On Fire…

“Didn’t we feel on fire as Jesus conversed with us on the road,
as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
Luke 24:32

Have you ever stopped to watch a skilled hand start a fire? They methodically lay wood, bark & paper ready for ignition. As soon as they apply a flame it quickly catches and with a few breathes of air the fire is soon alight. What simply started as a single flame soon spreads to become a warming blaze. If we continue to feed the fire it’ll become a raging inferno.

Today’s verse tells us about a fire that Jesus started. We hear about 2 men who were walking from Emmaus to Jerusalem. As they walked & talked Jesus joined them. They didn’t recognize him but as they talked their hearts caught on fire. Then Jesus explained the scriptures to them and they quickly became raging infernos for the gospel.

It’s very simple to ignite the fire of our hearts. We simply allow Jesus into our lives. We start living life His way rather than our own. Then, as we continue to walk & talk with Him, the Holy Spirit gently blows on the flames. As we continue to fuel our hearts with God’s Word we become a raging inferno of the Gospel of the Good News.

This week let’s not allow the fires of our heart to go cold. Let’s feed that fire instead. Let’s take time to grab some scriptures and really ponder them in our heart. Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to breathe on them and cause them to become an all-consuming fire. In no time at all our single flame will become a warming blaze and then a raging inferno. One that will spread the Good News to everyone we meet.


Being with YOU…

“I’ll be with YOU as YOU do this, day after day after day,
right up to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Life seems so much better when we have someone to share it with. It matters little whether we’re traveling, doing our day-to-day work or simply relaxing. To have someone with us makes everything more enjoyable & comfortable. God formed us to be social [Genesis 2:18] knowing that it will help us increase & prosper in our future.

In today’s verse we learn that Jesus wants to be with YOU. He wants to be with YOU through every part of every day. He wants to be with YOU for as long as possible. He doesn’t want to leave YOU. But He says there is something YOU must do to help this happen… it is called “The Great Commission”

The central focus of the great commission is YOU. Jesus instructs YOU to take everything He’s given YOU and use it for Him. YOU must make disciples with it. YOU must baptize with it. YOU must teach God’s way of doing life with it. When YOU do, His promise to YOU will happen. He’ will be with YOU always.

This week lets get closer to Jesus. Let’s take the power & authority He’s given us and lets start using it for others. Let’s make more disciples with it. Lets mark more people through baptism with it. Let’s share how doing things God’s way always brings success. YOU are the one who He commissioned to do this. So don’t wait for someone else to move & do it first. Step out & step up and discover the beauty of having Jesus with YOU day after day after day.


Fill Me Up…

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, Then you will overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Have you ever pulled up to a petrol bowser, noticed the price and decided to put $20 in rather than filling up? If someone else had been paying it would’ve been a different story. We would have filled up without a second thought. The personal cost drove our decision rather than the benefits of enjoying a full tank of fuel.

Todays verse lets us know that NOW is the time to fill up. We are to fill up with JOY & PEACE knowing it’s not going to cost us a cent. The God of HOPE is paying. He’s going to fill us up until we’re full. All we have to do is TRUST IN HIM and it’s done. Then we’re able to continue on life’s journey with a full tank and all the benefits that delivers.

Our verse continues on to say that when we’re filled up with JOY & PEACE the Holy Spirit causes us to overflow with HOPE. This means each time we TRUST God in any situation, circumstance or issue, He’ll fill us up. Once we commence moving forward again our HOPE is ignited by Holy Ghost power and we explode with God’s future, promise & purpose.

This week lets trust God with the most broken & painful parts of our lives. Lets allow Him to fill us up with JOY and PEACE concerning them. Then as we continue forward on life’s path the Holy Spirit will ignite HOPE and we’ll be turbocharged into our future. We’ll leave our past with all its dysfunctions & problems and we’ll be speeding along life’s freeway to our future.


Prime Time…

When we were utterly helpless,
Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Romans 5:6

The difference between telling a good joke & a bad one is often the comedian’s sense of timing. If they get the timing wrong they kill the joke. Get it right & it’ll be a huge success. The only difference is the timing. Right timing causes a drastic different & a successful end.

Today’s verse reminds us about the perfect timing of God. We’re reminded that Jesus came to die for us at the very lowest point of mankind. He came at the point when we were utterly helpless. He came at the pivotal time that could turn everything around for all mankind. It may not have looked like perfect timing but it was.

Sometimes in life we can feel utterly helpless, especially when nothing seems to be going right. Everything we do, say, or touch seems to make things worse. When we’re feeling like this, it’s simply the prime time to let Jesus help. His death & resurrection gave us miracle-working power. This power works to change our helplessness for His success & our past for His future.

This weekend we’ve been celebrating Easter; the death & resurrection of Jesus. Easter is the prime time to get Jesus involved in every helpless situations we’re experiencing. It’s the prime time to releases miracle-working power into the helpless areas of our lives. It’s simply accomplished by praying & asking Jesus to help. He’ll ensure He’s there at the prime time that will turn everything around.


The Other Side…

“Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” Luke 8:22, Mark 4:35

There was no mention of storms. There was no mention of thunder, lightning or winds. The words danger, fear or perils were never uttered. Jesus simply said what they were doing & they all set out together. It wasn’t until they were well into their journey that everything changed. It bothered the disciples but it didn’t faze Jesus. He was comfortable, resting and unaffected by the storm because He knew their destination.

Today’s verse reminds us that our destination is far more precious than the journey taken to get there. Few believers, if any, ever know what storms will occur along their voyage to destiny. When we hear God’s still small voice saying “Let’s…” we simply set off on the journey with Him. Then as we experience our first storm we stop looking to the destination and become transfixed by all the current events.

Jesus reaction to the storm holds a valuable key to our future. Jesus didn’t allow what was happening around him to determine His destiny and neither should we. The storms that life brings are often violent & unsettling but the don’t last forever. They simply try to take our focus so they can steal our destiny. If we stand up to the storms like Jesus did they’ll silence, settle & die down quickly.

This week let’s remind ourselves about the destiny that God has spoken to us. Lets reconnect with the things He’s ordained for our future. Let’s keep these at the very forefront of our mind. Then whenever skirmishes & storms rise up in our lives we’ll be able to calm them down, stay focused & keep journeying to our destination.


Cheer Up…

“Anxiety weighs a person down but an
ENCOURAGING WORD cheers a person up.”
Proverbs 12:25

Has anyone ever spoken a few words to you that have simply made your day? A few words that have lifted, encouraged & strengthened you when everything else looked bleak. We can make a huge difference in someone else’s life simply by speaking a few well-chosen & uplifting words. A few kind words can really make someone’s day.

Todays verse reminds us about the effect of speaking encouraging words. We understand that the words we speak are powerful. They are vessels carrying either life or death [Proverbs 18:21]. What we speak can influence someone for years to come. Destructive words will cut & wound deeply. Encouraging words will lift & help someone make it through their day, week & year.

Don’t underestimate the impact that our words have. Be on the lookout for people who need encouragement. Look for those who seem heavy, worried or anxious. Tell them what God’s Word says about them [Jeremiah 29:11]. Let them know things will change. Share the good news of the gospel for a great future. Lift their day with a few well-chosen & encouraging words.

This week let’s get passionate about encouraging others. Let’s become the encouragement that someone else needs. Let’s allow the impact of our words to be positive & uplifting. Let’s bring light into their darkness & hope into their hopelessness. It’s all done through the words we share with them. So let choose words that encourage, build & lead to a great future.


Waiting….

“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To those who seek Him.”
Lamentations 3:25

Oftentimes in life we spend endless hours of our days waiting. It may be patiently waiting on the phone for help. It may be lined up at the bank or supermarket. It can be when we’re stopped at every traffic light, just wanting to get home. We spend a lot of time waiting for others but then expect God to produce everything instantly.

Today’s verse gives us two powerful keys to receiving from God. Firstly we should passionately wait for Him and secondly we should diligently seek Him. The Lord says that as we wait & seek, He’ll produce good in our future. If we’re impatient, lacking focus & are short tempered we’ll ultimately miss out on the good that He’s planned ahead.

It’s impossible for us to make anyone answer a phone, speed up a line or change the traffic lights. Similarly, our impatience doesn’t change God’s timings. We mustn’t selfishly run ahead of what He’s doing thinking its OK, it’s not. We must learn to wait, stay expectant & be full of hope for the future that He’s planned for us. [Jeremiah 29:11]

This week let’s relax into God’s Will for our future. Let’s not get impatient. Lets not become frustrated & short tempered. Lets passionately wait for Him instead. Lets diligently seek Him & His future for our life. We must be careful not to allow the pressure of urgency to steal our focus. We should stop; take a few deep breaths and wait, seeking Him. Circumstances will begin to turn as we see His goodness poured out on our lives.


Stick With Him….

“I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
Lamentations 3:24

Have you ever mailed a letter only to have it returned because the stamp fell off? You clearly remember addressing it, affixing the stamp and mailing it. Somewhere in the extensive delivery process the stamp became detached. The carrier refused to deliver the letter & it was returned. If the stamp had remained stuck everything would’ve been good. But separation caused the delivery to become unstuck not just the stamp.

Today’s verse let’s us know about sticking to God. The prophet Jeremiah can’t emphasize enough how important this is. He says it over & over so that we’ll get it. Jeremiah had discovered that he couldn’t stick to anything else in life that would deliver besides God. If he became separated nothing in his life would work. When Jeremiah remained attached & immovable to God everything arrived just as planned.

Why live life unstuck from God. When we are separated things don’t go well. We keep being returned to life’s starting point just like our returned letter. We keep doing the same cycle over & over again because we’re unstuck. This doesn’t only affect us it also affects everyone around us. It affects our family, friends & our relationships. But when we stick with God through everything, life goes so much better.

This week let’s get sticky with God. Let’s make God our only option in every situation. Let’s stay stuck to Him no matter how difficult it gets. Let’s stay stuck even when things desperately try to separate us. Let’s ensure we can be fully delivered into our future stuck to our God. He will never fail or forsake us [Deuteronomy 31:8]. He is with us, will keep us & will deliver us to our land of promise [Genesis 28:15]


A New Morning….

“They’re created new every morning. How great is His faithfulness!”
Lamentations 3:23

Mornings are the most magnificent part of the day. As darkness is dispelled by light a whole new day is opened up before us. A new day that is filled with new possibilities. A new day that is overflowing with His plan, future & purpose. Our yesterday has passed away and we must discover a whole new day before tomorrow arrives. Each morning delivers something new that if not ignored can be explored.

Today’s verse lets us know the power of a new morning. The power of the new dawn. Every morning God faithfully creates a day filled with His love & never-ending mercies. This means that everything about yesterday is gone. Everything about yesterday is finished. We have a new day and it’s choc-a-block filled with God. If God is for us, who can ever be against us [Romans 8:31]. It’s going to be the greatest day!

Many people focus on the darkness of their yesterday rather than on the brilliance of today. What love and mercy we didn’t discover yesterday can be found in the dawning of a whole new day. God faithfully fills every new day with both His love & mercy so we can discover & explore all the possibilities that the day contains.

This week lets wake up to a new morning every day. Let’s not revert to looking at the darkness of our past rather than the brilliance of a glorious new day. Whatever we failed to discover yesterday will be faithfully contained in our new day. So, why not go ahead and explore, discover & receive everything God has for you today. Then rest & get ready for a whole new day as the dawn breaks tomorrow.


Never Ending….

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
His mercies never cease”
Lamentations 3:22

It can be difficult for us to grasp eternity. It is something that has no beginning and doesn’t end. It is infinite, forever & has absolutely no limits. Every physical thing that surrounds our earthly life is finite, limited and will end. When our finite life is impacted by God’s infinite ways something has to change. God never changes [Malachi 3:6] so that leaves the adjustment up to us.

Today’s verse lets us know that God’s love & His mercies are infinite. They are forever & they have absolutely no limits. They existed long before we ever did and their impact will reverberate throughout eternity long after we leave this earth. Often times we struggle with receiving love & mercy from God. This is because we are looking at it wrong. We are looking at it from a finite position rather than an eternal.

We need to remind ourselves continually that God’s love towards us is unlimited. We must remember that His mercy will never be wiped out. If we don’t see these in God, we’ll never receive them. Life will seem loveless & harsh. But if we’re willingly to open up & receive these eternal elements daily, we’ll receive exactly what God is pouring into our lives.

This week lets get an eternal & never ending revelation of God. Let’s not accept a loveless & harsh view of Him from anyone. Instead let’s open up & receive what God has already released into eternity. Receive God’s unending love. Receive God’s never ceasing mercy. With these in our lives we’ll conquered & overcome any difficulties that would try to limit our lives.