Like the winter rains

If you live around Melbourne Australia this one’s for YOU!

Hosea 6:3 (NIV)
Let us acknowledge the Lord ; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

He is surely coming to us with all the winter rain we’ve been blessed with this week!

Just one way God shows His faithfulness is through winter rain.

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV)

Saturate your people God! Fill us with refreshing rains. Heal us, teach us and wash away all our sins.

A lighthouse of hope

Romans 15:13 (TPT)
Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

My prayer for you today is that you radiate with hope in every situation you face.

Whoever you meet, wherever you are, let the hope that is in you overflow into those around you.

Christ is the Fountain of Hope in us, the reason we can be full of life, full of joy and abundantly blessed in every area of our lives.

Let’s not keep it to ourselves but radiate the glory of Jesus to bring hope in a dry and dark world.

For God, who said, “Let brilliant light shine out of darkness,” is the one who has cascaded his light into us—the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (TPT)

Wits end

Psalm 107:26‭-‬28 (NIV)
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.

Are you at your wits end in some area? Have you been fighting the same battle over and over going round in circles?

It’s time this thing came under the authority of Jesus and is put under your feet once and for all.

Cry out to the Lord and watch God bring you out of your distress.

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
Exodus 14:13 (NIV)

Breathtaking brilliance

Psalms 96:6 (TPT)
Breathtaking brilliance and awe-inspiring majesty radiate from his shining presence. His stunning beauty overwhelms all who come before him.

As we come before Him today we will be overwhelmed by His stunning beauty.

Let Him captivate you with His breathtaking brilliance! It’s for ALL who come before Him.

So come before Him in prayer, come before Him in worship and come before Him gratitude for all He has done! What a magnificent God!!!

Remaining at boiling point

Romans 12:11 (TPT)
Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him.

How do we keep our passion for Him boiling hot?

It is only through being with Him (in his presence) and filling ourselves up that we can serve with this enthusiasm and excitement.

If we try to ‘muster up’ the desire to serve Him we will only come up dry and lacking energy and joy.

But when we are constantly simmering with God we are ready for whatever the Holy Spirit may guide us to do or say at any moment.

This is the most adventurous and exciting life of all!

By living from a position of soaking, seeking and meditating on Him, we can’t help but be overflowing with exuberant joy as we passionately serve the King!

The best form of wealth…

1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NLT)
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.

How beautiful it it is to see children content just playing with leaves and flowers and finding joy in simple things.

Being content and living a godly life is what brings us true wealth the scripture says.

Living a generous, thankful life that is focused on loving God and others is really what will bring us true JOY!

As we take our minds off ourselves, our struggles, our needs and wants and fix our eyes on Him, we will experience the fullness of joy.

The life of the godly is full of light and joy.
Proverbs 13:9a (NLT)

Walls are coming down

God is bringing down walls in this season!

Zechariah 2:4b-5 (NIV)
‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord , ‘and I will be its glory within.’

Anything manmade that has been put up as a means of security and safety is coming crashing down.

What things have you put your hope in that have disappointed?
By His grace He is pulling down walls that are blocking you from complete freedom.

But the glorious thing about this, is that He promises to replace these manmade structures and blockages with His very own wall of fire!!! 🔥🔥🔥

Now HE can be your refuge, your safety and your protection. Your reliance switches to being completely dependant on your Father.

It’s time to get rid of the walls we have errected in our lives that are holding us back.

God also promises in v5 that when we do this “I WILL BE IT’S GLORY WITHIN”!
WOW! Did you catch that?

DO you want this to experience the fullness of His glory within you? I certainly do. Fill us with Your glory today Lord!

Praying bold prayers

James 1:5-8 (MSG)
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

God desires that we be direct and up front when we ask Him for things. He wants us to come straight to Him when things start to get crazy.

Too often we try other options before going to to Him (I know I do). We speak with our own ideas and solutions and carry on like He is not even there. Or if we do pray, we worryingly cry out not expecting Him to come through for us.

But He is just waiting to calm your storm, to bring peace and speak into the problem you are facing right now.

Try it! Come boldly and with faith, expecting an answer.

Expect it!

Are you someone that people come to because they see God in you?

Do you carry the presence of God causing people to desire what you have?

Zech. 8:23 NIVUK
This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, “Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.” ’

Expect that as you pursue a life lived in the Spirit you also will be someone people want to question, someone others can trust, someone that brings encouragement and joy to those suffering.

Be ready! Position yourself. Pray for the harvest and be a fisher of men. Let it be said of you also “we have heard that God is with you”!

Zechariah 16b (NIV)
They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.

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