Archive for February, 2013

Get in line…

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Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me”

Have you ever had to wait in a long line for service? It often happens at the bank, supermarket or when buying a ticket.  Even obtaining the simplest answer to a question means that everyone lined up ahead of you must be served before you’re heard.

This weeks verse says that there is only one true God and we should have no other gods before Him. This means we should have nothing lined up beyond or in addition to Him. Our God is the only answer to what we need in life. If we place Him at the front of our line then we’ll get rapid access to what’s needed.

There are so many things that people put in the line before God. They put their financial, emotional, relational or health issues ahead of Him; then wonder why they don’t get answers from heaven. When we love, fear, delight in and depended upon God we move Him to the front of our line. Then we obtain access to, and answers from, heaven.

This week let’s quickly evaluate our lives and see if there’s a queue of thing between God and us. If there is then join us by lifting your hands and worshipping the one true God with a fresh spirit. As you begin to love, fear, delight in and depended upon God again you’ll discover him at the front of your queue and not at the back. Before long things will change and life will be so much better. This is how we live our life so why not give it a go!

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Love and Faithfulness…

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Psalm 36:5 “Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds”

Have you ever taken time to look at the sky? At night the stars seem uncountable in number as they stretch forth in every direction. In the daytime clouds sweep by seemingly close enough to touch but always beyond our grasp.

Today’s verse lets us know that God’s faultless, reliable and constant love is as vast and endless as the heavens we see at night. Not only that, His faithfulness reaches beyond the things that we can see until it effects the things that we can’t.

When we made Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives He extended His unfailing love and far reaching faithfulness to us. We must accept and walk in these two amazing provisions. God loves us unfailingly and His faithfulness reaches far beyond what is visible. Together they empower us to achieve the purposes and plans that God has ordained for us.

This week take time to stop and look at the sky in the day and at night. Allow the Holy Spirit to minister and show you the great extent of God’s love. Allow Him to reveal how far reaching His faithfulness is. Accept His love and faithfulness and walk in it. Before long you’ll be empowered to win in life and be able to help others flourish like never before.

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Released and Free…

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Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you”

Daily we’re offered the opportunity to become offended with people. It may be with our politicians, pastors, friends or strangers. No matter who offends us, if we don’t deal with it, our future becomes incapacitated.

This weeks verse clearly shows us why we need to forgive. It simply says that our heavenly father doesn’t forgive our offence unless we forgive others. We must learn how to forgive and release people who offend us.

So, how do we know if we’re carrying offence? If we clearly remember the pain and hurt of the event then it’s likely that forgiveness towards that person is still in process in our life. We must continue to release people from the blame for what they’ve done so we can be released from the clutches of offence.

This week let’s work on forgiving those who have offended us. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to release them and forgive them. Then commit to pray for them just like you would pray for yourself. As you do this any bitterness in your soul will leave and hindrances to your future will dissolve.

We’ve done this and it works, so we encourage you to do it as well. Get ready because as you apply this principle to your life it will propel you forward into God’s amazing plans for your future.

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Doing it all…

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Philippians 4:13 “For I can do ALL THINGS through Christ, who gives me strength”

Some days we think we’ve conquered the world only to discover that there’s still a long “to do” list left. It has taken every ounce of strength to get this far so the rest will have to wait for another time. Everyone experiences days like these.

Today’s verse reminds us how to achieve victory every day. You and I can do somethings & many things in our own strength but we can’t do ALL THINGS. If we want to achieve our full potential we need help. We must obtain it through Christ. He gives us the strength and ability to do ALL THINGS, even the seemingly impossible!

So, how do we access Christ’s strength to do ALL THINGS just like the Apostle Paul? It’s simple, we ensure that Jesus is the central focus of our life. We place Him above and before everything else. We honour Him first in every arena of life – private, public and personal. Jesus gets the best of our time, our resource and our relationships. We vigilantly keep every arena of our lives focused on Jesus.

As we do this the gates of blessing from heaven open and Christ’s strength floods our life. So, this week, re-arrange your life to honour Jesus even more. It takes many simple decisions throughout the day to achieve this and then the promise of Philippians 4:13 will overtake your life and joy will become your constant companion.

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