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!

Friends of the bridegroom

God is calling out the friends of the Bridegroom to prepare for His glorious arrival. That’s us! We are His friends.

Just like John the Baptist was making way for Jesus’s ministry, we also are like groomsmen setting up and preparing the way for our Bridegroom to appear and return for His bride (His church).

The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
John 3:29 (NIV)

The groomsmen prepare seats and tables and make sure everything is in order. Why? Because they are full of anticipation and joy awaiting His arrival! They don’t want to let Him down.

Some of us are in the process, even now of preparing banquet tables and setting atmospheres of worship in expectation of the wedding feast and the glorious arrival of our Saviour. Get ready, the Bridegroom is coming!

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