God supplies the seed

                                    …that you need to succeed!
life

God invites us into His Kingdom
… where all our needs are met.

      But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
      and all these things shall be added to you.
      Matthew 6:33

Yet it seems that this does not work so well!
Why?
Because our needs are not met in what God does
but in what we do with what He provides.

Jesus told the parable of the talents
      Matthew 25:14-30 – Luke 19:11-27

The two servants who worked with what God supplied
… were blessed and their needs met.
The one servant who did not work with God’s supply
… God simply could not bless.

Why not?
God’s Kingdom is based on
Genesis 8:22
The law of …
seedtime and harvest.

Who will supply the seed that we need?
GOD!

But to succeed
you need
to work with that seed!

      Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
      for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
      Galatians 6:7

 

What are you expecting?

                                 … to receive?
life

Do you believe that God can heal?
… most people do.
Yet so many are NOT healed!
Why not?

As we have learnt from life,
… receiving is not up to the giver.
That means, that for God to heal you,
… you not only must believe that God does heal,
BUT…
YOU have to believe that God WILL heal YOU!
For that is when believing becomes faith,

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

Think of it this way.
You are thirsty,
and God has a jug of water.
The question is,
… have YOU brought a CUP
because you believe God will fill it for you!

      But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
      for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
      and that He is a rewarder of those
      who diligently seek Him.

      Hebrews 11:6

Believe He will reward you
… and you will be rewarded!
 

Religion or reality?

                                         The choice is yours

Is your God living in a book?
… is he a god of laws and traditions,
… a god of rules and regulations?

      If so, it is religion and it produces fear,
      … the fear of being wrong or failing!

Or is your God real, is your God alive?
… is He inviting you to rest in Him,
… asking you to allow Him into your life
… and to share your burdens with Him,
so He can share His love with you?

      That is the reality of a true relationship,
      a relationship in which you are free,
      … and in which you can live
      that uniqueness God put in you
      … to the full!

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

 

If it’s not personal…

                                             … it just isn’t!

God knows everything and everyone,
… but He does not only want to know about us,
God wants to know us personally!
Not just our name and address,
but He desires a personal relationship with Him.

Jesus gave us this illustration of what a real relationship is, saying

      Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,
      have we not prophesied in Your name …
      and done many wonders in Your name?’
      And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you.’
      Matt 7 22-23

It is not about our wants or needs,
… or what we think we can do for Him,
but about who He is,
… and what He wants to do in our lives!

So how does God get to know us?
In the same way as we get to truly know anyone else,
… by spending time with Him.
by opening our lives up to Him.

      But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
      and all these things shall be added to you.
      Matt 6 33

God wants to be God in our lives,
… doing for us what we cannot do,
but that is only possible if we allow Him to be God,
… not of what we want, but of what He wants.

      For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      So are My ways higher than your ways,
      And My thoughts than your thoughts.
      Isa 55 9

 

Getting to love … God

life

We all want to have that knowledge or confidence
… that God knows us.

      But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him
      1Cor.8 3

So the question is…
How do we love God?

      The same way He loved you,
      … by giving His all, His life (in Jesus) for you!
      You give all that you are – to Him!

How do you do that?
You believe that you are loved,
and you start living love!

      You give Him your hands,
      … the things you do, you do for Him.
      You give Him your thoughts,
      … you put your decisions in His hands.
      You give Him your eyes,
      … you look where you can do something for Him.
      You give Him your actions,
      … you reach out in love to His creation
      You give Him your heart,
      … in which He already shed His love,

      Beloved, if God so loved us,
      we also ought to love one another.
      1 John 4 11

 


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

 

Partaker or …

                                                 … a participant?

We all want to benefit from things in life.

      Question is though,
      … what does it take to truly benefit from what is available?
      Is it by being a partaker or a participant?

If you are a partaker, what are you really?
… You are someone who wants to profit from what there is!
… You see what is available as an opportunity to benefit!
Nothing wrong with that…
however, as a partaker you are dependent on others,
on what others say and do, or don’t do,
and most of the time you will not truly benefit!

      On the other hand, if you are a participant,
      … you are actively involved,
      … you are part of making it happen.
      Dependable – and not dependent on others!
      Making it work – not expecting others to make it happen.

And the Apostle James says exactly the same…

      Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
      James 2 17

If you want to partake of God’s promises,
… but are not actively living God’s Word,
then you are not a participant in the things of God.

Of course God will always reach out to us.
But only as we live the life His Word teaches us,
… do we become participants in what God is doing,
and partakers in all of His promises.
 

A Personal …

                                            … relationship!

A personal relationship is not a relationship
… where you are setting the pace
… where you are determining the goal,
and what you want or desire is foremost,

      But a personal relationship is one in which
      … you are free to open yourself to the other
      … free to receive from each other
      where you can give yourself without expectations
      … simply as you are without any conditions.

God, who is love, is reaching out to us,
… and He desires to have not just a personal
… but an intimate relationship with us.

A relationship through which He can give into our lives
without any conditions or expectations.

      Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
      and comes down from the Father of lights,
      with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
      James 1 17

And all we need do is to say
thank you Lord, here am I.
 

Walking in faith

                                           … a journey!

 
Our faith walk is a journey,
… a journey of discovering more & more of God
… and of Jesus and what He has done for us!

However is your search
… for Him, or about Him?
What are you looking for?

      Are you looking for His promises?
      Are you looking for His works?
      or …
      Are you looking for Him?

The reality of faith
… is to get to know Jesus more intimately,
The substance of faith
… is your response to what you see in Him!

      If you see salvation in Him,
      … you will find salvation!
      If you see healing in Him,
      … you will find healing!
      If you see wisdom in Him,
      … He becomes your wisdom!

Our faith walk is not about looking for blessings,
but about walking with the One who blesses!

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

 

Relationships

                                          … the blame game!

Often when relationships are broken off
… it is not so much about who is to blame,
but about bad or unpleasant consequences!

This should not be!
So why does it happen?

Lack of self value … NOT being honest!

      Before the relationship begins …
      – giving yourself for the wrong reasons!
      – not being honest with yourself!
      In other words, only looking for your own gratification!

      During the relationship …
      – looking for acceptance or esteem from others!
      – not being honest with the other!

      After the relationship …
      – blaming the other for the broken relationship!

If value and honesty are lived BEFORE a relationship,
… a wrong relationship would most likely never have started.
Motives will become clear before something goes wrong,
… before someone gets hurt!

Even as the Bible gives us direction…

      You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
      Matthew 19:19

      Only if you love (value) yourself,
      can you truly love (value) others!

Do you truly value (love) yourself?