Archive for February, 2014

Fully Paid…

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2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all of God’s promises are “Yes” in Jesus and so through him we can say “Amen” to the glory of God”

After ordering my coffee recently I was preparing to pay when the barrister said that a customer ahead of me had already taken care of it. My coffee had been paid for in full. I was blessed by their generosity not even knowing who they were.

Today’s verse lets us know that Jesus has fully paid for every single promise that God made. Now, all God’s promises are designed to benefit us and never hurt us. They’re to help us on our journey forward. Every promise from God is powerful but the key is to receive what Jesus has already paid for in full.

To do this we must put our “Amen” [or “Yes”] with the “Yes” of Jesus. This means we’re taking the side of God’s Word and no other side. It allows us to start apprehending His unending & eternal promises. Then as we keep believing and speaking His Word without doubt, our “Yes” resonates with the “Yes” of Jesus causing a chorus of fulfilled promises to flood our lives.

This week lets stand on the promises of God anew. Let’s raise our “Yes” with the “Yes” of Jesus over them. Let’s take time to open His Word, the Bible, and locate a promise we need accomplished in our lives. Remember it’s been “Paid for in full!” So start agreeing with it, believing it, speaking it and accepting it. It will arrive complete, at just the right time, and accomplish all that it was designed to do.

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Check Your Pantry…

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Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”

Most people have a pantry or cupboard where they store many of the things they use to create beautiful food and meals. Every now and then we must check our pantry, restocking that which is missing & throwing out that, which is out-of-date or spoiled.

Today’s verse lets us know that we should check our spiritual pantry out regularly. This is our heart, the place where we store God’s Word. Our heart is the very center of our lives; we’re told that all issues of life flow from it [Proverbs 4:23] and out of its abundance our mouth speaks [Luke 6:45].

Knowing this makes checking our spiritual pantry easy. We just need to look over our lives and then listen to what flows from our mouth. Soon enough we’ll know exactly how our heart is going. If everything is fresh, full of life & faith we know that God’s Word is plentiful in our hearts. If we discover our pantry is empty, out-of-date and rotting with sin then we know its time for a clean-out. It’s time to restock our heart with the fresh Word of God.

This week is the time to “Spring Clean” our heart. Let’s take some time and check our heart to ensure that the Word of God is abundant, fresh and vibrant there. When it is, rivers of living waters will flow from our mouths into the lives of everyone we speak with. We’ll be better for it and we’ll cause life to come to others abundantly.

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Needing More Joy….

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Psalms 144:15 “Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord”

There’s an old saying “The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence.” Many people live their lives always in search of greener pastures rather than improving where they are right now.

Our God has built potential into every part of creation and He has given his children the precious keys to open it up. There’s the potential for joy where you are today. God knows the importance of joy in our lives and He neither denies nor hides it from us.

Psalm 144 shows us His simple process to obtaining joy as well as instructing us on how to live above any circumstance that wants to rob it from us. The basic foundation for Joy is making God our Lord and not just our God. Simply, we must cease just knowing about God and start living every part of our lives as He instructs in His Word. This is what brings joy.

God has placed the potential for joy exactly where you are today so there’s no need to look elsewhere. Start working God’s Word into your circumstances, family and workplace today and discover joy as it starts budding and flowering all around you.

This week let’s increase the Lordship of God by releasing His Word and His ways into our world. If there is little joy where you are then grab the keys from Psalm 144 and open up the potential for joy that God has placed there. Before long the greenest pasture of joy will be where you are and there will be no need to look elsewhere.

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Don’t leave me behind…

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Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

Have you ever left home in a rush and when nearing your destination suddenly remembered something that you were meant to bring. It’s often too late to return and get it so you arrive without it. You make apologies and try to get by but it’s often difficult.

Todays verse reminds us of 2 very important things that we’re to take everywhere – no exception! The helmet of salvation is what protects our minds from the onslaught of the world’s way of thinking. Whereas the sword of the Spirit is simply the Word of God. They are both spiritually essential to have with us every minute of every day.

Mercifully, if we realize that we’re without either one of these we don’t have to run back home to get them. The revelation of our salvation can be pulled up at anytime and be used to protect our minds. Accessing the Word of God on the other hand is determined by how much of it we know. John 8:31 says that when we live in His word, we are His disciples. This gives us the right to use His sword. The more of His Word we know then the sharper this sword can be – ready for victory.

This week lets keep reminding ourselves how great a salvation our Lord Jesus delivered to us. Doing this will protect our minds and deny access to worldly thinking. Then let’s open up God’s Word; the Bible and allow it to speak to us. Lets sharpen our swords with it and prepare for victory every day.

Remember… don’t leave them behind!

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