Look into my eyes and see that God lives here

I love the story of David and Goliath which is my bible reading this week.  It’s a good reminder for me that if I keep a childlike faith in God I can do anything.  As an adult, the battle is remaining childlike in so much as I need to trust God with all my heart, mind and soul and know that he can do ALL things.

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4 ESV)

THE INNER DAVID

Looking at the world from a different perspective, you may be big and mighty but no Goliath can defeat me, you may look down on me but that doesn’t faze me cos the battle doesn’t belong to me, the victory is God’s and all I need do is trust that mustard seed, become childlike in my faith, find the inner David, connect with the truth that God is in me, God leads me on this journey he never leaves me or forsakes me, he makes me brave, he keeps me strong, no longer defeated and weak, I speak the name of Jesus and power breaks out, there is no doubt that one day at his name every knee will bow but for now as mountains block my path I laugh without fear of my future for God is already there, as you try and intimidate I imitate my Saviour as I bend my knee in prayer to my God who sees and cares, my God who protects and shields me, who snatched the victory, in death he was not defeated and that victory is repeated in me, look at me Goliath, look into my eyes and see the absence of fear, look into my eyes and see that God lives here.

Why are we falling into Satan’s trap, I can’t do this, I can’t say that

Frustrated is a word I would use for my emotions today and this is all borne out of my own issues with struggling to understand Christians who seem to lack an external passion for God.  Now I’m really trying not to sound judgmental and I have been talking to God about this and repented of my feelings this morning.  What I am saying below is just a word maybe of encouragement to not wait, because we all know tomorrow never comes.  It’s good that we’re all different, if the world was full of people like me I hazard a guess it would be chaotic, however I know that God can use every single one of us right how we are now, if we just ask him to use us.

  • Matthew 5:15 – Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
  • Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
  • Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  • Romans 10:14-15 – How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

BORN TO BREATHE FIRE

Born to breathe fire, born to fly, not born to sit back and take it easy, born to live, born to give, chosen, anointed, designed for success, it’s less about you and more about God, giving him the glory as you work out your story, don’t look back, don’t lack ambition, God is with you in each situation, no fear, no anxiety, hasn’t he told us that he is trustworthy, give it to him, give him your worries, relax your grip, don’t flip out, don’t scream and shout, give them to God, it’s really not hard, what are you scared of, why all the angst, think about that while you stop and give thanks, anxiety, a human emotion of which God has spoken, do not be afraid, why don’t you hear him, what part of his words are unclear, he longs for you to give him your fears, step up to the plate before it’s too late and you wonder why life’s passed you by, we have a calling, we have good news, why are we falling into Satan’s trap, I can’t do this, I can’t say that, stand up, take a bow and tell others of your love for God right now, share what he’s done for you, share how he loves you, will you take the first step, please let it be so?

The view from here is quite spectacular

https://youtu.be/FgzXXKjaPZA

I was watching this video yesterday and oh my word how it blew me away.  I know that God loves me but to hear his prophetic word and realise that there is nothing I can do to change how much he feels for me, all I can do is change my own ability to receive his love is amazing.  So next time I muck up or make a mistake I don’t need to berate myself cos it hasn’t changed God’s love for me one iota, he still loves me whether I make a mistake or not, he will love me the same into eternity and beyond….

TO BE LOVED OUTRAGEOUSLY

Amazing grace, outrageous love, to be loved outrageously, dangerously even, for perfect love casts out all fear, perfect love negates the hate, the fear inside subsides, love brings alive a world of beauty and wonder, God’s perfect love for me will never change, it’s me that needs to change in order to receive, I will not let the devil deceive me, telling me that my past actions have left me devoid of love, that my past defines me, that God abandoned me long ago, oh no, my God has never loved me more and never loved me less, yet while I was still a sinner he loved me 100 per cent, his perfect love casts out all fear that now is clear, God’s love has crushed all fear, the atmosphere saturated with perfect love from my Father who never fails me, my life full of joy and the view from here is quite spectacular, I shall shout out my praise as I receive the love and roar my approval as finally I seize the day and soar on the wings of his amazing grace.

Maybe Satan suffers from hearing loss

I have news!  God is not to be feared.  God is to be respected and believed and as we start to do that then we start to gain more wisdom and revelation into his desires for our lives. Knowledge of the Holy One can be gained through a closer walk with God and a deeper understanding of his word.  Reading the Bible is so important, and reading it in context so much more important.  Having recently embarked on a reading plan to read the Bible in 90 days starting at Genesis and working through, so much falls into place as you read it in context to other events and happenings recorded previously.

Our relationship with God is personal.  As we seek to know him more he will make clear our paths, he will make clear the ways in which he wants us to walk.  Fear the Lord in the right way, do not be afraid of him he is your friend (he gave his life for you) start a relationship with him, one where you both talk and listen and gradually you will hear his voice and understand what areas he needs you to be obedient in.  Don’t be afraid his plans for you are perfect.

Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

NO FEAR

God is not to be feared, you may have heard that wrong, you see the devil longs for you to be afraid, he’s played that card a thousand times as he gets right inside your mind and tells you that God is scary, he wants you to think that living for God is like living in a Monastery, no fun, no talking, no joy just chanting but see that’s a fairy tale, the devil wants you to believe that God is an angry God, a God of condemnation when the truth is God is a God of Love and reconciliation, God came to bring peace and joy it’s actually the devil who wants to steal and destroy, the devil tells lies he’s the master of deception so don’t let him tell you that God is angry or that what you have done cannot be forgiven cos Jesus is still living he didn’t stay in that grave, he broke the curse of death and rose again, he took all your sins all your shame, you could say that’s when he won the game, no extra-time, no second chances he changed our circumstances there and then on the cross and maybe Satan suffers from hearing loss and didn’t hear the heavenly hosts celebrating God’s victory over the enemy, God lives in me, soaks me in love, wraps me in certainty, he delivered me from the hands of the enemy, not to be feared but to be revered, not afraid but embraced by the love of a Father, so don’t let the devil bother you anymore, kick him out, show him the door.

I can’t, God can, God wins, The End

How many times do we want to do something for God and then shrink back?  Like today I wanted to offer to pray for someone who was really struggling, but I ended up just having a chat and being sympathetic.  That’s OK but how much more powerful would it have been to pray with them?  We need courage and a faith that says, if I can’t do it, God can.  If I show up then God shows up too cos he lives in me so just let him take over.  That’s my prayer today that I will have the boldness and courage to say what I think God wants me to say, to do what he wants me to do, after all what can go wrong when God is with me?

  • Mark 9:24 – Right away the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief!”
  • 1 Samuel 12:16 – So stand still. Watch the great thing the Lord is about to do right here in front of you!

FAITH OVER FEAR

God I choose faith over fear, I know you hear my heart when it cries out to you, “What can I do in this situation?” I know you see the deflation in my heart when I depart from what I know you want me to do because I am scared of looking a fool and I know you will never abandon me, I see that I need to be stronger no longer trying to hide from you God when you ask me to do something for you, and why would I doubt the power of prayer, God I want to become a player in your heavenly Kingdom, I want to abandon my fears and concerns and learn how to draw on your power, to stand still right now this hour and watch the great things you’re about to do, to see the sick healed, stand up and walk, to see the blind see, I do believe, miracles, that’s just daily living in your heavenly Kingdom, five loaves, two fishes, water turned to wine, people healed time after time, bodies raised from the dead, lepers washed clean, I mean I know that was then but this is now, how much more is happening if we open our eyes, God’s miracles playing out in thousands of lives, I do believe, I have boldness, I am more than a conqueror because he loved us and who am I kidding when I say that I’m scared, afraid of what?  The safest place in all the world is in the will of God, God who lives in me for all eternity, he never abandons me, I do believe, I understand, I can’t, God can, God wins, The End

Flick the switch, Christian on, flick the switch, Christian off

As Christians we are called to stand out and not blend in and it reminded me of the importance of just being myself at all times.  I am a Christian at church, at home, at work and at play.  It’s so important not to change how I talk or behave to fit in.  Sometimes it can be hard, at work I occasionally get a stroppy customer and I am reminded that I have asked God to give me patience and self-control. Sometimes amongst non-Christian friends I find things that are said difficult and yet I should not stay silent if I feel it is right to speak out.  At home it’s tempting to be lazy and not do the chores, but that’s not kind or thoughtful towards my partner so at times I have to kick myself into action.  I suppose it’s an attitude of what would Jesus do or what would Jesus say in this situation.  But then I want it to be so much more, I want to be “colourful” for God, for people to see my life and the way I live and see God’s love shining through me.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

FLICK THE SWITCH

Flick the switch, Christian on, flick the switch, Christian off, sometimes it’s tough to keep my light shining consistently with all the messages bombarding me, but you see I want to be permanently illuminated to show others that I am intoxicated by the love of Jesus, I don’t want to feel frustration when I fail to say what I want to say, I don’t need to be inhibited by fear of judgement from my peers, you see Jesus died to release me from all the fears and why should I feel apprehension that at the mention of the name of Jesus friends will mock or laugh or tease, am I not at ease with my beliefs, am I not released from the former self, Jesus himself suffered mocking and jeering, so clearly he understands what I am feeling and I want to stand out like a rainbow, multi coloured rays of love and hope radiating from my being as I praise and worship God through my style of living, giving others something to question, a expression of the change in me, a reflection of God’s love for me a suggestion that his love is freely given to anyone who’ll stop and listen, so Father let me shine, take this light of mine and set if free, ensure the switch stays on permanently.

Maybe we should do something that scares us every day

Was reading the story of Philip in Acts 8 today and how he was led by God and the Holy Spirit to totally change course in order that he could minister to one man.  Now we don’t really know the impact that he had on the world through following God’s voice, we do know that the man was baptised by Philip but we can only guess at the impact he had on his community when he returned home.  So we may never know the impact we have on the lives of those God calls us to talk to but we do know we need to listen for God’s voice, the prompting of the Holy Spirit and do what he asks us to do.

DOING GOD’S WORK

Go, go now, that’s right, follow that road that’s where I want you today. Say what, but I thought you wanted me here and now you want me there, to share your word with her?When God talks we listen, give him your undivided attention, not to mention obey him when he talks, this walk is God’s not ours, do not lower your expectations, ride on the crest of the wave to help others be saved, God lights up your path, don’t switch off the light, he directs us, right place, right time, that’s not by chance, take a stance for God, it’s not so hard, listen to his whisper and you’ll find it couldn’t be clearer, draw nearer to God and he draws close to you, telling you what he wants you to do, it may seem scary but maybe we should do something that scares us every day if we are to say we did it God, we served the Lord, answered your call, and you know what, we didn’t fall.