4 Keys to Seeing God Do the Impossible

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Walking with God is not that complicated. There’s not a formula but I do believe there are certain things we can do which can definitely make it easier.

Be willing to hear God’s voice.

Be willing to listen to what God is saying.

Be willing to obey what God is saying.

Be willing to trust what He is saying He can do.

In Luke 1 Mary demonstrates all four of these and she does so with such great simplicity of faith, it is quite wonderful. Let it be as you have spoken. I magnify You God. Look at what You are doing, through me and through this child to be born.

God speaks. She hears. She actually listens. She responds. She accepts. She obeys. She trusts.

In the rush of life we have to be ready to hear, to listen, to obey and to trust. There is power when we bring them all together. If we hear but don’t listen, we won’t understand what it is God is asking of us. Yet if we hear and listen but do not obey, we miss out on the fruitfulness of Gods full blessing. And we cannot obey and trust God in action if we do not know what He has been saying to us.

Only in the working of all four is there the full reward, the creation of something new in our lives, God making something seemingly out of nothing as we hear, listen, obey and trust. Then nothing is impossible. For ourselves, for the people around us, maybe even for the world.

Tell me why you would agree or not?

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The Lord Who Provides

provide-001-001In 2017 remember this…He is the Lord who provides.

In Genesis 22 we read the account of how God asked Abraham to prepare to make a sacrifice, and how the thing to be sacrificed was his only son, the son of promise too. This is difficult to work out and seems an odd thing for God to ask. It’s definitely a divine test at a whole other level.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” [v2]

However, I think it is a test God asks of us more often than we may care to acknowledge. This is not about sacrificing our firstborn on an altar. In some senses it’s much simpler than that but just as difficult.

God’s question: are we willing to give up what is most precious to us?

Think about those things which have our heart, our attention, our time and our resources. Those things we can elevate and give greater importance than we ought to. The things which can easily get between us and God.

God first. Then family. Then church. I think this is a good way to line things up. But we have to be like Abraham, be willing to let go of what’s most precious and have faith that God will provide and therein lays the test. To let go of what we think is best for something God may provide which is better.

Yet therein lays the wonder as to how much God knows what we need and can bring it us, seemingly from nowhere, out of the ‘thickets’, from the other side of the mountain even.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” [v12-14]

In 2017, remember…He is the Lord who provides.

Power and Authority

power-001-001When it comes to leading well in life we must use our power and authority in the best and most appropriate ways. It is wrong to think that to be a leader is to be someone who can yield power and authority however we want.

Being a leader is more than being in charge. It is knowing when to do and say the right thing at the right time.

The right use of power and authority can change our world and the world of those around us.

The story of the Centurion in Luke 7 demonstrates this…

The Centurion never actually met Jesus. People loved him so much they spoke to Jesus on his behalf. He didn’t ask them to so why do this for him? Possibly because he treated them well as friends, he led himself and others in the right way. He had a powerful position but he did not use this to his advantage.

This was a more about who he was rather than what he was.

He understood authority and power and how when people with both use them well then those things you desire to be done, will be done.

This recognition of how power and authority work were a enough for him. Just say the word. It was a sign of great faith. He never sees Jesus. He just knows that Jesus has power and authority which used in the right way is enough to bring the change that he desires.

My prayer is that I would have the same faith-filled confidence in Jesus. To know without doubt that all it takes is a power-filled word from Jesus to change my world and to know this same power and authority is now in me, enabling me to bring change to others on Jesus’ behalf.

How do you feel about that?

Remember, God Knows You

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You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, but by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing to something [Psalm 139:15 Message]

3 days in to 2017, no mishaps yet. But I’m sure there will be one or two at some stage.

At those moments I have to remind myself that I am not measured by my levels of perfection or the attainment of a certain performance.

At those moments I have to remind myself that my worth and value are measured differently, not by what I am but whose I am.

At those moments I have to remind myself that I am Gods, how He loves me, how He knows me and that He is the one who desired for me to exist.

When I know whose I am and where I have come from, I am better placed to journey through anything that may come my way.

7 Benefits for Calling on God

Amidst the frustrations of life, the friends who may let us down, the noise of the world and the general ‘gubbins’ of life it is important to remember we can call on the Lord. My daughter has just written today about prayer – you can read it here

Psalm 55 reminds us to act in a certain way when others things which are happening may cause us to want to behave in another way.

But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and He hears my voice [Psalm 55:16-17 ESV]

Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved [Psalm 55:22 ESV]

Whatever is happening right now, be it good, bad or ugly, take time to call on God, raise your voice to Him, cast your burdens on Him and invite Him in to every part of your life.

He hears our voice, our complaint, our concerns, the cry of our hearts

He redeems our soul and keeps us safe

He sustains us

He does not allow us to be moved or defeated by the words or actions of others

He overcomes the noise of others

He willingly attends to us and answers us

He is better than the best of friends

What beautiful promises, straight from the Word of God. How do these encourage you?

7 Things to Be Thankful to God For This Week

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With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good [Psalm 54:6]

Make this week a week of thankfulness. Create space each day for a moment with God where you deliberately appreciate all He has done for you, is doing right now for you and all He will do for you in the future.

Thankfulness is a choice, it will not happen by accident.

Some days thankfulness can be easy and on other days it can be tough. Life is unfair. Life is difficult. Life is not always a party time and celebration. At these times we choose to bring a sacrifice of praise, we bring our thankfulness as an offering, a gift, a purposeful decision. We recognise that is hard but we are deciding to say thank you anyway.

In doing so, we lay aside our own feelings and walk by faith, confident in the knowledge that God is with us, that He loves us and is always with us.

Let me help you with your devotional time this and give you 7 things to be thankful for, one for each day, to help you in your giving of thanks and praise to our God. What you will say thank you to God for will be in relation to your own situation and circumstances.

  • He has saved us, we are adopted in to His family
  • He has helped us, through so many different times
  • He is faithful, and His love never fails
  • He is with us, in all things
  • He is on our future, he has great plans for us
  • He protects us, keeps us safe
  • He hears the cry of our heart

I would love to hear what you thankful for?

3 Thoughts on Gods Steadfast Love

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“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day….But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” Psalms‬ ‭52:1 & 8‬ ‭ESV

To be steadfast is to be resolute or dutifully firm and unwavering. It speaks of strength, loyalty, dependability and constancy. Great characteristics of God we would do well to be mindful of this week.

3 thoughts come to mind when I think of Gods steadfast love which will be great to meditate on during this week when spending time with Him:

1. To trust in the steadfast love of God is to trust in God and that He is steadfast. Maybe we can only trust in the steadfast love of God because He is steadfast.

2. As He is steadfast toward us, we can then be steadfast toward others. As God is strong, loyal, dependable and constant, so can we be, wherever we find ourselves.

3. To be steadfast due to the steadfast love of God is to flourish and bloom (like an olive tree).

Think of the difference we can make as we walk with a desire to display the steadfast love of God during this week to those around us.

Father God, thank You for Your steadfast love, the kind which never wavers towards me. Help me this week to be the same towards those in my life. Amen

7 Words to Help Us Through the Week

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Sin, doing stuff wrong, drifting, getting carried away in the moment, willfully or by mistake, it happens. As someone who has chosen to walk with God the only question, the biggest question is this: what do I do in response?

One answer is I do nothing. Which could be considered more about me looking for ways to justify my behaviour and choices. No one got hurt, well not really, it’s just the way I am and in a world of tolerance and acceptance everything is alright, isn’t it?

When I do nothing, nothing changes. Which may not be a problem if I’m not wanting to take my walk with God as seriously as I should. When I serious I don’t mean hard, I just mean that in saying I love God, my life illustrates that love.

The other answer is I do something. Perhaps to stop, reflect and ask the awkward questions. Are there things I am doing, lifestyle choices, attitudes, even thinking which just doesn’t line up with the Word of God, the lifestyle of Jesus’ teaching?

We don’t always like the answers. Truth is though, when we place our lives in Gods hands it is now not ours, we have given it away.

The best answer is God has already done everything. And that’s where the motivation to want to live right comes from. King David was thankful for this overwhelming truth, and we capture His desperation within Psalm 51 as he doesn’t want to lose any part of His God.

Mercy. Love. Cleansed. Recreated. Renewed. Restored.Upheld.

Take one word each day. Think about what it means. Thank God for it. Meditate on the impact it has had on your life. Ask God to help you live a life worthy of what it means to you.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit [Psalm 51:10-12 ESV]