John 15:16 (AMPC)
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.

Remember this today: You are chosen, you are appointed, you are positioned, and you are called to what?…

Bear fruit.

As you go about bearing fruit, multiplying and producing a harvest wherever you go, He will give you what you ask in His name.

So be a fruit bearer. Be productive for the Lord and leave behind an orchard of juicy, ripe fruit.

What are you speaking?

Proverbs 15:4 (TPT)
When you speak healing words, you offer others fruit from the tree of life. But unhealthy, negative words do nothing but crush their hopes.

Your healing words bring life to others. Gently speaking faith filled remarks will encourage and bring confidence to those overcome by troubles.

Take notice of your words today and try to bring edification and positivity to those around you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you stay uplifting and empowering, bringing a fresh energy to your atmosphere.

Nothing is more appealing than speaking beautiful, life-giving words. For they release sweetness to our souls and inner healing to our spirits.
Proverbs 16:24 (TPT)

If you live in His presence

1 Kings 9:3-5 (MSG)
And God said to him, “I’ve listened to and received all your prayers, your ever-so-passionate prayers. I’ve sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel, make it a sure thing on a solid foundation. The same guarantee I gave David your father I’m giving you: ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.’

What an amazing promise for King Solomon! And one that is available to us today.

As we live life in God’s presence, guided by Him with a pure heart, He promises to give us victory over the enemy and his plans!

The key is to remain in His presence.
Create an environment that is enticing for the Holy Spirit to hang around. Talk about Him, thank Him and worship Him. God loves this!

Draw near Him. Let His presence be your main pursuit today.

Perhaps there is another way

John 5:2‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭-‬7‭, ‬9 (NIV)
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me”…

At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

The way this man got healed was so different to what he had expected.

Firstly, He thought he had to be the first person in the water in order to get healed. Secondly, the water had to be stirred.
Thirdly, it was even a Sabbath!

But Jesus couldn’t be put in a box. He couldn’t be contained to a criteria. Jesus was the answer to this man’s healing but came in a very different way than he could imagine!

Maybe your healing or answer is coming in a different way than you had thought. Keep your mind open. Ask God to bring the answer to your condition and then do whatever He tells you.

Acts of kindness

Luke 10:33-35 (NIV)
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

What an amazingly selfless act by this Samaritan. He went above and beyond in caring for this man.

We are faced with opportunities every day to help others in need. Be on the lookout and ready to respond with random acts of kindness.

Be that neighbour. Don’t worry about who’s responsibility it is or who “should” help. Just be a neighbour to whoever needs one at the time.

Jesus exhorts us to “go and do likewise” (v37). He will divinely position us where there is need of a merciful act such as this.

Perhaps your name will one day be told from heaven in a story like this one.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)


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.

What a beautiful picture of someone who has truly experienced the love of God and is forever changed!

This is the cry of an intimate lover and this is how He wants us to respond to Him.

Meditate on this scripture for a while and you will feel that same devotion, gratitude and captivating love toward your heavenly Father.

Come up

Jeremiah 31:6 (NIV)
There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’ ”

Are you a watchman on the wall? Are you looking out over the city seeing in advance what’s happening?

Are you discerning the spiritual climate and getting an understanding of what God is about to do?

The cry of the watchman today is still: “Come let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.”(v6)

Come to a higher place on mount Zion. Come up and be with God! Draw near to Him. Spend time with Him. Extravagantly worship Him up there in your heavenly Jerusalem.

Focus on Him. Position yourself on your wall and let the cry of YOUR heart draw other people to Zion, the city of God.

No matter what

Jonah 4:2-3 (NLT)
So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

The people of Tarshish actually listened to Jonah and repented of their sins and God was compassionate toward them and felt sorry for them (v11).

Ezekiel also was told…
Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.” Ezekiel 3:11 (NLT)

Sometimes they listened and other times not. But Jonah was so fixated on the outcome and his own reputation that He got angry.

When God gives us a message it’s easy to get caught up in people’s opinions and responses, but at the end of the day obedience to God is all that really matters.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT)

A special blessing

Luke 1:45 (NIV)
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

There is a special blessing awaiting those who believe that what God has said will come to pass.

Mary’s response showed her faith and because of this childlike faith she is called “blessed”!

Blessed is defined by strongs as ‘supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off’.

So it is through your faith in what God has promised that will attract blessing and favour in your life!

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