Visit His tomb every morning

Luke 24:1-3 (AMPC)
BUT ON the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had made ready. And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb, But when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

We also should visit Jesus’ tomb first thing in the morning. We should spend the first moment of our day remembering and meditating on His death, burial and resurrection.

It is a very powerful thing to reflect on what He accomplished for us and the miracle that took place.

Like these women did, come and visit His tomb in the morning and remind yourself that He is not dead but alive and living in YOU! HE IS RISEN!

What is beauty?

In a world where beauty, glamour and looking younger dominate our culture, many are on a search to be physically attractive.

But what does God have to say about all this?

He is not that impressed by all our outward efforts to look like the latest pop star. No. His emphasis is on taking care of our inside. Are we shining His love, looking out for people, being kind, gentle and treating others well?

Are we firstly loving Him and therefore radiating His Glory?

1 Peter 3:4‭-‬6 MSG
Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.

This sort of inward beauty that God is seeking will cause a fountain of life to pour out of us and shine JESUS on the outside.

Linger longer

John 4:39-42 (NIV)
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

These Samaritians were so hungry for Jesus to remain with them He said yes! He stayed two more days!

Because of their faith and desire to spend time with Him, they inevitably drew out miracles and teaching.

They were no longer reliant upon the testimony of the woman at the well but they saw and heard firsthand for themselves. It was a transforming encounter.

If we carry this same passionate desire for Jesus, we will arrest the presence of God over our lives and cause Him to remain with us.

Let your hunger for Jesus cause Him to stop in His tracks and remain with you today!

Nothing but the BEST!

John 2:9‭-‬10 (NIV)
and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

Jesus performs a full blown miracle at this wedding! Anything would have been good to hide the embarrassment of running out of wine. But the wine He produces is NOT a cheap substitute.

No. When Jesus transforms something or someone, it becomes of the highest quality.

When He does a miracle it is nothing but the best. It is of greatest excellence.

He is not only transforming our lives for the better but performing miracles in our midst that are above and beyond our highest expectations.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Ephesians 3:20‭ (MSG)

Humility brings a God encounter

Daniel 9:20-23 (NIV)
While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision.

It’s so interesting to me that after Daniel takes responsibility for the sins of his people as well as his own, he has the most amazing encounter with an angel of God, Gabriel.

Daniel greatly humbles himself. Therefore he is referred to by the angel as “highly esteemed” or “precious to God” (NLT).

His humility not only opens a door for this miraculous encounter, but gives him revelation and understanding concerning his vision!

Wow! What if we prayed like Daniel and took responsibility from our hearts for the sins of our nation?

What encounters would come from this? What secret truths would God be willing to reveal to us and entrust us with?

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

What pleases God…

Hebrews 11:5-6 (MSG)
By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

FAITH is what pleases God!

Believing in Him and believing that He cares for us and wants the best for us is what He desires.

Imagine if you had the ability to help someone, told them you would, but they didn’t believe you were kind enough to follow through with your words.
Ouch right?

That is why God is so pleased with us when we believe Him. We connect with Him by showing Him love through trusting His beautiful generous nature.

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)

The scales are tipping in your favour

This is a time of decision making. It’s a time where outcomes are being weighed up and results are in the balance.

There is anticipation and in some cases anxiety as waiting upon important decisions takes place.

God is saying to His people: “The scales are tipping in your favour, My favour is upon you. Expect things to go your way. Believe for the best outcome during the waiting”.

If you are in this place of uncertainty, trust that God has heard your prayer.

Relax and rest as He works on your behalf to bring about the best outcome for you who are working with Him.

“Enough toe dipping” says the Lord

In worship today the Lord showed me clearly what was happening to the people of God in this hour.

The words “Enough toe dipping” was what I heard in my spirit.

He is revealing to His people a tactic of the enemy that prevents us going deeply into His presence.

He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High. Daniel 7:25a ESV

It is partly due to the environment that our generation is exposed to by continuous distraction and lack of focus. But also at times our hearts are longing for other things more than Him.

God wants to give us individual strategies to help us put aside larger amounts of time. This will create momentum in the spirit that’s required to enter into a deeper level. Then we will be more aware and sensitive to His leading.

It’s time to not just dip our toes but go ALL in!

Reflecting His glory

I just LOVE how Jesus describes worship for believers of our time.

He is clearly not concerned where we go to worship, our title or method. All He asks is that we live an authentic lifestyle of worship from the inside…

John 4:21‭-‬24 (MSG)
“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

So who is God looking for?

True worshipers that are really living Christ out in their day to day lives.

Be yourself before Him and others. Let worship flow from your heart. Reflect His glory and be extravagant as you show him HIS WORTH!

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