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!

How to catch the attention of the King!

Luke 19:1-6 (NIV)

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

What was it about Zacchaeus that captured the attention of Jesus in such a dramatic way that he would want to come to his house and eat with him?

It certainly wasn’t anything that he had done or accomplished. It wasn’t his good deeds, his tithing, his praying or his righteous ways.

No, Zacchaeus was a sinner and tax collector!

It was his HUNGER that turned the head of the Messiah. Zacchaeus had a revelation of just WHO Jesus really was and he was desperate to get even a glimpse of his Saviour.

So how much do you want Him?

Let hunger, desperation, desire and passion be the driving force that propels you to come closer to Jesus.

Come out from the crowd, climb higher, seek after Him and grab the attention of Jesus Christ.

A sabbath days rest

Mark 2:23-27 (NIV)

‘One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Here we see the reason that God created the Sabbath day. It was simply for our benefit so that there would be one day out of seven for rest.

It was not intended to be burdensome or ritualistic to us, but for our comfort and spiritual cleansing.

Due to the fact that man was created before the Sabbath, we know that it was made for us. God knew of its necessity back then and even more so in the age we live in.

There are no hard and fast rules about what your Sabbath should consist of, however if it is to benefit you it should involve a resting of the physical body so the spiritual man can come alive and be drawn closer to God.

Clutter and busyness must cease in order to hear from Him more clearly.

So go ahead and set aside a day dedicated to Him and watch as you go deeper into His presence and feel His heart beat for you.

Your stone is rolled away!

Mark 16:2-4 (AMP)

‘And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen. And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb? And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large.’

The sun has risen on your tomb; weeping may have endured for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

The situation that has brought disappointment, the area that you have seemingly seen no breakthrough in is about to change.

It may have seemed dead or even dying, but it is being raised right before your eyes.

It’s a new day and the sun has risen upon and brought into the light the dark and disappointing circumstance you are facing.

While Mary Magdalene, Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome where discussing who would roll the stone away for them, the very power of God had already come into their situation and moved that boulder out of their way.

What had looked impossible was a mighty plan that was so much greater than they had anticipated. All they had to do was look up and they soon realised that the large stone was no longer separating them from their Messiah.

Likewise, the Holy Spirit is moving away the stone or hindrance in your life that appears to be blocking your path.

When you look up you will behold your Saviour’s mighty deliverance. You will realise what He has already done, the stone has been rolled away from the tomb and your sorrow will be turned into exuberant joy!

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)

Time to sit at Jesus feet

Luke 10:39-42 (AMPC)

‘And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.’

Martha is so consumed with doing and serving she gets distracted from what God really wants from her.

Perhaps these acts of service are her love language? Even if this is the case, it is quite clear that she is not operating from a willing heart which is revealed by her bitterness toward Mary.

Can you relate to this? Have you been so caught up in your acts of service that you don’t put aside the time to listen to the Lord’s revitalising teaching for your life?

Instead of choosing the good portion, you find yourself going round and round the same mountain of religious obligation resulting in exhaustion and burnout.

Or maybe you are like Mary, who enjoys getting filled up and empowered by simply spending time at the feet of her Messiah?

Others may be jealous of you because you have discovered how to bask in His presence and be filled with power. You drink of Him continually, and then, when it is time to serve, you do it WITH Him.

Whether we are like Mary or Martha, Jesus points out that which is of the most importance and to our advantage.

If only we could learn the secret of sitting at Jesus’ feet and drinking from His life giving water. The result of this practice is supernatural effectiveness and efficiency which brings joy and fulfilment that Jesus says will never be taken from us!

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.

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