The Best Choice….

Oh, that you would CHOOSE LIFE, so that you and your descendants might live! 
Deuteronomy 30:19

After looking at the café menu the hardest thing to do is choose from all the options offered. Everything looks great but what should we really choose. What is the healthiest option and what do we really need to eat? Eventually the decision is made and the order is placed.

Today’s verse lets us know about a life choice that we’re offered. We’re told earlier in this verse that we can choose between life or death. Also, we can choose between blessing or curse. What we choose is exactly what we’ll get. That’s why God says CHOOSE LIFE.

God has made this decision process so simple. We’re meant to choose life each & every time that there’s an option. As we do this, we’ll be choosing life and we’ll get the remainder of the promise offered here. That promise is that you & your descendants might live, or in other words, have a life of continued abundance. The problem is many refuse to choose life and they settle into a spiral of death. The only way out of this is to begin to CHOOSE LIFE!

This week let’s CHOOSE LIFE out of every available option. Choose live salad at your café, choose biblical preaching on your TV, speak words of life rather than death. No matter what options you have, choose the one that contains the most life. You’ll soon discover that your life is growing and expanding like never before. Not only that, your descendants will benefit from your decision too. So, praise God today for our ability to CHOOSE LIFE!

God Remembers…

“…for God has said, “I will never leave you or abandon you” 
Hebrews 13:5

Before we were even conceived, before we were formed in our mother’s womb Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knew us. Not only does He know us but Luke 12:27 says that he knows everything about us to the minutest detail. God knows us and He has a purpose & plan for our future that is beyond whatever we can ask or think. But it’s easy for us to forget this and feel lonely and abandoned.

Today’s verse helps us to understand that God has a powerful and unique promise to each and every one of us. That promise is that HE’LL NEVER LEAVE OR ABANDON US. It doesn’t matter how savage or destructive the storm are that batters our lives, God is not separating from us. He is sticking with us and His power will be there to help & deliver us out of every circumstance. 

We can tend to forget what we promise but God never forgets His promises. If He says He’ll be with us then that’s where He’ll be. He doesn’t forget us and He doesn’t forget what He said He will do. We need to take strength in this and anchor ourselves into this Truth…. “He remembers me, He’s with me and He’s not leaving me!”

This week no matter how tough life’s storms are let’s remember that God is there with us right now and He has a plan to prosper us into our tomorrow. There’s a testimony that’s coming from the trial we’re passing through so don’t stop and don’t stand still in this season. Grab hold of God’s promise instead and race into the future with Him. You’ll be glad you did.

Greater Things…

“Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these” 
John 14:12

God cares less for where we’ve been than he does for where we are, and where we’re going. Our past is the past but today’s decisions will frame what our tomorrow is going to be. Our future is birthed today & Jesus expects it to be greater than ever before.

Today’s verse lets us know that the amazing things that Jesus did we’re filled with hope, expectancy and faith for our future. As we believe in Jesus, not only can we do what He did but He expects us to do even GREATER THINGS. Even greater things than Jesus did!

Every day we should be make valued decisions to do greater things in God than we accomplished yesterday. There’s always a better way of doing things and the Holy Spirit wants to lead us to reach forward into them. Jesus doesn’t expect us to arrive at to our destination in a day. He’s taking us on a journey, a process, to get us there. It’s accomplished as we listen & yield to the Holy Spirit so well collide with our fabulous future.This week let’s decide to do greater things than what we’ve been doing. Let’s listen closely to the Holy Spirit and make choices according to God’s Word. Before long we’ll be in our future doing the greater things that Jesus spoke about.

His Keeping Power…

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.” 
Jude 1:24

Do you have a special piece of jewellery, stocks & bonds or treasured gift that is kept in a safe place so that it won’t get lost, stolen or damaged? It’s usually a secret place that only you and possibly your closest confidants know about. It’s a safe place of keeping that can be accessed whenever the treasured possession is needed.

Today’s verse, written by Jude the half-brother of Jesus, gives insight into a unique and powerful side of God; His “Keeping Power.” We’re told that God is able to keep us and bring us. God will do the keeping & the bringing but only when we let Him. We must locate ourselves in His safe place, under His Word, so that He can keep & bring us to the amazing places he has planned.

Believers are often unaware of God’s “Keeping Power”. Whenever I look back over my life, I increasingly see what God has kept me from and also what He is bringing me to. I see God’s “Keeping Power” in action each & every day. But why would God want to do this? It’s simply so that He can have us with Him, faultless & filled with joy bringing Him glory.

This week let’s take a moment to look back over our lives. As we do this let’s also allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what God has kept us from and what he is bringing us to. As we do, we’ll step into overflowing joy in His presence in His special place. Then all we’ll want to do is glorify God more!

A New Name…

Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John – but you will be called Rock” (which means “Peter”). 
John 1:42

Everyone has a name. As soon as we’re born, we’re named and that name stays with us for life. Our name is what people use to address us; they call us by our name from that day forward. Everyone’s name has a specific meaning and we either accept that meaning or we don’t.

In today’s verse we discover that Jesus is into changing names. This is because our original name does not always take us to the place that God has planned for our future so He calls us by a different one. Simon meant, “hear and obey” which is a really great name but Jesus changed it to Peter, which meant rock. No one had been called “Rock” before but Jesus knew that this was what Simon would become in the future.

Simon’s life had been quite impulsive and unstable up to this point but when Jesus prophesied over him a new name ‘Peter” it would affect the course of his life from that point forward. We discover the fullness of its meaning in Matthew 16:18 when Jesus says that this is what He can build His church on. Simon had to go beyond the destiny of his original name to receive the fullness of what Jesus had called him to.

This week let’s allow God’s Word to rename us for our future. He wants to take us deeper into our destiny than our current name allows. Let’s not allow our comfort zone of familiarity to restrain us any longer. Rather let’s allow our new name to direct & draw us into the great future God has planned. We’ll be so glad we did!

Heads & Tails…

“The LORD will make you the head, not the tail” 
Deuteronomy 28:13

Growing up on a dairy farm I gained an early education that a cow has two ends: the head and the tail. The tail end is messy, dirty and smelly whereas the head end is noisy and often dangerous. The animal is led by the head whilst everything unwanted comes out the tail end… so don’t stand too close!

Today’s verse lets us know about the future plan God has for each of us. He intends us to be the head, the top, summit, front and beginning of everything in our life. The problem is many believers needlessly accept the back end of life as normal. They’re regularly pushed around by others, continually being covered in the unwanted messes of life.

It’s easy to feel like we’re not capable of being the head but this verse teaches that God will “make us” one. The verse continues on to say that if we pay attention to God’s commands and carefully follow them, we’ll always be at the top and never at the bottom.

This week let’s make the decision to become the head. Rather than living as the tail in life. Let’s take control and lead our lives through the Word of God no matter what people say or do. In no time at all people will start noticing and we’ll be able to share God’s plan for their life to become a head and never the tail.

Echo, Echo, Echo…

“Make God’s glory resound; echo his praises from coast to coast.” 
Isaiah 42:12

As a child I enjoyed visiting Echo Point. Whatever I spoke would bounce back from across the valley. When I yelled really loud the words would rapidly return and I would hear them repeat over & over until they eventually faded away into the distance valleys.

Today’s verse lets us know that the echo is a powerful spiritual weapon. When we use the echo the way God intends it becomes a powerful force that advances His Kingdom and rapidly takes ground back from the enemy. If used in the negative it results in the destructive sin of gossip.

Now, God’s intention is that everyone is to hear the echo of His Glory; that is the echo of everything that He is doing now. He intends us to speak this out & allow it to bounce across the entire nation from coast to coast. The louder we speak the greater and stronger our echo becomes. If we refuse to tell people about what God is doing then our voice can never become an echo and we miss out on the wonderful rewards that it will bring.

This week, let’s see how loud and how often we can talk about the great things that God is doing? As we do, they’ll become firstly an echo to those close by and then, as God plans, an echo to the entire nation. 

It’s All Yours…

“Please don’t squander one bit of this marvellous life God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 6:1

This week lets have the Apostle Paul encourage us into our future…

2 Corinthians 6:1-10 “Companions as we are in this work with you [As God’s partners], we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvellous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time;

The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated – or not – in the details.

People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly… in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.”

Hidden Habits…

“But this one thing I do”
Philippians 3:13

Most people have a habit. Many habits are unseen. Some habits prove annoying whilst others are helpful. Habits are often birthed from either frustration or the need to efficiently achieve a goal. Not every habit is destructive; some can actually propel us into a brilliant future.

Today’s verse has Paul telling us about a hidden habit that kept him constantly moving forward in life. He says that he simply forgets everything that has happened in his past and then he reaches to stretch forward to his future. The key to doing this is to be aware of, and accept, our present as the stepping-stone to our future.

Today contains everything we need to build a fabulous future. Once we discover that God truly will supply all our present & future needs, we are able to understand the necessity of releasing our past. A blessed future is simply built by releasing our past, accepting our present and using it to construct a blessed tomorrow.

This week let’s start a new habit just like the apostle Paul. Firstly, let’s release our past – no matter how good or how bad it was. Then let’s accept where we are right now so we can use this as a seed to build an amazing future. Then we can reach forward to our future. This may be a bit of a stretch and a little uncomfortable but as we do as Paul did, we’ll receive a brilliant & blessed future that we can truly be excited about.

Ear Worm…

“Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.”
 Isaiah 12:5

Have you ever listened to a song only to catch yourself humming or singing it unconsciously a short time later? It may have been the catchy tune or the rhyming words that gets inside our head but eventually the song comes out our mouths. It is called an ear worm.

Today’s verse lets us know about the song that we should be singing. It’s the song that the whole world should be singing. It’s a song so catchy & melodic that everyone who hears it will sing it. It’s a song about the glorious things that God has done for us.

Some people sing songs about death, loss or devastation but the redeemed of The Lord sing songs of love, grace and the mighty works of our God. These songs become anthems of victory for our lives. Then as they echo through our relationships everyone we know will be singing this new song. It will tell the world about all the glorious things that God is doing to and through us.

This week let’ start to sing a new song about our lives rather than the dreary ode about the defeats of our past. We can sing a catchy song that’ll get inside the heads of everyone we meet. They’ll soon be joining with us as we glorify God for ALL THE GLORIOUS THINGS HE HAS DONE!