Archive for April, 2013

Solid Rock…

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Matthew 7:24 “Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

The key to any good building is the foundation. They hold & support the weight of everything that is built upon them. If the foundations are faulty, the whole building may be unstable and won’t endure. But good foundations produce a good building and good foundations are what we need to succeed.

This verse tells us that we need good solid foundations to live a successful life. Jesus says that whenever we hear what He says and we do it, strong foundations are formed for our future. If we ignore His voice, or choose not to obey, we cause faults to form in the foundations of our lives.

But that’s not all. As we hear and do what God’s Word says, wisdom enters our life. It permeates our foundations & influences every part of our life as we build upon it.

This week let’s strengthen our foundations. Let’s become hearers and doers of God’s Word in a greater measure. Our life’s foundations will become as solid as rock and everything we build will stand and endure. Life’s storms will not be able to destroy us and everything we do will be for the glory of God. That’s where we’re heading, so why not join us on this journey.

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Return to Sender…

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2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Have you ever received someone else’s mail by mistake? It may be addressed to a person who has left the address. If you don’t know the name you simply mark it “return to sender” and mail it back.

Today’s verse shows us how easy it is to receive the wrong thing. When we’re born again we are meant to receive things only from God. But the devil continually attempts to deliver stuff that we don’t need or want.

Fear is one thing that the devil will try to deliver and it’s not a gift we want. It is one that needs to be marked “return to sender” and be removed from our lives as fast as possible.

Our verse says that God simply sends us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. If we’re receiving anything else besides this then it’s not coming from God.

This week let’s check what we’ve already received in our lives. If it’s not full of God’s power and love and causing us to have a sound mind then it must be dealt with quickly. Tell fear that this verse says that it has landed at the wrong address and that we’re returning it to its sender. As we do this life will reach a new level of freedom as we receive only what God wants us to have.

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Passing It On…

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 “…Encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”

It is amazing how much a team can achieve in a day compared to a single person. As one team member helps the other, difficult tasks are quickly completed and easy tasks are knocked off in a fraction of the time. Each team member has the same vision and works toward the same goal.

This verse works on the team principle. As we are encouraged we should encourage others. As we are built up we should build others up. No matter what we’re doing any encouragements we receive we should pass on.

Now, the key to living this principle from God’s Word is that it takes one person to get it started. Whenever we encourage and build others up we create a healthy & Godly culture amongst all those that we are connected to.

This week why not be the encourager in your world. Start a tsunami of change by building others up and helping them accomplish their difficult tasks. Soon enough a team of great people will surround you and ensure that your difficult tasks are quickly completed and easy tasks are knocked off in a fraction of the time.

No matter what we’re doing this week let’s find people to encourage and build up. As they come across our path let’s make sure they know that we believe in them and are for them because we are all on the same team.

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You’re Picked…

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Acts 10:34 Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism”

Often times at school there were lively disputes as sporting teams were selected. The favourite kids were snapped up quickly while others were the last and often-time reluctant choice of the captains. This painful selection continued until every team was full.

Today’s verse lets us know that God doesn’t operate this way. He shows no favouritism between believers. What He offers to one is available to every other. Acts 10:35 gives us the key that God uses to accept us. It says that God will accept from every nation those who fear him and do what is right. This is God’s way, never favouritism.

Isn’t it liberating to know that when we reverence God and follow His Word, we’re accepted just like other believers. God doesn’t care where we’re born, how smart we are, how gifted or rich we become. He is interested in our heart attitude towards Him – nothing else.

This week let’s release ourselves from the bondage of favouritism. Rather than seeking mans approval in life let’s seek God’s. Take some extra time to reverence him in word, thought and deed remembering to do things His way. Before long what man thinks will mean nothing because we will be God’s friends. He will start using us to carry out great exploits in the Nations and life will become very exciting.

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New Things…

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2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

We celebrated Jesus on Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday and are now enjoying Easter Monday. It is the first day of a new month as well as the commencement of a brand new week. The anticipation of new things that God is about to do is building.

This verse helps us to understand how to deal with new things. It says that we are a new creation. It reminds us that old things die and new things come. As we begin this new week and month in the power of Christ we have this excellent verse to keep Jesus fresh in our minds.

Easter showed us that the resurrection power of Christ is very real. This power has the ability to make things new. It is available to anyone who is in Christ. It will cause some things in our lives to die as well as creating and birthing new things.

This week, let’s allow Christ’s resurrection power to invade every area of our lives. Old things will die and new things will be birthed for our future. We’re in a season of new beginnings so let’s jump into the powerful plans and purposes of God. Prepare for your future by allowing God’s new things to come alive in your life this week.

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