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January 2018

22 Jan – His love

his love

The most important thing that every person on the planet needs whether they are aware of it or not, is to be loved. This need is inherently ingrained within all of us to know love in its fullest capacity. It’s the type of love that is patient, kind and thoughtful. It is not jealous or envious, nor is it proud or arrogant. It is not rude or self-seeking and does not make a record of wrongs. This type of love that we all long for rejoices in truth and bears all things. It believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. This love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Jesus is that love and He chooses to love us even when we don’t love Him back. Everyday He loves us whether we ignore Him or not. Whether we are too busy, choose to go our own way, or turn away from His love completely. He loves us regardless and He promises to never ever stop.

I love the stories that Jesus told to describe this love such as the story of the 100 sheep and the one, which went missing. The shepherd left the 99 other sheep to go look for just one lost sheep. When he found it he placed it on his shoulders and carried him home, calling all his friends and neighbours to celebrate that this one lost sheep had been found. Jesus explained that is how it is with each person who responds to His love. Even when there are 99 righteous, godly people who know Him the whole of heaven stops and rejoices when one person who is lost and far from God responds to His love and comes home and into relationship with Him. (Matthew 18:12-14)

Or the story of The prodigal son who asked for his Father’s inheritance early so He could leave home to do what he wanted only to squander and waste it all. His father stood out on the road every day watching for his lost son to come home, (just as God stands watches and waiting for us,) and when he did return instead of judging or dealing with Him harshly He welcomed him with open arms, placed a new robe on His shoulders, a ring on his finger and threw a party to celebrate the return of his son. (Luke 15:11-32)

Unfortunately the devil has sold the world a lie that God is all about judgment, condemnation and out to kill our joy, and that He doesn’t really love us. However nothing could be further from the truth for God’s love is real, compassionate, long suffering, patient and consistent. It never runs out, it never fails and it always welcomes us with open arms. Jesus displayed this love when He left heaven to come to earth as a man. He chose to die for us to remove the stain and power of sin and death from our lives once and for all and to show the world what real love looked like. It’s a  love that dies for us even when we don’t deserve it; the love that heals the sick, cleanses the lepers, raises the dead and loves the unlovable.

Today if you are feeling far from that love or you just need to know you are loved I encourage you to come to Him and allow His love to wash away your hurt, shame, fears and disappointment. Let Him lift you up on His shoulders so that He can carry you and show you that with Him by your side your future is bright.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)

Have a listen to this song “Your love never fails” to encourage you today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_2qG22SPwU

Prayer: Lord thankyou for your love, which never fails. Please help me to know that love especially today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

21 Jan – Tackle the shackle

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Have you ever felt like you are shackled and weighed down under a heavy burden or yoke?

Many times we can feel like we are in chains, and just can’t break free of a situation or limitation in our life.

That’s where God has some good news! He says He has broken the shackles, chains and burdens off our backs. He wants us to take hold of what He says and has done for us, and apply it to our lives. In other words we “tackle the shackle with truth!”

I love the account of Jesus setting free the demon possessed man. This wreck of a man who Jesus crossed a sea to reach, had been shackled and chained both in the physical and spiritual realm. His life had been overcome by forces of evil, and he was in constant torment; chained and shackled in every way, with no means of escape.

Jesus arrives on the scene and instantly sees and has compassion on this man, setting him radically and amazingly free. One encounter with Jesus changed his life forever, as every chain was broken, and every shackle obliterated. (Luke 8:26-39)

The good news is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What he did for that man he will do for us. The shackles and chains He broke off to set him free, he will break off of all who come to Him. Whether it is a shackle of fear, sickness, poverty, addiction, sin abuse, hurt, worry, or anxiety- whatever it is.  If God says it, you can believe it, and He says that the truth will set you free. He says you are greatly loved, and nothing can separate you from His love. He says that He came to destroy the works of the devil. That any shackle can, and will be broken when we ask Jesus into our life, and choose to believe and stand on His word.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

We need to know how to walk in our victory, and to know who we are in Jesus. If there is anything that is raising its ugly head against what Jesus has done for us, then we can tackle it with His word, and see every chain and shackle obliterated.

Today let Jesus into every area of your life; let the truth of what He has done, and what He says about your life and future break every chain. God has a plan, and an extraordinary, joy filled life for you to live. (John 10:10) Don’t waste another minute; Tackle whatever is holding you in the shackle, and step into and walk in your freedom.

Have a listen to this great song that declares what Jesus has done for us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtyVdC7E6Wo

“Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.” (Nahum 1:3)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death And broke their bands (shackles) apart. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving-kindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men.” (Psalm 107:14)

For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Prayer: Lord I want to live truely free. Thank you that you have broken every evil power in my life and that all I need do is take hold of and receive the freedom you died to give me, so that any shackles are torn away. In Jesus name Amen.

20 Jan – The battle in my head

battlefield of the mind

Right thinking is a vital necessity to living a peaceful, joy- filled, victorious life. “For as he (a person) thinks in his heart, so is He” (Proverbs 23:7), or “as a man thinks in his heart so does he become”. Our actions, emotions and beliefs are a direct result of out thoughts. If we have a negative mindset, there is a pretty good chance we are going to have a negative life.

Which emphasises the point that God wants us to really think more carefully about what we are thinking about because He knows that our minds are both a powerful resource and a battlefield.

Our minds under authority of our spirit’s are a resource to think, speak and believe for amazing, wonderful things, which God reveals to our spirit’s to declare forth and bring to pass. However our minds can also become the battlefield where the devil and his demons attack by whispering and murmuring unbelief, doubts, fear, strife, anger and anything else they can think of to get us off track and thinking upon negatives, evil and hopelessness.

To combat this assault to our minds God has given us keys. He instructs us in His word to take every thought captive which rises up against who God is and what He has said about Himself, our relationship with Him and our futures. We are called to discipline our minds to have authority over every, and He means every thought, which is not grounded in Him and His Word.

Unfortunately most of us spend far too much time entertaining thoughts which are not of God, which then causes us to have problems we were never meant to face such as fear, doubts, anger, and anxiety. Instead of struggling under these negative forces God wants us to challenge and take captive every thought that disagrees with His Word and the revelation He has given us. We must be smart and realise that our enemy the devil subtlety and often slowly uses our negative thoughts to  trap us into fear and doubt which then leads to an array of other problems.

To fight back we can be firm and uncompromising about what we are allowing ourselves to think about. Every thought that disagrees or causes fear and doubt God says to take captive. Then we go on the offensive and start to declare what God says about us, rather than what the negative thoughts in our head have been saying. We stand and declare what God says about our life; about our finances, our relationships, our children, our homes, workplaces, city, nation and futures. We do our homework and dig into the word and find out if we don’t know. We learn to think upon and speak only the truths found in God’s Word, and in the process make the devil and his cohorts shut up, as we shift and replace old negative thought processes with truth.

Today I encourage you to use the God given authority you have been given to bring the battle in your mind under control. Take every negative, fearful, unbelieving, contrary word captive and make it bow to what God says about you. Don’t stand for the assault on your mind a minute longer, but get hold of what Jesus has done for you and kick that stinking thinking out of your head today.

“The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10”4-5)

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

Prayer: Lord I’m taking captive every negative thought that rises up against the knowledge and truth of who you are, and who I am in you. Help me to stand today on your word, and that I would begin today to think and declare only what you say about my circumstances, relationships and future. In Jesus name Amen.

 

19 Jan – Getting back up!

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Yesterday at my horse-riding lesson I had one of my first falls in a very long time. Actually it was a lesson on how to fall well as I was bucked off and went straight over my horses head to land on the back of my head, and then rolled neatly out of the way. Fortunately the arena is full of soft sand so not too much damage was done.

The key to taking a fall of any kind, and especially a fall from a horse is that you have to make a decision pretty much then and there. Will I walk away and allow the fall to discourage and intimidate me from getting back on and trying again, or will I check myself over for any damage; promptly dust myself off and choose to get right back on that horse again?

I recommend the latter because when we are okay to get back on and try again it does serve to help us overcome our fears and hesitancies in the future. For it’s often in dusting ourselves off and getting back out there after a fall, disappointment or heartache that aids in our recovery and overcoming of the more difficult things in life.

However it’s vital to our recovery and moving forward to remember that we have to leave the disappointment, hurt or fall behind us once we get back up again. Essentially we must mentally, spiritually and emotionally choose to let the negative experiences go no matter how difficult. If we keep playing them over and over in our heads and hearts we will inadvertently tense up, lose focus and fail to learn from our mistakes and unfortunate incidents. Instead we can end up doing the same things all over again, instead of living, learning and moving on.

C.S. Lewis wisely said, “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

Painful experiences, whether they be a failure, broken relationship, loss, mistake, disappointment or something that caused fear or worry in our life doesn’t need to define who we are or our futures. God wants us to know that He is there to help us. If we allow Him He will give us the strength and resolve to get back up, to dust ourselves off and to move forward in life instead of getting stuck in our past. We do however have to let go of the negatives so that we can boldly choose to live, learn and carry on.

Today whatever you circumstances know that God is with you. He wants to help you to keep moving forward and promises to give you all the strength you need to be the person you were created to be. So with His help today dust yourself off and get back out there again!

“I can do all thing through Christ who gives me strength“. (Philippians 4:13)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you promise to hold and help me to overcome. Please help me to get back up whenever I may suffer a knockback and to keep moving forward into all that you have made me to be. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

18 Jan – Holding on to His promises

god's promises

Some people say that promises are made to be broken and for this reason many people take people’s word and their promise with scepticism. Yet when it comes to having a relationship with God we are called to do exactly that – to rest and trust in the promises of God.

As we grow to know God more we realise that trusting His promises is less and less difficult because we understand that God’s promises are grounded in His character and who He is. He is absolutely trustworthy and uncompromisingly faithful to fulfil the promises in His Word for anyone who dares to believe them. He’s so serious in fact that Jesus gave His life to make sure that every one of them could be fulfilled.

Over and over again in my life I have seen God’s promises fulfilled and come to pass. But I have also discovered that there are times when I have had to really take hold of what God has spoken in His word and revealed to me, for it to come to pass. It is by faith and patience that we receive the promise, and that at times takes getting feisty about what has been given to us and refusing to give in to doubt or fear. I choose to doubt my doubts. We must be prepared to stand on God’s promises, to believe and declare them out loud, and to undergird our faith with patience and perseverance until we see them manifest.

When things come against us and life is throwing some curve balls, that is the time to resist the temptation to give in or to get into fear, and instead find the answer that lies in the word of God. That is the moment we choose to believe and trust that what God says will and can override every other force in the universe.

Many times in God’s word we can read of accounts to encourage our faith that God will even supernaturally override natural forces so as to get to someone who believes on His promises what they need. From making a borrowed axe head float on water to ensure a man stayed out of debt; turning water into wine to save embarrassment at a wedding, or opening blind eyes and raising the dead to life, God fulfils his promises. They are yes and Amen for all who choose to believe.

Don’t settle for less than all that Jesus came to give you. Lift your expectation and trust in what God will do for you. He is not a man that He should lie, nor does He change like shifting shadows. What He promised He will do for all those who are willing to take hold of what He freely gives. Today go to the promises of God in His word and find the promises for what you need as you bring it to God in prayer. 

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that I can rest on your promises, knowing that you are completely and fully faithful to fulfil all that you have promised. I choose to get into agreement with what you say rather than anything or anyone else today as I believe in you. In Jesus name Amen.

17 Jan – God speaks

god speaksGod does speak. He speaks through His word in the bible. He speaks in our circumstances and surroundings. He speaks through other people, through visions, dreams, angelic visitations, an inner knowing, a repeated thought, and a quiet steady voice within us. He speaks in signs and wonders and in any other way He sees fit to get the message across to us.

Therefore because God does actually speak to us there are times when it pays to look back at some of the last things we were confident we felt God was saying to us. It reminds us of what God has said and ensures we don’t get off track, stressed about things that are of no real consequence, and that we remain focused on our call and purpose in life, and who and what is really important.

I find it helpful to write down everyday what I am saying to God and then to wait and listen for what he says back. It may be a bible verse that “jumps’ out at me, a dream I have had in the night, a vision or just a repeated thought and inner witness that I have grown to know as God’s voice speaking to me. I write what I feel God is saying down and check it against what the Bible says because God won’t disagree or contradict His word and then I act upon that guidance as needed.

Jesus expects that we will hear and follow His voice. He described himself as our good shepherd and we as His sheep. He said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Today I encourage you to seek to hear God’s voice in whatever form that may happen fresh everyday. If you aren’t sure it’s God speaking check it against the principles in His Word. Write it down, wait, pray, talk to someone you know hears from God if you need to, and then do what you feel He is saying. He is speaking to lead, comfort, and guide us so let’s listen to what He says today.

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you are a God who speaks to me today. Help me to learn to wait, listen and to recognise your voice. In Jesus name Amen.

16 Jan – Be kind to yourself

be kind to yourself

In a world where there is often unkindness, it’s so important that we are kind to ourselves.

Sadly though we often aren’t. We compare ourselves, we put ourselves down; we are our own worst critics, and can easily tell everyone else what is wrong with us. Too often we only see the failures, the disappointments, and the hurts we have suffered.

So today I wanted to say you are awesome,whether you are working at a job that maybe you don’t really like to provide for yourself or your family.
You’re awesome as you do your best at being a mum or dad to your children.
You’re awesome as you keep studying, learning and trying to be better at whatever you do.
You’re awesome as you continue to be a partner, friend, brother, sister, mum, dad, aunt, uncle, and workmate.

The world needs YOU, so be kind to yourself.

What is one thing you can say you do well? Now congratulate yourself!
What’s one thing you give to be a blessing to others? Just keep doing it!

All we can ever do is “Do the best we can with the revelation we have now!”

We can always keep learning and growing, and yes we are always going to look back and say “If only I’d known back then…” But that’s life, and all we can do is keep walking, growing and learning, rather than berating ourselves for any mistakes or disappointments we may have suffered or caused.

Listen, learn, keep a teachable spirit and keep going.

The kids will eventually sleep through the night. You will get to the end of your studies. You can get that better job. God wants to fulfil the desires of your heart. Seek Him first and He’ll take care of the rest.
Don’t give up on your dreams; keep walking, praying, and speaking hope and life.

God is a good God and He is for you; He thinks your are worth His kindness, so be kind to yourself and know that you are greatly loved by Him, and it’s going to be okay.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14)

Prayer: Lord please help me to be kinder to myself and to understand that all I can do is  the best I can with what I know right now. In Jesus name Amen.

15 Jan – A long term view

long term view

It’s so easy when in the thick of things to look at our circumstances with a short sighted and short term view. We fixate on the immediate while negating to see with perspective the long term view of things.

For the most part anything we do in life is actually an investment. We invest in our finances, our education, our homes, and our relationships with God and others.

If we take a short-term view of all of these things we can easily become discouraged at the occasional down turn or hiccup along the way. We tend to become focused on the negative, our fears, and on what is going on in our immediate view. This causes us to forget that life is actually a long-term investment strategy and it pays to stay focused on who and what is most important and our ultimate goals.

With God’s wisdom and help it’s usually that the longer we stay invested the smaller the likelihood we will lose out both in our finances, relationships and goals. Even in the down turns and when things go bad if we view our life in the long term we will continue to learn and grow from every season and circumstance we go through. The key is to stay invested and not give up when things get tough.

Just as in our finances the golden rule of investing is to allow our investments sufficient time to achieve their potential, we too must allow our education, ventures, relationships and the call and purpose of God to be fulfilled in our lives. “It’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God” (Hebrews 6:12).

Today be encouraged to have a long term view of life. That new fitness regime, budgeting plan, business venture, a relationship with your partner, children and family, and most of all the time you spend with Jesus will take investment of your time, finances, heart, mind and actions. Don’t get discouraged by any down turns or uncomfortable challenging circumstances. Remember your goals, that God is with you and that life is not a short sprint but a long term investment into those things that truly matter.

 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Prayer: Lord help me to see life with a long term view more. Please give me the wisdom to know where and when to make long term investments in my world so that I will see the results of my time, prayer and efforts, and most of all to make the investment into my relationship with you. In Jesus name Amen.

14 Jan – No ordinary life!

greatness

Within each of us is a deposit of greatness! It’s up to us what we choose to do with that deposit.

The moment we ask Jesus into our life we are called and equipt to not have an ordinary life.

God wants us to be people that do something to impact the world around us. Too often however we think we can’t make any difference and it doesn’t matter what we do, or don’t do.

But if you look through history you can easily see that one person can make a difference. I am always challenged when I read about the men and women who are known for their impact on the world. Men and women who chose not to limit their influence by what they could do, but who chose to put their lives in the hands of Jesus and simply said “Here I am, use me”.

Men like Dwight Moody, Mother Teresa, Oral Roberts, Hudson Taylor, Gladys Alyward, and Maria Woodworth etter. These men and women, some who were uneducated, and from poor families did astounding and amazing exploits, and their deeds have lasted long after they have gone from this world.

I love the story of one such man named Dwight Moody. He was born in 1837 to poor parents in a humble farmhouse in Massachusetts. At 17 years old he left home to move to Chicago as a shoe salesmen.

There he made a decision. He started to seek God first for his life and future, and as he did Dwight started to feel compelled to speak to people about Jesus. Soon he had crowds listening and a large church formed as he continued to share. At different times 50,000 people would crowd around him as he stood up in his buggy and spoke about Jesus in the open air. Presidents and their cabinet members sat on platforms with him as he preached. Through his endeavors the YMCA was also formed.

Dwight Moody was known as a man surrendered to God. He was a man of prayer, actually a greater prayer than a preacher. He knew in the depths of his soul that nothing is to hard for God, and so he would pray. He knew God’s word, he read and studied it. He was humble, and free from the love of money, and he was empowered by the Holy Spirit

But what always inspires me most is that this one man knew the value of one person to God. Everyday he would speak to at least one person about Jesus, even if that meant getting back out of bed late at night and going out on the street to find someone to share with about Jesus.

He was one ordinary man, but God used this humble shoe salesman to change millions of lives, and his spiritual legacy continues to impact the world today.

Life is full of good things; jobs, families, careers, cars, houses, holidays etc. But if that is all that our lives consist of then we have missed it. In the end our possessions, clothes, shoes, personal items, holidays, photo’s, and souvenirs are all packed up in boxes. Cars sit in driveways until they are sold or given away. Houses are left empty or sold. Someone else replaces us in our job. All the things we seek and strive after in this world are temporal. They may all be good things, but how many of them are lasting?

The bible says, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever” (1 Peter 1:24).

What if we had the perspective of what is the most important thing? What if we thought about using our time each day not just on the immediate, but on what is also of eternal significance. What an awesome difference we could each make in the lives of people around us if we just stopped and asked God, “What would you have me say and do today?”

This week spend some time at the start of each day asking Jesus what He has for you to do? Who to speak to, to call, to have a coffee with, who to pray for or with? One person can make a difference. Why not make that one person you!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Prayer: Lord help me to see the difference I can make, and to see the lasting significance I can make today. Speak to me Lord, I’m listening. In Jesus name Amen.

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