How can I help?

Romans 15:1‭-‬5 MSG
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.

Wow! What a time to be stepping up and asking God, “How can I help? Lord, who will you put on my heart today that needs assistance in these current uncertain times?”

If we will listen to the prompting of the Spirit of God, we can be led right toward those who need our help, finding that God has given us exactly what is needed to serve them.

Ask neighbours, friends and strangers how you can help them too. It may be something practical like groceries or a phone call, or it might be reassurance and prayer, healing or whatever else their particular situation requires.

Jesus went out of His way to assist us so we should continue to do the same. Look for opportunities. Expect God to do miracles wherever He sends you. Keep planting in this time and later on you will reap such a great harvest for the Kingdom of God!

Could He be THAT good?

Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)
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!

Listen to the this! Let it soak in.

God is talking about the favour He is putting on His chosen people, the people of the inheritance.

He is talking about YOU and ME!

But could God really be a that good? Could He actually answer our prayers before we even pray them?

Matthew 6:8b (NIVUK) says:‘for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’

It may not seem to make sense but not only does He know everything we need but He also wants us living in wholeness, healing and abundance. So YES He is THAT GOOD!

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:19 (NIVUK)

YES YOU!

John 15:16 (AMPC)
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.

Remember this today: You are chosen, you are appointed, you are positioned, and you are called to what?…

Bear fruit.

As you go about bearing fruit, multiplying and producing a harvest wherever you go, He will give you what you ask in His name.

So be a fruit bearer. Be productive for the Lord and leave behind an orchard of juicy, ripe fruit.

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.

When facing your Red Sea…help is here!

Hebrews 11:29 NLT

‘It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned’.

Are you facing a Red Sea moment? Are you feeling hemmed in on every side, surrounded by the taunts of the enemy, deep water, mighty cliffs, huge waves and rushing winds?

The closeness, the sheer magnitude and ferociousness of such a situation can be overwhelming. Where do you go when you are blocked and restricted?

Don’t fear. This is a good place to be! You have nowhere to look but up. God now has the ability to do a mighty miracle through you.

As your faith rises up and the waves get closer God will part the sea right before your eyes. You won’t know how, but suddenly, what looked impossible will be transformed by the very miracle working power of God.

So come toward the raging sea and allow God to part it for you.

“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. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14

It’s coming…just wait

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NIV)

‘Then the Lord replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.’

What are you waiting on? What is the revelation or Word God has promised you? Is it a miracle? A job? A spouse? A healing? A baby?

If it’s truly from God you must write it down. Write it on paper, on your wall, anywhere, but most importantly on your heart.

God gives the revelation and desires of our heart by planting them in the form of a seed. This seed takes time to develop and grow. Let it grow through patience and endurance and at the perfect moment, BANG!

When the conditions are right and the fertile soil of your heart is in line to receive it, the revelation you were shown in the spiritual realm, will manifest in the natural.

There is a purpose in waiting. Waiting allows your faith to grow and mature in preparation for the blessing.

Have you written it down? Are you running with it? Now wait…it will certainly come and not delay!

Don’t climb the fence

John 10:1-10 (MSG)

“Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Have you ever been in a sticky situation but haven’t thought to pray? Too often we try to do things in life without going through Jesus.

We need finances but haven’t even asked Him or healing for a friend but haven’t asked Him.
This is in fact ‘climbing the fence’, trying to find a short cut without accessing the Lord Jesus to get it.

It might appear easier to climb the fence but it is a trap. It appears like a short cut but it’s a wilderness walk when it’s without the Lord.

Is there something you have resorted to climbing the fence to access? You can walk right up to the gatekeeper today and He will open that gate for you. It is the quickest and easiest route. Seek Him and you will walk right on in.

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.

Draw near

Jeremiah 29:12-14 (MSG)

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.

God’s message is clear. When we come to Him He will come to us and He will listen. He’s waiting for us to make the first move.

The question is are you serious about finding Him? Do you really want Him more than anything else? His presence? His guidance? His forgiveness? and His peace?

It’s all available for those who will build a relationship with Him. Relationship requires time with God. This is simply speaking with Him in every circumstance, bringing your needs, dreams and hopes before Him.

Time spent brings about intimacy. As you do this the promise is clear. It’s inevitable. He will turn things around for you. Do you want things turned around? Draw close to Him and you won’t be disappointed. His word says, “You can count on it!”

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