Thursday

… I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise…

I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time…

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. (‭‭Rom 7:14)

(Jesus speaking) “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” (‭‭Mat ‭11:28) ❤️

Wednesday

He (Jesus) was amazed at the depth of their unbelief! (‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:6‬)

We’re living in times where the Truth of GOD is ridiculed and science and human reason is glorified. Many practising Christians have forgotten their spiritual lineage and instead of living ‘in’ the Supernatural allow themselves the ‘normal’ hum drum existence of a budgerigar, rather than stretch their powerful wings and explore their true heritage of an Eagle!

Child of the Living GOD, we’re coming to a crossroads – either you believe and put your faith in the Gospel that cost the Christ of GOD His very Life, or into our scientists or doctors that tell us that if can’t make it happen, then it isn’t going to be!

“But I warn you: If you have a change of heart, refuse to listen obediently, and willfully go off to serve and worship other gods, you will most certainly die. You won’t last long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love GOD, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long Life … I’ve placed in front of you Life and Good Death and Evil. And I command you today: Love GOD, your God. Walk in his ways. Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by GOD, your God … (‭‭Deu ‭30:15) ❤️

Tuesday

While Apollos was ministering in Corinth, Paul traveled on through the regions of Turkey until he arrived in Ephesus, where he found a group of twelve followers of Jesus. The first thing he asked them was “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”

“No,” they replied. “We’ve not even heard of a holy spirit.” Paul asked, “Then what was the meaning of your baptism?” They responded, “It meant that we would follow John’s teaching.”

Paul said, “John’s baptism was for those who were turning from their sins, and he taught you to believe in and follow the one who was coming after him: Jesus the Anointed One.” When they understood this, they were baptized into the authority of Jesus, the Anointed One.”

And when Paul laid his hands on each of the twelve, the Holy Spirit manifested and they immediately spoke in tongues and prophesied. (‭‭Acts‬ ‭19:1)

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. May you never reject me! May you never take from me your sacred Spirit!”
‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭51:10) ❤️

Monday

If we boast that we have no sin, we’re only fooling ourselves and are strangers to the truth. But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time.

God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we claim that we’re not guilty of sin when God uncovers it with his light, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. (‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:8)

Ground coffee always looks good as it sits peacefully in the cup, that is until you give it a stir. Then all the coffee grounds rise up to the surface and everything gets cloudy and undrinkable.

Our lives can be just the same. On the surface everything looks fine, but underneath there are the unseen (but not quite forgotten), myriads of unresolved issues which left to fester will become as a cancer and plague our very souls and the lives of those we love.

GOD knows the best time to sort things out so don’t stress. When He decides to ‘stir things up’ then let Him. It’s not for His benefit, (He knew they were there all the time), it’s for OURS – and for those we love around us! ❤️

Sunday

GOD ’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning.

How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. (Lam 3:22)

I’ve just been reading again how a Christian Priest in AD 264 was beheaded for breaking emperor Claudius II’s law that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

While in prison awaiting execution, he prayed for the jailers daughter who was blind and her blindness was healed!

On the day of his execution he left her a note signed ‘Your Valentine’ ❤️

Sat

There is no one who calls on Your name, Who awakens and causes himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have handed us over to the [consuming and destructive] power of our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]. (‭‭Isa 64:7‬)

He entered into the very world he created, yet the world was unaware. He came to the very people he created— to those who should have recognized him, but they did not receive him.

But those who embraced him and took hold of his name were given authority to become the children of God!

And so the Living Expression became a man and lived among us! And we gazed upon the splendor of his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father overflowing with tender mercy and truth! (‭‭John‬ ‭1:10)

Take hold of Christ Jesus and become the person who you were created in Him to be. A Christian (a ‘little Christ’) with all the tender mercy and truth you need to defeat the darkness you face. ❤️

Friday

(Jesus speaking) “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.

Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.

For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” (‭‭Mat ‭11:28)

“Come.” The Holy Spirit of GOD is calling you into His Presence …

“Receive.” The Holy Spirit of GOD sees all your needs and wants to heal you …

“Be made whole.” Receive The Holy Spirit of GOD and He will fill you with His Life Giving Presence …

❤️

Thursday

Now, those who are mature in their faith can easily be recognized, for they don’t live to please themselves but have learned to patiently embrace others in their immaturity. Our goal must be to empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity. For not even the most powerful one of all, the Anointed One, lived to please himself. (‭‭Rom‬ ‭15:1)

It was an incredibly stormy night. The storm was raging fiercely outside with pounding, incessant thunder and lightning blasting the sky.

Little Molly had been put to bed with a story, a kiss and a promise that Jesus would be there with her, to look after and care for her, but after only a few minutes she fled her bedroom in terror and ran to her parents room for comfort.

Once again her parents brought her back to her bedroom with the assurance that everything would be OK as Jesus would be there with her, to look after and care for her.

Three more times this happened until finally and with tiny tears streaming down her little face, Molly looked up into her Mother’s face and said, “I think I understand all that Mommy, but just for tonight, can I please have Jesus with skin on?” ❤️

Wednesday

(GOD speaking) “… And I said, ‘You shall call Me, My Father And not turn away from following Me.’” (‭‭Jer 3:19‬)

I was sharing the Lord with someone recently and what they said really got under my skin “you talk to GOD and about GOD as if He were one of us! “He is G O D!!!” they said!

(NB – the word GOD was suitably pronounced with emphasised hand and arm gestures, to true cinematic special effects. Peals of Thunders and Lightning’s, were produced at the same time as otherworld crashing sounds sonorously resonated in the air above us. And all these effects suitably echoed off brilliantly into the distance and for just the right amount of time …!

The thing is, I can only reference the GOD that revealed Himself to me! I read the Bible as a broken person seeking for the Truth of wholeness that will set me free! As I read, conviction falls upon me and I believe the Good News (Greek for Gospel). My heart pounds and I choose to believe the revelation of His Promised Christ – my Redeemer. My heart leaps as I see that GOD was in Christ, but not as ‘all powerful GOD’ … In His love for a broken humanity (for me), He ‘emptied Himself’ and came to earth (and shared in our true human form), He chose to live amongst us (in our human form), was subject to every temptation that affects us, (while in our human form), did not give in to temptation (and then say “Na na na na na)”, but instead showed us how not to give in to it either!

And He didn’t do any of this by just saying “right, I’ve shown you how to do it! Just follow my example and get on with it! He actually ‘gave us’ the same Spirit He has, so that we could live His Way!

(Jesus speaking), “Mary, don’t hold on to me now, for I haven’t yet ascended to God, my Father. And he’s not only my Father and God, but now he’s your Father and your God! Now go to my brothers and tell them what I’ve told you, that I am ascending to my Father—and your Father, to my God—and your God!” (John‬ ‭20:17‬) ❤️

Tuesday

And Mary sang this song: “My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God! My spirit bursts with joy over my life-giving God! For he set his tender gaze upon me, his lowly servant girl. And from here on, everyone will know that I have been favoured and blessed. The Mighty One has worked a mighty miracle for me; holy is his name!

Mercy kisses all his godly lovers, from one generation to the next. Mighty power flows from him to scatter all those who walk in pride. Powerful princes he tears from their thrones and he lifts up the lowly to take their place. Those who hunger for him will always be filled, but the smug and self-satisfied he will send away empty.

Because he can never forget to show mercy, he has helped his chosen servant, Israel, Keeping his promises to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:46)

You have all become true children of God by faith in Jesus the Anointed One! It was faith that immersed you into Jesus, the Anointed One, and now you are covered and clothed with his anointing. And we no longer see each other in our former state—Jew or non-Jew, rich or poor, male or female—because we’re all one through our union with Jesus Christ with no distinction between us. And since you’ve been united to Jesus the Messiah, you are now Abraham’s “child” and inherit all the promises of the kingdom realm! (‭‭Gal‬ ‭3:26)

Mercy kisses ALL His Godly lovers ❤️