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Move Aside Please…

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Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

Often at meetings and conferences I need to make my way quickly through large groups of people. I would love them to part like the red sea and let me pass but this seldom happens. So I’ve discovered that the quickest way through is to select my destination and then move slowly and surely towards it. I apologize and excuse myself on the way but I do not let anyone or anything stop me from getting there.

In today’s verse the Apostle Paul asks a very poignant and important question. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? He follows this question with a list of things that people will use to slow us but it’s the people using them that need to move. That’s right my friend, people will bring tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and the sword against us specifically to separate us from the love of Christ. But they must move out of our way!

Now it’s only when we refuse to be separated that we receive our victory. What we must do is keep our focus solely on Christ’s love as we keep moving slowly and surely towards Him. We must refuse to let others obstruct and hinder our progress. We must stay focused and keep moving forward on our path to victory.

It matters little what hindrance we’re faced with today as long as we keep our focus. No matter what tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword is put before us it must move aside. Remember it’s OK to SAY “NO” to the things that hinder our progress in Christ and it’s OK to SAY “YES” to the things that expedite our journey.

It’s a great week ahead

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It is Possible…

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Luke 9:13 But Jesus said, “You feed them…”

I absolutely love Jesus! He gives such clear instruction. In this instance the disciples thought He was telling them to do something impossible. In reality Jesus had told them to do something that was difficult but not impossible. Jesus never asks us to do anything that is impossible.

So, Jesus demonstrated here in the feeding of the 5000, exactly how to have victory over a difficult task…

  1. He took what was available
  2. He put His trust in heaven as His source
  3. Prayed & commanded Blessing on what was in his hands

The result was that the little He held was multiplied and became more than enough to complete the task. It was a difficult task but it was not impossible.

It is easy for us to feel challenged by God’s Word and what it instructs us to do. The fact is it may be difficult but it is never impossible.

When we feel overwhelmed we’re to do as Jesus did…

  1. Take what is available
  2. Put our trust in Him as our source
  3. Pray & command Blessing on what we have

The result will be multiplication to achieve the task. We will receive more than enough to accomplish it. Remember it may seem difficult but it will never be impossible.

Why not apply this truth from today on. As we do I believe we’ll begin to see the miraculous take place and we’ll quickly discover that nothing is impossible when we put our trust in God!

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Holding You Up…

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Isaiah 28:10 “God tells us everything over and over – one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”

The foreman is one of the most important people on a job site. They’re in charge of the construction crew and everything that happens. They continually give direction, solving problems as they arise. The foreman ensures that the building is finished as specified within the correct time-frame.

Today’s verse lets us know that God is our master foreman. He tells us everything we need to know again and again. This is so we understand and construct our lives to His specification not our own. The problem is many people stubbornly build their lives without listening to what He says. They end up with a shemozzle and then want to blame everyone else for their failure. They should have simply listened and avoided disaster.

Now, it’s impossible to build the third floor of a house until the ground and second floors are in place. We’re told that God builds one line at a time, line upon line. This is because it’s a fruitless exercise to jump ahead and construct something that has no foundation beneath it; it’s guaranteed to collapse. Many people attempt to build their lives without foundation and out of God’s divine order. They eventually collapse. Taking heed to the Master Foreman’s instructions and obeying them could easily avoid this.

Today, let’s yield to God as our master foreman by listening to and doing His Word. He wants to build and extend our lives into new and exciting areas. But remember He’s only going to do it His way, in His time and to His plan – not ours. When He’s finished we’ll be exactly what He hoped and we’ll be fit to function exactly when He needs us.

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Still Breathing…

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Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Hallelujah!”

After a long run or following some strenuous exercise we can often feel short of breath. We suddenly become aware just how vital breathing is. After a quick rest we are soon back to normal ready to continue our daily routines. Breathing is vitally essential to life and health in the natural.

Today’s scripture, the concluding verse in the book of psalms, reminds us that breath has another very important function. While we have it we are to praise The Lord. So, if we ever question whether it’s the right time to praise the Lord or not we can just check to see if we’re breathing. If we are, then it’s the perfect time to praise Him.

An adult takes between 12 & 20 breathes a minute. That’s 12 to 20 reminders every minute to praise The Lord. When we think of it that way we have little excuse to forget this important part of life. Praise is our God appointed calling and is vital for a vibrant and successful spiritual life.

This week let’s give God the recognition He deserves by taking our praise to its highest level. Let’s use our breathing to remind us to set time aside time to sing, speak and demonstrate our praises to Him. As we exalt God beyond everything else we step into the realm of high praise. This sacrifice allows us to build a strong relationship with God the father and causes peace to invade our lives like never before.

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