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31 May – Whatever!

whatever

My husband and I were chatting this week about the throw away line that many of our generation and also our children’s use. It’s “whatever’. Or should I say “WHAT –ehv-errr. It’s heard regularly when someone is exasperated or annoyed, and is often an argument ender, or a sign of apathy and dismissiveness. WhatEVER can also mean, “I don’t really care, or whatever goes is okay with me.”

However the word ”whatever” is also used in the bible, with the emphasis on WHATever.

Philippians 4:8 says, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is admirable excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 is all about what we think and meditate on. To meditate means to ponder upon, to roll over in our hearts and minds, and what we even mutter to ourselves. WHATever does not leave room for a “what –ehv-errr” goes attitude or apathy. Instead we are encouraged in God’s word to really examine what we are choosing to focus on and think about. God speaks directly to any tendencies within us towards passivity in what we spend time thinking and mediating on, and any attitudes we may have that it “doesn’t matter, it makes no difference, and I’m fed up anyway.”

That’s because “the ideas and images in our minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern us”. If we have the attitude of “what-ehv-err” we place ourselves on dangerous ground, open to deception, negativity, depression, sickness, lack and every other evil work that the devil actively tries to inundate our thoughts and lives with. He has no “what-ehv-err’s” in his strategy, but a determined effort to bring us down. When we are apathetic and fail to be vigilant in our thought life; in what we spend our time focusing on and allowing into our lives we make his evil plan of killing, robbing and destroying from us easy. (John 10:10)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he many devour.”(1 Peter 5:8)

That’s why God lovingly cautions that “What-ehv-err” or whatEVER is not okay. To begin with He encourages us in His Word to think and mediate on those things that are true. To make finding what is “true” easy for us Jesus clearly stated, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” (John 14:6)

Therefore if we are looking for whatever is true before us we line up our lives and thinking with Jesus, and what He wants us to be connected to and be filling our hearts and minds with. Throughout our day we ask ourselves the question, “Is this true? Will these things get me off track and let me down? Is this real? This quickly eradicates any what-ehv-err’s from our minds and hearts.

Let’s change our whatEVER to WHATever so that we spend a lot more time thinking upon those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, instead of what simply pops into our heads or comes before our eyes.

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:2)

“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.” (Romans12:2)

Prayer: Lord let my “whatever’s” be one’s that are pleasing to you. That whatever I look at, think upon, and spend my time doing will be full of truth and life. Please forgive me where I have been apathetic and had the attitude of whatever goes is okay. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

30 May – The power of repetition

repettion

Some things we only learn by repeatedly doing them. Like our youngest son Isaac learning his timetables today. If he doesn’t repeatedly learn and use his timetables he will  be unable to recall them when he needs to, and will therefore struggle to learn and master the concepts he will soon face in maths.

There are many instances where repetition in our lives is actually necessary. If we don’t do some tasks or disciplines in life repeatedly we either lose that knowledge and skill, or we simply don’t have resources when we need them.

From learning our timetables, choosing to consistently eat well and exercise to strengthen and care for our bodies, practicing an instrument, technique and/or ball skills in sport, to reading and learning God’s Word and His ways, the power of repeatedly doing something should not be underestimated.

Sometimes we may feel like it’s boring to repeat something over and over, and this can be true. That’s when we may need to consider whether we need to be creative and “mix it up a little” rather than lose interest and give up, or do we need to just get on with it and do what we know to do.

The question to ask ourselves when faced with a dislike or boredom of repetition is, “will I regret it later if I give up now and stop doing and committing to what I set out to do? Will I regret not learning and repetitively practicing that skill? Will I regret allowing myself to be distracted from reading and spending time with God and His Word? Will I regret and wish I had just stuck to my commitment a year or even five years from now?”

The truth is that most repetitive things in our lives we don’t see the results of straight away. It takes time to build skills, knowledge, relationships and disciplines as part of our lives, but when they are positive the benefits are far reaching, and even life saving.

Just as Isaac is going to benefit from knowing his timetables as he learns more complex maths, we also for example benefit from reading God word and knowing Him. When faced with a decision, difficulty or a need in our lives if we have repetitively and consistently chosen to store God’s Words in our hearts and built a strong relationship with Him we can call upon that understanding, strength and the faith it’s generated whenever we may need it. It’s however difficult to draw from the resources of heaven and our faith if we haven’t bothered to build those things into our lives on a day-to-day basis already.

Today ask yourself, “What things do I want to build into my life? Am I willing to pay the price to consistently, and if need be repeatedly do what I know to do.” “And am I aware and prepared to face the consequences and any regrets if I don’t?”

For what we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.

Don’t make the mistake of looking back five years from now and wishing you’d stuck to those things you knew you wanted to do and be. Each day ask God to help you be steadfast in your commitments; be creative if you need to be, and just do it!

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. “(Galatians 6:9)

“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4)

Prayer: Lord thank you for the power of repetition, and what I can achieve when I remain steadfast. Help me to see the value in repeatedly spending time with you, in reading your Word, and in focusing on the things you have called me to do and be. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

29 May – Look to the light!

light over darkness

What we behold we reflect, so what are we beholding? Far too often we are looking at the darkness instead of at Jesus who is the ultimate light source.We get caught up looking at all the darkness and the things that the devil is saying and doing and it draws us down, often diminishing our awareness of Jesus and His goodness.

But God wants us to come up and look at Him; at His goodness, love and the light of His glory so that we reflect and radiate those things. The darkness cannot extinguish His light, but we do need to be mindful of what we are looking and thinking upon. The bible encourages us to think upon those things that are pure, good, lovely and worth giving a shout about. (Philippians 4:8)

To help us God has given us His Word as a great source of light that illuminates our path, and helps us to know what to look at and think upon. “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” and (Psalm 119;105)

However we can often fall into the trap of thinking that we need to know all about what is going on in the world around us, and even surmise and spiritualise that unless we know the news, what’s on face book or the latest conversation happening that we won’t know what to pray for. But if we are walking in the Spirit we’ll be directed to the things that we need to be aware of and given heaven’s revelation and knowledge about what we are to pray for? If God wants us to know something and we live open to His leading and guidance He will direct our paths, and reveal things to us. Then we don’t need to live inundated with current world events that can often overwhelm us and cause our hearts to be troubled, rather than activate us to pray in faith.

When we live in that realm of looking upon His glory and light we are lifted above the darkness and are able to hear from heaven, receive all the revelation and insights we need, and are able to pray prayers that are powerful and effective, rather than full of worry and fear.

Today look to Jesus who is the word who “became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. (John 1:14) No darkness can dispel His light, and as we look at Him we reflect His love and goodness, as we become lights to the world just as Jesus said we were.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (John 5:14-16)

Prayer: Lord help me to not get distracted or dragged down by any of the darkness of the world, but to look to you and your light and glory which lifts me up, so that I reflect your goodness and hope to all those around me. In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

28 May – Frequency of Heaven

frequecies of heaven

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) That’s because God knows how counterproductive and faith sapping it is to allow our hearts to be troubled and afraid. Letting our hearts become troubled can cause the cares and worries of life to pull us out of connection and trust in God, and dull our senses to His presence and the heavenly realms.

We live surrounded by the frequency of the world, which is a low frequency in comparison to heaven and heavenly things. It’s the low life. When we allow the things of the world, the cares and concerns of life to crowd our lives it’s much more difficult to engage and fix our eyes upon heaven. Those cares in a sense pull us down and out of the awareness of heaven and even God’s presence.

But God wants us to live above the low level frequency of the world, and to come up out of the earth to heavens frequencies, so that we are living in the realms of the Spirit. He is with us, and with Him nothing is impossible no matter what we face.

The devil puts out His own frequency and if we are not sitting above it and walking in the Spirit then his frequency can affect us. It carries depression, fear, sickness, the lusts of the flesh, and every evil thing. Instead we are to walk in the light, and the frequency (the power) of heavens light.

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot extinguish it” (John 1:5)

“I say then walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

Essentially we are to lift up above the low life frequency that the devil sends out, untethering our hearts and minds from the things of the world. We “set our minds upon things above, not on the things of the earth” (Colossians 3:2). We cast our cares upon Jesus and rely on His promise that He will meet all our needs, and the desires of our hearts. Unless we do the deceptions, troubles and distractions of the world will try to crowd out our awareness and understanding of spiritual things and the frequencies of the heavenly realms. We will live below, under and continually being dragged down by the “low life” instead of soaring on wings like eagles, being above and not beneath, and prospering in all we do.

Don’t let the low frequencies of the world pull you down. Lift your eyes up and untether from all the burdens and stress around you, so that you can come up in God, and live the high life, in the frequency of heaven.

Prayer: Lord I ask that you help me to untether from the cares and troubles of the world, so I can come up and become more aware of you and the frequencies of heaven. In Jesus name Amen.

 

27 May -Don’t let your hearts be troubled

troubled

One of perhaps the things I find difficult to do at times is to keep my heart from getting troubled. Probably because there is a lot we can be troubled about. Just read a newspaper, face book, listen to the news or people’s conversations and we will surely find, hear or see something that has the potential to trouble our hearts.

However Jesus said something to guide our hearts and minds. He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. But believe and trust in God” (John 14:1) Meaning don’t worry and be troubled, but have faith, hold onto, rely on, keep going and believe in Me.

When Jesus said those words to His disciples they were about to face more trouble than many of us could imagine. Jesus was aware of His impending death and crucifixtion, His friends were all about to flee for their lives, there was uncertainty, death, disease, poverty and exhibitions of harshness and cruelty by the ruling Romans and society as a whole that we can scarcely comprehend in our modern times.

Yet Jesus said to His disciples, as He still does to us today, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” He goes on to teach us why we don’t need to be troubled. For He:

1. Has prepared a place for us, so that where He is, there we may be also. (John 14:3)

2. That those who believe in Him will assuredly do greater works than He has did while walking the earth. (John 14:12)

3. Holy Spirit will abide with us forever, and God Himself will make His home with us if we ask Him to be part of our lives. (John 14:17-21)

We don’t need to be troubled because if we have a relationship with Jesus He promises He is with us, that we have open access to heaven and we know where we are going when our time here is done. That if we believe in Him and His words remain in us we will also minister and see amazing miracles, provision, healings, outpourings of power, wisdom, strength, and comfort.

Jesus is faithful. When He says, “don’t let our hearts be troubled”, it’s because He knows we don’t need to allow the crazy things of this world to steal our peace from us.

He is our peace, and He expects us to do the works and miracles He did, instead of coming under the trouble, turmoil and wickedness of the world. The works Jesus did, He said we will do, and even greater. The peace He gave, we can minister to others; the comfort and strength He carried wherever He went, we too carry if we determine to abide in Him, and let His words abide and settle down on the inside of us.

Today, discover and know who God is, and the truth that He is greater than any wickedness, evil or trouble we may face in this world. Abide in Him and let His words abide within you; for as you do He will teach you His ways and give His assurance and wisdom so you’ll  know what to do, and not to do. Then you too can share wherever you go the truth of His love and goodness, and that none of us needs to live perpetually troubled.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. (John 14:27)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16)

Prayer: Lord I choose to let your love and words rest in me today as you teach me your ways and wisdom. I do not let my heart be troubled because I trust and abide in Jesus today. In Jesus name Amen.

26 May – All you need is “a little”

little things big things grow
We can think that what we have to offer is too small, and that those little things that we can do, or have a particular gift, talent or ability in are insignificant. But God says that all we need is “a little”…a little faith no bigger than a mustard seed – for it has the power to move mountains. A little jar of oil, that when placed in the hands of one who believes can become a miracle of provision; or a little boy’s little lunch of two fish and five loaves when brought and offered to Jesus had the ability to suddenly be able to feed more than 5,000 people, with twelve baskets full of leftovers! (Matthew 17:20; 2 Kings 4:1-7; John 6:8-13)

Far too often we disregard the little we have because we don’t value enough who we are and what we already have in our hands. “From little things, great things grow;” especially when we link up our “little” with the supernatural power, wisdom, knowledge and ability of God.

Today don’t undervalue what you have in your hands already. The little boy held a banquet lunch for everyone in his hands, and the widow with the jar of oil God’s source of deliverance and provision for her and her sons. All they needed was to stop despising their “little” as insignificant and choose to mix the little they had with faith. Suddenly God’s miracle provision, favour, wisdom and power to multiply and grow their “little” was activated on their behalf.

What do you have in your hands already that combined with God’s ability can become your miracle? Don’t belittle or mock your very own five loaves and two fishes, or your little jar of oil, but choose to bring your “little” to God and let him bless it and reveal to you what He can do when you use and bring what you have to Him, and trust, listen to what He says to do and have faith in Him.

Jesus said, “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)

“One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?” Have the people sit down, “Jesus said. There was plenty of grass in that place, so the men sat down, about five thousand of them.” 

“Then Jesus took the loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. And when everyone was full, He said to His disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” (John 6:8-13)

 “A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Prayer: Lord thank you that even my “little” can become great when you get involved. Help me to see what I already have in my hands, and to listen to and trust you with everything, regardless of whether it’s little or already growing. I believe my “little” will become great when I place my life and everything I have and am in your hands. In Jesus name Amen.

25 May – Don’t despise the day of small beginnings

small beginnings

Many years ago when we were just starting out in church planting God spoke a word to me that I have never forgotten. At the time we were hiring a school music room for Sunday gatherings and undertaking the laborious task each week of setup/pack up. I remember one particular Sunday only one person arrived for the service apart from our planting team. It was a public holiday weekend and people were making the most of the opportunity to go away or have family get togethers. So here we were with a big dream in our hearts and one person to show for all our efforts…and that’s when God spoke and said, “don’t despise the day of small beginnings”.

I was busy wondering what on earth we were doing with our life when all we had to show for our effort and sacrifice was one person, but that mattered not to God. We had begun on the dream God had placed in our hearts, and God was with us. Through those small beginnings God taught me over and over the value of one person, and how much we individually matter to Him. Those small beginnings changed my worldview, my perceptions of God and His love, and how special and important each person is to Him. I discovered that if God, creator of the universe rejoiced in my small beginnings, and my “one’s” then so should I.

Whatever the dream or desire in our hearts we all have to begin somewhere, or it simply only remains a dream. Small beginnings often come with setbacks, sacrifice and little encouragement for our efforts. But God watches, He knows, and when we choose to be faithful with the little we have, He says He will then trust us with much. (Luke 16:10)

What dream or desire do you have in your heart? What do you believe God has called you to do? Even if you feel like you are in the day of small beginnings, don’t despise it because God is with you, and He is rejoicing to see that the work has begun. He promises that He has prepared in advance good things for us to walk in; that He will perfect that which concerns us, and be faithful to complete the work He has started in each one of us.

Don’t despise the day of small beginnings – just begin and keep going, knowing that the whole of heaven is cheering you on. (Hebrews 12:1)

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” (Zechariah 4:10)

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)

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” (Psalm 138:8)

Prayer: Lord help me not to despise the day of small beginnings; whether that be a new venture, further studies, the stepping out in faith to fulfil a dream in my heart, or making small changes in my life to become all that you have made me to be. Please help me to remember and see that you rejoice and see value in my small beginnings, and the steps I take to begin. In Jesus Name Amen.

24 May – Less is more

less is more

When we are talking to our kids and especially our teenagers I know when I have “lost them”. It’s usually after a few minutes. There I am busy talking and talking until I suddenly notice they have this zoned out, glazed eyed look on their face. It’s then, if I’m practicing good communication skills of watching for eye contact, facial expressions, and body posture that I realise I have lost them.

These occasions remind me that a lot can be said about the benefits of “less is more” when it comes to our words. Many people think they have to talk and talk to get their point across, or that they have to debate and argue about everything. However I have discovered that there are times when God speaks to us, and through us the loudest when we are quiet and still, and when we literally say nothing. Often He uses us the most when we talk less, listen more and follow His leading; allowing Him do the talking.

A good illustration of this truth is a story I read about a guy who used to regularly go to church, and then he suddenly stopped going. After a few weeks the pastor decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him in. He led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence he contemplated the dance of flames around the burning logs. After some minutes the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realised it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave his host said with a tear running down his cheek. “Thank you so much for your visit and especially the fiery sermon, I’ll see you on Sunday.”

God’s word reminds us that, “There is a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Being quiet can be a struggle, but it is also a great habit and discipline to cultivate in our lives. God empowers us to both speak out when we feel led to, and to keep quiet and listen too.

Next time you feel like no one is listening or you are tempted to talk and talk to get your point across, remember the power of the quiet and God’s ability to speak in the silence.

“The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” (Proverbs 17:27-28)

Prayer: Lord please help me to appreciate the quiet and that I don’t need to fill it with words. Less is often more when it comes to our words, and you speak to us, and through us in many ways. Help me to remember to follow your lead and to both speak when you prompt me, and to have wisdom to keep silent and listen when it is the better thing to do. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

23 May – Getting the wrong end of the stick

wrong end of the stick

Getting the wrong end of the stick is a phrase to explain when someone misunderstands, misinterprets, or misconstrues a situation. It occurs when we misunderstand what someone has said, or we misunderstand a situation.

It’s fairly easy to “get the wrong end of the stick” if you are not careful, are prone to jump to conclusions, have a low self-esteem, or are easily offended. Case in point would be today when my eldest daughter texted me a link to a website. We have six beautiful children and our youngest is now eight so I know what it is to have some extra after baby kilo’s to lose, and the work it takes to do so. Today my daughter innocently sent me the link to a website called “losebabyweight.com” and then attached a healthy recipe for one of my favourite desserts – sticky date pudding. I had quickly looked at the first part of the message and wondered briefly why she was sending me a losing baby weight website, and if it was her subtle way of telling me I still had baby weight to lose. I could  easily have “gotten the wrong end of the stick”, especially if I had been feeling bad about myself, or had been lacking in confidence about my appearance. As a result I could have misconstrued the situation, and even gotten offended.

However I did none of those things because I stopped and reread the message again, took the time to check out the yummy recipe, and realised she was helping me by finding a healthy sugar free alternative that I would make. We had a chuckle and I commented back, “no baby fat, just stretch marks”, and that was that.

But you can see how “getting the wrong end of the stick” can easily cause a lot of misunderstandings, and often be the culprit for people getting offended. We all at times need to stop and make sure we aren’t “getting the wrong end of the stick” by choosing instead to hear the other’s person’s heart regarding what they are doing or saying, and disciplining ourselves to not jump to conclusions because of our own undealt with issues, self esteem, or mindsets about particular situations, people and subjects. Many a friendship has been broken up, relationships have suffered, families have been torn apart, workplaces have become toxic, and even churches have become places of offence and bitterness, rather than centres of love and understanding, through people “getting the wrong end of the stick.”

All of us can benefit from continually being students of good communication and people skills, and determining to walk in grace and understanding on a daily basis. To make an effort to hear people’s hearts, and to take a look at what they are really saying rather than misinterpreting or misconstruing often innocent or just not well-communicated information. How much more joyful would our world be if we chose to not “get the wrong end of the stick” with others and to rather make an effort to communicate better to those around us?

So how about we throw that stick away, and extend our hand and heart’s instead, as we seek to stop, listen and understand.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” (Proverbs 10:1)

“Don’t say anything that would hurt (another person). Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you.” (Ephesians 4:29 God’s Word Translation)

Prayer: Lord please help me to not jump to conclusions or misunderstand what someone has said when I am relating to others. I don’t want to live life getting offended or being constantly on guard around others. Help me to let go of all of those things, and to trust you to take care of my heart as I seek to listen, love and understand. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

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