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22 May – Spread some good news

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Happiness is contagious and we can literally create a domino effect of happiness and joy by simply spreading good news.

For example, studies reveal that reading other people’s positive social media posts triggered happiness in 64% of people. Communicating good news with another person also heightens the impact on us of our positive experience because we get to relive and feel the effects of our good news again as we share it.

Good news can also cause concrete positive changes in our lives by the thoughts we think. Our thoughts change our biochemistry as our hormones, cells, brain circuitry, and even our genetics and are all affected by our thoughts. Scientists are discovering that we can positively ‘rewire our brains’ by resolving to focus on things we appreciate, instead of things we fear or dislike.

On the flip side are the effects that bad news can have on us, such as the reports of people feeling depressed or worried after watching the news when it is dominated with a 24-hour cycle of stories about violence, disaster, corruption and war.

The bible teaches, ”For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7), and that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (17:22). That’s because God knows the importance of focusing and filling our hearts and minds with good news and things that encourage and give us hope. He wants us to pay attention to those things that are good for where there is good news there is joy; where there is joy there is hope, and where there is hope, faith is activated and then all things become possible.

With all the positive and beneficial effects of good news let’s make a decision to focus on and look for good news and those things that generate joy. When we listen to and read the news feeds or paper let’s look for the good news stories; when in conversation listen out for the good not the bad, and when we hear or experience something good share it. The world is an amazing wonderful place and God is all around us in the very air we breathe. He is working, healing, restoring and releasing the miraculous every single day, but if all we look for and focus upon is the bad news we can miss Him working, or not believe or recognise His hand at work right in front of us.

Today look for and spread some good news, because God is good, happiness is contagious, and the world is waiting for us to spread some joy around.

Prayer: Lord help me to be good news focused instead of bad, and that I would attract and be like a magnet for good news, positivity and the miraculous so that I can share it with others today. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope”. (Romans 15:13) In Jesus Name Amen.

 

21 May – Don’t give up!

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When we choose to ask Jesus to be part of our lives and follow His way of doing life there are times where we will wonder if we can keep going; whether we can keep believing and hold onto the plans, purposes and promises that we have seen in God’s word and had revealed to our hearts and minds. There are times when it just feels and is really hard or where it appears we have failed or are about to.

When I was a teenager I had a chronic knee and joint disease which left me in constant pain. I gradually went from being an active child to someone who could no longer run, jump, walk long distances or even climb stairs without experiencing throbbing pain which continued throughout the day and night. Numerous treatments and operations failed to alleviate or solve the issue. However alongside all the Dr’s appointments prayer was also happening; for eight years my Mum prayed, her friends prayed, and I prayed. We all prayed persistently until finally at the age of eighteen I was suddenly instantly and miraculously healed. No more pain, no more aching, no more not being able to run, jump or celebrate life.

We hear testimonies of God healing people in an instant and He does do that and often. But we can overlook or forget the months or years that they or someone else has been praying for that breakthrough. Sometimes it takes a long time for God to act suddenly. Interestingly I’ve discovered that God often chooses to heal us from the inside out – to heal our brokenness, our hurts, and disappointments and to change negative mindsets. To Him that is just as important as healing our bodies – He wants us whole, and making us whole may take a little time.

Which is why while we wait and pray and pray some more we must base our faith and believing not upon our emotions or what we can see with our physical eyes, but upon God’s word and His character.

Did I enjoy waiting for my breakthrough – No! But I am grateful for what I learnt in the process of leaning in on Jesus; of learning to pray persistently, and for the healing of my heart as well as my body. My faith was strengthened, my knowledge of what God says was increased and my story (testimony) got better regarding what Jesus has done for me.

I’d like to add that God’s suddenly for me means I no longer have a knee disease, but that in that same instant of receiving healing for my knees I was also healed completely from asthma.

Today whatever you are praying and waiting for, don’t give up! God is at work – trust Him in the process and know that He will do exceedingly more than you can ever ask think, dream or possibly imagine through His mighty power that is at work in you. (Ephesians 3:20)

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Prayer: Jesus thankyou that you are faithful and that you want and desire for me to be whole, healed and living an abundant life. Please help me to not give up but to press in and hold on to what you have promised. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

20 May – What’s in your arsenal?

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Whenever I talk to Jesus He always encourages me to remember – to remember and be very deliberate about writing down, thinking upon, talking, singing and sharing about all the good things He has done and is doing. He reminds me of His promises, words and the revelations He has downloaded into my life and encourages me to live out of these truths rather than be governed by my circumstances or difficulties.

There is real power in these words and testimonies; both the testimonies held in God’s word, other people’s stories of the good things He has done for them, and my own stories of God’s goodness.

It’s these words (prophecies) and testimonies which help me to stay patient while waiting for breakthrough or when I am facing tough decisions or trials of some sort. It’s what Kris Vallotton calls having an “arsenal of testimonies and prophesies” to help us stand and to warfare with.

Paul encouraged Timothy to have this same arsenal when He said, “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well”. (1 Timothy 1:18)

It’s what David would have done whilst fleeing for His life after Saul tried to kill Him. Chosen by God and anointed to be the next King David had to wait, keep believing and stand with only a prophetic word from God to help him.  He had to be proactive and have a strategy of praise, thanksgiving; of thinking about and acting upon the previous exploits of God and His prophetic word to him. (2 Samuel) It was these similar revelations from God which many of the great men of women of faith also stood upon to see their promises manifest – people like Noah, Moses, Abraham, Joseph and Mary.

Today whatever you are facing, or are waiting to arrive in the natural realm; wherever you are looking for the breakthrough on and believing for, I encourage you to be proactive, deliberate and to use the strategy that these great men and women of faith overcame with.

Think on and talk about what God has said both through His Word, revelation and prophetic words given to you. Write them down and look at them often. Mediate on what God has done and you will have success. “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8)

“Whenever you are facing a trial take your situation and sandwich it between your testimonies (what God has done for you), and your prophetic words (what God has said He will do)… then decide how you will think and talk about your situation.” (Kris Vollotton)

Don’t just be content to let life happen to you. Happen to life and make an effort everyday to focus on those testimonies and prophesies from God which are designed to direct and accelerate you towards all that He has planned and purposed for your life.

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

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 would you please help me to discover and remember the good things you have done for both me, others and those accounts of people in the bible. What you have done for others you can and will do for me. What you have promised you are faithful to accomplish in my life. I’m choosing to think, speak, sing and share about these things today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

19 May – 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 from God 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 in 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.

18 May – Can you see Jesus?

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There is an account in the bible about some friends of Jesus who met Him after He had risen from the dead. The strange thing is they didn’t recognise Him. They didn’t expect to see Him walking along the road with them, and even when Jesus shared a meal with them for the most part they couldn’t see Him for looking!

Luke 24:28-30 says,  “When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”

Jesus’s identity was hidden from them, and they could not see for looking even though their hearts burned within them. It was only when Jesus took the bread and broke it in the same manner as when he had at the last supper that His identity was revealed to them.(Mark 14:22)

Their eyes were suddenly opened!

How often are we the same as the disciples? We fail to recognise Jesus?  How often can’t we see Him or His plans and purposes even when they are right in front of us?

Is it because He often works differently from what we expect? Is it because we pray but we tell God how we want Him to answer? We like to dictate to God and when the answer comes in a different way we don’t at first recognise God’s hand.

The bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…(Isaiah 54:8).

Do we not see Jesus when He is right in front of us because our hearts have become so cluttered and dull towards God? When He speaks do we hear? If we hear, do we answer or push Him aside and go our own way?

It’s too easy for our hearts and lives to become dull to hearing and seeing Jesus.

Yet if we hunger after God our eyes will be opened. The bible promises that if we draw near to God he’ll draw near to us. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in truth“. (Psalm 145:18)

He is ever ready, always calling and longing to reveal Himself and the treasures of His kingdom to us. It’s just too often our hearts have grown dull through compromise, undealt with sin, complacency,disobedience, worldliness, and rejecting God’s word and His way of living.

Take the time to seek after God. Draw near to Him and He’ll draw near to you.He’ll speak if you really want to hear. Hunger to know him. For the eyes of your heart to be opened. God promises He will answer, that you may see and feel and understand who He is and how much He loves you.

Don’t go another day failing to know that Jesus is walking along beside you. If you know Him already, draw near and seek a deeper revelation and closeness with Him. There is always so much more! He promises that “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart“. (Jeremiah 29:13)

My Prayer for you today is that,I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-19).. May you know Him and His awesome plan and love for you. In Jesus Name Amen

 

17 May – What’s really important?

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We were never made to be everything – everything that others might be or having to be everything to those around us. For none of us were ever designed to be everything, but to understand that we possess our own unique God given gifts, abilities and purpose, which we are responsible for using and walking in to the best of our knowledge and ability.

There are however also things that we need to let God handle and to trust in what He promises He will do for us. He never expected that we would try to be everything to our friends, spouse, children, church, workplace or extended family, and it’s when we try to be this “everything” that we end up feeling depleted, exhausted, a failure and at the risk of “burning out”. We can in attempting to be everything end up doing nothing well and often even moving further and further away from the God given dreams and purpose that we were made for.

One of the keys to avoiding this sort of disappointment and “burn out”, is to ask God for wisdom as to what is important for our lives in the season we are in.

The bible teaches us that, If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.” (James 1:5)

We can all be a lot of things and work very hard at being successful at them, but perhaps it would be wiser and more fulfilling to ask, “God what is important for me today”, because often what we think is important actually isn’t. In the big scheme of things it may not matter very much at all and even when it looks good, it can also not be of any real importance to God either.

There is an account in the bible about two sisters who Jesus instructed in what was truly important. Mary and Martha were friends of Jesus and He and the disciples had come to visit their home. Whilst Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to what He was teaching Martha was rushing about with domestic duties. These looked necessary, relevant and even could be termed as to be doing the “right” thing, but when she got annoyed at Mary for not helping Jesus corrected her by saying that Mary had chosen to do what was really important – to sit and learn from Him.

The Lord answered her, Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.(Luke 10:41-43 TPT)

Today take some time to enquire of Jesus, “What’s important”, and then seek His wisdom and guidance to help you focus your energy and time in to doing that.

Because when we look back at our relationships, our kids, our work, our friends, family and the community around us wouldn’t it be great to be able to say with no regrets, “I chose the important over the urgent”. “I chose the important over the glamorous”. “I chose the important over looking successful, over money, over being popular in the world’s eyes”. “I chose what’s truly important and I didn’t try to do or be everything”. I simply walked in the gifts, abilities and assignments God gave me in each season of my life and chose to hand over to Him everything and everyone else and allow Him to handle it. I discovered that I don’t have to be everything to everyone because that’s God’s job; all I need do you know what’s important for today; what’s on Gods heart today, what good thing has he planned for me to walk in today, and then get busy doing only that. (Ephesians 2:10)

Prayer: Lord please help me to not try and be everything to everyone but instead for me to take the time to discover what is truly important in this season of my life. That I would only focus upon what you say is important and purposeful and to turn everything else over to you to take care of. In Jesus name Amen.

16 May – Free from judgement

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We all at some point would be wise to check our hearts and see what attitudes we really have on the inside of us. It’s relatively simple to ascertain what we really think, feel and believe as our words and actions towards others will give it away, especially when we under under pressure or having a bad day.

It is however at times confronting to realise we may not be as patient or loving as we thought. Too often we can be like the story of two men in the bible coming to pray to God. One man puffed up with pride and arrogance is busy thanking God he wasn’t a lowly sinner like the other man standing beside him. This other man was crying out to God as he acknowledged his unworthy state and asked for God’s forgiveness.  Even though the first man may have been doing all the “right” things externally his heart attitude grieved God as he was puffed up with spiritual pride and judgment. (Read Luke 18:9-14)

Jesus would rather we be merciful and kind towards others than any sacrifice, offering or good works we may bring. Even if we work amazing miracles, understand all mysteries, excel in knowledge, and have faith that can move mountains, He says it amounts to nothing in His eyes if we don’t walk in love and grace towards others.

Love doesn’t judge, point the finger; it doesn’t criticize and critique others. Love is free from judgement. When we love and live in grace, we leave judgments up to God who knows the hearts and minds of all of His creation. Our responsibility is to know what and in whom we believe, and to live looking to bless those around us. We can stand securely in God’s love and grace when we have discovered who we are in God. We regularly would benefit from reminding ourselves that we don’t need to pull others down to be able to stand on those truths.

The bible says, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)

When we free our lives from passing judgments, forgiving grievances and cultivating a heart seeking to bless others, (even if they don’t agree with us), it changes our hearts, our minds, and our actions. It lifts the weight of negativity and irritation from us, breaks pride and arrogance and sets us free to love as Jesus loves, full of mercy, compassion, grace and willingness to bless.

Take some time to examine your heart today and allow Jesus’ great love for you to flow into the places in your life that are stained with judgement, arrogance, cynicism and hardness of heart. Thank Him for His lack of judgment and condemnation towards you, and then choose to make a shift from judgement to grace and love.

Prayer: Jesus I thank you for your great love for me that caused you to die in my place, so that I can live free from judgement. Forgive me when I have not extended the same love and grace to others and please help me to really love people as you love them. In Jesus name. Amen

15 May – Don’t tell me what to do!

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There was once a little boy who was standing up on the seat and his father said, “Son, sit down.” The little boy replied, “I don’t want to!” His father said, “Son, sit down.” He said, “No!” And his dad jerked him down into his seat. He looked up at his dad and said, “Daddy, I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!”

Too often that’s exactly how we can be too. We appear to be doing and saying the “right” things, but on the inside we are standing up and harbouring rebellious “don’t tell me what to do” attitudes in our hearts.

However God encourages us to have an attitude of willing obedience in order for us to experience and live a purposeful and blessed life.

The bible even says, “If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land’” (Isaiah 1:19). Many people are willing, but they’re not obedient. Many are obedient, but they’re not willing.

Bring up the word obedience and we usually react. Try telling people that they need to eat better, exercise more, keep good company, read the Bible diligently; that they need to take every word from God seriously; that there are no optional commands, that we cannot add or subtract from Scripture, and that we need to pray persistently – and you will hear the accusation “Legalism, and “Don’t pressure and tell me what to do!”

Yet the Bible is filled with passages like the ones listed below that make it clear that to really know and love God we are to cultivate a willing and obedient heart and lifestyle. Jesus even said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7).

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). 

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14:23).

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him’, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4).

Unfortunately being as we sometimes are we can have some obstacles to obedience. Here are a few to watch out for, and hopefully remove from our lives and we make the decision everyday to be willing and obedient:

1.“What’s that, Lord?” – when it comes to obeying God we can suddenly have a case of “spiritual deafness”.

Ever notice sometimes children cannot seem to hear you tell them to do something they really do not want to do; yet they can instantly hear even the smallest whisper from Mum and Dad when something is said about “ice cream”. We can be like that when it comes to obeying God. We say we are willing and obedient, but then ask God to define and clarify over and over, or we try to negotiate “Did God really mean “all” of my old sinful ways of life, or just the stuff that I don’t really enjoy anymore? Can I have a timeline on this? “Let’s just wait and talk to someone else again, or read another book on the subject.”

2. “I am confused”

There are times when we may need some clarification and help to understand what the bible is saying, but for the most part the bible is easy to understand. The thing is once we read it and do understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.

 “I have another question?”


There is nothing wrong with asking questions, but sometimes asking another question is nothing more than a delay tactic:

In Matthew 19 the rich young ruler had asked Jesus the question, “What good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life” (19:16). Jesus then told him – keep God’s commandments (19:17). Then he asked another question, “Which ones” (19:18). So Jesus told him which ones (19:18-19).

The rich young ruler still continued to ask more questions because he actually knew what to do, and instead was delaying and trying to find some “wiggle room” out of his convictions.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers the following insightful view of this situation:

Doubt and reflection take the place of spontaneous obedience – it is a retreat from the reality of God to the speculations of men, from faith to doubt.” The rich young ruler of Matthew 19 had hoped to avoid committing himself to any definite moral obligations by forcing Jesus to discuss his spiritual problems.”

Keep on posing problems and you will escape the necessity of obedience and your initial conviction of the right course of action to take”.

Eventually, if we keep going “around and around” with more questions and delaying tactics we will end up confused, feel far from God, and simply do nothing!

Today check how willing and obedient you are? It does takes an ongoing daily inventory of our heart attitude and actions. God wants to give to us, and bring purpose and blessing our way and all we have to make sure of is that position ourselves for that to happen  by listening and being both willing and obedient every day.

Prayer: Lord today I am choosing to be both willing and obedience. Please help me to be quick to obey, and to trust you with all my life so that I don’t put off what I know is the right thing to say and do so that I end up doing nothing. In Jesus name Amen.

14 Mar – Dealing with discouragement

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Many, if not all of us will experience some level of discouragement at some point in our life. Especially if we are ever going to attemp to be or do anything. It goes with the territory of stepping out, of taking risks and of following our dreams and  God’s leading for our lives.

Actually we are in very good company whenever we may feel discouraged. Noah preached for decades, and only 8 people ever responded favourably. (Genesis 5; 2 Peter 2:5) Joseph helped someone, and when they had the opportunity to assist him in return they left him forgotten in an Egyptian prison for years. (Genesis 40:5-15; 23) Moses came down off Mt Sinai after having a “full on” encounter with God to discover that all the people he was responsible for leading were busy worshipping a golden calf. (Exodus 32:1-8) Jeremiah was thrown into a well for speaking the truth, and for doing what God had told him to do. (Jeremiah 38:1-6) David, Job, the early disciples of Jesus, Paul and many others all suffered from discouragement.

So how do we deal with a what the dictionary describes as a: loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness, downheartedness, dejection, depression, demoralization, disappointment, despondency, and hopelessness. Jesus sets an example for us in the way He lived while on the earth.

He refused to give up – the key to overcoming obstacles and disappointments in every situation is not “where you are, but what you are”. Joy and happiness is not to be dependent on our circumstances, but rather upon what we are within us. It’s why it is imperative we know who we are in Jesus. Because when we discover that truth we become unstoppable regardless of discouragement.

He had perspective -Jesus looked at every situation from a heavenly viewpoint. He said for us to “lift up our eyes” (John 4:35). And to set our mind on things above, and not earthly things. God’s got all our needs and even the secret desires of our heart under control. He just says to seek him, amd He’ll add to us all the things everyone else spends so much energy and time trying to make happen. (Colossians 3:2; Matthew 6:33)

He kept walking – Jesus knew what he was on earth to do and he just kept his focus on sharing the good news and ultimately in dying, so as to release mankind from the bondage of sin and the devil.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people”. (Matthew 4:23-24)

He drew aside and prayed – when faced with decisions or sorrow such as when John the baptist was murdered, Jesus draw close to the Father and received strength and comfort.

When Jesus heard what happened he withdraw by boat privately to a solitary place”. (Matthew 14:13)

And rising very early in the morning while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed”.(Mark 1:35-36)

He kept doing good, and speaking love, joy and blessing – In the midst of opposition and discouragements Jesus just kept right on doing what He was called to do, and ultimately He triumphed over sin and death.

…”Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him”. (Acts 10:38)

If you ever feel discouraged; lift your head up and look to, and learn from Jesus. Know and remind yourself who you are, and what you are here for. Learn to wait and to draw your strength from a loving God who sees all. He says, “don’t grow weary in doing good for in due season you shall reap a harvest if you do not give up”. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Plus be on the alert and watch out for God’s unexpected blessings and surprises to encourage you. He is a good God, and if we just hold steady and keep walking with Him He promises He’ll make it all work out better than we could ever of thought, dreamt or imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)

Prayer: Jesus thank you for your example of how to navigate and walk through discouragement. Help me to remember and to keep my eyes on the truth of who I am, and what I am here for so that I don’t give up. In Jesus Name Amen.

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