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No More Limits…

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“Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do” Romans 4:18

Have you ever felt limited in life? Many people limit themselves through what they’re unable to do rather than what they can actually accomplish. What they think, say & believe frames their lives and causes them to accept less than what God would have for them. When we decide to do what God says, living out His promises, our lives expand, increase & become abundantly fruitful.

Today’s verse let’s us know that Abraham experienced challenges in life similar to what we do. Abraham had to believe even when everything seemed impossible. Abraham had to live his life relying on what God said rather than on what he could see & accomplish. Abraham had to believe & decide that God’s plan for him would happen even if he couldn’t understand.

You & I are the biggest limit on our lives. We limit ourselves to what we know we can comfortably do. But God knows we have so much more in us. When we believe & decide to live out the God possibility in us, our future changes. What we see & know becomes superfluous to what God can actually do in and through us.

This week let’s “believe anyway” just like Abraham. Let’s decide to live by what God says we’re capable of rather than through our personal limits. Any situation that arises let’s resist the temptation of what we see & focus instead on God’s promises. Let’s live like Abraham; not limited any longer by what we can’t do but living life through what God says He will do.


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Walking Together…

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“Walk humbly in the company of your God”
Micah 6:8

There’s nothing like a good walk with great friends. No one is in a rush as we stroll in the same direction, seeing the same things, and enjoying the shared experience. We listen, we talk & we learn from each other. The longer we walk, the more we get to know & the more we find in common.

Todays verse lets us know about walking with God. When we walk with God our focus will go onto Him. When our focus is on him our thoughts are on Him. When our thoughts are on Him they’re no longer on the troubles we have. When we’re not looking at our troubles we’re able to listen & learn from Him. God pours out His wisdom and we receive His plan to move forward into our future.

As we stop walking with the world and start walking with God we begin to know His heart & His ways like never before. We’re able to hear his voice speak clearly. We see things His way rather than ours. We start to act justly and to love mercy just like He does. The longer we walk together the more we’ll understand and the more amazing our future will become.

So, this week, let’s start a fresh daily walk with God. Let’s not treat it as a special event. Let’s make it a new habit instead. Let’s spend time each day setting our focus on Him and Him alone. Let’s allow our thoughts to walk with His thoughts through His Word. Let’s listen and learn as God leads us along life’s many paths. The longer we walk with Him, the more our thoughts align with His and our future with His promises.


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Outstanding…

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Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord
1 Corinthians 15:58

Have you ever dealt with a shop assistant who was disinterested & discontent? Everything requested is met with grunts, groins & attitudes of disapproval. It seems like they’d prefer to be doing anything rather than help. Their attitude causes it to be both an unpleasant & frustrating experience.

Todays verse reminds us to have the right attitude as we serve the work of the Lord. We’re meant to have an outstanding attitude. That’s an attitude that’s abounding, overflowing & above what others would expect. It’s an attitude that can see results long before the job is completed. It’s an attitude that can only be in a born again believers who is serving the Lord.

We’re not meant to have this outstanding attitude only when we want. We’re told to have it always. Whether we’re working by ourselves or in a group we should have an outstanding attitude. If we’re serving in a small church or a mega church we should have an equally outstanding attitude. If we’re serving with friends or with strangers our outstanding attitude should always be there. When we do we’re guaranteed never to be useless.

This week let’s ensure we have an outstanding attitude as we work for the Lord. Let’s not allow circumstance, difficulty or even jealousy to distract us from being outstanding. Let’s ensure everything we do is done with enthusiasm, excellence, & faithfulness. When we do, we’ll become steadfast, immovable & victorious, wasting nothing.


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Getting it Right…

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“You didn’t choose me. I chose you.” John 15:16

Has someone ever taken credit for something you’ve accomplished? This happens to every one & it never feels good. We feel robbed, cheated and undervalued. If it occurred through a mistake or a misunderstanding it’s easily put right. When credit is given, where credit is due, everything is restored to how it should be.

Today’s verse let’s us know how easy it is to take credit for what belongs to God. We didn’t choose God; He chose us. He gave us our gifts, skills and talents. Whenever we’re experiencing success we must remember & give credit to Him. He chose us, equipped us and led us to that victory, not the other way around.

As we acknowledge God the next part of our verse takes over. It says, “I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit” That’s right, when we give credit to Him; we become equipped & enabled to live a productive & prosperous life. This means the parts of our life we enjoy won’t disappear in an hour, a day or a month. They will follow us through each season & be noticed by others. Our fruit will help them discover the same life that’s driven by thankfulness.

This week lets start getting it right. Let’s stop taking credit for what God does in & through us. Let’s acknowledge Him in everything [Colossians 3:17]. Let’s allow our gifts, skills & talents to flourish in our family, Church & workplace. Let’s start producing lasting fruit in each of these places as well. In no time at all, things that were damaged, broken & lost will start to be restored. They will return to how they should be and we’ll be journeying through a productive & prosperous life again.


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Come!

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The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life
Revelation 22:17

It’s always lovely to receive an invitation to a celebration. It doesn’t matter if it arrives by mail, phone or social media. The important thing is that the invitation was received. We’ve been invited because we’re wanted. We must then decide if we’ll attend or not? If we decide not to go then we will not be part of the celebration.

Today’s verse is the greatest invitation of all time. The Holy Spirit & the Bride [the Church] have issued an invitation to come & celebrate with them. Not only are we wanted there, everyone we know is wanted as well. No one is excluded in this get together. But each individual must decide whether they’re going to be there or not.

There’s a multitude of reasons why people won’t want to attend [Luke 14:15-21]. But the invitation simply states, “Come”. If we hear we should “Come”. If we’re thirsty for life we should “Come”. Even if no one else is going we should still “Come”. Once we’ve accepted there’s a gift available and it’s free. We receive the water of life. This causes this celebration to be the liveliest of all time and it due to start right now. The instant we respond the celebration starts.

This week let’s respond to our invitation to “Come”. Rather than refusing to partake, let’s jump in and get totally soaked in the water of life. If we’re feeling spiritually thirsty or dry let’s get soaked. Let’s get the free gift offered and drink in the water of life. It’ll replace every dead & dying thing in us. It will cause us to renew our strength, increase our vision and expand our future. Simply respond by saying “Yes Lord” in your prayers and then get ready for the celebration of all time


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