Archive for January, 2015

It Has Arrived…

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“Rise up and shine, for your light has come” Isaiah 60:1

Has the alarm ever woken you early in the morning and you find yourself a bit lost or disorientated? It takes a few moments to recognize and familiarize yourself to where you are and then to get up and get on with the day. The confusion passes quickly because you knew the reason for the alarm.

Today’s verse reminds us that heaven’s alarm is ringing in our lives. We’re told that our light has already come and therefore now is the time to rise up & shine. The problem is that many believers would rather hit the snooze button continuing on in their sleep and slumber but that’s not the plan.

We already have the light that overcomes all darkness. We already have the answers to every question that pertains to life and godliness – it’s His Word: The Bible. What many miss, forget or choose not to do is to “rise up and shine.” From before creation that’s what we’ve been designed to do, so that’s what we should be doing. Don’t ignore the sound from heaven rather rise up and shine.

This week realize that heaven is calling us to action. The light we need is already here and we’re equipped to shine it brightly. Make today the first day of the rest of your life where you rise up and shine the gospel of peace to all those around you. Talk to them, help them grow in God and become their Godly friend. Before long you’ll see them change and they’ll be eternally grateful that you woke up, obeyed God’s Word and shone His light.

James Hudson Taylor… “Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.”

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Let It Go…

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“Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.” Isaiah 43:18

It’s great to be in a new year. A new year can be a time of new beginnings just as much as it can be a time of pulling the past into our present and future. Some people make resolutions and then break them whilst others set new goals and directions, pour their energy into them & head towards success.

In todays verse the prophet Isaiah gives us a great key for moving ahead towards success. He says we should forget what’s happened previously & refuse to dwell on past events. The Apostle Paul said a similar thing when he wrote in Philippians 3:13 “I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”.

The enemy repeatedly uses our past failures and mistakes to sabotage our future. If he can get us to focus on failure then we’ll fail. Now stop & think for a moment what would happen if we stopped focusing on our failures: the enemy would have fewer tools to attack us with. Therefore we’d be equipped to succeed more easily.

This week remind yourself that everybody’s done wrong, everybody’s been hurt and everyone has hurt & wronged others. Then LET IT GO! We don’t have to fix everything, we simply need to forget the past and stop dwelling on it. The rest is up to God and He said in Romans 12:19 “Vengeance is mine; I will repay”. As we do our part by forgiving & forgetting then He can undertake His part.

 “A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men.” – Leonard Ravenhill

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Something Missing…

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“And these signs will accompany those who believe” Mark 16:17

Have you ever been undertaking a task only to discover that a vital or essential element to its completion was missing? Without that piece it can never be finished. At best, without it, the result will be weak or deformed and won’t function correctly. This can prove to be very frustrating and often disheartening.

Today’s verse reminds us that God’s signs & wonders only follow those who believe and trust in His promises. Believing God’s Word individually is often the vital piece missing in obtaining victory in our lives. Often people want to trust in people who trust in the promises of God but that’s not the key to victory that the Bible teaches. We’re taught to individually believe and trust the promises of God and then we get God’s result.

Now remember that God’s Word is chock-a-block full of powerful promises and 2 Corinthians 1:20 reminds us that every promise of God is yes & amen in Jesus. This means that you and I can have exactly what the Bible says we can. The missing element to success is often individually believing, trusting and having faith for God’s Promise to occur.

This week grab a hold of the promise of God that is most vital to your future. Find Bible verses that support and encourage this promise. Start speaking them out, memorizing them, journaling and remembering them. As we believe them we’ll start to see signs & wonders that we previously thought were impossible.

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”- Corrie ten Boom

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My God…

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Habakkuk 3:19 “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army”

People often remember others by the experiences they’ve had when they spend time together. If they’ve been entertaining then they’re fun people, if they talk a lot they’re chatty, if they like taking risks they’re exciting. Other people may have a completely different perception. Each person’s perception is dependent on his or her own experience and time shared together.

The prophet Habakkuk declares in todays verse how he sees God. What he shares is very, very powerful. He says that God is his strength, his personal bravery and His invincible army. When Habakkuk spent time with God and lingered in His presence that’s what he saw. It was enough to answer everything he needed and every problem he faced.

So how do you see God? Many believers see Him as the sender of trials, disasters and difficult time. Others think he sends sickness disease and distress. None of this could be further from the truth given in His Word, the Bible. Our God is good, trustworthy and faithful. He is strong, brave and invincible.

This week take a new look at God by spending some time with Him. Forget what others have said or ideas that you have held onto for years. Just open up your bible and start reading His Word afresh – like you’d never seen it before. In no time at all you’ll discover our God. The one who is your strength, your personal bravery and your invincible army just like He was to Habakkuk.

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