Archive for March, 2012

A Promise Given…

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Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 “When you make a vow to God, don’t delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow.”

Now, I’m sure you want God to delight in you… we sure do! Our verse tells us a simple way to make this happen. Whenever we make a promise to God we must fulfill it without delay. We must accomplish our part of the vow quickly.

Nowadays people are amazed when you do what you say? In our hectic society it is easy to make promises and never fulfill them. Our words are easily spoken but the route taken to fulfill them is sometimes difficult. Even in the Christian world people find it difficult to do what they promise. It can be a real challenge.

I know there are many things we promise God. We often promise to pray more, to financially help others, to serve and to help or even to plead ways of getting out of the tight spots in life. Remember, God knows every promise that we have made with him. The fact is not what we vowed but it is that we fulfill our part quickly.

This week, allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of the promises you made to God. He will give you a strategy, bathed in mercy and grace, to fulfill them quickly. Then the delight of the Lord will fall upon you. You will be able to walk in fresh favor before both God and man. So why not make this a week to remember!

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Your Time for Revelation…

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Nehemiah 8:18 ” Ezra read from the Book of The Revelation of God each day, from the first to the last day…” [MSG]

As we get hungry our body starts yearning food. The longer we ignore this feeling the more our body craves nourishment. Some people may get the shakes; others get a little short in their temper. The fact is our bodies need food.

In Nehemiah 8 we see the priest Ezra spiritually feeding the people of God. He is distributing revelation from God’s Word to all the hungry masses. He does it faithfully from the first day to the last. This shows us that it takes time to receive revelation from God’s Word. But, once received, we have solid steps built into our future!

In our busy culture we don’t always stop long enough to fully hunger for revelation from God. We often push down the desire that we have for it. The plain truth is that we need to make time each day to get deeper into God’s Word.

So, why not set aside a little extra time over the next 7 days just to hunger for revelation from His Word. Do it every day from the first day to the last. As you are faithful in this you will be surprised at how much revelation and help you will receive from God.

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The Real Life…

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Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Take charge!”

When we meet someone for the first time we often remember the conversation that took place. Those who are married often remember exactly what they said the first time they met each other. These are important times and so we remember them.

Now, today’s verse contains some of the most important words in the whole bible and it is essential that we understand them. They are the first words ever spoken by God to His creation, mankind. They are the first words ever heard by the ears of man and contain the first direction on what we are to achieve in life.

God said He wants us to:

  • Prosper
  • Be Fruitful [Reproduce]
  • Replenish [Fill the Earth]
  • Subdue [Take Charge]

These words describe the overcoming life that God desires us to live. If we live life at anything less we will be living below the potential that God has for us. Remember that God is not speaking of living a selfish and lavish lifestyle. Rather he is describing a victorious life marked by caring and helping others on life’s journey.

This week, activate God’s first words in your day-to-day life. Make a decision that no matter what situation comes your way, you are going to view it His way. Look at the situation [no matter how difficult it seems] and plan how you can make it prosper, be fruitful, replenished and subdued. Life will take on a whole new beauty as you do!

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God Called You

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1 Thessalonians 5:24 “The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” [MSG]

As a child whenever my mother called me, even in a crowded room, I recognized her voice and knew that I had to respond straightaway. In a similar way, as we grow in God, we get to know His voice. When He calls us, we hear and should respond.

Now, it is very easy to ignore God’s voice when He calls. We can disregard it, pretending not to hear Him. We can hold our strong desire to respond deep within us. But why do we do that? Why don’t we just respond?

Our verse clearly states that when He calls us He is completely dependable to complete what He said. “If he said it, he’ll do it!” We shouldn’t allow our fears, inadequacies and past hurts to colour the clear voice of God in our lives!

This week let’s all remember that God is completely dependable – no matter what happens. Know that He will produce exactly what He has spoken to you! It is His personal promise to us.

Why not make this your VICTORY CRY for the week… “If he said it, he’ll do it!”

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