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24 June – I’ll Walk With You

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When I first started dating my husband Philip we would walk everywhere together. We would walk to lunch together, to church, to our friend’s house and even the hour it took to walk to work together. We learnt a lot about each other by simply walking, talking and listening to one another. We watched, listened and adapted as we set our course for life together.

Now because we have been walking together for so long Philip instinctively knows which side of the path I like to walk on, what I do and don’t like, the streets I prefer, and where I like to go. He knows I like to walk and talk and that most of the time it’s just okay for him to listen. He adjusts his steps, and I try to speed up mine.

Walking with Jesus is much the same. When we ask Him to be a part of our life we enter into a relationship, embark on a journey and adopt a new life-style along the way. It’s a long walk, rather than a short sprint and it’s not all about the destination, but also the things we discover and experience along the way.

As with any journey and relationship there are some things we need to leave behind. We don’t want to bring our negative past, fears, sin and baggage. These things will only distract and weigh us down, and it’s the same in our walk with Jesus. He offers to take all our burdens, sin and past, so that He can free and cleanse us totally, enabling us to not only walk, but to run! (1 John 1:9)

When we’re travelling further afield we only have a certain amount of baggage weight available and care must be taken to choose what we are going to pick up and carry along the way. The same can be said for our walk with Jesus. Some things look great at first glance, but the question is “are they actually beneficial to where we are going, and do we want to have the extra weight, distraction and burden?” Other things might look, smell, and even taste enticing, but will give us “food poisoning” if we choose to partake of them. Much the same as the deceptiveness of sin and the things the devil tries to tempt us with in an effort to trip us up and get us going in the wrong direction.

Our relationship with Jesus is a daily walk. We decide each morning to walk in the same direction as Him, taking the time to talk, listen and keep walking so that our focus and attention will be on Him and His plan for us.

It’s much the same as when I walk with my husband Philip. It’s not hard or burdensome but about our love and commitment to one another. Our walk with Jesus is designed to be a long enjoyable walk, where He has promised to always walk with us, in both the sunshine and the rain.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith just as you were taught.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Prayer: Jesus help me to walk with you everyday. I don’t want to rush ahead, or walk in the opposite direction, but step by step in time with you. Help me to do that in both the sunshine and the rain. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

23 June – Lessons Learnt

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My Dad had a frustration in that he wished people would learn from their mistakes and from those older than themselves who had gleaned a  little more wisdom in life. He said it baffled him why people, especially younger people didn’t listen to the lessons, mistakes and triumphs of those older than them so that they could avoid the same pitfalls and learn from their successes and experience.

The truth is we don’t have to go through pain and heartache to have a great story to tell. God actually doesn’t want any of us to have to go through that, yet if we do He promises He will be there to help us walk through whatever circumstance we find ourselves in and to help us learn from our experiences. It’s not God’s heart to cause us to suffer terribly or to have awful things happen to us, but for us to live a victorious life. We can choose to walk in wisdom and learn from our life lessons and from those who are more experienced or gifted in our area.

The bible is a treasury of lessons that can be learnt from the lives of others.  It is full of men and woman who knew God and walked out their faith both in victory and in struggles, through mistakes and pain. When we read the accounts of such people as David, who was led down the wrong path by failing to be on the battle-field when he should have been and instead finding himself in a whole world of trouble because he chose to lounge around on rooftops looking at another men’s wives (2 Samuel 11) or Naaman who in wisdom chose to swallow his pride and dip in the Jordan river seven times under the instruction of the prophet to be cleansed of leprosy. He could have let his pride dictate to him but chose instead to listen and obeyed a word from God even though it didn’t really make any rational sense. As a result he was cleansed and healed. (2 Kings 5) Or Jonah who teaches us that when God is speaking and wants you to do something He will chase you down, even if that means getting a whale to swallow you whole and leave you there for three days to make the message loud and clear. He discovered the hard way that it would have been far easier and less smelly to choose to obey a directive from God in the first place. (Jonah 1)

Esther chose to stand in courage rather than fear and gained understanding that God is the one who directs our steps and always has a plan and a purpose for where we find ourselves if we listen to Him. Because she acknowledged that God was in control of her life she was able to react to a situation with courage and lead her people into victory. (Esther chapters 1-5) Peter’s life lessons remind us that even when we mess up if we come to Jesus and ask His forgiveness He will respond with loving kindness and restore us to relationship with Him. (Luke 22:54-62) It doesn’t matter how far we have fallen or how many times we have denied Him access to our life and heart, He always welcomes us back with open arms and  restores and gives us a mission and purpose as He transforms our life. (John 21:1-25)

Today I encourage you to make a mental note to yourself that you don’t have to make a pile of mistakes or go the long or hard way round. God will make all things work together for our good but He would I think, love for us to not have to go through many of the heart breaking situations, toil and delays that we can find ourselves experiencing, if we would only choose to pay attention from lessons learnt, from other people and in reading God’s word.

So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives….for those who have been called to fulfil his designed purpose.”(Romans 8:28 TPT)

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” (Proverbs 18:15 NIV)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you direct my steps and make everything work out for my good. Please give me wisdom to learn from the lessons I have learnt already and also from those who have gone before me. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

22 June – Fix Your Focus

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Today I am recovering from concussion as a result of a football making contact with my unsuspecting head. But what I have noticed is that I am able to function and go about my day productively if I fix my focus on just one situation and thought at a time. However if I allow my brain to do what it normally does, being very busy and often darting from one thought to the next, my head actually starts to hurt.

It reminds me about a story I once read about a man picking strawberries in a strawberry patch. This man would pick a strawberry here… and then he’d look up and see another strawberry a couple of rows away and off he’d run to pick that berry. Then he would look up and see another berry a few plants away and off he’d go, again and again and again all across the patch. In the time it took him to fill one bucket, others around him had filled ten.

That’s because this man’s eyes were always wandering across the strawberry patch looking for the easiest berries to find, instead of staying focused on what was before him. The bible says that a fool is like that, but “the perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here“ (Proverbs 17: 24 –The Message).

God doesn’t want our lives to be full of toil, disappointment and unrealised dreams. He is right here with us, desiring to speak and lead us into far more than we could ever find, or dream up by ourselves. (Ephesians 3:20). He wants to impart vision, for us to be focused in life and to know where and what we are called to do each day. Sadly though we can all be like the man in the strawberry patch, running frantically here and there as we search for meaning, success and happiness but never fully achieving or reaching our goals and potential.

Today take time to consider what God has placed in your heart to focus upon? 

Choose wisely what are the most important aspects of your life and then hone your focus as you ask God for His wisdom and for Him to lead you. 

Focus on what and who really matters, seek wisdom, and determine not to be like the man in the strawberry patch who wore himself out for little reward when he could have been blessed with so much more.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believing, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”(James 1:6-8 The Message)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps”. (Proverbs 16:9)

Prayer: Lord please help me to be focused on what is really important and not be pressured by every thought or fancy that pops into my head or be influenced by those around me. I choose to fix my eyes firmly ahead to where you are leading so that I may follow. In Jesus name Amen.

21 June – God Will Provide

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It’s really easy to get into the mindset that whatever we need or want is simply up to us; in our ability, job and own strength as our means and source of supply. We can in fact spend a lot of time trying to figure out how we are going to get all we need and negate to factor in that we were never meant to spend our life toiling and doing things alone. Instead God wants us to actually seek Him and His way of doing things and then allow Him to take the responsibility of supplying our every need.

An example of this is in the bible when Moses and the Israelites were wandering in the desert. God supplied manna – little wafers of bread that tasted like honey to feed them, but the people began to complain they were tired of manna and that they wanted meat instead. (Numbers 11). They didn’t complain just a little – they went on and on about how tired they were of God’s provision and that it would have been better for them to have remained slaves in Egypt. Obviously they had short memories!

Moses began to try and think of a way that he could get enough meat for all the people  and said, “shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them … shall all the fish in the sea be gathered together for them?” (Numbers 11:22) He was stressing and worrying and had forgotten in all his reasoning about the God who provides.

However God who had freed these same people from slavery, parted the Red sea to enable them to escape their enemies, led them through the desert by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and who had provided manna from heaven, did not appreciate Moses’ reasoning or questioning. He replied, “Is the Lord’s hand too short?”  In other words stop trying to figure out how this is going to happen, because I am the Lord who provides. Which he then demonstrated by sending a strong wind that blew hundreds and hundreds of quail into the camp enabling the people to feast on meat for a month.

The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (Numbers 11:23)

Whenever we are facing a need in our life God doesn’t want us to stress and try to simply use our limited natural reasoning as to how things are going to work out. He has ways that we haven’t even considered and He knows how to get anything and everything we need to us. God is our provider because He can do whatever He wants to do. He’ll use natural means, multiply what we have in our hands, move people to assist and give to us, send help, wisdom and understanding and even override natural forces to deliver what He has promised in His Word. It’s his job to provide and our job to seek Him and to believe what He has said, and to do exactly what He asks us to. Nothing more, nothing less!

Today stop wasting a whole lot of effort and emotional and mental energy trying to figure out how God is going to do something. Stop reasoning and start believing as you release your faith. Then get ready to receive because God’s arm is not too short!

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)

“My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20 Amp)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you provide for all my needs. I ask for your provision today in……….and thank you that you are the God who provides and that you are faithful to your promises. In Jesus name amen

20 June – It Could Save Your Life

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I have often said to all of our six children, “You need to learn to obey Dad and I quickly when we ask you to do something because then you will learn to obey God when He speaks and that could save your life one day”.

Have you ever been in a situation where a child or someone else’s life depended on their immediate cooperation? No time for negotiations or discussions. “It is very important that you do exactly what I say – right now” Why because there is a car suddenly approaching, dangerous wildlife, a potential damaging relationship forming, or something harmful in close proximity to them.

That’s when it is so important that we have cultivated an attitude within ourselves to listen and positively and quickly respond. Sometimes there is simply no time for the usual delay tactics, questioning and explanations. We just need to be willing and obedient.

Yet so often we can be like little children, unaware of what is coming around the bend or what might be coming up behind us, yet God sees everything and the dangers we might be missing! He sees and wants to protect us from harm, plus He also knows the opportunities and plans He has set up for us. All we need do is step a certain way to enter into this new blessing and to choose to trust and obey.

Recently someone I know was travelling overseas and was heading out of the hotel to visit a nearby tourist attraction. Suddenly they felt the Holy Spirit say, “Stop and have lunch, Now”. “But I was heading out to see something up the street they replied”. “Stop and have lunch here in the hotel”, was the Lord’s reply. Now they had a choice. Did they do their own thing, or did they obey and sit down and have lunch. Fortunately, as they were about to find out, they chose to stop and have some lunch. A few minutes later they heard a loud crash from outside, gunshots, shouting and people rushing into the hotel foyer fearing for their lives. Outside someone had rammed their car into the barricade of the high security building just outside, and now there were armed police swarming up and down the street.

My friend would have been right in the middle of this potentially harmful and frightening situation, had they not obeyed God’s directive to stop and have some lunch. Instead they sat peacefully eating their sandwich and had the opportunity to encourage a medical Doctor staying in the hotel with the account of their healing from cancer. Why? Simply because they were both willing and obedient.

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land” (Isaiah 1:19)

As you go about your everyday life know that a lot of effort and planning by all of heaven is at work both keep you safe and to bring the right people into your life and keep the negative influences out. God has people for us to meet and blessings for us to walk in but the important thing for us to learn is to obey swiftly both the directives in His Word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It will lead us to life’s greatest blessings and possibly even save our life one day. 

Prayer: Lord help me remember to be willing and obedient because you are interested and care about every aspect of my life. Please help me to love and trust you more. In Jesus Name Amen.

19 June – Am I Too Blind To See Where This Is Going?

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A few years ago I was in a meeting and a blind man was sitting behind me. God was moving in our midst and there was a tangible presence in the room. Suddenly the man without physical sight exclaimed “I can see angels – look angels”, as he started pointing to the space above and in front of Him. We could all feel heaven’s presence in the room, but this man could “see” far more clearly than any of us.

I’m often reminded of this experience and the importance of not relying primarily upon our physical sight to discern truth and receive revelation. God has wired us to be able to “see” into another realm that is not always visible to our natural eye. It takes having spiritual sight, where we can “see” both the darkness and the light working.

Many times I have not received any clarity about a person or situation in my life until I’ve adjusted my vision and sought to “see” and discern in the spirit what is actually going on. I almost have to switch off my natural sight and turn up my spiritual sight. Otherwise I’m literally too “blind” to see where things are going or the truth about a person’s heart and motives.

I recently mentioned to a friend of mine how important it is to discern and ask for wisdom as to what Spirit is behind both his surroundings and the people he meets and talks to. If we want to “see” clearly all that is going on we can’t rely simply on our natural sight. We will only see a part of the picture and will miss things, make mistakes and take wrong paths. Seeing in the Spirit helps us to be able to discern people’s hearts, motives and the spirit behind their words and actions. So many times what appears to be okay and harmless in the natural is exactly the opposite, which is why God says to “walk in the spirit and to not be governed by our flesh and our natural way of doing things”. 

“God instructs us to, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:16-18)

We grow in being led by the Spirit of God by asking to see spiritual things and by centring in on God. We lean in past our own desires and any pain in our hearts to the point where we are able to connect deeply with Him. In that place, beyond our souls (our natural thoughts, feelings and sight) we will begin to “see” clearly as God illuminates the path and reveals truth to us.

Today I really encourage you to seek after God in a deeper way. Practice leaning into Jesus and allowing Him to illuminate the path ahead of you. He will reveal the real truth about every person, opportunity and situation you face and save you from confusion, heartache, wasted time and from being, “someone who is too blind to see where this is going.”

“Truth’s shining light guides me in my choices and decisions; the revelation of your word makes my pathway clear.” (Psalm 119:105 TPT)

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV)

Prayer: Lord please help me to go deeper with you and to walk and see more clearly in the Spirit. Please illuminate the path before me and reveal the truth about the people and circumstances in my life. In Jesus name Amen.

18 June – He Heals The Brokenhearted

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We live in a broken world and unfortunately sometimes we will experience pain  frustration, grief and disappointment. Knowing Jesus doesn’t mean life is always a party or filled with positivity. At times we will have to face really hard and painful things.

The bible is full of the passionate emotion of people crying out in lament, questions, pain, frustrations and disappointments to God. Their stories of sorrow and pain are recorded because God actually wants us to be honest with Him and to share our hearts, even if that means with tears and pain.

Jesus Himself wept and cried out to the Father and Isaiah 53:3 tells us that the suffering Messiah would be “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”.

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).(Matthew 27:46)

Where have you laid him,” He asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”…(John 11:34-35)

The bible says we are to imitate Jesus, meaning that it is totally okay to rejoice, to celebrate, to speak God’s word, to mourn with those who mourn, to cry out and to weep. If Jesus feels, then it must be okay for us to feel too. Minimising our feelings can actually rob us of intimacy with God, as He doesn’t see our relationship being conditional on us always feeling great or having it all together. We also grow close to Him in our disappointment, pain and frustration.

Are you hurting? Take the opportunity to open up your heart and be honest with God about how you feel. Our hurts brought to Him are often a pathway for a deeper relationship as we allow Jesus into all the broken and fragile places of our hearts. 

In Psalm 30:5 David sings, “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” This is a promise that even when life hurts, it will not hurt forever. We will heal, we will recover and God will work everything out for our good.

Today don’t be afraid to be honest; cling to God, tell Him how you feel, give your hurts to Him, and know that He promises to “heal the brokenhearted and to bandage their wounds.” “He will perfect that which concerns you,” and bring you through whatever is causing your pain and bring healing and peace.  (Psalm 138:8; 147:3)

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

Prayer: Lord I’m hurting today and I need to know you are there. I give you all the pain and hurt in my heart and ask that you heal me and bandage up my wounds. Please help me to lean on you and believe for better days ahead. In Jesus name Amen.

17 June – Purpose In The Process

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God really does want to grant us the desires of our heart, but He also knows that everything has a process and an appointed time. Much like a having a baby, there is a process to that new life growing, developing and being ready to be born. If a baby arrives too early it can be dangerous, stressful and usually the parents just aren’t ready.  Therefore God has planned that it is far better for a baby to arrive at the end of a 9 month process than at 8 months when most mothers are getting uncomfortable, and expectant fathers are often getting a little anxious.

God is very interested in who we are – in our character and what sort of man or woman we are becoming and not just the outcome.

He knows everything has an appointed time and rather than grumble, complain or have a bad attitude He wants us to allow Him to mold and prepare us throughout the process. God is never in a hurry, but he is interested in us becoming all we were made to be. This however means learning to lean on His goodness and trusting Him in the process, as He forges our character and refines and works in us, much like a mastercraftsman works upon His next masterpiece.

Unfortunately from experience I’ve learnt impatient grumbling and bad attitudes can hinder the God’s process in our lives and also makes the journey less enjoyable. At times our attitudes and actions can actually send us back around the mountain, rather than enabling us to overcome and able to stand on it’s heights. God knows that the process is important for honing our strength, knowledge, skills and relationship with both Him and others so that the fulfillment of our dreams is a blessing to our life rather than harmful.

Today whatever or wherever you are in life I encourage you to continue to grow, develop and seek to be your best at everything you put your hand to. God has your life in His very capable hands and sees every part of your journey, so you’re in good hands. 

Trust God’s appointed timing and that what you are desiring will be all the sweeter for the testing and proving of your character and skills, as you continue to walk out the process.

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

“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4)

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). 

Prayer: Lord I’m choosing to trust your purposes in my life and your perfect timing Please create a right heart and attitude in me and help me to trust and embrace the process. In Jesus name amen

16 June – Don’t Give Up – Keep Going!

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God doesn’t ever want us to feel stuck or to get to the point where we start to believe that our hopes and dreams are impossible. He wants us to be able to trust Him and know that He always has a way through; a solution and the power needed to change any difficult or seemingly impossible situation we may be facing.

More than ever lately I am realising the importance of choosing to, “Let go and to trust in Jesus”. Especially in those times we feel like we are not going anywhere, or developing, growing or achieving anything.  I know from experience that if I consistently spend time with Jesus and follow what His Word says that I will grow, be transformed and achieve, because God has promised He will perfect the good work He has begun in us.

The key is to keep going and looking ahead, and not falling into the trap of judging your success by the progress you make in one day, one week or even one month.

God calls each one of us His Masterpiece, and masterpieces take time, patience, perseverance and persistence to create.

Today if you are feeling frustrated with your progress just keep walking and working at your skills. Listen to Jesus and read and follow His Word – and you will get there! Regularly take time to stop and breathe and to do things which bring peace and joy to your heart and mind.

I recommend making a list of those things that make your soul happy. If you can’t think of anything, why not try something new. It doesn’t have to be a big things; it could be simple like a cup of coffee at your favourite cafe, enjoying some great scenery, good food and company. A sport, hobby, music, art, shopping, etc.

The key is to explore, discover and surround yourself with all the goodness, beauty and things that trigger joy in your life. Then when your heart and mind need a break and some strengthening you’ll be able to encourage and comfort yourself with those people and things that prosper your soul.  

God has a plan and has promised He will complete the good work He has begun in us until it is completed and that He will do exceedingly more than we can ask, think, pray, dream or imagine. (Eph 3:20)

“For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever.”(Psalm 138:8)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you are faithful and don’t give up on me.  Please help me to keep walking step by step with you every day, trusting that you will perfect that which concerns me. In Jesus name Amen.

 

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