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I can do all things through Christ” Philippians 4:13

In this technologically driven age of IPhones, IPods & IPads we’ve quickly become reliant on what these items are able to do for us. Nowadays people seldom wear a watch, carry a diary or even open a book. Everything they need is provided by their technology. The difficulty is we’ve developed a society where people want everything done for them, rather than actually doing it themselves.

Today’s verse reminds us that we can, and should, be doing some things for ourselves. We shouldn’t be leaving everything to other people and our technology. The Bible says we’re individually equipped & capable of achieving some fairly major things. We’re able to achieve them with little help from others. But many believers have ignored what they’re capable of producing. The truth is that when we work God’s Word in our lives, God’s Word works in our lives.

Here are a few simple things that we’re able to do individually. They require little help from technology or other people:

Ephesians 6:19 I CAN pray
Matthew 6:14-15 I CAN forgive
Matthew 2:8 I CAN worship God
Philippians 1:25 I CAN help others
1 Corinthians 13:2 I CAN move mountains
1 Corinthians 9:21 I CAN lead people to Christ
Psalm 139:7 I CAN never escape God’s presence!
Philippians 1:22 I CAN do more fruitful work for Christ
Mark 5:28, Matthew 9:21, 1 Peter 2:24 I CAN be healed.
Romans 1:11 I CAN use my spiritual gift to help others grow
2 Corinthians 8:3, Acts 26:22 I CAN tell people what God is doing in my life

This week lets decide, “I CAN do more than I have been doing”. Let’s put away the distraction of technology and go “old school” in our pursuit of God. Let’s get up close & personal with Him rather than boxing God into our schedules & plans. Use the list above as a spontaneous bucket list for what you’d like to accomplish in God this week. Personally press your life into God’s Word & His Promises and you’ll quickly discover His Word & Promises overtaking your life.

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it”John 1:5

Have you ever experienced a trick candle on a birthday cake? Every time an attempt is made to blow it out it flickers back to life. Even if we try blowing from every conceivable angle the candle continues to burn brightly and consistently. No matter what we try we cannot extinguish it – it is inextinguishable.

Today’s verse comes from the book of John. John chapter 1 tells us that Jesus is God and Jesus’ life is the light of all mankind. It says that Jesus is here and He is totally inextinguishable. In other words Jesus cannot be stopped, slowed or extinguished by society and it’s militant agendas. No one can ever put out this light. It’s a light that will continue shining into even the darkest places. It’s a light that lets mankind know that there’s life, light & love available to every person.

As born again believers we’re warned in Mark 5:15 to never hide this light, which is Jesus. We’re to allow it to shine to everyone around us. People should easily see through us the life, light & love that is available to them. No matter what they say, do or how they react let’s not allow them to quench our light. Instead let’s allow it to shine even brighter and shine further than it has ever shone before.

This week is the week before Easter. This is a great time to ensure our light shines brightly. Let’s make our life, light & love a gift to others as we celebrate the death & powerful resurrection of Jesus. Let’s help our friends & families by bringing light into their darkness. Jesus will shine brightly in their lives bringing His life, light & love. Before we know it they’ll be alight and shining the inextinguishable life of Jesus too.

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Stop Everything…

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“Jesus went out…” Luke 6:12

Have you ever tried to have an intimate conversation in a very noisy room? It’s often extremely difficult. Not only is it hard to hear but also important responses are either lost or diminished because of all the clatter. In a quiet environment conversation is more restful, understood & profitable. The problem is that there are few quiet places that people go to.

Todays verse gives us insight into the value that Jesus placed on a less busy environment. When Jesus needed to hear from the father he went out and found a place of peace*. In this place He could hear & understand exactly what heaven desired. There was little noise, clatter and confusion to distract & distort what was happening. As believers we need a place to be alone and hear from God.

One of the most difficult transitions for both new & seasoned Christians is gaining the ability to quieten life down by reducing the pandemonium that surrounds them. It simply takes continual decisions to go out from the noise & go in to a peaceful place just like Jesus did. Then we’re able to hear clearly and understand exactly what heaven desires.

This week lets take some time to find solitude in the business of life. For some it may be a coffee shop with their bible. For others it might be on the verandah of their house. Others will discover a place by the mountains, near the sea or in a park. It will be a place that allows their mind to be hushed and get reconnected to God. Once found just listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as he leads, direct and encourages us into a brilliant future.

*Luke 6:12, Luke 13:1, Luke 22:39, Luke 5:16, Mark 2:13, Mark 1:35, Matthew 13:1, Luke 4:42, John 18:11, Matthew 15:21

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Risky Business…

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“And Jesus went a little further” Matthew 26:39

“*The biggest risk is not taking any risk…” For some people risk may be repairing & restoring a broken relationship. For others it could be achieving academia or entering a new career. Risk always includes attempting something seemingly unachievable and doing all we can to make it succeed. If we never risk, we’ll seldom receive what our future demands.

Today’s verse lets us know about a risk that Jesus took. When His life was in turmoil he entered the Garden of Gethsemane and went a little further than His 3 disciples. The risk He took seemed small. It was however a greater step than all those with Him were willing to take. God’s Word safeguarded Jesus’ risk and it produced great fruit for everyone eternally.

Whenever we risk going a little further, by stepping out in God, we always take a gigantic step forward in the realm of the Spirit. Doing this often makes life a little less convenient & a little more uncomfortable but it brings forth much greater success in our future. The problem is too few believers ever risk pressing further into God. For those who do the rewards are evident & enjoyed.

This week let’s decide to go a little further in God. It’s time to take the risk and step forward into our God dreams. Don’t just sit sleeping at the gates to Gethsemane like the disciples. Instead step into the challenge of going a little further. Take a risk rather than settling for the comfortable & the easy. Obey God’s Word and it’ll transform your family’s future for generations.

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God is Faithful…

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“And God is faithful” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Have you ever promised to do something for someone & then neglected to do it? This can be a frustrating experience both for you and for the person you promised. You had every good intention to complete it but it just didn’t happen. Some people will experience this scenario frequently while others won’t. Your experience will come down to your ability to be faithful to what you promised.

Today’s verse gives us a window into the character & nature of God. We’re told by the Apostle Paul that “God is faithful”. In addition to everything else Paul tells us about God he’s ensuring that we understand that God will never let us down. Never, Ever!!! To understand this we must understand that God is not like us [Numbers 23:9, Hebrews 6:8, Isaiah 55:8)

We can’t judge God’s behavior by how we’d act in similar circumstances (2 Timothy 2:13). If we’re feeling inadequate He is our sufficiency. If we’re feeling trapped He is our freedom. If we’re feeling sad He is our joy. Even when we’re unfaithful, God is ALWAYS FAITHFUL. Everything God has promised He will complete (Philippians 1:6) because He is faithful.

This week let’s get ourselves out of God’s way so His faithfulness can enter into our lives. Let’s stop making excuses & apologies as to why God cannot do what’s needed in our lives. Let’s take the promises that God has given us in His Word, believe them and let the Faithful One work on us to produce them in our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:24).


These scriptures will help us understand God’s faithfulness & His heart to complete everything He has spoken.

Numbers 23:19, Lamentations 3:22-23, Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 32:4, Romans 4:21, 2 Timothy 2:13, Nehemiah 9:8, Psalm 106:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 6:13-18, Joshua 23:14, Joshua 21:45, 1 Kings 8:56, 1 Chronicles 16:15, Psalm 145:13, 2 Peter 3:9, Genesis 12:2-3, Genesis 21:1-2, Romans 9:9, Galatians 4:28, Hebrews 6:13-15, Hebrews 11:11, 2 Samuel 7:12-13, 1 Chronicles 17:11-12, Jeremiah 29:10, Galatians 3:14, Hebrews 10:23, Romans 3:3-4, Ezekiel 12:25, Habakkuk 2:3, Acts 13:32-33, 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, Revelation 1:5, Revelation 19:11

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