Thursday

… Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. (Heb 12:2)

Even though we think they lived as savages, many disparate people (red Indians, aborigines), have a higher moral code than many who consider themselves ‘civilised’ today. These ‘savages’ didn’t oppose their own souls in order to grab as much as they could – and in the process lose their very selves.

Lord Jesus, help me to loosen my grip on the pathetic baubles offered in this life and keep my grip on You! X

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Wednesday

My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!

For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking. (Jam 1:2-4)

We’ve all been there – WHEN WILL THIS ALL END?!?

The thing is, it’s not the problem that hurts us, it’s the fact that we (so easily) quit in the process.

There’s a great song playing on Christian radio right now by Michael W Smith that shows how GOD is BIGGER than whatever is set against us:

… It may look like I’m surrounded

But I’m surrounded by You

It may look like I’m surrounded

But I’m surrounded by You…! X

Tuesday

We have become his poetry … (Eph 2:10)

I came tired and heavy laden, dry and grimy, the light of Jesus dim within me. Wooed and led to this pool by His gentle voice. Expectant, but apprehensive. Excited, yearning.

“Lord,” I had cried, “I want you to break me, to cleanse me, refresh me. To put your arms around me. To embrace Your bride and whisper words of love to me … I miss you Lord, please hurry … find me!”

“I remember the times when I soared with Eagles wings, Every sinew alive, pulsating. Your lifeblood in me. But now … Lord, take me to the high peaks – let me fly again.”

“Step into the water child – this pool of life. Go deeper. Let the cool waters wrap around you.” “This is good Lord!” “My child, trust Me, dive into the deep. Take your feet from the ground and plunge into the depths of My Love. Trust Me. Trust Me! Let My Spirit cleanse you.”

Deeper and deeper I go … peace. His Peace flowing – caressing me. There it is! There it is – that beautiful pearl – the Heart of God!

“Touch it child – take it – receive it – it’s yours to cherish!” “My Jesus, my Lord.” Warm tears flow from me. Taking away the hurts that bound me. “I’m free – I’m Yours. I give You all of me … Lord, I thank You that You’ve forgiven me.”

“Let me stay here in this pool with You Lord, we can ……. sorry Lord, I know I must go. Back to the battlefield – strengthened, refreshed, your fire burning and shining in me.”

“This pool – Lord, how can I ever forget it. Inviting, welcoming, crystal clear and sparkling. Deep and steadfast. Filled with Your love. It’s brought Joy, it’s brought Healing – it’s brought ME back home to You.”

Eddie Badger, 1995, Glasgow. X

Monday

The Holy Spirit of God has sealed you in Jesus Christ until you experience your full salvation. So never grieve the Spirit of God or take for granted his holy influence in your life.

Lay aside bitter words, temper tantrums, revenge, profanity, and insults. But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love. (Eph 4:30)

After trying to follow Christ since 1984 I can honestly say that I’ve not met many brothers or sisters who didn’t have ‘issues!’ We ALL HAVE ISSUES AND ALL NEED CHRIST – keep in mind that’s why He had to come and why He gave his blood, so that we could ALL be free.

Thank You Jesus. X

Sunday

But he (GOD) answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.”

So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted!

For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power. (2 Cor 12:9)

… because of my love for Christ … my weakness becomes a portal to GOD’s Power!

They mocked our Christ – it didn’t phase him. They plotted – didn’t budge him. They threatened- so what! In fact, right up until his close friend’s betrayal and his ultimate crucifixion he STILL didn’t succumb to temptation and curse those who were nothing more than the cat’s paw.

Because of His love for His Father GOD, he knew that all these weaknesses became a Portal to GOD’s Power in Him.

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for whingeing, bitching and moaning about all my situations…! Like the woman at the well, help me to see that it’s YOU who are trying to help me ACCEPT Your Grace. Amen! X

Saturday

And those who know Your name [who have experienced Your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not abandoned those who seek You. (Psa 9:10)

This reminds me of a time when I was in hospital. I was finishing reading The Heavenly Man, which was a remarkable true story of the struggles of Chinese Christian brother Yun (New edition by Bro . Yun, Paul Hattaway (ISBN: 97818542459).

Anyway, a nurse walks by and says: I’ve always wanted to read that book, so I tell her that I’ll be finished in an hour and she can grab it then. She subsequently returns for the book and trades it for a prayer card. I thank her and place it on my cabinet.

A while later a young man walks by, looks at the card and says “You don’t believe all that **** do you, GOD doesn’t exist?” We got chatting and I asked him what’s wrong and he tells me that he’s a metal worker and got a splinter in his hand which has subsequently poisoned his blood and they’re going to amputate his arm tomorrow.

“Well,” I said, “I think that if I were in your situation, rather than just dismiss GOD I’d at least find out if He was real enough to help!

“Here,” I said, take the card and go for a walk in one of the gardens and just ask GOD if He’s real, and if He is then can he do something about this situation.”

I didn’t see him until much later the next day, so I didn’t know what was happening, but I prayed … suddenly he appeared running up to my bed, “They’ve postponed the operation,” he said. They did more tests and my readings HAVE GONE DOWN!!!”

I was overjoyed for him and asked him, “Do you still have the card?” he pulled a crumpled card out of his dressing gown, “good,” I said, “time for you to go walking with GOD again, and this time thank Him!” X

Friday

Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “Why didn’t we recognize it was him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!” (Luke 24:32)

When you read the previous parts of the chapter you’ll see that the disciples didn’t know the guy they were talking with was Jesus because he manifest himself in a form they didn’t recognise.

So … if Jesus did it then, why can’t we accept he does it today too?

As I remember it, Jesus doesn’t manifest himself TO his children, but IN his children!

Keep the eyes of your heart open today and you will see him. X