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8th July – Running rampant

 

gardening.jpgToday I was doing some well overdue gardening which ended up with me chopping into a plant which had decided to try and overtake my garden bed. I’ve been walking past this particular plant for months now and saying, “I’ve got to get to that plant before it crowds out all the neighbouring plants and kills them”. However today my lack of action in attending to an obvious issue revealed something, which I think, relates to our lives in general.

As I chopped away at the flourishing mass of greenery I discovered several plants underneath that it had killed off because it had crowded out and taken their sunlight and water. More than that, as I pulled the pruned pieces of plant away I discovered its dead wood and a lot of smelly muck underneath. It was actually quite unpleasant and it struck me as I dealt with the mess that my gardening job would have been a lot easier if I had acted when I had first noticed the problem.

How often in life we can be like my garden? My rampant plant started off being an asset and quite harmless in my garden bed. It was actually a beautiful compliment to everything around it. However unhindered and with no boundaries it quickly became a hindrance, destructive and not what I wanted at all.

Most things in life can be like my overgrown plant. God gives us gifts, sends blessings, relationships, provision and opportunities our way, which are designed to benefit and be something of beauty in our life. However if we don’t maintain balance, have healthy boundaries and seek God’s wisdom then these gifts and assets can quickly turn into something else.

Take for example the job you’ve always wanted. You pray, believe and do what’s needed to position and prepare yourself to step into that space. Finally God blesses you with this amazing job, your dream unfolds and you are thankful and enjoy what you are doing. Everything is going great until you begin to not be able to relax, have enough time to spend with loved ones, neglect other pursuits and keep the rest of your life in balance because of “the job”. Now you’re finding that the job, which was previously a blessing has taken over your thought life, relationships and your heart and God space. Eventually if left unattended this job will even kill off all the other dreams and pursuits you’ve had in your life until you are left with only “the job” and very little else.

In every area of our life if we don’t walk in wisdom and listen to and heed God’s leading and Word we can find ourselves allowing what was initially created to be a benefit and allow it to overtake and diminish our life. Take also for example food, alcohol or even exercise, which in the right quantities and in moderation are designed to bring joy, nourishment and better health. These elements in our lives are meant to act as an asset in celebrating life and living well, but they can easily become harmful if we fail to create proper boundaries or won’t make wise choices.

When we can see we have an issue with something that is taking over in our life and we leave it, we can easily find ourselves in trouble just like my rampant plant had overtaken my garden and killed off everything near it. Leave it for a week, then a month, then a year and these previously harmless and even beneficial things become all we think about, a source of pain, a cause of addiction and if unchecked the very things which will diminish and kill off not just our relationships, time with God and other people but also our dreams and very lives.

Today I encourage you to do some “gardening” and bring into rightful place those things in your life that have been allowed to run rampant. Some things perhaps will have to be pulled out altogether and never allowed in your life again – for you they are toxic and dangerous.

Other things just need to be given the proper boundaries and limits so they become a blessing to be enjoyed rather than something destructive and all consuming. God will give you wisdom if you ask as to what needs to be done to restore a healthy balance because what is okay for one person may not be right for another. His plan is always to bring peace, joy and fullness of life so trust Him, put aside your pride and your way of doing things and let Him lead you. He after all is the Master Gardener. (John 10:10; John 15)

Jesus said, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”(John 15:1-2 NLT)

“And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: Sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God.”(Colossians 3:5 The Message)

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”(Philippians 4:8 ESV)

Prayer: Lord please help me to have wisdom as I look at the different areas of my life with honesty and without pride or stubbornness. I ask that you prune away and put in its proper place everything in my life. I want the plan and life you have designed for me, so could you please show me what that looks like today so I can start to walk in it. In Jesus name Amen

7 July – The Need for Discipline

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Life is full of the opportunity to walk in discipline and the focus it creates in our lives. Often we “beat ourselves” up over our failure to remain focused and follow through on our New Year resolutions, primarily because without discipline we 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 and lifestyle.

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, and 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 and then first make simple changes 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 designed to be burdensome, but about living a freer life, where we are 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)

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 life. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

6 July – Imagine that!

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We possess both physical eyes to see into the natural world as well as spiritual eyes which enable us to see into the future and the spirit realm.

God made us that way and when you read the bible you realise just how important what we see and imagine is to God and is part of His way of doing things. There are over 400 scriptures referring to  our imagination, dreams and visions and I’ve been discovering that our imaginations are an “on ramp” into heavenly places.

First Peter 1:13 tells us to, “Gird up the loins of your mind,” primarily I think because it is with our minds that we imagine and it is with our minds that God often reveals what and where He wants us to act or believe for.

Loins (which involves the centre back muscles, are regarded as the centre of physical strength and power and the Greek word for mind in is this passage is “dianoia” (dee-an-oy-ah) or imagination – the centre of  the power in our mind. When we gird up the “Loins of our mind” we automatically strengthen our imagination (which is very powerful) and God’s ability to speak to us.

God gave Abraham a vision of the stars of the sky and told him he would have many children. As he gazed at the starts overhead he used his imagination to see his yet to be born children and their children. This imagining upon the promise and what he saw over his head then produced faith in Abraham’s heart (Genesis 15:5-6).

It was an example of godly imagery where Abraham girded up the loins of his mind – his imagination to see what God saw which produced faith in Him.

There’s a saying a picture is worth a 1000 words, so when we see or focus upon something or someone it has the power to change us much more than when we simply think a thought. 

Don’t fix your thoughts and imagination on problems, worry or things that lead you off track or away from God’s best for your life.  That uses your imagination to empower fear, anxiety and unhealthy thoughts and emotions. 

Use it instead to magnify the bigness of God, his goodness and all that He desires to do in your life.

Take the promises in God’s Word and any other scriptures He has given you and start to imagine and dream with them. See yourself overcoming addictions, bad habits and any fears. See yourself healing the sick, raising the dead, preaching in stadiums or starting orphanages, to have a job you love, to see your family blessed, to be healthy and whole. Whatever Jesus has put in your heart to do and be, imagine that and start to see all that you have pictured become a reality!

 “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 TPT)

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-32)

 

Prayer: Lord thank you for my imagination which is a powerful tool to kick start my faith and believing. Please help me to see what you see when you look at me and that I would gird up my mind and strengthen it with your thoughts, visions and plan for my life.  I picture good things for my life knowing that all things are possible in you. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 July – What is God asking you?

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My husband Philip often says, “People usually aren’t running from God, they are running from what He has asked them to do”.

So often we know what God asks of us, but if we don’t like what we know to be true or have had revealed to us we can choose to switch off, ignore or even harden our hearts. Instead then of having a willing heart we begin to cultivate a stubbornness and resistance to God within us.

All of us will face situations where we have to choose…my way or God’s. To be honest it seems easier and a lot more gratifying to follow my way a lot of the time – I can then let people have a piece of my mind when they’ve hurt or annoyed me. I can only think about and do what I want rather than being sensitive to others and doing what I know is the right thing. I can choose to gratify my flesh and do, say and go wherever and however I choose.

This all sounds like fun and freedom until we realise that everything we choose doesn’t just affect and at times damage just our life and future, but will also have ramifications for everyone and everything around us. Whether we like it or not our life does have a ripple effect on others for better or for worse.

God knows how He has created us and that we so often want to have our way, so He  gives us a choice, while informing us of the ramifications of those choices in His Word. If we take the time to read it we’ll see that He has purposely recorded the stories of other men and woman’s lives to teach and guide us on how to live and how not to. People like David who had stunning high points in his life, like when he bravely ran into battle to fight the giant Goliath and won. And historic lows where instead of being where he was meant to be he was looking at and lusting after a woman and ended up committing adultery, organising the killing of her husband and suffering the loss of the resultant baby. David’s life and story are full of accounts of obedience and outright rebellion and we can learn the consequences of both.  (2 Samuel 11) As we also can from the stories of Jonah, Moses, Joshua, Esther, Peter and Paul to name a few.

God is not a party pooper and He really does desire and plan the best for our life. (John 10:10; Romans 8:32) Sometimes that plan takes time to organise so that the right opportunities, people and blessing can enter our life. But if we keep walking and following what God asks and requires of us His best will always be fulfilled in our life. It’s when we choose to constantly rebel, ignore or persist in doing our own thing that God’s plan is messed with and we can seriously hold up or even miss all of what God is doing.

Today I encourage you not to miss or hold up what God is doing because you are running away or ignoring what He has asked. What He has planned for you is far more than you could ever think up, dream, ask, or pray for (Ephesians 3:20) Set your heart and mind to do what He asks and remember God doesn’t ever ask anything of you that He will not also empower you to do – His grace is sufficient in our weakness and you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12 NLT)

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”(Romans 8:32 NIV)

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”(Psalm 84:11 ESV)

Prayer: Lord thank you that your grace is sufficient even in my weakness and I can do all things because you give me strength. Please forgive me where I have been doing my own thing and have caused damage not just to my life but to other people’s as well. I want to stop running from what you ask and I choose your way and not my own today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

4 July – Time to Reset

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Sometimes in life we just need to stop and RESET. To reset something is to set it again or anew; to change the setting and reading back to the start or zero.

When we invite Jesus to be part of our lives our spirit and whole being is made totally new; we are a new creation. (2 Cor 5:17) However our soul; our mind, will and emotions can fail to acknowledge our new creation reality and remains thinking and behaving like our old “man,” as our flesh battles with our spirit.

We can continue on or fall back into our  “dead man’s” way of life instead of living out the new life Jesus has gifted to us. That’s when we all can benefit from pushing the “reset button” and choosing again to align our souls with our born again spirit. To determine to pull our flesh into line with our spirits so that we don’t continue to do, look and think upon the things we have no business, or take our born again self’s into places that they should never go. 

The best way to check our lives and to enable us to push the reset button is to repent.

  1. Repentance actually means not just asking for forgiveness for our sins and mess-ups but to do a complete 180 degrees turn away from the lifestyle, relationships, habits and mindsets that are causing us to stumble, lose our hope or don’t reflect Jesus in us. To repent also means to come up – like a penthouse is on the top floor of a building – repent is to go higher –  to leave the low life and come up to a higher  way of living, to set our hearts and minds upon heaven and to live from that space and heart attitude.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)

  1. Fix our focus– If we have allowed ourselves to get off focus and we know we have let things slip in our life, whether that is in our behaviour, habits, eating, exercise, time with Jesus or in our relationships then to reset we make a decision to change where we are looking and ask God to fill us with His power, love, ability  to fix our focus. Essentially we reset our mind and hearts upon what they are really designed to be looking upon and holding, and detach ourselves from anything that doesn’t resemble Jesus and His ways.  We don’t have to do this alone as God’s power at work in us enables us to live out our new life if we will allow Him to take the reins and empower usLook straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get side tracked; keep your feet from following evil.”(Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT)

Today whatever state you may find yourself in take some time to reflect honesty on how you have been living. Does your life reflect your new creation, renewed existence or does it resemble someone who is carrying a “dead man” around, which is only contaminating every new and set apart part of your life?

I recommend today pushing the reset button, getting things sorted, fixing your focus and cutting any “dead thing” loose and coming up! And, I pray for you today that “according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)”

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions.  Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you. And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24 TPT)

Prayer: Lord I’m pressing the reset button on my life today. Forgive me of…….., and please set me free from my failings, sin, hurt and disappointment and cleanse me where I have entered into things that I’ve had no business doing and thinking upon. I trust you to help me fix my focus, to reset my heart upon you and heaven and to keep running my race today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

3 July – Choose your battles

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As a parent of six children I know the importance of “choosing my battles wisely.” If  I am not careful I can go from one confrontation and argument to the next. People push our buttons and the closer they are in relationship to us the easier it is for them to do so.

The phrase “choosing our battles wisely” suggests that there are always opportunities to either make a big deal out of things or to just let it go. When we choose our battles wisely we have far more energy, patience and clarity to effectively win those battles that are most important. Yes that does mean we may have to bypass getting into a conflict about a difference of opinion or beliefs, comments on face book, a teenagers messy room, the toothpaste squeezed from the wrong end and someone forgetting to take out the rubbish.

If we live in a constant state of arguing, confrontation and fighting over practically everything then we run the risk of turning our lives into a war over the “small stuff”. Instead of our lives being filled with peace and love we end up living a life of frustration and angst and lose track of what is truly relevant.

Believe it or not life is not always going to be exactly the way we want it to be and other people don’t always act as we would like them to. There are going to be people who argue, disagree and who think differently to us. But if we choose to make a big deal out of everything and always have to have things our way its a sure recipe for unhappiness and strife.

Jesus never intended that we make it our primary goal to have a perfect, “our ducks all in a row,” type of life. Actually I think He quite like’s messing with our nicely ordered “ducks”. But He did say that if we make love our goal that we would experience His peace that goes beyond all understanding. (Philippians 4:4-7)

Choosing the way of love, rather than having things always our way all the time clarifies which battles are worth fighting and which are better left alone. Love’s way silences us when we a feeling frustrated at the neighbours, a work colleague, a close friend, the kids or our partner. Love encourages us to let the small things go, so that we have energy for what really matters.

God’s word encourages us to “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behaviour from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that” (Ephesians 5:1-3 The Message)

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” (Proverbs 15:1 NLT)

Today, make love your goal, for as you do you may just find that you rarely have to battle at all.

Prayer: Lord help me to walk in love and peace today. Please give me wisdom to know those things that you are calling me to fight for, and those situations that are best left alone. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

2 July – Soaking

 

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It ‘s very easy to slip into habits and pick up  negative mindsets, speech, sarcasm, gossip, and non-uplifting speech that surround us everyday. We can also allow ourselves to get caught up in banter, discussions and arguments which really have nothing good to say about anyone or anything. If we do allow these things into our lives enough they will start to infiltrate into other areas of our lives and can cause us to be led into pursuits, relationships and social settings we never intended to be in.

The bible teaches us on how to stay free from these pitfalls. It says to, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

We can therefore make a quality decision and commitment to choose the higher life, instead of the low life and to watch what comes in our lives. We can choose everyday to supercharge our lives with positivity, God’s word, praise, worship and being around those people who inspire and encourage us or we can choose the opposite.

When we choose God’s way consistently something starts to change on the inside of us. At first it may be only a subtle shift towards positivity and thinking better thoughts, but it doesn’t take long before you start to notice that you feel more peaceful, closer to, and more aware of Holy Spirit and healthier, wiser, more loving and generally happier.

Here are some things to keep in mind in guarding your heart and choosing the higher life of God’s Kingdom:

Ask God to put a guard across you mouth so that you don’t keep saying the things you later regret and be diligent with what you allow into your thought life and heart.

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do no wrong.”(Psalm 141:3-4)

Take a look at what your input – We do need to regularly take a look at who or what we are listening to and spending time with, as what we surround ourselves with is who and what we will become. To make changes it is necessary to be honest about our relationships, media and recreational viewing and any other pastimes and whether they are beneficial or not.

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)

Our souls and spirits are like sponges and will soak up whatever is around them the most. What are you soaking up?

The bible gives us a simple and easy guideline to follow in what to soak up. It ‘s found in Philippians 4:8, and says,

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent orpraiseworthy — think on these things.

 If we filter all that we are thinking about, watching, listening to, saying or doing through this scripture it soon becomes apparent if we need to make some changes, and as we do we are promised, “The peace of God will be with us.” (Philippians 4:9)

I encourage you to ask God how you are going with your thought life, relationships, and your subsequent actions? Are there areas you could grow in to be more positive and loving? Are you soaking into your life those things that aid and strengthen your faith and help you be the person that God desires you to be.

It’s always our choice, and if we choose the higher life and God’s way of living He promises He will strengthen us everyday and help us to be the person we were always created to be.

“I call heaven and earth to speak against you today. I have put in front of you life and death, the good and the curse. So choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Prayer: Lord please help me to choose wisely the things I “soak up” into my life. May they be things that are true honourable, right, pure, lovely and praise worthy, so that my life will also reflect these things. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

1 July – Habits

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Habit: A usual manner of behaviour or a behaviour pattern acquired by frequent repetition.

Studies show that 90% of our everyday behaviour is based on our habits. From the time we wake up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night, 90% of what we do is habitual behaviour.

Of the 11,000 signals we receive from our senses daily only forty of them are consciously processed.

That means how we treat people, how we spend our time and money, what we watch and listen to; 90% of the time we are on auto pilot. We do what we’ve always done.

That means that most of what we do is done out of habit.

An old Cherokee tale tells of a grandfather teaching life principles to his grandson. The wise old Cherokee said, “Son, on the inside of every person a battle is raging between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It’s angry, jealous, unforgiving, proud, and lazy. The other wolf is good. It’s filled with love, kindness, humility, and self-control.

“These two wolves are constantly fighting, “the grandfather said.

The little boy thought about it, and said, “Grandfather, which wolf is going to win?”

The grandfather smiled and said, “Whichever one you feed.”

ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION?

“Do I really want to keep feeding this negative habit? Do I really want to stay where I am? Or “do I want to starve this and step up higher?”

If we will start feeding peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, humility and self-control, we will see those character traits developing in our lives.

Sometimes our habits are keeping us from God’s best and we may not even realize it.

The Bible says. “I say then: Walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16)

When we “walk in the spirit”. We “feed” our spirit instead of our flesh. What we feed grows. What comes forth is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5)

Don’t be on auto pilot today. Choose to feed your spirit and starve the things that keep you from discovering and experiencing God’s best for your life.

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you love me, even with my bad habits but thank you that you love me too much to leave me stuck with things in my life that diminish who you have made me to be. I choose to feed my Spirit today and not my flesh and any bad habits. You lead me today. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

30 June – Honour what you have

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Focusing on what we don’t have is a sure fire guarantee that we will go through life in a state of frustration and dissatisfaction. Even when desires are fulfilled many people still don’t feel happy because they simply move onto the next thing they are wanting and forget to honour God with what He has blessed them with already.

An antidote to living in this state of dissatisfaction is to learn to honour and be grateful for what we have now. Instead of looking at our job, home, looks, partner, relationships or anything else in our life and wishing they were different we can honour what we have already and look for the positives and the attributes we do appreciate rather than the things we don’t like about our lives. Rather than complaining about our job, workplace, family, church or wherever we spend our time, we can honour and respect what we do have in these things and remember to be grateful. When we do that we get into doing things God’s way and our perspective changes and He brings the increase. 

For example rather than complaining about not being able to go on holiday, we can think of ways to have fun at home. Some people even go to the airport in their city and then act as if they are tourists visiting for the first time. They have a great time exploring and seeing their home with fresh eyes.

If we honour and hold in high esteem what we have we end up focusing on the good things about our life and consequently we become more patient, loving, considerate, satisfied, grateful, take hold of opportunities, bounce back from disappointments far easier and have more fun in life.

When we honour what we have God also knows that He can trust us with more. He knows we won’t just brush aside His hand of blessing on our lives. That we will appreciate the people He brings into our world, the children He blesses us with and the work, gifts and talents He bestows upon us. When we honour what we have He knows we can be trusted with greater things.

Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. If then, you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:10-12)

Today honour and give thanks for what you have, rather than what you don’t. As you do you’ll start to make the most of the good things in your life and respect and honour them. Then God will trust you with more.

Prayer: Lord please help me to have eyes to see and a heart to acknowledge all that I have in my life. That I would not spend my time and energy always looking at what I don’t have and therefore miss everything I have already been blessed with. I honour and give you thanks for everything and everyone in my life today and especially that I can know you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

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