Coffee, Cake and Relationship

Coffee, Cake and Relationship

How many of us get overwhelmed by the need to spend ‘more time with God’? I know I do, guilt will creep in and, in fact, I will limit my time on purpose because I am ashamed by my lack of effort. Of course, I know that a relationship with God is not about religiously spending a set time reading my Bible but sometimes it certainly feels that way! If you are like me, or any of the other Christians our there, I hope I can help you today.

Yesterday was a ‘bad’ day for me. I was grumpy, miserable and plain old irritable. It wasn’t a major thing, I didn’t yell at my family or anything but I was off base. The real reason was that I had given out spiritually over the weekend and never took the time to fill back up. It is so important to stay full with God! So as the day wore in I finally decided to watch some Christian tv. Wait for it…I am getting to my point.

The tv minister said a few things that stuck with me and today I have realised something. Spending a set ‘time’ with God is saying that He is somewhere other than with you. Making an appointment to meet a friend for coffee means you can’t fellowship with them right now, until coffee. Now coffee and cake is great to catch up over, find out what has been going on and enjoy each other’s company but soon the time will be over and you won’t be fellowshipping with your friend any longer. Think about that in our context…

God said He would never leave us or forsake us. He filled us with His very Spirit and gave us His Word, written on our hearts. He is always with us, it is our consciousness of Him that needs to change. We are usually not as aware of Him as we are aware of the people around us. That is not how it should be. Smith Wigglesworth once said something on the lines of – ‘I never pray to God more than 15 minuets at a time but I never go without praying for more than 15 minutes!’

How awesome is that!! 

By me watching 10 minutes of an anointed message God was able to talk to me and continue talking to me the next day. His Word became alive in me. I am aware of Him communicating with me. He hasn’t left me, I just turned off my reception of Him and that affected how I felt and treated those around me! How different would it be if we maintained the right connection with God all the time?

Am I saying you shouldn’t spend dedicated time with God? No, of course not, but please don’t feel like you spending 10 minutes with God is what you need to sort your life out. Develop your relationship beyond that. Become ever aware of the God, creator of heaven and earth, living inside you…right now! What is He saying? How is He communicating? Let the words bubble from your inner man today and every day. If you do this your special ‘appointments’ with God will become less and less about you talking to Him and more about a relationship that is becoming ever more intimate. Think marriage. You can spend quality time with your wife all day if you want to but then you can spend ‘quality’ private time with her on a different level that goes beyond coffee and cake!

God loves you. His Spirit is in you. Fellowship with Him daily, minute by minute, hour by hour. We all can develop in this area so let’s determine to be God inside minded and conscious of His Spirit wherever we are, whatever we are doing.

A new thing.

“I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth…”

God is moving on the face of this planet. Things are afoot. You only have to follow politics, the weather, the news and you can see Jesus’ prophecies coming to pass. Wars and rumours of wars abound, etc, etc, etc.

I am so glad that I am a child of God. I am so glad I am the righteousness of God and that I am redeemed.

We spoke yesterday about forgetting the past and about letting things that are hindering you from experiencing God’s best go. Letting them pass into oblivion so that you can focus on what God is doing now…

These new things…where are they coming from? Well, like anything in the New Testament they will come from the inside out. We have a wellspring of salvation we can tap into. We have rivers of living water flowing out from our belly. That is where God will move in your life. He will first deal with your heart before anything can change on the outside.

“It shall spring forth…”

Movement, momentum, change on a molecular level can also cause friction. Any change will cause a shifting. Your life might start to experience some turbulence during change but know this if your heart is aligned with God and His word lives in you you will not only survive but you will thrive! God’s plan for you is success, abundance and prosperity in whatever He is leading you into. Allow the new thing in your life to spring forth. Let it bring change and a shift in your heart, mind set and circumstances.

Today, embrace the new. Allow the work of the Holy Spirit to cause an impact on your heart, your situation and to all those people around you that need it most!!

Isaiah 43

“But forget all that…”

“But forget all that…”

This is a quote from a passage of scripture in Isaiah that I have had on my heart for the last few months. Over the next few days I am going to break down these verses and share what God has been saying to me. Let’s start with the above quote.

As God is speaking He declares the above four words in the middle of a discourse to the children of Israel reminding them of all the GOOD things that He has done. He got them out of Egypt, completely supernaturally, but as He is reminding them of His greatness he says, “But forget all that…”

In Christian circles we generally want to forget the bad, the sin, the past but God here is telling His people to forget the GREAT that He has done. Why is he doing this? He answers very simply, “it is NOTHING compared to what I am going to do!”

What do you have to forget to allow God to do something new in your life? Is it all the good or is it all the bad? I don’t think it really matters but you must not allow yourself to hold onto things that will prevent God moving in your life today. You have more to do with God being involved in your circumstances than He does…

You Heavenly Father loves to move on your behalf, He wants to be involved. He wants to do something NEW in your life today! He has already provided us the all things that pertain unto life and godliness. He has already blessed us spiritual blessings. He has already sent His only Son to die on the cross. He has already done so much for you and I. Let Him do what He needs to do in your life today! 

By faith declare the Word of God. Hook up with what He is saying about your life right now. Declare that ‘He always causes me to TRIUMPH!’ Declare your healing. Declare God’s provision. Now let God do what only He can do and that is something NEW today in your life!

Isaiah 43:18, 2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 1:3

Oh, the blood of Jesus…

Oh, the blood of Jesus…

Today is the first Sunday of the month where many churches will partake of communion. We will be remembering what Jesus did at Calvary and remembering the sacrifice He made to die for the sins of the world.

The blood of Jesus is so powerful. It is so precious. It is the cleansing power of the believer. It has washed us clean, pure as snow. It has provided healing for our bodies and protection against all our enemies. It is the sign of the New Covenant. It is the connection to heaven that buys us into the holy family. We are connected to our Heavenly Father, to heaven and life eternal. The blood of Jesus is the symbol of everlasting love of a creator God to His family.

Today, if you have communion with your church family, don’t just eat the bread and drink the wine and move on. Eat, drink knowing that over 2000 years ago a man arrived on this earth to die for you. He died and paid a price that you could never pay. He transformed your future and made sure that mankind could return to his eternal purpose.

Jesus died for you and me. He died for the whole world. Let’s make sure we never take this for granted. Let’s share our faith with those around us. Let us never be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus. It was paid for by the most precious of a price, the very life of a man.

The Fire.

I want the fire of God. I want to be consumed by His fire, His glory burning in my heart, His passion forming my thoughts and my actions.

The fire of God is missing from the church. The church has become dry and barren. If not dry, wet. A wet blanket in the midst of a world that is desperately crying out for something that works. Nothing is working in the world…

Jesus came to baptise His church with His Holy Ghost and FIRE! Jesus never wanted a lukewarm and useless body! He wants to manifest His presence. He wants us to carry His presence. He wants us to be burning ones. 

We are to have the Holy Ghost shut up in our very bones. The days of Elijah should be here. Our churches service should reflect a God that wants to move through His people and into the world. He wants His people to be effective and reaching the lost and dying ones.

Today, become that burning vessel. Become the answer to the world’s desperation. Live the Gospel. Share the Good News. Activate and use the power that lives on the inside of you.

How? Spend time with your Jesus. Let the Holy Ghost flow into your life. Be filled with Him. In your daily sing praises. Sing your heart out. Let the Spirit of God overflow you. He will light you up. Like a bonfire burn and never stop adding fuel! 

Ephesians 5:17-20