Archive for March, 2013

Mealtime…

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Revelation 3:20 “…If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.

Spending quality time together is always memorable. We often do this by sitting around a table, with friends, enjoying a great meal. The conversation is always animated, the fellowship is fabulous and the memories are precious.

Our verse tells us that we have an open invitation to spend quality time with Jesus. Not only do we get to have time together, we also get to hear what’s on Jesus’ heart while we share what’s on ours. We get to eat with Him, while He eats with us.

To enter this time of communion requires one simple act: us hearing the voice of Jesus. In the hustle and bustle of this modern world this can prove difficult at times but never impossible. Jesus never asks us to do the impossible.

We need to allocate time to step away from distractions and be alone to hear from Jesus. A great way is to make a cup of coffee, grab our bible, and spend a few minutes quietly in the garden just talking with Him. It is amazing what He shares during these moments.

This week why not have a meal with Jesus. Set a time and place to be alone and then get ready to hear from Him whilst sharing your heart. The conversation will be animated; the fellowship fabulous and the memories will be precious. Prepare yourself to be equipped to win in life like never before.

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Praise Him…

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Psalm 103:1 ” Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.”

We love buying gifts to bless people. Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the right item, other times it can be relatively easy. When we find it we often say “This gift will be perfect for so and so – it’s so them!”

Today’s verse tells us the right kind of gift for God. Our desire should be to praise Him with everything. Praise him through our body, soul and spirit. Praise Him with our heart, will, affections and emotions. Praise Him with our relationships, finances and everything that we have. God is worthy of ALL our praise.

We are designed to praise & bless God in this way. As we praise Him with our whole being we’re ensured that He remains the central and pivotal focus of our lives. Praising Him this way also leads us to all the wonderful benefits listed in the remainder of Psalm 103.

This week let’s ensure we give God the gift that He desires, the gift we were designed to give Him. Let’s praise Him with ALL that we are. Let’s use everything we have to praise His holy name. Never let others limit the level of your praise instead release everything you have to God. Doing this connects us back with Him and in no time at all we’ll be remembering ALL His marvelous benefits!

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Who are you hanging with…

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1 Corinthians 15:33 “Don’t be fooled… for “bad company corrupts good character”

It always amazes me how quickly rot spreads through a fruit bowl. One piece of fruit goes off and before long every piece that it touches is affected. Left alone all the fruit goes off. The only solution is to throw it out and clean up.

Our verse lets us know that relationships act like this bowl of fruit. If we have close relationship with people who are a bad influence, then before long, they’re going to affect our good character. This doesn’t happen instantly but the longer we stay together the more tainted our character becomes. The rot begins and then the rot sets in.

This verse tells us not to be fooled by this. Often people trick themselves, believing that they’re strong and can be the “good influence” on a bad group of people. They draw them close only to discover that they are rotten and now life has begun to stink where it used to be so sweet.

At the same time it is vitally important for us to be friendly to all people. Guarding and protecting our closest and most intimate relationships is essential in building a healthy future. It ensures that we have a healthy and protected core when we reach out to help others in need.

This week let’s check over our “fruit bowl” of relationships. Ensure that the people who are closest to us are the best influence we can find. When we choose people of good character we develop and grow quickly in God. This ensures that when others look to us for help they’ll be given the very best we have!

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Hope…

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Romans 4:18 “When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do”

Have you ever had a situation that looked impossible. No matter what angle you look at it from there doesn’t seem to be a good solution. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big or small problem, you know that you can’t advance until it’s been dealt with. These situations often seem hopeless.

Abraham was in a situation just like this. Everything around him seemed hopeless but he did something that you and I can do. He believed the promise of God, despite the hopelessness. He was confidently expectant that God would undertake in the areas that he was unable to.

Abraham’s focus was solely on what God said he would do. He did not gaze at what he couldn’t achieve rather he looked to the promise of God and steadfastly focused his faith on that. This caused Abraham to apprehend the promise that God had given him. When we focus our faith in the same way, we’ll get the same result.

This week let’s turn things around in our lives. Let’s focus on the promises that God has given us and not the hopelessness of the situation. The reality is unless God gets involved nothing changes anyway. As we do this, just like Abraham, the promise will be delivered and our lives will return to their right cause again.

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