Search

Dayle's Blog

Month

June 2021

21 June – No More Brokenness

I love the Japanese artform of Kintsugi, where broken pieces of ceramics are restored using gold lacquer. The gold is visible in the joins and makes the vessel whole, unique and beautiful.

However, as I was spending some time with Jesus, he had something to say about how he mends our brokenness. He said, “You love the art of Kintsugi where gold is applied to broken pieces and used to fill in the cracks. But when I heal and restore, my glory and presence are like gold, bringing all the broken pieces of people’s hearts and lives together. But I do not stop there. When you allow me to move in your life, the golden glory of my presence seeps into every nook and crevice of your life and absorbs and dissolve all the darkness, bitterness, pain and hurt and covers it with my glory. You no longer see or need to live with dark places in your life because I dissolve them all if you will allow me to.”

When we invite Jesus into our lives, he brings healing and wholeness. He breaks the hold of negativity, sickness, shame, poverty, and anything designed to steal our life and joy.

The bible says it this way, “Christ paid the full price to set us free from the curse of the law. He ABSORBED the curse completely as He became a curse in our place. For it is written, “Everyone who is hung upon a tree is cursed.” Jesus DISSOLVED the curse from our lives so that in him all the blessings of Abraham can be poured out upon gentiles. And now through faith we receive the promised Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (Galatians 3:13-14 TPT)

Jesus redeemed us from anything that would steal and destroy our life by absorbing it completely into Himself. Thus, he became a curse for us and, at the same time, dissolved the curse completely.

Today be encouraged that Jesus has done all that is needed for you to be healed and to bring wholeness to your life. Allow Him to not only come and fill in the gaps where you’ve been hurt or broken but also to absorb and dissolve any darkness, hurt, pain or worry so that only his presence and effect on your life will be evident.

“But now I will heal and mend them. I will make them whole and bless them with an abundance of peace and security.” (Jeremiah 33:6)

Prayer: Lord please take my life and absorb and dissolve any brokenness or darkness in my life. Thankyou that I am healed and whole in you today. In Jesus name Amen.

20 June – Have Patience

It’s important to understand when we are believing God for something that it is often not more faith we need after we’ve asked God to move in our circumstances, but the power of patience. That’s because, without patience, we can stop the force of faith from working because of our negative speech, impatience and actions. We get impatient – and our emotions, instead of our spirits, start to dictate our actions, speech and believing.

There are times when our natural eyes can see only defeat and failure. It’s in this place that our faith must speak, and we put patience to work to undergird us so we can keep standing while we wait for things to happen.

“When you feel pressured or feel impatient, what is it that you speak?” For out of the mouth, the heart speaks.

Pressure will try and shake us loose of God’s Word and the hope it givesSatan loves to do everything he can to stir up things around us. He’ll try to get us into fear, and he’ll push all of “our buttons” in an attempt to get us to let go of what we believe for. 

When pressure comes, that’s when you go back to the faith received from hearing and understanding God’s word and choose to stand on that word and stir up patience to undergird you so that you can persevere.

Patience will encourage you to stand and to “keep your eyes on what God has promised until it comes to pass”.

Today determine not to let go of what you are believing for and to have patience.

  • Base your faith in God’s word.
  • Think on and speak His promises.
  • Know and encourage yourself about all the times that He has shown Himself faithful in both yours and others lives.

Through faith and patience, we inherit the promises of God.” (Hebrews 6:12)

Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

Romans 10:8 says, “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach)

Prayer: Lord, by faith and patience, I inherit your promises. I’m choosing to remain constant and consistent as I believe your promises more than my circumstances. I ask you to continue to give me strength and patience to stand. In Jesus Name Amen.

19 June – Faith Comes From Hearing

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God, because the bible is designed to supercharge and energise our faith. (Romans 10:17) It encourages us to believe for the impossible; to expect God to move in our circumstances, and to experience heaven on earth.

It’s actually a really weird and crazy book. There is some wild stuff in there. And you’ll find God is in it, for God and His Word are one. Once we read it with the right reasons and  attitude, and search for Jesus within it’s pages, I guarantee you will discover and experience far more than you could ever dream, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

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

C.S Lewis wrote, “it’s not a question of learning a subject, but of steeping ourselves in a Personality”. That personality is God Himself.

2 Tim 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Our second daughter is an exercise physiologist. She readily and regularly tells us that only doing one session of exercise doesn’t change you, and diets you can’t live with day after day aren’t going to help either.

It is rather consistent exercise over a period of weeks, months; even years that dramatically changes us.

The same is true with the Bible. It is the consistent daily meditation, month after month; year after year that changes us. Reading the bible is very much like eating food. Food is fuel for the body. In the same way the bible is fuel for the soul and our spirit, and without it the soul will shrink into a weakened state, just as our muscles do without exercise.” (Jack Deere) We essentially will become “flabby and weak”!

One of the first key steps to spiritual health is taking in the right fuel day after day. The second step is using the fuel to make healthy choices every day. When we do that it exercises our faith muscles to grow and develop. That can take time, but it’s in the repeated use and choosing to read and obey God’s word, that produces Christ-like character.

The main reason the bible is ineffective in people’s lives, and that they struggle to hear God speaking clearly to them is quite simply that they fail to read and do it consistently. If we want to hear the voice of God on a regular basis then we will have to become intimately acquainted with what He says.

As Kenneth Hagin said, ”In consistency lies the power”

Today, make up your mind to set aside a regular time each day to meditate in the scriptures, so you can hear His voice. Holy Spirit will remind and bring the words you read to your mind, not only to guide, but also to save you from a lot of trouble, and heartache when you then do what it says.

Prayer: Lord please help me to make reading your word a priority in my life. There is so many times when I desperately need to hear your voice and receive your guidance. Remind me that hearing your voice each day begins in spending time in your word. In Jesus Name Amen.

18 June – When God Moves Suddenly

I like God’s suddenlies, as it can be at any time, anywhere and anyhow. Those sudden moves of God make me expectant and remind me that God is so much bigger than any formula or prescriptive method I may have on who God is because He is sovereign and can come at any time and reveal the reality of who He is.

However, some things seem to get God’s attention, such as when God suddenly came on the scene with some guys named Paul and Silas. They’d been thrown in prison for preaching about Jesus, and from the dungeon, they started to sing and pray. Logically speaking, jail would be the last place anyone would decide to have a singalong. Maybe a desperate “Help God” prayer, but not a singalong. But these guys were singing songs to God so loudly that the other prisoners heard them.

Suddenly, I love that Word, “Suddenly there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations, All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off.” (Acts 16:25-26 NLT)

God values that kind of sacrifice of praise that makes no real earthly sense. He loves it when we choose to sing, pray and believe Him,  even though we may not feel like even opening our mouths.

He values our praise, especially when it’s hurting, and the world tells us we should be working harder, worrying about our future, sorting out our families, organising, stressing, and doing more. It’s in those times when it costs us to focus on God and thank Him that seems to open up the doors to the suddenlies of God.

Today, if you face a situation that seems to have you “locked up”; much like Paul and Silas were, know that God is working on your suddenly. Start to give thanks, to be grateful and to remind yourself of God’s goodness.

Decide to praise your way out of your circumstances. The devil hates it, but God loves it and declares that He inhabits our praises, meaning our thanks and praise bring Him on the scene to perform His suddenlies. (Psalm 22:3) Plus, other people who are experiencing similar struggles may just be listening too. 

Today don’t focus on the problem, but start to thank God and declare that nothing is impossible for Him. Sing out and then expect Him to move!

Prayer: Lord, thank you that your Word is full of suddenly God moved accounts. Help me remember to shout out thanks and praise to you even when I am faced with difficulties or feel like I’m in chains. That’s the best time because my suddenly is on the way. In Jesus name Amen.

17 June – Knowing The Way to Go

One of the things I have discovered is that no matter how hard we push and strive to make things happen by ourselves, if God is not wanting that to unfold in our lives it usually isn’t going to  happen– no matter how much we want it to. If by chance He allows us to “go there,” we are bound to discover sooner or later that the thing we struggled to obtain doesn’t contain half as much joy or fulfilment in it as we’d expected when we begun our pursuit of it.

Whether we like it or not God does have a plan for each of our lives. Plus He has a plan that always has the best possible outcome for us if we’d only learn to keep in step with Him. He promises in His Word to direct us in our journey and to guide us away from pitfalls and mistakes. When we miss it He is faithful to pick us back up again, but He loves us so much that He really doesn’t want us to have to go through anything needlessly.

Today I encourage you to trust God. If you have a decision to make or you are unsure of what to do, come to God and seek Him. He says that when we do that He will answer us and instruct us in the way to go. Often if things are unclear or we feel  “heaven is like brass” over our heads it’s because we aren’t listening, have undealt with fears, issues from the past we aren’t acknowledging, or we’re not going to act upon what God says anyway and are determined to do our own thing.

One other key is not to rush things. My mum has a saying that there must be demons out there called, “hurry, scurry and flurry”, and they love to put us under pressure, make us feel harassed and push us to make decisions on the run.  So stop, breath, be still and trust that if God says He will guide you in the way to go He will.

Today take some time, (don’t rush it) to seek Him and trust in His promise that He will lead you in exactly the right way to go.

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” (Isaiah 48:17 NLT)

“Guide me into the paths that please you, for I take delight in all that you say.
Cause my heart to bow before your words of wisdom and not to the wealth of this world.

Help me turn my eyes away from illusions so that I pursue only that which is true; drench my soul with life as I walk in your paths.” (Psalm 119:35-37 TPT)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you promise that you will direct my steps and that you have the perfect plan for my life. Help me to deal with any past fears, to find the root of any confusion, and that I would hear clearly from you as I seek your Word and presence today. In Jesus name Amen.

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.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑