Friday, 15 June 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS REMAINING UNDER GOD’S WORD, QUIETLY RESTING IN THE COMFORTER’S PEACE

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 Parakletos (the Holy Spirit) is always alongside comforting me, even when I’m unaware of his presence.”

 Matthew 5:4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Jamie had recently lost his mother. He missed her greatly. He missed those long chats over a cup of coffee and he missed her faithful affirmation when he did something worth complimenting. Though he has a loving family of his own, Jamie knew life just wouldn’t be the same without his mom. Unfortunately, coincidentally, he was also experiencing a tumultuous time at work, with prospects of losing his job.

“It never rains, but it pours,” Jamie said in a text to a good friend. “I’m feeling so low. Carol has been urging me to be strong, and many folks have been sending me encouraging thoughts, but it feels like water off a duck’s back. I know God is in this, but I feel so distant.”

“Jamie, just keep your eyes on Jesus and stay under the sound of his word,” came the reply from his faithful friend.

Can you relate to Jamie’s story? I can. We all endure loss, hardship and difficulties such as this from time to time. Scripture says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” However, if we acknowledge the Lord in everything – good and bad – he will, nevertheless, direct our paths. Our Lord has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” When I suffer hardships like Jamie’s, I tend to become numb and seemingly unfeeling. But, even though I may feel emotionally dazed, I know that my Lord is ever by my side. Parakletos (the Holy Spirit) is always alongside comforting me, even when I’m unaware of his presence.

Jamie took his friend’s advice. He continued to pray, read his Bible and attend church, even though he did not feel like it. He waited for God to direct his paths according to his will. Soon the haze began to lift. Jamie began to feel the comfort of the Comforter. God’s peace settled in his heart. He overcame his sense of loss, though he continued to miss his mom. Loving memories are priceless. By the grace of God, he was still before the Lord within the conflict at work and was soon vindicated. God was true to his Word and, because Jamie had remained under the sound of Word of God, he was restored.

God-tracking is remaining under God’s Word, quietly resting in the Comforter’s peace.

 READ ALL ABOUT ITEcclesiastes 1:8-9
Proverbs 3:5-6
Hebrews 13:5
Psalm 37:1-7
John 14:27

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

 Thank you for your peace. Thank you for your comfort. Thank you for your deliverance and vindication

 “Dear Lord, I deeply miss my loved one. I know life on earth is temporal and we will all die someday but help me deal with this loss. Help me to rest in your comfort in every situation in life when I find my peace compromised. Lord, I choose to remain under the sound of your Word and keep my eyes on Jesus. I rest in you and continue to acknowledge you in all my circumstance. Thank you for your peace. Thank you for your comfort. Thank you for your deliverance and vindication. You are faithful O Lord, and I put my faith I you, always. Amen.”

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Friday, 8 June 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS USING WORDS WISELY

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May we fill our hearts with God’s Word to ensure that, that which ensues from our lips is true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.”

Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me! Did you ever blurt that old saying out as a kid when someone insulted you or called you a name? I did. The truth is, I can still remember some of those incidences. Words did hurt me.

My late father-in-law, Neil Bellamy, told a story of the effect that words can have on our thinking. In his day, he was the senior manager of a large drawing office in a mining company in Johannesburg, South Africa. One day he was discussing with a colleague about the power of words and how a simple suggestion could have a great effect on the hearer. “I’ll show you what I mean,” said Neil. He promptly walked across the drawing office to an unsuspecting draftsman, hard at work at his board. “Dave,” he said, “are you feeling okay?”

“Why?” replied Dave.  “I feel fine.”

“You sure? You look really peaky. I think you should sit down for a moment. Can I get you a glass of water?”

For the next half hour Neil continued to make suggestions to Dave that he might be feeling a little off-colour until Dave finally agreed and asked if he could take the rest of the day off. My dear dad-in-law needed to apologise profusely. “I’m really sorry, Dave,” you look fine. I was just trying to prove a point.”

The word, “words” appears 518 times in the English Standard Version of the Bible, while the word, “word” appears 1,182 times. The Scriptures are full of words about words. For instance, wisdom is personified in Proverbs 8, implying that we who desire to seek and track God’s purposes, should agree with wisdom and speak as she speaks: “All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.” In Proverbs 18 we read that life and death are in the power of the tongue.

James expounds the danger of tongue when, by the Holy Spirit, he says, “It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

As we desire to seek and track the plans and purposes of God for our lives, let us be willing to bridle our tongues. May we fill our hearts with God’s Word to ensure that, that which ensues from our lips is true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.

God-tracking is using words wisely

READ ALL ABOUT ITProverbs 8:1-11
Proverbs 18:21
James 3:2-12
Luke 6:45
Philippians 4:8
Psalm 141:3

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lip, I pray

 “O LORD, forgive me for all the times I have used my tongue to hurt, insult or curse others. I confess wrong use of words, to you. I realise that it is by confession that I am saved – Lord help me to only confess what is true, noble and praise worthy. I also, reject and renounce all negative and destructive words that have been spoken over me. You are Lord of my life; my life is in you. Therefore, I trust your Word over me, as your son/daughter. Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lip, I pray. Amen.”

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Friday, 1 June 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS BOLDLY SPEAKING OUT HIS WORD


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25 May 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS BOLDLY SPEAKING OUT HIS WORD

 Isaiah 55:11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

 “God is God and he has the sovereign authority to guard his own Word. All he calls us to do is boldly speak.”

Two of my heroes of faith are Moses and Jeremiah. Both men became great prophets for God. Moses was used by God to deliver his people from captivity under the Egyptians, while Jeremiah was used by God to warn his people that they would be taken captive by the Babylonians. Both men had daunting tasks and were subject to severe abuse by the people they served. Both men boldly proclaimed the Word of God with power and authority. However, the one characteristic of both men that impresses me the most is, both guys were reluctant missionaries, yet they both submitted to God’s auspicious call to boldly speak his Word.

When God called Moses, Moses offered many reasons why he couldn’t do what God asked of him. He said, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Moses probably had a speech impediment and was, by nature, introvert. Jeremiah had a similar complaint: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” In both cases God graciously assures his men that he will make a way for them to boldly carry his Word.

Has the Lord called you? Do you feel less than qualified to fulfil his purposes? God-tracking is about seeking and tracking God’s plans for our lives. Sometimes, those plans involve standing up in the face of popular opinion to unashamedly proclaim his Word. Under the current anti-Christian climate in the world, this can be a daunting task. But, God is faithful, and he has promised you (as he promised Jeremiah) that he will watch over his Word on your lips, to perform it. You see, it’s not up to us to defend God’s Word or the principles of Scripture. God is God and he has the sovereign authority to guard his own Word. All he calls us to do is boldly speak.

God-tracking is boldly speaking out God’s Word

 READ ALL ABOUT ITExodus 3-4Jeremiah 1:1-12

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY 

Thank you for the courage to open my mouth and boldly speak your Word

 “Dear Lord, forgive me for being reluctant to proclaim your Word in my community. You know my weaknesses; I subject them to your strength, O Lord. Thank you that you have promised to put your words in my mouth. Help me to boldly proclaim the truths of the Scriptures and to stand up in the integrity of your calling. I trust that you will watch over your Word to perform it. I believe your Word will not return to you empty. Thank you for the courage to open my mouth and boldly speak your Word. Amen.”

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Friday, 25 May 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS NOT BY POWER NOR MIGHT BUT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT


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25 May 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS NOT BY POWER NOR MIGHT BUT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT


 Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me


 It’s only by the anointing of the Holy Spirit of God upon you, that will qualify you to succeed.”

I could imagine Governor Zerubbabel sitting among the rubble of the ruins of Solomon’s temple on Mount Zion. He was one of those people who had returned from Babylon, who was perhaps born in captivity. “Adonai, I am a simple man with no knowledge of building a grand temple to your glory. I’m not a mighty warier like King David of old, or powerfully wealthy like King Solomon who built this temple. How am I to do this great task you’re asking of me? How will I restore your mighty temple?”

The Babylonians had conquered Judah in 587 B.C. The Jews had turned from God’s Law and were worshipping useless idols. Through his prophets, God warned his people that Jerusalem would fall, because of their rebellion. For 70 years they would remain in exile. After this time, God would restore his people and rebuild Jerusalem. When Persia overthrew Babylon, its king, Cyrus issued a decree that the Jews could return to their homeland. God inspired Ezra and Nehemiah to unite his people and restore Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Zerubbabel was appointed governor under the king of Persia. Zerubbabel was a humble man facing the greatest task of his life. I believe Zerubbabel lacked the confidence and skills required to undertake such a great mission. He had neither the military might of David or the monitory power of Solomon, yet God had called him to rebuild Jerusalem and its temple.

Zerubbabel sat with his head in his hands in the blazing sun. Behind him he heard the voice of the prophet Zechariah, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

Dear friend, God has a job for you to do. The Scripture tells us that he knows the plans he has for us. Perhaps you’re feeling a little like Governor Zerubbabel felt that day; not qualified or skilled like your predecessors to adequately do the job. God’s Word to you today is, it’s not by the financial power or physical, academic or natural might that you will successfully accomplish this task. It’s only by the anointing of the Holy Spirit of God upon you, that will qualify you to succeed. So, acknowledge the Lord in this mission, seek his power and might and believe that you can do all things through Christ who is your strength. And go for it!

God-tracking is not by power nor might but by the Holy Spirit

 READ ALL ABOUT ITJeremiah 25:1-14Zechariah 4:1-14EzraNehemiah

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

 I can do this, through Christ who gives me strength

 “Holy God, thank you that you have a calling on my life. I surrender to your will and your plans for me. Help me to not rely on my own skills or abilities. Your Word is true. I accept your word to me today that I will succeed not by my abilities but only by the might and power of your Spirit in me. I acknowledge you in all my work and seek your anointing to fulfil my responsibilities. Help me Lord, to be successful in all I do; I put my faith in you. I can do this, through Christ who gives me strength. Amen.”

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Friday, 11 May 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS GOING WHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE

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GOD-TRACKING IS GOING WHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE

 Matthew 28:20“I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 So, don’t be surprised the next time you find yourself treading water. Just remember he is always with you, even in the deep end.”

God-Tracking is going where you’ve never been before

 When I was about 10-years old, a cousin showed me a few chords on an old guitar. I remember learning the three-chord wonder, I’m on the Top of the World in the key of A. However, because I didn’t have a guitar of my own, I soon lost interest. About 4 years later a friend of my brother gave me a beat-up buzzing old steel string guitar, that was impossible to tune.  I loved that old thing and was motivated to give music another bash. I taught myself a few more chords and was encouraged to play along with my youth leader during sing-a-longs at youth group meetings. Eventually, with a shining new 12-string guitar under my arm, I found myself leading a few choruses before the evening service at church. Even so, I had no deep-seated aspiration to become the next Phil Keaggy of the Christian music world and yet… God had a plan for me.

I was soon to find the girl of my dreams and we settled in a city away from home. We soon found a good little church to attend a few minutes’ drive from our inner-city apartment. Over tea at the end of the morning service on our second visit to the church, it was discovered that I was a guitarist. “Would you play for us next Sunday,” was the prompt request. “Next Sunday!?” I replied. “Yes, our previous worship leader left two weeks ago, and we’ve been praying the Lord would soon send us a new one. And he has!” I was flabbergasted. By now I had indeed added a few extra chords to my repertoire, but I was not ready to take to the stage of a new church in front of 150 people to lead worship. And yet, I had a deep sense that the Lord was doing what he’s always has done in my life – plunging me into the deep end, saying, “Do not be dismayed, I am with you. Swim!”

Dear God Tracker, God has a habit of dropping us into the deep end. This little story is only a sample of several in my life where my Lord has done just that. You see, I have discovered that tracking God’s will is not that difficult, really. Granted, God does often present us with choices (and I think we know clearly when he does this), but more often than not he surprises us with his awe-inspiring plans and simply says, “I am with you. Swim!”
Let me say that if you continue to acknowledge the Lord in all your ways; if you walk by faith and not by sight and if you keep your eyes stayed on Jesus the author and perfecter of your faith, then he will direct your paths according to his plans for you. So, don’t be surprised the next time you find yourself treading water. Just remember he is always with you, even in the deep end.

God-tracking is going where you’ve never been before.

 READ ALL ABOUT ITJeremiah 29:11Proverbs 3:5-62 Corinthians 5:7Hebrews 12:2Acts 1:8

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

 I boldly pray, determine my steps

 “Father God I know my life is wrapped up in your will. Help me to always walk according to your plans. I accept your plans for my life and submit my own will to yours. Your will is often so blatant that I find myself in deep water floundering to keep head above the waves. And yet, you are with me and your purposes always prevail in my life. Dear Lord, I submit my skills and talents to you; do with them what you will. I continue to acknowledge you. I boldly pray, determine my steps. Amen.”

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Friday, 4 May 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LEANING ON GOD IN CONFLICT WITH HUMBLE INTEGRITY

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27 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LEANING ON GOD IN CONFLICT WITH HUMBLE INTEGRITY

Psalm 25:12
Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.

GodTracker is designed to help us seek and track the plans of God for our lives. If the Scripture says that God knows the plans he has for our futures – plans for wellbeing filled with hope – then we can be sure that he will work out all things according to his plans, and for our good. However, I can only be sure of this fact if I include God in every part of my life. As the Amplified Bible puts it to recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Psalm 25 has become a great source of encouragement and perspective for me as I seek to track God’s will. King David pens this Psalm under God’s anointing. He begins by affirming his trust in God, whatever life throws at him or whomever opposes him with false accusations. Then, reaffirming God’s goodness, David confesses and repents of sin. Very important! I think this is the characteristic in David that God loved the most – humility! And then the psalmist extols the excellence of putting God first in all his ways. In every conflict, in spite of his opponents and critics (and David was intensely criticised), the king praises God and acknowledges that God is always in control. He then submits to God’s will with fear and worship. Standing in integrity, King David puts is hope squarely in the purposes of God. Please read Psalm 25.

Whatever conflict you find yourself in today as you seek to remain on track with God’s plans and purposes, with humble heart and integrity, be encouraged to acknowledge God in all your ways trust him to see you through. He is your hope and your salvation.

God-tracking is leaning on God in conflict with humble integrity

READ ALL ABOUT IT
Jeremiah 29:11
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)
Psalm 25

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May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you

“Dear Lord, I’m deeply sorry for any pride, rebellion or immorality in my heart. I confess my sin and believe that you are faithful and just to forgive and cleanse me. I repent of any arrogance or self-centredness in any conflict I may have recently endured. I acknowledge you in every ambition, work, activity and relationship in my life. I place my confidence in your will for my life with fear and worship. I commit my future to you in the hope of your plans being fulfilled in me. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Amen.”

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Friday, 27 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LETTING GOD DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO

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27 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LETTING GOD DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO

 Jeremiah 1:12The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."

 “Dear God Tracker, the Lord himself is watching over his Word in your life to safeguard his purposes for you… So, resist the urge of speaking on God’s behalf or trying to feebly bring his promises to fruition by your might. Only God can fulfil his own Word to you.”

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David’s men had just returned from striking the Philistines at Gezer. The Lord had helped him in this mighty and victorious campaign against the enemy and David was pleased. To celebrate and give thanks to God, he calls for the Ark of the Covenant to be brought from the house of Abinadab. So Abinadab and his sons, Uzzah and Ahio load it up on a cart and set off. On the way the oxen pulling the cart stumbled and the Ark begins to fall to the ground. Uzzah makes a grab for it to steady it but in the process forgets the command of God that no one could touch the Ark and live. Instantly he is struck down and dies. Sadly, in their familiarity with the things of God, Abinadab and his sons had become complacent with his commands.

You may think it unfair that Uzzah died just because he tried to protect the Ark of the Covenant? Surely it would have fallen to the ground and shattered into pieces… or would it have? You see, God had given his Word and had commanded Moses to prevent anyone from touching the Ark, because of its holiness. This was the same God who, by his Word, had commanded the universe into being. When God speaks no man could can add to his Word. When God speaks no man could can detract from his Word. God is very capable of watching over his word to fulfil it. If this is true then, even if the Ark had fallen, it would have been safe. The Ark contained the 10 Commandments and, in his flippancy, Uzzah paid the price for assuming he could watch over God’s Word to safeguard it.

Dear God Tracker, the Lord himself is watching over his Word in your life to safeguard his purposes for you. He does have a plan for you; a plan to prosper and not to harm you. There is hope for the situation you face today. If you seek the Lord with all your heart you will find his plans to restore your fortunes and give you a future. His Word has promised health to your flesh and peace to your soul. God’s Word to you today is to trust in him and walk in his ways without you trying to fulfil his promises. Scripture says that just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not evaporate back to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so is his Word that goes out from his mouth: It will not return to him empty, but will accomplish what he desires and achieve the purpose for which he sent it. You see, God is more than capable of accomplishing all his plans and purposes for you with success and blessing. So, resist the urge of speaking on God’s behalf or trying to feebly bring his promises to fruition by your might. Only God can fulfil his own Word to you.

God-tracking is letting God do what he says he will do

 READ ALL ABOUT IT1 Chronicles 13:5-14Isaiah 55:10-11

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY 

I am sorry for taking you for granted and for becoming flippant about your Word to me

“Thank you O my Lord, for all your promises to me. Thank you that you have given me your Word that you will direct my purposes accordingly, as I continue to acknowledge you in all I do. Thank you that you will meet all my needs according to your riches in Christ and provide me with peace from my anxieties as I pray with thanksgiving. Thank you for my health, for the people who love me and for the hope of a blessed future. I am sorry for taking you for granted and for becoming flippant about your Word to me. Today I realise that you are very able to watch over your Word and your purposes in my life far, far better than I could ever do. I put my faith in you. Vindicate the truth in me. Praise you Father that your promises are always yes, in Jesus. Amen!”

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Friday, 20 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

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20 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE BALL


 2 Corinthians 5:7
for we walk by faith, not by sight.

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My son, Ryan is a sports lover, so I wasn’t surprised at the image the Holy Spirit gave him as he sat behind the drums at church one Sunday morning during the worship time. “I just had a picture from the Lord,” he called out to the congregation during a lull in the singing. “I saw a fielder in the outfield on the cricket pitch during an exciting game. He was looking upwards with his hands outstretched, ready to make a catch. The sun was in his eyes and the jeers and cheers of the crowd were in his ears. The home crowd were screaming, ‘Drop it!’ but the fielder cut himself off from all distractions around him as he kept his eyes on his prize.”

The interpretation of Ryan’s picture was clear. Sometimes we find ourselves in the outfield of life, frantically backpaddling as we attempt to grab hold of God’s purposes, while the world shouts, “Drop it!” Jesus had an experience like this. The Bible tells us that at his baptism he was affirmed by God as his son whom he loved. After this, he was led into the outfield of the desert to be tempted by Satan. Jesus had his eyes on the prize of God’s Kingdom purposes, but as he drew near to the barrier to make his catch, the devil jeered and shouted, “If you are the Son of God then…” Thankfully, Jesus was not distracted by his temptations and went on to fulfil the plans of God.

“I know the plan I have for you,” says the Lord to you today, dear GodTracker. Indeed, he does have a purpose for you to interact, impact and influence many, many people for his cause through the course of your life. But your enemy, the devil, will appear in many guises to distract you and attempt to you to take your eye off the ball. You are called to walk by faith; and faith pleases God. So, take Jesus’ example – look to the author of your faith – and keep your eyes on the prize.

God-tracking is keeping your eye on the ball

 READ ALL ABOUT ITMatthew 3:13-4:11Jeremiah 29:112 Corinthians 5:6-10Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 12:1-2

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 I take my eyes off the world and shut my ears to their taunts, and I commit myself to walk by faith

“O Lord, the distractions around me become overwhelming at times. I’m sorry for taking my eye off the ball; help me to keep my eyes on the prize. When the world jeers and mocks, help me to remain true to your call. When the devil lures and temps, help me to remain true to the faith. Lord, I put my faith in you that you will fulfil your plans for my life. Lord, I acknowledge you in every aspect of my life and trust you to direct my paths. I take my eyes off the world and shut my ears to its taunts, and I commit myself to walk by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Subscribe by email at http://godtracker.co.uk/#subscribe

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Friday, 13 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS TRUSTING GOD’S TIMING

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13 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS TRUSTING GOD’S TIMING

"Sometimes we try very hard to plan our moments, but the scriptures remind us that, 'In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.'"


 Proverbs 16:1

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.



I remember when my wife was pregnant with our children. Those were exciting days. I remember the great anticipation of that big day when Karen would say, “I think it’s time,” and we’d need to grab the pre-packed carryall and rush off to the hospital. I remember too, how long those 9 months seemed to take. I think they were the longest months of my life! That great wait through the months of watching my wife swell with delight, till the moment when I heard my daughter’s first cry. I remember the moment I first felt that little kick from inside her womb. The joy! There’s life in that lump, after all! Day by day and week by week I watched as my little one moved and progressed in her development.


Then it happened. We were just about to get into bed one evening when Karen stopped dead on her side of the bed. “I think my waters just broke!” she gasped. It was around 11pm. I looked at my watch then back into Karen’s eyes. “What! Now?!” I gasped in return. Frantically and with great trepidation I changed out of my pajamas, grabbed that formidable holdall and tooth brush and headed for the car. My wife’s time had come. My baby’s arrival was imminent.

No one knows the exact moment of that first breath, and no one knows the exact moment of the last. No one knows exactly when he will meet his life’s partner or when he will be joined by new friends in the race of life. No one knows the exact instant of his next adventure or disappointment or opportunity or loss. Sometimes we try very hard to plan our moments, but the scriptures remind us that, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” So, acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and trust him to direct your times.

God-tracking is trusting God’s timing.

READ ALL ABOUT ITPsalm 31:14-15Proverbs 16:1-9Proverbs 3:5-6


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 Help me to track your will every second, every day and every year

“Dear God, I realise now that all of my life is wrapped up in your purposes for me. As I acknowledge you in all I do, I know that you will direct my paths. So, Lord, I give my plans to you and confess that my times are in your hands. Lead me by your word and your Spirit every moment of my life. I give you the timing of my life: my work, my calling, my relationships, my coming & going, my recreation and in every aspect of my walk, from beginning to end. Open and close doors according to your strategy for me and help me to track your will every second, every day and every year. I commit my all to you, o Lord. Amen.”

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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Subscribe by email at http://godtracker.co.uk/#subscribe


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Friday, 6 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS WAITING FOR GOD TO FULFILL HIS PLANS FOR YOU



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23 February 2018 


Psalm 25:21
May integrity and uprightness preserve me for I wait for you.

GodTracker is all about seeking and remaining on track with God’s plans and purposes, even when those plans seem to take us the long way round. When I once asked God why he seemingly allowed difficulties into my life or took me on a road that seemed to lead nowhere, he simply replied, “As long as you acknowledge me in all your ways, you’ll remain on course with my will.”

David was a man who knew this fact well. While he was still a boy, God empowered him to rescue his people from a formidable enemy, by killing the giant Philistine, Goliath. Shortly afterward, the prophet Samuel anointed David king of Israel. However, King Saul, who was still on the throne, violently opposed David’s anointing. As a result, Saul was intent on killing young David. But, David was a man of integrity with his heart set on tracking the plans of God. It was years before David eventually came to the throne of Israel, though he was its rightful king. I could well imagine David thinking, “Dear Yahweh, I’ve acknowledged you all my life, why are you taking me the long way round?” Then he might have written, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.”

Wherever you may find yourself on this track we call the Christian life, be encouraged, God is with you every step of the way. Like David, wait on God as you wait for God to direct your path according to his great plan. The Lord will lead you in his truth and guide you according to his perfect will, as you continue to acknowledge him in all your ways. Keep your heart humble and your eyes on Jesus. As David wrote, “Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.”

God-tracking is waiting for God to fulfill his plans for you.

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I choose to take David’s example today and walk in integrity as I wait for your promises

Dear Lord, I praise you that you do have a plan for me and that your plans always work out according to your timing and purposes. I continue to acknowledge you in every area of my life and put my trust in your will, as I wait for you to fulfill your plans. Forgive me for grumbling about how long it’s taking to realise my dreams. I choose to take David’s example today and walk in integrity as I wait for your promises. Amen.”

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Friday, 30 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LIFE

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23 February 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LIFE 

1 Corinthians 15:15
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 Approximately 1,985 years ago there was an earthquake in Jerusalem. Two women had made their way to a tomb on the outskirts of the town when it happened. When they arrived, they discovered the stone that was used to seal the entrance of the grave, was rolled away. An angel appeared to the women. “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”

Jesus Christ had been crucified by the Romans on behalf of the Jews. He was surely dead when his body was placed in Joseph’s tomb. But God had planned this auspicious event from the beginning of time. In the Garden, he said to the Serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” At the crucifixion the Serpent (Satan) had bruised the heel of the offspring of Eve. But 3 days later, after bearing the wages of sin on the cross, the Son of God bruised Satan’s head when conquered death, rising from the grave. O death, where is your sting?

Scripture says, “’I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to give you a future and a hope’” It was God’s plan all along to remove the effects of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we put our faith in Christ’s death and resurrection and confess him as Lord, we gain the hope of a glorious future in God’s purposes from the moment we surrender to Christ. Jesus has promised abundant life – life that begins the moment you accept him as Lord. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we can enjoy, forgiveness, hope, joy, security, strength and life to the full! So, I ask, have you put your faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus and confessed him as Lord of your life?

God-tracking is life

 READ ALL ABOUT ITMatthew 28:1-10Mark 9:30-32Jeremiah 29:11John 10:10

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 I believe that Jesus died and rose again and choose to confess him as my personal Lord and Saviour

O heavenly Father, thank you for your plan to rescue me from the wages of sin, which is death. Thank you that Jesus died to take the ages of sin, and that he rose to conquer death. I receive this truth for myself. Forgive me for being flippant about the message of the cross. I believe that Jesus died and rose again and choose to confess him as my personal Lord and Saviour. Come into my life Lord. I give my life to you. Amen.”

 If you prayed these words with intent today, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at dudley@godtracker.co.uk

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Friday, 23 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS A LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE

GOD-TRACKING IS A LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE

Hebrews 13:15
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  

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In the Bible we read that God actually indwells the praises of his people. That is to say, the presence of the holy God of all creation is evident when a Believer says, “Praise God!” The very sound of his words carries with it the presence of the Lord.

In his book, Prison to Praise, Merlin Carothers shares how praise is related to prayer. He says that when we praise God for a need met, instead of begging him to answer our prayers, we make a faith leap from simply hoping for an answer to the affirmative certainty of needs met. I believe this is true. You see, the God we serve is eternal. This means that he is not restrained by space and time, as we are. Our Lord is already at the point where our needs are met long before we arrive. Therefore, when we praise God for needs met we are proclaiming the reality of our already answered prayer.

So, dear GodTracker, let’s turn our prayer times into praise times. Let’s make a habit of speaking praises to God at every opportunity. Let’s use words like, praise the Lord, praise God, thank you Jesus and hallelujah as part of our everyday vocabulary. The more we speak out praises to God the more we will experience his presence in our lives. The more we speak out praises to God the more other people will see Jesus in our eyes. So, come into his presence with thanksgiving and live in his courts with praise. Remember, God inhabits the praises of his people.

God-tracking is lifestyle of praise

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Psalm 22:3
Psalm 100
Psalm 95:1-7
 
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Lord, help me to live a lifestyle of worship and get into a habit of praise

Praise your name, o Lord. I will give you all honour and praise that your name is due. May my whole life be a sacrifice of praise to you. Dear Lord, I present all the needs in my life to you with thanksgiving. I praise you for answering my prayers even before I see my needs met. Praise you for the problems in my life, because through them I shall see the power of God manifest. Lord, help me to live a lifestyle of worship and get into a habit of praise. Amen.”

If you require more prayer, please email me at dudley@godtracker.co.uk

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What is GodTracker?
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Friday, 16 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS WORD BASED

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23 February 2018  

GOD-TRACKING IS WORD BASED

 John 15:7
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Checking my Facebook feed this morning I noticed a quote posted by my wife, Karen. Karen is one of the wisest and most efficient people I know (after all, she keeps me in check). The quote was by C. H. Spurgeon, which said, “If you want to know God you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive his power, you must see his works in his Word. If you wish to know his purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by his Word.” God-tracking is all about seeking and tracking the purposes of God for our lives. It’s clear from what Spurgeon says, therefore, that as a GodTrackers, if we wish to get to know God and his working in our lives, we need to get into his Word and Get his Word into us.

I have been writing GodTracker for 15 years. It’s been my thrill and privilege to write these weekly thoughts, based on God’s Word, to inspire us to seek and track the plans and purposes of God for our lives. Many people subscribe to GodTracker by email, while others read it via blogs and our website, godtracker.co.uk. I am grateful that, over the years, people have occasionally responded to what was written. It is vital for us to receive feedback and comments from our readers to help us better produce these e-devotionals. Therefore, from wherever you’re reading this publication, I am asking you to email me at dudley@godtracker.co.uk and tell me how GodTracker has worked in your life.

Scripture tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path. And God’s Word does not stand alone; it is always accompanied by the power of Holy Spirit. God’s Word and Spirit are synonymous. The Word confirms the actions of the Spirit while the Spirit activates the precepts of the Word. God watches over his Word to perform it. So dear GodTracker, I say again, get into God’s Word and Get God’s Word into you.

God-tracking is Word based

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John 15:1-11
Psalm 119:105
Jeremiah 1:12

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 Help me to get into your Word and get your Word into me

O Lord, thank you for giving us the written Word of God. Thank you for all those heroes of the faith who you inspired to pen your Word and collect it together in what we call the Holy Bible. Thank you for preserving the Bible through the centuries so that I can hold it in my hands, today. And thank you, dear Father, for sending Jesus to open the way for me to receive your Word. Thank you too, for the Holy Spirit who makes the written Word come alive in my life. Help me to get to know you by your Word and Spirit. Help me to perceive your power by the works in your Word and know your purpose before it comes to pass, by discovering it in your Word. Help me to get into your Word and get your Word into me.  Amen.”

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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Subscribe by email at http://godtracker.co.uk/#subscribe

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