Friday, 15 January 2021

REST IN PRAYER WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR DELIVERANCE

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 I advise, drop a prayer over your problems then sit back and wait on your Lord for his healing, provision, deliverance and renewal.”

John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

We’re living in a universally unprecedented time of difficulty. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken many lives and destroyed countless livelihoods. Difficulties are a certainty of life. What to do when the devil levels his best at you? Perhaps this old woodsman’s advice is sound: “When catching a porcupine watch for the slapping tail as you dash in and drop a large washtub over him. The washtub will give you something to sit on while you ponder your next move."

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” He also taught us to pray, “Do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One,” and he said, “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

If you have been impacted by the Covod-19 pandemic, let me assure you, from scripture, that you do not this ill alone; he is in the furnace with you. It could be you’ve suffered other difficulties of late that have left you emotionally destitute and in despair. If so then I advise, drop a prayer over your problems then sit back and wait on your Lord for his healing, provision, deliverance and renewal. Remember, God’s ways are not our ways and his ways are best. Japanese prisoner of war Jacob De Shazer said, "I knew that God's way will work no matter what the circumstances.

God-tracking is resting in prayer while you wait for your deliverance.   

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Matthew 6:13 (CJB)
Matthew 28:20
Isaiah 55:6-9

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I cover this “porcupine” in prayer and rest in the knowledge that you are in control

“Dear Lord, I am facing some major issues at the moment. I’m finding it so difficult to carry on with life. I don’t know how to contain these problems except by prayer, So, O holy God of the impossible, I present all my needs to you in the name of Jesus. Thank you Jesus that you promised to never forsake me. I believe you have overcome these issues, already. So, I commit all my needs to you; I cast my cares on you because you care for me. I cover this “porcupine” in prayer and rest in the knowledge that you are in control. Amen.”

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Friday, 8 January 2021

HEALING IS FOUND UNDER THE SOUND OF GOD’S WORD

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The word of God is fulfilling and able to restore you when you’re empty. And the word of God is like a soothing ointment for your bruised soul.”

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

“I feel so spiritually dry at the moment,” Anne explained to me when I rang her one evening to have a chat. “It’s as though God is far away and doesn’t hear my prayers anymore,” she added. Anne was a good friend and had been a Christian for many years but, although she loved the Lord, she was prone to bouts of depression, which would leave her feeling low and dry. I might add, too that I had not seen Anne in church for the past few weeks. I knew she’d not been away from home and yet she’d chosen to stay away from fellowship at a time when she needed to be sitting under the sound of God’s word.

Going to church does not make anybody a Christian just as sitting in a bank would not make someone a banker. And yet, the Church is made up of people who are called the body of Christ. When the body of Christ meets to worship God, it becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit with each believer’s body a living stone in God’s temple. To be a Christian is to be a body part of Christ but meeting with other Christians is to be part of the body of Christ. And where the believers come together in unity, God commands his blessing! So for Anne, not coming to church only kept her out of the blessing of God and away from her place of healing.

Perhaps you feel a little like Anne today. If you do then may I encourage you to remain in a place of healing where you will hear God’s word? The word of God is encouraging and able to lift you when you’re down. The word of God is fulfilling and able to restore you when you’re empty. And the word of God is like a soothing ointment for your bruised soul. So not going to church when you’re feeling depressed or disillusioned is like not going to a hospital when you’re gravely ill.

God-tracking is remaining under the sound of his healing word 

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1 Corinthians 12:27
1 Peter 2:4-5
Ephesians 2:19-22
Psalm 133

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A Place Where I Can Leap Like a Calf

“Lord, I admit that I’m feeling down today. I confess that I’ve taken myself out from under the sound of your word. I do believe that my healing is in your word so I choose to return to fellowship and prayer. Forgive me for ignoring your word, O Lord. Today I return to you and revere your name. You are my ‘sun of righteousness’ and I place myself under the shadow of your healing wings. Thank you for restoring my joy and my peace. Thank you that your word has returned me to a place where I can leap like a calf. Amen.”

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Thursday, 24 December 2020

A GREATER MEASURE OF SHALOM

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This is the same Father God who said, ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you; thoughts of peace, and not of evil.’ The English KJV Bible uses the word peace but the original Hebrew word is shalom.”

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Karen and I had just cleared customs and climbed aboard our tour bus in Israel. It was a warm April afternoon in Tel Aviv. There was an air of jubilation among our travelling comrades, excited to be spending the next ten days together. We were thrilled to be traveling through the Holy Land visiting the many sites where Jesus lived and ministered. Naturally, none of us spoke any modern Hebrew. As our tour guide settled us down and welcomed us to Israel he said, “The first thing I need to tell you is, in Israel, we do not say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’. We always greet one another with only one word, the word shalom.”

I always thought that shalom meant peace. Indeed, it does. However, this word means a lot more than just peace. In English, we often have only one word to describe complex emotions. Take the word love, for instance. English has only one word for love (excluding similar words that describe the same emotion, like affection). In Greek, for example, there are four different words for love that describe four different aspects of the emotion. The same goes for the word, peace. In English peace means freedom from disturbance or tranquillity, whereas the Hebrew word shalom means so much more. According to Strong’s Dictionary shalom means, safe, happy, friendly, welfare, prosperity and… peace.

God-tracking is based on the premise that God knows the plans he has for us. Our God is a benevolent and loving Father. Every father desires the best for his children. As Jesus once said, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” This is the same Father God who said, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you; thoughts of peace, and not of evil.” The English KJV Bible uses the word peace but the original Hebrew word is shalom. Therefore, God’s thoughts for you are for your safety, happiness, welfare, prosperity and… peace.

God-tracking is walking in God’s shalom

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Matthew 7:7-11
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
John 16:33

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Shalom to you and yours at this trying time. Looking to the future, I believe God is saying to us all, “I’ve got this!” A very happy CHRISTmas to you and praying for a year of recovery for 2021.
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Therefore, by your Word, I claim safety, happiness, welfare, prosperity and peace

“Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your shalom. I praise you that your thoughts – your plans – for me are plans for my safety, happiness, welfare, prosperity and peace. Your word promises that, in Christ, I have a hopeful and prosperous 2021. Jesus promised that, though we may have trouble in the world, he has overcome the world and given us his shalom. Therefore, by your Word, I claim safety, happiness, welfare, prosperity and peace. All for your Glory. Amen.”

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Friday, 18 December 2020

YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE

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So, if something doesn’t work out quite like you’d hoped it would then trust that the Lord has something better for you – something he has meant for you – that will far outstrip your wildest imagination.”

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

“I can’t understand why I didn’t get the job,” said Pete. “I have the experience and qualifications required. There’s no reason I know of why they didn’t give it to me.” Pete had been unemployed for a few months and was desperate for a new job. “Did you acknowledge the Lord in this application?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied. “Did you commit the application and interview to the Lord?” Yes, again. “Then I would venture to say, Pete, that this job was not meant. It means that the Lord has something better for you,” I concluded.

One thing I have discovered is that God always means what he says and means what he does. The Lord is not indecisive (as we are), which means he does everything on purpose. The Bible tells us that God has a plan for our futures and that if we acknowledge him in all our ways then he will direct our life tracks accordingly. Sure enough, we’re not off the hook in that we still need to strategize but if we do so in prayer and in faith, seeking God’s purposes first, as we acknowledge his foreknowledge of our lives, then we will strategize according to his rules.

Therefore, if you’re applying for a new job or planning a new move in life be sure to acknowledge the Lord in all your strategies by prayer and confession. If you’re seeking plans for the future or looking for new opportunities then seek first God’s principles, purposes and precedents – his kingdom and righteousness. If you do so then all you could ever hope for will be added to you according to the plans of him who knows the plans he has for you. Believe me when I say that if you follow this process in life then you will find yourself, within space and time, exactly where you’re meant to be.

So, if something doesn’t work out quite like you’d hoped it would then trust that the Lord has something better for you – something he has meant for you – that will far outstrip your wildest imagination. Remember, the Lord God watches over his word to you in order to activate his plans for your life. What he promises will come about, in his time according to his design. And when it does, you will jump for joy!

God-tracking is believing you are exactly where you’re meant to be.

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Jeremiah 29:11
Proverbs 3:5-6
Ephesians 3:20-21
Jeremiah 1:12
Isaiah 55:8-13

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Dear Lord God, come and do what you choose to do in my life


“Lord God, thank you for the plans you have for me. Thank you that all things work out for my good according to your plans. Therefore, I confess today that I seek first your will and purposes in all my strategies in life. I acknowledge you in every activity, relationship and application in my life. I confess you as my Lord and guide in all I do. Thank you that you have a plan for me and that you watch over your plan to perform, it in your time. Dear Lord God, come and do what you choose to do in my life. Amen.”

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Friday, 11 December 2020

THE MIRACLE OF TRUE LIGHT

 

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"Acknowledge that Jesus died and rose again to expose the deeds of darkness and put your faith in him. The night is far gone. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. At one time you were darkness but now you are light in the Lord. So, walk as children of light.”

1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Miracle of true light
 
Once a year Jews celebrate Chanukkah. Chanukkah commemorates an event that took place in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BC. In 168 BC the ruling Seleucid Greek empire, under king Antiochus IV Epiphanes, outlawed Jewish practice and defiled the Temple by installing an altar to the Greek god, Zeus and sacrificing pigs. A small army of Jews, known as the Maccabees, rebelled. They regained control over the Temple, removed the symbols of Zeus and built a new altar so they could once again offer sacrifices to God. According to the Talmud, a miracle occurred at this time. There was only enough oil to keep the Temple’s menorah (oil lamp), burning for one day. But the flame stayed alight for eight days until a new supply of oil could be found. This is the basis for the eight-day celebration of Chanukkah.


It's no coincidence that our Jewish brothers celebrate Chanukkah near the time of Christmas. The menorah represents the light of God and the outworking of God’s Word and Spirit. At the beginning of the gospel of John we read, “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world,” and further on it says that all who received him, who believed in his name, he would give the right to become children of God, born, not of blood nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Jesus, the Messiah, came into the world, sent as the light of God to illuminate the way to freedom from bondage to sin. The Jews were in bondage under the Seleucid Greeks during the intertestamental period and were freed by the Maccabees. The symbol of this liberty was the light provided by the menorah that burned miraculously for eight days without replenishment. Mankind has been under the bondage of darkness since the fall in Eden. Jesus, the true light of God, exposed the deeds of darkness and he revealed the only way to life, though his act at Calvary.

 

Today, acknowledge that Jesus died and rose again to expose the deeds of darkness and put your faith in him. The night is far gone, so let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. At one time you were darkness but now you are light in the Lord. So, walk as children of light; the miracle of true light!

God-tracking is walking in the light of God

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John 1:1-18
Ephesians 5:7-13
Romans 13:12
Ephesians 5:8

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I instate Jesus as the Lord and Light of my being

“Heavenly Father, thank you for the miracle of Jesus. To this corrupt world filled with darkness, you sent the True Light, Jesus, on that first Christmas to show us the way of life and peace. Today, O God, I confess Jesus to be Lord of my life and put my faith in his death and resurrection. His deed at Calvary exposed the deeds of darkness and sin in me and I repent in his holy name. I expel the gods of this world – including ego – from the temple of my heart and I instate Jesus as the Lord and Light of my being. Amen.”

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Friday, 4 December 2020

HIS HAND IS ON YOURS IN YOUR LOSS

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“If you are suffering bereavement today your Lord knows all about it. He loves you deeply and his Word is comforting. But more than anything, know that he is alongside you at this minute with his hand on yours, silently weeping with you.”

John 11:35
Jesus wept.

Queen Victoria heard that the wife of a labourer had lost her baby. Having suffered deep sorrow herself, she wanted to express her sympathy. She called on the bereaved mother and spent time with her. Later, neighbours asked what the queen said. "Nothing," replied the grieving mother. "She simply put her hands on mine, and we silently wept together."

Recently the son of good friends of mine passed away. He was only in his early 40s and died alone one night in his sleep. It was a great shock for me. I know him well. It’s always such a tragedy when a child dies before his parents. His mom and dad were greatly instrumental in my life during a trying crisis many years ago. When their son died, I wanted to call them and express how sorry I was. I wanted to tell them how much they meant to me and how sad I was at the passing of their youngest. I had so many words to say, but the Holy Spirit prevented me from uttering one word. He led me to send them one simple message saying I was praying for them.

Sometimes words are just inadequate. Words often compound a problem like bereavement. Jesus faced the death of a friend. Lazarus had been ill for some time. His sisters called on Jesus and asked him to come heal their brother but he delayed in going. Jesus knew that he would raise Lazarus from the dead to the glory of God. However, Lazarus’ family did not have this insight. When Lazarus died, Jesus did not offer copious words of comfort or meaningless gestures of solace. The account in the gospel of John says that Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead yet we see that he was deeply grieved at the family’s loss. Lazarus’ relatives did not understand that Jesus would bring him back to life, yet Jesus did not offer endless words of comfort he merely wept with those who wept.

If you are suffering bereavement today your Lord knows all about it. He loves you deeply and his Word is comforting. But more than anything, know that he is alongside you at this minute with his hand on yours, silently weeping with you.

God-tracking is being consoled by the mere presence of your Lord

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John 11:1-44
Romans 12:15

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I place my faith in your restoring power and take comfort from your hand

“Dear Lord, thank you so much that you are with me in every situation of life. You are my Comforter, Holy Spirit. I need your comfort today. Words aren’t enough to help me get through this loss. Your power to love is all the condolence I need. Thank you for the story about how you simply wept at the grave of Lazarus. I know you weep with me when I weep and rejoice with me when I rejoice. Yet, I know, too, that you have the power to heal and deliver. So, dear Lord, I place my faith in your restoring power and take comfort from your hand. Amen.”

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Friday, 27 November 2020

GOD-TRACKING IS EXPECTING MIRACLES OF OUR GOD

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 “I discovered that two-thirds of all the miracles Jesus performed as recorded in the gospels are miracles of healing. Jesus is the same today as he was then. Therefore, healing is God’s will and God heals today.”

Jeremiah 32:27
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

I was complaining to the Lord the other day. “Lord, you know how much I need an answer to this prayer,” I said as I waited for the kettle to boil. “I believe in miracles. I really do! I have prayed for healings before. I know you always bring healing, even if it’s through medicine, but I’ve never actually seen a miracle.” The kettle clicked and I began to pour the coffee for my son and his family who were visiting. Just then young Ruben, my 8-year old grandson, popped his head around the kitchen door and gave me the thumbs-up, and then returned to the lounge. I returned the gesture with a smile and continued making coffee. I pondered what had just happened. There was no reason for Ruben to do this; he just spontaneously gave me the thumbs-up and sat down again. Then it occurred to me... Ruben is that miracle! 

When Ruben was born, he appeared healthy. However, three weeks later, signs of infections began appearing in his little body. They got worse. Ruben was finally admitted to hospital with suspected serious sepsis. At one time he stopped breathing and needed resuscitation. He was rushed to an intensive care unit of a children’s hospital in another town. My grandson was chronically ill. We prayed for a miracle.

His tiny body lay on a large bed under a protective Perspex cover with myriad tubes and cables attached to him. Monitors beeped and oxygen hissed. The ICU staff were very concerned for Ruben. Sepsis in such a small body often proves fatal. A few of us gathered around his bed, along with many folks around the world, and prayed for Ruben’s healing. We left the hospital in despair, yet with faith that by the wounds of Jesus, Ruben was healed.

When we returned the next day, we were astounded to find that most of the tubes had been removed from Ruben’s little body. The nursing staff was very positive and hopeful. They had set in for the long-haul but there had been a major turnaround. In just a little more than 24-hours after he arrived at the special unit, Ruben was discharged. The words of the head sister of the ICU, “I have never seen such a rapid recovery like this.” It was a miracle.

I finished stirring the coffee with an apology to my Lord. “Ah, Lord, I’m sorry for grumbling. I have seen a miracle. You are the God of miracles and a healer of our flesh.” I reminded myself that the scriptures tell us that the prayer of faith shall make the sick person well and that if we lay hands on the sick, they shall recover. In fact, I’ve discovered that two-thirds of all the miracles Jesus performed, as recorded in the gospels, are miracles of healing. Jesus is the same today as he was then. Therefore, healing is God’s will and God heals today. As I delivered the coffee to expectant guests in the lounge, I was reassured that we can be expectant of God for miracles.

God-tracking is expecting miracles of our God

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1 Peter 2:24
James 5:13-15
Mark 16:17-18
Hebrews 13:8

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Today I expect a miracle from God

“Dear Lord, thank you so much that you are the God of the impossible. What is impossible to man is possible to you. Thank you that you still perform miracles today. So, I place my confidence in you and your Word that you will perform a miracle in my life today. Lord, you know I need this healing. I believe that by your wounds we have been healed. So, I claim the blood of Jesus shed for my healing. Today I expect a miracle from God, Amen and amen!”

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