Standing on …

                                 …a sure foundation!
life

A building is sure because of its foundation,
… that is what holds it up
and is what holds it secure!
      The foundation on which we stand,
      … that holds us up and secure, is
      the love of the Father and His commandments.

A building is strong and safe because of its structure,
… that holds it together,
and thus able to perform its function!
      The Holy Spirit keeps us safe and strong
      according to the working of God’s mighty power
      …which He worked in Christ – (Eph.1 19)
      … and in which we stand.

A building’s splendor is in what you see
… its facade, its covering that shows you what it is,
that attracts you to it and that invites you in!
      The Lord Jesus is our splendor
      … if we allow Him and His love to envelop us
      so that the world will see
      … a sure, strong glorious ‘church’
      in Me – and – on Me!

How awesome are Your works!
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
All the earth shall worship You
and sing praises to You;

They shall sing praises to Your name.
Psalm 66 3-4

 

The absence of…

                                 …what is real!

There are many things that actually are not,
… yet are perceived by us as real.
Such as for instance darkness.
We so often even say this darkness is so thick
… you can cut it with a knife!

      However, darkness is a non-entity,
      … and if you don’t believe that,
      … then go ahead and prove it as being real!
      Well at least you can try!

Go into a room that is full of light,
and switch on darkness!!!
You cannot, no matter how you try,
… it is simply impossible,
because there is NO switch to turn darkness on or off!

So, what then is darkness?
Darkness is quite simply the absence of light,
and therefore, if you want darkness,
… you have to switch off light!
In other words, you have to remove light,
… or remove yourself from the light.

Look up at the sky at night,
… what do you ‘SEE’?
Nothing – except where something actually reflects light,
… like the moon, stars, etc.
Otherwise all there is, is NOTHING,
a nothing that we call darkness!

      Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you;
      he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
      John 12 35

      But if we walk in the light as He is in the light
      we have fellowship with one another…
      1 John 1 7

 

Love is looking…

                                          … for you!

What is love?
Most everyone will tell you that to love is to give,
… and they are right!

What does this mean?

      If love is to give,
      then love wants to give!
      If love wants to give,
      then love must be looking where to give
      and love must be looking what to give!

Are you looking where you can love
… and what you can give?

      God is Love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

What does this mean in your life?

      You don’t have to advertise your needs
      Love is looking after you!
      But Love cannot give to you,
      and Love cannot reach out to you,
      if you are not where Love is,
      … where Love can touch you,

      Let your gentleness be evident to all.
      The Lord is near.
      Phil 4 5 (NIV)

 

It’s all about decisions

                                          … you make!

Life is about making decisions,
… even though they may not always come so easily!

However,
once you understand the reason for making decisions,
… that it is about commitment and direction,
the direction your life should be taking,
… and where you are going to be tomorrow,
then making a decision will become so much easier!

      Because, unless you make a decision,
      … you have no direction!
      Your future is not just on hold,
      … but in danger of outside interference!
      And on top of that,
      … the longer you take to reach a decision,
      … the more the problem seems to increase.

So learn to make decisions,
and don’t be intimidated by having to decide.

But what if I don’t know if it’s the right decision?
That is absolutely no problem!
You have help …

      However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
      He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on
      His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak;
      and He will tell you things to come.
      John 16 13

Ask Him to help you make decisions,
… and let His peace be your guide!
 

More than just living

                                          … abiding in Life!

      in Him we live and move and have our being,
      Acts 17 28

And so we do … (or should do),
but unless we are also alive in Him
… our lives will be rather empty, and
… without victory over the challenges of life!

Why?
What is living all about?
Where you live is where your stuff is.
Where you live is where you get your mail.
And yes, it can also be a place of potential,
… as Jesus very clearly said,

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire,
      and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

On the other hand, as Jesus also explained,
… to abide is an action and is all about
… what you DO where you are!

Therefore,
if you live AND move AND have your being – in Him,
and allow His words to abide in you,
… responding to and acting on them,
THEN …
the potential that God has provided for us,
… will become ALIVE in you
and you will have victory over life’s challenges
… and His promises will manifest in you!

      If you are willing and obedient,
      You shall eat the good of the land;
      Isa 1 19

 

Live in the supernatural

                                      … not in the superlative!
life

God, what an awesome sunrise you painted this morning!

So often our words and responses
… to others, to happenings, events or actions,
are in the superlative and astounding,
wow that’s great, super, awesome, the best, etc.

      NOT that what we say is not sincere…
      However…
      when it comes to the supernatural,
      … what SUPER do we have left for God?
      If in our talking and thus thinking,
      we use the same vernacular for everyday occurrences
      … as we do for the things of God,
      we put God, who He is, and what He does,
      … on the same level as natural things!

Let’s not lose the superlatives,
but let’s remember to put God into them,
so that God can be the awesome God that He is.

      I pray, Lord God of heaven,
      O great and awesome God,
      Neh 1 5

      The Lord is high above all nations,
      His glory above the heavens.
      Who is like the Lord our God,
      Who dwells on high,
      Who humbles Himself to behold the things
      that are in the heavens and in the earth?
      Ps 113 4-6

 

When things go wrong

                                                 … what then?

When things go wrong in life,
… don’t talk about what you have done wrong,
… or about where you missed it,
but look at what you should do … now!

      You cannot change what has happened,
      but you can influence what is to come!

The answer is not found in what went wrong,
… or in analysing whether you were right or not.
but in doing what you should have done in the first place,
by going to God for help!

      Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.
      Jer 33 3

How do you do that?
By drawing close to God,
… to that place where YOU can hear Him,
and where He can show you what to do.

But where is that place?
… exactly where Jesus said it is,

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

That place where it’s not about what you think or want,
but where you let Him tell you what He thinks,
where He can and will confirm His Word to you!
 

An eternal vision

                                                 … for life!

If your vision in life is centred
… on what you expect for tomorrow,
then your past will dominate your thinking
and your past will dominate your future.

Why?
      Because everything that you have not accomplished
      … or what you have planned but not achieved,
      will be uppermost on your mind
      … and will control your thinking.

      Stop limiting yourself to tomorrow!

However …
If your vision in (for) life is based in eternity
… then the past becomes irrelevant.

Why?
      Because then you have all of eternity
      … to do and achieve what is in your heart.
      And more pertinently
      … you have all of eternity with God,
      to let God do His part in your life!

      For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
      says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
      to give you a future and a hope.
      Jer 29 11

 

Having pride…

                                          … or simply proud?

There is nothing wrong in having pride,
… pride in what you have done,
and being proud of an achievement.
But not when that pride
… is in self and in being self-sufficient.

      Pride goes before destruction,
      and a haughty spirit before a fall.
      Prov 16 18

Pride is most often only about self,
… having too high an opinion of oneself,
… seeing oneself as better than others,
and is mostly fictitious,
because it is all about you and you alone!

      However,
      you should be proud and not boastful of your achievements,
      … appreciative of what you are able to do,
      and grateful of being that person
      … that God made you to be!

Not prideful in your own estimation (who you think you are)
… but proudly standing for who you are (in Him).

      Proud of what you are able to achieve,
      … touching and building the lives of others
      in Him, with Him and for Him!

 

A gift…

                                                    … is a gift!

A gift is exactly that – A GIFT,
… not something you deserve or can make happen,
but often comes with potential or presents an opportunity.
However,
… unless a gift is received,
… unless a gift is used,
it will simply end up being useless!

      The secret of a gift lies in this that
      … YOU are not responsible for it
      … YOU don’t have to make it work!
      BUT
      … YOU have to receive it,
      … YOU have to use it in your life!

And God’s gifts to us are no different…

      Like any other gift …
      you must receive and open His gifts,
      … the gifts that God has prepared for you,
      … and that Jesus gave His life so that you may have.

Sure you can’t make God’s gifts work
but God wants to make it work in your life.
All you need do is to say ‘Thank You’,
… and receive what has been prepared for you!

      The gift of Life.
      The gift of Righteousness.

      I have come that they may have life,
      and that they may have it more abundantly.
      John 10 10

They are yours … take them.