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31 Jan – No Fear

Fear is a thief. It comes to steal our peace, feelings of security, rest and our hopes for the future. Instead of expecting the best and living in confidence, fear attempts to limit and diminish our lives.

I guess that’s why Jesus said, “Fear not” so many times and asks us to cast all our worries, fears and insecurities onto Him, because He cares for us. That we are not to worry about anything, but instead bring everything to Him in prayer. That we’ll be anxious for nothing. (1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6-7)

Jesus said, “This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?  So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27 TPT)

Fear is the opposite of love, and when we fear we become hesitant to step out of our comfort zone or to pursue our dreams. We see others courageously living in healthy relationships, successful and full of vitality and quietly wish we could be like them. Yet fear and insecurities can hold us back and limit our potential, regardless of how many podcasts, self help books, sermons, discussions and information we may consume.

Information alone will not bring about the transformation we need. It’s love that combats fear!

Fear paralyses but love, and faith that is motivated by love sets us free. It is for this reason that Jesus came to give us freedom and life more abundantly. As we embrace love, it will drive out fear and our thoughts will start to line up with the fact that everything is going to be alright. “Perfect love drives out all fear” (1 John 4:18)

“What matters is faith working through love”. (Galatians 5:6)

There will be times in our lives when we will experience some degree of pain, disappointment and problems. Things happen. But there will also be wonderful, exciting things that we can and will experience if we don’t give in to fear, but choose love instead.

Wherever you are today, know that with God’s help and because of His love for you, you will overcome fear. I encourage you to talk to Him about your worries and concerns; give them over to Him in prayer, as you focus on His great love for you and what His Word says about your life and future.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.”(1 John 4:18 NIV)

The choice is ours whether we will go through life in fear or trust God and that He will be always with us, giving strength in the valley moments and declaring victory alongside us on the mountaintops.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”(John 14:27)

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, Nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,  nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,  but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:1-7)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that your perfect love for me has the ability and power to drive away all my fears. I choose to trust you today and to receive your love for me. Thank you that I can do all things through Jesus who gives me strength. In Jesus name Amen.

30 Jan – Imagine Big

I’m making a list of the 101 things I can dream and imagine I can do, see and become in my lifetime.

My list is a bit like when our kids ask for what they want for Christmas. They don’t hold back but list everything they want regardless of how practical or sensible. Limits are off on their Christmas lists because they know we love them and will endeavour to give them what they’ve asked.  

Before you were aware of finances, practicalities or limitations, what did you dream and dare ask for? Because God is the best parent, imaginable, and even though our parents or we may limit our capabilities to deliver, He does not. He loves us to dream, pray for, and imagine what our life could look like, and He never thinks our dreams or requests are too big or too insignificant for Him to answer and take notice. He says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

I’ve been dreaming the things I can study, places I’d like to travel (because all things pass and this pandemic will too), of all that I could become, people I’d like to meet and what I’d want to achieve in my lifetime.

LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD

I’m purposely letting my imagination run wild and not getting stuck in the wondering of how any of it could happen. My job is to imagine, pray, ask, make the most of what’s in my hands already and to believe and dream. God’s promise on my list of 101 things is that He will, “Do exceedingly more than I can ask, think, dream and imagine according to his power that is at work in me” (Ephesians 3:20).

God had Abraham look up at the stars and imagine His descendants as innumerable as the stars in the sky before He even had any children.

He taught Jacob to mark and place poles all around the watering hole for his flocks so that he could imagine more easily his speckled and spotted flocks increasing each season. (Gen 15:5; 30:37-31:16) 

There is real power in seeing beyond where we are today; to look up and into the future to where we’d like to be.

Albert Einstein said,” Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

You become and attract what you think about most, so I encourage you to take some time to make your own list of 101 things and let yourself dream and imagine impossible, big, fantastic thoughts and dreams about your life and future.

Write it down and start to get a clear picture of the life you desire, because thinking about where you want to be in the future helps you decide how you will live today.

“For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.”(Psalm 107:9)

No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you desire great things for me. Would you please help me imagine and dream big today and plan how I will start living that life today. In Jesus Name Amen.

29 Jan – Chats With Isaac – Can A Person Be Bad?

Sometimes I should call my day’s blog “Chats with Isaac.” Isaac is nearly 12 and the youngest of our six kids. He’s cute, smart and thinks deeply about things and I love our chats.

Today Issac asked me if a person can be bad? It’s an interesting question, but I don’t think people are created awful or completely bad. We all have sinfulness because sin came into the world with Adam and Eve and we’re born with the seeds of sin. It’s why we need Jesus to set us free from ourselves and our sinful desires. But we’re also made in the image and likeness of God. He created us, and He is good, so we have goodness in us too. (Genesis 1:26-27)

What we do with our lives and the choices we make are totally up to us. We can come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive, and remove the seed and stain of sin. Then we will have immense capacity to fill our lives with, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, with anything excellent or praiseworthy. (Philippians, 4:8). Or we can choose to focus and fill our hearts and lives with the opposite. That choice is entirely up to us.

The absolute worst people in history didn’t start life evil and wicked. But in response to their circumstances, they chose to hold onto their way of doing life rather than Jesus’ and to offence, hurt, disappointment, abuse and pain and allowed that to colour and contaminate any goodness they did have in their hearts. It’s a sobering reminder when you look at how wicked people can become, of the importance of our choices, and keeping watch over the condition of our hearts.

In response to Isaac’s chat, I was reminded how easy it is for the negative to colour everything we think, do and believe. Thankfully, we can choose to empty out the negative and wicked, to cast our cares and worries upon Jesus, and to choose His way of doing life. But we will have to decide because otherwise, circumstances and the pressures of life will decide for us.  

When our hearts and spirit’s condition remains in its natural state there will be bad within us because of sin. That’s why we need Jesus to set us free and to strengthen and fill us with his love and goodness every day. We can’t do it on our own.

Today I encourage you to focus on that which leads to life and joy; Focus on and make room for Jesus and all that is good, so that your heart will fill up with those things. Then there will be no room for anything else.

Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. (Psalm 51:10-13 NKJV)

Prayer: Lord Jesus thank that I am a new creation in you and that as I focus on you, your goodness fills my life and empties out the negative and any “bad”. Fill me with your love and goodness today. In Jesus name Amen.

28 Jan – Who Are You Imitating?

With six children and two grandchildren, I know from experience how little people can mimic those around them. They will copy what they see and hear and absorb information, attitudes, atmospheres and the speech of those around them, which can be a good trait or a bad one. Good, if what they are seeing and hearing is beneficial, and not so great if it’s detrimental to their growth and well-being.

The bible has some words of wisdom when it comes to being a mimic. It uses the term imitate, which means to “emulate, copy, to model oneself on, and to follow the example of”.

We’re encouraged to “Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.” (Ephesians 5:1)

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)

Essentially Jesus is asking us to mimic and imitate him. To model our lives on the example and guidelines he set for us. If you want to know what love is and to love others’ well, look at Jesus. If you could benefit from knowing how to relate to others, follow his example. If you’re seeking to become a better leader, take notes from the most outstanding leader of all time. Jesus’ is a high standard, but He promises to both equip and empower us to follow his example and to “shed abroad his love and grace in our hearts”. Through Jesus, we can do all things, because he gives us his strength. (Philippians 4:13)

There are some amazing people throughout history and in the world right now, but the absolute best example I know to imitate is Jesus’. Other people may fail and let us down by their life and behaviour, but when we seek to be more like Jesus and endeavour to copy His example of love, integrity, kindness and compassion, we will not be disappointed? Plus He doesn’t expect us to try and imitate him in our own ability or alone. Just as children copy and are taught by those around them, Jesus also equips, encourages and gives us the ability to imitate Him. He provides us with the capacity and power when we ask Him into our lives. We are transformed to be like Him as we spend time with Him, are filled with the Holy Spirit and encouraged by those who love and know Him too.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Take a moment to examine who you’re imitating? Does your life look anything like Jesus’ example.

Are the people in your world those who build you up and help you be the best person you can be? Are they encouraging you to be kind, compassionate and loving, with a standard worth emulating?

I encourage you to determine to be a person whose life follows the example of Jesus and is also one that others would want to imitate and be influenced by.

Prayer: Lord, help me to remember to look to you for my example in life. Please give me wisdom and strength to also bring out the greatness in others by my example today. In Jesus name Amen.

27 Jan – Every Chain Broken

I love the account of Jesus setting free the demon-possessed man. This man whom Jesus crossed a sea to reach, had been shackled and chained both in the physical and spiritual. Forces of evil had overcome his life, and he was in constant torment; chained, and shackled in every way, with no means of escape.

Jesus arrives on the scene and instantly sees, and has compassion on this man, setting him radically and amazingly free. One encounter with Jesus changed his life forever as he went from being the local crazy man who had to be physically chained, to a sane, restored, whole person. (Read about what Jesus did in Luke 8:26-39)

Have you ever felt like you are a shackled and weighed down a bit like the man Jesus set free that day? The good news is that what Jesus did for that man he will do for you. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The shackles and chains He broke off to set him free, he will break off of all who come to Him.

Whether it is a shackle of fear, sickness, poverty, addiction, sin, abuse, hurt, worry, or anxiety- whatever it is.  If Jesus said it, you can believe it, and He said that the truth will set you free, and that who He sets free is free indeed!

Jesus says you are greatly loved, and nothing can separate you from His love. He says that He came to destroy the works of the devil. That he will wash away the stain of your past and give you beauty for ashes. That any shackle can and will break when you ask Jesus into your life, and choose to believe and stand on His word.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Today let Jesus into every area of your life and allow the truth of what He has done and says about your life break off every chain. God has a plan and an extraordinary, joy-filled life for you to live. (John 10:10) Don’t waste another minute living bound up. Acknowledge any burden and with Jesus’ help tackle whatever is holding you. Take hold of what Jesus says and has done for you and begin stepping into freedom today.

“Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.” (Nahum 1:3)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death And broke their bands (shackles) apart. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving-kindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men.” (Psalm 107:14)

For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Prayer: Jesus I come to you and give you my life. Forgive me for everything I have done and where I have chosen my way over your’s. Would you take all the things that hold me – every burden, hurt, and shackle to my past and break them off my life today. I choose to follow you and your way of doing things and I thank you that I am set free. For who the son sets free is free indeed. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to live in a way that is pleasing to you. In Jesus name Amen.

26 Jan- Access Your Best Life

God knows that we will start fulfilling our purpose in life when we focus on the “important”, and not just what’s making the most noise in our lives. He has planned good things for us, and he’s looking out for us, promising to take care of all that concerns us. To enable us to access the best life He has planned, He asks us to put Him first, seek His ways, and focus on what He has for our day and life rather than just what we can think or see in front of us.

The bible says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

When you follow and make Jesus centre of your life and choose Him consistently, turning your thoughts, heart, will, and emotions towards Him throughout the day, you change, and life begins to have more meaning and purpose. You gain perspective and start to see the “bigger picture” (God’s picture) and tend not to “sweat the small stuff” as much.

Jesus becomes your light. You feel His presence. You experience Him more and see and hear what He’s saying and doing. You get to know Him!

Jesus says, do not be afraid or worry about your life, but take the time to discover who you are, who He is and all that He has done for you. Seek Him and allow Him to reveal what’s important, for as you do, you’ll find you can spend your life on those relationships and pursuits that bring meaning and value, rather than on anything else. (Matthew 6:31-34)

Seek Jesus FIRST and His way of doing things today. Worry and stress will start to lift off your life and you’ll be amazed at what Jesus will do in and through you.  

“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?

 “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” (Matthew 6:31-34 TPT)

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)

Prayer: Lord, I trust you today, and I’m going to spend time seeking you and your plan. I hand over all the cares and concerns of my day to you and ask that you take care of them all. Would you lead and direct my thoughts and steps and please show me what is important. I make myself available to be a blessing wherever you need me to be today. In Jesus Name Amen.

25 Jan – God Believes In You

Have faith, believe, trust God. You hear these words a lot, and when we choose faith and trust over fear and w to believe instead of doubt, amazing things will happen in our lives.

However, today I also realised that God has faith and believes in us. He believes in us far more than we believe in ourselves.

God first conceived and dreamt up the idea of the world and mankind, and what he created, he also believed and had faith in. He took a risk that all He had made would come to love Him and live embracing their unique design and purpose.

God had so much faith in man that even when we’d gone our own way bringing suffering and death into the world, He sent Jesus to redeem humanity and provide us with a way to new and abundant life. He had faith and believed in us that we would not only accept this life but that we would live it too.

Think about that for a moment; God believes in you so much that he created you with the power to choose good or evil. To live positively or negatively, to believe or to doubt, to respond to Him or to ignore Him.

He believed in you enough to trust you will seek after and fulfil your plan and purpose, rather than squander and squash your God-given ability and talents. He believes this so much that He will call out, chase after and work within you all the days of your life to make it happen.

And if He believes and has faith in you to risk everything and gave to the point of sacrificing His life, it stands to reason that you can rely on Him to take care of you now. That you can believe and trust Him with your hopes, dreams and the cares and concerns of your heart.

God has faith in you. He thinks you’re worth the risk and for Him to keep believing everything He’s hoped and dreamt of for you. The question is, what are you believing today?

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Prayer: Lord, it amazes me that you believe and have faith in me. I have been given all I need to live a life of abundance, blessing and purpose and I’m asking that you help me believe as you do. To believe in your goodness, love and promises, and in who you have destined me to become. In Jesus name Amen.

24 Jan – Keep Praying

I’m always saying, “I’m “bigger on the inside”. It’s like I am “pregnant” with what God has revealed and promised me. The bible explains it as, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1).

While awaiting delivery day on those things you are praying, believing and carrying around on the inside, I recommend being mindful of what you speak, hear and listen to and finding what the Bible says about testings and trials so that you will keep praying and believing even when it seems things are taking a long time.

An important truth to also understand is that even though tradition and religion say that trials and tribulations develop faith that’s not what God says. The Bible says that” faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:16)

Let no one say when he is tempted say, “I am tempted by God”, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone“. (James 1:12-14)

Any trials and tribulations we may travel through do however develop PATIENCE.

James 1:2 says, “my brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

When pressure (tribulation) comes, our faith based on God’s Word and undergirded by patience will enable us to hold on, keep praying, and not let go of God’s promises. God is for us and not trying to harm us, and will be working behind the scenes to bring His promises to pass in our lives.

Suffering is more often than not the result of Satan’s attack. He is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)  Jesus himself declared, “I have come to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8) It’s wise to also check that any suffering is not self-induced as a result of our own lack of trust in God’s goodness, so we’ve taken matters into our own hands and ran ahead of what God is doing or we’ve stepped outside of His will. 

Troubles may come our way, but through the goodness of God, He will always make a way for us to triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

1 John 5:4 ” For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith”. 

I encourage you to keep praying, and instead of being on the defensive and waiting for the next bad thing to happen, to go on the offensive? Exert the force of faith in your life and circumstances. Get into God’s Word and discover for yourself that God wants to bless and prosper you, to give you hope and a future. Don’t settle for less than what Jesus died and rose again to provide you with.

Today put some pressure on and push back – “Resist the devil, and he will flee” (James 4:7).  If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you have resurrection, hardcore, devil stomping dynamo power on the inside of you! See where the real enemy and origin of the trial and pressure come from and make a stand. Get the Word out, and pray. Your promise is on the way.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. “. (Ephesians 6:12)

Prayer: Lord, help me to hold on to the promise you have spoken to me and to keep praying and believing. Thank you that I have resurrection, hardcore, devil stomping, dynamo power inside me that causes me to triumph. I stand in faith and patience today. In Jesus Name Amen

23 Jan- Prayer That Changes Everything

It was the 23rd of September 1857, as Jeremiah entered an empty room, he pulled out his pocket watch and sat down to wait. The placard outside read: “Prayer Meeting from 12 to 1 o’clock. As the minutes ticked by, the solitary waiter wondered if it were all a mistake. It looked like no one had the time.

He waited for ten minutes, then ten more. Then one man came in, then another and another until there were six. After a few minutes of prayer, the meeting was dismissed with the decision to hold another session the following Wednesday. Two weeks later, they decided to move to a daily schedule of prayer.

Jeremiah Lanphier had no way of knowing those prayer meetings would be instrumental in starting a great national revival. They were not extraordinary, but within six months, 10,000 men were gathering to pray, and that movement spread across America.

Within two years, there were one million new believers added to the church. The movement swept out to touch England, Scotland, and Wales.

When news reached Ireland of what was happening in America, three young men gathered to meet for prayer in a schoolhouse on March 14, 1859. They prayed and prayed for revival. Within a couple of months, a meeting started in Belfast. By September 21, 20,000 people assembled to pray for the whole of Ireland.

In one year, more than a million people turned to God, out of a population of thirty million.

That move of God lasted for a generation, but in the early 1900s there was a great need for God to move in people’s hearts once more.

Again a prayer movement began, with special prayer meetings in England, Australia, Korea, and India. People were praying for God to move around the world, and God honoured His word and revival broke out again. The Churches of Atlantic City reported that out of a population of fifty thousand people, there were only fifty adults left in the entire city who hadn’t asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

These stories of past revivals are important because they demonstrate how God will use just one person who is completely available to work out His purposes.

Jeremiah Lanphier and all those like him are an inspiration to even the seemingly quiet, unassuming people everywhere. Their lives remind us that God will use everyone and anyone to do mighty things.

In His own words, Jeremiah Lanphier’s dedication to the work came only after a struggle and a decision to surrender to God totally. He testified:

The subject was laid upon my heart and was a matter of constant consideration for some time. At last, I resolved to give myself to the work, and I shall never forget with what force, at the time, those words came home to my soul: Tis done, the great transaction’s done, I am my Lord’s, and He is mine;”

If we only look at governments and institutions to fix the problems we face, we’ll be disappointed. But there is a solution. God is looking for people who will willingly go where He asks, speak when He says, and persevere in prayer until something happens! “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” (2 Cor 10:4-5)

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you“. (John 15:7)

Determine to get God’s Word on the challenges and needs you see around you and write what God says down. His promises are designed for you to speak out in prayer. They hold keys to breakthrough for every challenge, need and situation.

Believe God to answer. Yes, believe! God is faithful and alert and active watching over His word to do it. The angels are on standby, waiting for you to step up. They are waiting for you to pray! (Psalm 103:20)

“For I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it”. (Jeremiah 1:12)

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Prayer: Use me, Lord. In Jesus name Amen.

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