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June 2021

30 June – How To Come Against Fear

Fear is defined as “a distressing emotion caused by impending danger, evil, or pain, whether the threat is real or imagined.

To ensure we don’t allow fear to run rampant and steal from us, we all need to check if and what concerns we have in our lives.

Ask yourself what are you afraid of, and where are you being limited because of fear? Because when we don’t deal with fear, it leads to anxiety and worry, limiting our potential and God’s purposes for our life. Which is exactly what the author of fear – the devil wants.

The best way to combat fear is to strengthen our faith and knowing how much we are loved , which we do by knowing what God says in His word.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Perfect loves casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18)

We can build our faith by applying the truth of God’s promises by:

  • Finding every promise in God’s word on the subject of our particular worry and fear.
  • Writing God’s word down. Put it on your phone, whiteboard, the bathroom mirror, wherever you will see it.
  • Speaking God’s word out – faith comes from hearing. So every time the fear rises or thoughts cause you to worry, get the promises of God’s word and speak them over your fear, and “stick it” to the fear.
  • Refocus on the future and what God has called you to do and become. Take every thought captive and align your thoughts with what God says.
  • Give thanks – gratefulness gives a perspective of how big God is, you are loved and all that He has done for you already.

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

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”(Psalm 56:3) 

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

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Our faith in God and what He says will remove and replace any fear with confidence and peace, setting us free.

Today face your fears and ask God to bring revelation of the root of your anxiety and fear. Once you have that revelation, apply the word of God, build your faith and break the bondage of fear.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that I don’t need to live in fear, for you are faithful to your promises and their ability to work in my life. Help me to face my fears, and trust in you and your promises, so that I can live in freedom. In Jesus name Amen.

29 June – Open Up Your World

When our six kids were all living at home and we were going out somewhere together it was a major undertaking just to get everyone out the door. If we were heading somewhere special there was the added drama that goes with having four daughters and what they were going to wear, and our boys invariably complaining if they have to wear more than their favourite old comfy pair of shorts and t-shirt.

Somehow no matter how organised I was I’d often be the last one to have a few minutes to get ready, and even then I’d be interrupted by requests to do hair, nails, ironing, help to do up buttons or a last minute wardrobe change. Getting out the door takes a finely tuned strategy and then military precision to execute it. Its a beautiful thing to behold when it works and absolute chaos when things go array.

Which is much the same with anything we want to do in life. Some days it perhaps would be easier to do nothing and not venture out of our safe comfortable space; to essentially keep the door of our life firmly closed.

But I’ve discovered that one of the ways we find joy is by expanding and opening our hearts. We choose to open up our hearts, venture out of our comfort zone, because even when it may take some preparation, strategising, and effort on our part it’s worth it. It’s when we open the door of our life, and step out in some way that we experience life, meet new people, build relationships and grow in the purposes God has for our life.

Undoubtedly it takes some effort to open our life to other people and experiences, but I’m so grateful for God’s strengthening and inspiration to make the effort even when it is a little crazy. Our purpose is tied up with “opening our hearts and venturing out the door”.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance  (to the full, till it overflows)“. (John 10:10)

Today make a decision to be always looking to expand your life in some way. Seek to enlarge your heart, influence, experience and impact on the world in whatever way is availabe to you as you venture forth today,

Enlarge the place of your tent. Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left.”. (Isaiah 54:2-3)

Prayer: Lord please help me to expand my life and to open up my heart so that I can experience life in all its fullness. . In Jesus name Amen

28 June – 6940 Days

Today is our eldest son Ben’s 19th birthday, and all-day family and friends have been ringing to say Happy Birthday and remarking to me how quickly the time has passed since he was little and first learning how to run around and kick a ball.

Soccer games and many Saturday’s spent on the side-lines, conversations about every known sports statistic, big hugs, music lessons, food, more food, an immense amount of Weet-Bix, and the “did ya know” random facts Ben is known to come out with are some of what the past 19 years have been full of.

As I reflected on the past 19 years, I calculated it had been 6940 days since Ben was born. I was once again reminded how quickly time passes since the morning he arrived in the world. Birthdays are that yearly prompt to be mindful not to allow things that aren’t important to preoccupy our hearts and minds because time goes very quickly.  

We do need to continually remind ourselves that every day is a gift from God and that the people we get to share our lives with are too.  

Most of the things we stress about or allow our time and energy to be spent on are things that, for the most part, we won’t even remember in 20 years. God has blessed us with this day, and He wants us to value and make the most of it.  

Little boys grow up, things change and move forward, so make the most of every opportunity in your day to connect with God, with those important people in your world, and to fulfil his will for your life.

Trust God to guide and direct you with all the things that so often scream for your attention and time and determine to give your life and energy to those people and things that are important, long-lasting and life-giving so that you will have no regrets.

God’s word encourages us to; “Look carefully how you walk! Live purposely and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people). Making the most of the time (buying up each opportunity) because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is”. (Ephesians 5:15-17 amplified)

Prayer: Lord, please help me take some time with you today and that as I do, I will understand what and who is important today. In Jesus Name Amen.

27 June – How To Make Your Faith Work

There is a verse in the bible that always captures my attention every time I read it. It’s that “Love never fails.

Love never dies; never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end; love never gives up, never loses faith, it is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance”.(1 Corinthians 13:8 AMP, MSG and NLT)

Love isn’t a sappy emotion or just a thing for the romantics. On the contrary, love is a powerful force, which, when released, has the potential and ability to change the world.

The bible says, ‘Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.’ (Song of Solomon 8:7)

Jesus demonstrated love’s power when He walked the earth. He revealed what love looks like, openly embraced everyone who came near to him—loving the outcasts, the rejected, the rich, the poor, widows, prostitutes and both the sick and the healthy. He made time for men, women, children, the young and the old.

Jesus also taught something that many of us fail to realise. It’s that our “faith works by love”.

Love is like the on switch; the activation button to our believing and seeing our prayers answered, miracles happen and experiencing heaven on earth. Love makes all things come together and function as they should.

Through love, Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, opened blind eyes and healed deaf ears. He delivered people from the power of evil, restored life and gave hope through the power of love in action.

We can’t only be people who believe; we must also live a life of love. But far too often, we miss the love part and then wonder why things aren’t working. The foundation of walking in faith and believing what God says is love.

We can make all the confessions we want to. We can quote the Bible day and night. We can fast and pray, and we still won’t get anything if we are not walking in love. The Word says faith works by love. But if we’re not walking in love, our faith won’t work!” (Kenneth Hagin)

When Jesus walked into the room or down a dusty street, love emanated out of Him. Love drew people, healed people, and love won.

Jesus said to all those who follow Him, “Go, live the love life; go and tell everyone near and far the good news that they are loved, and that love’s power always wins, and it will set them free”. (Mark 16:15)

The capacity for great love is inside us, for we are created in the image of love. And when we get connected to God and choose to spend time building that connection every day with him, the fullness of His love in us enables us to love as He loves.

Today if you want to make your faith work and to live your best life, I encourage you to ask Jesus to fill your heart with His love. Stay connected to Jesus, let His words fill your heart, walk in love and you’ll start to see how love’s power wins.

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

If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours”. (John 15:7)

Prayer: Lord, fill my heart with your love and then please cause love’s force and power to flow out of me to others, causing miracles, healing and restoration wherever I go. Thank you that love always wins. In Jesus Name Amen.

26 June – What To Do When You’re Annoyed

Today I’m feeling annoyed as, once again, any plans for the next few weeks such as kids birthdays, school holidays and work have been thrown out the window by government restrictions and all that goes with that.

However, upon some contemplation I have determined that feeling annoyed is a waste of mental and emotional energy. Any angst can be better channelled into more productive pursuits and mindsets which will take us forward, rather than keep us stuck in negativity and feeling powerless.

So here are some keys on what to do when you are feeling annoyed:

  1. Breathe – Inhale and count to three, hold your breath for a second and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat three times.
  2. Time Out – when you are feeling frustrated with a project, situation you are facing, or those around you, instead of getting more and more annoyed choose to take a break. Walk away for a minute, take a few moments to yourself, listen to some music, pray, and find something that helps calm you down.  
  3. Do some physical activity – research shows that exercise is good for your mental health and releases the stress that you are holding in your body.
  4. Choose gratefulness – Gratitude is powerful so write down and remind yourself of all that you do have going for you and what God has done
  5. Create your mood – Control your inputs. Turn off your notifications, skip watching the news feed, and get your surroundings in order. Create a playlist of songs you love, change up the lighting and your surrounding to prosper and soothe your soul.
  6. Reframe your negative grumpy thoughts to ones’ where you are looking for the good and positives in the situations around you. Ask God to help you see the opportunities and how he is going to work all things together for your good.
  7. Set some goals – take some time to dream and set some goals. Goals help us refocus, give purpose, and perspective. Set yourself a project and a time to complete it and do what you can to move forward and achieve it and trust God with the rest.
  8. Have a chat – Talk to someone who you know will listen, better still if that someone makes you laugh.
  9. Hug someone. Physical touch releases oxytocin – the feel-good hormone and when we show physical affection it reminds us who and what is important.
  10. Pray and spend time with Jesus. He makes everything make sense and holds all things together.

And remember that whatever is annoying you today its highly likely you will not remember in 20 years’ time what was annoying you so much today. Keep perspective, look to Jesus, and create the day you want rather than be a victim of your circumstances.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Prov 15:4)

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Prayer: Lord thank you for the potential of the day. Please help me not to be annoyed but to focus on the things i can do something about and to leave the rest with you to work out. In Jesus name Amen.

25 June – Your Best Day

We can’t change the past, and we definitely can’t live there, but we can shape the future. Today has the potential to be your best day ever!

Raphael a famous Italian painter was asked which of his paintings was his greatest work? He thought for a moment and then said. “My next one“.

When it seems impossible Jesus wants us to look to Him. Look to Him when it is appears too difficult and you’re disappointed. Look to Him when you are tempted to settle for second best in your life. Allow Jesus to speak to you and to put vision and dreams in your heart. He is the restorer of broken dreams and infuses life into our hearts.

The bible says, “He gives life to the dead and call things that are not as though they were,” and to, “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and to run with endurance the race that is set before usfixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith“. ((Romans 4:17; Hebrews 12:2)

Jesus came and gave His best – Himself. He is the ultimate positive thinker. He challenged traditions, and mindsets, stood up to hypocrisy and reached out to the lost, the hurting and the unaccepted. He is our example, our guidepost and our benchmark and with Him enabling us we can always do more.

Winston Churchill once said, “Things don’t happen to me, I happen to things“. So I say, “Let’s go happen to things today and make it your best day ever.

Prayer: Jesus I choose to fix my eyes upon you and to set you as my example. I want to live a life “happening” to things, rather than waiting for things to happen to me. Please lead, guide and strengthen me to live my best life.  In Jesus name Amen.

24 June – Think Of Ten Good Things

I try to encourage myself to find ten good things in my day to be thankful for. Once I start doing that, I can feel myself relax as I regain perspective of how much God loves and cares for me.

I thank Him for my family, food, health, friends, home, etc. It’s really important to recognise these things and not just disregard them simply because we are having a bad day, or things aren’t exactly as we would like them to be.

If we waited until everything was perfect, we would never be thankful and would miss a lot of what God has given us and is doing right under our noses.

The bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

When we consciously choose to thank God, our thoughts and emotions shift from anxiety and concerns to focusing on what He has done for us.

Praise and giving thanks is a powerful weapon in our arsenal against evil. The bible says it silences our enemy, and it’s one way we resist the devil and any attack formed against us. And it shifts our perspective and reminds us of how big God is to handle every anxious thought and situation we may be facing.

I’ve also discovered that praise is an on-ramp into heavenly places and God’s presence, for, “We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4)

“From the lips of babes and infants, you have ordained praise, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2)

Make it your aim today to think of ten good things and to be thankful for them. It will shift your perspective and help you remember that God is bigger than your circumstances and that everything will be alright.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that the things you encourage us to do are for our good and help me walk in joy and freedom. Let praise be continually in my mouth today, and that I would choose to be thankful. In Jesus Name Amen.

23 June – How To Face Challenges

I was chatting to a friend yesterday about not being moved or intimidated by other people’s actions or opinions. I used Nehemiah in the bible as a great example of how to succeed and remain focused even when under extreme pressure.

I love what Nehemiah said to his enemies when they were trying to distract him from his task to lead his fellow countryman to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem after he and his people returned to their homeland after many years in captivity.

Nehemiah’s response was, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” In other words, “I’ve got an important assignment here, and I don’t have time for distractors.” (Nehemiah 6:3)

Nehemiah’s leadership and wisdom on facing challenges in life enabled him to succeed where others had failed. His leadership highlights the importance of:

Letting our life motivated by purpose and vision – Nehemiah refused to be distracted or discouraged by those around him. Instead, purpose and vision helped him to focus regardless of what his enemies or even his countryman said.

Commitment – Nehemiah was committed to the assignment and task he believed God had given him. This enabled Nehemiah to draw the best out of others and to complete the wall in 52 days.

That fear is not an option – Nehemiah didn’t allow fear and doubts to cloud his perspective of what God had promised. The people were under attack, had suffered failure and discouragement and didn’t know what to do. Because of this, Nehemiah knew he must stand strong. So he remained up on the wall away from his distractors and made the decision that fear and doubt were not an option.

To pray about everything – Nehemiah sought God’s wisdom. Whatever the situation is, we are to pray – we actually cannot afford not to pray.  Nehemiah prayed, “Lord let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant…give your servant success today by granting him favour”. (Nehemiah 1:11)

The bible encourages us “to not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

To be courageous – There is no doubt Nehemiah, and anyone else who has overcome the pressures of life and gone on to succeed in their purpose has chosen the path of courage. God’s Word also refers to courage as “good cheer”, which means boldness and confidence. Thus, God repeatedly encourages and empowers us not to fear, be of good cheer, and to have courage in life.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9-11)

“Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10)

Whatever situations you face today, know that God has a plan, and with Him, you will overcome. He will guide and lead you in how to face every challenge.

Take the time to clarify your purpose and assignment in life.

Commit to the task at hand and make the decision that fear is not an option.

Pray about everything, and then with boldness and courage, choose to stay above the “noise and distractions” as you keep moving forward.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I have a purpose and reason for being here. I choose to not listen to fear, distractions or those that would cause me to lose heart. Instead, I commit to keeping my eyes on you, your Word and who you say I am today. In Jesus name Amen.

22 June – Something Great Will Happen

If there is one thing I have learned, it’s the longer we wait to act upon a revelation or conviction that we have, the weaker and less urgent that conviction becomes. We can easily become distracted, lose motivation and lukewarm in our approach to life.

Rather than speak up, or do what we feel compelled to do, we stay silent and do nothing because we don’t want to offend or risk too much. We distract ourselves or resolve to pray some more as we stop short of saying or doing what we may once have felt compelled to do.

There is a time for things and often even a sense of urgency to make decisions. We are urged to “number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. (Psalm 90:12)

The bible says, “pay careful attention, then, to how you walknot as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil”. (Ephesians 5:16)

I love the line by Matt Damon in “We bought a zoo” when the father tells his children of the moment he met their mother. He said, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.

I believe life is full of divinely orchestrated moments, but sometimes it’s going to take those twenty seconds of insane courage and bravery to step into them. God is speaking and directing, and angels are setting things up to assist us, but if we to are content to do our own thing or lack the wisdom and sometimes just straight out bravery to see who or what is right in front of us, we can miss opportunities..

God says, “There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every  purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) 

Don’t waste any more time not acting, speaking; being and doing what you should be, or with whom you are meant to be with.

Listen to God guiding and directing your steps and, at if necessary take those twenty seconds of insane courage and act.

So please don’t put it off. Listen up to God, and then “take your twenty seconds?”  Something great might just come of it!

A man’s heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps“. (Proverbs 16:9)

Prayer: Lord, please help me to measure my days wisely. Help me be courageous, and not keep putting off those things you have been trying to guide and direct me in, even if it means some taking big amounts of courage to act upon them. I want to be doing and being what you have planned for my life. In Jesus Name Amen.

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