Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Dealing With Temptation (1)

2 Chronicles 20:12
"...nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."

There came a time in the life of Peter when Jesus said to him, "...assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." In reply to this Peter boasted, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" Matthew 26:34-35.

Well most Christians know the story; only a few hours after Jesus predicted Peter's denial he did in fact deny Jesus. Now Peter had spent around three years with Jesus when this temptation beset him; my point? Just like Peter we all have our areas of vulnerability which, if not dealt with through discipline and character development, could defeat or even destroy us.

So what can we do to gain the victory over temptation?

1) Recognize what usually precedes temptation.
Before a Christian yields to temptation they go through certain stages. Neglecting prayer and bible reading is how it usually starts. When you do this, you become indifferent to God and insensitive to danger.

The next step is you'll start to rationalize your disobedience thinking to yourself, 'nobody knows, and besides what harm will it do?' Once you begin to silence your God-given conscience your carnal appetites will grow stronger.  When your carnal appetites start taking hold, you'll begin to surround yourself with people who do the same things, or are at least are willing to turn a blind eye.

Jesus said, "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation..." Mark 14:34. In others words, be aware that sin is always crouching at your door waiting to get a foothold, so pray for strength to stand against temptation. Genesis 4:7 says, "...sin lies at the door and its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."

2) Reach out for help.
When Jehoshaphat found himself in a battle with an enemy much greater and stronger, he turned to God and prayed, "...we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You,"  2 Chronicles 20:12.

Jehoshaphat knew that he could not defeat this enemy on his own, but he knew who to turn to for help. The secret to gaining the victory over temptation is found in knowing that you can't do it by yourself; it's found in leaning less on yourself and more on God.

3) Confess your faults.
Sometimes a Christian can be so weighed down with temptation and sin that they don't even have the strength to turn to God. What are you to do? Turn to a trusted believer; confess your faults and be healed. Great blessing is released when faults are confessed, and prayed for by others.
James writes, 'Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much,' James 5:16

Dear reader, whatever temptation you're facing, take it to God. Take it all to God no matter how ashamed you might feel about it. God loves you; He's seen it all, and He's there for you.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Next post: Dealing with temptation (2) A plan for victory.




 



Monday, 29 August 2016

Living As God Intends You To Live

2 Peter 1:5
'But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith...'

Peter who spent around three years with Jesus,
learned some things from the Lord that he later put into letters for the benefit of the church. Peter writes, '...giving all diligence to add to your faith...' for a very good reason. God expects His people to grow spiritually; the following text tells us how.

'But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins,' 2 Peter 1:5-9.

Once we're born again we're not supposed to stay spiritual infants all our lives, though some do! The truth is, God has plans to grow you and I into full adulthood and  2 Peter 1:5-9 is the blue print that Peter left us just before he was to die for the Lord. Here's how we're supposed to grow:

1) Add to your faith Virtue
What is virtue? 'Virtue (Latin: virtus, Ancient Greek: ἀρετή "arete") is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being,'-Wikipedia.

2) Add to your faith knowledge.
This is talking about the knowledge of spiritual things which can only come from the word of God. Time spent in the scriptures will bring much growth in knowledge that will effect every area of your life.

3) Add to your faith self control.
This is self explanatory: Do not give yourself over to loving the world and all its sin; be diligent to bring your body under control. '...but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy," 1 Peter 1:16.

4) Add to your faith perseverance.
It has been said that our life in Christ can be compared to a marathon race which takes tremendous endurance to reach the end. 'Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him,' James 1:12. "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved," Matthew 24:13.

5) Add to your faith Godliness.
God expects His children to grow up and act like His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. 'For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters,' Romans 8:29. '...but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ...' Ephesians 4:15.

If you don't know what Godliness looks like then get into the four gospels and study the life of Jesus. Read and re-read these four books, and you'll soon come to understand Godliness.

6) Add to your faith, brotherly kindness.
In other words, treat the brethren with respect and gentleness, and treat others as you would want to be treated, Matthew 7:12.

7) Add to your faith love.
We're talking about the unconditional love of God here. This kind of love crowns everything we do in the wonderful kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without such love we are nothing. Paul writes, '
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing,' 1 Corinthians 13:2.

Dear reader these virtues may seem impossible to attain while here on this earth, but because we have the Greater One (the Holy Spirit) living on the inside we can attain such lofty expectations. It is Jesus Himself who empowers us through the Holy Spirit to grow in these virtues.

Now here's the kicker: Being obedient to the instruction laid out in 2 Peter 1:5-9 brings promise of abundant reward. '...for if you do these things you will never stumble;  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,' 2 Peter 1:10-11.

Be diligent, therefore dear reader, to add to your faith these seven virtues. For in doing so you will not only begin to look like Jesus, but you'll be guaranteed an abundant entrance into the kingdom of God. 

Have a blessed day
Paul
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Believe What God Says About You

Romans 4:17
'...God...calls those things which do not exist as though they did.'

When God spoke to Abraham and told him that he was going to be the father of many nations, he was without a natural child and his wife was way past the age of child bearing. When God made this promise to Abraham He was also declaring something about him; He was calling that which did not exist with Abraham as though it did exist.

If you've read Abraham's story, you know that he did indeed become the father of many nations. It took a long time for this happen, but happen it did! First came Isaac, then Jacob (Israel), and finally the gentile nations in Christ. Abraham literally became what God had spoken to him.

Dear reader, God has spoken to you too; He has spoken to you through His word. The question is: 'Do you believe what He has said about you?' It's time to stop listening to those who say you'll amount to nothing; it's time to stop believing those who say you can't do it; you'll never make it.

You may have had a failed marriage, a rotten childhood, or perhaps a bad career, but it's time to put these things behind you. How?...'Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,' Philippians 3:13

God not only has said wonderful things about you, but it is He who speaks into existence His specific will for your life. 'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope,' Jeremiah 29:11.

You might not feel like it and you might not look like it right now, but you are whatever God says  you are! It might even take years to become what God has declared about you, but you will get there because Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith, and He will complete the good work He started in you. Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6.

Our responsibility is to line our will up with God's will. When we do this He will empower us to do what normally would be humanly impossible to do, praise God! Will you experience obstacles, delays, and disappointments along the way? Yes, but ultimately God will get you to where you're supposed to be.

Our job is to live by faith because it's a done deal as far as God is concerned. When He decrees something about us that should settle it, every other voice we must silenced. Dear reader, stay close to God, stay in His word, and He'll speak to you and call those things which do not yet exist in your life as though they did!

Have a blessed day
Paul
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

God Will Help You To Succeed

Luke 5:9
'...All...were astonished at the catch of fish...'

One day while Jesus was preaching by the lake of Gennesaret, He requested the use of Simon's boat. After He had finished teaching the multitudes He told Simon to put our the nets for a catch. Simon objected at first but then said, "...nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net,” Luke 5:5. The result? They caught so much fish that two of the boats began to sink!

Here's eight life changing truths we can learn from this story:

1) When Jesus is in your boat you're going to succeed in whatever He tells you to do.

2) Jesus will come to your place of work to help you.

3) Do whatever He tells you to do, even if it does not make sense at the time.

4) He will show you a better way, if what you're doing is not working.

5) Your existing systems may not be able to handle His plan, so be prepared to change how you do things.

6) The success He has planned for you is greater than anything you can envision for yourself.

7) When you experience God's goodness, you'll fall down at His feet and worship Him.

8) When you get a revelation of what He has in mind for you, you'll leave everything that hinders and follow Him no matter what.

The fishermen, that day at the lake of Gennesaret, had a powerful encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ that would prove to change their lives forever. Jesus said to Simon that day, "...Do not be afraid, from now on you will catch men," Luke 5:10.

True to His word, Jesus did teach Simon to catch men. The book acts records, ...'Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them,' Acts 2:41.

Just like Simon caught a huge catch of fish at the lake of Gennesaret, he caught a huge catch of souls upon preaching his first gospel message; now that's success! Dear reader, God has success planned for you, and He's working it all out, are you ready?

Have a blessed day
Paul
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Bible Study: Make it Personal

Mark 4:24
'Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides.' (AMP)

Most Christians know that as part of their walk with the Lord they must study scripture, but whether they make this study personal is another matter. What do I mean by making bible study personal? Simply that when you read the bible you put yourself under its revealing light and let the word change you by applying it's truths to your life.

Bible colleges and bible study tools abound in our day and age, so there's no excuse for not applying oneself to the systematic study of God's Word, and then applying it to every area of your life.

Do you want to grow spiritually, succeed in your career, build meaningful relationships, conquer anxiety, break bad habits, or be healed from the emotional wounds of your past? Then read, meditate, study, ponder, and speak out the life transforming truths contained in God's Word, the bible.

There comes a point in time in every Christian's life when you've got to stop living off someone else's spiritual insight. There comes a point in time when you've got to study the Word of God for yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to bless you with life transforming insights.

Paul writes, 'Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth,'2 Timothy 2:15. Paul expected Timothy to be diligent to carry out this task; God expects our diligence to carry out this task too.

Dear reader if you're not already doing this, study the bible diligently; let the Holy Spirit impart His Word to you. Jesus said in John 16:15 (CEV), "Everything that the Father has is mine. That is why I have said that the Spirit takes my message and tells it to you." You'll experience the truth of these words as you personalize the scriptures with child like faith.

Have a blessed day
Paul
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If You Rush, You Must Rest Dear Christian

Mark 6:31 
"And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while....”

Mark records a time when Jesus and His disciples were so busy that they did not even have time to eat! 'For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat,' Mark 6:31.

Nobody's assignment, on this earth, has ever been greater than the Son of God's; no one has ever been as busy as Him, not even you or I. But He knew the importance of relaxation and He knew when to get away.

Jesus was able to accomplish so much in so little time because He understood the balance between work and rest. Our modern world demands super busy life styles; our ministries can also take us on a dizzy ride with people coming and going, and placing demands on us all day long.

Does this describe you dear reader? Are you so busy that you feel like you're about crash and burn? Then it's time you got away for some rest and relaxation! People are wonderful, but they can be draining at times. As you're calling and career grow so will the demands be that are placed on you.

It's okay to work hard, but you need to play just as enthusiastically! God's not going to hold it against you for taking a little R&R. If Jesus needed to get away for a little while, how much more you and I? 

It is well documented that scheduling at least one per week is enough to recharge the soul for the next six days of work. Even our heavenly Father rested on the seventh day. Now if that's not telling us something I don't what else will.

If you had one full day all to yourself, what would you do? If you can't answer that question then you need to pray, 'Lord teach me how to rest; show me how I can turn towards you; teach me how to wait on You so that I might be restored and renewed.

Ponder this scripture today: '...those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint,' Isaiah 40:31.

Have a blessed day
Paul
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Are You An Olympian For God?

2 Timothy 2:5
'... if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.'

I don't know about you dear reader, but I've certainly enjoyed watching the 2016 Rio Olympics these past sixteen days. It's been a pleasure to watch these supremely fit athletes doing their thing; I've cried tears of joy with them and marveled at their athletic skills.

For years they've trained many hours a week to hone their skills; they've suffered injuries, and they've made huge sacrifices just to get a shot at an Olympic medal. While watching the games the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart, "I want my people to be spiritual Olympians." Wow! I knew God had just spoken something very significant so I went strait to the Word.

Prompted by the Holy Spirit, and drawing inspiration from his athletic contemporaries Paul writes, 'Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown,'  1 Corinthians 9:24-25.

The very moment we are born again we're entered into a spiritual race, and this race is not a sprint but a marathon! I love how scripture tells us that we have a prize to obtain, and that prize just happens to be a crown. Unlike the Olympic gold medals, our prize is an imperishable crown of life.

So how are we meant to run this race? Well, because this race is a marathon it's all about patience, and endurance. It's about seeking God's kingdom first; it's about sacrificing our self centered lives for the good of others.

A Christian who is running this race, according to the rules, is temperate in all things. In other words this Christian is living a holy life and striving to obey God in all things. Hebrews 12:1 says, '...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us...'

It's really exiting to see our Olympians win the gold medals, and we stand in awe of the enormous sacrifices made by these athletes. But it's even more exiting to know that we have our very own race going on, and it's a race that is far more significant than any Olympic race ever invented!

Our race takes far more discipline than any other, and it has an exceedingly better prize than any Olympic gold medal. There is no other race that has as many competitors as ours (millions), yet all can win the crown! There is no other race that can boast such an audience as ours, for even God Himself, together with the hosts of heaven, cheer us on.

Dear reader, my thought for you today is this: God wants you to realize that you are in a race that has eternal rewards and consequences, and that you must run it according to the rules. He wants you to know that there is an eternal prize waiting for you at the finish line.

So dear reader run to win, and when you cross that finish line you'll stand before the King of the universe to receive your prize, the crown of life.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Thinking & Acting Like Jesus (2) The Supernatural

John 5:19
'Then Jesus answered and said to them,' “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."

In a recent post we saw that to think and act like Jesus would result in a radical character change, which is the work of the Holy Spirit, but that's not all there is to acting and thinking like Jesus. 

Jesus operated in the supernatural on a consistent basis. He had just performed a miracle at the pool of Bethesda, and said this in response to an attack from the Jews...."Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do..." John 5:19.

Did you catch that? Jesus can only do what He sees the Father do! Even though Jesus embodied Deity, He chose to dwell in an earthen vessel;  He chose to become like us yet without sin; He chose to rely completely on the Holy Spirit to reveal what the Father was doing on any given day.

Our Lord and Savior set His mind on things above; His thinking was not limited to the things of man; His thinking was supernatural. His mind was filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, whom He was soon to give to His followers, and that includes you and I dear reader.

God expects us to think supernaturally like Jesus did, and He's sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to do so, praise God! When we begin to think supernaturally we'll soon see the miraculous in our lives. Jesus said in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

We believe on Jesus for assured salvation, but did you know that believing on Jesus also means to act and think like Him? A significant part of this 'acting and thinking' involves tapping into the Holy Spirit to see what the Father wants to do with our lives for the day.

So how do we tap into the Holy Spirit? By spending time with Him in the Word and Prayer. When you choose to shut the world out of your thoughts for a moment and center your mind and spirit on the Holy Spirit, He's going to supernaturally show you what your heavenly Father will's for your day.

It might be a scripture that He makes to jump of the page at you; it might be an inner vision; it might even be an open vision, or a dream at night. For example, I recently ministered to a young man who was being oppressed by an evil spirit. Now on the drive over to his house I began to focus on the Holy Spirit and I then asked Him, "Holy Spirit what do you want to do for the young man today?

Well, when I got to this young man's home I new exactly what I needed to do because the Holy Spirit impressed it on my heart, and He filled my mind with work that God was going to accomplish while I ministered to him. I supernaturally new that I had to teach him about the Holy Spirit, and rebuke an evil spirit, the result? The young man was set free and he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.

Dear reader, God wants us to live this way every single day of our lives, and it begins with getting our mind off the things of the world and setting them on things above. Paul writes, 'If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth,' Colossians 3:1-2.

Thinking and acting like Jesus is a supernatural activity that God expects His children to practice, be diligent therefore to practice this. If you don't know how then pray something like this. 'Father help me to think and act as Jesus did; help me to set my mind on things above; help me to think supernaturally in Jesus name, amen.

Have a blessed day
Paul
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thinking and Acting Like Jesus (1)

Philippians 2:15
'Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.'

Max Lucado writes: 'What would your life be like, even for one day, if you were to think and act like Jesus? If His priorities governed your actions, His passions drove your decisions, and His love directed your behavior? What would you be like? Would people notice the change in you...?'

Good questions don't you think? I believe that any Christian who sets their heart on thinking and acting like Jesus will display a great change in their character that will get the attention of those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

People are going to notice that something is truly different about you; people are going to sense the love of God in you. When you're thinking and acting like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is free to impact those around you like never before.

So how do we act and think like Him? Well, if you're serious about becoming like Jesus, examine your heart and then examine His:

1) His heart was pure. Peter, who spent three and a half years with Jesus, described Him as a lamb '...unblemished and spotless...' 1Peter 1:19. John said of Him, '...in Him is no sin,' 1 John 3:5. Jesus had many women who cared for Him, yet never once was He accused of having lustful thoughts or dealing inappropriately with them, Luke 8:1-3.

2) His heart was peaceful. He slept peacefully in the boat while a storm raged and the disciples shouted in fear, Luke 8:22-25. Peter drew his sword to fight; Jesus lifted His hand to heal, Luke 22:47-51. When Jesus was being spat on and crucified, did He threaten vengeance? No, He was at peace; He forgave them, and refused to be guided by hate and vengeance, Luke 23:34.

3) His heart was purposeful. Jesus was so focused that He knew when to say, "My time has not yet come, John 2:4, and when to say, "...it is finished..." John 19:30. Yet He was not so focused that He had no time to enjoy everyday things like fellowship, finding beauty in lillies, possibilities in problems, and joy in worship.

Jesus was pleasant to be around; yes He spoke the truth at all times, and sometimes that truth cut the very heart of the listeners, but He always did it with an attitude of love. Have you ever noticed how the little children could not resit Him? Children run from angry cantankerous people but not from Jesus, Matthew 19:13. Yes indeed, He was a pleasant person to be around. The question is, are you and I pleasant people to be around?

Jesus spent approximately three decades wading through the muck and mire of humanity and yet He still chose to love us and pay the penalty for our sin, praise the Lord! Dear reader, you and I are called to walk in His steps; you and I are called to love like He loved. You can be just like Him because His Spirit dwells in you, so start thinking and acting like Jesus today.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

One Day At A Time With Jesus

Matthew 6:11
"Give us this day our daily bread."

The secret to abundant spiritual life is to live one day at a time with the Lord. Why? Well, when you live this way you're not focused on passed failures, and you're not worrying about your future. 

When Jesus was teaching His disciples the principles of prayer He said, "Give us this day our daily bread," not for tomorrow, the rest of the week, month, or year, but for this day. God wants us to trust Him one day at a time.

If you're focused on your past mistakes you're not trusting God's ability to forgive and cleanse you from them. If you're worrying about your future you're not trusting God to take care of you. Either way you're not trusting God and you're missing out on God's richest spiritual blessings.

Living one day at a time with Jesus requires faith in a loving benevolent God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." There you have it from Jesus's own lips, worrying about tomorrow is not good for us.

So what are we to do each day if we are to only trust God for that day? Walking in the Spirit and seeking God's kingdom on a daily basis would be a good start. In fact I would say this is our primary duty as Christians.

God has the plan, and He will give you a vision for your future, but you have to walk it out on a daily basis, trusting Him to take care of you and bring that future vision to pass. So how do you trust Him daily?

It starts with thinking about the right things. Paul writes, 'Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.' Philippians 4:8. (CEV)

Where do you find pure and lovely things to think about? Well, it ain't at the movies, at a bar, or on television. You'll only find these things in God's Word; you'll only find these things among Christians who get into the word every day.

Dear reader it's your duty as a Christian, to read, study, meditate, and fill your mind with God's Word every day. It's your privilege to spend time seeking God in prayer each and every day. This is living one day at a time with Jesus.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Operating in Your God-Given Strength

1 Corinthians 12:4
'There are diversities of gifts...'

God gave you gifts that make you unique, and these gifts hold great possibilities for you. Paul writes, 'We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully,' Romans 12:6-8.

Successful people invest time, energy and resources into their core strengths because it's where they get the most return. This makes sense out there in the world, but what about in the Kingdom of God? As Christians we've been endowed with certain gifts and talents, but it's up to us to discover what they are and develop them.

Nobody is ever born without a talent/gift, including you, but you've got to discover it. How? You've got to go to God in prayer and meditate in the scriptures. God is not only the gift giver, but He also empowers that gift so that you can function in it successfully.

Note: Please don't confuse what I've written here with the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. These are supernatural gifts as the Spirit wills for a given moment of time in ministry. 'Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good,' 1 Corinthians 12:7.

Your core gifts and talents have been given, primarily, to serve others in God's Kingdom. When you go to God and spend some quality time with Him, you're going to find out some things about yourself. You're going to discover exactly how God has wired you up, and how He wants you to serve Him.

For example, I've worked in  'people centered' jobs for nearly 2 decades, why? Because that's where I fit best; that's where I felt God lead me. I don't work in the industry now, but the fire burns in my belly to continue helping people in their walk with the Lord.

After much prayer and soul searching it has become evident to me that the Lord has graced me with a shepherds heart, and He is leading me more into that kind of work. What about you dear reader, do you know your core strengths? Do you know how God has wired you up?

God has a plan for your life and He's equipped you with gifts/talents, but it's up to you to get a revelation of your God-given strengths. Once you know them you'll see more clearly your path ahead. 

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

It's For A Purpose Dear Christian

Romans 8:28
' We know that all things work together for good...'

When God reveals His plan for your life it's life changing to say the least. A believer who has God's plan established in their heart is not easily persuaded to drop it the first time adverse circumstances come their way.

They'll not be quick to get discouraged when situations bring conflict and disorder; they'll not become frustrated or overwhelmed when they don't seem to get their prayers answered right away. Why is this? Well, when you know deep down in your spirit that you are in God's will, nothing can shake you from your call.

So what are you to do when testing times come? Okay, I'm assuming that you know the call of God on your life and you've started to move in its direction; even if you don't know your call yet, listen up because this will hep you too.

Paul writes, 'And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,' Romans 8:28. Notice this text doesn't say 'some' things, but 'all' things work together for good; it's really important that you understand this. 

Peter writes, 'In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.' ! Peter 1:6-7

If you're going through a trial right now and you know that it's not because of disobedience, you can safely assume that it has been allowed by God for training purposes. Through this trial God is equipping you to handle a greater measure of authority in ministry; He's building a solid foundation under you, so hold on!

Out of the pressure, brought on by your trial, God will release power into your life to do what He desires for you, not what others may want for you. He's teaching you valuable spiritual lessons that will empower you to handle, uncooperative, resentful, and jealous people.

Yes it is unfortunate that we have to  encounter such people, but while we live this side of eternity this can not be avoided. Remember God is working all things for your good, and this includes building your character.

So what do you do when confronted with a trial? Humble yourself before God and ask Him about it. The bible says, ' Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things...' Jeremiah 33:3. Don't be afraid to ask God, but be ready to except His answer with a good attitude. He may say, 'it's because of your disobedience.' If this is the case, be quick to repent; God loves you and will forgive and restore you.

He may say, 'it's for a purpose.' If this is the case, remain humble and trust God to work it all out for you. When He is done you can be assured, through is Word, that He will deliver you from your trial. 'Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.' Psalm 34:19

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hearing From God Daily

John 10:3-4
"To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice."

For the born again christian, one of the greatest blessings we have is God speaking to us personally. There truly is no greater blessing than hearing from your God; just one word from Him can change your life forever!

The problem is some Christian's have difficulty in hearing the Shepherd's voice. If this is you, here are some practical things you can do to help you tune into God:

1) Get into a regular prayer habit, setting a time and place to seek God daily. Some prefer morning. '...In the morning my prayer comes before you,' (Psalm 88:13). Some of you may prefer evening. 'Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,' (Psalm 141:2). 

Others may prefer regular encounters throughout the day. 'Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice, (Psalm 55:17)
. It doesn't matter which time of the day or night you prefer, the point is that you make a time and find a place that's right for you; God will honor your efforts to seek Him. 

How much time should you take in prayer? As much as you need! Your prayer should last as long as it takes you to talk to God and for God to talk to you. It really is a personal thing between you and your God; what's right for me might not be right for you. God treats us all as individuals, so let Him lead you.

2) Have your bible open. This is really important because God has chosen to speak to us primarily through His Word. Pray and ask God to speak to you through scripture, but don't come to scripture looking for your own idea. Go to scripture with an open mind, looking for God's idea.

When a scripture seems to stand out to you, stop and ponder over it for a while. This is the Holy Spirit showing you something from His Word. Now pray about what you've just seen or understood. Guess what? You're now conversing with your God about what's on His heart, Praise the Lord!

3) Have a listening heart. What is a listening heart? It's a heart that not only hears what God is saying, but is also willing to obey everything that has been said. James writes, ' But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.' James 1:25

If you're obedient to what God says He will bless you with even more manner from heaven, and you'll be blessed in all you do! God is looking for people who are hungry to listen for His word and to obey Him when He gives instruction.

Dear reader, you can hear from God today if you hunger for Him; He will speak to you if you're listening and willing obey, amen!

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Intimacy With The Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 13:14
'The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all, Amen.'

One of the great truths that has been delivered to us, through the Word of God, is that we have been permanently graced with the presence of God Himself. Every born again believer has the Holy Spirit in residence; our bodies have become His temple, and He longs to fill us with His presence and power.

Now most of us have either heard of or used the 'gifts of the Spirit' to some degree, but the question is: Are we willing to let the gift giver (Holy Spirit) use us? There's a big difference, and it's worth exploring a little further.

As the time began to draw near for Jesus to be crucified, He began to teach the disciples about the Holy Spirit. "If you love Me, keep My commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth...for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." John 14:15-18

The Holy Spirit is literally God up close and personal. This is good news for us; it means we can have an intimate relationship with God Himself. The Holy Spirit longs to fellowship with you dear reader; He wants you to get to know Him; He wants you to acknowledge His presence within you.

Getting a revelation of the Holy Spirit in you will change you life forever! You'll no longer be a 'dry' Christian; you'll experience His presence; you'll experience the joy of the Lord; you'll flow in the gifts, and you'll bear much fruit.

Getting intimate with the Holy Spirit is the key to seeing and experiencing the kingdom of heaven in your life. So how do you get intimate with Him? Here are some things to help you:

1) Hunger for more intimacy with Him.
When you enter your prayer closet, ask the Holy Spirit to help you to pray. Tell Him that you desire more intimacy with Him.

2) Realize that such a relationship with the Holy Spirit is possible; revelation is always key to the things of God.

3) Learn all you can about Him from scripture, this is where God will give you revelation.

4) Make a quality decision to go deeper with God; to be more available to Him.

5) Allow the Lord to put His loving finger on anything that displeases the Holy Spirit, and be willing to deal with it promptly.

The Holy Spirit desires to commune deeply with us, and He is waiting for whoever will hunger for more of Him. Dear reader, set your mind on the Holy Spirit today; desire more of Him, and your life will never be the same!

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Monday, 8 August 2016

Jesus Said, "You Must Forgive"

Colossians 3:13
'...The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive.'

When Jesus was pouring out His innocent blood on calvary's cross, He prayed an astonishing prayer. “...Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34. Wow! if anyone ever had reason not to forgive it was Jesus, yet here He prays for those who had just nailed His hands and feet to the cross.

This prayer came from a heart aflame with love for humanity. Jesus could have summoned a legion of angels that day but He chose the way of love, He chose to forgive. He chose to forgive those who jeered and spat at Him; He chose to forgive those who drove the nails into His flesh, and He chose to forgive all who mocked and scorned Him that day.

What about you dear reader, do you truly understand that when Jesus hung on that cross He did it to forgive you as well? Meditate on that for moment. When you have a revelation of how much God has forgiven you, it becomes easier to forgive others their sins against you.

It goes really hard for those who choose not to forgive, why? Well, because they're out of line with God's will. Paul writes, 'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you,' Ephesians 4:32

Jesus said in Matthew 6:15, " But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." This is a strong word, but it is the truth nonetheless. You can forgive the most painful experiences because Christ has forgiven you, and will continue to forgive you whenever you need it.

Do you want to be more like Jesus? then forgive; do you want to be well pleasing to your heavenly Father? forgive; do you want deeper intimacy with the Holy Spirit? forgive. Walking in forgiveness brings the blessing of God. Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God," (amp).

Walking in forgiveness towards others is how the children of God make and maintain peace with their neighbor. Because Jesus has a forgiving heart, as a born again believers we also have forgiving hearts. Now it might not feel like you have a forgiving heart right now but it's in there, you just need to wake it up. How? by making a conscious decision, through prayer, to forgive.

Ask God to help you to forgive the person who has hurt you, He will help! There is incredible power in the words, 'I forgive you; I love you; lets move on. Is there anyone in your life right now that needs to be assured of your forgiveness? If so, get to it and forgive them!

Maybe the person who hurt you is no longer in this world; don't let that stop you, you can still forgive them. Take it to God in prayer and forgive that person; be obedient to God's Word today and be blessed.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Friday, 5 August 2016

The Bible is God Speaking to You

John 6:63
'...The words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.'

One thing you'll hear frequently from unbelievers is that the bible is not relevant for today. They reason that the bible was written to a generation of long ago, therefore, it has no relevance for today's 'modern generation.'

What these people fail to understand is the supernatural origins of the bible. This powerful road map to Godly living transcends time because it has been authored by The One who can not be held by time, the Holy Spirit; praise the Lord!

Hebrews 4:12 says this about the word: ' For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.'

Our bible is not irrelevant it's living, active, and powerful! The bible can speak to every situation in our modern day lives. The question is, are you reading your bible everyday? The greatest investment you can make in yourself, as a Christian, is reading the bible. 

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4: "... It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." I'm sure if the bible is not relevant for today Jesus would not have said this.

God's word will energize your spirit, be a lamp unto your feet, and light unto your path. Jeremiah said this about God's word: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart, Jeremiah 15:16.

Is the word of God a joy unto your heart dear reader? Here's how to develop a love for scripture:

1) You must make a decision to establish bible reading as one of your daily priorities.

2) Understand that you have a duty to feed your spirit with the word of God to grow and stay strong.

3) Stop being a casual reader and get serious with God; become a committed student of the word.

One final thought: The bible is a supernatural book, therefore it can only be understood supernaturally. It is the Holy Spirit that gives life to scripture, so look to Him to give you fresh insight in His word today.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Touching Jesus

Mark 5:28
'...If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole.'

The gospel of Mark records a story of a Jewish woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. Here in western society we politely call this a female condition, but for this Jewish woman it was a devastating condition that left her a social outcast. 

She could not touch her husband sexually; she could not enter the temple; everything she touched was considered unclean, and she'd spent all her money on doctors but could not get well. It was while  in this condition that she encountered Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the living God.

This is the story: 'And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,  and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole,' Mark 5:25-28.

It was crowed around Jesus and this woman risked her own personal safety and pressed in through the crowd to touch Him. Her faith was alive in the healing Christ and nothing was going to stop her from getting what she wanted, her health. She did not let anything or anyone stop her that day.

Are you sick? It may be that you need to be just like this woman and press in through all the noisy crowd of unbelief. There may be arguments and reasons why you can't get healed, but don't listen to any of them; don't let them stop you from missing out on touching Jesus.

Notice what happened when she finally got through and touched the hem of Christ's garment: She was instantly healed. Mark 5:29 says this, 'And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.'

'And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?' Mark 5:30. Do you see what happened here? Faith gets the attention of Jesus! I'm sure many would have brushed up against Jesus that day, but it was only when the woman touched Him with her faith that she got her miracle.

Understand this: God looks on the heart of a person and can tell the difference between a casual churchgoer and a heart that is truly hungry for Him. Are you prepared to push through pain, problems, and pressures to touch Jesus by faith? 

You're not just another face in the crowd that Jesus has no time for, neither is your problem to big for Him. Dear reader, reach out in faith and touch Jesus today, and be made whole!

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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