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July 2018

13 July – Shout it from the Rooftops

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There are some things that need to be shouted from the rooftops. Those things aren’t necessarily what you see splashed across the front page of the newspaper or on every news feed or face book post. You probably won’t actually find a lot of rooftop shouting news there. But I believe that there are things God does or says to us that are worth shouting out for all to hear. They are actually worth hearing about, but sadly we can far too often remain quiet!

Jesus however said, “What I tell you now in the darkness (secret), shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear.” (Mark 10:27)

Unfortunately many times we allow life to get in the way of “rooftop shouting business.” We allow fear, busyness and the concern that comes from listening to others, and/or of offending those with a different point of view or experience to cause us to keep silent. Which is unfortunate because the world and all the people in our sphere of influence need to know that there is good news, that there is hope, that God is on His throne, and that He is faithful to His promises. The world needs to see and hear of His love and goodness and His demonstrations of power at work in every person who says they believe in Him.

Peter in the bible is recorded as doing this when He “fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favourites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.” (Acts 10:34-36 The Message Bible)

Today, I encourage you lift your expectation of what God can do. There are circumstances and strongholds in your life that He wants to set you free from and truth’s He longs to tell you in secret that then warrant being shouted from the rooftops. Don’t come under the circumstances you may be facing, but instead put your trust and faith in Jesus and what He says to be true and overcome your circumstances instead.

We get to choose – the hole that the devil has planned for our lives or the mountains and rooftops that God has for us to stand and shout from instead. 

Start talking about and honouring God for the blessings, the good things, the big and small demonstrations and evidences of His love and goodness that you see in your day. Start talking about those things, and you’ll soon see that good things will actually start to increase around you, and suddenly your perspective will change and your life will become full of “rooftop shouting moments”.  

Look up and listen today, and let Jesus reveal to you what He can and will do for you if you will only trust in His way of doing things.

“Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

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

Prayer: Lord thank you for those things that you share and do for me. Please help me to believe in you to meet every need, and to fulfil every dream and desire of my heart  so that I  continually have something new to shout from the rooftops. In Jesus Name Amen.

12 July – Outside of the box

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Doing things “outside of the box” or beyond the boundaries of systems and methods which are the norm always challenges people. It challenges our beliefs, values and what is important, and questions if there is more than one way of being able to achieve, reach our goals, love Jesus and live out our faith. This is evident in how we educate our children, raise our families, the places we choose to live, the way we worship and serve God, how we communicate, discover new things, and live beyond the “normal” limits that the systems of the world have restricted us to.

Being “different” and choosing to live “outside the box” often threatens people. Many even find this freedom confronting. We can very easily become accustomed to  boundaries and rules, and we and others can become quite fearful and offended when others venture beyond the known norm.

Yet the bible says that when we ask Jesus into our lives He takes off the limits and offers us freedom instead. He gives us freedom to choose, to grow, to discover and to really live. The battle is whether we will be brave enough to embrace that type of lifestyle and belief system or whether we stay within the confines of the status quo.

Even the church and many of those who seek to follow Jesus and His ways still remain locked behind walls of religion, rules and limitations in their thinking, and expressions of faith. Many have allowed circumstances and the tactics of the devil to define and confine us to venturing only where it “seems” safe or to go to places in God which can be explained or have been “done” before.

However I sense that God wants so much more for us. . If you look through God’s Word you will discover many accounts of people who refused to live within the limits of their time. They pushed the boundaries of their faith, experience, race, gender and their natural abilities.

One of the people whose life is documented in the Bible is Abraham. He dared to believe God, forsaking the limits of his time in leaving everything he knew to venture forth into a land he did not know. He believed when all natural hope was lost of fathering a child to his wife, and He believed when God spoke and directed him on how to live. He chose to live out his life beyond limits, and this is why God calls Him the “Father of faith.” (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:6; Romans 4:16)

Today I encourage you to examine the limits on your life. Are they self-imposed because of your fear and lack of understanding, or where the others or the devil have hedged you in, seeking to lock you into a lifestyle, thinking and system that was never God’s plan for you. Because Jesus died and rose again to release us from limitations and systems of the world so the we might be free. “For who the son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Jesus himself said these words; “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4:18)

Today choose to live outside the  box and walk in the freedom that Jesus paid with his life to give you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1)

Prayer: Jesus thank you for the freedom you offer me. Please help me to live beyond my own self imposed walls and the systems of the world, so that I can truly live free in you. In Jesus Name Amen.

11 July – Don’t lose hope

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If you’ve grown weary or been hit with circumstances that might be tempting you to lose hope today, don’t quit. Don’t think you don’t have enough faith or energy to keep believing. You can have your hope restored.

When I feel my hope fading I seek to renew my hope by taking time to:

Get quiet and pray. Talk to God, listen, and read the bible and remind yourself of what He has promised.

Be around encouraging people. Guard your heart and the building of your hope by surrounding yourself with people of hope and faith who will encourage you to not give up. It’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God.  (Hebrews 6:12)

Listen, read, watch and talk about God’s promises. Listen to messages of hope and faith. The world peddles doubt and fear, but if we feed our hope and faith and keep our focus on what God says it will restore our hope and expectation for good things in our life.

Refuse to give up- when it comes to restoring hope and seeing those things that God has promised happen we have to be a bit feisty. To get our “fight on” and refuse to be distracted or to give up regardless. Don’t be moved by circumstances, but rather only be moved by what God says.

Keep your love on – our faith works through and by love. Keep short accounts, forgive, let go of offence quickly. Don’t go to bed angry and guard your heart for its the wellspring of your life. One of the surest ways to eradicate hope is strife, anger and bitterness, so don’t be cheated out of the life God has for you. Keep your love on!

Today take some time to start to renew your hope and you’ll soon have an expectation for good things and to bring all that God says is possible into your hands.

May the God of hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing  (bubbling over) with hope.” (Romans 15:13 Amplified bible)

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

Prayer: Lord please help me to restore my hope today, and to keep believing for those things you have promised in your Word.  I’m expecting good things to happen today. In Jesus name Amen.

10 July – In the quiet you are there

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We live in a world that explodes with noise. Are there in fact any quiet places left free from the noise of mankind. We are surrounded by so many unnatural noises with our beeping, buzzing, ringing, nudging, devices. We have appliances such as our refrigerators that hum so constantly that we don’t even notice. Many of us live within earshot of traffic, or other noise generating technology. We have become unaware of how noisy our world actually is until we try to find some quiet space. We’ve grown accustomed to the din.

The same can be said for when we try to sit and spend time quietly with Jesus.  Even when we dull down the sounds around us, there is for many the noise of a busy mind and heart that  often overrides the quiet voice of God speaking.

Times spent quietly with God can fail because even if we want to the noise around and within us shouts for attention, and we quickly become distracted. We’ve learnt to hear the voice of the world in the constant chatter and noise; but have we learnt to hear God’s voice in the quiet.

In the quiet is where God restores our soul. It is in the quietness that we are made strong. He is the one that calls us to be still so that He can bring rest and peace to our busy minds and hearts.

Psalm 23 encourages us to be led to quiet places.

 “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. He refreshes and restores my soul (my life);He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-2 Amplified version)

Think about the past 24 hours of your life. How much quiet have you had? What noise in your life keeps you from hearing God’s voice?

Try this challenge – for one week. Spend five minutes each day sitting with Jesus in quiet.  Don’t read, petition or recite off your list of thoughts and requests to Him. Just sit and absorb the quiet and focus on Him. What might He say when you stop long enough in the quiet to listen?

May you take time to allow Him to restore you and to bring you strength. For “In quietness and confident trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

To help you to take the steps to quietness,  have a listen to “In the quiet” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzuHsX4YecY

Prayer: Lord please help me to find you in the quiet. To take the time to still my heart and mind each day so that I might simply sit with you. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

9 July – Save your energy and choose joy!

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When our hearts are glad and cheerful it benefits our whole body, heart and mind. Medical research reveal that cheerful people have less heart attacks, healthier blood pressure, lower cholesterol, weight management, and decreased stress levels. These studies match what the bible says in that, “a cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 15:15)

In studies reported by the Journal of Positive Psychology researchers discovered that subjects were able to control feelings of happiness by simply trying to become happier and using the right methods to encourage it; the key is to look within and discover those things that make us cheerful. It doesn’t need to be big or flashy like the latest new car or an overflowing bank account, but just for us to regularly look into our hearts and discover the wonderful opportunities for joy in a relationship with Jesus and the amazing things all around us.

Today, choose joy and look for those things that bring a smile to your face and lift your heart. Things like to:

  • Try something new
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Do something out of the ordinary
  • Slow down and enjoy your food, a good cuppa, and the great outdoors
  • Put on some uplifting music
  • Spend some time with Jesus who is the giver of joy
  • Give of your time, talent, and energy
  • Encourage someone

When practiced in the long term these small joys both internally and externally are powerful enough to create and cultivate cheerfulness in our lives and make us feel more generous, friendlier and healthier.

Don’t waste your energy on things that only steal from your life. Instead focus on those things that bring you joy today and go and enjoy your day!

I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (2 John 1:12)

Prayer: Lord help me to be more aware of those things that bring me joy, and that I would centre in on them and give more time in my day to those things that bring joy. In Jesus name Amen.

8 July -There’s wild stuff in there!

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The bible is actually a really weird and crazy book. There is some wild stuff in there. And you’ll find God is in it, for God and His Word are one. Once you read it with the right reasons and  attitude and search for Jesus within it’s pages, I guarantee you will discover and experience far more than you could ever dream, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

C.S Lewis wrote, it’s not a question of learning a subject, but of steeping ourselves in a Personality”. That personality is God Himself.

The bible says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) and that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)

But there is something to be mindful of when it comes to reading the bible and hearing God’s speak. It’s the fact that you will see change and breakthrough according to how much we put in and how much time we spend

It’s a bit like exercise. Our second daughter is an exercise physiologist and she regularly tells us that only doing one session of exercise doesn’t change you, and diets you can’t live with day after day aren’t going to help either. It is rather consistent exercise over a period of weeks, months and years that dramatically changes us.

The same is true with the Bible. A little bible reading won’t really change us, because it is the consistent time with Jesus and the daily reading and doing what it says day after day, month after month, year after year that changes us. “Reading the bible is very much like eating food. Food is fuel for the body and in the same way the bible is fuel for the soul, and without it the soul will shrink into a weakened state, just as our muscles do without exercise.” (Jack Deere)  We essentially will become “flabby and weak!”

One of the first key steps to spiritual health is taking in the right fuel day after day. The second step is using the fuel to make right, often hard choices every day. When we do that it exercises our faith muscles to grow and develop, which takes time, but it’s in the repeated use and choosing to read and obey God’s word, that produces Christ-like character.

If we want to hear the voice of God on a regular basis then we will have to become intimately acquainted with the written Word of God. As Kenneth Hagin said, ”In consistency lies the power”

Today, make up your mind to set aside a regular time each day to spend time with Jesus and to meditate in the scriptures so you can hear His voice. Holy Spirit will remind and bring the words you read to your mind, not only to guide you but also to save you from a whole lot of trouble and heartache when you then choose do what He says.

Prayer: Lord please help me to make reading your word a priority in my life. There is so many times when I desperately need to hear your voice and receive your guidance. Remind me that hearing your voice each day begins in spending time in your word. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

7 July – Rise above discouragement

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We are all going to experience some level of discouragement at some point in our life. Especially if we are ever going to attempt to be or do anything outside of the ordinary. It goes with the territory of stepping out, taking risks and choosing to follow our dreams and God’s leading in our lives.

Actually we are in very good company whenever we 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 doing what God had told him to. (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 on how to rise above discouragement.

He refused to give up – the key to overcoming obstacles and disappointments in every situation is not “where you are, but what you are”. 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 his mission.

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 good and what He was called to do.

“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 if you do not give up”. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Plus as I’ve discovered whenever I’ve become discouraged, it pays to 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 possible. (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.

6 July – What are you looking at?

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Jesus said “Seek and you will find”,  but often we don’t realise that applies to both the good things and the bad in life, because the principle of what we look for and then magnify is what we get more of. (Matthew 7:7)

To magnify means to increase in significance, to intensify, enhance, to make larger. The question is what are we magnifying?

Whatever we’ve lost, if we choose to magnify it we will live in that loss. Whatever someone says or does to us, we choose what we are going to magnify about that relationship or situation. That includes the ten great things people have said or done to us or the one unkind word or action.

If we focus on the wrong thing – where people have hurt or injured us those things in our minds and hearts will begin to be magnified until we cannot see anything or anyone else.

If we come to a relationship, job, church or situation, (essentially where there are people involved), looking for things to get upset about then we will find what we look for. That doesn’t mean we throw wisdom and discernment out the window especially if something is out of line with God’s best for us, and what His word teaches. However what we look for we will find, so what are we looking for and seeking to magnify?

When we start to think about what we are magnifying and focusing upon it leads us to become more self-aware, to understand who and what is valuable, important and the core of who we are. This then enables us to choose more wisely who and what we surround ourselves with so that we can magnify the positives in these things or people, whilst not blindly ignoring what is out of sync with God’s plan for our lives.

We decide everyday, at every given moment what we are focusing on. We get to choose.

God says a great place to start is to magnify Him, to lift Him up in our view.

Paul a disciple of Jesus wrote these words and he obviously understood the power of focus and magnifying God in his life. He lived an incredible, adventurous, fruitful life where he experienced both joys and trials, triumphs and suffering as he followed Jesus’ call on His life. But I believe he kept going regardless of what he was experiencing because he kept his focus. He said, “I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this, however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead”. (Philippians 4:13 TPT)

He exhorts us to not, “be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honourable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God praising him always”.  (Philippians 4:6-8 TPT)

Today choose to magnify that which is going to help you keep running in the plans and purposes God has for you, as you fix your eyes firmly on Him knowing that He will lead you in the way to go.

So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus”. (Hebrews 12:1-2 TPT)

Prayer: Lord thank you that today is a brand new opportunity to focus upon all those things that are good. Please help to give all my concerns and problems into your hands so I can then focus on the possibilities and opportunities before me. In Jesus name Amen.

 

5 July – Fix your focus

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I had a dream this week about a photo being taken but the lens was dirty and the photo as a result was blurry. I believe God often speaks to us in our dreams and in this case that He was saying to fix my focus and to make sure that as I looked at my life and future that any thing that was distracting or clouding my perspective and view was dealt with so that I had clear focus and direction.

A good question to ask ourselves in the process of cleaning our “lens” and fixing our focus is, “What am I magnifying in my life? Are their things in my life that are obstructing my view?

If so we can ask God’s help and guidance in how to deal with them, whether that’s by getting his perspective from reading His words in the bible to guide us, or by choosing to “shake off’ and move on from unhealthy distractions, relationships, or pastimes. In a sense it’s whatever we put the magnifying glass on will be what speaks and appears the biggest and the loudest voice in our lives and we get to choose what those things are.

We regularly would benefit from looking closely to see whether our relationships, mindsets and pursuits are helping to make us the best version of ourselves, and likewise we also need to be mindful of not seeking to find the negatives and always focusing on those things that will “bring us down”. Is what God is saying speaking the loudest in our lives because we have our focus and “magnifying glass” on Him, and he helps us to keep our view clean and simple?

Today take a moment to think about what you are magnifying in your life? What are you looking at and heading towards? Ask God for wisdom as to whether the picture you see is true or does your “lens” of focus need cleaning off of any untruths, blind spots or distractions, because an unclear focus can easily lead us away from the life God has planned for us, and steal our clarity and enthusiasm for life.  Ask God to help you clean the “lens” today!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Psalms 32:8 ESV)

“My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet of the net.” (Psalm 25:15 ESV)

“Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1 NLT)

Prayer: Lord please help me to honestly look at my life and to see if there are any areas where I need to clean the “lens” and become more clearly focused. In Jesus name Amen.

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