Archive for February, 2012

No Longer Religion…

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Acts 10:1-2 “There was a man in the city of Caesarea by the name of Cornelius. He was a captain of an Italian group of the army. He and his family were good people and honored God. He gave much money to the people and prayed always to God.”

The bible says Cornelius was a good man who greatly respected God and treated Him with honour, obedience and he gave generous amounts of money to people as he prayed continually.

As we continue to read about Cornelius, we find that God came to him in a vision because of his respect, his honour, his obedience, his prayers and his generous giving. In the vision, God laid out how everything that Cornelius was doing was releasing salvation and healing to his household.

But that’s not all… God also brought the Apostle Peter, a mighty man of God, into Cornelius’ home to release the power of God right into his situation.  Are you getting excited?  We sure are! See how obedience to God and giving generously to support His work on earth releases the power of God into our everyday situations.

Sound amazing?  Well it gets even better.  When the angel of the Lord showed up to Cornelius in the vision, the angel told Cornelius that his prayers and his generous giving were coming up as a MEMORIAL before God! [Acts 10:4]

Your obedience and giving makes a MEMORIAL before God…WOW! Why not become a MEMORIAL builder this week through your obedience and generosity. Partner with Spirit Word [click here] and be like Cornelius in these verses… God has power to release into your world today!

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It’s the Highway…

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Joshua 1: 6 “Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” [MSG]

I love driving between cities on modern highways. They are so much faster and more efficient than driving on old low roads that were built for a horse and cart.

During life’s journey we are continually offered opportunities to take the low road of being timid, fearful and discouraged. God wants us to know that there is a super highway available to us. It is a highway of strength and courage. A highway that will deliver us to our destination faster, efficiently and right on time!

Remember, like Joshua, we must learn to fight fear, discouragement and weakness when they attack us. God told Joshua many times over to be strong and courageous as he faced fear, weakness and discouragement. He is the same God now!

So today… “BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE.” The future that God has planned for you is full of promise and beauty.  Choose to walk along the highway of strength and courage that He has provided. God is on this road with you every step of the way – SO LET’S GO!

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It must be love, love, love…

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1 John 4:16 “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” [KJV]

This week on Valentines Day couples all around the world celebrate their love for each other. Each person will express his or her love in a different way. Some will be extravagant with cards, roses, chocolates and dinner while others may be more conservative with a simple “I love you”.

But God has a greater love than all of this! It’s a special type of love called “agape” love. It is an extravagant, selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love that God expresses towards us continually. No matter who we are or what we have done, God wants us to know and believe that He loves us this way. God is full and overflowing with agape love for YOU right now.

What is even more amazing is this: as we soak and bathe in God’s extravagant agape love we will discover that we are actually abiding in Him.  As His love abides in us it oozes through every fibre of our being reaching out to our family, friends and the world.

This week make a choice to abide in God’s agape love. You will then discover His extravagant love abiding in you.

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Where to now Lord?

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Micah 6:8 “…And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” [NIV]

Do you ever have difficulty discovering exactly what God wants you to do in life? Do you feel continually lost and disorientated? God doesn’t want us to live this way!  His will for our life can be discovered from today’s verse. It’s so easy and simple to apply.

There are only 3 simple things God ALWAYS requires of us:

  1. To Act justly
  2. To Love mercy
  3. To Walk humbly with Him

These 3 things are never just a “one time” event. God asks us to do them our entire life. He simply asks for our obedience to His Word and to love Him with all that is within us.

Its not our job to plan out every moment of our life – that’s God’s job! Our part is to trust God as we walk humbly with Him.  Even when we don’t understand God says to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him.

 Remember understanding never supersedes trust.

 Worry and fear cease when we apply these 3 simply keys. Decide today to act justly, love mercy and walk in humility with GOD. Let God take care of the rest and open up your future for you!

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