Ask like you believe that he’s going to give

Was again reading the story of the loaves and fishes and reflecting on our God being one of abundance.  It follows on from yesterday’s Blog about our expectations being too small.

2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work

We serve a God of abundance, and we should not forget that in our day to day life and our prayer life.  Ask big, ask from the heart, pray with trust and belief..

ASK BIG

Ask big, ask from the heart, for a start ask like you believe that he’s going to give, knowing that he wants us to live a life of joy and abundance, don’t be so reluctant to request a miracle, it’s not like he’s not capable, maybe it’s a faith issue, a matter of trusting that mustard seed, not being greedy just helping the needy, praying for the sick, the poor, asking God to change their lot, to give it all he’s got, don’t let your humanity cramp your style, ask God to go that extra mile, ask in faith, when you’re faced with a mountain to climb, God’s got you every time, this is the God of loaves and fishes, so be ambitious as you speak, don’t be weak or stick to what you’re comfortable with, God can do abundantly more than all you ask or imagine, suppose you really trusted his vision, suppose you understood your role in his mission, ask and you shall receive, have faith in God, trust and believe.

I close my eyes in trust not fear

I received a word of encouragement the other day and it involved me in a toboggan with Jesus in the driving seat.  Twists and turns are promised, breath taking adventure ahead, yet I need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, keep leaning with him to keep the toboggan moving fast and purposefully towards the end goal.

I have been reflecting on this and the song “Jesus take the wheel” popped up on my Facebook Timeline.  (Jesus is clearly one of my unseen Facebook friend!)  The chorus says:

Jesus, take the wheel Take it from my hands ‘Cause I can’t do this on my own I’m letting go

It reminded me of the need to allow God to continue to lead and “steer” my life, the need to submit to his plans and to work with him, under his direction.  The adventure beckons and with Jesus in the front seat I am safely strapped in and ready to fly down that mountain!

  • Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand
  • Isaiah 14;24 – The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand
  • Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose
  • 1 Chronicles 29:11 – Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
  • Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will
  • Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way
  • 1 John 2:5 – But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

TOBOGGANING

Standing at the starting line, comfortable in my state of not knowing, faith bigger than my fear, and we’re off, I’m listening for his voice and drawing near, doing it all for the glory of God, it’s not so hard I just let Jesus steer, see Jesus is real and he’s on my side, he’s not just here for the ride, he’s here to drive, he’s here to lead me on an adventure, I tuck in behind him and keep my head down, twisting and turning on life’s journey, Jesus steering in the right direction, establishing my path, perfecting my ways, I lean with him as we speed into the next bend, my Saviour and my friend keeps me safe, he is super excited for me to see the plans he has for me, he can’t wait to show me my destiny, he’s longing to use this time to teach and guide me, I close my eyes in trust not fear, I close my eyes and hear his voice, my heart somersaults and I rejoice that he has planned and he has purposed, his love encloses my very being and that’s a kind of awesome feeling…

You stand in the fire beside me

God gave me a message today, the message was, “God is near” and I wanted to share this because I think there are more than a handful of people who need to hear this.

Sometimes I think it is good to remind ourselves of how close God is in every situation.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the things of this world.  It’s easy to forget that actually in the midst of everything, God is near.

  • Psalm 56:3 – When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
  • Psalm 139:5 – You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me
  • James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you

 

YOU STAND BESIDE ME

You stand in the fire beside me, stalked by demons your angels surround me, lonely and afraid your arms enfold me, tortured by mistakes that don’t define me you remind me of my true identity, when I sit in the darkness your light illuminates the darkest corners, when I wake you are with me, when I sleep you protect me, when I mourn you comfort me, when I cry you collect my tears, when I am fearful you tell me, “do not be afraid” when I doubt my worth you tell me “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”, when I ask, you tell me great and wonderful things, you delight with singing over me, you created me, this masterpiece, you left the ninety nine so you could find me, you’ll never leave me nor forsake me, you are the God who goes before me, the God who hems me in before and behind, you lay your hand upon me and I am blessed, God draw near to me now and let me rest.

There’s excitement in obedience

“God has a vision far greater than my sight” – J S Park

Understanding the “bigger picture” can be hard.  However, we don’t have the vision of God, we don’t see all the puzzle pieces, we just see our own.  God’s plans are immense and perfect, they are in his timing and to his agenda.  But we can rest assured that they are plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give us a future and a hope.

  • Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths
  • Proverbs 16:9 – The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
  • Isaiah 58:11 – And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:9 – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

OBEDIENCE

The excitement in obedience, what has God got in store for me? Plans for his glory, plans to use me to magnify his powerful name, nothing the same as I expected as God works his perfect plan out in my life, his ways more beautiful than my disappointments, his plans greater than my deepest fears, powerful, incredible, the working out of every detail to my advantage, satisfying my desires in the desert, building my strength and going to incredible lengths to maintain me with streams of living water, he never fails me, his timing is perfect, and should I forget to trust in him the Bible reminds me again and again, trust in God’s plans, trust in his ways, all my days ordained and written in his book, I don’t need to take a look I trust and I pray, I give away my own desires and ask only that God fires me up to do his will, I trust in God, I am still.

I know my time to dance is just around the corner

Our sermon this morning was about faith and the following verses were included.  It spoke volumes to me at the moment as I struggle in this storm of grief and I just realised that Jesus was in the boat with me if only I would keep my eyes fully focussed on him.

Matthew 8:23-27 – And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

I was also thinking about the shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35.  Jesus wept, it doesn’t say Jesus cried, it says Jesus wept and to me that shows me that Jesus really knew the kind of grief I am feeling.  Thinking of that is a great comfort, Jesus knows what this feels like and he is totally in the boat with me.

IN THE BOAT

Jesus you are in the boat as I hold on during these storms, I keep my eyes on you, knowing that with you I am safe, I am secure and blessed, the storms may mess around with my head but the enemy’s lies, well they’re dead, they can’t touch me cos I am daughter of the living God, however hard he tries to pull me down he won’t remove this crown from my head as I wait to cast if before you in eternity, and I have a certainty that you understand the weeping and the tears, I know that this time of grief is something you relate to as you wept too, you wept in sorrow and anguish, grief something which you have felt and I believe as I grieve now you reach out and grasp my hand, you understand and demand nothing of me at this time, a time to mourn, I know my time to dance is just around the corner, living water wash over me, sustaining and restoring me, comforting and reassuring me, staying in the boat with me until I’m ready to be called out onto the sea.

Give me your heart you are worth it

Had an early call this morning from a friend who is half way through the Alpha course.  What do you think Isaiah 12:3 means?

Isaiah 12: 2 – 4 – Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. “Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.”…

So I told her my interpretation which based on the fact she is doing Alpha and God is drawing her close I said, God’s telling you that he wants you to commit to him, he has so much for you to enjoy.  She then went on to tell me that she had woken in the middle of the night with Isaiah 12:3 clearly in her head.  She woke this morning to read the verse and was now wondering what it meant.  WOW, how great is our God.

TRUST ME

Trust me, do not be afraid of me, do not be afraid of what others might say if you follow me, I will be strong for you, my strength is perfected when you are weak, while you are seeking I am with you, when you find me your heart will soar, a new song will be on your lips as my love eclipses all that worries you, all that holds you back, call on my name and you’ll never look back, you’ll never lack for love for I am your heavenly Father, a Father whose love is perfect, give me your heart you are worth it, give me your life and I will give you yours, don’t hesitate, open the door.

 

I am worthy of his trust, I am good enough

One of the things my counsellor was always saying to me was “you are worth it”.  And yes it took time to believe that but after a while I got to the point that I started to accept that I am worth it.  However it is a bit of an Achilles heel for me and the point the enemy will attack if I let him.  Are you worthy, you’re not worthy, you couldn’t even start to do that, someone like you what would people say and so on.

Today our sermon was about showing us that no matter where we have been or what we have done, or what we do now when we slip up nothing makes us unworthy in God’s eyes. Yes that is so true, we are worthy of his love, he knows we are flawed but that’s what makes each of us uniquely equipped to do his work on earth.  It’s also really important that we love ourselves, after all God tells us to love our neighbour as ourselves, what good is it if we don’t actually see the best in ourselves and love that part of us?

  • Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Philippians 1:27 – Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

 

WORTHY

I am worthy because God says so.  I am good enough because God made me.  In fact it is no longer me who lives but Christ in me so of course I’m worthy, I am loved, I am enough, I am called of God, so when I feel unloved, unworthy, inadequate I look the enemy straight in the eyes and tell him I am a daughter of the risen King, the apple of my Father’s eye, a temple of the Holy Spirit, I am chosen, redeemed, blessed and elect, I am victorious, one in Christ and I am free, constantly being transformed from glory into glory, that’s my story I am a new creation, sanctified by the blood of the lamb who died for me, so stop taunting me with your lies, these scars of mine an outward sign of God’s healing power, he is my tower of strength, all that is right and excellent, I am magnificent and I serve a God who can do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, just imagine, a God who answers my prayers by quietening all my fears, filling my life with untold blessings, being ever present in every situation, he invests in me because, (yes you got it), I am worthy, he sees the plans he has for me and that’s enough for me to believe, I am worthy of his trust, I am good enough and watch this space cos I know God’s got great plans for me now I finally believe that I am worthy to receive.