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12 Nov – Supernatural everyday

supernatual life

 

This is a repost from last year, but a great reminder for us all to live in and be aware of the supernatural everyday.

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 and in the realms of heaven. Without that how will people know that God is real; 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.

 

 

11 Nov – Don’t be so shallow!

dive deeper

The dictionary definition of deep is profound, intense, or intriguing. It is to think and feel deeply about a subject, or to have deep insights and understanding. Shallow in contrast indicates a superficial understanding and a lack of insight.

I think all of us would prefer to cultivate depth rather than shallowness in the way we relate to God, others and the world.

To be people who are growing and have a depth of spirituality, relationship, awareness and understanding we can seek to:

1.Look beyond the obvious or surface appearances of people and things and search for more. Shallowness makes quick judgements based on appearances, never bothering to look beyond the surface to such things as kindness, compassion, and what is really in people’s hearts.

2. Think critically; explore, examine, search out and evaluate. Be hungry for the deeper things of life, and of God. Plus people who choose to look for more than just the superficial are far more interesting to be around.

3. Listen – deep people take the time to listen to other people; they seek after and listen to know and hear from God. They realise they have “two ears for listening, and one mouth for speaking”.

4. Be true to who you are, whilst realizing that your behavior affects others. Deep people take responsibility for their words and actions.

God has made us with the ability to dig deeper; to be people who look beyond the surface and who think, explore and search for the richer things. God says that He will share with us the deep hidden things, and the mysteries of the universe if we seek and hunger after Him. What we know of God is merely the tip of the iceberg compared to what He will reveal to those who will seek His face. Plus the more we know of God the deeper and richer everything else becomes around us too.

The bible says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him. But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor anything above, nor anything below, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is ours in union with the Messiah Jesus, our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Don’t be shallow, but instead determine to be a person of depth. Choose to go further and deeper in your relationship and understanding of God, other people and the diverse world around you.

Prayer: Lord I want to go deeper, and to understand, experience and know you, and those around me more. Help me to look beneath the surface to all that you have for me. In Jesus name Amen.

 

10 Nov – Go Deeper!

 

deeper

As a homeschooling mum I know what it is to overload. I tend towards overloading on curriculum, on resources and the time in the day. The problem is that I can feel like we have to cover so much material in a limited amount of time so that there is a danger we can end up surveying many things and mastering nothing. Essentially our education can become wide and varied, but with little depth.

We can experience this dilemma in every area of our life; in our relationships with God and others, our education, experiences and our life in general. We can go through life experiencing things hit and miss, never really discovering our passions, abilities and the depth of wonder around us, and in God the creator of it all because we lack the time and commitment to go deeper.

Perhaps instead we could take the principle of focusing on just a few really good things and then seek to know and experience them well. As the Latin maxim says, “true breadth is achieved through depth”. Much like when you travel to a different country and instead of trying to see and experience everything, you only choose a few places and see them well. This strategy is, I think far better than attempting to see everything at once, and becoming so exhausted that each place you visit just blurs into another so that you can’t really remember anything in particular when you return home.

Seeking depth means we lighten the load; we make our life simpler and less complicated; we choose to focus on those things that are truely worth our time and effort. We choose less, so that we might go deeper!

Today, examine your life and assess whether you are just skimming the surface in your relationships, your pursuit of Jesus, of His Word and His kingdom? Are you merely paddling around in the shallows in your education and the exploring of the world around you, never really being inspired or excited by what you see because there is no depth to your discoveries.

The choice is ours everyday whether we come out of the shallows, in order to dive in deep. To expect and pray as Paul prayed when talking about going deeper in God – “so that I may know Him (Jesus) ( becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely and in that same way experience the power of His resurrection which overflows and is active in believers”. (Philippians 3:9-10 AMP)

Prayer: Lord please help me to prioritise those relationships and pursuits that are worth going deeper in. Most of all help me to go deeper in you so that I might know you more and the wonders of who you are more fully. I want to come out of the shallows and dive in deep. In Jesus name Amen

 

 

 

9 Nov – Hidden treasure

hidden treasure

The definition of treasure is wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals), which have been stored up, hoarded or buried. It is something or someone of great worth or value.

Most people love the idea of a treasure hunt and the thrill of looking for and finding something that has been hidden away. That’s because treasures are precious things, which are not common. Only few people found them, and such people are considered lucky in life.

Perhaps that’s why Jesus referred to the Kingdom of heaven being like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)

The treasure of the Kingdom of heaven is Jesus who came into the world to save us. He is like a treasure hidden in the field where everybody passes daily yet they do not see Him. Yet when we begin to look we will easily find him and the entrance into heavenly things. We find answered prayer, signs and wonders, miracles, healing, provision and everything we need.

God has also supplied a map to guide us to hidden treasures and secrets of the Kingdom. The Bible is His map and in it we find God’s secrets to establish us for life. However it takes time and commitment to go on a treasure hunt, and it’s no different with the treasure hidden in the Bible. It’s worth taking the time, giving up other pursuits and making a commitment to find God’s treasure, to take time to read and think on what the Bible has to say. It will then reveal to us the secret treasures of Heaven for us on earth.

I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord God of Israel who calls you by your name”. (Isaiah 45:3)

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”. (Matthew 13:44)

Don’t keep passing Jesus by on your journey today. Instead look for Him and you will find Him and all the treasures of heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Nov – How to prosper your soul (pt 2)

prosper you soul pt 2

Our spirit can be soaring but if we don’t make sure our soul -our will, emotions and thoughts are kept uplifted and prospering then the joy we can know in having a relationship with God can be hugely affected. Not only will we struggle in our walk with Jesus, we will more than likely start to beat ourselves up about the fact that we think we should be more joyful but aren’t.
Thats where we need to realise the importance of ensuring our souls are being daily renewed and restored.

God knows us and He actually promises to restore and prosper our soul when we draw aside and spend time with Him. A few moments sitting with Him and letting Him minister to and refresh our souls is more restorative than anything the world has to offer. When we come to Him He lifts our burdens, teaches us how to rest and breathes much needed life into our souls.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake“. (Psalm 23:3)

God understands that everyone is wired differently so throughout our day he orchestrates places, experiences and people in our day that will help and continually refresh and restore us. That does mean that what refreshes one person may not work for another. An example of individual prospering is how my husband prospers his soul by drinking good coffee, whereas I think it tastes terrible. Some people feel uplifted and their soul prospered while watching or playing sport, or walking quietly alone on the beach, while others love creating, lots of activity, people or music. The key is to find the balance and understand how God has uniquely wired each of us, and then to seek to tend to the individual needs of our soul.

Take some time alone with God today, give Him your burdens, let Him refresh and restore your soul, and then be aware throughout the day of those things that inspire, uplift and refresh your soul.

Prayer: Lord would you please restore and refresh my soul today and guide me into those things that will prosper and uplift me throughout my day. In Jesus name Amen.

7 Nov – Prosper your soul!

prosper your soul

When we are feeling anxious, stressed or just blah one of the best things we can do is to proper our soul.

We are made up of three parts. We have a spirit; a soul, and we live in a body, so it’s important when we think of prospering our soul to understand exactly WHAT the soul is, and to understand how God has made us. Plus if we get into the habit of keeping our souls prospered then our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health will benefit.

The Vine’s Dictionary defines the soul as “the seat of Intellect”: the seat of the sentient element in man, that by which he perceives reflects, feels, and desires. Basically, the soul is the place that houses our will, our emotions, and our intellect (the thinking, reasoning part of us: The Mind).

The bible also talks about the importance of prospering our souls, and according to 3 John 1:2, the level or degree to which we prosper and are in health is directly related to the level or degree that our soul – the thinking, reasoning part of us is prospering?

Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” [3John 1: 2]

Therefore to begin to prosper one’s soul is to “be careful how we think; for our life is shaped by our thoughts”. We usually act and subsequently feel emotions upon our thoughts. (Proverbs 4:23)

Which is why God wants us to do and be around those things that lift us up, that fill our thoughts with good, and make us feel alive, at peace and full of joy. Our spirits are transformed and born anew when we invite Jesus into our lives, but our minds – our thoughts and reasoning, and subsequently our emotions must be renewed by what God says. If we don’t prosper our souls then even though our spirits are alive and soaring, our souls will always be pulling us down. But as we prosper our soul; our mind, will and emotions are renewed and transformed and we begin rise up and to prosper in every area of our life, which is what true prosperity is – in all things everything being well with us.

Today, choose to focus on and think upon good things; on good and not evil. Choose life and hope and the truth of what God says to benefit your soul. Build into your day those things that lift you up and bring you joy – that prosper your very soul!

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)

“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” (Proverbs 13:6)

Prayer: Lord I’m lining up my thoughts with your thoughts today, and choosing to think on those things that are good and true so that my soul – my mind, will and emotions will prosper and be in good health. In Jesus name Amen.
 

6 Nov- Whats the measure of success?

About twenty years ago when we were just starting out as parents and  ministry my husband and I would talk about knowing God, finding His purpose, having a vision, setting goals and being successful in what we set out to do. We summised that “success was finding out what God wants you to do and then doing it”. However as the years have gone by and we have sought God in our everday lives; on how to be a couple, a family and ministers that honour Him, we’ve discovered that finding out what God wants you to do, and then doing it can look quite different from what you may have expected. The process may be longer, the twists and turns in the journey far greater and the outcomes varied.

I have therefore now decided success is far more than simply finding out what God wants us to do and then doing it. Its being faithfulful everyday; doing and being as He had asked me to. Some things are literally out of my control; some things are not my responsibility. Instead faithfulness and obedience to God and what He has asked and stated in His Word are to be my aim and the measure for true success.

We can far too often only look at the instantly measurable, the numbers, and the external, whereas God looks at who He has made us to be and whether we choose to make the most of what He has blessed us with. He looks for faithfulness, obedience and whether we will love and seek Him regardless of the so called results.

Today, lets focus on being faithful; in growing in our trust and obedience to God and then letting Him take care of the results.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 3:3)

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master. ” (Matthew 25:23)

Prayer: Lord please help me to trust you more with my life and its outcomes, and that I would seek to cultivate a life of faithfulness and loving obedience to you, instead of focusing on being sucessful in everyone else’s eyes. In Jesus name Amen

5 Nov – Everything’s Alright

everything is okay

If we knew that everything was going to be alright and we were going to be okay, how would we be today?

Would we be as stressed about the things of our day, or would we choose to just get as much enjoyment out of the day as possible?

Taking the attitude that “everything’s alright” can change our perspective completely. Instead of spending our day just surviving or getting anxious or stressed, we can look at the circumstances of our day and choose to smile, relax and find joy! To enjoy the journey, the experience, the living of our day.

We might need to practice choosing the attitude and thought that everything is okay, especially when we can feel our anxiety levels rising. But practice asking yourself “If I knew everything was going to be ok and I am going to be ok how will I be today?”

To help with this attitude adjustment remind yourself of God’s promises.

That if He is for us, who can be against us. That neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us.” (Romans 8:31, 39)

“He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

When we focus on everything being okay and the fact that everything ahead will be okay because God loves us, and is for us and not against us, we can smile in the face of every circumstance and know His peace instead of anxiety.

Today expect God’s goodness to be apparent in your life. Expect whatever God’s promises in His word to manifest; expect His provision, healing, deliverance and safety. Because when we start to do that we can relax and enjoy the day. We may hit a few potholes on the road along the way, but it’s okay because everything’s going to be alright.

Prayer: Lord thank you that when I choose to be in a relationship with you I can rely on your promise that everything is going to be alright. Help me to rest in that truth today. In Jesus name Amen.

4 Nov-Venture out the door

With six kids, (five of whom still live at home) when we all go out somewhere together it can be a major undertaking just to get everyone out the door. If we are going somewhere special there is the added drama that goes with having four daughters and what they are going to wear, and our boys invariably complaining if they have to wear more than their favourite old comfy pair of shorts and t-shirt.

Somehow no matter how organised I am I’m often the last one to have a few minutes to get ready,  and even then it can be interrupted by requests to do hair, nails, ironing, help to do up buttons or a last minute wardrobe change. Getting out the door I’ve decided often takes a finely tuned strategy and then military precision to execute it. Its a beautiful thing to behold when it works and absolute chaos when things go array.

Which is much the same with anything we want to do in life. Some days it perhaps would be easier to do nothing and not venture out of our safe comfortable space; to essentially keep the door of our life firmly closed. But I’ve discovered that one of the ways we find joy is by expanding and opening our hearts. We choose to venture out the door, and even when it may take some preparation, strategising, and effort on our part it’s worth it. For it’s when we get out the door that we experience life, meet new people, build relationships and grow in the purposes God has for our life.

Undoubtedly it takes some effort to venture “out the door”, but I’m so grateful for God’s strengthening and inspiration to make the effort to venture out, even when it is a little crazy, and to explore and discover both personally and as a family. For in getting out the door I’ve found an abundance of joy and continual demonstrations of God’s goodness and love. My purpose is tied up with “getting out the door”.

Today make a decision to expand and enlarge your life. Seek to be ever enlarging your heart, your influence, experience and impact on the world. Venture out the door and in doing so find joy and the full and abundant life Jesus has for you.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance  (to the full, till it overflows)“. (John 10:10)

Enlarge the place of your tent. Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left.”. (Isaiah 54:2-3)

Prayer: Lord please help me to expand my life and to open up my heart so that I can experience life in all its fullness. I’m venturing out the door today. In Jesus name Amen

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