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30 Nov – Trust Him

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The definition of trust is; a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. Trust is a confidence, belief, faith, certainty sureness and freedom from doubt.

Looking at that definition makes you wonder if there is anything or anyone you can completely trust? Is there anyone who is completely without a shadow of doubt completely reliable? People are people, and things happen to prevent or limit our ability to always be available at all times, in all things. Anyone in a relationship, who is a parent or has any responsibility will know that stuff happens and we can all let others and ourselves down.

However God frequently says, “Trust me” and actually promises He will not to let us down. We may not understand all the time what He is doing but He does promise He will be 100% reliable and our ever-present help in time of need. He is the one who actually has the power to be completely trustworthy. He doesn’t say anything He can’t or won’t do. If He said it, He will do it! 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

That sort of trust in God does not mean an indifferent, “Oh, I guess it might come out all right.” That is not trusting. Instead trust is a real and definite attitude and confidence that Gods faithfulness will see us through as we acknowledge our need and God’s ability to meet it.

Trust does not mean ignoring the facts but looks and sees the dangers, the need, the challenges and assesses them. Then upon seeing all this, trust looks beyond and sees God, whose name is also “El-Shaddai” – the all-sufficient one who has everything we need. Trust sees that God is greater than the challenges, dangers and difficulties and trust enables us to face them.

Trust makes us strong as we cease to operate alone and we draw on God’s strength.

In trust there is peace; the peace of God which goes beyond understanding. There is calmness as we are no longer overwrought with fear and worry as trust brings confidence, calmness, peace and we gain assurance because God loves us so much.

Three Hebrew young men; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trusted God and the fiery furnace could not even singe their garments. (Daniel 3:16) Daniel trusted God, and the hungry lions could not touch him. (Daniel 6). Abram who God renamed Abraham trusted when God asked him to leave his relatives, his country and his home to go into a land he did not know. He trusted that God would bring him to a new land and that He would protect, bless and be faithful to His promises. God spoke and Abraham trusted that what God said, He was well able to do. (Genesis 15)

God still asks us to trust and rely on Him to do what He has promised. He wants us to trust Him to lead and guide us every day. Not because He wants to control us but because He knows the way and the best route to get there. He knows what is going to prepare and grow us to be all that He has made us to be and so He asks that we don’t just lean on our own often limited understanding of the situation but trust in His unlimited knowledge of the past, present and future.

Today be encouraged to rely on God. Trust Him for He is able to get you to where you need to go. He knows the way and He will willingly show you if you choose to trust and listen to Him.

Trust Him to speak. Trust Him to protect you. Trust Him to heal and deliver you.  Trust him to help you fulfil the dreams in your heart (Ephesians 3:20). Trust Him because there is no shadow or changing in Him for He is not a man that He should lie or promise things that He then cannot deliver. (Numbers 23:19)

Today trust God and have confidence and rest assured in the firm reliability and ability of who He is and His great love for you! Even when you don’t understand and things dont make sense know He has a way through and knows the end from the beginning and everything in between. He is good and so if it’s not good yet He hasn’t finished His work yet.

For, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

“In God, whose word I praise in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?“ (Psalm 56:4)

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture”. (Psalm 37:3)

Prayer: Lord thank you that I can trust in you. Forgive me when I rely on myself instead of choosing place my confidence in you. Please help me when I forget just who you are and how much you love me. I choose to trust you today. In Jesus Name Amen.

29 Nov – The care bucket

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In our house we have what I call the “care bucket. It’s where we offload all the worries, cares, disappointments and hurts that happen as part of living life. The “care bucket comes out regularly. Actually sometimes it’s not a bucket but rather one of those industrial roadside “skip bins” that is required, but that’s okay because it’s better to offload our cares than to let them fester in our hearts and minds.

God doesn’t want us to carry loads and regularly says things like “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.” (Matt 11:28). “Cast all your cares and anxiety upon him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

God asks us to cast our burdens on Him because he knows how toxic cares and worries can become in our life and how energy sapping and debilitating they can end up being to our whole way of life. He wants us to be able to live in peace and to know His joy even in the midst of challenges, but we do have to allow Him to help.

Today I encourage you to offload your cares onto Jesus and to use the “care bucket. He loves and cares for you and wants to carry your load so you don’t have to.

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)

In our family we think there is pretty much a song for every occasion. This song called “Lay it down” by Will Reagan says it all.

Bring your worry, grief and pain
Every cause you have for shame
lay it all down, lay it all down
When your cares have buried you
and there’s nothing left to do
lay it all down lay it all down
at the feet of jesus, at the feet of jesus

Carried on but your heart was tired
Feared the worst and felt the fire
lay it all down, lay it all down
Filled with all those anxious thoughts
all your doubts became your god
lay it all down, lay it all down
at the feet of jesus, at the feet of jesus

Lay it all down
Lay it all down
Lay it all down
Lay it all down

at the feet of Jesus
at the feet of Jesus

When we’ve given up on better days
there are memories we can’t erase
lay it all down, lay it all down
We’ve come to fear what we can’t explain
there’s nothing here that can ease the pain
lay it all down, lay it all down
at the feet of Jesus, at the feet of Jesus

 

28 Nov – Supplied

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It’s really easy to get into the mindset that whatever we need or want is simply up to us, our ability, job, investments or our rich uncle as our means and source of supply. We can in fact spend a lot of time trying to reason everything out in our natural mind and abilities as to how we are going to get all we need and negate to factor in that we were never meant to spend our life stressing and toiling. Instead God wants us to actually seek Him and His way of doing things and then allow Him to take the responsibility of supplying our every need.

An example of this is in the bible when Moses and the Israelites were wandering in the desert. God supplied manna – little wavers of bread that tasted like honey, to feed them but the people began to complain they were tired of manna and wanted meat (Numbers 11). They didn’t complain just a little – they went on and on about how tired they were of God’s provision and that it would have been better for them to have stayed in slavery in Egypt. Obviously they had short memories!

Moses began to try and reason what he was going to do to get the people something to eat and said, “shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them?… shall all the fish in the sea be gathered together for them?”(Numbers 11:22) He was stressing and getting into worry and had forgot in all his reasoning about the God who provides.

However God, who had freed these same people from slavery, parted the Red sea to enable them to escape their enemies, led them through the desert in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and who had provided manna from heaven, did not appreciate Moses’ reasoning or questioning. He replied, “Is the Lord’s hand too short?” (Numbers 11:23) In other words stop trying to figure out how this is going to happen, because I am the Lord who provides. Which he then demonstrated in the form of sending a strong wind that blew hundreds of quail into camp enabling the people to feast on meat for a month.

The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (Numbers 11:23)

Whenever we are facing a need in our life God doesn’t want us to stress and try to use our limited natural reasoning as to how He is going answer or to get something to us. He has ways that we haven’t even considered. He knows how to get anything and everything we need to us. He is our source because He can do whatever He wants to do. He’ll use natural forces, multiply what we have in our hands, move people to assist and give to us, send help, wisdom, and understanding and even override natural forces to get to us what He has promised in His Word. It’s his job to provide and our job to simply believe what He has said and to do exactly what He asks us to. Nothing more, nothing less!

Today stop wasting a whole lot of effort trying to figure out how God is going to do something. Stop reasoning and start believing. Choose to release your faith and then get ready to receive because God’s arm is not too short!

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)

“My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20 Amp)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you provide for all my needs. I ask for your provision today in……….and thankyou that you are the God who provides and that you are faithful to yiur promises. In Jesus name amen

27 Nov – Valuing people

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I think God smiles when we value relationships and seek to bless others by opening the door’s to our home and family. God loves family and His is a big one that we are all invited into. He knows that being in close relationships makes us bigger and better people.

When we are around people, whether it’s a blood relative or someone who you now call “family” we can also often be confronted with our own quirks and perhaps some issues we might need to address. That’s often how God grows us. It’s easy to get along with people when it’s just you! The bible says “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. (Proverbs 27:17) Those people who can irritate us may actually be the making of us. 

Today take a look around you and give thanks for the people in your world, whether it is your immediate relatives or those who you have chosen to share your life with. God has brought them into your world to love, support and help you and vice versa.

Here’s some ideas to value your time together:

  • Make a plan to regularly set aside time to spend together. If you don’t look for opportunities, the busyness of life will no doubt swallow the time up, so make the effort to make it happen.
  • Make traditions – they can be a good thing.
  • Value those in your world – time goes quickly and these moments are precious. If you haven’t taken the opportunity in the past, make a decision to start now.
  • Forgive – let grudges go, and look to the future. Ask God to help you know what and how to move past hurts, so that you can build something new.
  • Look at what you do have already, and not only at others faults.. People are flawed, and yes fickle at times. Choose to focus on the positives and what you can relate to. Sometimes what holds us together may be just a thread, but hold onto that thread. 
  • Don’t look back and think, “I wish I had done that, or made more time”. Start today.

Prayer: Lord I thank you for the people in my world. I ask that you help me to appreciate the moments we have together and to look for ways to bless them today. In Jesus name amen

26 Nov – You said!

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This is a repost but its a great reminder, so enjoy.

Our kids have a “come back” line that they often use on my husband and I, which  if we are not careful can leave us in a predicament. I’ve learnt that our children do actually listen to what we say and they will waste no time in reminding us of what we have said if we don’t follow through. Their favourite line in case we get busy or forget something is “But you said!” And indeed we usually have said; and if we want them to believe our word we have no option but to back up our words by our actions.

Today I opened up a book I have beside my bed and a little piece of paper slipped out. It had been put there by one of our children, and on it was a drawing and two little words. This time it wasn’t, “Mum, you said!” It was instead a prayer request and the words, “God said!”

It made me stop and ponder, “what has God said?”

From the very beginning God has spoken some things! He “said” when He created the universe out of a dark void and He “said” it was good.

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

He “said” when He created mankind, and He “said” when He blessed them and “said” “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

He “said” when He declared that, “he knows the plans He has for us, that, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

 He “said”, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)

 He “said”, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

 He “said”. “That He will supply all our needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

And He “said”, “that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from His love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

He “said”,  “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

God has said many things and His promises He has declared so that we can know He is dependable. He is not a man that He should lie, or someone who will go back on His word. What He has said He means 100%. (2 Peter 1:4)

Today no matter what you may be facing know that God has said some things to you. He has declared some truths over your life and your future. If you take hold of His invitation to walk with Him, and trust and listen intently to what He has said in His word, He will guide you through your life. What He has said He has the power to accomplish, otherwise He wouldn’t have said it in the first place. 

Just as our kids remind us of what we have said, I encourage you to remind yourself of what God has said. God is listening when we remind Him and the angels are ready to act when they hear His Word repeated, so it’s more than okay to remind God as one of His children of what He has “said.”

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Withoutaccomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sentit. (Isaiah 55:11)

“Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!” (Psalm 103:20)

Prayer: Lord today I’m reminding you of what you’ve said and choosing to depend on you and your Word in every situation I find myself in. Thankyou that you are faithful. In Jesus name amen

25 Nov – How hungry are you?

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

But you have to be hungry because He won’t force you to partake of the richness of who He is. He 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 we get the opportunity everyday to choose.

To choose to let go or even to empty our lives of other things  that we’ve tried to fill the hunger with, because if we keep snacking on those things that come to try and crowd out Jesus we won’t make room in our hearts and hunger fully to know him. Instead we’ll settle for poor substitutes and keep being fooled by the fast food on offer which has no lasting benefits and eventually makes us sick, lethargic and lacking in what you really need.

God 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)

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give to you.” (John 6:27)

When we forgo the world’s fast food and start seeking deepth and for that which holds real value and significance we start to hunger and thirst after what really satisfies. We get desperate.  We seek till we find. And as a result our capacity and hunger grows as we open up our hearts to God and receive from Him and He fills us with far more than we could have asked, dreamed or imagined. Essentially we receive food from Heaven, relationships that truly matter, peace which sustains us and a renewed purpose to our lives.

Today I encourage you to go deeper and to begin to seek after that which will fill you up on the inside and lead you to take hold of all that God has for your life.

“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)

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)

Prayer: Lord help me to see those things which are crowding my heart and 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 heart and life for you today and that I would hunger after the one who truly satisfies my soul.  In Jesus Name. Amen

 

24 Nov – It’s a good day

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There are times in life where we quite simply can’t do anything about a situation. We’ve done everything we can do and the result is out of our hands and we are left with a choice. Do we go to a place of trusting in Gods goodness and His promises that He will do exceedingly more than we can ask, think or imagine or do we get into a place of stress and worry!

And therein lies the battle between trust and worry; between acknowledging God is sovereign and has a hand on our life, or believing in fate; between leaning in on His goodness or giving way to fear.

As I woke up today there are a dozen reasons as to why I could go to a place of stress, worry and fear. Before me are many unknowns, changes and stress points. Yet at the same time is the truth that God is there. He is there through every shift and change. He is there when I have done all I can do and it is out of my hands. He is there in the pain and He is there in the breakthrough.

The choice is mine and yours today and everyday as to whether we choose to trust in God’s goodness and to lean on Him knowing He is writing our story and promises He will complete that which concerns us, or do we try and take control even of those things we really have no control of and end up frustrated and full of worry?

Today I’m choosing and declaring that God is good. That He is good all the time and that He will do exceedingly more in my life today. I recommend doing the same because the day suddenly becomes brighter and I have an expectation of good things rather than dread and fear.

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86:5)

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” (Ephesians 3:20 Tpt)

Prayer: Thankyou Lord that you are good. You’re good all the time and your hand is not too short that you can’t override, intervene or orchestrate every part of my life. I trust you today and expect exceedingly more. In Jesus name amen

23 Nov – Love is…

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The greatest happiness of life is the conviction we are loved”.

The world has a view of love which is understood to be: an intense felling of deep affection or fondness for a person or thing. A great liking. This meaning is taken from the Latin and Greek words – eros and amore’. It is speaking essentially of a love of the worthy.

Love is also mentioned 735 times in the Bible. The word love in the bible has however a different definition. It is when someone is loved no matter what, even if totally unworthy!

1 John 3:16 explains love this way, “This is how we know what love is. Jesus Christ laid down his life for us”.

If we speak of God, of His greatness, His power, His righteousness, but omit to say He is Love we omit that which matters most of all!

He is Love and the most important thing is for us to know that love. God encourages us to earnestly pursue and seek to know this love, to make it our aim and our greatest quest. (1 Corinthians 14:1)

It’s a love which holds nothing back, a love which is always giving, a love which overlooks cultural, economic and class boundaries, a love demonstrated in action when Jesus gave His life for all mankind on a wooden cross.

Look for yourself at Jesus as He loves the women who was sentenced to death for adultery (John 8:3-11), or the raising from the dead of the only son of a widow (Luke 7:11-15); of the acceptance of Zaccheus, a previously despised thieving little man (Luke 19:2-10), or of the demon possessed man who lived in the cemetery whom Jesus loved and set free to live a new life (Mark 5:2).

Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. How he loved then, is still how he loves now. It doesn’t matter if you think yourself as invisible to everyone else He still sees you. It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done, how successful you are, or if you feel a complete failure. It matters not! Jesus loves you.

“Love was demonstrated to us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.(Romans 5:8)

The world’s “love system” says you are lovable if you are worthy in some way, if you deserve to be loved, if you are good or successful  enough and are someone others aspire to be because then the world says you are worthy of loving. But if you are broken, ugly, bitter and twisted; if you are unpopular or even invisible to others then who would bother loving you?

I say that the world’s love system is failing, it is messed up, and it is messing people up. But God’s “love system” is fully intact and transforming. If we believe that or we desperately want that type of love, we have a decision to make. Which love will we seek after and earnestly long to know with all our hearts?

I’m not talking about just a head knowledge of love; of a “Oh yes, Jesus Loves me”.  But a deep, transforming knowledge and peace that regardless of what you do or how you perform, you know you are deeply loved.

Jesus says you can know that kind of love. He says “You will find me if you seek me, when you search for me with all your heart.”(Jeremiah 29:13).

Today seek to know and live in this love and in knowing that you would have the power to understand how wide, long, high and deep His love is that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)

Prayer: Lord please help me to know what real love feels and looks like so that I don’t settle for anything less than your best for me. In Jesus name amen.

 

22 Nov – Don’t settle

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If there is one thing I don’t want to do in life it is to settle. To settle in that I don’t become all that God made me to be. To settle for less than I should; to come under things instead of rising above them. To accept; be intimidated, compromise and think, talk and feel about my life and future circumstances contrary to what God says about me in His Word.

The pressure however to settle in life is intense. We can settle under things and grow to believe that what we really desire is unattainable or simply doesn’t happen to people like us. Often when we settle it is because we struggle to believe we are of value and worth. We believe the lie that we and our life won’t amount to much and that our financial, physical and emotional state “is what it is, and that’s it”. We can settle for relationships that pull us down rather than lift us up, and we never really attempt challenging or difficult things which push us out of our comfort zone.

However Jesus’ example when He walked the earth reveals that we were never created to settle. Many religious people and leaders in the community said that if you were sick and an outcast then that’s what you were. You were even given special areas to live and a beggars garment to wear. Yet Jesus cleansed those same lepers, restored dignity to the outcast and downtrodden and gave hope and a future to the lost and broken. He provided food for the hungry and accepted all who came to Him. His first 12 friends or disciples were uneducated fishermen and scorned tax collectors, but not once did Jesus ask or expect people to settle in their poverty, sickness, lack, loss or brokenness, and therfore neither should we!

There is a fine line and often confusion about being content with what we have, and settling for less than we ought. Fortunately God’s Word gives us wisdom and direction on how to live a life of contentment whilst not settling. Every time it looks too hard and you are tempted to give up, you are questioning whether you should try something new or believe for better for your life and future and need encouragement to not settle take time to read how God feels about you and what He says about you and your future. He says you are an overcomer, that you are able to do all things through His strength, good things planned for your life and people for you to meet and love. He promises to heal, restore and provide for every need and to help you fulfill that for which you were made.

In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us”.(Romans 8:37)

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

He who did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things”. (Romans 8:32)

When we live knowing we are loved and accepted by God who wants and plans the very best for us we gain a contentment within us, but also a strength which motivates us to make the most of every day we have been blessed with.

Draw near to Jesus and His Word today and let Him restore your hope and ignite your faith. Don’t settle for less than what Jesus died to give you or ever believe that what you hope for is impossible, for God says “nothing is impossible with Him!” (Matthew 19:26)

Prayer: Jesus I take hold of everything you died and rose again to give me. I refuse to settle any longer and I choose to believe and trust you to help me achieve, become and experience everything I was born for. In Jesus name Amen.

 

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