I want…You need

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There are certain promises in the Bible that are conditional, and this is one of them.

Do what the Lord asks of you, and He will give you your heart’s desire.

Now you may say, I’ve tried to live for God, but I still haven’t gotten what I wanted.

My question to you is, have you truly surrendered your desires to God? Have you asked according to His will for your life?

If my daughter’s wish would come true, she would have access to a whole bunch of sweets, but I know that giving into that particular desire won’t do her any good. It is not something that she needs.

To do what the Lord wants is to sacrifice self. “Not what I want Lord, but what You desire for me,” should be our prayer.

So look inward…reevaluate your relationship with the Lord. See whether you are living a surrendered life and if you’re not, submit.

In time you will see that God will give you all that you need.

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Bountifully Blessed

As I was walking back to my home away from home this evening, I felt weary. It had been a mentally taxing week. Then I noticed the sun – a fiery, orange ball, slowly edging it’s way to the horizon. My hands itched to capture the moment, but my view was obscured by trees.

I quickened my steps, eager to get an unobstructed view of the sun going down, the beginning of another Sabbath.

Knowing how quickly the sun could disappear, I begged God, “Hold the sun!”

Yes, you read right.

Half running and walking, I made it with several seconds to spare.

As I stood there, gazing at the sunset, my heart was full; full of gratitude for the awesome way God took care of me throughout this week.

And this, this experience was just the icing on the cake.

It was like God was saying to me, “I know you’re tired child; rest now. This is why I created the Sabbath for you. Turn off the world. Rest, rejuvenate and renew yourself in me.”

Friends, I urge you to make God personal to you.

Don’t settle for the once-a-week church experience.

Get to know Him for yourself.

I tell you, there’s nothing like it.

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In the Blink of an Eye

It only takes seconds.

In a split second, life can change.

A sudden, blinding headache; an unexpected diagnosis. And the whole trajectory of your life changes.

In the blink of an eye.

It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of this life.

But at what cost?

We are so busy going that we sometimes forget who keeps us going.

When life is going well, we can become overconfident. We forget upon whom our entire existence depends. We begin to rely on ourselves.

Yet the moment our life changes, headed in the other direction, we instantly recognize our need for divine intervention in our lives.

No one likes to feel used.

Like we’re only needed when things are not going well.

So why do we treat God like that?

Isaiah reminds us that we are nothing without the breath of God in our bodies.

Jeremiah reminds us, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed…”
Lamentations 3:22a KJV

So, how do we forget so easily?

Well, we have an enemy whose goal is to keep us distracted; to draw our attention away from God. And we fall for his tricks.

But, “…what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36 KJV

At the end, these earthly things are temporary. Our time on this earth is temporary.

What will endure to the end is the relationship we would have had with God while on this earth.

And like any human one, our relationship with God needs nurturing. Neglect it and it will die.

Today, begin to cultivate the habit of spending time with God.

Spend time in His Word.

Spend time in prayer.

Spend time in joyful praise for all that He has done and is continuing to do for you.

While we still have time, let us do what we know we ought to.

Missing Home?

I am away from home on business this week.

And while I am comfortable in my accomodations, I am not settled.

It just isn’t home.

I long to go home.

I long to be with my family.

I long to be in my environment.

I just can’t imagine staying too long.

So why am I so comfortable on this earth?

Planet Earth is only our temporary home. The Bible tells us to, “…Occupy till I come.” Luke 19:13c KJV

So…does my heart long for heaven?

Do I long to see my Heavenly Father?

What about Jesus?

Do I long to be able to hold conversations with Him, face to face?

Am I longing to sit down with the lions and the lambs, to walk on streets of gold, to dip my feet in the river that flows from the throne of God?

If I am looking forward to, “…a city… whose builder and maker is God,”
(Hebrews 11:10 KJV) then I should feel unsettled here.

My heart should feel unsettled here. After all, this earth is not home.

In the words of “This world is Not My Home”, made popular by Jim Reeves:

“This world is not my home
I’m just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue.

The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore.”

Friends, let us not get too comfortable in this sin-sick earth.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” Matthew 6:19 KJV

Instead, “Look(ing) for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
Titus 2:13 KJV

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Don’t be Afraid to Ask

What child do you know, having been offered anything he or she desires, would choose not to get it?

I’d be hard pressed to find one.

What about you?

Did you know that as adults, we struggle with that problem?

You may disagree.

What adult do you know who would pass up a chance to get their heart’s desire, free of cost?

People would be lining up to get their free house, car, college tuition for their child, groceries and more.

But those are temporal things. What about the things that truly matter, spiritual things?

That seems to be when our reticence kicks in.

Yet, we are told to ask: (so many times)

1. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray…” 2 Chronicles 7:14a KJV

2. “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you…” Luke 11:9 KJV

3. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…” James 1:5 KJV

4. “Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God…” Isaiah 7:11a KJV

5. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22 KJV

6. “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14 KJV

7. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering…” James 1:6a KJV

8. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
John 15:7 KJV

9. “…and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.” 1 Kings 3:5c KJV

How much more assurance do we need?

Children are generally not afraid to ask for something if they want it. They are conscious of the fact that their wellbeing depends on their parent(s).

Adults, we tend to be a bit more self-reliant. But that may be to our detriment.

In this regard, a child-like attitude will serve us better.

Consider Jesus’s advice to us, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
Luke 18:17 KJV

When we recognize that our entire existence depends on our Heavenly Father, we will also realize that we need to ask…

Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ask for wisdom.

Ask for direction.

Ask for peace.

Ask for healing.

Ask for forgiveness.

Ask for the necessities of life.

Whatever it is that you need, just ask!

What a relief it is to know that God, who loves us more than anyone ever could, will not withhold his blessings from us.

Tapping into the Source

Read the verse above. Which key words or phrases stand out to you?

Three (3) grab my attention:

1. “Confidence that we have” – do we have confidence in God? Confidence is built on trust. Trust that God will work things out to our benefit.

2. “Ask anything” – nothing is off limits with God; try it and see!

3. “According to His will.” – if we call ourselves Christians, we should be dependent on Christ’s plan and purpose for our lives.

Friends, God offers us all that we need; we just need to connect with Him today.

#2020Challenge

#ComeBoldlyBeforeHisThroneOfGrace

#MoreofHim
#LessofSelf

#MyPlanHisPurpose
#HisPace

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God isn’t Slow – Part 2

We live in a world of the instant. Companies spend exorbitant amounts on research to develop products that appeal to our need for instant gratification.

Then billions are spent every year getting those products in our faces. You can have what you want, and you can have it now.

Competitors try to outdo one another in terms of shipping and logistics…2 day shipping, 1 day shipping, same-day delivery.

The one who can get it to us the fastest is the one we choose, right? Even if we have to pay top dollar for it. We want what we want, and we want it now.

This may work for us in a world geared toward convenience, but when it comes to spiritual matters, we are on God’s timetable.

Many of us pray, and we want the answer now. And not just any answer; we want the answer that we want.

At this time of year when resolutions are rife, we set goals sometimes without thinking of the time or patience which will be required of us.

God wants us to accomplish things, but more importantly, He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to trust His timing.

Have you prayed about your plans for 2020? Have you laid them out before the Lord?

Placing your plans under someone else’s control is the hardest thing…I know this from experience.

There are so many things that I want to do; that I believe God has placed on me. Yet, I have not seen Him make the way.

In my eagerness, I tried on my own. I became tired. I became frustrated. I kept banging on doors, but they wouldn’t open.

It was then, when I sank to the floor in defeat, that I submitted to His timing.

I would have to wait until He says it’s time.

So tell Him your heart’s desire then submit to His will.

If it is His will for you, He will make the path clear, in His time. David encouraged us to, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14 KJV

And if the answer is not as we would want, you can trust that He is saving us from something, and He has something much better in store.

“No” or “not right now” isn’t usually easy to hear, but we can trust that it is for our benefit.

“We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 GNT

Trust doesn’t just happen. It has to be developed, nurtured and encouraged. So why not start today?

Trust God with your plans. Trust Him to do what’s best for you. Trust His timing.

Friends, God isn’t slow, and His promises are sure.

“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 GNB

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What’s the status of your Cup?

One of my favourite “proverbs” from 2019 was “You can’t pour from an empty cup” which implies the need to take care of oneself; something I believe to be a necessity.

In 2020 however, I am looking at the status of my cup a little differently.

If I never empty my cup, God cannot keep pouring into it; I must pour into others in order to be filled.

By choice, not coercion.

2 Corinthians 9:7 GNT tells us, “You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.”

God appreciates anyone who chooses to give. He ensures that their cups are always full – the more they are emptied, the more He tops them up.

“And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 GNT

One thing to remember though is that your giving is between you and God.

We are told in Matthew 6:3 GNT, “But when you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will not know about it.”

Remember the motive behind giving – to extend the love of God to others; not to receive earthly accolades or honour.

Any glory that stems from our giving belongs to God. It is through His bountiful bestowments that we are able to bless others.

That being said, our giving does not go unnoticed.

“Then it will be a private matter. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:4 GNT

So what is the status of your cup today?

Are you fiercely protecting its brim, ensuring that nothing spills over?

Consider sharing instead of hoarding.

I guarantee that the experience won’t disappoint you.

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Make that a Double Please

I don’t know about you, but after a little break away from work, I tend to need a double-portion of strength to return.

Therefore, I am grateful for today’s Verse of the Day, reminding me that renewal and rejuvenation awaits those who put their trust in God.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 KJV

As we face this unknown week, may we confidently place our hands in the hand of the One who knows all things.

Have a blessed week.

#newweek
#newpossibilities
#newopportunitiesforGodtoworkwondersforus

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Lit

A light is only good to anyone if it is switched on.

One can be surrounded by light bulbs but still stumble around in darkness because all of the lights are off.

The Word of God is no different.

We can be surrounded by Bibles, but if they’re only serving as dust-collectors, their impact is nonexistent.

Psalm 119:103 tells us that God’s Word is “…a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.”

We need to actually open our Bible and read it.

God has given it to us to serve as a roadmap – to help us navigate this life. But we will continue to wander aimlessly, stumbling around, unless we make use of it.

Will we choose to walk a dark path when there’s a well-lit one available? Probably not.

So let us not do that with God’s word today. Let us allow it to illuminate our way.

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