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May 2019

31 May – It could save your life!

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As parents of six children one of the things we have endeavoured to teach them is the importance of obedience. It can be an exhausting undertaking as choosing to obey or not to obey is the choice we all face throughout life to some degree.

As parents we can especially get tired and can be tempted to engage in negotiations and going into lengthy explanations to justify our requests so that our children can see the reasonableness of doing what they are asked.

I often said to our kids, “You need to learn to obey quickly because then you will learn to obey God quickly and that could save your life one day”.

Have you ever been in a situation where a child or someone else’s life depended on their immediate cooperation, no questions asked? There is simply no time for the negotiations or discussions.  It is very important that you do exactly what I say – right now”. “Make one false move and you’re dead”, as there is a car approaching, dangerous wildlife in close proximity or some other intense harmful situation.

That’s when it is so important that we have cultivated an attitude within ourselves and taught our children or those we are responsible for to listen and positively respond quickly. There are times when there is simply no time for the usual delay tactics, questioning and explanations. We just need to be willing and obedient.

Have you ever considered God’s point of view? So often we can be like little children and unaware of what is coming up ahead, yet God sees it all. He sees and wants to protect us from harm, and He also sees when opportunities and plans He has set up are before us and He simply requires us to step a certain direction to enter into this new blessing. All He asks of us is that we trust and obey Him.

Not long ago someone I know was travelling overseas and was heading out of the hotel to visit a nearby tourist attraction. Suddenly they felt the Holy Spirit say, “Stop and have lunch, Now”. “But I was heading out to see something up the street they replied”. “Stop and have lunch here in the hotel”, was the Lord’s reply. Now they had a choice. Did they do their own thing or did they obey and sit down and have lunch. Fortunately as they were about to find out they chose to stop and have some lunch. A few minutes later they heard a loud crash from outside, gunshots, shouting and people rushing into the hotel foyer fearing for their lives. Outside someone had rammed their car into the barricade of a high security building just outside and now there were armed police swarming up and down the street.

My friend would have been right in the middle of this potentially harmful and frightening situation had they not obeyed God’s directive to stop and have some lunch. Instead they sat peacefully eating their sandwich and had the opportunity and blessing to encourage a medical Doctor staying in the hotel with the account of their healing from cancer. Why? Simply because they were both willing and obedient.

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land” (Isaiah 1:19)

As you go about our everyday life know that a lot of effort and planning by all of heaven goes into play to both keep you safe and to line up opportunity and blessing for you. God has people for you to meet and blessings for you to walk in. But the important thing for us to all learn is to obey swiftly, for it will lead us to life’s greatest blessings and possibly even save our life one day. 

Prayer: Lord please help me remember to be willing and obedient because you are interested and care about every aspect of my life. Help me to love and trust you more. In Jesus Name Amen.

30 May – Focus on the “be” and the doing will follow!

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It is really important to understand God is not very interested in our constant behaviour modification. It’s actually quite clear as you read God’s word that He is more concerned with our hearts than any outward performance and for us to “become” rather than to fill our lives up with “doing”.

The Lord doesn’t see thing the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)

However in seeking to become He does want us to keep growing and developing into the best version of ourselves, and to increase in every area of our life so that we don’t become stagnant or go backwards in our journey.

To keep moving forward and to become the person we often desire to be deep down and know God has purposed us to be I try to regularly ask myself this question, “Who do I want to become and what does that look like?”

Because as you focus on being the person you envisage and seek to become, all your outward actions will start to fall into line.

Focus on the “be” and the “doing” will follow. (John 15:1-8)

Focus on whom God says you are in His Word and your thoughts about yourself will begin to be line up with who He says you are. (Romans 12:1-2)

Focus on your future and the past will start to lose its hold on you and fall away. (Philippians 3:13)

Focus on better days ahead and hope will begin to rise in your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11; Lamentations 3:21-23)

Focus on being the best version of yourself and what that looks like and God will do exceedingly more in you. (Ephesians 3:20)

Who are you seeking to become today? Now focus on that amazing person and with God’s help “be” you, and all your doing will follow!

Jesus said, “As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned. But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!” (John 15:5-8 TPT)

“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 3:13 TPT)

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Don’t copy the behaviour 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 NLT)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you love me so much and believe in me. Would you please help me to continually keep growing in knowing you and myself better. I choose to become everything you say I am. In Jesus name Amen.

 

29 May – Freedom!

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Freedom – “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved”. But how many times in a day do we find ourselves not living in freedom? How many times do we allow ourselves to become a slave to our circumstances, emotions and fears?

I’ve learnt that to walk in freedom I have to choose. Everyday I get to choose whether I will fill my mind and heart with negativity and fear or whether I build my faith by reading and hearing what God says in His Word and in making time to spend in His presence.

I get to choose what I allow to take root in my heart and whether I will allow my circumstances to dictate to me or I will dictate to my circumstances.

I’ve discovered that the first step to real daily freedom is spending time in God’s presence, asking Him what He has planned for my day and filling my heart and mind with His words.

When I’m struggling with an area or need a breakthrough I seek to get “fat” on God’s promises in the particular area that I need freedom in. If it’s my health I go to the Word about what God says about my health and freedom from sickness; if it’s finances I seek what God says about money and the blessing; if it’s our relationships, our children, our future or anything else I go to what He says. God wants us to know His will and to get hold of His promises, renew our minds with what He says and then start declaring it over our lives. When we do this we allow God’s power to flow though us and the angels go in to fight for us.

Jesus said even faith as small as a mustard seed has the power within it to move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) It’s the Word that does the work, not the one holding on to it. God’s word and He are one and faith in what He has promised will work for anyone who’ll put it to work. (John 1:1)

Jesus paid the price to purchase our freedom, so let’s aim our faith in the area that we need to experience the freedom that is our’s and put the promises of God to work in our circumstances and life today.

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word. Obeying the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You who serve Him doing His will.” (Psalm 103:10-21)

Prayer: Lord Jesus I thank you that you have done everything already for me. Please help me to choose everyday to fill my heart and mind with what you say, rather than listen to the lies and deceitfulness of the devil or my circumstances. You are bigger than my circumstances and I choose to put the promises in your Word to work for me today so that I might live out the freedom I have in you. In Jesus Name Amen.

28 May – I choose you!

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This may sound extreme but doesn’t there need to be a “No compromise” stance when it comes to walking with Jesus, because let’s be honest He’s always expected more than the status quo from those who follow Him.

Take for example Jesus’ words when He said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

Or, “I wish that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold I am about to spit you out of my mouth.(Revelation 3-15-16)

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

The bible says some pretty blunt things. God doesn’t mince His words. His Yes is Yes and His No is No. There are no shifting shadows or compromise in Him. “ 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)

God expects it to be very clear to others searching for truth or even simply observing us that there is something different about those who  profess to know Jesus. People are desperately searching to see what it looks like when we are the “real deal” about our faith and relationship with Jesus. But sadly too often they quite simply can’t tell the difference between those who say they know Him and those who don’t!

Why is that? Perhaps it is because people want to play in both playgrounds; to dabble in the things of Heaven and the Spirit  as well as the world and the things of the flesh.

Which is just what the devil wants because he doesn’t want us to choose which play ground. He pretends we can dabble in both because he knows compromise will eventually leave us powerless and far from our God given destiny and purpose. He negotiates, cajoles and encourages us to make concessions in what we believe and the way we live until we can hardly tell the difference between right and wrong and are left in a weak, wishy-washy and confused “no man’s land”.

But one person deciding they will live a life of “No Compromise” is going to affect others and make a difference in this world.

If just one person gets to the top of their mountain; one person breaks out of the pack. If one person says, “I’m not going to bow, I’m not going to be lax, I’m not going to cheat on my partner, I’m not going to sleep around, I’m not going to be one of the crowd, I’m not doing that. When they choose the road of “No Compromise” they are on their way to the top and affecting everyone for good along the way. 

But we can’t do this in our own ability. We need Jesus, and I’ve discovered when we put Him first place in our lifemconsistently every day we find in Him a place where we can tap into His love, strength and supernatural ability to live a life of “No Compromise”. Plus then we don’t “give a hoot” what other people may think or say about us and the devil can’t get a foothold in our life because we come to realize that “greater is He that is in us” (1 John 4:4).

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

“In the day when I cried out, you answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Isn’t it about time we chose the way of “No Compromise?” That we became the “real deal”. No plan B – just Jesus. Knowing that if we stumble we don’t just go back to our old ways or fall in with the crowd, but that we run to God and allow Him to “dust us off” and get us right back out there again because, “Though he stumbles, he will not fall down flat, for the LORD will hold up his hand.”(Psalm 37:24)

Today I encourage you to make a decision to put Jesus and what He says first place in your life. That your final word and stance in every decision and situation you face is, “I will not Compromise!” 

Prayer: Lord please forgive me where I have been compromising and  help me to be a person who knows what and in whom I believe and who doesn’t negotiate or make concessions in following you. I want to be a person who walks the path of “No Compromise”,  so please help me to deal with any issues or strongholds in my life that try to hold me back and give me strength to follow you in every part of my life today. In Jesus Name Amen.

27 May – What Yoke?

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A yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and is attached to the plough or cart that they are to pull. The animals need to work together and be equally yoked when they are connected this way or they will inevitably pull and bump up against each other or the stronger or more dominant animal will take over and drag the weaker one along wherever it wants to go, which is not the idea of being yoked.

It’s not just animals that can be yoked, as there is in a sense a lot of things we can find ourselves attached, carrying or yoked to in the connections, pursuits or attachments we have. Some of these are healthy and productive and will help us get to where we are going and make us who God made us to be and some will simply pull, push and wear us down.

It actually takes wisdom and a knowledge of God’s word and His unique plan for our lives to determine what or to whom we are yoked.

Jesus however says to take His yoke upon us and to join our lives to Him. When you are yoked to something or someone you go where they go and you do what they do. When we are yoked to Jesus through a relationship with Him He sets the path and the direction we take. He gives us the assignments and plans to carry and walk in and we get to see what a healthy and beneficial connection or yoke looks and feels like with Him.

The bible says that, “In Him we live and move and have our being”. (Acts 17:29) That’s because when we ask Jesus into our lives He abides within us by His Spirit. His ability, His power, His wisdom, His understanding, His peace, His joy, His rest is all within us. His yoke and anything He asks of us will not damage, wear down or grind us into a rut. Instead He will work with us and for us.

Today if you are feeling dragged, pulled along, ground down, uneasy or going where you don’t want to go then check who or what force you have allowed yourself to be yoked to, because there is no joy or rest in being unequally and unscriptural yoked to anything or anyone and it is not Gods best for you.

Jesus said, “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 11:29 NIV)

Don’t continue to team up with unbelievers in mismatched alliances, for what partnership is there between righteousness and rebellion? Who could mingle light with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and Satan? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What friendship does God’s temple have with demons? For indeed, we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said: I will make my home in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:14‭-‬16 TPT)

Prayer: Jesus thank you that you have everything covered and that you are in control. Please help me to keep my peace as I remain connected to you and carry only what you ask me to. In Jesus Name Amen.

26 May – Input = Output

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I was chatting with one of our daughters recently and she was saying how amazing the affect the food we eat has on our bodies. She had been especially watching what she ate over the last few months and cooking and baking healthy alternatives to her usual snacks etc. However the other night she went out for dinner and ate a high fat and preservative laden dinner. The next morning I wondered what was wrong with her as she looked a bit odd. She said she’d been to the gym and had felt really lethargic and fuzzy in her thinking. Her skin was irritated and she was generally feeling quite awful. Her whole body was yelling, “what did you do to me?”

It was a good lesson on the powerful affect the food we eat has on our whole mental, physical and emotional being and it helped my daughter to understand that we are “inside out people”. Inside/out in that what we put in dramatically affects our output; our mood, expression, energy and whole way of being.

The same can be said for the food we feed our spirits and souls. If we are created as inside out people then what we spiritually, emotionally, and mentally consume will affect our whole being in much the same way physical food does.

If we desire to be positive we need to feed on positivity. If we want to be loving, kind, caring and more patient then we feed on God’s word and spend time with Him. We surround our lives with encouraging, loving inspiring words and environments as much as possible. If we want to walk in holiness and purity then we steer clear of those things that would pull or tempt us with the opposite. If we want to have great faith we feed our faith, so that the words and actions of faith start to flow out of us. How we live our lives, see ourselves and view the world is all processed and expressed from the inside out.

The good news is that if we come to realise that our insides aren’t that healthy we can ask Jesus to cleanse and detox us from the things that cause sickness on the inside, and then choose to focus upon and walk differently. Jesus promises to renew and restore us if we come to Him and ask. As we follow His way of doing things this healthy life is then developed and increased in us.

Jesus said, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. (Romans 10:17)

We are all inside out people, so perhaps today we need to consider more carefully what we have and are putting in because that’s what’s going to come out. If you don’t like or feel convicted about the output in your life then with Gods help and strength make the changes necessary to alter the input, because what we put in is going to come out somewhere and somehow. 

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

Prayer: Lord help me to see the importance of what I am feeding on and how that affects everything I do, think and who I am. Would you please cleanse me and make me healthy from the inside out. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

25 May – Fear God and you’ll have nothing else to fear.

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Too many people want to “tame” God into a non-threatening nobody who perhaps they listen or talk to when really needing some divine intervention. But if we redefine God who created the universe into a God that only makes us feel comfortable; a permissive friend we only listen to when we want to and who exists simply to bless us and give us what we want it, we will not fear and respect Him in the way He deserves to be feared.

The bible says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10). Appropriate respect for God means keeping before our eyes what a serious prospect it is to stop listening to, trusting and depending on God. He is not someone who in our independence and pride we can just “push to the side” as unimportant without there being serious consequences. He is worthy of our love,  awe and respect.

Think of our solar system that is part of a galaxy called the “Milky Way”. Astronomers have estimated that there are at least 100,000 million stars in this galaxy. Consider too the perfect precision with which these heavenly bodies move in their orbits and that it was God who created and planned each star and planet.

Or consider man who is the crown of God’s creation. Look at our bodies and see how wonderfully God has created them. (Psalm 139)  Each of our eyes has 130 million little rods for black and white vision and 7 million cones for colour vision. These are connected to the brain by 300,000 nerve fibres. The human eye can receive 1.5 million messages simultaneously! To duplicate the function of one eye mechanically it would require 250,000 television transmitters and receivers!

God is immense in His power and ability and the fear of God begins when we see Him in all His creative greatness, majesty and power. In keeping before us, “the continual awareness that our loving heavenly Father is watching everything we think, say and do and that nothing escapes His attention.

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment”. (Matthew 12:36)

 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that you take thought of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty” (Psalm 8:4)

The person who is proud does not fear the Lord and lacks the humility needed to be teachable and open to change and growth. Pride prevents us from being able to admit our mistakes and need for change and growth. However when we humble ourselve we become open to counsel, ready to be corrected and to follow truth.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction”. (Proverbs 1:7)

In order to develop the fear of the Lord we start recognising God for who He is. When we fear Him appropriately we have a continual awareness of Him; a deep awe, respect and reverence for Him and a sincere commitment to obey Him whether we want to or not.

Today consider God and His power and might. Think on the fact that He knows and sees everyone and everything and then make the decision to give Him the respect and honour He deserves. He is not someone to be ignored when we feel like it. He demands attention and respect simply because “He is who He is.”

Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be filled with gratitude and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)

Prayer: Lord I acknowledge who you are and give you the respect you deserve today. Forgive me when I have not treated you with the honour you are due and please help me to be more mindful of just how powerful and mighty you are in everything I say think and do. In Jesus name Amen.

24 May – Learning to Trust

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The thing about trusting someone else is that it often means trusting them to in some way provide. To provide emotional, mental, spiritual or physical support, and for us to open our hearts to them.

For those of us who are more independent and want to or who’ve had to take care of ourselves, trusting someone else can be difficult. Difficult because all our attitudes about people, our circumstances and any trust issues we have will come to the surface where we are given the choice as to whether we will open our hearts or not.

God however repeatedly asks us to trust Him and to have growing, open-hearted, honest relationships. He wants  us is to learn to trust Him to lead and guide us; to trust Him that He has our best interests in mind and that He is good and loving; to trust Him to provide for all our needs and to grant us the desires of our heart. A natural by-product of learning to trust God like that is that we also learn to trust ourselves and others more.

However trust doesn’t happen without a knowledge of the one we are trusting and choosing to grow a healthy relationships. We dont need to trust everyone – that would be foolish, but to really achieve and become all we were created to be we are going to need both God’s and other people’s input and support and to trust them to do that for us.

But trust takes time to build as we gain an understanding of God’s extreme love for us, and then learn to recognize those same trustworthy qualities in other people. However if we consistently choose to keep everyone at arms length we wont see who we can trust, even when they Dan be right in front of us.

The question and decision we get to make everyday is, “Will we seek to trust God to love and care for all our needs, help us achieve the dreams in our hearts and bring people into our life to make our lifes richer? Or will we keep our hands tightly on the reins, only trusting ourselves, never letting anyone else in close and then wonder why we feel so tired, lonely and anxious all the time?”

The thing is with God on our side we actually don’t have to be in control of everyone and everything in our life. Living like that all the time is actually quite exhausting. Instead God simply and repeatedly says in His Word, “Trust me. I know everything about you and I’ve got you and all that concerns you covered”.

Today I encourage you to take some time to get to know God more so you can discover for yourself you can trust Him. Then take some steps each day to open up your heart to those who have the same trustworthy traits that God has, and who will help you become the person God always purposed for you to be.

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)

Prayer: Lord please help me to get to know you more, and to learn to trust you and other people more. sus name Amen

23 May – Better together

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I was having a conversation this week about our effectiveness and being prepared to combine and connect up our gifts and skills with others to have the greatest impact.

Connection with other people in this way is like being in a team with a common goal and vision, and if we choose our connections wisely being in a team is good tor us. It helps us to connect, to learn more about ourselves, to gain leadership skills, to give to others and to hone our people skills.  If we struggle with trusting people, our pride, communicating well or have negative attitudes and a poor work ethic then being part of a team will quickly highlight these areas in our lives, which is great because we then get to choose whether we will grow and challenge ourselves to be better.

My husband and I are a team. We have grown to learn how to work together, to rely on each others strengths and to fill in the gaps with one another’s weaknesses. We seek to help one another to get things done and to fulfil the dreams God has placed in our hearts. We are better together!

But “better together” didn’t just happen overnight. Much like a soccer or football team, there’s been times we’ve had to change strategy, to regroup, to choose to deal with our own issues, hone our skills in an area to make things work better and to choose to keep running when the going has gotten tough.

We’ve discovered that we really need to rely on God our coach, for directives on how to “play” well and how to navigate as our team has increased with children, friends, work and church family. We’ve also learnt that we don’t have to “fly solo”, because God will always bring people around us if our hearts are open and we allow Him to. (Psalm 68:6)

We know that we need to constantly be strengthening and building the basic team of Jesus and us, and then He’ll add from there. For without that solid foundation and connection it’s much more likely to all topple over and we’ll end up in an exhausted heap.

Helen Keller an American author, political activist and lecturer who was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree knew the importance of teamwork. Her many accomplishments were made possible through the connection and friendship of her instructor and teacher Anne Sullivan. Helen Keller said, “walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light, for “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

Today as you go through your day don’t forget to check how your team is looking and seek to strengthen it? How is the foundational team of you and Jesus going? Have you taken some time to listen and hang out with Him recently; to hear His plans and strategy? How are the connections around you; your partner, family, your church, work or social group going? Because being part of a team means making a commitment to one another, determining to fill in the gaps when someone else can’t, to back each other up, to believe in one another, to be wise about our choice of team and to learn to trust other people. 

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Prayer: Lord thank you that I can choose to be part of your team and family. Please help me to see just how great that team is, and to also have wisdom and an open heart to know who the other people you would have me connect with.  I don’t have to fly solo anymore. In Jesus name Amen.

 

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