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Godly inspiration for daily living

Our foundation is Christ

When we were in the world the foundation of our lives were full of cracks and the building was constructed on a crooked foundation, but by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour the building was saved. Our foundation was replaced with the solid foundation of God’s Word. No cracks.

In building a house, there is a very strict criteria that needs to be followed. The foundation needs to be reinforced to strengthen the building. The foundation is forever, so it’s important to pay attention to the details to ensure it remains without cracks and free from outside interference. The same applies to the foundation of God’s Word – a strict criteria needs to be followed to walk in God’s authority and to overflow with His Holy Spirit. The solid foundation of God’s Word stands firm, His approval is on it, and it holds the body of Christ (the church) and the congregation firmly in Him.

Receiving our salvation and the solid Word of God requires of us to discern, to be alert and to walk in righteousness. Righteousness is to be in right standing with God. When our foundation of God’s Word is solid, we will not be mislead by every doctrine that comes our way. We will be rooted and grounded in His Word. No matter what we are facing, He is our foundation. Ephesians 3:17 declares: “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love.” The level of your Word knowledge will determine the strength of your foundation, and the level of our understanding will determine the flow of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Dear Lord, may your Word and the understanding of your Word become rooted and grounded in our lives, let us walk in Your righteousness so that the light of Jesus Christ can be seen by many for Your glory. Amen

 

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Who are you bowing to?

When Daniel faced the dilemma of obeying the King and bowing before the golden image (Daniel 3), he chose to continue to pray and worship God with no compromise. But what and who are you bowing to?

Are we bowing because of pressure from loved ones wanting us to return to old ways? Maybe we are bowing because of financial pressure. These can be factors that can cause us to bow before worldly systems and principalities. But the word of the Lord says all power and authority is in the Name of Jesus.

When we got saved, the Lord became the authority in our lives with no compromising to the worldly systems. By this I mean compromising to the world and doing things that we as Christians know to be wrong, but we still just go along with it. When we compromise with the world we become an enemy of God. We must become people interceding and calling on the name of the Lord so that we can hear from God and speak the word when God commands it. We must be firm in our beliefs, and not allow the world to determine our stand for God. Our stand must be determined by our intimate time spend with God.

We must bow before our Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him with all that we have.  For us to bow and turn back to the world will bring death and we will be worse off than before. The Lord has taken us out of a pit of darkness and place us on a solid rock, that is the foundation of Jesus Christ. No turning back, no bowing before other gods.   I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath” Isaiah 45:23 (NKJV)

What will the Lord find us busy with when He comes? Are we committed to our relationship with the Lord?

Prayer: Lord today I turn back to You and bow my knees before You and worship You in spirit and in truth in Jesus name Amen.

Nourish your soul

 

3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers”

The word of the Lord is holy and nourishment to our bodies, nourishment in the context can also mean prospering. Our spiritual health must be the standard by which our physical health is measured.

When we nourish our body with healthy food our brain says: “I’m feeling good, I’m feeling energized.” When that happens you just want to spread the word about the changes that you made, to get to this body. This also applies to our spiritual health, because the more your feed on the word of God, the more you want to spread the good news.

When our bodies become the living sacrifice that God can dwell in, Jesus becomes the focus point. Exercising your physical body makes it strong and healthy, the same applies to our spiritual life. When we exercise our spiritual life we build our confidence and it makes us bold to run with the word of the Lord. The word must have a permanent influence and change in our lives.

When we look at the prosperity of the world or of the wicked, it is very easy to become envious, but in this scripture the Lord shows us the end results of the wicked. “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Psalm 73: 1-3 NKJV.

And from verse seventeen it shows the end results:“Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors”. Psalm 73: 17-19 NKJV

Spiritual prosperity must be visible for others to see, people must know that there was a change that took place. This will only fully develop when we walk with the truth of God’s word.

I want to leave you with this question: Is the truth of spiritual prosperity visible in your life?

Prayer: Lord help us not to look to the world and their prosperity, but let us focus on prospering our soul for your glorification in Jesus Name Amen.

 

Transform

 

The Lord gave me this well-known scripture that we all know by heart and we quote it frequently with other believers, but the Lord opened this scripture in a deeper and a more powerful way to understand.

When we look at being conformed to this world, we see the pattern of a world is to deceive, to bring destruction and to destroy through ways of more power. We sit in our churches and have conformed to the world and have no impact on people’s lives because we follow the same pattern and we don’t even realise it.

But to be transformed, the example that pastor’s or teachers always use is the metamorphosis of a butterfly. The end result of this metamorphosis is completely different then what it was or how it started. The Lord showed me the movie called transformers whereby a truck sense danger and transform into this robot that has super powers. Because of his programming it transformed into this powerful weapon that is always ready for battle.

Then the word said, “but be transformed by the renewing your mind”, you are transforming into the image of Christ that will give you supernatural power to operate through His Holy Spirit. Total transformation start in the mind, when our thought pattern are change, our beliefs are changed and our life is changed. Our thoughts determine our actions, we have the power within us. Renewing of the mind is not a once-off, it’s a continual experience. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come”. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

“That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” You will only experience the perfect will of God when you give full control over to the Lord. Only then can the perfect will of God be seen in our lives. “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” Titus 3:5.

 

Prayer: Lord renew my mind daily, create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me in Jesus name Amen.

God’s Image

We are all made in the image of God, and God’s image is His character – love is one of His greatest attributes.

The question is, if we are made in God’s image, why is our character so different from His? We need to lay down our lives so that God’s character can take shape. Our flesh is one of the biggest obstacles in the transformation process. If we are still clinging to the world, God’s character cannot develop. The development of our character produces integrity; it produces faithfulness and obedience to do the will of God. If we are made in the image of God our focus and time must be used to please our creator.

What character is coming forth in your situation when you are facing a crisis? Allowing the influences of others to shape our character can sometimes be very harmful to our growth. Be sure when people speak into your life that their character and the things that they do, line up with God’s character. When people break down your character they are trying to break down the image of God.

When people truly know you and know your character, no matter what other people may bring against you, your character will speak for itself – you won’t need to defend yourself as your character will speak for you. There will always be people that will not be happy or pleased with you, and the first thing that happens, they will attack your character trying to break you down. Dr Myles Munroe once said: “There is no such thing as a personal life or a private life, don’t ever tell people, what I do in my private life is none of your business, because it is my business”. Our lives reflect the image of God. “Lead with your life”. Our words and our actions/deeds should be one, it shows your integrity and a good character. Things you may say about others says a lot about your character. A person with a good character don’t even have to talk.

We were never created to rule over each other, but because of a fallen world and the lust of man for more power, people just look out for themselves. The devil has blinded people that they lust after the world and it’s riches and has forgotten the things of the LORD. We represent the image of God and our mindset must be after the things that pertain to the LORD. The Word says: “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Prayer: Dear Lord build my character according to Your image and help me to stay true to Your image in Jesus name Amen.

 

Failure produces a greater outcome

We have all failed at some point in our lives, be it at school, in our marriage or friendships. Failure brings disappointment and regrets, but the word of the Lord says in Rom 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Failure in life does not mean that we have no hope or that we are totally destroyed, it only means that without failure there can be no improvement or change needs to occur.

When all odds are stacked against you and you see Gods hand in the situation, let go of your own abilities, let go of your view point, because our own self-will delays progress. Failure in itself can be seen as an opportunity. In failure the door is being opened to learn, to grow and to improve in the natural and in the spiritual. Failure produces a better you.

Obstacles that are placed in our path are there to bring out the best that God has placed inside of us and it means that the timing is not yet right. Our view point does not count because God already knows the outcome as being better then we can even imagine. We must see failure as positive, because for a Christian failure means we will have to draw closer to God, because we are nothing in our own abilities and in our own strength.
If everything that we do is always perfect and without failure, we will never see God’s hand in our situation, because we have done it all on our own and we will not grow.

When the devil knocks us down, our shouting and our screaming will not stop his torment and onslaught on our lives. The torment is normally self-centered in our minds, we feel bad and start questioning God. It normally starts with: “How can God allow this to happen to me, I will never succeed in life.” These are all lies from the enemy of our soul, because he knows when we become negative our whole outlook on things become negative. But when we look at failure through God’s eyes we will use every opportunity to improve ourselves no matter how bad things look in the natural. Failure should make us more determined to succeed in what God has called us to accomplish for Him. God’s timing is always perfect. Judge your failure or success through the instructions of what God has called you to do.

How do you view failure today? As a negative or a positive?
Meditate and speak to God about this question, because the answer will determine your outcome in life.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that in a failing situation, you are there to pick me up. Thank you for the courage that You have place inside of me to resist and keep on standing no matter what I face, in Jesus mighty name Amen.

Destroyer

Part 2

 

On our journey to fulfilling God’s purpose for our life, we will always face opposition. Things will just start going wrong and spiral out of control. And when it does we tend to make the mistake of trying to fight and fix it in our own ability. But fighting opposition is a spiritual fight, we cannot fight in the flesh, “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. “ (Ephesians 6:12) Some strongholds will not let go unless we enter into fasting and praying and allowing God to completely take control of our flesh so that He can operate in us through the Spirit.

 

The spiritual war that we fight might be invisible, but it does not mean that is does not exist. It’s like the wind – you cannot see it, but you know that it’s there. The wind is everywhere and the spiritual realm is the same.

 

The enemy will disguise himself as a peacekeeper, but the word says in 2 Cor 11: 14: “And no wonder! For Satan transforms himself into the angel of light”. Many of us feel that evil spirits pose no danger to us, but God‘s word shows us differently. Don’t be fooled and deceived by the devils appearances because the word says in John 10: 10: “He comes only to steal, and to kill and to destroy, I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. Daniel 10 speaks about the fight in the spirit realm; this scripture clearly shows us that the two worlds do exist.

 

We know that the wind can either be very gentle or cause big destruction. Once we discern his attacks, we must be like the wind of destruction that enters into the camp of the enemy and refuse to leave until the victory is won. In Jeremiah 51: 1 the Lord says: “I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon”. When we decide to do warfare, God himself will stir up our spirits. We need to go in with anger, we cannot be gentle with the force of darkness; we need to take up our Authority and stand against it.

 

When we fight in the spirit, we cannot lose. With God in the fight, we will be victorious and the enemy is rendered powerless. Jeremiah 51:10 confirms this victory saying: “Babylon’s warriors have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become weaklings. Her dwellings are set on fire; the bars of her gates are broken.”

 

Prayer: Lord, give us the spirit of discernment and revelation to discern and be alert to the enemy’s attacks. Stir up in us the spirit of a destroyer to destroy the enemy and render him powerless, in Jesus name, amen.

 

 

Spiritual war

Part 1

A war is always waged between two parties and when you are entering into a spiritual battle, you are not going up against a person, but against the spirit behind that person. Eph 6: 12 says: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The full armour of God must always be on, so that you can always stand and give resistance against dark forces. Darkness will never cease these attacks on the children of God, but our mental tools to overcome is the word of God (sword of the Spirit).

We must be very careful about what people say and how you go about doing spiritual warfare. Acts 19: 13-16 says: “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

The seven sons of Sceva tried to cast out the evil spirit but the spirit leaped on to them. Many people may ask why, but it’s because they wanted the power behind the command that was issued and never had a relationship with the Lord. They tried to operate in the name of the Lord by imitating what Paul did, but you can only walk in authority if you have an intimate relationship with the Lord. When your prayer life is solid, God will qualify you. The evil spirit knows when the Spirit of the Lord is not operating through you. They used their own abilities to cast out demons.

Spiritual Authority can only come from the Lord, no person, no spiritual leader, not even a prophet can give it to you, intimate time and a pure heart before the Lord is what is required. Then the battle becomes fearsome, it is for you to go deeper with the Lord. Seek God’s face, never forgetting who is in charge of the spiritual warfare – God has never lost His power and His authority. When you stand your ground a shift takes place in the spiritual realm and that shift will also take place in the natural. When you are standing you are giving resistance and the devil will use everything to take you out. In this time you need to plead the Blood of Jesus over your family, your finances, and your marriage because the devil will not just give up.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for opening our spiritual eyes to see into the realm of the spirit and to be a warrior in your kingdom in Jesus name Amen.

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, letting go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. But why is forgiveness so hard?

Unforgiveness has become such a powerful weapon that Satan uses to keeps us in bondage. Satan really succeeded in blinding us so much with pain and unforgiveness that it’s difficult for us to see through the pain.   When we focus only on the pain we forget to live our lives or we live in anger and resentment.  Unforgiveness robs us from our life and the abilities God has given us. It make us a bitter person that is unable to function normally and fully in our community.

It not to say that your pain doesn’t count, because it does count, but allowing God’s power to bring healing starts by identifying the problem. We walk with pain and unforgiveness for years, just covering it with layers of anger and rejection. We develop bitterness that opens doors for a strongman to come in and bring more destruction.

Satan uses pain to isolate us and make us feel alone, rejected and depressed. But going through all of this never changed God’s plan for our lives, it actually made it more powerful. It is very sad that we give Satan all this power over our lives to rule and play us like a chest board. Always overpowering us with guilt and condemnation. But the word says in Romans 8:1:  “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (NKJV)

But how do we forgive, how do I let go?

The healing process start by identifying the source of the pain, and choosing to forgive – it’s not an easy process at all. It’s not a one-time choice and it doesn’t mean we automatically live in a state of forgiveness. We will always have people coming into our lives that we need to forgive. We must continue to forgive until the matter is settled in our hearts. Forgiving is very important to the Lord. By choosing to forgive you are letting yourself out of prison. God is the source of help to heal the wounds of the past. Satan uses unforgiveness because he knows that once you discover the truth of what God has placed inside of you, he will have to flee from you. James 4:7 says: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Prayer: In the name of Jesus I rebuke any unclean spirits and spiritual strongholds that the devil is using to strip me from my divine calling in Jesus name. Amen.

 

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