My Never Again list

 

One: Never again will I confess “I can’t”;for I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

Two: Never again will I confess Lack;for my God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

Three: Never again will I confess fear; for God has not given me a Spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)

Four: Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith; for God has given to every man a measure of Faith (Romans 12:3)

Five: Never again will I confess weakness;for the Lord is the strength of my life (Psalms 27:1) and the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32)

Six: Never again will I confess supremacy of Satan over my life; for greater is He that is within me than he that is in this world. (1John 4:4)

Seven: Never again will I confess defeat; for God always causes me to triumph (spiritual victory) in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 2:14)

Eight: Never again will I confess lack of wisdom; for if you are lacking in wisdom all you have to do is ask God and he will give it to you without measure (he will not be stingy, he will not hold back) (James 1:5)

Nine: Never again will I confess sickness; For with His stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5) and Jesus Himself took my infirmities and carried our diseases (Matthew 8:17 & Isaiah 53:4)

Ten: Never again will I confess worries and frustrations; For I need to cast (Lay) all my cares upon Him (Jesus) who cares for me (1 Peter 5:7) In Christ I really am “carefree”

Eleven: Never again will I confess bondage; for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Twelve: Never again will I confess condemnation; for there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (In Christ Jesus, he no longer holds my sin against me and I will not be condemned by it.)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I live near the Rocky Mountain range in Southern Alberta, and we often have some very strange weather in this part of the country. In the winter we can be having a cold snap that makes the temperature plummet to a cool and breezy -40 degrees Celsius. Trust me it can get very cold here, and then a Chinook, which is a warm wind, can blow in and it raises the temperature up to a balmy -10 degrees Celsius, all in a matter of hours.

Crazy as that sounds, it is true, I have lived through this dramatic change of weather for a long time. The reason I tell you this, is because about a year ago, I was planning to attend a ladies retreat in a beautiful resort town in the Rocky Mountains called Lake Louise. It is absolutely gorgeous there and it is approximately 3 hours from my home.

We were due to leave at about 1pm in the afternoon for our little adventure up to the mountains, with just our luggage, and no husbands or children for a whole weekend. Trust me there was excitement amongst the ladies.

The night before we were to leave, the snow started to fall, and normally in Alberta it is not anything to be concerned about and so I did not pay it much mind. Well by mid morning the following day, we had a full blizzard happening. This did not go over well with me, as I had paid a lot of money to have the privilege of a weekend away from mom duty and I was going.

My husband was quite concerned about the weather, and rightly so, the ladies that I was driving were concerned about the weather and like I said, they had a good cause to be concerned. Ok to be honest I was concerned about the weather too. I realised though by mid morning that our planned getaway was in serious jepordy. I was quite upset.

Around the same time that I came to this realisation, I started to feel really sleepy and lethargic and started to become frightened about what was lying ahead for us on the road. The other ladies that were driving with me decided that they were willing to risk going, and I was to be the driver.

Like I said, I was starting to feel really sleepy and scared of getting into an accident.  I then started to feel something rise up inside of me, (The Precious Holy Spirit), and I felt like I needed to read the above “Never Again” list. Well I did and my daughter joined me in declaring the word of God. Together we grew in our excitement of declaring war on discouragement and fatigue. We boldly and loudly spoke the truth of who our God is.

 It really felt like we were kicking down the doors of discouragement and hopelessness and fatigue by declaring the word of God out loud. Before long we both felt like a releasing of the peace of God come over us in the kitchen. I believe that the Holy Spirit showed us that even though the enemy was trying to use discouragement and fatigue to disuade us from venturing out, God was about to turn it all around and use the faith that He gave us to believe his word for our strengthening and encouragement.

I felt the fatigue and the discouragement leave me, and a peace that truly passes all understanding invaded that space instead. I felt renewed both in body and in my spirit.

I tell you this story to encourage you, that the word of God, has power and it is true. There is not a lie found within the pages of the Holy Bible. God promises that He is near to all who call on Him and that is what I was doing, I was calling on God for strength and help. God was faithful and met my need of strength and encouragement.

When the enemy tries to come at you with lies and discouragement, please run into our Heavenly fathers arms, you get there through prayer, the prayer of faith. God promises that when we pray in faith and do not doubt his words then He will answer us.

Call to Him today, declare out loud the wonderful and precious word of God and I know that God will without a doubt meet your every need.

These above verses are not a magic formula to get God to do what you want him to do. But by declaring the truth of God’s word to your situation you are standing in faith and God says that our faith is what will move mountains and move the obstacles that have formed in our lives.

Consider these scriptures, write them down, study them, absorb the truth of what they say to you, and memorise them. Pray and ask the Lord to reveal more of himself to you through these precious words,He is faithful and He will. He promises that if we hide his word in our hearts it will lead us to walk in the path of true righteousness and we will have his direction and peace in the midst of whatever the circumstance that we find ourselves in.

Call on Him today, he is waiting.

God Bless you all indeed.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

FiFa World Cup Soccer 2010 in South Africa

 What if the world showed excitement for Christ?

 With the FiFa World Cup Soccer 2010 fever ramping up in South Africa and so many people flocking to the country to share in the excitement of the games, the atmosphere in that country is almost electric.

 People are wearing the colors of their favorite sports teams, painting their faces; the nationals are proudly displaying their national flags everywhere. The spirit of support for their country’s national soccer team ‘Bafana Bafana’ is seen from their clothing to their vehicles to their toys. The Malls are decorated, the streets are decorated, and people have a great sense of excitement and national pride. The joy and celebrations are everywhere and the whole atmosphere is quite infectious.

 Soccer is a game invented by man, played by man and watched by man. There is nothing of any value gained after the games are done, except maybe the satisfaction of knowing that the team that you supported won. There can only be one team that walks away as the champion in the end.

 But what if we as Christians were to celebrate Jesus Christ, like the world is celebrating the FiFa World Cup Soccer 2010?

 One day we will have that chance, when Jesus comes back to this earth to bring his faithful followers home to be with him for eternity in Heaven.

   Until then though, how are we celebrating the greatest news ever told and the greatest gift that the world has ever known?

 Jesus showed us, his children, that to truly celebrate him, we have to believe that he came to this earth and is the Son of the Most High God. Then we needed to confess with our mouths that this is the truth.

   (Matthew 10:32-33 32“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.   33But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”)

 Jesus told us that pure religion is to take care of the widows and the orphans, to seek justice for the oppressed and to release others from spiritual prison due to bondage to sin.

Pure Religion is also to love others as we love ourselves and to love and obey God with our whole hearts.

 So in celebrating the fact that we have an eternity that is secure; God tells us through his word that the world will know his disciple by their love for one another.

   What a better way to show the love that God has given us by finding ways to support the widows and orphans of this world. There are many different organizations around the world that are already doing this, partner with them today. Sign up to send a monthly donation to help a child and it’s family that is in need. In this way, we will be celebrating the love of God that he has lavished on us, and then we in turn can lavish it on others who are also in need of his great love.

 In South Africa right now there are these noise makers (vuvezela’s)  that everyone is blowing to show their support of the games. I have heard that in their enthusiasm for the games that are being played, these noise makers, (vuvezela’s) are being blown from early morning to late at night. Now that is what I would call support.

 So it got me thinking about our walk with the lord and how we are celebrating our eternal gift, our Salvation. In the book of Proverbs it says that; we are wise if we tell others about God and bring as many to salvation as we possibly can.

 We are told by God to go into the entire world and spread the good news that Jesus Christ came and died for our sins, so that we may be forgiven and be put back into right relationship with him again. When we boldly tell others about Jesus we are blowing our “trumpets that herald the great news of salvation to a very lost and dying world”.

 We can blow our Spiritual vuvezela’s as we excitedly tell the world that our Heavenly Father is going to return soon and that they too can have eternal life. The enemy would love to convince us that we do not possess the gift of evangelism, but it is a lie. We all possess to one degree or another the gift of evangelism, as we are told by Jesus to tell the whole world that he loves them so very much.

 It is not hard to show the world that Jesus came and died for them, all you have to do is to develop your own relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God.  You will find that you have a love and concern for others around you and because of that great love you will be motivated to share the incredible gift of eternal salvation with others. It will flow out of you so naturally that you will be totally amazed. Do not allow the enemy to rob you of the joy of telling your neighbors through your words and actions that Jesus loves them too.

 Another great thing that I saw the supporters of the FiFa World Cup Soccer 2010 had was their “dress”. They all donned the national team colors of whatever country that they were supporting.  The South African colors are gold and green and it can be seen everywhere.

 What colors are you wearing? The bible tells us that as Christians we get to trade in our filthy rags for robes of Righteousness. We are royalty now, as we have been adopted by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our robes tell God that we are now washed clean by the blood of Jesus and we can come into His throne room of Grace without fear as our sins have been forever pardoned.

  Are you reflecting your new wardrobe to the world? Our new clothing reflects our new identity and whom we are supporting. As we have aligned ourselves with Jesus we are to turn from things that would lead us to death and instead embrace the fact that we are set apart and holy for God. I urge you brothers and sisters, to take stock of your life today and if there are things that are causing you to go into habitual patterns of sin, I urge you to repent and wear your new clothing that God has given you in a way that the world will be able to take notice of.

 Wear your new clothes with a sense of identity, that you now identify yourself with God and his family, just like the supporters of the FiFa World Cup Soccer 2010, identify themselves with their favorite sports team.

 Every thing that we do; that is a reflection of Christ Jesus is a celebration of the fact that one day, we will get to spend eternity in heaven with him. Where there will be no more crime, hatred, tears, and death, deception, heartache, cancer and war. There will be love and peace, joy and fulfillment.

 I want to encourage you to celebrate your relationship with Jesus Christ as boldly as the people in South Africa are celebrating the FiFa World Cup Soccer 2010 right now. Reflect Jesus in every way, because it will give you a deep sense of satisfaction for your own soul and you will be Jesus’ hands and feet to a world that is in desperate need of an everlasting Hope and a Savior from their sin.

I pray that the Lord will bless you indeed as you pursposely reflect our Heavenly Father in your every day living.

God Bless

 

 

Continued from Part 1

Then God in his great mercy started to reveal his definition of rest to me, it went something like this;

 Do you believe without a doubt that I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Do you believe the things that you read in the word of God about my provision for my people? Do you believe me when I say to you, that I love you and will take care of your needs? Do you believe me when I tell you that I am your shield and strong tower, that I have placed my spirit within you so that you can reflect to the world around you that I love them?

Do you believe me? Or are my words just a story to you?

 Ouch! What could I say to all of that, except, “God, I am not really sure”   I have to admit for a while as I thought about those questions; I really was not sure what I truly believed.

 Please understand something, that I am an avid bible scholar, I am always digging around in the word of God, so I know what it says when it comes to his promises to us, His children, but actually believing that those promises were true for me and my family was a hard pill to swallow. It came down to the fact that I was battling with a chronic case of unbelief in God’s ability to take care of me.

 I knew that I loved the Lord, and I knew that I did not want to be without him, and I also knew that I needed to go from playing faith to really believing that God is who He says He is.

 A friend of mine always says that the 6 inches between the head and the heart are extremely long; I was discovering the unfortunate truth of those words.

 I believe that God, through the Holy Spirit asked me a few more questions, it was this; “Will you trust me with your life, regardless of what is happening around you, financially, with your children, marriage, ministry, with everything?

   Will you trust me to see you through to the other side safe and sound, just like I did with the Israelites when I brought them out of Egypt?  Will you trust me that I do have your best interest at heart?”

 As I prayed and sought the Lord on this issue, I believe that he gave me his assurance that I absolutely could trust him with everything. He filled me with His peace that truly does defy all understanding; I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of peace and rest that I felt and still feel.

 Then I realized what God had done for me, He had shared with me His valuable truth:

  The truth was that if I willingly laid all of my fears of disaster into his capable hands, he would see me through to the other side of the “river” I did not have to fear as I knew that he was taking care of me.

 Regardless of whether I have money in abundance or only a little, God never leaves me; he is always guiding me to the next provision for my needs, like milk that he sends through a friend, clothing for myself through an unexpected source, money for groceries, and the list continues.

I have watched in amazement since that time of surrender, that what looked like a dry well with nothing was coming out of it; God’s miraculous provision for my family, with abundance for us to be able to bless others as well.

 I have discovered that when we enter into His rest, we enter into the realm of a supernatural assurance that he is most definitely who He says he is, that He without a doubt will take care of me to the very day that He takes me home to be with Him.

 I had lived with a faulty belief that at some point that God was going to make everything come crashing down around me, and literally rip the carpet out from under where I was standing.

God tells us in his word that there is no darkness in him whatsoever, which means that he does not have ill will in store for me. Yes, if I need to be disciplined by him because of my disobedience to him and his word, He as a loving father will do so. That discipline, however harsh it may be, will bring about a restoration between Him and I. Therefore it is a good thing.

 But I was truly waiting for the big stick of disapproval to be brought out.  That my friend is not the right image, of who God is, that is a distorted image placed there by the Devil who delights in lies and strongholds.

 The truth is God loves us so much that He wants what is best for us; he wants to show his mighty and passionate love for all who don’t know him, through us, his children.

 I have discovered that in resting in Him, I am fully capable to do anything that He asks me to do, because His precious Holy Spirit is living within me and will empower me with the right tools and talents to accomplish the will of my Heavenly Father.

  I am capable of trusting Him to supply all of our needs, knowing that he will show us whom to speak to, what to do, and how to do it, to bring in the necessary finances into our home. It will not be a struggle and a begging, but it will feel like the doors literally open for us and we get to walk with confidence through them.

 I realized that resting in Jesus; really means to put our surrendered trust fully into who He is as our God, to literally trust him from our toes up. Not to struggle, but to enjoy the process.

 So I pray for each of you, that God will truly open up your eyes to this important truth, that you will discover that God really is who He said He is, that He can do what he says He can do.

That He can do it well and in the right timing and that He has enabled you to walk through the process of Faith with your head held high, as His precious child.

 My dear brothers and sisters, lay all of your fears, frustrations  and lost dreams down at his feet and I know that He will without a doubt give you the same kind of assurance that He has given me; the He will without a doubt take care of you until He brings you home to be with Him.

God bless you

 

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

 When you think of rest, what kind of images come to mind? My mind automatically goes to the beach, on a warm day, with a gentle breeze blowing across me as I lie on a towel and enjoy a good book. I am not having to do anything, no cooking or cleaning or running after children, I don’t even have to speak to anyone if I don’t want to. Ah, rest.

 It seems that in our society, rest seems to be an illusive dream; it may be that we rest at night after a long day at work, or we “rest” on weekends at home where we find ourselves, cleaning, doing yard work, and maybe hanging out with some friends.

 We are running on over drive, at full speed ahead. No stopping, no time for “down time” just go, go, go. If it is not work that we are doing, it is running our children to their various sporting activities.

 God, when he created the world and everything in it, he worked for 6 days, and then rested on the 7th day. He set that rule into place for his people as well, that they would work for 6 days and then rest completely on the 7th day.

 I am sure that most of you have heard the phrase, “Rest in Jesus, Jesus is our rest, the Lord will give you rest” I could go on, but you get the picture. But what does it mean to rest in the Lord Jesus Christ, and why do we as Christians need to know this very important principle?

 I have been wrestling with this concept of rest for a while as I was not sure what God meant when he whispered to my heart that I needed to learn to rest in him.

 I asked him to show me what he meant when he told me that his burden was light, and that I could totally rest in His ability as my lord and Savior.

 I believe that what I am going to share with you now over the next few paragraphs are the fundamental truths about what it means to learn how to truly enter God’s rest, in the midst of our crazy lives.

 In my search for understanding what rest in God meant, I discovered that I am what most people would consider an over achiever, I strive constantly to do my best. I am always throwing myself into projects that require not 100% of me, but sometimes it feels 700%. I often feel the need to try and earn peoples approval, as well as God’s (I don’t have to I know, but I fall into the trap of wrong thinking and then before I know it, I am in so deep when it comes to striving)

 So, as you can see, resting is not a priority of mine. Not only is it not a priority I am not sure what it looks like. God knows perfectly what it means to rest in him and to be honest I was really shocked when I discovered what God’s definition of rest really was.

 My husband and I have embarked on a journey of obedience and trusting God, you might say to yourself, so what we are all doing that, but let me explain.

 A few years ago, we believed that the Lord wanted to do a new thing in our lives and part of that new thing was for my husband to quit his job, and start up his own business.

 We had some savings that we had put away; therefore it was not that hard in the beginning to trust God as we were quite reliant on our money in the bank to see us through until the business started to make money.

 We had it all figured out, we had about 2 ½ years worth of money in the bank and then we would start to run into trouble. So we stepped out of our comfort zone of getting a pay check every 2 weeks and made the break. (Please be aware that we did not do this lightly as we burnt our bridges. We had prayed about it and sought the Lord then we felt that we had the go ahead from him to do this)

 Well, 2 years went by, and we learnt a lot about life and faith and relationships as we were on our new adventure. But then the money started to run out, and we started to get a bit nervous, it was easy to “trust” God when we had all that money in the bank, but now that the bottom of the account started to loom in front of us, we started to get very nervous.

 I remember thinking to myself, that we were so foolish for taking this step as now we were getting to the end of our funds and had absolutely nothing; the business was generating an income, but not enough to sustain us. My husband did have a part time income on the side, but even that dried up.

  I cried out to God for help, as my tolerance of trust was reaching its limit.

 You might think that that is a crazy statement but remember; what I had thought was trust in God for our finances, really was “trusting in what was in my bank account”

 What does that have to do with resting in God? Well in this time of pure panic and fear that I was not going to be able to feed my children, the Lord was speaking this word into my heart. REST IN ME!

 Lord, how can I rest, I need to go and find a job and help my husband with the finances and I need to… yes I had a large list of things that I needed to do in order to help my husband with the finances. I felt like everywhere I turned it seemed to me that rest was the word that I kept hearing.

 

To read the rest of this article please go to part 2.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

 Well all I can say is that over the last couple of weeks the days have flown by and I feel like I have nothing to show for it. Oh don’t get me wrong I have done things, but not the things that I wanted to get done.

 I came to the realization though the other day, that if I am willing to submit and surrender everything in my day to God and ask the Holy Spirit to show me the way for the day, I would be in for a treat when I realized how the day would turn out.

 You hear lots of teaching about surrendering to the Lord and letting him lead you, but what does that really look like in our lives?

 I have been learning that the step by step walking with the lord is much more peaceful than trying to plan for tomorrow, which had me completely tied up in knots on the inside.

 So, I put into practice this little thing in my life, when I wake up in the morning, I say good morning to the Holy Spirit, as he is the one that is my direct conduit to the Father. The Holy Spirit will tell me what is on the heart of the father for me today.

 Then as the day goes on, my thoughts are always drawn back to God, and who He is, what he has done for me, I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind all those who are in need of specific prayer throughout the day. He is faithful and does that.

 If I am willing to be open to his leading me, and I ask him to show me the divine appointments that he has set out for me, I am guaranteed to come across someone who needed some encouragement or a word from the Lord. It excites me so much to “be about my father’s business”. I love to talk to people and find out that they really needed to hear what I was speaking to them about.

 I love it when the Holy Spirit shows me that someone has a need that I can fill and when I fill that need I am being a blessing to them.

 

The Holy Spirit is not only interested in you helping others, but also directly helping and leading you and your walk with Him. He has taught me that I can ask for a parking spot, and he will direct me to one, I have learnt to ask for direction to the right deals that would help with my family budget, and he leads me right to them. I know that he has led me to make different choices in my parenting, how I react to my husband and my friends. The list is endless on how he wants to be an integral part of our lives, if we will let him.

 

A strange shift has occurred within me as I surrender more of my life to him everyday, you see, my desire to be led by Him has increased, as I have come to realize that I am able to be his hands, feet and heart to those around me.

 

I have come to a place in my walk with the Lord where as the Psalmist said, “I hunger and thirst for more of you”  because I know that I will never feel more fulfilled and content within myself, than when I am “about my father’s business”

 

I encourage you today; to invite the Holy Spirit in to your life, ask him to show you what he has in store for you today, ask him to lead you to the people that maybe need a word of encouragement or a smile or a hug. Maybe you are the person that would give them the cash that they need to make it through the day, maybe you are the answer to prayer that they have been praying for.

 

Become a risk taker, step out for God, and if you are afraid, remember that God never leaves you, never walks away from you. His desire for you to fulfill your purpose here on earth is greater than your desire to do the same thing.

 

My friends, surrendering to the plans of God, minute by minute will bring you more fulfillment than any other thing that you might pursue. I am not talking about anything mystical or painful when you surrender, but what I am saying is that you need to be willing to lay aside your agenda and seek the Lord’s agenda.

 

Ask Him to show you his perfect way for you and you will truly be the happiest person on this earth. Be sure to offer up praise to him for all the blessings that He has already poured into your life. God promises us that “He inhabits the praises of His people”.

 

I pray that each of you would come to the place where you are willing to surrender more and more to him each day, where you will be hungry and thirsty for more of the Holy Spirit and his presence and direction in your life.

 

I pray that God will bless you all indeed today

God bless you