live outside the box. He has made us with the ability to choose every single day to wear our “technicolour coat of many colours”.

God wants us to find our true identity in Him and who He has created us to be. He has designed and given us the freedom, creativity and power to be a force and influence for good in the world.

We do have a responsibility to acknowledge we do have a purpose, and that God has put us here for a bigger reason than simply our own comfort and success. He has put us here to bless the world with who we are, and to reveal God to those around us in the way that only we can do.

Start wearing your own coat of many colours and:

Be willing to try some new things that interest you.

Be patient and allow God to piece-by-piece reveal the hidden plans and things He has placed in your hearts.

Don’t waste your time on things you know aren’t from God or pleasing to Him.

Don’t let people pressure you into things that sound like a good idea but are not necessarily who God has made you to be. Following His leading sometimes means saying no to friends, family and work mates, so that you can follow God’s promptings.

Keep walking – life is a journey in God of discovery and learning.

The bible says, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5)

Today choose to put on your own “coat of many colours,” and discover for yourself without fear, shame or embarrassment the multifaceted, talented, gifted individual God has made you to be.

“For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light“. (1 Peter 2:9)

Prayer: Lord help me to realise that you have given me a “coat of many colours” because you see me as someone of importance. Help me to realise who I am in you, and to begin to explore and examine what that might mean today. In Jesus Name Amen.

5 April -What’s the worst that can happen?

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There is a question I encourage myself to ask when faced with difficulties, decisions, and worries.

It’s the question, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” “If everything went terribly and the worst happened, would I be okay?”

Put simply the worst thing that could happen is dying and going to hell as far as I am concerned. There is no way out of hell, and you are stuck in constant torment, separated from God and His love and peace forever. That to me is the absolute worst thing that could happen. But if you have a relationship with Jesus and have asked Him to be part of your life then that isn’t going to happen, so everything else is not so terrible in comparison.

In my life I have witnessed and also personally suffered loss, financial difficulties, failure, sickness, rejection, embarrassment, personal attacks from others and countless disappointments. In the midst of these seasons it has been difficult and really, really unpleasant at times, but I’ve discovered that if you know that you can face the worst possible outcome and still be okay then it’ll be alright.

I’ve learnt that I can shelter and take refuge in Jesus, and that if I’m with Him everything will be okay, actually more than okay. Chaos may be breaking out all around me, but in Him I have a much needed refuge, and place of strength and peace.

Much of the anxiety we feel is because we are afraid of something or someone, and we wonder if we are going to be able to cope if something bad happens. But if we hold up “the worst thing that can happen” against the truth that Jesus promises He will be there for us, and will protect, guide and provide for us, it take’s the fear out of the “worst thing”. It doesn’t mean the “worst” would be enjoyable, but it won’t destroy us either.

I’ve watched my Mum live this out as she faced the sudden loss of my younger brother in a plane crash. A parent losing a child is the worst thing many of us would estimate could happen to a person. I remember the phone call notifying us his plane had gone missing, and the wait for confirmation that it had indeed crashed. In the midst of the fear and anxiety, and “the worst that could happen”, God spoke to me and said, “it’s going to be really hard for a while but it’s going to be okay.” And it was. It was really hard, but it is okay. It’s okay because I know my brother is in heaven, and He’s okay too.

I believe my Mum would say that she has faced her worst. But I’ve also watched her choose to keep living a meaningful life. She’s chosen to live, and to heal and to keep loving and walking with Jesus, and because of that her life is a testimony to many others who face struggles.

Today if you are feeling anxious or wondering if it’s all going to be okay, ask yourself the question, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” Then put those struggles and any concerns you face in the right perspective; find out what God says in His word about your situation and then begin to speak that truth into your challenge.

Know that your refuge, strength and the peace you need is in Jesus. There is no mountain He can’t help you climb, or hurdle He won’t be there to help you face. Whether it is sickness, lack or any other fear or concern, God says He is enough, and He has a way through. He is our victory and deliverer; our provision and our healer, and in Him we have perfect peace.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (Psalm 91:1-3)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

 “For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (Psalm 18:28-29)

Prayer: Lord please help me to face the things I am anxious about and to put them in the right perspective. No matter what I may go through, you promise you will help me to walk in victory. In Jesus Name Amen.

4 April – What’s in your book?

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We are all born with a purpose and I don’t believe any one of us is a mistake. Neither does God if you take what He says in His word seriously. He says He knew us before the very foundation of the world, and “that every day of our lives was recorded in His book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.“ (Psalm 139:16 NLT)

This means that each person has a book in Heaven, and that God has written down His plan and destiny for each person. He saw our days; not just how many we will live, but what we are to do with our days, and what activities and accomplishments we will walk in throughout our lives.

Ephesians 2:10 describes us as “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. The Greek word for workmanship is His masterpiece or poem. God first wrote down this poem that we were to become. “We are a poem with a point, and our lives carry a message that is creative and life giving” (Robert Henderson)

Anything that God has planned is first written in a book or scroll in heaven, and when we are born we begin the process of living out these purposes recorded in our own individual book.

The key is to discover and walk in what is written down in our book, and to also understand that we all have a choice as to whether we fulfil this plan or not. We can either choose to discover what is written about us in heaven and live our lives lining up with this, or we can choose to go and do our own thing. It’s our individual responsibility and choice to discover what has been written, and then it’s also our choice as to what we do with that knowledge.

However there is a point that many people miss, and that is that where this is a loving generous God who has amazing plans for our lives, there is also a devil who is evil in everything He intends for us. He has made it his purpose to divert us off our book and the words that are written in it. He knows that we are each created for something, and he tries to clutter and cloud our view and understanding so as to cause us to become so busy, confused or deceived that we don’t know where or what to do next. We’ll then just keep on plodding along, never fulfilling what has been written about us, or worse still lose our way completely.

That’s why we desperately need God to come and reveal to us our own hearts, and to stir up the things He has placed there, because whatever is written in our book in heaven is also written in our hearts. “If you want to discover what in in your book, look in your heart. Your interests, desires, aspiration, longings and passion, these are all clue to what is in your book in Heaven.” (R. Henderson)

If we discover these things, that’s when life really gets exciting. For it is not just about what we can do on our own, but about lining up our lives with what we were created and uniquely designed for.

Take the time to listen with the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit to your own heart today, as you seek to discover what is written in your book. Because we were all created for something more than what many of us have become.

“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:16)

Prayer: Lord please help me to listen to what you have written on my heart, and therefore discover what is written about me in my book in heaven. Then help me to begin to walk in line with what you have made me for. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

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