Wednesday, 29 April 2015

My grace is sufficient.

Yesterday I had three pictures;

One, people came bringing bad news.
The second, others had been offended and shut me out.
And the third, I was on a airport runway and another plane tried to take me off the runway before I could lift off and go where I was going, but I was able to get away from it.

As I prayed about these pictures the Lord had given me I believed he said to me;
“Be careful who you listen to and go with.  Things are going to try and bring discouragement and shut you out and they will try to take you off track but keep focused.  Build my church”.

So discouragement and obstacles are trying to get in the way of the purposes of God being fulfilled in my life and those around me and hence why I share what the Lord showed me because I believe for many in this season of change right now, hold onto what you believe God has said over you and don’t allow the enemy to abort the promises in your life.

Something over the last several weeks that keeps coming back to me is;
Luke 9:62
“But Jesus said to him, “No one having put his head to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of God.”  

For me this scripture keeps talking about not giving up on those things that the Lord has given us to put our hand to, not to get distracted because of discouragements and obstacles but to push through and push every hinderance aside and keep on task and believe that what God has spoken, He will enable you to keep going in it, despite what may look like you not getting very far.

May the Lord lead and guide you in the ways you are to go, keep your eyes on him and trust in Him and he will lift you up.

Other scriptures that may help;
Romans 16:17 (ESV)
“I appeal to you brothers to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught, avoid them”

2 Cor 12:8-10
“My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Psalm 118:8
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”.

Prov 3:5
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Are you comfortable and familiar with things?

This morning I had this picture where I saw two large different animals that had somehow turned up in my home and they were taking over the lounge and they needed feeding. They were peaceful animals but the space they took was huge, taking over my lounge.
As I asked the Lord what these animals were I saw that they were ‘comfortable’ and ‘familiar’ and I saw I was quite happy for them to stay as they weren’t bothering anybody but they needed feeding and were taking up space.
But I know that these ‘spirits’ are destructive to kingdom living. We can very easily become comfortable and familiar with things, with ways of doing things, of acceptance of things that are not of the Lord, of believing and justifying its alright if we continue to live the way we do, even of things such as pain and so we continue to accept it and live with it when the Lord may want to heal, things like ways of reacting, speaking or anger may also too be areas that you may have become comfortable and familiar with, ways of treating different people in your home, ways you spend your money or perhaps the way you tithe etc. 
And so I prayed and told these ‘animals’ to leave in the name of Jesus, that they were not welcome in my home. What that means now and what the Lord will show me now that these ‘spirits’ have left my home, I wait to see. It is so easy to continue doing what we do because that is the way we have done things. It's the way we have some form of ‘control’ in our lives. But those things may be the very things that are holding back the blessings that the Lord wants to give you or show you to a whole new way of living.

Yesterday we had some people come and take tinting off my windows, the tinting had been there since we brought the property, but over the years it has degraded and now continually made my windows look dirty and so it came off. It was unbelievable what we could see and how my windows now look without the tinting or the scratched up surface of the glass, now we can see clearly and the view is amazing.
How often we go about our lives like my windows, with a tinting that we don’t even realise is there, like the spirits that I saw in my home this morning of ‘comfortable’ and ‘familiar’, and we become so used to it that we don't even notice it is there, but there comes a point when things need to change and we need to do something about it. We will have a lot more ‘room’ in our lives, when certain things are removed from our lounge, our lives, and new room is available for the new things that the Lord wants to give us or show us, whatever that may be.
So I challenge you this morning as the Lord has challenged me, to ask if ‘comfort’ and ‘familiar’ spirits are in your home and perhaps they need to leave in order for the fullness of Kingdom living to be made manifest in your lives?