Embracing your individuality

Galatians 5:25-26 (MSG)
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Isn’t it wonderful that God made us all so different with various giftings, talents, desires, abilities and backgrounds.

He designed us so uniquely, crafting us for a particular purpose in carrying out His plan on earth.

We are an original masterpiece! So why do we often automatically compare ourselves to others?

If we live in the Spirit we will not be tempted to compare ourselves to those around us but we will grasp the wonder of being created uniquely and wonderfully ourselves.

Simple trust will set you free

Daniel 6:23 (NLT)
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. (emphasis added)
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Are you facing some Lions at the moment, taunted by the enemy? Do you find yourself being thrown into a den and feeling locked up?

Daniel had done nothing wrong; nothing deserving of such punishment. But he found himself surrounded by lions.

But it was a simple trust in his God that sustained him through the long night. Consequently he was found without a scratch!

God protected Daniel as he will also protect anyone who calls on Him and trusts.

Your dark night in the den will come to an end and God will surely rescue YOU!

“May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
Daniel 6:16 (NIV)

He is jealous for YOU

1 John 5:21 (NLT)
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

It’s that simple. ANYTHING that might take His place is not for us.

This could be alcohol, shopping, video games, sex, food, TV, social media, possessions, money, relationships, kids, your image, your reputation, your title or even your work.

If anything is placed higher than God in our lives then He has commanded us to stay away from it.

How do you know if something is being elevated above Him?
Well, does it consume you? Are you thinking about it more than Him? Does it pull you away from prayer, worship and intimacy with your Father?

If you identify with any of these or God has revealed to you an area that He is displeased with, it’s easy to fix.

Repent, then honour Him by laying it down so He is number one again.

The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 (NLT)

The God of…

Daniel 6:26 (NIV)
“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.

We’ve all heard Him referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Here He is referred to as the God of Daniel.

Imagine if your life reflected the character of God so strongly that those that didn’t know Him began to refer to Him as “The God of Betty”, “The God of Lauren”, “The God of Bob”.

Put your name in and see how it sounds.

Cool. Isn’t it? Well I pray this becomes a reality for you in your workplace, in your school, sports team, mothers group and across your town.

May the miracles and favour over your life become what sets you apart and when people hear your name, let them identify you with your God.

Don’t despise small beginnings

Zechariah 4:10a (NLT)
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

Every big dream starts out small.

Your project, business, group, organisation or vision may be in the beginning stages and just getting off the ground. It may appear insignificant.

This new adventure may look like just a seed compared to what you see it becoming.

That’s OK, God says. Don’t despise the initial beginnings of this work.
He rejoices that you have stepped out and begun to til the hard ground in front of you.

Keep your eye on the goal. Focus on the bigger picture and as you remember back to where you began, you will praise God that you didn’t give up!

“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” -Jesus (Luke 9:62)

Driven to hunger

Have you ever been in a position where there was no other option but to go after the things of God wholeheartedly with everything you had?

It’s like you were boxed in circumstantially and everything else you tried just fell apart and come crashing down?

This is precisely what happened to the Israelites! They found themselves in the wilderness until they were physically and spiritually hungry.

Deuteronomy 8:2‭-‬3 NIV
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord .

You maybe in this wilderness place now feeling like you’re going round a mountain. It’s OK. He’s just testing your obedience and humbling you (v2).

While in this place, hold fast. Draw near to God above all else and you will pass with flying colours.

But if your circumstances are pushing you forward and propelling you into your promised land, head through the open doors. Don’t grieve what’s behind you. Step into the new!

God has set His affection on YOU!

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 (NIV)

For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (emphasis added)

Wow! God has set His affection on YOU! He has chosen you and picked you to be holy to Him!

But why would the God of the universe desire to show affection and care for us?

This verse tells us the reason He chose us and redeemed us was simply because He loved us!

If we could only fathom just how much we are loved by the Father. He made up His mind a long time ago that He would not let us go but lavishly pour out His affection on you and me!

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17‭-‬19 (NIV)

Come early to hear Him

There is something breathtaking about the beginning of a new day that leaves us in awe and wonder.

Right from the moment we wake God desires to be a part of all our thoughts and plans.

He longs to unite with us and wants the very FIRST of all our imaginations; to speak into our spirits, filling us with all that He is…Love, Joy, Peace.

Luke 21:37‭-‬38 (NIV)
Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple. (emphasis added)

👉Open your heart to hear His voice first thing in the morning.
👉Give Him your attention, affection and lay all your plans and cares at His feet.

When you get His perspective on the day ahead He will fill you with purpose and excitement to see all that He has for you.

Be blessed and expect amazing things today!

When God’s presence meets with your obstruction

Joshua 3:11-16 (MSG)

Think of it—the Master of the entire earth is crossing the Jordan as you watch. Now take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the Chest of God, Master of all the earth, touch the Jordan’s water, the flow of water will be stopped—the water coming from upstream will pile up in a heap.”
And that’s what happened…The river went dry all the way down to the Arabah Sea (the Salt Sea). And the people crossed, facing Jericho.

The Israelites came across a great obstruction while trying to enter their promised land. They came face to face with the Jordan River.

While naturally speaking it would seem an impossible task to cross over, Joshua had clear instruction from God on the matter and spoke out the Lord’s command to his people.

The secret to their success in parting the Jordan (their obstacle), was the power of the presence of God as represented by the Chest of the Covenant.

When the presence of God met with their problem, instantly their road block was removed. The feet of those carrying God’s presence cleared the path for the victory.

Could it be that you are facing a seemingly impossible obstruction to get where you need to be?

When the presence of God infiltrates down to your Jordan River, what appears to be a large blockage will simply be swallowed up under the mighty power of God.

You are the vessel that carries His presence and He wants to use you to dry up the river you face. So go on, dip your feet in!

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