No matter what

Jonah 4:2-3 (NLT)
So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

The people of Tarshish actually listened to Jonah and repented of their sins and God was compassionate toward them and felt sorry for them (v11).

Ezekiel also was told…
Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.” Ezekiel 3:11 (NLT)

Sometimes they listened and other times not. But Jonah was so fixated on the outcome and his own reputation that He got angry.

When God gives us a message it’s easy to get caught up in people’s opinions and responses, but at the end of the day obedience to God is all that really matters.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT)

Overflow

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

All we have belongs to God and He makes us stewards over his property. Therefore we should desire to live a life of overflow.

Why would we not want to live in abundance and be able to give to others to share the love of God?!

So if God generously provides all we NEED, we can have excess abundance to use to build the kingdom of God.

Thank you Jesus that you have given us all we need and that we may be a blessing to others!

Genuine expression of worship

Romans 12:1 (TPT)
Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

How are we to express genuine worship to God? By becoming a living sacrifice.

A living sacrifice involves dedicating our whole being to Him. It is including Him in every area of our lives; our work, our family, our relationships, our passions etc.

By living a holy, devoted life we will please God and genuinely worship our Creater.

Let Wisdom guide you

Proverbs 2:7-9 (TPT)
For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom made accessible to his godly lovers. He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways, protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right. Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair, and be empowered to make the right decisions as you walk into your destiny.

Godly wisdom is accessable to us, His children. We can tap into this storehouse at any time to get understanding to make the right decisions.

Notice it says “as you follow His ways”, He will show you what is right. We have a choice to make. Do we listen to the unction from God or the voices of the world’s way of living life.

When you are facing decisions ask for God’s wisdom and choose what is right.

And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.
James 1:5 (TPT)

Inside your tent

Exodus 33:11 (NLT)
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.

Spending time in your tent with God will allow Him to talk to you like a friend.

Your tent/tabernacle is your secret place, your quiet place with God that is free from distraction. It’s a place of intimacy and communion.

Over time, an atmosphere will be created here. One that is safe, secure and free from demonic oppression.

Where have you found this place to be? Is it a desk? Your bed? Your kitchen table? Is it walking with the Lord? A coffee shop? Your bath? Maybe your car?

You might have multiple places. But wherever you can focus in on God, meet with Him and speak with Him as Moses did, there you will be filled and replenished.

Enter into your tent and you will surely encounter Him today.

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:12‭-‬13 (NIV)

Come to the banquet

Luke 14:17-20 (NIV)
At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

We have been invited by Jesus to the greatest feast we could ever imagine! This is the banquet of all banquets!!!

But sadly not everyone will accept the invitation to enter the Kingdom of God.

The excuses were endless with busyness and worldly pursuits gripping the hearts of many saying they couldn’t come.

The invitation has gone out to be a part of the kingdom of God and all that He wants to offer us. If we say no, the parable explains, He will go out on the streets and invite others (v23).

You do NOT want to miss out! Accept your invitation today to this wonderful feast with King Jesus!

It’s so simple for the Lord

2 Kings 3:18 (NLT)
But this is only a simple thing for the Lord, for he will make you victorious over the army of Moab!

It may look like what your facing is challenging, tough and near impossible.
It might seem like everything is against you and you don’t have the resources, the ability or the authority.

But God wants to remind us Who He is and what He is capable of. To Him it is the most simplest thing to achieve.

He desires to make us victorious over our circumstances and what we perceive as troubles.

What is difficult for us is a piece of cake for Him. So allow Him to destroy the enemy you face today.

It’s happening whether you’re in it or not!

Esther 4:12-14 (NIV)
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Mordecai makes it very clear that no matter what, God is going to answer his prayer for the Jews deliverance and do a mighty miracle. His faith-relationship with God is at such a great level through his fasting and praying.

However Esther has a choice to make.

She can be used of God in this mighty miracle or not. It’s her decision.

We have a decision to make in this move of God that’s coming upon us. Are we in or are we out?

Do you want to be a part of what God Is doing in this hour?
It’s coming upon us like a tsunami whether we sense it or not, so we might as well get ready for this wave of glory!

You also are ‘positioned for such a time as this!’ (v14)

Like the winter rains

If you live around Melbourne Australia this one’s for YOU!

Hosea 6:3 (NIV)
Let us acknowledge the Lord ; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

He is surely coming to us with all the winter rain we’ve been blessed with this week!

Just one way God shows His faithfulness is through winter rain.

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV)

Saturate your people God! Fill us with refreshing rains. Heal us, teach us and wash away all our sins.

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