Today we are travelling to Niagara Falls Canada. An amazing 168,000 cubic metres of water goes over the falls every minute – thats about 1 million bath tubs of water every minute. Niagara falls are 54 metres high, and the Niagara river flows at approx 56.3 km per hour. There is no doubt the Falls are a demonstration of the power of creation, and of God who created them.
God’s Word often refers to water to try to express and explain God’s love, strength and character to us. God says, that “many waters and floods can’t drown out His love for us, and that, “when we pass through the waters, He will be with us; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow us.” (Song of Solomon 8:7; Isaiah 43:2)
He wants us to know that regardless of the problems or the “noise” of life that so often surrounds and swirls around us, that we are not alone. He promises that His love and care for us will never cease, or be drowned out or washed away.
He promises “that nothing can separate us trom God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)
Everyone wants and deep down needs to know that kind of love that remains; that is overcoming, unsinkable and constant. Which is perhaps why the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is known as honeymoon capital of the world. Its a spectacular sight, but its also a visual reminder and illustration of the power of God, of His love and the strength and capacity to love that He has given each one of us. God says, “Waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it”. (Song of Solomon 8:7).
Today know that nothing can quench or drown out God’s love for you. Then ask Him to flood your heart with His love so that you will know every day how great the love the Father has lavished upon you, enabling you to then go and share that love with those around you. (1 John 3:1)
Prayer: Lord thank you for your love for me, that nothing can ever overwhelm or wash that love away. Help me to experience and know afresh the love you have for me today. In Jesus name Amen
Today as we walked to the subway on a sightseeing exhibition around down town Toronto Canada we spotted a church name we recognised. Primarily because when my husband and I were in our early twenties God released from heaven His presence and power out of this small church near the Toronto airport, that then spread around the world. 50,000 visitors flooded into Toronto to wait at the doors night after night, hungry for God to touch their lives; to catch the fire that He was releasing, and to then take it back to release at home.
My husband and I were blessed to experience this wave of God’s goodness and it changed our lives, our relationship with God and the way we minister to others.
I learnt to soak. In soaking I mean to take the time to, sit, lie, stand or whatever in God’s presence and let God be God. Essentially to let go, and let God have His way, so that whatever needed to be dealt with, released, restored and renewed God could do in me. I learnt that soaking is a far quicker and easier way for God to work these things out in us. Just as a pot or frypan often gets food stuck to it that no amount of scrubbing will move without damaging the pan, so too we can have “stuff” stuck to and in our lives that God knows will be better removed by us choosing to soak in His loving power and presence, rather than having a whole lot of scratching, poking and prodding to try and deal with an issue. Soaking instead allows us to quietly sit, just like a dish in warm soapy water, so that eventually anything that doesn’t belong in our lives just lifts off and floats away.
Today as we stopped we remembered what we’d experienced and learnt through the outpouring that began in Toronto, and we honoured God and those who He used to pour out out His blessing, and I chose soak a little, enjoying God’s goodness wash over me, just as I’d learnt way back then.
Today, whatever sort of day or week you’ve been having, take some time to soak. To simply sit and ask Holy spirit to come and wash over and through your life, gently soaking away any sin, residue, tiredness, or pain. Soak and choose to let go, and let God be God.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
“Meditate on your bed, and be still”. (Psalm 4:4)
Jesus taught his disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Prayer: Lord thank you for your hand of blessing on my life. Today I ask Holy spirit for you to come and wash over and through me. I’m just going to stay in your presence and let you to do whatever you need or want to do in me today. In Jesus name Amen
As I write this I am at an altitude of 10972m, travelling at a speed of 920kmp/h. We’ve just flown over some snow covered mountains in Greenland, on route to Toronto Canada. In today’s world of technology and flight travel that does not seem as amazing as it once was in the early 1900’s when the Wright Brothers first recorded a few minutes of controlled flight. However when I look out of the window from thousands of metres in the air, after what will be 14 hours of sustained flight; complete with food, in house entertainment, and loudly flushing toilets, amazing it still is.
The truth is that we are all capable of so much more than many of us give ourselves credit for. Perhaps in fact many of us do ourselves, and the loving God who masterively created us a huge disservice by thinking less of ourselves than we ought, and therefore we live far below our potential. It’s people like the Wright brothers who choose to see limits and impossibilities as something God desires to overcome that change and transform the world for good. But is also important to realise that God never planned that pioneering, limit breaking type of lifestyle to only be for a select few. He expects us all to continually be growing, expanding, discovering, and successfully overcoming our own unique challenges and situation. Yes, some have a desire to breakthrough larger boundaries; to be pioneers in their fields, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us sit back and do nothing. God made us to all go from faith to faith, ever increasing in our capacity; in our faith, love, abilities and discoveries.
Unfortunately so many people don’t live that way because the devil doesn’t want mankind living free, without limits, co-creating with God, and enjoying life to its full potential. No, he wants us to kept small, beaten and incompacitatied by our fears and negative circumstances. He wants to steal, kill and destroy dreams and our energy and drive to overcome, by keeping us under our circumstances; under lack, low self-esteem and unbelief in both God and ourselves. He’d rather we remained beaten, complacent and faithless. (John 10:10)
Which is why we must stay connected to God’s goodness; putting into our lives God’s words of faith, belief and limitless possibilities. It’s why everyday we focus ahead, and not behind, and choose to push past our individual limits; to face our fears, learn from, rather than be beaten by our setbacks and determine with God’s power at work in us to really live the life for which God made us uniquely for.
(As I finish writing this, thanks to those dedicated flight pioneers, I am gazing down, for the very first time at my first glimpses of Canada!)
Today, let the great many men and woman of faith and persistance who have gone before us, spur you on to breakthrough any limitations, fear, heaviness or lack. They are the bible says, the great cloud of witnesses who surround and cheer us on to lay aside every weight, distraction, disappointment and sin, so that we can run with perseverance the race that is set before us. And that as we do we will remember to focus on and remain connected to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith, for all the strength and wisdom we need. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Prayer: Lord thankyou for the amazing abilities you have created and released within me. Help me today to not think of myself less than I ought, but to stay connected to you, so I can live to my fullest potential. In Jesus name Amen.
You know that contented feeling you get when you’ve eaten a really sustaining, well-cooked meal? Your body rests knowing that it’s life-giving energy stores have been replenished.
Replenishing also happens when we feed on God’s word and in His presence. Jesus called himself the “bread of life”, and advised us not to waste our money and time on food that does not satisfy. In actual fact He asks us to instead feed on Him continually.
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
There are many pastimes and pursuits in which we can try to replenish our life. Some are even beneficial, (like taking time out, and making time to enjoy life), and some aren’t. However we have been created with a need and deep desire within the very core of our being to commune with God, and with heaven. When we seek Him, and take every opportunity to know God deeply, something happens on the inside of us. Our hearts, minds, spirits, and even our bodies are quickened, restored and replenished with the life of God.
Jesus said, “I’m telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died. But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever. I am the Bread—living Bread!—who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live—and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.” (John 6:48-51 Message)
In a world of diets, calorie counting, and the latest advice of what to eat, and what not to eat, Jesus says “come feast on me”. Feast on my presence, get fat on my word, and watch and experience for yourself the change and difference it will make. When we get “fat” on Jesus, and abide in Him and allow His words to abide and rest in our thought and hearts, that “fatness will in actual fact break off every yoke, burden, addiction, bad habit and limitation in our life. No wonder Jesus says to feast. He knows what will happen when we do, and the freedom it will bring.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:27-29)
We get to the point where we find a place of rest, knowing that we have everything we need, and that God really is with us. When we rest in Jesus and allow His word to rest in us the result is a bit like resting back after a good meal, and knowing it’s doing its job to keep us healthy and full of energy and life.
Today, rest in Jesus and His promises for your life. Search them out in the bible if you need to, and let them dwell and abide richly in you. His words and presence will give you sustenance and strength, and cause you to grow fat in your spirit so that every yoke and burden will be broken off.
“Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives.” (Colossians 3:16 Message)
“In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat. “(Isaiah 10:27 NIV)
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. And you have been made complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10)
Prayer: Lord please help me to rest in you and your promises for my life, and that I will understand that I have all I need in you. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I’m busy packing for our Canada/USA trip…well organising everyone else’s packing so I’m re-sharing one of my previous favourite blogs today called “supernatural everyday”. Enjoy.
For those who have invited Jesus into their lives there is a peace that resides deep down on the inside, that unless we surrender up to the cares and worries of the world’s system, no one can take away. Jesus offers to rescue us from the system of control and fear that the world is governed by.
This peace comes because we are called out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light – into the realms of Heaven. Heaven operates on faith, love and blessing.
Because God, “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son Jesus”. (Colossians 1:14)
The kingdom of heaven operates above and beyond the realms of this world, and amazingly God wants us to learn to operate in these realms everyday. There are no limits in heaven’s system, and nothing is impossible there. Amazing, crazy, wonderful things happen in that realm; that when released impacts the world for good.
However we can still be so conditioned by the world’s system. The system that says that’s not possible, believe only what you can see, truth is relative and there are no absolutes, and miracles don’t really happen.
That’s why it’s so important that when we testify that we believe Jesus is the Son of God, that we learn to walk in the realms of the supernatural, in the realms of heaven. Without that how will people know, how will they hear?
God intends that our lives would naturally be supernatural! Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:12)
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life. Now think where is Jesus in your day? Because the way we live our lives each day, every day, is a reflection of how much we love and trust Jesus. It is a reflection of the place Jesus actually has in our lives. He is not just something else to fill the few gaps in our life that are not occupied.
Today don’t let Jesus be an after thought to your day. He longs to be at the centre of our focus, our purpose, our reason; the very centre of our lives. Because He wants for us to know Him, and because the world needs for us to operate more and more in the realms of heaven and the supernatural everyday; to bring heaven to earth everyday. The question is whether, or to what degree we allow the power of Jesus to work within us, and through us.
Today choose to step out and tell Jesus you are available. Then allow the Holy Spirit, to guide and lead you. Make this month the start of doing at least one thing everyday in the supernatural realm. Will you allow Him to be involved in your everyday life? Because when He is, you will know what real living is.
Supernatural is simply doing things lead by the Holy Spirit, and operating in heaven’s system and not the world’s. God longs for us to abide in that place. To be more comfortable in the realms of the spirit than the earth.
We have to start somewhere, and get accustomed to and how heaven operates.
Here’s some ideas to get you started moving in the supernatural everyday.
- Do an Act of Kindness, and bless someone.
- Start engaging in heaven’s realms.
- Seek God and spend time with Him
- Read the bible.
- Ask God to give you a prophecy (a message from God) for someone, and then give it.
- Ask him to show you someone to pray for – then go and pray for them.
- Step out, be bold and make yourself available!
- Go for it, and have FUN!
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“But our citizenship is in heaven.”(Philippians 3:20)
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:6)
“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).
Prayer: Jesus would you use me today. Lead me by your spirit and show me what to do, where to speak and how to bless those around me. I want to know heaven, and the things of heaven. Please show me Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.
I was chatting with one of our daughters today and she was saying how amazing the effect the food we eat has on our bodies. She has been especially watching what she eats over the last few months, and cooking and baking healthy alternatives to her usual snacks etc. However the other night she went out for dinner and ate a high fat and preservative laden dinner. The next morning I wondered what was wrong with her as she looked a bit odd. She said she’d been to the gym and had felt really lethargic and fuzzy in her thinking. Her skin was irritated and she was generally feeling quite awful. Her whole body was yelling, “what did you do to me?”
It was a good lesson on the powerful effects the food we eat has on our whole mental, physical and emotional being, and it helped my daughter to understand that we are “inside out people”. Inside/out in that what we put in dramatically effects our output; our mood, expression, energy and whole way of being.
The same can be said for the food we feed our spirits and souls. If we are created as inside out people then what we spiritually, emotionally, and mentally consume will affect our whole being, in much the same way physical food does.
If we desire to be positive we need to feed on positivity. If we want to be loving, kind, caring and more patient then we feed on God’s word and spend time with Him. We surround our lives with encouraging, loving inspiring words and environments as much as possible. If we want to have great faith we feed our faith. Then words and actions of faith will start to flow from the inside out. How we live our lives, see ourselves and view the world is all processed and expressed from the inside out.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. (Romans 10:17)
The good news is that if we come to realise that our “insides’ aren’t that healthy we can ask Jesus to cleanse and detox us from the things that cause sickness on the inside of us. He promises to renew and restore us from the inside out if we come to Him and ask. As we follow Jesus’ way of doing things this healthy life is then maintained and developed in us.
Jesus said, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)
We are all inside out people, so perhaps today we need to consider more carefully what we have and are putting in, because that’s what’s going to come out, and if we don’t like the output, then change the input.
Prayer: Lord help me to see the importance of what I am feeding on and how that affects everything I do, think and who I am. Would you please cleanse me and make me healthy from the inside out. In Jesus name Amen.
There is something special about someone you like or love coming to find you. As in the movies when the girl or the guy is all set to leave and the other person jumps on a plane, speeds along a busy freeway, or climbs over a mass of people at a busy train station to loudly declare their undying love…
Reading today I came across an even better tale of love. It’s found in Luke 13:10-17 in the bible and tells of how Jesus healed a woman who had been bent over double for 18 years.
Jesus was teaching in a meeting and there was a woman who was suffering with some sort of spinal fusion which caused her body to be bent over. She had spent 18 years staring at the floor, unable to stand or sit, or even to straighten up her crooked back.
Many people had been healed as they came to Jesus and asked Him for healing, but this woman did not ask. Maybe she couldn’t move fast enough to reach Jesus to ask, or perhaps she couldn’t even look up to be able to see where He was. But Jesus saw her; and better than any other love story or heroic dash to airports or train stations, Jesus not only saw this poor bent over woman, He also called out to her. He called and went to her with deep love and compassion for her tragic circumstances and said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. And laying His hands on her, she immediately was made straight.” (Luke 13:13)
Many times we may think that God does not even notice us, and especially when we feel like we are bent over like the woman Jesus healed. But He does, and just as He called out to the bent over woman who had spent the previous 18 years staring at the floor, He calls out to each and every one of us. He sees and notices us amongst all the noise; the mistakes, the distractions and anything else that may prevent us from seeing or coming to Him. He calls out to us and offers to heal, restore, rescue and remind us of who we truely are. He calls out to us even when we may not be able to see Him because we are struggling to look up from the floor.
Today listen out for His voice calling you, for just as Jesus laid his hands upon the bent over woman and she was immediately healed, He will be calling you and wanting to meet every need you have today. That woman no longer had to spend her life staring at the floor, but was able to fully look up at the one who had made the effort and sacrifice to leave His home and come looking for her, and He’ll do the same for you too.
“This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” (1 John 4:9-11 The Message)
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Prayer: Lord I don’t want to spend any more time staring at the floor, or being fused in one spot where I feel like I can’t go anywhere. I want to be free to really live the life you left heaven to come and give to me. I receive that life you offer today. In Jesus name Amen.
Have you ever had one of those days, which just didn’t turn out well? Where everything just seems to irk you, and the world feels like it has tipped on it’s head leaving you wondering what has happened? In other words a horribilus (horrible) day!
Fortunately we usually don’t have too many of those days in a row, and when we find ourselves facing one there is some things we can do to ease the feelings and effects of a “horribilus day”.
1.Go and do something fun, and preferably active out in the great outdoors. Fresh air and some form of exercise are known mood lifters.
2.Be around others. It may be the last thing we feel like doing but being around the people we like and love helps return perspective to a horribilis day.
3. Eat something you really like. There is a reason why some things are simply called “comfort food”. They make us feel good and remind us of a better day. A good tip is to try and find a healthy recipe or alternative so that you don’t regret it later, or just have a small portion so you don’t have binge regret after consuming a whole pavlova or large block of chocolate all by yourself.
4. Watch, do something or be around someone who makes you laugh! Laughter or just smiling is like medicine. It’s good for our minds, hearts and souls.
“A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” (Proverbs 17:22)
5. Cast all your cares upon Jesus. There is no point carrying around the cares and worries of a “horribilus day”. It will just prolong the day’s ability to steal our joy and perspective. Talk to God about it and hand over your cares and let Him carry you the rest of the day.
“Cast your cares upon Jesus for He cares for you”. (1 Peter 5:7)
5. Dream. Spend some time imagining a better day, and imagining how you would like things to be. Imagining is the starting point of activating our faith, and it’s when we start to be able to see better things that we can then start to believe for them.
God says He will “do immeasurably more than we can ask, think, dream or possibly imagine”. (Ephesians 3:20)
6. Give thanks. Be thankful for what you do have and ask God to help you to count your blessings. A grateful heart lifts our spirits and gives us strength to fight another day.
Today, if you have had a “horribilus day”, or you know what it’s like to experience one, remember it’s just one day, and it doesn’t have to define the rest of your week or life. We all have less than spectacular days, and moments of setback, but we are not alone, and when God is for us, who can stand against us. (Romans 8:31)
And, if at the end of the day it still looks and feels “horribilus”, then call it a day, put your pj’s on, hand it all over to Jesus, and go and get a decent night’s sleep. Tomorrow is a new day and God’s mercies are new every morning… Tomorrow is going to be a great day!
“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fails. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)