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31 May – Go for it!

don't be passive

I was contemplating the danger of living passively. The dictionary meaning of passivity is “the acceptance of what happens, without active response.

Far too often we do accept what happens in life with very little response when in actual fact we should stand up. We should shout and resist evil, sickness, and lack of any kind. Where we should speak out,  yet far too often we don’t. We live passively; not wanting to make too much fuss and allowing ourselves to come “under circumstances” instead of rising above them.

There is an account of a woman in the bible who had been unwell for many years. She had spent all her money trying to find a cure and had become a social outcast. However this woman never gave up her hope of being healed because when she heard of Jesus coming to her town she made sure she was right there amongst the crowd. She was in no way passive in her approach, but instead was determined, desperate and persistent. She seized hold of Jesus and took what she needed and as a result she was instantly and radically healed.

Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His (Jesus’) garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped, And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”

When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48)

This woman needed a breakthrough and she received it not because she sat back and waited passively for it to come to her, but because she seized it by force. She pushed her way though the throngs of people all pressing to be near to Jesus until she was able to reach out and touch him.

Matthew 11:12 has an interesting piece of scripture in it. It says, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

The violent take it by force? The original Greek meaning of the word violent men and force is that the “violent” are those of eager, impetuous zeal, who grasp the kingdom of heaven. They grasp hold of heaven’s peace, forgiveness and blessing and they grab hold of it with as much eagerness as those who would snatch and carry off the spoil of a conquered city. This is what the woman with the issue of blood did. She grabbed hold of the kingdom of Heaven that Jesus brought to earth, and she took it by force.

There are times when living passively can get you killed, stolen from and stomped on, because that is exactly what the devil and his demons are out to do. (John 10:10) When we are facing a battle, whether it is relationship problems, strife, sickness, lack or anything that looks, smells and talks like the devil it is imperative that we put all passivity aside. It is imperative that we ask God to fill us with his love, strength and power so that we will have boldness, eagerness and zeal to resist every thing that is not from God and take hold of all that is ours in Jesus.

Now is not the time for passivity, or to have the approach of “whatever is God’s will” prayers. If you don’t know His will and understand how to claim and declare it boldly and with passion and zeal, then find out! Open up a bible and discover for yourself what God’s will and purpose is, and then do as the woman with the issue of blood did, and grab hold of it with everything you’ve got.

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”(Acts 1:8)

“Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.(Ephesians 6:11)

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Prayer: Jesus please fill me with your love, power, passion and zeal. I don’t want to be beaten up, stolen from or pushed around by the devil any longer. Today I choose to put aside passivity and take hold of all that you have given me through your finished work on the cross. In Jesus name Amen.

30 May – The power of repetition

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Some things we only learn by repeatedly doing them which is why there are many instances where repetition in our lives is actually necessary. If we don’t do some tasks or disciplines in life repeatedly we either lose that knowledge and skill or simply don’t have the resources and skills when we need them.

From learning our timetables as kids, choosing to consistently eat well and exercise to strengthen and care for our bodies, practicing an instrument, studying and developing in our field of interest or work, practicing technique and/or ball skills in sport, to reading and learning God’s Word and His ways, the power of repeatedly and consistently doing something should not be underestimated.

Sometimes we may feel like it’s boring to repeat something over and over, and this can be true. That’s when we may need to consider whether we need to be creative and “mix it up a little” rather than lose interest and give up entirely. Or do we need to just get on with it and do what we know to do and stop procrastinating.

The question to ask ourselves when faced with a dislike or the boredom of repetition is, “will I regret it later if I give up now and stop doing and committing to what I set out to do? Will I regret not learning and repetitively practicing that skill or studying this? Will I regret allowing myself to be distracted from reading and spending time with God and His Word? Will I regret and wish I had just stuck to my commitment a year or even five years from now?”

The truth is that most repetitive things in our lives we don’t see the results of straight away. It takes time to build skills, knowledge, relationships and disciplines, but when they are positive and build productively into our lives the benefits are far reaching and even life saving.

A great example of the benefit of repeatedly doing something is what happens when we spend time reading God’s word and knowing Him. When faced with a decision, difficulty or a need in our lives if we have repetitively and consistently chosen to store God’s Words in our hearts and built a strong relationship with Him we can call upon that understanding, strength and the faith it’s generated whenever we may need it. It’s however difficult to draw from the resources of heaven and our faith if we haven’t bothered to build those things into our lives on a day-to-day basis already.

Today ask yourself, “What things do I want to build into my life? Am I willing to pay the price to consistently, and if need be repeatedly do what I know to do.” “And am I aware and prepared to face the consequences and any regrets if I don’t?”

For what we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.

Don’t make the mistake of looking back five years from now and wishing you’d stuck to those things you knew you wanted to do and be. Each day ask God to help you be steadfast in your commitments; be creative if you need to be, and just do it!

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. “(Galatians 6:9)

“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4)

Prayer: Lord thank you for the power of repetition, and what I can achieve when I remain steadfast. Help me to see the value in repeatedly spending time with you, in reading your Word, and in focusing on the things you have called me to do and be. In Jesus name Amen.

 

29 May – How do you see yourself?

who does god say i am

What do you see? How do we see yourself and your life? Where are you going and why are you here?  These are pretty important questions which we often don’t ask ourselves enough or if we do we struggle to find the answers.

When you read the bible you will discover that what we see and think about ourselves is really significant to how we live our lives and how effectively our faith works.

When the Israelites were standing on the edge of the land God had promised them they hesitated and then completely stopped on their journey. Why? Because when faced with the question of how they saw themselves they were confronted with the reality of their poor self image, weaknesses and fears.

Before them was a land “flowing with milk and honey”; a good land as far as the eye could see. God had spoken and had promised He was with them but all of that didn’t matter because apart from a few men, all of them felt incapable of taking the next step to possess the future before them. The inhabitants of the land terrified them and they were paralysed with self doubt and fear. They said, “we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in theirs.” (Numbers 13:33)

The reason the Israelites were so terrified to step into their future and to go down and fight the giants in the land so that they could possess their dream of having a home of their own after years in slavery wasn’t because those giants were so big, it was because they saw themselves as so small and powerless. It was what they were in their own sight that defeated them.

The same can be true for each one of us. It’s what we are in our own sight that will make all the difference. If, in our own sight we see ourselves as weak, powerless, and a failure then the devil will take delight in running all over us, we will remain stuck in our past, and end up living out of and believing every negative word and thought spoken about us. If we keep seeing ourselves in this way we will never step into all that we are capable of and called to be. We will sadly become like the generation of Israelites who apart from two men and their families spent the rest of their lives wandering around in a barren desert simply existing and waiting to die. (Joshua 5:6)

We must ask ourselves, “how often do I miss out on the unique and special life that God has planned and created for me because I don’t take the time to discover who God made me to be, and what He is saying about my lives?” Too many people never take the time to find out and instead live stuck in their painful pasts, fears, confusion, ailments and complacency, far from the plan and purposes God has for them.

Today if you recognise you are not strong in who you are in your own sight and see yourself as a “grasshopper”, and someone who fails or is stuck in your past then begin to change that by:

  • Choosing to give your life into God’s hands and spending time everyday getting to know Him and reading what He has to say about who you truly are by His words to you in the bible.
  • Asking God what His plan and purpose is for your life. He created you and thinks good thoughts towards you everyday.
  •  Reject anything that doesn’t agree with what God says about you in His word and visualising, thinking and speaking about yourself succeeding, being loved and accepted, having great relationships, being healthy and whole and seeing your prayers answered.

Through consistently thinking and speaking the thoughts that God has about us we will soon start to see ourselves as God sees us, and our identity will be found in His truth rather than a lot of self doubt, fear and lies  We will see ourselves as we really are in Jesus; loved, joyful, free, victorious, healed, and a whole person with all the love and power of heaven behind us. 

Begin today and start to see and think of yourself how God does because, “the truest thing about you is what God says is true”

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

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

“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)

 

Prayer:  Lord help me to see myself as you see me. Thank you that I am forgiven, healed, and whole with a amazing future ahead of me and that I have all I need in you. I refuse to see myself as a “grasshopper” any longer, and today I’m taking the steps necessary to become all you made me to be. In Jesus name. Amen.

28 May – Seeds of greatness

seeds of greateness

Seeds of gifts and abilities have been planted inside each one of us, but for those seeds to grow to their full potential they must be watered to make sure they become fruitful.

Jesus cautions us in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 to ensure we invest our talents wisely. To not sit around waiting and doing little or nothing with all we have been given, but instead choosing to build those things that are important and valuable to us, that are needed and provide for and spread God’s goodness; to be an answer to someone else’s prayers. He wants us to think about the way we conduct our businesses, how we act and talk. Do we reflect Jesus in the way we operate, communicate and serve?

However in the pursuit of growing what we have had sown in our lives we must watch our runaway calendars because otherwise they will hold us hostage to tangible things like meetings, appointments and projects, without giving proper priority to the intangibles: who we are becoming, our relationships with family and friends, our connectedness to God and our purpose and God given assignments. Without conscious intervention our tendency to over-schedule means that the priorities we care about most and the talents we are to cultivate will take a backseat to the urgent noise of life every time.

One way we can start is by redrafting our schedule and filling it up the way God would fill it if He were in charge of our time and calendar. If we put God first and start plugging in the time slots of our calendar with those things that determine who we want to become and then fill in everything else around it we’ll gradually become the kind of people we want to be.

A good question to regularly ask is, “How would God have me spend my day?”

Secondly, don’t mistake the urgent for the important. Everyday concerns sound important but they’re usually not, they just sound important but are in fact simply urgent.

Don’t compare yourself with others. When we get into the comparison trap we can minimise and disregard the gifts and talents God has given us and end up doing nothing to grow our potential because we get discouraged by what others can or are being and doing. We can start to consider it pointless to even begin because we are looking at others rather than at Jesus and what and who He says we are.

Today consider what gifts and talents have been planted within you. Then make a decision to ensure you don’t disregard, minimise or get too busy and distracted in your everyday schedule that you leave no time or space to cultivate those things that God has invested in you to bless both your life and the lives of all those around you.

“ Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. (2 Peter 1:3 The Passion translation)

Prayer: Jesus would you please be in charge of my schedule so that I use my day doing those things that are important and cause me to become all that I was created to be. Please help me to stay out of the comparison trap, which only leads to become discourage and minimise who I am and the gifts you have given. In Jesus name Amen.

27 May – What are you doing with what you’ve been given?

talents

Jesus was explaining how the Kingdom of Heaven works.

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one, depending on their abilities. Then he left.

Keep in mind a talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a labourer.

Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single talent dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.

After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The men given five and two talents showed him how they had doubled their investment. His master commended them ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partners.’

“The servant given one talent said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’

“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

“‘Take the one talent and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.”(Matthew 25: 14-30 The Message Bible)

The parable of the talents is to teach us what it means to invest our gifts for a greater purpose. We are to be responsible for the talents he has placed inside each of us, investing them for maximum return.” (T.D. Jakes – Soar)

But how often do we look at what we have; our job, abilities, even our bank accounts; our talents and the gifts we have been given and get afraid of failing, of disappointment, of loss or we compare ourselves to others and therefore minimise and even bury within us what we have been given instead of growing it to the best of our abilities.

God says, “That is a terrible way to live. It is criminal to live so cautiously – you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?”

We all start from a different point. Some have been blessed with a stable home life, with brains, beauty and they just seem to be good at everything; others have had a harder background, maybe fewer opportunities, health issues and faced setbacks but we all have something we have been given and God expects us to make the most of it. The first two men in the parable worked and dealt wisely and doubled their talents even though they had different amounts to begin with. The master was pleased with both returns.

Talents and gifts have been planted in all our lives like seeds. They may have been given in different measures to different people but all seeds need to be watered. Our talents need to be watered and cultivated to bring the best returns for what God has invested in our lives.

Let’s not settle and be too afraid, too lazy or uninformed, like the third servant in the parable with what we have been entrusted. God wants us to be responsible, diligent and focused so that we yield maximum returns for what we’ve been given. For it is actually a terrible way to live – To be given so much and yet do so little, to be blessed and yet do nothing with that blessing.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:6-7 NKJV)

Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15)

Prayer: Lord please forgive me where I have not made the most of what you have entrusted me with. Help me today to take the time and effort to invest and cultivate my gifts for a greater purpose so that I can become all that I was made to be. In Jesus name Amen.

26 May – Snacking on fast food!

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If you were sitting in our kitchen while the lamb roast was preparing in the slow cooker you would no doubt start to get hungry. The longer you sat and the longer you waited, the hungrier you’d get.

Being that hungry is how Jesus wants us to be for His presence and His love in our life.  Not just a little bit peckish, take it or leave it type hunger, but famished. “A nothing else will satisfy. I need to spend time with him, I need to know him, and experience all that He has to offer”.

St Augustine cried out in hungry desperation for God. He asked for, “the gift of your coming into my heart and filling it to the brim, so that I may forget all the wrong that I have done and embrace you alone, my only source of good.”

There are so many other so called alternatives that promise fulfilment, but don’t fill the hungry void in our lives. People might endeavor to quench their hunger with the accumulation of possessions, relationships, family, careers, money, travel, wealth etc. These pursuits aren’t bad in themselves, but they can be a distraction from the real satisfier of the hunger in the depths of our souls.

Why? Because Jesus is not a skinny Jesus who hasn’t got much to offer. He’s not low calorie or barely enough. He is full and overflowing, and has more than enough to sustain and bring unbelievable joy to our lives.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”. (Psalm 23:5)

But you have to be hungry. Jesus won’t force you to spend time with Him. He won’t force you to forgo the “fast food” substitutes in exchange for the “real deal”. Instead He gives us the opportunity everyday to choose.

To choose to let go of distractions. To stop snacking on those things that come and try and crowd out any  room in our heart’s for Jesus and the life He wants to give us.

He cries out to each one of us “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.“Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live.” ( Isaiah 55:2)

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah 29:13)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. (Matthew 5:6)

Today quit filling the hungry places in your life with those things that don’t satisfy, and choose to get to know and walk with everyday the one who called himself “the bread of life”. For when you do you will never hunger again.

Prayer: Jesus please help me to see those things which are crowding my heart and  that are a poor substitute for knowing you. Forgive me where I have ignored you and chosen others to fill my heart and time rather than you. I make room in my  life for you, that I would hunger after the one who truly satisfies my soul.  In Jesus Name. Amen

 

25 May – He’s waiting for you

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I love the account of Jesus and the man He sets free from being in bondage, self harm and fear. This man had been living among the tombs of the dead and no one was able to restrain him as he just broke the chains used to bind him, and day and night would be found lurking in the cemetery or it’s vicinity shrieking and mangling himself with stones. In other words he was in pretty bad shape. Jesus arrives having had to calm a violent and treacherous storm on the way and steps out of the boat, comes ashore and in short sets the man who was possessed by a legion of demons free. Then He hops back in the boat and returns to the other side again. (Check out Mark chapter 5 in the bible for the whole story)

What amazes me is that for just one man Jesus goes to all that trouble. For one man He sets out on the water after a long day of people crowding around Him as they sought to hear Him teach, meet their needs and minister healing to them. He makes the effort to travel where He needed to be to help and demonstrate His great love not for a huge crowd of people, but for just one man so as to restore him to health and wholeness again.

That’s because every single person; every man, woman and child on the planet matters to Jesus. He sees us in our weakness and brokenness; He sees us on our good and bad days. When we rejoice He rejoices too, when we hurt He hurts also. The bible actually says He sympathises with us in our fraility and understands our humanity. Why? Because Jesus being God came as a man being tempted in every way just as we are, and then conquered sin so that we could be set free to live life as we were meant to. (Hebrews 4:14-15).

Today whatever you are facing know that Jesus knows all about it. Nothing is hidden from His sight, nor is anything too insignificant for Him to care about or want to help us with. From directing us to help us find a car park, to facing our deepest fears and weaknesses He wants to be part of our lives. To set us free from whatever is holding us back and to guide, strengthen and comfort us in our time of weariness, need and weakness.

Just as Jesus crossed to the other side of the Lake to help one man He will help you today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) What He did for that one man He will do for you. All it takes is for you to make a decision to leave the the graveyard of your past, your weariness, your guilt, fear and whatever else you may be ailing from today and choose to come to Jesus, because He’s right there on the “shore” waiting for you.

 “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.  Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle,  humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” (Matthew 11:28-30 The Passion translation)

Prayer: Jesus I come to you right now and give you my life. Please would you take all the broken, weary, fearful and ugly parts of my life and make me a new person from the inside out. I’m coming out of the “graveyard” and choosing to follow you and the amazing life you have planned for me today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 May -The world needed one of you.

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We have all been made wonderfully unique. There’s nobody else like me and there is nobody else like you. And in a world that seeks to categorise and shape everyone to look, talk, dress and live out their beliefs and faith in certain models and frameworks, its refreshing to be reminded that God loves uniqueness. He is the one who shaped us to look how we do physically and to be wired towards particular interests, talents, passions and abilities.

The bible says that God carefully thought of and created each one us with our own unique looks and attributes. He wants us to love and enjoy the “skin we’re in”. There is no point trying to be someone else. We can admire and be inspired by others but the balance of looking at other people is that it must lift us up and not cause us to make unhealthy comparisons or make us resent our own journey.

I love what the bible says about how God has made us:

“You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside
 and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb.

 I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex!
 Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.
 It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!

You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something.
You saw who you created me to be before I became me!
Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me
were already recorded in your book. Every single moment you are thinking of me! (Psalm 139:13-18)

Our shape, both internally and externally is created specifically for God’s plan and purpose for our lives. He has wired each one of us to experience, to contribute and to enjoy life in our own unique way. He wants us to spend our life firstly discovering who we are in Him and then enjoying who we are, for when we do that we will start to experience the life of joy and peace God wants for us.

When we “get happy” with the shape we’re in, and seek to stretch and grow into the best us we can be, it not only feels good, but it makes God smile. He is a loving Father and just as parents delight to see their children discovering who they are and using and enjoying their gifts and abilities our Heavenly Father does too.

Today choose to enjoy the “skin you’re in,” and quit worrying and comparing yourself to someone else. Instead make a decision to continue to discover and explore all that God has wired you to be, knowing that He sees and knows all about you and has the best and most amazing plan for your life if you’d only choose to follow it.

“Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.
You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.” (Psalm 139:1-5 The Passion Translation)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you know me, and have made me both unique and special. Help me to embrace all that you have made me to be and to enjoy the journey knowing that you are with me.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

23 May – Lift your lids

lift your lids

If we want the world to be a better place, for things to be different, for people to be more considerate, compassionate and for society to value things that really matter, perhaps firstly we need to look at ourselves.

Are we being the best person we can be? Are we working on improving ourselves and being honest about our own weaknesses and failings? It’s easy to point the finger at those around us, our leaders, people in authority, the government, teachers, our family members, bosses etc. But have we looked at ourselves lately and acknowledged the areas in our lives we need to address?

John Maxwell calls it “Lifting the Lid” when we acknowledge we all have areas we need to push through and overcome in our lives.

EVERYONE HAS LIDS

Every one has lids on their lives. Nobody is born without them. And they don’t just disappear when a person receives a title, achieves a position, or is invested with power. The issue is never whether you have lids, the issue is what you are going to do about them.

If we want to reach our potential and be all that God created us to be, then we are going to have to lift the lids on our lives.

Is your lid that you don’t stick to things, or you are impatient, fearful, proud or judgmental. Do you always take the easy road and never attempt anything new? Are you short-tempered, unforgiving, a worrier or someone who doesn’t listen to advice?

Life really is too precious and those around us too important to not make the effort to lift the lid on our potential and ability to influence for good. Everyone wants an opportunity, but many people want an opportunity to come to them before they start improving themselves. “When I get this happening in my life, when I have that position I’ll start growing.” But that’s doing things backwards.

While others wait to see what will happen those who lift lids step forward, they start taking steps NOW to grow and develop. They make choices everyday how they will act, what they will say and not say, who they will  listen to. It’s in the DAILY choices we make that bring change and lift our lids.

Plus when we “lift our lids” it also enables those around us to step up and to be better.

Today if you want the world to be a better place; your home to be a place of peace and harmony, your relationships to be healthy, for you to be successful then I encourage you to seek God, take an honest look in the mirror and start to “Lift your Lids”.

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

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (1 Timothy 1:7)

Prayer: Lord would you please show me where I have lids in my life so that I can make those daily choices that will bring change. Thank you that when I am weak you are strong and that nothing is impossible when I trust and lean on you, for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In Jesus name Amen.

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