Song of Songs 6:5 (TPT)

Turn your eyes from me; I can’t take it anymore! I can’t resist the passion of these eyes that I adore. Overpowered by a glance, my ravished heart—undone. Held captive by your love, I am truly overcome! For your undying devotion to me is the most yielded sacrifice.

Have you ever felt this undone in His presence? Have you ever been so completely captivated by His love as the author is here?

I pray that as you meditate on this scripture today, you would experience this level of intimacy toward Him but also know that His devotion to you is beyond what you could ever fathom; a living sacrifice.

A sabbath days rest

Mark 2:23-27 (NIV)

‘One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Here we see the reason that God created the Sabbath day. It was simply for our benefit so that there would be one day out of seven for rest.

It was not intended to be burdensome or ritualistic to us, but for our comfort and spiritual cleansing.

Due to the fact that man was created before the Sabbath, we know that it was made for us. God knew of its necessity back then and even more so in the age we live in.

There are no hard and fast rules about what your Sabbath should consist of, however if it is to benefit you it should involve a resting of the physical body so the spiritual man can come alive and be drawn closer to God.

Clutter and busyness must cease in order to hear from Him more clearly.

So go ahead and set aside a day dedicated to Him and watch as you go deeper into His presence and feel His heart beat for you.

After a flood, plant!

Genesis 9:20 (NLT)

‘After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard.’

Noah had just come through the most amazing trial of his life. You would think he might just recover for a while but no, Noah does an amazing thing. He gets right into it and begins cultivating and planting.

This is exactly what we need to be doing also. It is the perfect time to be planting seeds through prayer, forgiveness, generosity and kindness. Plant them everywhere you go.

God is looking for those who have experienced a flood to be extravagant planters into other peoples’ lives.

Crop specialist, Gene Johnson says “After a flood, the best thing you can do for the soil is get something growing in it again. Get some roots growing.”(http://www.agriculture.com/farm-management/farming-after-a-flood_298-ar22297?print)

Just plant wherever you can and you will reap a great harvest. During this time your roots will grow down deep and help the flood situation in your life dry up quickly.

Keep planting and don’t give up. The flood that you’ve been through tried to steal your fruitfulness but as you plant in fertile soils you will produce above and beyond what you thought possible.

It is written

Esther 6:1-3 (NLT)

‘That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes. “What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?” the king asked. His attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.”’

Mordecai had never received a reward for saving the Kings life. He had done what he knew to be right but over time it was all forgotten. Or was it? His actions had actually been recorded in the history book.

When the right time came, at the appropriate moment for recognition, his deeds were discovered and Mordecai was exulted and favoured by the King in front of all the people.

‘So Haman took the robes and put them on Mordecai, placed him on the king’s own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, “This is what the king does for someone he wishes to honour!”’ Esther 6:11 (NLT)

Do you feel forgotten? As if something you sowed into a long time ago has still not come to fruition?

Don’t despair because God has not forgotten you. In fact your faith action is recorded in His book so that when the appointed time arrives you will be favoured, honoured and recognised.

God’s glory will be manifested in you and all people will know that you are a child of the Most High. So let the waiting time incubate ‘what is written’ until those very words bring a promotion that propels you into your destiny.

Your stone is rolled away!

Mark 16:2-4 (AMP)

‘And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen. And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb? And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large.’

The sun has risen on your tomb; weeping may have endured for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

The situation that has brought disappointment, the area that you have seemingly seen no breakthrough in is about to change.

It may have seemed dead or even dying, but it is being raised right before your eyes.

It’s a new day and the sun has risen upon and brought into the light the dark and disappointing circumstance you are facing.

While Mary Magdalene, Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome where discussing who would roll the stone away for them, the very power of God had already come into their situation and moved that boulder out of their way.

What had looked impossible was a mighty plan that was so much greater than they had anticipated. All they had to do was look up and they soon realised that the large stone was no longer separating them from their Messiah.

Likewise, the Holy Spirit is moving away the stone or hindrance in your life that appears to be blocking your path.

When you look up you will behold your Saviour’s mighty deliverance. You will realise what He has already done, the stone has been rolled away from the tomb and your sorrow will be turned into exuberant joy!

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)

Time to sit at Jesus feet

Luke 10:39-42 (AMPC)

‘And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.’

Martha is so consumed with doing and serving she gets distracted from what God really wants from her.

Perhaps these acts of service are her love language? Even if this is the case, it is quite clear that she is not operating from a willing heart which is revealed by her bitterness toward Mary.

Can you relate to this? Have you been so caught up in your acts of service that you don’t put aside the time to listen to the Lord’s revitalising teaching for your life?

Instead of choosing the good portion, you find yourself going round and round the same mountain of religious obligation resulting in exhaustion and burnout.

Or maybe you are like Mary, who enjoys getting filled up and empowered by simply spending time at the feet of her Messiah?

Others may be jealous of you because you have discovered how to bask in His presence and be filled with power. You drink of Him continually, and then, when it is time to serve, you do it WITH Him.

Whether we are like Mary or Martha, Jesus points out that which is of the most importance and to our advantage.

If only we could learn the secret of sitting at Jesus’ feet and drinking from His life giving water. The result of this practice is supernatural effectiveness and efficiency which brings joy and fulfilment that Jesus says will never be taken from us!

Build an altar for sacrifice

Genesis 8:20-22 (NIV)

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

After all Noah had been through to survive the flood he maintains his act of worship by sacrificing some of the clean animals and birds to God.

Why was Noah’s sacrifice so pleasing to God to cause Him to declare that He will never again destroy all living creatures?

It was the condition of Noah’s heart that sent out a pleasing aroma to God. He was thankful and appreciative of all that God had done for him.

God desires for us to be expressing hearts of gratitude toward Him, pleasing aromas of worship and praise.

So give Him your best today!

Your house is covered with the blood

Exodus 12:13, 21-23 (NIV)

‘The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt…Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.’

What an amazing promise for ourselves and our families. After sprinkling the blood from the sacrificial lamb over the doors or entryways of their houses, the Israelites were protected against the plague of death that swept through Egypt killing many people.

This spirit of death simply passed over them. Likewise, through the blood of Jesus we have that same spiritual authority over our houses and families.

The destructive plague that is circulating in the form of illness, grief, witchcraft, drugs, drunkenness, poverty, pornography and other addictions is not able to enter your house.

There is a blood line around your door. Jesus’ precious blood is the atoning protection you need. Smear it everywhere so the enemy knows this is God’s territory.

Maybe you even need to stand under your door and pray protection upon your house? Or maybe you need to imagine that bloodline surrounding your family and trust God that there will be no more physical, mental or emotional sickness, coming to attack you or your first born.

The Israelites simply waited inside and trusted God’s promise that death would pass over them. When they opened their doors they realised it had indeed passed by! Get ready to open your door to life as death passes by your household.

“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Psalm 91:9-10 (NLT, NKJV)

More than what you started with

Mark 6:38-44 (NIV)

‘How many loaves do you have?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’ When they found out, they said, ‘Five – and two fish.’ Then Jesus told them to make all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Did you hear that?! They had twelve basketfuls left over after everyone had eaten. They only started with five loaves and two fish!

Jesus not only provided for everyone’s needs but the excess was greater than they offered up to begin with. He is the All provider and the Multiplier.

That is exactly what He wants to do in your life. You will find yourself giving out and giving out and even after this, He will give back more than you began with. So following the distribution, there will be a greater amount than you gave in the first place.

Give out joy, and you will not be emptied of joy. No, not only will those around you have joy but the excess will be more than you gave.

It’s the same with peace, faith and finances. Keep giving it out and watch it come back to you multiplied.

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