Australia on fire

As I watch these ferocious fires sweep across our land, my heart goes out to not only my family who have lost properties, stock and machinery, but the thousands of Australians who are displaced, afraid and grieving.

This is a stark reminder of just how precious every life is and how short our time here.

It’s also a reminder that material things we value can be burned up in an instant and to check our reliance upon such things.
1 Timothy 6:7
After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.

It’s easy to get distracted by glamorous houses, fancy cars and special conveniences while subconsciously making idols of these things.

Anything that takes our time and focus off Him is an idol.

Psalm 135:15 (TPT)
The unbelieving nations worship what they make. They worship their wealth and their work. They idolize what they own and what they do.

As we reflect on the situation around us let’s gather together in prayer and declare…
By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation and you will keep me alive, reviving me.
Psalms 138:7a (TPT)

2020 A year of NEW WINE!

After seeking the Lord regarding this new year I heard the words “new wine”.

2020 will be a time of fresh advancements, new strategies and ideas as well as new investments (time and money).

The successes we encounted last year grew up alongside strong trials and opposition. But as this new wine begins flowing by prayer and intercession we will have the upper hand over these adversities and spiritual battles.

But for us to be vessels for this new wine we must discard our old wineskins. Old ideas, old habits, things that are no longer fruitful or time wasters must all be left behind as we advance into this era.

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17 NLT)

Don’t burst under pressure from the new wine He’s giving you, be a NEW wine skin and stretch and mould to whatever the Holy Spirit wants to do through you and in you in 2020!

The greatest Gift

As you give and receive gifts this Christmas RECEIVE HIM!

Receive Him as you prepare food. Receive Him as you listen to worship music. Receive Him as you watch children playing. Receive Him as you meditate on His birth.

Breathe Him in and receive fullness of life. Receive JOY, receive HEALTH, receive FAVOUR, receive LOVE.

And praise Him for all you’ve received!

May you be overwhelmed with His presence and consumed with His love this Christmas!

Now is your time to arise and shine!

Psalms 96:2‭-‬3 (TPT)
Don’t stop! Keep on singing! Make his name famous! Tell everyone every day how wonderful he is. Give them the good news of our great Savior. Take the message of his glory and miracles to every nation. Tell them about all the amazing things he has done.

We need to take every opportunity this Christmas to declare the wonderful news of Jesus.

There are a lot of people who don’t know the full meaning of Christmas and there’s no better time than now to share the GOOD NEWS!

Don’t hold back when opportunities arise.
People are open and ready. So bring in the harvest and see lives transformed.

Arise and shine for your light has come! You are the light this world is looking for!

“Hello? Anyone there?”

Overworked? Overburdened? Tired and drained?
God is calling out to us to allow Him full access into our busy schedule. He is wanting to break in and get involved in our daily activity, our career, our preparations, our organisations, our work, our study and our play.

Psalms 90:17 (TPT)
O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us and give us favor. Come work with us, and then our works will endure, and give us success in all we do.

The psalmist echoes the heart cry of the people today: for God to help us, to work with us and be a part of the opportunities we are faced with.

As we team with Him, the burden is lifted, the load is lightened and we will operate in a renewed strength.

So whatever you are working on, helping with, or striving to accomplish, don’t bust your gut on your own. Get God involved, bring Him into the picture, glean from Him and most importantly UNITE with Him to see it done His way and you will succeed in all you do!

Relationship: the art of loving and being loved

Picture this!…I’ve just loaded up the checkout with all my groceries when I go to grab my purse…my heart sinks.

It’s at home in another bag! How embarrassing! I ponder having to put them all back but then…

I see my beautiful friend at the next checkout and I’m sure she will help me out! Yes! How thankful I am for loving people like Evette.

This was not just a divine appointment, a God appointment, but an opportunity to connect, to serve, to love, to unite and show kindness.

Relationships are so often the answer to many of life’s struggles. God brings the key people for key moments in our lives. We were not made to do life alone but were created for intimate relationship with God firstly, and then others.

God is in the business of bringing us together for a common purpose. When we are open for God to grow us relationally with others, we will not only bring joy to them, but we ourselves will be bubbling over with exuberant joy too!

Take every opportunity to greet, thank, honour, love and serve those you come across. Who knows, you may even be entertaining angels! (Hebrews 13:2)

Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like the anointing oil that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence. Proverbs 27:9 (TPT)

How to get the upper hand over your enemy

The two things that ticked off Haman (the enemy of the Jews) are the same two things the enemy does NOT like today. In fact, if you really want to get up his nose, these two things will surely do it!

Read Esther.
Esther 5:9 (NIV) says:
Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.

Firstly Satan tries to get us to bow down, surrender and give over our authority to him. He attempts to wear us out in hope we give in to him.

He does this by subtly putting temptations in our path in order to get us to put down our guard. Eventually we can bow to something we don’t agree with, don’t feel comfortable with or that God hasn’t told us to do. Mordecai refused to bow down to him!

Secondly, he wants us to fear him. If he can get us into fear over something, like fires, getting robbed, getting sick, losing someone, terrorist attacks etc, then he has won the victory over our minds. Mordecai showed no fear in Haman’s presence and this really irritated Haman!

So if you want to agitate the enemy and see God’s deliverance, then refuse to bow to him and rebuke fear and YOU will come out on top!

A highway through your darkest seas

Psalms 77:19 TPT
Your steps formed a highway through the seas with footprints on a pathway no one even knew was there.

God has built a highway through the seas of life. Tumultuous seas will rise up around us but there is a way through them!

He has made a pathway for us that is hidden beneath our troubled times and when the waters rage around us He will reveal this pathway to help us navigate through with Him.

Whatever seas you are facing today, just know there is a divine strategy to get through this unexpected hurdle. Even THIS one is not too big for Him. Jesus will make a way for YOU leaving you enemies in your dust!

A stirring of spirits to act, to BUILD!

There is certainly a stirring amongst God’s people right now. It’s an excitement, an expectation for what He is about to BUILD and create through us!

Haggai 1:13b-14 (NIV)
“I am with you,” declares the Lord . So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God.

Just like in Haggai’s time, people are coming together with common vision and purpose to BUILD the kingdom of God, His house, and see it established in this time.

As we focus on building His house and not our own (v10), we will make room for His presence and glory. We will see miracles, healings and favour like never before!

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