It’s all for His glory

Exodus 14:4 (NIV)
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord .” So the Israelites did this.

How amazing that even when the enemy is chasing you down, God’s glory will be seen!

At the end of your battle, there is not only room for a miracle but it is awaiting you.

Are you being relentlessly pursued and taunted by the enemy? God I will use this as an occasion to do something miraculous and show Himself off.

What you thought was an attack is just an opportunity to bring glory to God!

Don’t be outwitted: the most successful strategy of Satan

There are many ways the enemy can tempt us into sin but this would have to be the number one trick that can get us and bind us up…

Unforgivess.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV)
Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

We need to be steadfast in this and make up our mind we will NOT allow any offense to creep into our hearts and take away from our freedom.

We pray, search our hearts Lord and reveal to us any person we may hold offense against. Teach us to be quick to forgive one another.

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

The place of no longer relying on yourself

Paul shows us how his hard times and overwhelming circumstances helped him to move beyond his own strength and human ability into being forced to rely upon God to deliver him.

2 cor 1:8-10 (MSG)
We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing.

What a great place to be in when we are way over our heads like Paul was. When our faith is stretched to such a level we cannot be tempted by our flesh (which will fail us) but put our trust in Him.

When we come out the other side of affliction and hardship, we will discover that we have learnt a great lesson in drawing near to God, trusting Him and relying upon Him.

Maybe we too will realise and declare that it was ‘the best thing that could have happened!’

When the people ask, “Why are you doing this?”

When God gives us instructions or requires something of us, often it is hard enough for us to understand the ‘why, when and wheres’ let alone outsiders.

This is precisely what happened to two of Jesus’ disciples who untied the colt ready for His triumphant entry to Jerusalem.

These disciples were simply obeying their Master and got questioned along the way.

Mark 11:4-5 (NIV)
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”
(Read Mark 11:1-11 for full text)

Sometimes the Lord may ask us or require us to do something that seems peculiar, illogical or unnatural to onlookers.

People will question motives, if you’ve heard correctly, and try and make natural sense of it. “Why are you moving there, why are you waiting so long, why are you investing time in that project, why aren’t you thinking long term?”…etc

Sometimes there is no logical explanation, as in the disciples’ case but they just obeyed. They didn’t understand all that Jesus was doing. But they knew what the Master had told them to do, so they did it.

It may not all be crystal clear because ‘we know in part’ (1cor 13:9). So don’t be moved by the opinions of others, because you will be questioned, but continue to be led by Jesus and obey anyway. Through your obedience, you also will find yourself carrying the presence of God into your town, where all men will worship shouting Hosanna in the highest!

The best wine is for now!

Why has God saved His best wine til now?

John 2:9‭-‬10 (AMPC)
And when the manager tasted the water just now turned into wine, not knowing where it came from–though the servants who had drawn the water knew–he called the bridegroom And said to him, Everyone else serves his best wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then he serves that which is not so good; but you have kept back the good wine until now!

The wine that God gives just keeps getting better. The longer we walk with him and the more we experience Him, the richer our life becomes.

God is pouring out His best wine on us. Now is the time that He is releasing what He has been storing up to lavish upon us!

Wait no more. Receive His best today!

Before He anoints you

The most amazing words came from David’s mouth right before He was anointed King!

Could this cry of his heart be what set him apart to be chosen and commissioned by God?

Psalm 27:8 (TPT)
Lord, when you said to me, “Seek my face,” my inner being responded, “I’m seeking your face with all my heart.”

To seek His “face” can also be translated “presence”.

David discovered the secret to life; that no matter what situation, circumstance or season he found himself in, he determined himself to seek God’s presence.

He knew that if he could seek God’s presence, out of it would flow everything he needed…comfort, joy, peace, love, encouragement, strength and faith.

If you are tired, seek His presence. If you are confused, seek His presence. If you are grieving, seek His presence. If you you are lonely or depressed, seek His presence.

Your next assignment may just be waiting upon the anointing that comes as you seek His face.

Eternal inheritance

His goodness, love and mercy are following after us like never before. He is chasing us down to pour out blessing and kindness upon us. What a good God!

But what we have here on earth is nothing compared with the glory that awaits us.

Dwelling with Him forever and ever throughout all eternity is an unfathomable reality awaiting all believers.

What a beautiful thing it is to not fear death but rather look forward to all eternity with our Creater and Lover.

Let’s never lose sight of the heavenly promise that awaits us.

Be filled with joy as you meditate on and anticipate the glorious inheritance we have in Christ Jesus!

Wake up! Be ready!

Romans 13:11 (NIV)
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

It is crucial to understand the present time, what God’s doing in our midst.

We need a spiritual awareness of the hour that we live in and how we are to be a part of the end time harvest.

This is a wake up call to prepare us to be alert, always praying and spiritually equipped for what is to come.

Don’t be caught napping. He needs us all to be ready and eager to do His will.

Your Winter is melting away

Psalm 147:12-18 (MSG)
Jerusalem, worship God ! Zion, praise your God! He made your city secure, he blessed your children among you. He keeps the peace at your borders, he puts the best bread on your tables. He launches his promises earthward— how swift and sure they come! He spreads snow like a white fleece, he scatters frost like ashes, He broadcasts hail like birdseed— who can survive his winter? Then he gives the command and it all melts; he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring!

How beautiful is the changing of a season? Especially when a long cold Winter suddenly becomes Spring!

Can you feel the season changing? Are you ready for something beautifully fresh and new to come upon you?

If your winter season has been one of survival and ‘hanging in there’ you can look forward to a spring season of new growth, birthing and renewal. Be strengthened, refreshed and empowered as you begin to bud and radiate His glory.

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