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16 June – Know What You Want

I was spending some time with Jesus this morning and he led me to the story of blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52.

The encounter of Jesus and Bartimaeus begins as Jesus walks into Bartimaeus’ town and Bartimaeus who is a blind beggar starts shouting, “Jesus have mercy on me”. Bart knew what he wanted and was determined to make the necessary noise and fuss until someone noticed him. His shouting for attention worked and Jesus stopped and called for Bartimaeus to come to him. Bart immediately jumped up, threw aside his beggars’ cloak, and ran to Jesus.

On meeting Bart, Jesus asked him a single question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“I want to see”, was his reply and Jesus said, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.”

Instantly Bartimaeus received his sight and followed Jesus down the road. No longer was he a blind beggar, but a healed and restored man.  

As I finished reading, I felt Jesus encouraging me to follow Bart’s example and to be prepared to:

Get God’s attention – Acknowledge where you are at, but don’t be content to remain there.  Bartimaeus realised he was stuck as a beggar, but he also recognized who could help him and was determined to get Jesus’ attention.

Don’t let other people deter you from seeking God He has the power and desire to meet your every need and request – The crowd warned Bart to be quiet; but he cried out even more “Jesus have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:48)

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Throw aside anything that will deter or delay you from running to Jesus –  Bartimaeus as a beggar was given a cloak which entitled him to beg. He had no other means of financial support and therefore the cloak was a prized possession and source of income. However, when Jesus called for Bartimaeus to come to him he threw off his cloak and in doing so threw off his old way of life, his comfort and being defined as a beggar. He was determined that he was going to be healed or he would have nothing. He was desperate for change and went to Jesus expecting a miracle.  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Know and ask for what you want – When Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus boldly told Jesus he wanted to receive his sight. He knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to ask. As a result, he was healed instantly.

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

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him”. (1 John 5:14-15)

Today I encourage you to know and ask for what you want in your life. Seek after and be prepared to receive the best that God has to offer you and determine to throw off anything that would hold you back from your best life.

Jump up and run to Jesus and boldly answer His question when He asks YOU, “What do you want me to do for you?” and then follow Him.

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you love me so much. Please help me to know what I really want and to throw aside any cloaks that would try to weigh me down so that I can run to you for the answer to all my wants and needs.  In Jesus name Amen.

15 June – God Has More For You

The older we get in our walk with Jesus the greater the potential our testimony and the stories we have to tell can be.

It’s fantastic when we retell our God stories and share ours’ or others accounts of what He has done in the past, or even just last week. But it’s also important that we have daily accounts of what He’s doing today!

Sadly far too often it can be the opposite, and we live only telling of what God did way back when. As a result we can begin to expect and have faith for very little, and so we also experience little.

But God never intended that your walk with Him would start with a “bang” and then slowly fade out. No! He intends that you would all go from faith to faith, from one great exploit and adventure with Him to another. That you will still be running five, ten, twenty, fifty years on, and that the testimonies and stories that you first started with are nothing compared to what’s happening in your life now and in your future.

God’s plan for you is that what you’ve experienced is nothing in comparison to what He has in store for you if you keep stepping out and going deeper in your relationship with Him.

Today, remember and celebrate all that you have seen and experienced in your walk with God so far, but make a decision to not live there.

Determine in your heart to keep going deeper and further in your relationship with God and start to believe and build your faith for Him to do more.

Put your hand up and say God use me today. Show up in my life and do something great through and in me. “For the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32NKJV)

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” (Galatians 6:9)

 “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (Job 5:9)

Prayer: Jesus I want to have my own amazing stories to tell of what I have seen and experienced with you. I want you to use me to do great and marvellous things, and for my light to get brighter and brighter. Lets do something awesome today. In Jesus name Amen.

14th June – How To Be More Disciplined

Life is full of the need for discipline, and the focus it creates in our lives. Often we “beat ourselves” up over our failure to remain focused and follow through because without discipline we can easily begin to flounder in our resolve, and consequently our ability to reach goals, lead a healthy lifestyle, grow spiritually and ultimately be happy.

But being disciplined is a habit we can practice for a better life, and is what many successful people attribute their success and happiness to.

There are great benefits to leading a disciplined life. Its one of the easiest ways to gain respect in the workplace from our employer and colleagues, and sets a positive example and witness to others, as it creates focus, reliability, patience, and consistency in our characters.

Discipline also helps us be healthy, keeps us fit and active, assists our educational pursuits, and encourages us to be self controlled, resulting in positive relations with others. When we practice being disciplined we get things done faster and in the right time period. We are usually less stressed because we are more organised and know what we are doing, and are able to plan in advance.

God speaks in His word a lot about discipline, and how important it is for us to be focused, consistent, and disciplined in our walk with Him. He knows that it need not be a negative, controlling or limiting aspect of our lives, but a part of our character that will help us become all that He created us to be.

By discipline we run our race, and win the prize, as we fix our eyes firmly ahead. A disciplined life helps prevent us from stumbling, and enables us to be consistent in our speech, behaviour and faith. It enables us to remain steadfast in adversity, and patient as we believe and pray.

God encourages us to be, “hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined,” and cautions that “a man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Titus 1:8; Proverbs 25:28)

I can think of many times when I have let myself and others down from not being as disciplined as I could have been. But God is so gracious and encourages us in our weaknesses to forgive ourselves, ask for His strength and choose to move forward. When we draw close to God we discover more of who we are in Him. As we look at Him and His word, we will see ourselves as He sees us, as new creations; who are disciplined, gentle, self-controlled and people who run our race well.

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)

Today, start with small areas of your life that you desire to be more disciplined in; make simple changes first, and write them down so that they are clear to you; ask God for His strength and help, and go for it. It’s in the daily decisions, the choices and the habits we create and establish in our lives that discipline grows. It’s not burdensome, but about living a freer life, no longer governed by our emotions, weaknesses or bad habits.

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air, but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, 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” (Hebrews 12:1)

and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Ephesians 4:23-24)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you have created me in your image and likeness. I have resurrection power residing on the inside of me, and the ability and strength to do all things. Help me to understand more fully who I am in you, and to lead a more disciplined, focused and healthier, joy-filled life. In Jesus name Amen.November 

13 June – How To Win The Battle In Your Head

Right thinking is a vital necessity to living a victorious life.  Our actions, emotions and beliefs are a direct result of our thoughts.

The bible says it this way, for “as a man thinks in his heart so does he become”. (Proverbs 23:7)

God wants us to think more carefully about what we are thinking upon because He knows that our minds are both a powerful resource and a battlefield that helps shape our lives and future.

Our minds under the authority of our spirits are a resource to think, speak and believe for amazing, wonderful things, which God reveals to us so we can declare forth and bring them to pass.

However, our minds can also become a battlefield where the devil and his demons attack by whispering and murmuring unbelief, doubts, fear, strife, anger, and anything else they can think of to get us off track and thinking negatively.

Unfortunately, most of us spend far too much time entertaining thoughts that are not of God, which then causes us to continually battle with issues such as fear, doubts, anger, and anxiety. Instead of struggling under these negative forces,

To combat this assault on our thoughts, God has given us some keys.

God wants us to challenge and take captive every thought that disagrees with His Word and the revelation He has given us so that we can overcome them. (James 4:7)

Take every negative, fearful, and contrary word captive and make it bow to what God says about you.

Surround yourself with other people who also choose to believe and speak what God says.

Stand and declare what God says about your life: your finances, relationships, children, homes, workplaces, city, nation, and future. Do your homework and dig into the word and find out if you don’t know as you think upon and speak only the truths found in God’s Word.

It pays to be smart and realise that the devil subtlety and systematically uses suggestions in our thoughts to trap us into fear and doubt, leading to an array of other problems.

To fight back, we can be firm and uncompromising about what we allow ourselves to think about. God says to go on the offensive by declaring what God says about us instead of dwelling upon and accepting things that try to influence us to believe less than what God says is possible or who we are in Him.

I encourage you to use the God-given authority you have been given to bring the battle in your mind under control.

Don’t stand for the assault on your mind a minute longer, but get hold of what Jesus has done for you and win the battle in your head today.

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)

“The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10”4-5)

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Prayer: Lord, I’m taking captive every negative thought that rises against the knowledge and truth of who you are and who I am in you. Help me to stand today on your word, and that I would begin today to think and declare only what you say about my circumstances, relationships and future. In Jesus name Amen.

12 June – The In-Between Moments

Any destination or fulfilment of a goal in life has what I call in-between moments, where we haven’t quite reached a goal or destination but have to walk out the process to get where we want to be.

I’ve discovered, however, that it’s all these in-between moments that make up a large portion of our life. Of course, the success, awards, accolades, and end goal are amazing when reached, but these achievements aren’t the whole story.

It’s also the in-between places, those everyday tasks, relationships and where we consistently stick to the plan to achieve our dreams and goals that make our lives full, whole and reflective of a life well-lived. 

God wants our lives to be full and overflowing and knows that it’s not just about arriving at our goals that brings colour and meaning to our lives, but everything we experience and get to live in-between on the journey. (John 10:10)

“Maybe the good stuff isn’t ahead or behind. Maybe it’s somewhere in between right in the midst of this moment, here and now.” ( J Goins) 

To make the most of all of what we get to live make it a a habit to press pause and be mindful and thankful of the space you are in, the people you are with and everything around you, rather than just rushing through your tasks, connection points with others and your day. The good stuff is here and now!

Take the opportunity to seize those in-between moments between points A and B in your day, and make them ones you can remember and enjoy.

It’s never just another day, but one in which God wants us to rejoice because when it comes down to it, He’s the one who made it for you to enjoy. Nothing is a surprise to Him, and when we seek to live our day being thankful and looking for His hand in all we experience and get to live out, we will realise God is there making great all our in-between moments too.

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

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

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this day and all that you have given me to enjoy in it. Please help me keep perspective to enjoy the journey and remember that you will work all things together for good as I trust in you. I thank you for all the in between moments on the way today. In Jesus name Amen.

Promote what you love, instead of what you hate.

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Promote what you love, instead of bashing what you hate.”

When we share and promote what we love, instead of focusing and talking about the things we don’t, we are far more likely to become the people we were made to be, draw like minded people into our world, and be more pleasant to be around.

When we promote what we love we are sharing what we are passionate about and others are far more likely to respond to us and be people we form heart to heart connections with.

When we share our hearts, what excites and motivates us; what we value, and are passionate about it either attracts or repels others from who we really are and what we care about.

We can however go thorough life never really promoting and sharing what we love, and therefore never knowing true unity or many deeply connected relationships. 

We instead fall into the trap of seeking to only fit in, be accepted and liked, and in the process never reveal who the real us is to many of our acquaintances, friends or even family.

God however has a better plan and that is to be one in heart, and to understand and value one another. 

There is power and blessing to be had in our families, friendships, workplaces, and relationships when we relate honestly, and make our whole lives about what we love rather than what we hate.

It also draws those who are like-minded and share the same heart and beliefs into our world, revealing as we do who and where our real connections lie.

God actually promises He will command a blessing on that sort of unity and heart to heart connection, especially when we are seeking after those things that are pleasing to Him.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

“After they had prayed, their meeting place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. The congregation of believers was one in heart and soul. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they owned. With great power, the apostles continued to give their testimony about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And abundant grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:31-33)

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” (Acts 2:44)

Today, share and promote what you love, rather than getting dragged into what you don’t. It’s people who resonate with what you love that you will ultimately unite and build heart to heart connections with.

Prayer: Lord help me to know what I love, and to then share and promote those things so that those people who also resonate with the things I love will be drawn into my world. Please help me make real heart to heart connections. In Jesus name Amen

10 June – How To Forgive

One thing that prevents people from connecting heart to heart is unforgiveness. Instead of the close connections God created each of us for, when we carry unforgiveness in our hearts our life is crowded with mistrust, stress, bitterness, resentment, cynicism, and negativity.

Without forgiveness there can be no real healing of the hurt, for we end up carrying it around with us, going over and over what others may have done, when often people probably don’t even realise our issue, or care, or even remember.

Forgive quickly and move on.

We help ourselves most when we forgive people quickly, because unforgiveness only leads to bitterness, harm, broken relationships and even illness. When we choose forgiveness it releases the power of God to go to work in our situations and in us.

So how do we forgive?

1. Choose – you have to decide to forgive, and not live just by how you feel, because most of the time you won’t feel like forgiving at all. God says forgive, so we forgive knowing that He asks us for our own good.

2. Depend on God to help you. He will empower and help you to walk in forgiveness, to let go and to move on, because He has better things for you.

3. Pray –Pray for our enemies, and bless those who curse you (Romans 12:14; Luke 6:27-28). For as you forgive you make room in your hearts for good.

4. Look ahead – Instead of focusing on the past think about and plan for the future. God has far better things ahead than behind.

As we forgive you become more open to the goodness of life instead of looking at everything through the eyes of bitterness.

Forgiveness draws people to us, rather than repelling them and opportunities, relationships, ideas, creativity and answers will flow into our lives because we are open to receive rather than being full of bitterness, anger and strife.

Forgiveness is good for us, and as we choose to forgive quickly and move on, trusting God to heal and protect us, we will be able to connect more readily with others.

Today choose to obey God’s way of doing things and live a life of forgiveness. Be set free as you move on from holding onto people’s wrongs, and make room in your life to connect heart to heart.

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

Prayer: Lord please help me to forgive quickly, and move on to better things. I give you my hurt and anger and choose to trust you to take care of me and to heal my heart. In Jesus name Amen.

9 June – Building Heart To Heart Connections

We all benefit from having healthy, loving relationships where we have a real heart to heart connection.

A good way to build these relationships is to choose to allow people to see the real us. That doesn’t mean we have to leave our heart’s wide open to just anyone, but know who to have in our close circle and then allow God to bring the right people into our lives, rather than remaining distant all the time.

To know someone’s heart and be able to go deep with someone means we listen and relate with our hearts and not just our heads. We allow ourselves to be open, transparent and for people to see the real us.

That doesn’t mean we have to leave our heart’s wide open to just anyone, but it’s knowing and leaning who to have in our close circle of disclosure and trust and who not to.

We start with the small things and then gradually build our trust and connection. We discover each other’s likes, dislikes, fears and concerns, habits, beliefs, values, dreams, strengths, and weaknesses and let them know ours.

Not everyone we meet will be those we’ll build a close heart to heart bond with. But if we learn how to be confident and real about who we are, we will attract the people into our lives we can ultimately build close connections with. Plus, we will quickly learn to discern those we need to treat with kindness and respect, but perhaps not hold so close.

God also desires for us to know His heart and to be able to share with us. However, just as in human relationships, we have to choose to be transparent, open and desire to go deeper with Him.

I’ve discovered that if I am open and honest with God, I am far more likely to have deeper connections with the people around me. This is because my stability, security, and confidence are foremost founded in my relationship with God, which flows out to every other bond I have.

Today take some time, to be honest with yourself and God. Have a heart to heart with Him, and determine to consistently spend time building that relationship, which will then enhance and deepen every other meaningful connection in your life.

“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Prayer: Lord, help me be honest and transparent with you, and that as I do, I will learn how to be open and more connected with others around me. Would you please send those people into my world that I can have heart to heart relationships. In Jesus name Amen.

8 June – 2000 Blogs

Today’s post is my 2000th blog and if I have learnt anything from posting every day for over five years it is the importance of consistency and that when you make an effort and choice to be more committed and consistent in one area of your life it starts to flow over to other areas of your life..

Even the best business plans, goals, study schedules, fitness regime etc will fail without a dedication to consistency.

If we say we are going to do something, we aim to do it. If we say we are going to be somewhere, we’re there. If we initiate a new process or initiative, we follow through. Consistency is a must as you build and grow in any area of your life.

Being consistent is a daily choice. It is a “Habit” How often do you think about brushing your teeth, getting dressed or breathing?

Your body has internalised these activities, and you end up doing them every day without thinking so aim to cultivate the habit of doing successful activities.

It is just a handful of habits over the course of many years that separates the victors from the victims.

Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever so he is a great example to have in the power of consistency.  (Hebrews 13:8) He isn’t fickle, doesn’t change His mind from one day to another and is always constant.

Can you imagine what you can accomplish and the type of person you will be in the next 20 years with consistency? Because consistency nurtures discipline, commitment, and the forming of your habits and what type of life you live..

Now imagine what you can do if you teach yourself to be consistent in any given area of your life? Start by seeing yourself being consistent, achieving and breaking through your limits.

The bible says that as a person thinks so they shall be, so start seeing and thinking of yourself as a person who is committed and consistent.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)

The benefits of developing consistency in our lives far outweighs the effort. There is a revelation of God and who you are as a person that comes from consistency that the inconsistent person will never see.

Determine today to be consistent. Do not try to base today on yesterday’s time with God, or the workout last week but be consistent in something today. Then tomorrow get up and do it all again!

It’s not easy but it is Simple!

Prayer: Thank you Lord that I can do all things through you who gives me strength. I am a consistent, committed person that sticks to things. Help me today. In Jesus Name Amen

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