Archive for January, 2017

Keep Walking…

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“The LORD directs the steps of the Godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.”
Psalm 37:23

It’s impossible to walk without taking a series of steps. Every step taken leads us closer to our destination. If we just stand still, being inactive, we will remain stationary. The only way forward is to move & take steps heading towards our destination. If we’re unwilling to do this, we stagnate.

Todays verse is chock-a-block full of wisdom for our future. It reminds us that God directs our steps. This means if we aren’t moving & taking steps forward in a Godly life, He has nothing to direct. If we’re unwilling to take steps of faith then our lives will begin to stagnate, eventually becoming stale & decrepit.

Once we’re moving with God directing our steps, we’re told that He delights in every detail of our lives. This means He’s mindful, attentive & protective of it. Not of some details or a few, but every detail of our life receives His delight. We must remember it all starts with us stepping forward in life by allowing God to direct our steps through doing life His way.

This week lets make sure we’re moving. Let’s choose an area of life that seems to be stagnating and find God’s way to move forward in it. As we start making steps in the right way God will start directing them. In no time at all He’ll be delighting over them. The very area we were stagnating in will become the area He’s delighting in and our future will become so much greater than our past.

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I Lack Nothing…

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“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
Psalm 23:1

Have you heard the cry “I’ve run out of… so now I can’t!” It’s possible for us to fail to complete something because of a lack of what’s necessary to finish it. The lack could be in any area. It could be resource, organization, patience, ability, ideas or even wisdom. The lack is the base cause of the failure. With a surplus everything can be finished & completed.

Today’s verse lets us know how we can have more than enough to complete every task without lack. By having God as our shepherd we’re set up for success. He leads, restores and guides us. He gives us good rest. Without Him as our shepherd we’d be unable to access & receive these vital & precious things. With Him we lack nothing.

Isaiah 33:6 lets us know that Wisdom & knowledge are our stability. If we lack them then we’ll be unstable. When we’re unstable we’re unable to finish & complete what we need to. Knowledge can be gained through study, research and diligence. Wisdom on the other hand is different. James 1:5 says that we should ask God for Wisdom whenever we need it. When we ask Him we’re told He’ll give it to us in abundance enabling us to complete what we need.

This week lets work on reducing lack in our lives. Let’s begin by gaining wisdom & knowledge then applying it to every task we undertake. The Lord our shepherd will ensure we lack nothing as we stay in His Word, do things His way & receive His wisdom continually.

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Easily Found…

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“God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:9

In God’s garden Adam & Eve decided to do things their own way rather than God’s. They began to do what God had said not to. Afterwards we see God’s difficulty in finding them. God was searching & calling out for them. They’d always been easy to find but now it was proving difficult. If they’d continued doing things God’s way they would’ve been easily found.

Today’s verse captures the cry of God to His precious & unique creation of mankind. The reason for this cry is that we become difficult to find especially when we’re doing things our own way rather than His. When we aren’t doing things His way we aren’t seeing things His way and so we hide ourselves just like Adam & Eve. When we’re difficult to find it’s difficult for God to have a close relationship with us.

God’s Word & ways of doing things is the Bible. It simply shows what is best for us. Whenever we follow it we become a light on a hill that cannot be hidden [Matthew 5:14]. God’s way of doing things makes us easy for Him to locate, relate & communicate with us. If we stubbornly hide ourselves in selfishness, rebellion & ignorance we remain hidden and hard to find.

This week let’s turn the light on. Let’s set our direction for the rest of the year. Let’s work towards doing things God’s way rather than our own. Let’s hide no longer. Let’s shine brilliantly and enjoy the intimacy of relationship that God has opened up to us. A relationship where He can locate, relate & communicate with us continually.

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Making 2017 Count…

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“I am the Alpha & the Omega, the First & the Last,
the Beginning & the End”
Revelations 22:13

It’s impossible to finish something that’s never been started. A race cannot be won unless we leave the starting line. A cake cannot be baked unless we first gather the ingredients. A masterpiece cannot be painted without inspiration. If we have the right stuff at the beginning then the finished product will be better than expected.

This weeks verse is Jesus speaking. He’s letting us know how we can have fullness in everything we do. Whenever we include Jesus at the start of anything, He’ll help us carry it onto completion. He’ll stick with it all the way to the end [Philippians 1:6]. But, if we decide not to embrace Jesus at the beginning we’ll be on our own. We’ll be responsible for the outcome, not Him.

January is the perfect time of the year to put Jesus into our 2017. Lets include Him & His way of doing things into every project, task & test we face. Remembering that Jesus will never fail or abandon us [Hebrews 13:5]. Now, it’s easy for us to make excuses & have reasons why we can’t. But let’s be intentional & deliberate this year and just make it happen.

In the week ahead let’s get 2017 off to the right start. Let’s not concern ourselves with our already failed New Years resolutions. Let’s start today by being intentional & deliberate about including Jesus in everything. Let’s make sure we’re doing things His way & not ours. In no time at all we’ll be looking back over this year exclaiming how glad we are that we included Jesus & did things His way.

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