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27 May – Faith vs Fear

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I decided a long time ago that I wanted to live a life where I was not afraid and actually learnt to be able to walk out my faith rather than merely talk about it. That decision has taken my husband and I on some wild, crazy adventures where we have chosen to simply stand upon God’s word, and what we believe to be true, even if that flies in the face of convention and what everyone else might be saying and doing around us.

One of the wonderful outcomes of choosing to live out your faith in an uncompromising way is the abundant blessings you get to experience. One of those for me is to have had six babies with no pain. Not because I had any pain relief, but because I took God at his Word, soaked in it’s truth, renewed my heart and mind with what it said and then walked it out.

When sin entered the world the blessing that God had planned and released was overshadowed by the curse of sin and death. Women from that point forward had the curse of, “in pain you shall bring forth children;Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” to deal with. (Genesis 3:16) That was until Jesus died and redeemed us from any curse, sin, sickness, disease, pain and evil.

“Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” )” (Galatians 3:13)

That means that the curse of pain in childbirth, which pretty much everyone experiences to some level without medical intervention, has been borne by Jesus. No more fear, no more pain, no more toil – just muscles and energy at work to bring forth a baby.

Initially that was walked out as a newly married 20 year old, when I took hold of the promise that Jesus has redeemed me from every curse and pain, and I chose to run with it. Actually I ran with it six times. Six big babies -( No 5 was a lovely cuddly 4.3kg or 9lb 8 onz in weight), each born with no pain and a lot of joy and victory.  Even the midwives at my deliveries would say, “I’ve never seen a baby born like that before”.  Jesus is faithful and He and His Word are one. What He promises and what He has done for us is right there for the taking for all who will be bold and determined enough to grab hold of it and believe.

Interestingly the one painful contraction I ever had was when I was in the early stages of labour with our second daughter. I was walking along the road trying to get things to move along a little when a large dog barked at me. I don’t particularly like big dogs and so I got a fright. Fear gripped me for a moment and next minute I had a contraction that hurt. I quickly realised the fear/pain connection and got back into faith and peace.

Today I encourage you to begin to cultivate an uncompromising, curse eradicating, disease, fear and pain obliterating faith that will literally change the outcome of every situation and season of your life. But don’t bother looking around at everyone else – I would have had the same pain and toil experiences as everyone I knew if I’d done that. Look instead to Jesus and His Word, and then determine everyday, repeatedly as much as you need it, to read, speak and meditate on what Jesus has done for you so that you would begin to live out by faith the victory you have in Him.  For, “we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb – (what Jesus did for us on the Cross), and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Prayer: Lord thank you for all that you have done for me and that every curse has been broken. Please help me to walk out the victory I have in you today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

26 Mar – Taking Back 2020

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Today’s post is written by guest blogger Rebekah, our 21 year old daughter. Rebekah only a few weeks ago moved to a new job in a large city 4000 km from home; is living in a share house with people she doesn’t know, managing public transport, full time work and a double major full-time study load, new people and places and now a pandemic with both wisdom and grace. This is her response to what is going on all around the world, from one who is both young and brave. I think if she is a reflection of only a portion of her generation we are all going to be okay.

From Rebekah…

“We have been given the words to speak yet we speak out fear. The devil has no power other than what we give him.

After the words spoken over this year – of big visions and dreams, of breakthrough, revival, and things coming to pass- it should come as no surprise that the devil would want to distract and destroy. Not only is it destroying people’s livelihoods, and putting people in horrible situations, it is also distracting people enough to pass through laws that have no place – of abortion, of infanticide, of euthanasia.

It has gotten everyone completely distracted and speaking words of fear and worry. We have every right to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough. God gave us that dominion.

Go in the opposite spirit. Where there is fear, release joy. Release what God has to offer. Release healing, release prosperity over individuals, families, and businesses. Release peace into every household. Release rest.

Know who you are in God – you have the power of Heaven behind your words, written or otherwise. So next time, before sharing, before making a comment, before instilling fear for children, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, colleagues, to pick up on…take a second and really think about the weight of what the Bible says – we have the power of life and death on our tongue.

So I’m calling it – let’s take 2020 back for visions, dreams and all the clarity and amazingness God has for each of us. I, for one, have seen this in abundance over the last 3 months!”

“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” (John 15:7 NLT)

“Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!” (Psalm 103:20 NASV)

25 Mar – Get A Heavenly Viewpoint

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There was an ancient South American tribe that flourished from 100 BC to 800 AD beside the arid southern coast of Peru. They were called the Nasca and they left behind one of the strangest mysteries of ancient times. Nearly two thousand years after the Nazca’s lived, an air plane was flying over Peru and the pilot looked down and saw a drawing of a monkey that was kilometres long . The lines of the drawing were clearly scraped into the earth, yet down on the ground the drawings couldn’t really be seen – the lines just looked like gashes in the ground or old roads and trails. However from the air these lines formed pictures. Soon over 300 pictures were discovered, such as a spider, hummingbird, spirals, flowers and a pelican. Because of the low rainfall in the region where the drawings were made the Nasca lines had lasted for thousand of years.

The best guess at how these drawings were made is that the Nasca were either brilliant mathematicians and able to calculate out how long each line should be, where it should intersect and where each line should turn, or that the artists used the position of the stars to help them map out their drawings.

However what impresses me about the Nasca drawings is that these enormous pictures and lines upon the earth had largely gone unnoticed or appreciated from those on the ground for years. In actual fact many of these ancient reminders of the past had been damaged when cars had driven on them, people’s feet had scuffed them and highways were built over top of them. From the ground they’d been missed for their significance, artistry and ingenuity. It took someone flying from a height, up above the everyday activities on earth, seeing with a clear view and perspective to recognise what had been there all along. 

How similar we can be in our approach to life. We miss so much because we look and discern life from an earthly vantage point, buffeted about by the latest news, new thought or great revelation and the opinion of the loudest voices, when we can in fact see and hear from a much higher place. Because just like the Nasca drawings, how different things look when we really see what is there and what is unfolding before us. It changes our whole perspective, mindset and understanding of situations.

God has put his intentions and plan clearly in His Word and all of creation talks about his goodness and the story that He is unfolding. It’s just that when we remain always on the ground – in the trenches so to speak with no higher view, we end up believing that what we are seeing and experiencing down here is the only reality, when in actual fact in God there is always a higher reality and plan unfolding. It’s why God says “come up here, give all your burdens to me and set your mind on heavenly things. That we are invited to come to “Mt Zion” and to step in and up above the world to see and hear from heaven.” (Matthew 11:28-30; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 12:22-23)

Today with all that is going on around us and the noise, chaos and attempts to drown out anything that God is saying and has always said, I encourage you to “Go up”. Take a heavenly view and see with God’s wisdom and perspective what is going on, and then release heaven on earth.  The air is clear up there and there is definitely no fear! 

“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead…For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-6 NLT)

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1 NIV)

Prayer: Lord thank you for the ability to ascend into heavenly places and to see and hear what you are saying and doing. Please help me to disconnect from the things that would try to drag me back down so that I “come up” and see what you see and be part of what you are doing. In Jesus name Amen.

24 Mar – 5 Steps We Can Take In Uncertain Times

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Whenever there is uncertainty it is very easy to be consumed by the loudest and most predominant noise. As the days and weeks drag by this noise can literally take over our lives and threaten to overwhelm us. But there are some steps we can take to survive and thrive in uncertain times.

Here are 5 steps to take when the world and life looks uncertain:

1. Keep the vision before you. If you have a vision board or specific goals written down take the time to put them before you. If you don’t have a vision, dream or know what you want in life, then take the opportunity to spend some time finding out. (See https://daylekinney.com/2019/12/01/1-dec-write-the-vision/ or https://daylekinney.com/2020/02/04/4-feb-you-can-do-it/ for more info on setting a vision)

2. You do may not be able to do everything, but you can do something. Think about what can you do to make use of your time so you can keep moving forward even in the midst of uncertainty. If you’re shut in, can’t go to work or unable right now to do the normal everyday activities then adjust and make this time work for you rather than against you.

“God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)

3. Shut off the noise. It’s usually other people and circumstances telling us what we can’t do, peddling fear, discouragement or their point of view. Go to reliable sources of information, seek God and His word and shut out and turn off the rest. Use your efforts and mental and spiritual strength on what is truth and to focus on what you desire out of your life, rather than merely sitting back and waiting for your circumstances to improve or for people to change their behaviour. Control what you can control healthily, and give God the care of the rest.

4. Remember to Breathe. If you find yourself getting stressed and anxious:

  • Breathe in for the count of 3 and out for the count of 3. Repeat that exercise 4 times.
  • Regularly take at least 20 mins to do something fun and find different ways to relax..
  • Do some type of exercise – YouTube and many people on instagram and other social media platforms have posted exercise routines if you are shut in right now. Be creative and think outside of the box and give it a try.

5. Connect with God. He wants to and is our our rock in uncertain times and the one who steadies and strengthens us. Take some time to check your foundations in him, and if you realise you are not secure or you feel a bit wobbly in your confidence then make the most of the opportunity to put down some roots and foundations in the one who holds the universe in the palm of His hand. Shut off the T.V, radio, social media and all the external noise and take time out with God; read the bible and get to know Him and who He is a little more.

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

If you do these things you’ll find that while everyone else is running around in circles or stressing in their houses in lock-down, you’ll be the one able to remain calm and grounded, finding strategies and energy to keep moving ahead in some way.

Today adjust if you are needing to, keep your vision clearly visible and trust God to take care of you. Then when the uncertainty passes and the world gets back on a more even keel, you’ll have continued to be productive, whilst also being far more rested, peaceful and ready to continue running your race well. 

Prayer: Lord thank you that even in uncertainty you are in control. Please help me to make the most of every opportunity to keep moving forward, to draw close to you and to remain steadfast and consistent in who I am. I ask for your peace to fill my heart today. In Jesus name Amen.

23 Mar – The Battle In Your Head

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Considering the onslaught on social media, most news feeds and pretty much everyone you have a conversation with at the moment, I thought this was a good reminder to watch what is going on in our heads.

Our right thinking is a necessity to living a peaceful, joy- filled, victorious life. “For as he (a person) thinks in his heart, so is He” (Proverbs 23:7), or “as a man thinks in his heart so does he become”. Primarily because our actions, emotions and beliefs are a direct result of out thoughts. If we have a fearful, negative mindset there is a pretty good chance we are going to have a negative. fearful life.

Which emphasises the point that God wants us to really think more carefully about what we are thinking about because He knows that our minds are both a powerful resource and a battlefield.

Our minds under authority of our spirit’s are a resource to think, speak and believe for amazing, wonderful things which God reveals to our spirit’s, so that we can declare what he shows us and see them come to pass. However our minds can also become the 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 upon negatives, evil and hopelessness. Unfortunately the devil also often uses people around us to do his work for him as they knowingly or unwittingly speak his type of words – of death, destruction, lies, gossip, fear and lack. (John 10:10)

To combat this assault to our minds God has given us keys. He instructs us in His Word to take every thought captive which rises up against who God is and what He has said about Himself, our relationship with Him and our future’s. We are called to discipline our minds to have authority over every, and He means every thought, which is not grounded in Him and His Word.

Unfortunately most of us spend far too much time entertaining thoughts which are not of God and which then cause us to have problems with issues such as fear, doubt, anger, and anxiety. Instead of struggling under these negative forces God wants us to challenge and take captive every thought that disagrees with His Word and the revelation He has given us. We must be smart and realise that our enemy the devil subtlety and often slowly uses our negative thoughts to  trap us into fear and doubt, which then leads to an array of other problems.

To fight back we can be firm and uncompromising about what we are allowing ourselves to think about. We take captive our contrary thoughts and go on the offensive and start to declare what God says about us, rather than what the negative thoughts in our head have been saying. We stand and declare what God says about our life; about our finances, our relationships, our children, our homes, workplaces, city, nation and futures. We do our homework and dig into the word and find out if we don’t know. We learn to think upon and speak only the truths found in God’s Word, and in the process make the devil and his cohorts shut up, as we shift and replace old negative thought processes with truth.

Today I encourage you to use the God given authority you have been given to bring the battle in your mind under control. Take every negative, fearful, unbelieving, contrary word captive and make it bow to what God says about you. Consider whether you need to delete, switch off, disconnect, and/or step away from any relationships to do so. But most importantly don’t stand for the assault on your mind a minute longer, and take hold of what Jesus has done for you and kick that stinking thinking out of your head today.

“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 up 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, the issues the world is facing, my relationships and future. In Jesus name Amen.

 

22 Mar -What Distracts You?

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I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to be taken off our purpose and mission in life. In other words how we can allow ourselves to get distracted and then before we know it we are totally off course. For me if I’m honest I think other people and their opinions and issues is usually what causes me to get distracted and to lose my focus. More often than not I should just not engage with certain types of people or the issues they get wound up about.

A simple solution to avoiding distraction is to realise what distracts us the most and to do less of that! To figure out what’s distracting us from our faith, our purpose, our dreams and our real relationships. When we know what and whom we are to focus on, we can then practice being present in that space. This results in us being better able to come up with ways to do less of what is a distraction, and more of what is important to us.

Instead of getting distracted we figure out what God is doing for and in us and then as Bob Goff says, “we choose to do a bunch of that. Don’t look at everyone else, but look at how God has made you and do that.”

Take some time this week to find out what you want, who you are and what you are called to be and do. Then do what it takes to get what you want. It’s amazing I think to realise what we are all capable of doing and being, if we do less of what is a distraction and more of what we really want and are seeking to become. 

Today I encourage you to figure out what distracts you most. Then determine this week to do less of that, and more of what will enable you to become, achieve and have what you want in life.

“And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)

“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” (John 15:7 NLT)

Prayer: Lord please help me to become very focused and purposeful in my day and to figure out what I actually want, and to do more of that, and less of anything that distracts me from that purpose and plan. In Jesus name Amen.

21 Mar – Be Strong!

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I’ve decided that the world really needs strong people who know how to stand up for themselves when necessary and will listen to God and his way of doing things.

I love the account in the bible about a guy name Joshua. He had a tough job in being the man who was chosen to follow in the footsteps of Moses. Moses had led a whole nation out of captivity and had been used by God to do repeated wonders and miracles. Now it was Joshua’s turn to lead and God’s words of encouragement to Joshua were that he was to be strong and courageous. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

I’ve discovered, as Joshua no doubt did, that to be truly strong in every circumstance it’s wise to understand that our strength will eventually run out, whereas God’s strength does not. He is the one that has it all under control and says it’s going to be all right. He is the one who calms the storm, silences the noise and makes a way where previously there was no way.

God asks for us to be strong; but not just in our own strength, but in His strength and in the power of His might. He wants us to draw upon and rely on His supernatural ability to live our lives. Because when we do that we suddenly have the limits taken off, the impossible becomes possible and the weakest, most fearful person becomes strong.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”(Ephesians 6:10)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

With God we don’t have to have all the answers or handle and be strong in everything we face all by ourselves. In the very hardest times of my life where death, lack and disappointments have threatened to “take me out”, I’ve discovered that I don’t have to struggle through circumstances alone. God says that we gain and renew our strength when we wait on Him and ask for His help and assistance. He promises that, “He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Today, don’t feel like you have to go through the day fearful, striving and stressing, attempting to do everything all by yourself. For right there for the asking is all the strength you will ever need. Wait on God, take the time to learn His way of doing things and rest assured in the knowledge that He has all the ability and strength you’ll ever need. Be strong today.

Prayer: Lord thank you that I am strong and courageous because you are with me wherever I go. Thank you for your supernatural strength and ability flowing through me today. In Jesus name Amen.

20 Mar – Little Eyes Are Watching

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Today I had to take our 10 year old son to the doctor for something which needed medical treatment but was non-corona virus related. As we walked into the medical centre we were greeted by a red taped off line on the ground which we were requested to stand behind as well as a barrier preventing us from getting anywhere near the reception desk. There were also seats in the waiting room and outside areas marked with more red tape so you couldn’t sit near others, which is now required with social distancing rules.

As we waited my son turned to me with a perplexed look on his face. “Everyone looks so scared in here Mum” he said, “You can really feel fear in the room.” I agreed with him and gave him a hug, and we proceeded to discuss how we can overcome fear and worry and handle our feelings of anxiety. The result of our discussion was that everyone, and especially the elderly people walking past us received a beaming smile and a wave hello from our son, which was met with a smile and nod of thanks. As he smiled, made eye contact and greeted as many people as he was able to I wondered why as adults we weren’t able to do the same?

Repeatedly the receptionist would call loudly and abruptly from the safety of her desk to new patients coming in the door, to state where they had been and if they had any particular symptoms. Many of these people were elderly or frail and some couldn’t hear well, which left everyone feeling a little awkward and unsettled in the waiting area as they were forced to listen to each exchange. To add to the unfortunate atmosphere we were having to listen to a loud discussion between staff  about how everyone was going to get sick… the everyone statement I took exception to. When we eventually saw the Doctor we were asked to sit on seats lined up against the wall, with more red tape keeping us at a metre or more distance from the Doctor.

Aside from my thoughts on the corona virus and people’s reactions, what I realised today is the importance of how we choose to handle a crisis. Everywhere we went today; to the library, supermarket and medical centre we were met with taped off areas, stressed and panicked looking individuals and people seeing each other as an eminent threat, rather than fellow members of their community.  Few are smiling, warning signs are everywhere, people are feeling judged by what is in their shopping trolley’s and fear is palatable. Now a lot of people would say, “Well stay at home”, which is all well and good until you have to go out, and especially if you have to take children.

The thing is, little eyes and ears are listening and watching us, and you can be sure they won’t remember much about the corona virus apart from the toilet paper frenzy and how it felt to see people pulling away from one another, fighting over food and talking over and over about how bad everything is and generally freaking out.

For their sake I’m hoping and praying we will start to do better. That we will all choose to put our faith and trust into gear, believe for God to protect and see us through, control what we can control graciously and with kindness, encourage and look after one another and generally be the people we are all capable of being.

For the sake of our children let’s step up and try to do better. Because long after this virus has disappeared, our children will still remember how it felt to either see us pull together as we behaved wisely, graciously and in faith or they’ll remember the world freaking out. The choice is our’s. 

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

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God , in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Prayer: Lord please give us the grace and wisdom to control what we can control and to leave the rest in your capable hands. Thank you that you are control. In Jesus name Amen.

19 Mar – Help Available

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I was having a quiet few minutes sitting in a cafe today and welcoming the reprieve from the busyness of my day and also the crazy world that we are living in right now.

Up on the wall there was a poster which captured my attention. It said, “Help was on her doorstep. All she had to do was let it in.” (Funnily enough at first glance I thought it said, “Hope is at her doorstop”)

Whichever way you read it, we can all do with a reminder of the simple truth that help and hope are often both on our doorstep and we just have to open our hearts and lives to receive it when its offered. To let help in even if that may hurt, make us feel vulnerable or we initially are uncomfortable to do so.

How often I have gone through things alone, when all along there was help available if I’d only opened my heart and mind to receive it. Some experiences would have been so much easier to cope with and I would have travelled through them far quicker if I’d been open to some help along the way.

King Solomon who is noted as one of the wisest men in history once said, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT)

I’ve discovered over the last few years that help, and especially God’s help, can come from unexpected people and places at times. It can be from those you may not have known for very long, yet you quickly form a bond that you know is heaven sent. Or you cultivate relationships with people who give wise counsel and may even be a specialist in their field of help. I’ve acknowledged that in taking the steps to seek out and open the door to others’ support we will invariably be setting aside our fears, pride and independence, but in turn we will gain so much from receiving and acknowledging their ability and willingness to help.

God is faithful and He doesn’t leave us alone. Help is on our doorstep and God sends it in many shapes and sizes. The key is to recognise it and then determine to let it in.

I encourage you to lay abide going it alone today. God promises, “He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) Which means help and hope from heaven are knocking at your door today, why not let them in.

Prayer: Lord thank you that you help me through every season and circumstance of my life. I don’t ever have to walk alone for you promise to be with me all the ways of my life, and to also send help and support through others. Please help me to recognise your help when it is on my doorstep and to let it in and thank you I don’t have to walk alone anymore. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

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