Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ignore distractions

Ignore Distractions
When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
Matthew 17:8

Our own flaws can distract us from keeping our eyes on Jesus. If we think too much about what is wrong with us, we will forget what God can do through us.  If we look too much at what we lack, we will forget to be thankful for what we have.

Hebrews 12:2 Amplified Bible says: looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].”

Distraction from God is extremely dangerous. As believers we believe that God is the captain of our ship. When you start losing sight of your captain, you start trying to steer your own ship. Not only does this lead to going the wrong way, but it can lead you in the direction of trials, sin, missed opportunities, and missed blessings. (comment by Fritz Chery)

If your faith begins to waver, quickly get your eyes on Jesus, who is the Source of your faith and the Incentive for your belief.

Remember how He endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame of it. for the joy of winning you to Himself.

Psalm 119:4-5 (TLB) says: You have given us your laws to obey, oh, how I want to follow them consistently.

Have a day filled with blessings.  Denise

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Walk in Love (Cindy Trimm)

Adapted from
 Commanding my Morning Devotional by Cindy Trimm

 Read: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8:“ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Take a moment to look at those verses one more time, but this time, replace some of those words with your name.
Example: “ Denise is patient, Denise is kind. Denise does not envy, Denise does not boast, Denise is not proud. Denise does not dishonor others, Denise is not self-seeking, Denise is not easily angered, Denise keeps no record of wrongs. Denise does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Denise always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Now, repeat these words and you will understand that this means that today, you will walk in LOVE.  LOVE is proactive to forgiveness. This means that you cherish your relationships over your things, over your accomplishments, goals and tasks and over yourself. That means you are living the richest life possible.

Today’s prayer: (as per Cindy Trimm)
Father, I declare today that YOUR love gives me the patience to suffer long and yet be kind.  YOUR love causes me not to envy, parade myself, or be puffed up.  Because of YOUR love, I will not behave rudely or seek to fulfill my own selfish desires. YOUR love keeps me from thinking angry and malicious thoughts about others. I do not rejoice in sinfulness but rejoice in the truth. With YOUR love I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. I am secure that YOUR love never fails. In Jesus’s Name Amen! LOVE, LOVE AND LOVE SOME MORE!

(Cindy Trimm also has a book by the same name. This lady has helped me change some of my thinking about how to start my day. Commanding my morning has helped me to unleash God’s power in my day so I can see people with the LOVE of Jesus instead of with my own eyes of flesh.)

Have a great day!  Denise

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Ready to step out in faith?

Study in the Book of Esther:

 There will be times in your life when you’ve gathered all the information you can, you’ve prayed as well as you know how, you’ve sought Godly counsel; whatever you are doing is not sinful… but there is something inside of you that’s still not sure.

You can sleep on it. That’s something I always do.

Esther waited 3 days.

But, at some point you just have to muster the courage to move forward.

Without all the answers, are you ready to step out and walk by faith?

Don’t be afraid to allow God 
to determine the outcome. 

(Article written byPastor Ron Edmondson,Topical Bible Study)

Have a great day everyone,

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Speak to your mountain by Cindy Jacobs

The Lord says to stop sleeping and start speaking to your mountain.
This is a word Cindy Jabobs recently had from the Lord for us His people.
“Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23 NIV)
And the Lord would say, "There are many that have not been releasing My words over your situations. You are complaining, you are fretting, you're not sleeping, but I would say to you, if you would take My Word and begin to speak what My Word says, you will find that the impossible becomes possible. You will see those things that are troubling you begin to go from the troubling list to the miracle list."
"For I would say to you, I have plans for you. I have plans to bless you. I have plans to prosper you, so do not think that these mountains in front of you are greater than My ability to move miraculously for you, but I," the Lord says, "I cannot move miraculously to the level I want to, because you are not cooperating with me. Give me some faith to work with. Speak faith out of your mouth. Say, 'This situation, this mountain, will be removed.' Haven't I said in My Word, 'If you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be so?"
"But I would say that many of you are spending time complaining, worrying, being troubled, rather than taking the sword of the Lord, My Word. For I love My Word," says the Lord, "And I love it when you speak it to Me, because when you speak My Word to Me, then I can bring from the supernatural realm into your current events that which needs to happen. I am longing to do that," says the Lord. "I want to do that. I am ready to perform my words," says the Lord. Amen.
Cindy Jacobs is an author, speaker and teacher with a heart for disciplning nations in the areas of prayer and prophetic gifts.

This article appeared in Charisma Magazine online edition on Oct 5, 2017 

Monday, 2 October 2017

A voice of one calling in the wilderness!

A voice of one calling in the wilderness!

A short study in the Book of Isaiah 40:

 Verse 3: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.“   We all have our times or places of wilderness. But, it is during these times that the Lord will pour into our lives strength, peace and wisdom. During those dry periods in our walk with the Lord where we feel we cannot hear His voice or see exactly what He wants from us, those are the times where we need to “be still and know that He is Lord(Ps. 46:10). In our times of wilderness His word says: “Prepare the way for the Lord, so, take the time to pray, read the Word or just sit in His presence, knowing that He is faithful to be with you at every minute of every day.

It is not wise to make life changing decisions during our times in the wilderness. Rather it is time to rely and trust God like we have never done before. These are times to declare strength, peace and wisdom over our lives and most important to: LET GOD BE GOD.

Verse 4: Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain”  It is in those difficult times we need to know that He is with us and that He will never leave us or forsake us. (Joshua 5b). Every mountain in our lives He will make them make them as of level ground. He will straighten the rough curves and smooth out the rough places. (New Living Translation). His timing is always perfect. Sometimes, He does not give us what we want, but rather what we need.

After my husband Roger died in 2008, I went through some rough times and places of wilderness. I had days, where I would have rather stayed in bed and pull the blankets over my head rather than face the pain of the great loss and of the loneliness that came with the loss. But, every morning, I would sit in my bed, and declare: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1) 

Most mornings, I did not feel any glory, but in faith I got up and did what I needed to do for that day. And the Lord was faithful, He never left me or forsook me.......not once. Somehow, each time I made this declaration His peace would cover me and I was able to function.  Some days, I had to declare that verse more than once, but every time I made this declaration His peace and strength would return and I felt the covering of the Lord over my soul. !Amen!

Verse 11: “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.” Every time we feel discouraged, isolated or dry in our spirit, this verse is one to start declaring over our own situation. He gathers us in His arms and carries us close to His heart. Picture this: you,  in the arms of Jesus with your head close to His heart, that should jump start your faith and remove the spirit of heaviness over your life.

Verse 28: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.”  He never grows tired or weary when we need Him to take care of us, when we need a special touch from heaven, when we need to receive His peace that passes understanding. (Philippians 4:7) He is near us when we are anxious and He certainly is with us in every situation we face or any decision we need to make.

He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.

He is always there to take care of us. ALWAYS!

May His peace rest on you today and in all of your tomorrows.

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