God has heard your cry

1 Samuel 1: 6-7 (NLT)

So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.

Is your enemy haunting you or making fun of you because your promise hasn’t come to pass yet?

Do you constantly battle voices that remind you of your barrenness and reproach?

The time has come to cry out to the Lord as Hannah did. It doesn’t matter how drunk or stupid you look. God hears your cry! It is through your downcast feelings, sadness and pain that the cry of your heart will erupt.

The voices against you in a time of adversity can work to spur you on toward your freedom. The enemy can only put suggestions in your mind and taunt you. However, it’s what you do with these voices that will be the determining factor toward your success.

So when attention is drawn to what you lack (the thing you are standing firm for and waiting upon), praise God because that very attention will be transferred from what you lacked to what you now possess!

‘And in due time she gave birth to a son. She named Him Samuel, for she said “I asked the Lord for him”. 1 Samuel 1:20

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.

Position yourself for the miracle

Matthew 2:9-10 (MSG)

“Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!”

The Magi did not stumble upon the baby Jesus. It was a God ordained journey that was divinely orchestrated. All they did was position themselves by following God’s sign.

They were led by the star, which brought them right to the house in Bethlehem where Jesus was. No wonder they fell down and worshiped Him. Picture it: seeing your Messiah face to face.

Likewise, it was no coincidence when you found your Saviour. You might think you stumbled upon Him, but He also led you by His star. He purposely and deliberately met you. From the foundation of the world He chose you.

He is also leading you to your next miracle. Maybe it is your family salvation, a turnaround in your finances, the healing of your body or the mending of a relationship? He is setting you up for His glory, bringing all the pieces together.

So if you can hardly contain yourself, don’t manipulate, scheme or try to make it happen. ‘God says, “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair. These things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB)

If you are following God’s leading you are in the right place and you will arrive at precisely the right time just as the Magi did.

Keeping the joy

Christmas can be a challenging season for many, and most people I talk to feel very overwhelmed with events, parties, concerts, finalising reports, family gatherings, cooking and wrapping gifts.

With so much going on in our minds it’s so easy to forget the beauty of this season as we get carried away with ‘getting through’ everything.

God has not purposed for us to just survive and get by, but to embrace the true Spirit of this season: to embrace Him. He is Perfection, Glory, Majesty, Divinity. He is Saviour, Messiah and our best friend. And He came to us as a baby boy!

Luke 2:9‭-‬11 (NLT)
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great JOY to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

So don’t get too busy for Him. But take a moment, take a breath to imagine Him as a baby, to worship Him and focus on the beauty of Christmas, the beauty of Christ Himself.

Life or death is in the eyes of the beholder (Part 1)

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NLT)

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?

1 Corinthians 1:18 (MSG) The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out.

Have you noticed that when you are really making headway with the Lord you are either loved or hated, praised or persecuted.

When you actually make a stand for God the reaction amongst the crowd is black or white. There is no middle ground.

Jesus experienced this when He showed love and performed miracles throughout His life right up until His death. To some He was valued and showered with expensive perfume while others mocked, kicked, beat and killed Him.

You will find that some people cannot stand to be around you and may ridicule and mock you. If your life is a godly example, they may not be willing to follow or associate with you. Others however will find in you the glory of Christ, the Essence of Life, flowing out of you.

No matter how you are perceived, continue the work God has for you. Don’t be weakened, half hearted or deterred because of the crowd. Allow it to propel you forward to do greater things!

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