Archive for September, 2011

The Better Change…

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Proverbs 19:21 “You can make many PLANS, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” [NLT]

Long before a house is built there are PLANS drawn. As the building progresses we usually make many changes. When it’s complete we have a house that looks exactly the way we want. In a similar way we make our own firm PLANS for the future. As our lives progress God intervenes and makes adjustments to our PLANS so that our lives will end up looking exactly like He wants.

Here is how it works. When we make PLANS that are selfish or that are not right in God’s eyes… He intervenes. He may do this by using His word, other people or by speaking directly into our spirit. It doesn’t matter how He intervenes. What matters is our response. We must make corrections as instructed because God’s purpose will prevail.

This week stay close to the Holy Spirit. Listen for heavens PLANS. If His PLANS don’t match ours then it is time to adjust our PLANS. Remember, God’s purposes will always win so bond to His success. Don’t be an observer… become a part of His purpose here on earth today!

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Not You Too…

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2 Corinthians 1:4 “He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” [MSG]

Life gets pressured and before we know it we are overwhelmed… it’s a hard time. When we find ourselves in hard times it is always comforting to have someone by our side. They are not merely there to HELP, but also provide comfort.

Our verse today knits together God’s way of bringing hard times to an end and it’s a lot easier than we think! It is in these hard times that God comes beside us to HELP and to comfort us like no one else can. The Holy Spirit undertakes this role – He is our comforter and our very present HELP in time of need.

But that’s just part of the story… after we have experienced this amazing comfort and HELP from the Holy Spirit, God wants us to do something with it – Give it away! God says find another person in a hard time and HELP them the same way He HELPED us. We are not to sit around just wanting comfort. No! God’s plan for us is to HELP others!

This week, reach out to HELP and comfort someone in a hard time. Watch how quickly your difficulties end and how blessed others are through you.

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It’s Coming To You…

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Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” [NASB]

Did you ever plant seeds in a garden and they failed to come up? This has happened to me and it can be quite disappointing. In life we often carry expectations that do not produce our anticipated result. We can end up HARVESTING something different to what we wanted or expected to get.

This is where our verse fits, giving us understanding about our HARVEST. You see a HARVEST always comes from what we previously planted. What we plant includes attitudes, finances, words, acts of kindness… the list is endless!

The truth is that spiritual laws have the potential to operate in either a positive or negative way, depending on how we use them. It is absolutely vital that we take into account that in our future we will be required to HARVEST what we planted.

Here’s the solution: Plant good seed! As we consciously do this we plant less bad seed and when HARVEST time comes we have confidence that it will be a good HARVEST!

Remember this: Don’t plant what you don’t want to HARVEST in your future.

There is always a HARVEST coming to us – let’s make sure it a good one!

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It Will Happen…

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Hebrews 6:14 “He said, ‘I promise that I’ll BLESS you with everything I have – BLESS and BLESS and BLESS!'”[MSG]

I remember as a child how long it seemed to take for my birthday to arrive. It felt like an eternity. In reality, all I had to do was wait patiently and it would happen. In our verse today there is a very powerful promise from God.  This promise was so important to God that He took an oath in His own name that it would happen. He made this promise a certainty.

What is this promise? God wants to BLESS you! And that’s not all… He doesn’t want to just BLESS you once, He wants to BLESS and BLESS and BLESS you. WOW! The truth is God’s intention is to BLESS you continually not just once. He wants to BLESS you again and again and again.

In the very next verse God says “…and so after waiting patiently Abraham inherited the promise.” In the same way as kids we had to wait patiently for our birthday each year we must also wait patiently for His promise.  So there you have it… our trust is in God, as we patiently believe that He wants us to be BLESSED and BLESSED and BLESSED!

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