Monthly Archives: September 2013

Victory Guaranteed!

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I drove behind a cement carrier this morning.  On the back it had a huge painting of an elephant with these words “strength guaranteed”.  Striking advertisement – I am likely to remember it for a long time.

Have you noticed how people are so easily influenced by the advertisements on TV and in magazines?  We buy stuff that will supposedly cut down our belly fat – blindly believing the ad.  We don’t even want to listen to the friends who tried the product and for whom it did not work.  We believe the ad.  Whitening toothpaste.  We pay extra for the whitening bit and never see a difference.  We just believe the ad.  Frozen vegetables that are as good as fresh!  We pay more for those and they always turn out just as bad as the other frozen vegetables.  I can compile a long list here and I know you can add some that I won’t even think of!

Why do we believe the stupid ads so easily, but we battle to take God on His word.  God has proven himself over and over again through the ages.  The advertised products have never proven themselves.  Yet we believe the ads, we don’t believe the Bible.

Let me give you a few things from the Bible that you should rather believe instead of any stupid ad:

Psalm 36:5-6 (The Message)
God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

Psalm 91:14-16 (The Message)
If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”

We serve an amazing God!  There is nothing in your life today that He cannot handle!

We are not alone

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I found a beautiful little scripture last night in The Message.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 – All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

Did you see that?  God is right alongside you when times are tough.  You are not alone.  He knows your every thought, your every wish, your every desire.  He knows when you are on the edge of breakdown.  He knows when you are on the edge of breakthrough!  He knows you.  And He is right there, right now, with you.

Take heart.  Lift your head.  Nothing is impossible for our God!

Trade your anxiety for peace

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Yesterday I came upon a scripture I know quite well.  But when I read it yesterday, it really struck me again.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Such a short verse with such a big message.  Do not be anxious about ANYTHING.  Tough call hey?  You are probably thinking “yeah, easier said than done”.  That is exactly what I thought yesterday.  How do I get my mind to stop being anxious.  How do I stop worrying?  I try to think of other things, but before I know it, my mind is back at the problems for which I do not have solutions.  Good news – I found the answer.

The answer is right there in the same verse.  We need to come before God with thanksgiving.  Then His peace will overwhelm us.  Do you remember a while ago we spoke about spiritual laws?  Here is one of them.  If you go to God with thanksgiving, His peace WILL come upon you.  It’s a promise.  God never goes back on His word.  But why the thanksgiving?

In order to give thanks, you have to think of the things God has done.
When you think about the things God has done, you realise how big and mighty God is.
When you realise how big God is, your problems become small in comparison.
When the problems become small, His peace overwhelms you.
Suddenly you have the right perspective again!

Simple formula – right there in front of our eyes all this time!

Let me get you started!  Think back about all the times in the past that God came through for you and thank Him for that again – it will remind you again of His goodness, His faithfulness, His power.  Think of His power as creator and thank Him for the beautiful sunrise this morning – do you realise that He created the entire universe and keeps it all running?  This majestic God, that created everything through a word, has given you the right to walk right into His throne-room for a conversation.  Mind-blowing.  Be thankful for that privilege.   Do you realise that all your sins have been forgiven?  Whoa!!!  What a reason to rejoice in thankfulness!

Worrying will not add one moment to your life.  Worrying will not pay one bill for you.  Worrying will not give you the increase you deserve.  Worrying will not pay your debt.  Worrying will not cure you – in fact, it will kill you.

Shall we exchange our anxiety today for that peace that surpasses all understanding?  I think so!