Jesus said, “…Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:3)

It’s a prerequisite that we can’t avoid to keep. X

Thursday – 6/10/16

… Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who have it all to enter God’s kingdom? I’d say it’s easier to thread a camel through a needle’s eye than get a rich person into God’s kingdom.”

“Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked. “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” (Luke‬ ‭18:24)

So, as I see it; EVERY problem that comes against us is subject to the ‘filter’ that we first apply of “how do I get out of THIS one!”

Most of us will ransack our own resources first and try and throw our own resources at it. Or if we don’t have what it needs, then we’ll beg, borrow (or cheat, or steal) to get it!

People have subjected themselves to vast amounts of ugliness – prostituted themselves, willingly gone into slavery, even committed murder or suicide to get out from under whatever they’re facing!

Here we see Jesus spell out the solution quite plainly. We have no chance at all if our faith is in ourselves (our cleverness), but EVERY chance in the world if we trust our God to do it! 

Let go – let God! X

Tuesday – 27/9/16

Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to GOD. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on GOD ’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain! (Hab 3:17)

I read this and the first thing that springs to mind is do I? Do I take heart and gain strength in GOD’s Rule to prevail, or go on moaning, like the old poem?

“As children bring their broken toys 

With tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams to God, because He is my Friend.

But then, instead of leaving Him

In peace to work alone,

I hung around,

and tried to help,

With ways that were ‘my’ own!

At last, I snatched them back and cried

How could You be so slow?

My child, He said, what could I do?

You never did let go!”

Your Heavenly Papà LOVES you Child of the Living God. Love Him back by trusting Him and let go … x

Tuesday – 21/6/16

(Jesus speaking) “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” (Mat 6:25)

I’m just looking at the birds feeding outside and thinking that if God was to physically manifest Himself in front of us right now and ask: “what would you have me give you My Child? What do you think you really need?” I bet that none of us would even ‘think’ about things …!

Our hearts would overflow with requests for His Peace in either our lives, or the ones we love. 

Open my heart to You Lord. Help me to live a life of God-worship, not ‘me’ worship. Amen! X

Tuesday – 28/7/15

Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1).  
Going a little ahead, he (Jesus) fell to the ground and prayed for a way out: “Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want? (Mark‬ ‭14:35). 
If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans… (Rom ‭8:26)
Papà says: “Child of Mine – let go. Let me have it and be at peace.

Tuesday 2/9/14

I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God. (Psa 27:14)

As children bring their broken toys, in tears for us to mend. I brought my broken dreams to God – because he is my friend. But then, instead of leaving him, in peace to work alone. I hung around – and tried to help, with ways that were ‘my‘ own! At last, I snatched them back and cried “how can you be so slow!” “My child,” he said, “what could I do, you never would let go?” …

Come on child of God – let go and let God. X

Monday – 7/7/14

Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he (God) told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. (2 Cor 12:9).

Papà says: “Remember to let go and let Me fight!” X