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October 2017

31 Oct – Seal of approval

How much of our life do we spend trying to prove something? Either that we are good enough, smart enough, rich enough, accomplished enough, or trying to prove someone else wrong for the things they have said or believed about us. Let’s face it, there is a certain satisfaction in overcoming or suceeding, especially if someone has said it wasn’t possible or that we couldn’t do it.

However there is also a danger in all our striving to prove ourselves,  in that we can waste alot of time and effort trying to win others approval when it has already been offered and made available to us  when we ask Jesus to be part of our life. We don’t have to be or do anything to prove our worth to Him because He loves us completely, and none of our human efforts, accomplishments, money, fame or the possible lack of these things is going to change how He sees and thinks about us. That’s because as Jesus died for our sins on the cross He said something really significant, He said,“it is finished”.

The work of securing our salvation; our deliverance from every evil, any lack, sickness, poverty and the needed approval so that we could be draw near to God who is holy was fulfilled and completed. On acceptance of this gift of salvation we instantly become good enough. Actually better than good enough; we become the righteousness of God, connected with the who’s who and creator of the universe, as the stain of guilt and falling short of any standard is removed. This means we can now just enjoy our work, interests, our discoveries and achievements without the need to use what we do as a way to prove ourselves. Now we can simply live; “being and doing” simply for the joy of it.

Don’t waste anymore time striving to gain approval or having to “work” in some to be good enough when Jesus has done all the hard work for our approval already. Today just appreciate and receive His free gift of salvation and then go and enjoy the rest of your day knowing you have His seal of approval.

Ephesians 1:3-6 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

Prayer: Lord thankyou that when I receive your gift of forgiveness and salvation I also receive your approval and therefore no longer have to prove anything to anyone. Help me to live in that place of rest,  knowing that I am loved and accepted. In Jesus name Amen.

30 Oct – SOAP

Reading Gods Word could be likened to washing ourselves from the inside out. It washes away the stuff of the world, and leaves us smelling great as long as we let Gods words sink in and let it do its work on and in us. (Ephesians 5:26)

One of the best way of allowing the Word to work in us is to “soak” it in. I find it helpful to use the “soap” acronym to remember to read and apply what I read.  SOAK means:

S -Scripture – Read the Word and ask Holy Spirit to speak to you.
O -Observation – think about the passage.  What is the message speaking to you? What did it mean to the original hearers?
A-Application – How can you apply what you have read to your day, and are there any changes or adjustments you need to make to your attitudes and actions?
P-Prayer- Pray and declare God’s word over your life and any situation you are facing,  and put the word to work in your circumstances today.

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work”, (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that your word helps me to live free and which refreshes me evetyday. Help me to soak todsy. In Jesus name Amen

29 Oct – The promise in my pocket

When my husband and I were beginning our life together we had to believe God to provide for us. Philip my husband was busy at bible college finishing his studies and we had two young children. I learnt back then how important it was to not look at my circumstances, the uncertainties of our future or what I didn’t think we had. Instead God taught me step by step to fix my eyes on Him and the promises He had made to me in His Word. I learnt the importance of going to God’s Word every time I got afraid or started worrying, and to find a promise. I would then write it down on a card and put it in my pocket. It became my weapon against fear, worry and any lies the devil would try to come against me with. It was a promise in my pocket, which I would throughout the day regularly take out, look at and declare over our circumstances.

I still keep promises in my pocket from time to time when I am pushing for something to happen, or I am concerned about things. Those promises in my pocket have seen me healed of sickness, have six babies with no pain, helped me to face and overcome  financial difficulties, navigate relationship issues, raise a beautiful healthy family, be part of a loving church family and seen us travel the world with our kids.

God is faithful to His Word for its part of who He is, and therefore He is alert and active watching over it to perform it. (John 1:1) When we receive and believe what God says to us in His Word our trust and faith is made stronger, and what we once thought was out of our reach or impossible becomes possible and a reality in our lives (Romans 10:17).

Today whatever you are facing or believing for God to do, find what He promises in His Word and get into agreement and apply it to your life. Write His promise to you down or put it on your phone or other device, and every time you think about or get into worry or stress about a situation take that promise out and pray and declare it with everything you’ve got.

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

For the word of God is alive and active”. (Hebrews 4:12)

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God”. (John 1:1)

Prayer: Lord thankyou for the promises in your Word. Please help me to find your promise for me regarding my circumstances and future.  Today I choose to hold onto and believe in the promise in my pocket. In Jesus name Amen

 

28 Oct – Pick up a bible

I had a dream last night where I was speaking to a group of people about reading the bible. In my dream I asked for those who read their bibles every day to raise their hand. In a crowded room only a few raised their hands. Then I asked “how about every two days”, and a few more responded. Some however confessed to rarely opening a bible, even those who said they went to church regularly.

The dream continued with me asking how anyone ever over came attacks of the enemy, or sickness, uncertainties, and opposition? And how did they know who they were in God and their authority in Him?

The reply was they didn’t, or if they did it was always a struggle to walk confidently with any great measure of faith.

The dream has been on my mind because to be honest it’s probably a true representation of how often people read God’s word and how they feel; Christians included. Yet we wonder why things happen, our prayers often go unanswered, and people everywhere are struggling with fear, anxiety and don’t know who they are and what belongs to them.

In my dream I asked those people who were daily bible readers to come alongside those people who were struggling or inconsistent in their bible reading so that they could pray for and encourage them, which thinking about it is perhaps a brilliant idea.

So today I encourage you to:

Pick up your bible, or if you don’t have one to go buy one or download a free copy off the internet. Jesus said he has the words of life, and that God’s Word is useful for teaching, instruction, correction, exhortation, and to bring revelation and knowledge of God’s plan and will for our lives. Plus it is our sword to cut off any attacks of the devil, and when used properly is effective to stop evil in its tracks, tear down strongholds and bring the angelic hosts of heaven to our aid.

Read it: Make a time everyday to read the bible and to find out what God says about your life and what is possible for you when you believe what is says. Then write down what you’ve learnt and pray and ask Holy Spirit to teach and lead you to understand what you are reading as you build your faith. Then put into practice what you’ve learnt.

Get around others who can encourage you to be both a reader and a doer of God’s word, as you put your faith to work so that what you see in the Word you will see come to pass in your own life.

Speak it: Share and talk about what you’re learning with others. When you face a problem or have a need or request find what God’s Word says about it and then take hold of that promise and bring it to God and start to declare it as you pray and go about your day. Write the promises down to remind you throughout the day.

God’s word is powerful and the more you read it and put it to work in your life the more you’ll realise who you are, that every evil, sickness and lack is defeated and what God’s plan and good and perfect will is for your life. (Romans 12:2)

Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey His word”. (Psalm 103:20)

Take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God”. (Ephesians 6:17)  

Prayer: Lord please help me to consistently spend time each day  reading your Word and then doing what it says so that I can grow to know who I am, and what you are able to do in and through my life. In Jesus name Amen

 

26 Oct – Defeating the darkness

To defeat the darkness out there, you must defeat the darkness within yourself”. (C.S. Lewis – Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

Evil tries to manipulate, negotiate, tempt and ultimately control. The author of evil is Satan himself. He is evil and wicked and there is no good or love in Him. He seeks and plans to kill, rob and destroy everything and everyone”.  (John 10:10)

He attempts to play on our weaknesses, pride, fears, desires and anywhere else we allow him to get a foothold on in our lives. His tactics are fear, intimidation, lies and negotiation. He is the ultimate terrorist, and he doesn’t care who he uses, hurts or destroys to carry out his plan of keeping people ignorant, hard hearted and separated from Jesus and the knowledge of His love, forgiveness and victory over evil through the finished work of the cross.

The key to living free from the threat of darkness overwhelming us is to acknowledge God and ask for Him to lead and guide our lives. As soon as we make that decision Satan loses his hold and dominion over us. The darkness within us is defeated, and God’s light and goodness floods our spirit and soul.

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light”. (Ephesians 5:8)

The more we understand who we are as part of God’s family the less opportunity evil has of gaining a new foothold in our lives and hearts. Instead we can choose daily to surrender to God’s love and goodness so that His light and power floods our lives rather than darkness.

We let go of and turn away from anything that is evil so that Jesus can set us free from it, and then we stand firm and no longer allow ourselves to be burdened by the yoke of darkness again. We seek to choose Jesus everyday and those things that are good, pure and of good report, for then Jesus’ light within us will defeat and dispel darkness every time. (Ephesians 5 :11-14)

Today let the light of God’s love and forgiveness fill your whole being. Bring any evil and darkness within your heart and mind out of the shadows and into the light and start living free.

Is is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”. (Galatians 5:1)

Whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,  if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things”. (Philippians 4:8)

For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God”. (1 Peter 2:16)

Prayer: Lord let the light of your love flood my heart and soul today, dispelling darknessvand replacing it with the light of your love. I choose to follow you and the way of love today. In Jesus name Amen

26 Oct – Power packed words

What are you expecting today, and how are your thoughts and words lining up with that expectation?

Our words are like power-packed capsules that are able to move mountains, tear down strongholds, build hope and release encouragement, but a lot of the time people can underestimate what their words are releasing in and around their lives. We underestimate that with our words we can build up, and with our words we can tear down. We can literally frame up, release and build the things that heaven is talking about for us personally, our family, our church and our community with faith filled words. However we can also choose to listen to lies, negativity and evil, and instead end up undermining, tearing down and stepping right away from the purposes of God for our lives.

Even when things don’t go quite to plan and our circumstances are not what they should be, God still has a way through. If we listen and allow Him to bring revelation and wisdom He will guide us out of every predicament. One of the main ways He does this is by encouraging us by releasing a vision, or renewing and clarifying an old one. He redirects our focus not upon our current situation but at our future and gives us something to look towards. He says, “renew your mind with my promises and plan, and then start speaking your future rather than focusing and talking about your present circumstances and problems”.  (Romans 12:2)

Spend some time asking God to release fresh vision and revelation to you today. Let your thoughts and words be faith filled, power-packed and full of expectation for good things and full of hope and a future.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”. (Jeremiah 29:11)

God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”.  (Romans 4:17-21)

Until now you have asked for nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full”. (John 16:24)

Prayer: Lord I’m agreeing with you and your Word today, as I choose to focus on what you say and the promises in your Word rather than any negatives in my present circumstances. I’m putting my faith and words to work and believing for positive change in every negative circumstance in my life. In Jesus name Amen

25 Oct – Deflecting anger

Whenever and wherever we are in contact with other people there is usually potential for disagreements, misunderstandings, disputes and outright strife. Being part of a large family, a parent of six children and also a pastor of churches I have unfortunately witnessed and been amongst more than my fair share of disputes and upsets.

Sadly most of us have experienced the brunt or have been the instigator of a disagreement, and therefore we know that even if it feels good initially to vent our angst about a situation or at a person, no real good comes from arguments and strife.

We weren’t made to live in contention and surrounded by anger and disagreements because medically, emotionally and spiritually it damages our health, our relationships and the essence of who we are.

The bible has some wisdom on how to handle strife and disputes, and if we want to live peacefully, be taken seriously and have healthy relationships with others we would be wise to heed God’s words. God says, “a gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare, and to “have nothing to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels” (Proverbs 15:1; 2 Timothy 2:23-24).

Most living things like sweet substances and peaceful environments, and as the old saying goes, “you can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar”. In other words, we can attract more people and have a greater effect and impact on people and the world around us when we choose to be agreeable, nice and not always on the defensive and ready for a fight.

Next time you are facing a disagreement or you’re tempted to vent your feelings in an unproductive way, take the time to pause and ask God to help you to get your heart, mind and mouth under control before you act and speak. Then choose to respond and express your thoughts and feelings respectively and gently, remembering a gentle answer deflects anger, while harsh words produce quarrels.  

Prayer: Lord please help me to respond to people and situations with grace and gentleness. Let my words and actions be one’s that defuse a fight and deflect anger today. In Jesus name Amen

 

24 Oct – Don’t settle!

If there is one thing I don’t want to do in life it is to settle. To settle in that I don’t become all that God made me to be. To settle for less than I should; to come under things instead of rising above them. To accept; be intimidated, compromise and think, talk and feel about my life and future circumstances contrary to what God says about me in His Word.

The pressure however to settle in life is intense. We can settle under things and grow to believe that what we really desire is unattainable or simply doesn’t happen to people like us. Often when we settle it is because we struggle to believe we are of value and worth. We believe the lie that we and our life won’t amount to much and that our financial, physical and emotional state “is what it is, and that’s it”. We can settle for relationships that pull us down rather than lift us up, and we never really attempt challenging or difficult things which push us out of our comfort zone.

However Jesus’ example when He walked the earth reveals that we were never created to settle. Where many religious people and leaders in the community said that if you were sick and an outcast then that’s what you were. You were even given special areas to live and a beggars garment to wear. Yet Jesus cleansed those same lepers, restored dignity to the outcast and downtrodden and gave hope and a future to the lost and broken. He provided food for the hungry and accepted all who came to Him. His first 12 friends or disciples were uneducated fishermen and scorned tax collectors, but not once did Jesus ask or expect people to settle in their poverty, sickness, lack, loss or brokenness, and so neither should we!

There is a fine line and often confusion about being content with what we have, and settling for less than we ought. Fortunately God’s Word gives us wisdom and direction on how to live a life of contentment whilst not settling. Every time it looks too hard; you are tempted to give up, you are questioning whether you should try something new; believe for better for your life and future, or you need encouragement to not settle take time to read how God feels about you and what He says about you and your future. He says you are an overcomer, that you are able to do all things through His strength; that He has good things planned for your life, people for you to meet and love. He promises to heal, restore and provide for every need, and to help you fulfill that for which you were made.

In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us”. (Romans 8:37)

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

He who did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things”. (Romans 8:32)

When we live knowing we are loved and accepted by God who wants and plans the very best for us we gain a contentment within us, but also a strength which motivates us to make the most of every day we have been blessed with. It motivates us to not settle because as we live fully and joyfully our lives bring honour to God.

Draw near to Jesus and His Word today and let Him restore your hope and ignite your faith. Don’t settle for less than what Jesus died to give you, or believe that what you hope for is impossible, for God says “nothing is impossible for Him!” (Matthew 19:26)

Prayer: Jesus I take hold of everything you died and rose again to give me. I refuse to settle any longer and I choose to believe and trust you to help me achieve, become and experience everything I was born for. In Jesus name Amen.

 

23 Oct – A fresh start (pt 2)

No matter what we’ve done when we come to God and ask Him to lift off the weight and stain of our mistakes He gives us a fresh start; a clean slate, a blank page to begin again. (1 John 1:9)

God loves us and wants us to live freely without the burden of the past. Part of living in that freedom is that He asks that we do for others what He has done for us. We are encouraged in fact to be “imitators of God”. To think like He thinks, talk like He talks, act like He acts, and to forgive as He forgives.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

People may have wronged us, disappointed, abused, taken advantage, been rude and unkind to us, but God says to forgive them and to let any of our negative baggage go.

Imagine if you wrote down all the wrong, messed up, negative, unkind things you have done and you gave that list to Jesus. He would then do one thing with that list – He would take it and tear it up and throw it away. If you come to Him He promises that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”. (Psalm 103:12).

Yet how many lists do we hold of other people’s faults and wrongdoing towards us? Isn’t it time we extended the same grace and forgiveness we have been offered and choose to tear up those lists too?

“Lists” where we have been disappointed, or feel like a failure. Where we’ve held anger, unforgiveness and bitterness in our heart. Lists of hurts and grievances? Lists on our husband or wife, partner, friends, family or workmates.

The sad truth is that too many of us if we are not mindful to keep short accounts, to walk in forgiveness, and choose to live free from taking offense is that we can all have a great many lists. Some we have carried around for a very long time, continually telling ourselves that’s okay.

But it’s a massive weight when people know they’ve been less than theyshould have been and people are holding it against them. What a relief people feel when we extend to them a blank piece of paper, a clean slate; holding no record of wrongs against them.

God knows our lists, and He says today to tear them up. In exchange He offers us a blank, brand new piece of paper, and He asks for us to offer other people that same gift. That doesn’t mean people won’t mess up, or that we won’t stumble ourselves. But God, if we let Him will teach and transform us to love and walk in forgiveness just as He does.

And hope does not make ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us”. (Romans 5:5)

Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:5-8)

Today take the time to examine your own heart. What “lists” do you have of your own failings, and what lists do you have of others shortcomings?

Give God your lists and allow Him to cleanse, restore and make you and your relationships healthy and whole. Choose to bless those around you by giving them a clean slate, as you tear up your “lists” today.

Prayer: Lord thank you that you offer me a blank page to write the next chapter of my story on. I give you all of my lists. Forgive me where I have taken offense and harbored unforgiveness in my own heart. Today I choose to let go of the lists I hold on others and myself and choose to love and forgive just as you forgave me. In Jesus Name Amen.



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