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22 March – God’s in a good mood

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In life we can often fear things, but maybe our biggest fear when we have acknowledged that there is in fact a God, is that He is NOT in a good mood, and especially that He may not be in a good mood with us personally.

Perhaps that’s why Jesus said what He did when He stated, “Fear not, little flock, “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

What fear is Jesus trying to eliminate here?

He is trying to eliminate the fear that God is not the kind of God who really wants to be good to his children. This fear can rise up in our hearts causing us to feel that God does not want to be gracious to us, that He does not want to be generous and helpful to us. We can think of God as one who is basically annoyed, angry and intent on judging us all the time.

Sometimes even if we believe in our heads that God is good, we may feel in our hearts that the wisest thing we can do is stay out of His way, and maybe, if we keep the rules okay, we’ll sneak by Him when he is in one of His good moods.

The problem with this thinking is that we’ll never really know where we stand with, or whether we can depend upon God. That belief may have come from our own experiences with our earthly fathers, and not knowing what we were ever going to get. It perhaps came from having to avoid their bad moods, or learning to expect their inconsistencies and the likelihood of them hurting and disappointing us.

However if we judge God through the lens of our earthly father’s we may very well always live without the love and assurance our heavenly Father so much wants to give each of us. We may never experience fully the capacity of His love for us, His willingness to answer our prayers, and His help and blessing in the things we pray, hope, and dream for, because in our fear we hold Him at arms length.

But Jesus makes a point of telling us that this is not how our Father God is, or how He feels about us. He says, “Fear not little flock.” In others words, don’t be afraid, God delights to do good things for you, and is busy thinking up all the ways He can bless and love on us personally. It’s His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.

Good pleasure means that God does it gladly. It’s God’s joy, his desire, his want and wish and hope and pleasure and gladness and delight to give the kingdom – all He has to us His family.

Numbers 6:24-26 says these words,“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The Lord make HIs face shine on you, And be gracious to you: The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.‘…(Numbers 6:24-26)

Today if you happen to wonder whether God is for you, and is helping you with all that you have to do, remember “He is in fact in a good mood, and His shining face is directed right at you. This is as a sign of the favour, esteem, approval and love you have in His sight, and that you indeed have nothing to fear.

 If God is for us, who can be against us? 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: 31-32)

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you love me and that I don’t have to live in fear of you being in a bad mood. Help me to see where incorrect thinking or feelings about you have affected my life and relationship with you and what I expect. Please heal my heart where I may have been hurt or disappointed by my own earthly parents. In Jesus name Amen.

21 March – You are not worthless

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When we honour another person we choose to hold and treat them with high esteem and respect. Unfortunately the world we live in often is devoid of the culture of giving honour to people, until perhaps after a person dies. Most people are more prone to peddle criticism than honour and to want to pull people down rather than to think the best of them and lift them up.

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of dishonouring another person because the world we live in often encourages the tearing down of others to make sure they “don’t get too big for their boots”, or to hit back when people have disappointed us in some way.

However one of the greatest gifts we can give to another person is to look for those things that are admirable and worthy of respect in them, and to then build that up. If we as individuals could come to understand our significance and that we are highly esteemed and valuable to God perhaps we would make more room for ourselves and other people to discover who we  are, and our passion, purpose and call rather than overlooking what we don’t see as important.

Heaven I believe operates on a culture of honour and respect. Jesus sees our worth and that each one of us is worthy and honourable enough to die for. Even when we have messed up over and over He says that we are precious and important to Him. He doesn’t condemn, label, or harass us, but just encourages us everyday to come and be loved and to learn from Him. He gives us respect, and a new self esteem and if we listen it is based in who He says we are, rather than what our past, experience or others say we are.

Today I encourage you to spend some time thinking on the fact that you are worthy of great honour in God’s sight.  He has such high esteem and respect for you and contrary to the world and the devil’s lies none of us are rubbish, failures, too far gone, or worthless in God’s sight.

Not only did Jesus die for you, but when you ask Him into your lives the Holy Spirit – God’s manifest presence comes and abides within you. He believes that you are honourable, holy and worthy enough to choose to make His home with you.

Next time you are tempted to look at yourself or speak about someone else as being less than worthy of honour and respect, think again and realise that we, and every person around us Jesus sees as valuable and honourable enough in His eyes to give His life for.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” (Romans 12:10)

Prayer: Lord help me to see myself and others through your eyes. That I am valuable, respected and held in high esteem by you, and that I would understand how much I am loved by you and to show the same love and respect to those around me. In Jesus name Amen.

20 March – I’ll get around to it.

Procrastination

“I’ll get around to it”. It’s a fairly well known saying in my part of the world. We’ve even made an item called “A Round tuit” which is usually a smooth round wooden disc with the words “Round tuit” on it.

Basically it’s all about the fact that people often say they’ll do something, when they get “around to it”, but when is that exactly?

Perhaps we all need a “Round tuit” to prompt us when there has been enough talking and postponing, and to go and chase our dreams, or face those things we have been putting off.

People often say that they really want to do something, or they should really face or deal with a particular issue. But before they know it five, ten or fifty years has gone by. And what have they done in those years? Was whatever we were all busy doing worth postponing following our dreams and life for? It’s all too easy to sit back and look at others and say, “I could have done that, or been that, or gone there”…. Well, why didn’t you?

Procrastinating and having the attitude of “I’ll get round to it”, can cause us to miss the season and timing that God has for us, and what He has planned for our lives. We just need to cease our postponing and making of excuses, draw a line in the sand of the years that have gone by already, breathe deeply and say, “That’s enough, I’m done procrastinating, God bring it on, I’m going to go out and live the life which you have given me!”

Today, stop what you are doing, and dream; imagine, pray and seek God for His plan and dreams for you. Make a decision to stop living with the attitude of “I’ll get around to it”, and Get to it instead!

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”.(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“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)

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”(Psalm 32:8)

Prayer: Lord please help me to quiet my heart and mind so that I can hear the dreams you have placed in my heart. I don’t want to live a life of procrastinating and postponing, so that I never actually live the life you have for me. Help me to seize the day today! In Jesus Name. Amen.

19 March – Did you learn to love?

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Did you learn to love?” Did you learn to love through your life? This is the question we will all no doubt be asked when we have lived this life, and must give an account for all we have said and done.

For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God”. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12)

But so often we become very focused on so many things in life. We work hard to contribute something, and to use our gifts and talents that God has blessed us with. This is a good thing to do, as Jesus wants us to use all the talents and abilities he has blessed us with.

We want to be successful and prosperous, which are all valid goals. God actually desires for us to prosper and to be successful at whatever we put our hand to; so much so that Proverbs 13:22 says a “good person leaves an inheritance for their children”

 Jesus said that He came that we might have a long abundant life. (John 10:10; Psalm 91)

But there is also something that Jesus instructs us clearly to do and be above all else, and that is to learn to love, and to live our lives in and through that context.

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. “(Luke 10:27)

 Even if we were to give everything up for the poor, or understood all mysteries and had great knowledge and faith that could move mountains, but had not love then it would profit us nothing.

It’s learning and living to love God, and those around us that truly matters. There is faith, hope and love but the greatest is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Today ask yourself how are you going in the love area? Are you seeking to love God more and to love others; and is love your motivation in the way you live your life?

If not God says we can come to Him and He will give us all we need, and fill the empty places in our hearts so that we can love like He loves. His love in our hearts will then move us with compassion, grace and patience, just as He is. He is the one who fills our hearts to overflowing with love so that everything we do and say ends up being centred in LOVE!

Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

Today ask yourself, are you learning to love and then giving that love away to others?

Prayer: Lord please fill my heart with love so that I can love like you love. In Jesus name Amen.

 

18 March – “I’ll walk with you in the sunshine and the rain”

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When I first started dating my husband Philip we would walk everywhere together. We would walk to lunch together, to church together, to our friend’s houses, and even the hour it took to walk to work together. We learnt a lot about each other by simply walking and talking, and listening to one another. We watched, listened and adapted to one another as we set our course for life together.

Now because we have been walking together for so long Philip instinctively knows which side of the path I like to walk on, what I do and don’t like, the streets I prefer, and where I like to go. He knows I like to walk and talk, and that most of the time it’s just okay for him to listen. He adjusts his steps, and I try to speed up mine.

When we choose to walk with someone we obviously won’t want to walk in the opposite direction, but in the same direction. Then we can talk, listen, and enjoy their company. Without walking right alongside one another we will not be able to understand each other as well, watch and hear changes in expressions and emotions, or decide and agree on a destination.

Walking with Jesus is much the same. When we ask Him to be a part of our life we enter into a relationship, embark on a journey together and adopt a new life style along the way. It’s a long walk, and not a short sprint, and it’s not all about the destination, but also the things we discover and experience along the way.

As with any journey and relationship there are some things we need to leave behind. We don’t want to bring our negative past, our mess up’s, fears, sin and excess baggage on our journey. These things will only distract and weigh us down, and it’s the same in our walk with Jesus. He offers to take all our burdens, sin and past, so that He can free and cleanse us totally, enabling us to not just walk, but to power walk and even run! (1 John 1:9)

It’s good to also keep in mind that just as when we’re travelling greater distances and further afield we only have a certain amount of baggage weight and space available to us, and care must be taken to choose what we are going to pick up, and carry along the way; the same can be said for our walk with Jesus. Some things look great at first glance, but the question is “are they actually beneficial to where we are going, and do we want to have the extra burden?” Other things might look, smell, and even taste enticing, but will often just give us “food poisoning” if we choose to partake of them. Much the same as the deceptiveness of sin and the things the devil tries to tempt us with in an effort to trip us up, and get us going in the wrong direction.

However we only need turn our attention back to Jesus, and let go of the baggage that we have let ourselves be burdened with, to then enable us to freely continue on in our walk with Him.

Our relationship with Jesus is a daily walk. We decide each morning to walk in the same direction as Him, taking the time to talk and to listen, and choosing to walk so that our focus and attention will be on Him. It’s much the same as when I walk with my husband Philip. It’s not hard, and it’s not burdensome either, but about our love, and commitment to one another. Our walk with Jesus is designed to be a long enjoyable walk, where He has promised to always walk alongside us, in both the sunshine and the rain.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith just as you were taught.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:9)

Prayer: Jesus help me to walk with you everyday. I don’t want to rush ahead, or walk in the opposite direction, but step by step in time with you. Help me to do that in both the sunshine and the rain. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

17 Mar – Don’t despise small beginings

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

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

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

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

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

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

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”(Ephesians 2:10)

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

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

16 March – Held together!

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Today our second daughter had her follow-up appointment with her surgeon after her double ankle surgery. She has been in two protective ‘moon boots” to support her ankles whilst recuperating but is finally able to walk without them. Moon boots by nature are cumbersome, look interesting and are not designed for running around in. They are instead made to give support and hold things together whilst the foot is mending.

Needing something or someone to hold things together is what most of us need from time to time in life. We need held together when we experience pain, disappointment, hurt or just feel exhausted and battered about.

God knows all about everything we go through in life and the times when we need help, and tells us that when we are feeling that way that we can, “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

While the terms have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference: mercy is God not giving us what we deserve because of our sin, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. No matter what we have done God promises that when we come to Him he will be merciful even though we don’t deserve it, and that His grace will give to us abundantly. He says because of His grace and mercy that we are able to come boldly to Him knowing that He is going to be there for us, and that He won’t fail us in our hour of need.

When Paul wrote that we could approach God boldly for His grace, mercy and help he was talking about help in the midst of a life-threatening storm. He chose to use the unusual word for “help” being boethia in greek, which is an ancient nautical term.

The definition of boetheia is aid; specially, a rope or chain for frapping a vessel:
frap – nautical term; to bind or wrap tightly with ropes or chains.

Frapping is a tactic sailors used when a ship was being beaten by a storm and threatened to be broken apart. They would take ropes or chains and literally wrap the boat with these bands to strengthen the vessel. This would hold the wooden ship together against the pounding of the waves.

Paul was trying to tell us that we could be ‘frapped’; held together or helped by the strongest cords of all. We are held by the bonds of God’s love. Nothing can destroy us when God has hold of us and we have approached Him boldly because of His grace and mercy and then allow Him to hold  us together – and be “helped” by God.

Today whatever you may be going through God wants you to come to Him, and to come boldly and confidently knowing that you will receive all that you need to help you keep moving forward and to overcome any difficulty and circumstance. Come to Him “with confidence and draw near to the throne of grace, that you may receive mercy and find grace to help in your time of need.” (Heb 4:16).

“For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together”. (Colossians  1:17)

Prayer: Lord I’m asking to your help today, knowing that you promise to extend your grace and mercy towards me when I come to you. Please hold me together in your love today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

15 March – God’s thinking up ways to bless you.

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How great would it be if we grew up seeing, hearing and believing that God always wants to bless us, and that that blessing will always turn every situation in our favour?

Sadly though our understanding of what blessing means has been watered down so much that now it’s just something people say when someone sneezes. But it’s so much more than that. The blessing carries substance and creative power from heaven. When activated the blessing will cause us to look up, to expect good things, to believe again, and to release our faith for increase, and new things. It causes us to be fully persuaded that God will do all that He promises.

It’s one thing to see the blessing work for someone else, but it’s another thing to expect and believe that it will operate the same way for us. This is where our minds and hearts often need to be renewed and healed. Because whatever we carry on the inside will cause us to believe for good or to expect disaster.

Many times I have caught myself thinking negatively or expecting something to go wrong, and have realised how often my mindset and beliefs were contrary to what God wants for my life. That’s why we are transformed when we renew our thoughts with what God says about our lives and futures. We are transformed because we start to expect and look out for the blessing. We in a sense draw awesome things into our lives.

“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)

That’s what Jesus came to proclaim; the happy gospel; gospel meaning good news. He encapsulates the blessing. He is the Blessing. He demonstrated how powerful He, “The Blessing” is when He healed the sick, raised the dead and conquered sin and death.

Today, check your thoughts and mindsets. Are you expecting good things, to happen, or do you expect bad? Where does the blessing need to be activated in your life, because that’s what Jesus came to proclaim and deliver?

Turn to Him today, and activate by faith and trust in His goodness the power of the blessing to override and nullify every curse in your life. Trust him to turn things around for you, to make all things work out for good, and in your favour regardless of the circumstances.

Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.” (Galatians 3:13)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28)

Prayer: Lord thank you for the blessing that is found in you. I reject the curse and it’s operation in my life and I expect good things to happen today as I walk in step with you. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

14 March – Do you really want me to agree with that?

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We have a saying in our house about agreement; with the understanding that agreement means to be in unity or harmony with another. If one of us is complaining or speaking words of unbelief, sickness, fear, lack or negativity we will enquire of one another, “Do you really want me to agree with you on that?”

That’s because Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

We have discovered the power of agreement – both in faith and in unbelief. When we agree together in faith we see God move, because we are getting into agreement with what God and His word says, and we know that He is faithful to His Word. We know that what we agree upon will come to pass in our lives. But we are also aware that when we agree over negative, fear filled things that we then run the risk of getting into agreement with what the devil is saying and doing, and that only brings trouble.

When Adam and Eve were first in the Garden of Eden they were given dominion over the planet. The devil had no authority, and the only way he could gain any was to get Adam and Eve to agree with him in opposition to God, thus empowering Him. When Adam and Eve listened to the devil and his lies they subsequently empowered him to kill, rob and destroy from mankind.

These efforts by the devil to get mankind into agreement with him have not stopped. Every time we listen to his lies (and he is the Father of lies); every time we repeat, dwell on, act upon and get into fear over what the devil is saying and doing rather than believe what God has promised and said about our life and future we are getting into agreement and empowering the devil to be able to act in our lives. He wants our agreement because he knows the power in it, and sadly we far too often fall for his tricks and deception and give it to Him, and then wonder why things aren’t working out for us.

Today I encourage you to stop the devil in his tracks and to start to examine what and whom you are agreeing with in your circumstances. What are you agreeing will happen in your life; in your relationships, family, job, health and future? Because God wants us to agree and work together with Him to bring heaven to earth, and to see every blessing come to pass in our lives. He cautions us to be mindful of not getting into agreement with the devil who goes to a lot of effort of get us to agree with him in opposition to God so that he can  continue to kill, rob and destroy from us all.

If today you are tired of being stolen from, have been living in fear and doubt, or have been burdened by your past, then choose to stop getting into agreement with anyone or anything else except what God and His Word say about you.

When you come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to be part of your life he says you have a clean slate, that you are a new creation, that the past in gone, that you are an overcomer, and that you are holy, pure, and righteous before God. He says that you have a hope and a future and that you have been born to rule over the powers of darkness and to plunder hell and establish the rule of Jesus wherever you go by sharing the good news about Jesus and His kingdom.

Make a decision to stop listening to lies and instead to get into agreement with God’s plan and truth about your circumstances and discover how your life will change for the better. Now that’s something worth agreeing about!

Prayer: Lord please help me to see where I have been agreeing with the wrong things and to start to agree with only what you say about my life and future. I choose to agree with you today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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