Archive for June, 2015

Name Change…

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“No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you…” Genesis 17:5

Our name is what we’re known & recognized by. Growing up we hear, “That’s just like Sally” or “There goes Johnny the mechanic” Our name becomes a reflection of what we’ve done & who we were. People will greet us, refer to us and get our attention simply by using our name. Even when we alter what we do our name remains.

In today verse we see God changing a name, Abram to Abraham. No longer was Abraham to be referred to in the old way. We’re told that God had made him into something new. His new name reflects God’s promises & his future rather than his dysfunction & his past.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says when we’re born again old things are passed away and all things are become new” All things include our name. The old meaning of our name is dead and a new meaning has begun. No longer does our name reflect our past failures and defeats. No longer does it label us with what we did or did not do. Our name now reflects and labels us with the promises God has made us. He’s made us victorious [Romans 8:37], He’s given us future and hope [Jeremiah 29:11] and we are blessed [Ephesians 1:3].

This week lets release the old meaning of our name and pick up the new. Let’s walk with our head held high as the child of God we are. Let’s be known and recognized by the promises God has spoken over us. Our name may sound the same but what it reflects is what God had made us rather than what our past has branded us.

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The God Touch…

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“Move your heart closer and closer to God, and He will come even closer to you” James 4:8

Some people like to be close to nature so they move to the country. Some like to be close to shopping, entertainment & people so they move to the city. Some enjoy the ocean so they move closer enjoying the many benefits that beaches offer. No matter what we like, we must move to be close to what we love.

Today’s verse let’s us know we need to move our hearts if we want to be close to God. This means we must bring our hearts near and join them to God’s ways rather than ours. Whenever we move our hearts closer and closer to God, He comes even closer to us. The closer we get, God gets even closer. But that’s not all, there’s even more.

When translated from the original Aramaic this verse continues on to say “and He will be touching you.” That’s right, God wants to get so close to us that He touches our lives. If we’ve ever needed a touch from God then today’s verse tells us exactly how to get it. It’s by moving our hearts closer and joining them to God’s way of doing things. As we do this God closes in on us until He’s touching us.

This week let’s purposely move our hearts closer & closer to God until He touches us. No matter what area needs a God touch find it in His Word, make decisions that line up with it and then keep moving your heart closer & closer until He touches you. Always remember that we must move first, then God moves closer, and our future is forever changed

Discover more about moving our heart closer to God in our latest teaching “Dinner with Pigs” It’s not about the prodigal son it’s about being touched by God.

Dinner with Pigs

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Stolen Focus…

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“For God so loved the world that he gave…” John 3:16

Have you ever received a beautiful trinket only to notice a slight imperfection on what is an otherwise perfect keepsake? You didn’t notice it originally but now every time you look, you see it. It’s absolutely beautiful in every other way but that fault catches your eye every time and that’s all you can focus on. The problem is stolen focus.

Today’s verse let’s us know that our God is a giver. He has given us magnificent gifts that are beautiful, powerful and essential for a Godly life. We already have them and we should focus on them. Our enemy, the devil, continually tries to steal our focus and put it on loss rather than gain. Worse still he tries to find fault in what God has given us. When we don’t allow the devil to steal our attention we keep our focus and our Godly future.

Here are a few things that God’s Word says He’s already given us. They are beautiful, powerful and essential for a Godly life…

2 Peter 1:4 – God has given us his very great and precious promises

2 Peter 1:3 – God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.

2 Timothy 1:7 – God has given us a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline

1 John 5:11 – God has given us eternal life

2 Thessalonians 2:16 – God has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope

2 Corinthians 10:8 – God has given us authority to build others up

2 Corinthians 5:18 – God has given us the task of reconciling people to him

1 John 3:24 – God has given us His spirit to live in us

This week let’s concentrate on these verses. Let’s continually remember what God has given us and how beautiful, powerful and essential they are for our future.

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The Best Day…

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“One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches” Psalm 84:10

Everybody has a dream vocation location. It may be the ski slopes of Aspen, the historical sights of Europe or even a tropical Island getaway surrounded by white sandy beaches. Many people plan their whole life to just “one day” be able to fulfill this dream. When they do their short holiday often proves to be everything it promised and frequently a whole lot more.

Today’s verse lets us know about a place that’s better than anything we could dream up. It’s a place that we can go to anytime we want and it’ll far exceed our greatest dreams & desires. It’s a place where spending a single day refreshes us for thousands of days ahead. It’s a place of immense beauty. One that we don’t need to travel far to reach and one that doesn’t take all our hard earned cash to get to.

The place we’re talking about is the house of God, His Church, during true worship. It’s a time when everybody’s focus is not on each other or their problems; it’s fully on God. This place is more refreshing than a beach getaway and it’ll create memories that will far outlive any snapshot we’d take on a vocation. Some believers don’t experience it because they don’t go to Church to worship in truth [John 4:24]

This week let’s take a refreshing break from all the pressure and pain that often surrounds us. Let’s make our way to our local church, there’s always one close by. Turn up for the next service just for God and not for other people’s thoughts & opinions. As the worship time starts close your eyes & truly worship God for who He is. As all the pressure and pain fades away in God’s presence allow His refreshing to enter your life – it will beat thousands of days spent on Greek Island beaches.

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It’s About Time…

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“They will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover” Mark 16:18

Have you ever been reorganizing your things and discovered a card with some money still in it. You vaguely remember receiving it & putting it away safely. Your discovery makes you very happy & the extra cash sure comes in handy.

Today’s verse shows us something that’s hidden which needs to be rediscovered. It’s part of the great commission, the very last thing Jesus instructed all believers to do. Jesus said to lay hands on the sick but very few believers actually do. When we do we’re fulfilling the great commission and people will recover from their sicknesses.

One reason believers haven’t fulfilled this part of the great commission is they’re ignorant of it or have forgotten that Jesus said it. When we start treating this truth like the great treasure in a lost card, we’ll see sick people recovering. Laying hands on them is a rich treasure Jesus entrusted to us. But if we don’t start doing it then people are robbed of the healing God has for them.

This week let’s get bold. Let’s take Jesus’ final instruction and do exactly what He said. Find someone, anyone, who is sick and ask if you can pray for them. When they agree hold hands and pray. Allow God’s healing anointing to flow to them and commence its restoration. Mark 16:17 simply says that as we believe, miracles will happen, and people will be restored

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