Life is full of…

                                    … choices!
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Surely not again?
Yes, there are times when we just don’t
… want to have to make another choice.

Yet, life is full of choices!
However keep in mind the reality,
that with every choice that needs to be made,
… there are also possibilities
and opportunities to go HIGHER!

The choice is ours
whether to stay where we’re at, with what we know,
or to reach for the higher life,
as did the apostle Paul,

      I press toward the goal for the prize
      of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
      Philippians 3 14

And this is a reality,
… not only in our daily natural life
… and in what we can achieve,
but even more importantly,
… to go higher with God
and in all that He has planned and purposed for us!

      For we are His workmanship,
      created in Christ Jesus for good works,
      which God prepared before and
      that we should walk in them.
      Ephesians 2 10

 

The denial of reality…

                                 …negating what is!
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Just as darkness is the absence of light,
… and black is the absence of colour,
so evil is the absence of good,
… of what is real,
… of what is right!

      It is the denial of what is true,
      and therefore cannot exist on its own.

It is in opposition to God,
… the negative of what is good,
thereby opposing creation and existence itself!

      It is for this very reason that
      … God told Adam NOT to eat,
      of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Knowing what is good,
… and that evil is the opposite thereof,
… is sufficient,
because by partaking of evil,
… you are in fact denying what is good,
… the reality of God, of life
and of creation itself.

      But he who does the truth comes to the light,
      that his deeds may be clearly seen,
      that they have been done in God.
      John 3 21

 

Hopeful not Hopeless

                                     … and certainly not faithless!

We probably all know,
or at least have heard the scripture …

      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
      the evidence of things not seen.
      Heb 11 1

But what does that mean where I am?

Well, answer these questions for yourself …
– What am I expecting or hoping for?
– What do I believe is going to happen?

      If you don’t have hope for what God promised,
      … you are hopeless.
      If you don’t believe that God will do what He promised,
      … you are faithless.
      But …

      If you believe God is able to do what is not seen (as yet),
      … you have hope and you have faith.

And your faith will surely work!
Because …

      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
      the evidence of things not seen.
      Heb 11 1

 

Standing on …

                                 …a sure foundation!
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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!
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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!