Contentment in Christ

Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT)

‘I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.’

I wonder…can you say the same? Are you going through a desert in the natural and living through tough times, scratching for every last dollar to meet the bills or put food on the table?
Or are you living in abundance with plenty which can also have its drawbacks.

The secret has been revealed that no matter what season you are in, you can still have peace and contentment through Christ.

Let Him be your all; your every desire. What an amazing discovery that peace doesn’t have to depend upon your financial or physical status.

True contentment comes through Christ who is your strength. Stop looking in your pockets for contentment. Relationship with Jesus Christ is here. Have you found the Secret of living in every situation?

Come to the Gardener

John 15:1-4 (NLT)

‘“I am the true grapevine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me”’.

God wants to pluck away at the unfruitful areas of your life. He will prune off those unfruitful relationships, time wasting procedures and areas where He is not the centre.

The essence here is to remain in the Lord. All your nutrients and nourishment will come through the vine, which represents Jesus. As you seek to ‘remain in Him’ you will be transformed more and more into His likeness.

This requires constant communion with Him through prayer, worship, fellowship and meditation in His Word. All of these actions draws you closer to God.

Let’s identify unfruitful areas in our lives and allow Him access to prune and refine us.

Don’t go to mourn, go to the Lord

John 11:28-33 (NIV)

After she (Martha) had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Mary knew what she had to do. When she was in her deepest time of need she went straight to Jesus as quickly as she could. Those around her assumed she was going to the tomb to mourn. But amidst her doubt and sorrow, Mary went to Jesus, the source of comfort and hope.

Isn’t it interesting that whenever we are in a crisis situation, those around us decide that we must need to mourn.
They almost write us off as having to visit the tomb, visit the place of death, the place where our loss is buried. They assume that it’s normal to revisit your troubles over and over.

If things haven’t turned out the way you had planned, God has a better plan! The enemy wants us to stay in a place of mourning. But instead of heading toward death, we need to go after Life, the ultimate Light Source, Jesus Christ. He is available to meet us at our point of need and raise all our promises and desires from the dead.

Ponder it in your heart

Luke 2:17-19 (NIV)

‘When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’

She already knew the promise was coming; ‘May everything you’ve said about me come true’ Luke 1:38. Her response is both humble and faith filled.

In quietness and confidence she allowed the promise of the greatest miracle of all time, show itself (Himself) off through her, a young girl!

Full of excitement and anticipation after what God had done for her, she kept quiet and simply meditated on it.

It was however the shepherds who announced and spread the word concerning the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour.

What does God want to do through you? Stay humble and in faith. Follow Mary’s example and be the vessel to birth the miracle.

Your time to arise

Matthew 3:13-17 (NLT)

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

This was Jesus’ moment of change; a defining line in His life. He had spent thirty years in preparation for this day and the days that followed.
This was God’s time to begin to show His glory to the world through the ministry of Jesus. As soon as the dove descended and the Holy Spirit anointed Him, He was ready to enter into His ministry.

Likewise, your time has arrived in which God is propelling you into your field of influence. He has been disciplining and preparing you through this past wilderness season where you have come up against giants and powers far too strong for you.

But all this was required in training you for this moment where the work He has shown you is now upon you.

Just like Jesus, you have now been given the go-ahead to carry out the projects and ministry commission He has prepared you for.

Your dove has landed and your time is here to ‘carry out all that God requires’ (v15)

A moment in time

Matthew 27:50-51a (NLT)

Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

The curtain being torn is representative of what is happening right now in this season.

This suddenness of change is echoing what is to come. The tearing illustrates doing away with the old and entering into the new. Turning from what was, and embracing a vast array of new projects and challenges; new territory and new beginnings.

This was a turning point in history, as it is pivotal right now. Expect access like never before into places, into positions, into the lives of people and most importantly a greater outpouring of the supernatural and intimacy with God.

This is your moment, your suddenly moment which separates what has been with what is to come. Bring on 2019!

2019: God’s year to act!

Luke 4:16-19 (MSG)

“He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is on me;
he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

Jesus was prophesying from the scroll what He was going to accomplish. He was going to reveal himself to the humble, heal the afflicted, bind up broken hearts, set captives free and renew vision and purpose for those covered in darkness.

Not only was He declaring promises that He would fulfil in us, but that God would use us to help Him accomplish these things for others also.

There are some promises for this year that we have no control over. The great thing is that we don’t have to feel pressure or be overwhelmed by Jesus’ declaration, because He is the One who will do these things for us and we will witness the victory. It is His year to act and as we believe, we will watch the marvellous plan of God unfold.

As you enter into this year faith filled, remember that Jesus is going to move divinely, bringing glorious miracles, healings and breakthroughs. He is true to His promises for you.

You may have been waiting a long time for your miracle to become a reality, but this is your year. As Jesus confidently declared, “This is God’s year to act!”

Psalm 37:7a
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

Too good to be true

Luke 24:36-41 (MSG)

“While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.”

The disciples doubted Jesus had been raised from the dead even though they were seeing Him with their own eyes. It all seemed so surreal and ghostly to them.

The fact of the matter was, He was dead and now He was alive! How could this be? It was beyond amazement, too good to be true.

God wants to do a ‘too good to be true’ miracle in your life. It will blow your mind and go beyond natural ability or comprehension. It is His way of revealing Himself.

What has He shown you that may appear too good to be true? That thing that would make you fall to your knees in amazement when it happens? Maybe it’s a drug addicted teenager coming back to Him, your relative in the last stages of cancer getting healed or perhaps having a baby after being declared barren?

Whatever your ‘too good to be true’ miracle is, you need to start believing that not only is it good but it’s also true!

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
Eph 3:20 (AMP)

Just believe

Mark 5:35-36 (NIV)

“While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

If there ever was a situation to not believe it would have been then. Hearing that your daughter had just died and picturing her limp, frail body would have brought about feelings of shock and angst.

There was absolutely nothing Jairus could do to save his daughter now. He was not even with her when she was pronounced dead and he had done all he could on his own.

The people around Jairus told him to give up. “It’s too late, don’t bother anymore”. What had seemed a remote possibility had given way to total impossibility and they looked at death causing their faith to expire.

The amazing thing was that Jairus had come in contact with the Resurrection and the Life Himself so immediately what seemed impossible was still possible with Jesus.

Jesus quickly spoke life into him, rebuking and ignoring the negative words and instructions, cutting off any unbelief and filling him with faith. He just had to believe.

Jesus had set out for Jairus’ house and although He seemed to take His time, He was not late a single moment.

Jesus will not start a job without finishing it. No, He is faithful and true to His word. So if He has begun a good work in you, He will complete it.

If He has started healing you, He will finish it. He is on His way to answer your prayer too. No matter how ‘dead’ things seem and no matter what the crowds are telling you, hang in there and you will see it come back to life. Just believe.

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