Archive for December, 2015

A New Year Promise….

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“Forget what happened in the past, and do not ponder on old events”
Isaiah 43:18

For some this year has been amongst their best ever. For others this year ranks as one of their worst. This year contained many incidents & events that have forged many memories. When we think about this year these memories flood our thoughts and ignite our emotions. Some people would love another year exactly the same whilst others would prefer a year filled with the complete opposite. The good news is a new year is upon us and how we enter it will determine the direction we’ll take.

Today’s verse lets us know God’s way for believers to head into His future plan and purpose. He let’s us know we need to do 2 very important things:

1] Forget what’s happened in our past [Both good & bad]
2] Stop thinking about old events [Both good & bad]

In other words we’re told to put everything from our past into the past. We’re to stop continually resurrecting it and attempting to breath life into it. There’s no use hoping the past will change… it never will!

The next verse in Isaiah instructs us to look to God because He is about to do something new! The truth is if all we ever do is remember our past & think about old events then it’s impossible for us to look forward to our future. This future contains all the new things God has for us. He wants to fulfill every single one of His promises [2 Corinthians 1:20] and overflow our lives with His plan, future & Hope [Jeremiah 29:11].

This week let’s release ourselves from our past before the New Year arrives. Lets forget about what’s happened to us & lets stop thinking about old unchangeable events. Instead let’s put our focus on God and His Word. Lets enter this New Year equipped to conquer every mountain & every obstacle before us. We’ll not only be conquerors, we’ll also have God’s joy, hope and purpose throughout the coming year.

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Take a minute…

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” John 14:27

One of the childhood joys of Christmas is the opening of the gifts. The brightly coloured wrapping makes each present highly desirable. Their unknown contents makes them intriguing and captivating. As each layer of packaging is quickly stripped away we’re left with a new possession. Something that now belongs to us. Something that is ours to keep, use & cherish. Something that we need even when we don’t realize it.

Today’s verse lets us know about a gift that Jesus has left for us. It is the gift if peace. This peace is not worldly peace that is surrounded by trouble, fear and the possibility of loss. It is His gift of peace that comes with no strings attached. It is the perfect peace that flows only from Jesus. It is the peace that delivers every time we need it. It is the peace we need to make it through each day.

This time of year can become hectic and stressful no matter how organized we are. Don’t wait to become overwhelmed, troubled & fearful. Instead open a Christmas gift early. Open the gift of peace that Jesus has left for us. Let the waves of peace from heaven wash over us. Let each one dispel trouble, fear & concern. It may only take a few minutes but we’ll be feeling much calmer and settled after we’ve receive this gift again from Jesus

This week lets take a few minutes throughout our day to consciously acknowledge the gift of peace in our life. Jesus gave His life so that we could have and experience His peace. It would be utter foolishness to leave His gift behind and pursue the world’s way to peace in its place. Acknowledging Jesus and His gift of peace will activate it in our lives immediately. So don’t stress, worry or breakdown. Receive from Jesus His gift of peace and enjoy this season of celebration.

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That’s a Star…

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“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2

On this very special night hundreds if not tens of thousands of people saw the Christmas star. To most people it was simply just another light. It was worth a glance and perhaps a comment but that was all. To the 3 wise men it was a divine sign. They saw the star as significant. It was a God ordained symbol that would lead them to Jesus their King.

Today’s verse lets us know that these wise men went into instant action as soon as they saw the star. They’d been actively looking for & seeking what God was doing and now they had a celestial body to guide them on their journey. Others including Herod’s religious leaders didn’t even notice the star and they were oblivious to what God was doing.

It’s vital that no matter what’s happening or how busy our lives seem, we need to keep focusing on God and what He’s doing. He promises to lead us and guide us [John 16:13] but if we’re not seeking Him we’ll be blind to his purpose and plan like Herod’s religious leaders. If we seek Him, we will find Him [Jeremiah 29:13] just like our 3 wise men.

This week rather than waiting for God to show up and announce Himself in your circumstances why not actively seek Him out. Get into His Word: the Bible & be on the lookout for what He’s about to do. Be prepared to respond instantly just like our wise men. As we do we’ll be heading off on a new journey in God together that’ll take us to the answers we need to overcome whatever stands before us. Then we’ll worship Jesus together on a whole new level!


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God Is With Us…

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“…and they will call him Immanuel” Matthew 1:23

Everybody is known by his or her name. It’s what we’re usually addressed by and when someone calls our out name we respond. Our name is unique and can even give access to places & things that others might not have. Our name has legal weight and is used in letters, notes and documents that are for our examination. Everyone has a unique name and every name is known by God [Isaiah 43:1].

Today’s verse lets us know about a very special name that appears in the Bible just 3 times. It’s the Hebrew name Immanuel which means “God with us”. This name had been prophesied and called out in the bible for over 700 years and then Jesus was born. Jesus fulfilled the prophecies that were called out. Ever since, God hasn’t been far off, He has been with us. This is the truth we live in even if our lives fall short of the promise.

You and I have Immanuel, the one and only true living God, with us right now. Jesus said He’d remain with us even to the very end of the age [Matthew 28:20]. So it doesn’t matter who hurt us, what happened or where we are. We’re not alone. We’re not helpless. We’re not orphaned. God is with us & He will turn every situation around for His good [Romans 8:28].

This week why not stop being anxious about life, relationships & tomorrow [Matthew 6:24]. Continually remind yourself that GOD IS WITH YOU. All life’s problems can’t conquer you [Romans 8:31] because God ensures that you’ll overcome and have victory. That’s God’s Plan, Jesus purpose and our hope. We’re set up for a fabulous life ahead if we don’t forget the promise or yield to the pressure of life’s storms.

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