I would like to share this Psalm with you today as it means alot to me. Many years ago before God got my attention about my sinful life style, I really did believe that I was in a slimy pit, slipping deeper into the mess that I was creating with my life.

God stepped in and rescued me from that slime, and has given me new hope and a new life. He has shown me a whole new way of living and relating to Him and to others. This particular Psalm I believe describes my life very well. I pray that as you read it, and see that if you will cry out to God he will rescue you from the slimy pit of your sinful ways.

That he will put a new song in your mouth and a hymn of praise in your heart to Him. I pray that you will see that if you will put your trust in him he will bless you and he will give you peace in your heart and a purpose for your life.

 

Psalm 40 

 I waited patiently for the LORD;

he turned to me and heard my cry.    

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

 he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.    

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.    

Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, 

who does not look to the proud,

to those who turn aside to false gods.

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done.

The things you planned for us no one can recount to you;

were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.    

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,

but my ears you have pierced;

burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.    

Then I said, “Here I am, I have come it is written about me in the scroll.    

I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”    

I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips,

as you know, O LORD.    

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;

I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.

I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.    

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;

may your love and your truth always protect me.     

For troubles without number surround me;

my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.  

They are more than the hairs of my head, 

and my heart fails within me.    

Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;

O LORD, come quickly to help me.    

May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; 

may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.    

May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame.    

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation always say, 

“The LORD be exalted!”    

Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer;  O my God, do not delay.

God’s great care for his children

 A few years ago, I was involved in a major writing assignment; I felt it was way beyond anything that I was capable of doing. I remember constantly crying out to God and begging him to help me through it all.

 The reason I was even in that position in the first place was because I believe that God had given me an idea for a Sunday school program for kids. It was to be done in a specific way and I was to write the curriculum for it, as the church which I attended at the time did not have the finances to purchase a curriculum.

 I dove right in, with very little writing experience and less than no teaching experience, but I did have God and he was leading me as I walked this path with him. When I look back on that experience I shudder to think how those poor kids had to put up with me trying to teach them the whole bible every week.

 As the weeks went on though I learnt to streamline, find the main points and present it in a clear way so that the kids could understand. I found though that even though I was teaching them, it felt like my mouth was full of gravel all of the time.

 I had been crying out to God for his help, but in reality my enthusiasm for the project got the better of me, and often I would leave him behind in a cloud of dust as I forged ahead to write and then teach the kids.

 One day in pure desperation, I stopped and cried out to the lord for help. I needed him to help me through his holy spirit. I needed him to work through me, instead of me trying to work for him.

 It unfortunately took me a while to get to that point where I realized that that is what I needed to do. Once I surrendered however the lord started to show me that the way to allow him to truly work within my heart and through my life was to teach from his word and what he had done alone.

 He led me to the following verses:

 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.

 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 

I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power

 I had the strongest conviction, that if I taught the kids the whole counsel of God’s word and sought him to help me to do that, that he would honor that and the Holy Spirit’s power would be given the freedom to work through me.

 That is exactly what happened. I would seek him out for the lessons during the week, I would pray and pour myself into them and then when it came to teach it, I knew that he was working through me to touch the hearts of the kids. It was amazing to watch him touch their hearts and to see their eyes light up when they discovered a truth about him for themselves. It was by far the most rewarding experience I have ever had.

 Now, having said that, the journey had its ups and downs and good parts and bad parts, and even times when I wanted to give up because it was so very hard to do. I remember one particular time where I was in great turmoil over the lesson, over the internal battle that was raging and I was crying out to God for help.

 He sent that help alright, he sent my neighbor and friend over to bring me some flowers, a card with some encouragement in it and a hug. It was like healing balm for all the turmoil that I found myself in. I knew that God had instigated her to bring it all over and once again I felt that deep love that he shows to us, his precious children.

 Never be afraid to do what God has called you to do, as he gives you the ability to do it and even when it becomes overwhelming he will see you through it. I felt that there was absolutely no way that I could write a Sunday school curriculum, I was right, but with God leading me, giving me the inspiration and encouragement when I needed it the most, I was able to do it.

 1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 If you find yourself in a place today where what you are walking through and experiencing is so overwhelming to you, then I urge you to bring all of your worries, cares, anxiety to God because he really does care for you. He will show you the next step and the way out if you need it.

 Our Christian walk was not meant to be walked by ourselves, God wants to help us and lead us, when we learn to rely on him for our help, then it brings him glory.

 I pray that you will reach out for him today.

 Amen

God our Ultimate Coach

 Faith in Jesus and having a relationship with Him is like being a part of a sports team, like hockey or football.  How are they the same you might be thinking, well, to be good at it you need to practice.

 In the world of sports there are many rules and regulations that are associated with the game.  If you want to be a part of the team you have to agree to submit to those rules.  The reason you do that is because you want to be a team player, you want to win and get the trophy and the recognition at the end of the season.  You get so involved in the sport, that soon you find yourself watching every show you can about it, you collect all of the memorabilia for your favorite teams, and you know the names of all the stars on the team and the not so star players.

    You may even have all of the necessary equipment that would help you to play the game. This is a constant reminder that you are a part of something bigger than just yourself.  You may love the sport so much that you talk to your friends about and to any poor soul that is within ear shot.

 The team also has one member who helps it to become better, that person is responsible for getting the team to it’s next big game, for winning at that game, for training the people up so that they are ready and prepared for the next big win.  That person is the coach.

On some teams that coach is feared and hated, some coaches are a joke, some are strict but fair, but the underlying characteristic of the coach is to get the best out of the player on the team.  It is a tough job, he has to yell, speak harshly, and constantly be giving direction so that the player understands what is expected of him.

 Now our relationship with God is similar, but with God, He has definitely got the advantage over any coach.  Oh yes you say, of course he does he is God, he knows all and sees all and the coach is just human.  You are correct.

But, just as the coach’s main job is to get the best out of the player on his team, God wants you to realize that you have been given everything by him when you were born to be able to perform to the best of your ability, throughout your life.

 2 Peter 1: 3-4

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 

 Wow, what a concept.

God has given you everything you need to live a godly life.  He has placed strengths and desires and dreams and gifts in you that fit you so perfectly, because he as a part for you to play on his team.  He is the ultimate coach.  Unlike the human coach who can only show and direct you to the potential inside of you, God placed that potential there and is so excited when we tap into it, believe it and work in that potential.

 He knows you intimately; therefore he knows what you will enjoy doing the best.  The wonderful thing about God is that he does not stand on the side lines, screaming orders at us; he is involved in the game.

He is involved with how we live our lives, the choices that we make, the things that hurt us, he is there, holding us and when something happens that make us grow, he is there rejoicing alongside us.

He often uses other members of the body to speak the truth that he wants us to know, to us.  They are often kind of like coaches in our lives as well.

 Psalm 139:1-6

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 

Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 

 You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 

 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain

 As I was growing up, I believed many about my identity and the things that I was capable of, and even though my parents tried to encourage me in the truth, and show me my potential, I did not believe them.

 One of the lies that I believed and which ended up holding me in bondage for way to long was that my strong personality was a hindrance, and I should not be so assertive.

   I tried instead to be someone that I wasn’t, I tried the timid route, I tried to not be assertive with my thoughts and opinions about anything. I found myself in a position where I could not even make any choices for myself, instead I allowed everyone around me to make choices for me that where not always in my best interest.

 The result of believing all of those lies for such a long time was that I found myself in a self made prison. It was devastating for me as a person not to be able to really use my God given gifts in a way that would impact others around me. I found myself floundering as I did not have the self confidence to believe that I had anything of any value to offer anyone.

 As you can see, I had not really taken to heart the verses found in 2 Peter 1, where the apostle Peter is telling us as believers that God has given us everything that we need to live godly lives. We do not lack anything; we truly do have everything that we need to manage in this life.

 During this time, God created in me a deep hunger for his word, I read it every chance I could and started to learn to model my life after that.  I realized after a while that what he was teaching me was so important that others needed to learn these truths too.  But because of my faulty belief system of what I was capable of doing and being, I kept silent.  Sometimes I would venture out of my little prison and share a truth that I had learnt, and sometimes it was received well by people and other times not so well.  I believed the not so well part and retreated often into my prison again. 

   But God is gracious and in his great love for me and mercy for me, he has shown me how to break out of that prison, by allowing me to realize that all of those things in my personality that I thought that I had to hide, he put there so that it would benefit the kingdom of God. 

 God set about breaking my belief system about who I believed that I was, he changed my heart to accept the truth of his words. I did have to ask him to forgive me for believing those lies, and realize that those lies where sown by the enemy to keep me from fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for my life. 

 I want to encourage you today, to allow God who is the ultimate coach to train you through his Holy Spirit to be all that he has purposed for you to be. If you find that the enemy has lied to you about who you are and what you have been called to do, then there is no time like the present to ask him to come in and help you to change your belief system.

 He wants you to know, that he has equipped you to do all that he asks you to do. There is nothing that he requires of you that you have to do in a state of unpreparedness.

 Not only has he prepared you, but he stays with you through his Holy Spirit and he gives you the full assurance that whatever you put your hand to he will give you the strength, power and ability to do.

 Take a chance today, and take him up on his offer, let him show you the wonders of all that he has prepared for you today. He will not let you down.

Not enjoying the moment.

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

 I feel like I am in a place in my walk with God, where I am being stretched and asked to grow and to be honest it is not all that comfortable. Sometimes I wish I could just learn all I need to know the easy way and not have to go through all of the growing pains to get there.

 One of the great lessons that I believe that God is trying to teach me once again is to live in the moment, and to actually enjoy it. I find myself often dreaming of what is around the corner instead of what is right in front of me. The result of living like this is that I often miss out on what is important. Like appreciating the fact that I have my health, a home to live in that is warm (most of the time). That I have food to eat and a family that loves me.

 I often miss out on the little things like appreciating when my daughter comes and wants to cuddle, or wants to play a game with me, because I am busy and need to be doing something “more important”. Or when I hear the birds chirping, or the sky changes, I often miss it due to the fact that my mind and heart is already working on tomorrow and not on today.

 Over the years, I believe that the lord has given me specific words of encouragement and instructions about what he was going to be bringing into my life. I foolishly thought that these things were going to happen right away, so I would get all excited about the prospect of the change, not realizing that often times God would need to work a heart change within me in order to bring about the word that He had given to me.

 I would find my self in a place of constant anticipation for what I knew was ahead, making plans in my mind and heart to accommodate what was to occur. The problem being that I would get so caught up in what was ahead and how amazing it would be, that I would become dissatisfied with what was right in front of me.

 So how has God cured me of the “Look ahead disease”, well I am a work in progress, but one thing I can tell you is that in those moments of anxiety of waiting for what is coming I have learnt to cry out to God.

 I have learnt to lay aside my agenda, and thoughts about how I think he should fulfill his word in my life. I have learnt that God is very interested in the state of my heart, and what is occupying it.

I have discovered that carrying around sin, will separate me from God and close off my ears to hear what he is trying to say to me. It will also close my eyes to the paths that he wants me to walk on.

 I have discovered that if I am to live out my Christian faith in a way that pleases God all the time, then I need to be willing to be transparent with what is really in my heart. I need to bring whatever it is that is hindering me hearing him, to his alter and ask for forgiveness and leave it there.

 I need to be willing to learn his wisdom and knowledge, by spending time in the word of God. I need to change my thinking and allow the word of God to act as my plumb line, or guiding point for my life.

 When I am living my life with an attitude of surrender to God and his will for my life, I will then learn to stop and appreciate all that is in front of me right now. I will learn to wait patiently for him to work his perfect will in my life, changing my heart and therefore preparing me for what he has for me in the future.

 I need to be all here, in the moment, in order to enjoy the privilege of being all there, when his words for my future are finally worked out in my life as well.

 The following passage of Scripture has become almost a rallying cry from my heart as my desire is to know and walk in the perfect will of God.

 Colossians 1: 9 – 14

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 The apostle Paul tells us in this passage that we can ask God to fill us with the knowledge of his will, through all of God’s wisdom and understanding.

  •  So that our lives will bear good fruit in everything that we put our hands to.
  • We as Christians can grow in the knowledge of God
  • That knowledge will strengthen us with all power according to the glorious might of God.
  • This will enable us to then have great endurance and patience (waiting for the lord to reveal his will to us, in different situations)
  • We will also be able to joyfully give thanks to God our father because he has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints of the kingdom of light.
  • (Our eternal inheritance, which is kept in heaven waiting for us)
  • God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness (from sin and the depravity that it has brought to our lives)
  • Through Christ Jesus, God has brought us into the kingdom of the Son that he loves – Jesus Christ.
  • Through Jesus, we have redemption – and the forgiveness of all of our sins.

 My prayer for you is that you will learn from me that it is so important to enjoy what God has placed in your hand today. If he has spoken to you about what he wants to bring about for the future, enjoy the journey of getting there.

  There might be mountain top experiences as well as deep dark valleys along the way, but through it all, he is shaping you in order that you will be able to walk with a God confidence when the time finally comes to step into what he has prepared for you.

 So take some time today and enjoy the moments; ask God to open up your eyes to see the divine appointments that he has waiting for you. Ask Him to enable you to bear good fruit in all that you do as it will bring him glory.

 Then take the time to rejoice and thank him for qualifying you through His son, Jesus Christ, to share in an inheritance that is being prepared for you in heaven. Praise him that you are no longer part of the dominion of darkness and that you are forgiven and set free from all of your sins. Thank Him that you have a new life, one that is to be lived for His glory.

 I pray that you will be blessed today, as you patiently wait for the lord to work out his perfect will for your life.

 Amen.

You are enough!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

Have you ever felt inadequate, not quite measuring up to the expectations of the people around you, well I most certainly have.

Sometimes it was a careless word spoken to me, that said “You are not enough” or my own thoughts that would torment me into believing that “I was not enough”. It amazes me that after many years of God helping me to change my thinking and behavior from “I am not enough to; you are enough in Me” I still occasionally fall back into old thinking.

Just recently I had another such reminder, that with Christ living within me, I am enough to do all that he has called me to do. I don’t have to wait for another person to bail me out, I don’t have to do anything, but trust that God who lives within me is more than capable of working through me to affect the lives of the people around me.

He in Me makes Me more than enough!

Simple statement but so true and the implications are so vast. Let me start at the beginning,

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

So here is how God taught me this lesson once again:

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to minister to a friend of mine who was going through a rough time. Throughout our conversation I know that God was working in her heart, as I could visibly see the peace come into her eyes.

Further on in the conversation I thought to myself that if she wants the kind of freedom that Christ has to offer, I need to get a friend of mine involved in praying for her. I was convinced that this was great idea. I even told her about it, and she agreed.

At the end of our conversation we parted company and all the way home I prayed for her that God would bring the healing and freedom that I knew that he wanted to give her. I rejoiced that I was a part of what God was doing in her life to set her free, and I rejoiced that he was using me to help her along.

Once I got home, I sat down to watch a documentary on TV; it was on the life of a lady named Franny Crosby. She was blinded at birth by a man posing to be a doctor but with the help of very supportive family she went on to lead as normal life as possible.

When she was about 30 (give or take a few years) she gave her heart to the lord. She had a great love for poetry and had many of her poems published already.

When she was about 43 years of age, she began a journey which would lead her to write over 10 000 hymns.

That is when I heard the lord speak into my spirit. I heard him say to me, “you were deflecting” (deflecting means -to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve) I was avoiding praying with my friend, because I believed that someone who had more experience should help me to pray with her.

“Huh” I replied, He said “ Just as I gave Franny Crosby everything that she needed to write those songs, I have given you every thing you need to pray with someone, I am more than enough, you don’t need anyone else to pray for someone in hopes that I will heal them. Me in you equals more than enough!”

God was right, at the time of the conversation, all I could think was that I couldn’t pray for her as I did not want to put her into captivity by not praying the right things and leaving things out, or forgetting an important piece of the puzzle.

God says that he is more than capable of delivering the healing through my awkward prayers. He is more than enough to bring the healing and hope to the person that he has called me to minister to.

All I need to do is to trust him and let him work through me and when I do that, no matter the task that he sets before me, I will be able to do in full confidence that it is him at work through me.

 I repented for my deflection and my unbelief in his abilities to work through me. I believe that God needed to teach me a very important lesson and that is, we must only rely on God.

In God alone is where my trust needs to lie, in God alone will I find strength and the ability to do anything. In God alone can people be healed and set free from all that has trapped them in their sin.

In God alone can I minister. It is through is spirit within me, not my abilities, not my strength, not my good words, but with God working through the Holy Spirit within me, I truly can do all that he sets before me to do today.

I pray that you will realize that your strength does not lie in your degree, or job, or pay check or even in another person. Your strength to do anything comes from God alone.

Amen

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

I wrote down a quote from a book that I have been reading called Experiencing God, by Dr Henry Blackaby. I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of this particular book. It really opens your eyes to the reality of God and learning to practice the art of practicing “experiencing him in your every day life”

So the quote went like this, “When you come to a moment of truth when you must choose whether to obey God, you cannot obey God unless you believe and trust Him. You cannot believe and trust Him, unless you love him, and you cannot love Him unless you know Him!”

Wow, I have recently come to that place in my own walk with God, where I had to choose to really obey him and his word. It was in a matter of finances and putting my trust in Him that he really would supply all of my needs.

Why would I need to obey God on an issue that directly invovled me and my household? Well it comes down to this, either I believe that the bible is true and put those teachings into practice into my life, or I choose to go my own way and ignore them.

The hardest part of believing that the word of God is true and applicable for me, has always been, that I doubted that he truly had my best interests at heart. I doubted that he would see me through to the other side of what ever it is that he has asked me to do. I had this thought in mind that whatever he asked of me would be hard and I would have to figure it out all on my own and that I would fail, oh trust me the list was endless in the lies that I believed about God and his love toward me.

I didn’t know and fully understand God’s character and love toward me, God reveals himself to us in his word, (the bible) as our provider, shield, comfort, shepard, God, saviour, redeemer, loving father the list is endless. It is through knowing these attributes of God that we learn to rely and trust in Him in a greater way.

 Recently the Lord has been teaching me a new way to look at things, a way that I know will benefit and help you as well as you dare to step out and trust God for the next step that he has for your life.

I need to learn to come to Jesus as a little child, I need to put my faith in Him and his abilities to see me through whatever he has asked me to do. I need to trust him as a little child trusts his loving parents. That child knows that without a shadow of a doubt that his mom and dad will love, feed, clothe, provide all of his needs. They will never desert him and if they do leave him with friends or family, they will always come back for him.

That is the same way in which we need to trust God, trusting that he has us securly in his care. Trusting that he will never leave us or forsake us for something better. That he will take care of our needs and if we will come to him with every thing, he will most certainly show us and direct us in the way that would be best for us.

If we come to him as a child, and ask him for his direction for our lives, he will give it. He will teach us along the way, how much we can trust him and his provision. As God reveals himself to us as a loving Heavenly Father, we can be assured that he has our best interests at heart, and whatever he asks of us, is either to teach us something, prepare us for something, to bless someone and all of these things draw us into a closer walk with him.

I was reminded of something this morning that I believe that God used to teach me the principle of: When he asks anything of me, he not only prepares me to do it, but provides for my needs along the way.

Many years ago I was living in  a little town in Northern Alberta, Canada. My husband and I were heading to the big city of Edmonton on the weekend to do some shopping and visit with some friends. On the Monday of that week, I believe the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart that I needed to take a chicken with me to Edmonton and give it to our friends down there. I thought it was an absured idea and promptly fought with God the entire week. I gave the Holy Spirit every excuse I could think of as to why I should not do this. The urge to take the chicken, just got stronger.

Well by Thursday afternoon, I was exhausted from fighting and resisting the Holy Spirit, that I gave up and said Ok, I will take the chicken.

About an hour later, a very good friend of mine, sent her husband over to my house with a bag, he was standing in the door way of the house and I knew immediately what he had in the bag. Yes you guessed it, it was the chicken.

I repented to God for resisting his prompting to take the chicken down to Edmonton. I took it and all of my fears that I had had about the lack that I would have if I took this chicken down to Edmonton were revealed to me to be false. I had more than enough food for the next week to see us through.

I want to emphasize the principle here and that is; God taught me, that when he asked me to do something, He not only provides what I need to do what he has asked me to do, but he reveals his faithfulness to me, by showing me his provision. My relationship with God deepened as a result of this incident and many years later I am still learning lessons from it.

I realise that sometimes it can be hard to step out in faith and do what God has called you to do. But I have learnt that the more I know who God is and I study his character through the bible, the more I discover that he is not only trust worthy, but his is faithful to see whatever he has asked of me to do, to the end.

So, I urge you brothers and sisters in Christ, to get to know who God is, see what his character is really like, it is way easier to trust someone that you know, than someone you don’t!!!

Step out today in faith and you will be amazed at the wonders of what God has for you.

Hebrews 11: 5-6

5By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 
6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him

Faith is the key that unlocks all that God has for us, so step out in faith and obedience today, get to know the wonderful character of God and you will experience the Joy of knowing Him in a deeper way than ever before.

I pray that each of you are blessed beyond measure as you step out in faith today!!!!

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

I have had the privilege of walking alongside a very good friend of mine on her journey of faith this summer. To say it has been a rollercoaster of faith and adventure would be a complete understatement.

Earlier this year my friend had the desire to relocate. Together with her husband they started looking around for a perfect place for their family to move to. In the summer they found such a place and took a faith plunge. They put their house on the market and bought the other place.

Their house has not sold yet and they have moved into the other house, but before you get all panicky I believe that this was all part of God’s perfect plan for growing their faith. At the moment, with conditions coming off of their sale, the whole situation seems a bit nerve racking.

I know that God is never too late and he is never too early. God loves it when we exercise our faith and rely on him to see us through. He tells us in his word that without faith in him it is impossible for us to please him. (Hebrews 11:6)

So as my friend stands in faith on the promises of God, to never leave her nor forsake her, she knows that he will without a doubt come through for her this time as well.

I have written this little article as I would love for you to go to her blog and read an amazing insight she had about our faith walk with God. I know that you will be completely blessed by it.

Please follow the link and take the time to read this amazing article about walking in faith with Jesus.

http://prairiejuan.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/blind-faith-on-a-branch-over-a-ravine/

 

Deares brothers and sisters

I thought that I would share with you one of my favourite chapters of the bible. I recognise that it is in your bible already and you can read it there, but it ministers to me every time I read it and therefore I would like to share it with you today.

Psalm 91


Psalm 91      
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.£     
2I will say£ of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”     
3Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.     
4He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.     
5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,     
6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.     
7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.     
8You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.     
9If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge—     
10then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.     
11For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;     
12they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.     
13You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.     
14“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.     
15He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.     
16With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

The promises of God are true and he will always do what he promises. So I encourage you to hide yourself in Him today, believeHim whole heartedly and rest in the shadow of His almighty power. You will never be dissapointed and you will be strengthened all the days of your life. The lord’s protection will follow you all the days of your life. You will encounter trouble, but that is for the strengthening of your faith. Know that God is truly your shield and only in him will you ever find true satisfaction for your soul.

I pray that God’s mighty hand of favour and blessing will be upon you today as you read these words and see how much he loves and cares for you.

Amen

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.

 

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