A refreshing spirit

Isn’t it wonderful being with someone, praying with someone, and then walking away so uplifted and empowered by the presence they bring to your life?

We need to ask ourselves… How do people feel after being in our presence? Are they uplifted? Encouraged? Energised and empowered?

2 Corinthians 7:13 (TPT)
Your response leaves us so encouraged! You’ve made us even more joyful upon hearing of how you refreshed Titus, for his mind was set at ease by all of you.

Titus was filled with joy after visiting the Corinthians. ‘His spirit was refreshed’ (v13 NIV).

If we are so filled with God’s presence then other Christians around us should also feel that sense of refreshment.

We pray Lord, for a refreshing spirit leaving an aroma of You wherever we go!

‘For we are the fragrance of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:15a)

To know Him

Psalms 36:9‭-‬10 (TPT)
To know you is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy. In your light we receive the light of revelation. Lord, keep pouring out your unfailing love on those who are near you. Release more of your blessings to those who are loyal to you.

I love this! His presence is truly what satisfies. It’s so refreshing, like an ever flowing fountain!

If you are needing comfort, if you are needing revelation and wisdom, if you need reassurance, courage, forgiveness, self control, weights lifted, anxiety gone for good, then drink from the Well!

Don’t allow disappointment, hurt, grief or pain to tie you up in knots. Draw close. As you come near to Him you WILL be satisfied. You WILL be drenched in His unfailing love for you. Not only will it pour over you, but also onto those around you.

LET IT RAIN!!!

Everything is yours!

Check out the response of the older son…

Luke 15:30‭-‬31 (TPT)
But look at this son of yours! He comes back after wasting your wealth on prostitutes and reckless living, and here you are throwing a great feast to celebrate—for him!’ “The father said, ‘My son, you are always with me by my side. Everything I have is yours to enjoy.

What the older son didn’t realise was that his father had given him access to everything he owned! The whole estate.

He never even asked!

What are you missing out on that you haven’t asked God for?

The older son was so consumed with pleasing the father and ticking all the boxes, that he had made himself like an orphan.

All the while everything he wanted was right in front of him through his relationship with his father.

Are you avoiding asking God for something because you don’t think He will give it to you?

Ask. Believe. Receive.

He is more than able to give to you what you ask for.

For I will do whatever you ask me to do when you ask me in my name. And that is how the Son will show what the Father is really like and bring glory to him.
John 14:13 (TPT)

The time of God’s favour

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIVUK)
For he says, ‘In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.

This is a divine invitation to enter into God’s favour!

This is for us, NOW!

His favour is here for everything He has purposed for you.

Favour on opportunities, favour on your family, favour on your studies, favour on your creative ideas, favour on your home, on your relationships, on your bank account…

Favour in every part of your life! Let Him so fill you up with His presence, that everywhere you go leaves a trail of His favour and glory.

When God breaks through

Psalm 30:11 TPT
Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise! He has torn the veil and lifted from me the sad heaviness of mourning. He wrapped me in the glory garments of gladness.

God is breaking through in your life! He is transforming you. He is lifting you from a place of despair.

Where once you were sick, His healing has come. Where once you were down, He lifts your head. Where once you felt empty He gives life, purpose and hope.

It’s time to shout, dance and praise Him for His goodness and all He has done!

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!

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