We make pictures …

                                 … of what we see and hear!
life

Yes we do
But, are you examining those pictures?
Or …
are you allowing them to freely roam
… without testing them?

      David had such a picture before him,
      … a giant, taunting the armies of Israel
      … and who everyone was afraid of.
      He looked big and he looked strong!

      But what was David going to do?
      Was he going to accept what he saw,
      … or allow God’s Word to be his standard?

How did David respond to that challenge?

      Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding.
      Proverbs 3 5

David decided to do what God said to do,

      casting down arguments and every high thing
      that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
      bringing every thought into captivity
      to the obedience of Christ,
      2 Corinthians 10 5

David was victorious,
… because he made God his standard.
And so can you!
 
 

God’s will is…

                                 … what He does!
life

God’s will is God’s word
… and is what He does!
God knows what he is doing
… and what He will do!

But, what does God do in our lives?

      Jesus answered and said to the blind man,
      “What do you want Me to do for you?”
      Mark 10 51

Even though God knows everything,
… and has every intention of doing
… all of His Word and all of His will,
it is NOT going to happen in our lives,
… unless we give Him permission
… to do His will in our lives!

So all I need to do is ask?
Sure, but that is only part of it,
… because what you believe is as important,
as Jesus said to the blind man …

      “Go your way, your faith has made you well.”
      Mark 10 52

Therefore,
it is what you ask God to do,
… according to His will and His word,
that you believe that He WILL do for you,
… that God WILL do in your life.

What YOU ask that YOU believe God WILL do,
is what God can do for YOU!
 
 

Are you agreeing…

                                 … with the negative?
life

Stop agreeing with the negative.

But I am not agreeing with the negative, am I?
– Yes you are –
How am I agreeing with the negative?

      Every time you question what maybe wrong,
      talk about or discuss what is wrong,
      – you are giving the negative airtime,
      – you are giving the negative attention,
      – you are giving the negative an opening
                – to influence you –
           – your thinking, your decisions,
      and most of all to influence the words you speak!

So, how do you avoid that?
Simply by not allowing outside information and impressions
– to dictate and direct your thinking

      bringing every thought into captivity
      to the obedience of Christ,
      2 Corinthians 10:5

Then what you say and what you pray
will be from a positive source
– and –
will be meaningful and powerful!

      It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.
      The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
      John 6:63

 
 

– You are –

                                 … what you believe!
life

      You are what you believe!
      You live what you believe!

      If you can believe,
      all things are possible to him who believes.
      Mark 9 23

But I thought that life was all about faith?

      Now the just shall live by faith:
      but if any man draw back,
      my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
      Hebrews 10 38

Yes it is,
… but what is living by faith all about?
Living by faith simply is
… living or acting on what you believe!

      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

Therefore, if you want to be all you possibly can be,
believe God and believe His promises!
Because …

      You are what you believe,
      – and –
      You live what you believe.

 
 

What happened…

                                    … to your picture?
life

Hey … what is happening to your picture?
Is someone or something messing with it,
with your hopes, your visions and your future?
Trying to steal, kill or destroy what is yours?

      The thief does not come except
      to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
      John 10:10

Well, you are not alone!

      However, the truth is
      that what God has promised or given you
      … IS yours!

That means that the thief (the devil) cannot have,
… steal or kill what is yours,
unless you don’t hold onto it!
Don’t forget, what happens to your stuff
… is your responsibility!
And when you need help,
… it is also your responsibility to ask!

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

God’s promises are sure,
… but like everything in life,
… it only becomes real in your life
when you make it part of your life!

      So, it is up to you to hold onto what is yours
      … and to not allow the thief to come in,
      to steal, kill or destroy what is yours!

 

Time and the eternal …

                                               …NOW!
life

Ever wondered what eternity really is?

      What is it?
      How do you describe or define it?

Actually, eternity is very easy to define or explain!
But in explaining or defining eternity,
… let me ask you this question.

      What limits our understanding of eternity?
      Time, or more accurately, our concept of time,
      which seems to limit or restrict everything!

Therefore, simply remove time and you have eternity!
      If you remove time, what you are left with is – NOW!
      … the eternal now,
      … the now that never ends!
      Eternity therefore is simply – NOW!

As God also said to us

      Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
      Hebrews 13:8

Although one question remains…
How does this affect my time on earth?

      What I don’t do now, I may never do!
      However, I have all of now to do what I should do
      and if I need help, ask God who said

      I will never leave you nor forsake you.
      Hebrews 13:5

He is always there
… waiting for us to reach out to Him – NOW!
 

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

 

Life is full of…

                                    … choices!
life

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 love of art …

                                    … the art of love!
life

What is art?
The expression of me,
… of my thoughts and my feelings.
The way I see things,
… the way I think.

      For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
      Proverbs 23 7

What is love?
The expression of my inner image
… of my heart, my character, of my Creator.
The Image of God in me!

      So God created man in His own image;
      – male and female He created them.
      Genesis 1 27

And what is that image?
The image and character of God!

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

 

fake news …

                              …how would you know?
life

Can you really trust what you hear or read?
NO, regrettably not!
So how then can you know
… what is fake and what is not fake news?

      If it brings pressure or fear
      whilst promoting a solution that has
      … a cost to your livelihood,
      … a cost to your freedom,
      and limits your rights and abilities…

      Is there any good in that news?
      Nothing at all!
      It’s rooted and driven by what is negative!

On the other hand …

      If it brings pressure – with a solution
      that does NOT cost you your livelihood
      and does not threaten your freedom
      … nor attempt to limit your rights and abilities…

      That is good news, that is real news!
      Yes, it does have the same facts
      … but is dealt with honestly and positively!

As is written …

      Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
      not as the world gives do I give to you.
      Let not your heart be troubled,
      neither let it be afraid.
      John 14 27