Words Of Healing…

Speech that heals is a tree of life
Proverbs 15:4

Do you remember a time when someone spoke a kind word that lifted your spirit and made your day? It might have been a simple hello with a smile. It may have been an encouragement or part of a conversation you were having. The memory of those soothing words restored something that had been cut & wounded in your soul. You felt better after you were encouraged.

Today’s verse lets us know that soothing, restorative words are a tree of life. Proverbs 12:18 says “What the wise say brings healing.” Wise words, spoken in love, help us heal & recuperate. They become a tree of life in the devastation of reckless and brutal words that people have spoken in the past.

Proverbs 18:21 explains that our words have the power to deliver life. Why then would we want to use them to recklessly stab, thrusts and tear down other people. When we use our words with wisdom, they become a healing force that restores and delivers people so they can enter a great & prosperous future.

This week let’s be the person who brings healing to the pierced and wounded people God brings across our path. Let’s choose words of love, kindness and compassion that can take root and grow in someone else’s life. Wherever words of hurt, baroness & death were planted let’s start speaking words that become a living tree of life. This week become the person who changes someone’s life by speaking encouraging words that are full of wisdom.

There’s Time…

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have you ever felt like you’re running out of time? Does it feel like each year is passing quicker? Christmas just finished and suddenly all the decorations are appearing again in the department stores. Time seems to fly. How can we get everything done and still have time to enjoy our life, family & friends?

Today’s verse holds a key to slowing life down whilst achieving all God has for us. It tells us that we have time to be a part of God’s plan and achieve every activity He has for us. It also reminds us that there are seasons in life. When we’re comfortable in each season we have enjoyment in life. When we’re doing things out of their season our lives become difficult, treacherous and hard to enjoy.

What we need to discover is how to know if we’re doing the right thing in the right season. This is not as difficult as many think. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 lets us know that the Lord of peace himself will give us His peace at all times and in every situation. If we’re doing something for God that isn’t giving us peace then we need to revisit, analyse and decide if it’s really what we’re meant to be doing in this season.

This week let’s connect with the peace that God gives us. As we do, our lives will settle into the rhythm of the season we’re in. This results in us accomplishing every activity that God has ordained us to be a part of and leaves us with ample time to enjoy our life, family, friends & Church

Turn Your Life Around…

Choose life so that you and your children will live
Deuteronomy 30:19

Have you ever felt like you’re living in a whirlpool of difficulty? Everywhere you look something seems to be going wrong. There are broken relationships, difficult workplaces and rude, opinionated people. You want to run & escape. You want your life restored to one of success a& blessing.

Today’s verse lets us know that our choices determine our life. It also reminds us that the choices we make determine whether our children live under a blanket of blessing or in a whirlpool of difficulty. To live blessed is to ensure we make choices that contain life rather than death. Life results from making continual Godly choices.

Every day we’re faced with many choices. God gifted us each with a brain and He expects us to use them to choose life. God promised Joshua success when he followed Him & obeyed His Word [Joshua 1]. Joshua’s family was blessed because Joshua made good choices, even in battle. God was continually with Joshua and he overcame every difficulty he faced. Circumstance were never allowed to determined Joshua’s choice and they shouldn’t determine ours either.

This week let’s take responsibility for making good choices. Let’s make our decisions by looking through God’s Word [the Bible] rather than by being driven by circumstance. In no time at all we’ll turn the tide from death, decay and disaster into life, increase and success. Our children will live in the blessing of our decisions and they won’t be drawn into whirlpools of difficulty. Choose well this week; choose life, choose God!

Yea You Can…

David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone
1 Samuel 17:49

Have you ever looked at a problem and thought, “There’s no way I can win in this”? Even to take all your resources and throw it at the problem wouldn’t help. From every angle it appears unbeatable. It seems bigger, stronger & better equipped than you’ve ever been.

Today’s verse tells us how David solved a similar problem. He was facing Goliath. David’s foe appeared to be unbeatable. David picked up 5 stones and held onto them. When the time for battle arrived, David took just 1 of the 5 and quickly conquered his enemy. David was over resourced for victory even though it didn’t look like it.

Often, we attempt to solve problems by throwing everything we have at them when a simple solution would suffice. The Bible is filled with simple but effective solutions that equip us to win any battle. We simply need to arm ourselves with at least 5 powerful verses from the river of God [the Bible] and hold them in our heart. When Goliath stands before us, we’re equipped to sling one at him and receive our victory quickly.

This week let’s get prepared by collecting 5 stones from God’s Word; 5 simple verses concerning victory that we can memorize. When a problem arises or Goliath appears before you take just one, speak it out and launch it at him. David triumphed this way and so can we. Don’t ever believe the lie that you are under resourced & weak. You have access to God’s Word that is alive, powerful and sharper than any battle sword [Hebrews 4:12]

Relaxation…

Be still, and know that I am God…
Psalms 46:10

We live in a fast-paced world fascinated with rapid & instant results. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush as we strive to get everything done as soon as possible if not sooner. Our lives become so hurried that we find ourselves standing in front of the microwave tapping our foot thinking, “Come on… hurry up!” They call this the “microwave generations” because of its impatience.

Today’s verse lets us know that God doesn’t always operate in the hustle and bustle that we’ve created. Rather than rushing everything we’re told to slow it down and “be still.” This means we’re to cease striving and let go, stepping out of our busy lives and recognizing what God is doing above everything else that is happening.

As we relax & slow our lives down, we’re given the vital opportunity to take a long and loving look at our creator. This results in Godly order and structure returning to our lives and we’re enabled to see life His way rather than our own. What was once rushed mayhem now becomes a fruitful and vibrant God centred life. Resulting in God becoming exalted in the nations, the whole earth and us.

This week let’s take some time to stop. Let’s be still for a few minutes each day so we can set our thoughts solely on Him. Let’s not become impatient or distracted as we do this. In no time at all we’ll find God in our solitude and He’ll embrace us in His peace. Life will become much clearer and God will be highly exalted again in our lives.

That’s Funny…

God will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting
Job 8:21

There is nothing better than a good laugh. Some people laugh out loud, others giggle and smirk quietly. Laughter is both infectious and attention grabbing. It is a universal language that’s understood by absolutely everyone. People always want to know “What was so funny”

Today’s verse lets us know that God is the one who fills our mouths with laughter. He does this so we’re able to face every obstacle and challenge of life with hope and excitement. Laughter relieves stress and is a powerful spiritual weapon that foils the devil’s plans and delivers victory to us. But laughter has no power until we use it.

Once we start laughing at our problems the enemy runs. That’s because God’s the one who filled our mouth with laughter and the enemy knows he cannot win against God and so he departs. That’ll cause our lips to shout out in victory. The breakthrough we’ve been looking for can simply start by us laughing at our problems rather than crying over them.

This week let’s exercise our laughter. When the devil comes to kill steal & destroy [John 10:10] let’s laugh at him. When he says we’ll never amount to anything let’s laugh even louder. Allow God to fill our mouths with laughter until we’re able to let out a victory shout so loud that the devil can’t stand it. That’s the time when we’ll be rocketing into our future full of happiness, joy and excitement like never before.

The Winners Way…

Stand firm, and you will win life
Luke 21:19

The tallest tree in a forest is usually the tree that has remained standing the longest. It has stood against every adversity, grown through every season and sent its roots deep down into the soil. Now it stands high above all the rest providing shelter from the storms, shade from the heat and hope to all.

Today’s verse tells us that we’re able to be just like this tree. We can become a place of shelter, relief and nourishment to everybody around us. It doesn’t take a theology degree, a leadership role or even a meaningful sermon. It takes just one thing: Standing Firm!

Here are 3 simple but vital, things that will always help us to stand firm…

Don’t yield to the attack – Romans 6:13
Always get back up – Proverbs 24:16
Don’t look back – Philippians 3:13

As we do these 3 things, we stand firmer than ever before becoming essential shelter, relief & nourishment to many other people. We’ll start providing what others need to help, strengthen & encourage them through life.

This week lets be proactive in standing firm. If there’s an attack, take God’s side. If you get knocked down, stand up again. As you run your race don’t look back, just keep moving forward with your eyes on the goal. Before long you’ll be standing tall, standing firm and standing for God. Not only that you’ll also be setup to win life!!!

Leaping to Destiny…

For we live by faith, not by sight
2 Corinthians 5:17

There’s an antelope common to Africa called the Impala. It’s one of their most common and graceful animals. They are able to jump to a height of 4 metres and cover a distance of more than 10. These splendid creatures are able to be kept in a Zoo enclosure with only a 1-metre-high wall. None escape because they’re unwilling to jump if they can’t see where their feet will land.

Today’s verse lets us know that escape from our present circumstances isn’t dependent on what we can see in our present situation. We’re told that our future is framed by faith and that everything we presently see has little or no value in bringing change to our future. It’s what we can’t yet see that will deliver change [Romans 4:17].

Many believers live a life fenced about with fear. They won’t jump in faith to a greater future because they don’t know where their feet will land. They believe that escape is impossible. Our verse says that we should LEAP regardless and know that God has a safe landing and a magnificent future ahead for us. This type of faith is what pleases God [Hebrews 11:6].

This week let’s leap over our fears & pursue what faith is calling us to. Fear only ever limits, controls and fences us in. Let’s find a promise in God’s Word about our future and LEAP forward in faith with it. Before long we’ll wonder why we stayed captive so long when God had such a wide, expansive, open life waiting for us [2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Message Translation].

A Great Help…

The Father is sending A GREAT HELPER The Holy Spirit
John 14:26

Have you ever been caught in a situation that’s difficult, hard or almost impossible to get through? That’s when we need to call for “HELP!” When someone helps us, we access all of their skills, services & resources. If we don’t ask for help, we may discover that failure is a very real possibility. God never wants us to fail; He wants us to succeed in every area of life

This week’s verse lets us know that God has already sent us a GREAT HELPER. He is one who will contribute his skills, services & resources just to see us succeed in our future. This helper is the Holy Spirit. God sent him to help us & He is with us right now. He is for us; He’s not leaving us and He’s ready to assist. All we have to do is ask.

The Holy Spirit is an expert in life. Whenever we ask the Holy Spirit to help us, he does. When we follow what He tells us, our future is filled with success and joy. That’s why the Holy Spirit wants to help; so that our future will become better.

This week let’s not keep being independent. Let’s ask A GREAT HELPER, the Holy Spirit, to HELP us instead. He’ll bring all his skills, services & resources to our life. The Bible informs, equips & strengthens us with knowledge about the Holy Spirit. Use your Bible to help you know the Holy Spirit like you’ve never known Him before and He will help lead you towards an amazing future.

I Am I Can…

Whatever I have, Wherever I AM I CAN make it through ANYTHING in the One who makes me who I am
Philippians 4:13

Have you ever been stranded in a remote place with little money and no one to help you? It’s a lonely & anxious experience and we often say in frustration “I just can’t do this!” But it’s amazing what clever ideas & ingenuous plans we come up with to escape to a place of safety and security.

Today’s verse delivers a powerful truth about our future safety & security. We’re told that it doesn’t matter what we have, it doesn’t matter where we are, we can make it through ANYTHING! That’s right you can make it through ANYTHING!

All we need to do is pick our destination and then allow Jesus [the One who makes me who I am] to take us on the journey. As we continually do things His way the loneliness, anxiety & despair will depart as our new destination nears.

This week let’s depart from any form of loneliness, anxiety & despair. Keep reminding yourself every single day “I AM & I CAN”. If your life seems frustrating and progress seems difficult keep saying “I AM & I CAN”. Reading your Bible will equip, strengthen & help you to know who you are, what you can do and how you can reach a better destination in your future.