Wow, the feedback from last week’s challenge was incredible, people finding new ways to express themselves and feel God’s presence with them and also just taking time out to rest, be still, knowing that God is in control. We have such an incredible God, who is a living, who is personal and who loves us more than we could ever think or imagine!
So onto this week’s challenge…I was listening to Sue Omerod’s talk on line last week (which you can find by going to the talks section on our website) and I had an overwhelming sense of inspiration that lead me to this challenge. The challenge is to purposely ask God what He thinks about situations in our life but not just to ask Him, do not forget to wait for him to answer us! In all situations, find out what God’s perspective is, be expectant of Him to answer. It might not be the answer we thought or wanted but like last’s week challenge we need to remember to be still and know that He is God. He knows what is best for us and He ALWAYS works for the good of His children, even if it’s not what we expect or want because He knows what we actually need!
Let us pray: Father, thank you for your love for us. God give us ears to hear and eyes to see your love and mercy for us. We want to tune into you rather than ourselves and others. Father, give us fresh insight to our situations let us see circumstances from your perspective rather than our own. Lord we commit to you, longing to know you more. You’re our biggest fan Almighty God! Lord we want to function in accordance to who you created us to be. Help us Father we pray. We love you Jesus, and we look forward to this week’s encounters.
OK, this week’s challenge is to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). If ever you need an excuse for a cuppa, here it is, God tells us to be still ourselves. How often do we go onto auto pilot when things happen around us? We can look like a pinball machine sometimes bouncing from one decision/thought to another with no real aim other than to bounce and to be bounced (sometimes by others).
Let us pray: Father God, 'Thank You' that you love us and that Your love is tangible. In our quite time this week Lord, feed us. Let us put aside our pinball machine ways of doing things and just be still in your presence not being or doing anything other than sitting with you. We love you God and we worship you, your name will ever be on our lips.
God wants us to use these words below and to ground ourselves in the truth.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Another week and another very exciting challenge with this week’s being to know the difference between fact and opinion. Proverbs 18 says, Contrast the Upright and the Wicked, He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.
I got the inspiration for this challenge when I remembered reading a Joyce Meyer book called 'battlefield of the mind' where God gave me a revelation of where some of my stress stemmed from. Some of my thinking was not based on factual information but rather the opinions of others or my own judgments of my perceptions. For example, if I overheard someone relaying a conversation to someone else, I could quite easily develop an opinion about what I had heard!
This is true of a lot of us because our brain (our thinking) wants to protect us all the time and leads us to consider what we are hearing as a possible threat. Therefore, we can fall into the common trap of riding on our own thoughts instead of taking every thought and thinking about it with the mind of Christ.
We can choose what we believe, fact or opinion/fiction moreover we can be mindful of our thoughts in a way that aids us rather than a way that disables us. So...this week’s challenge is to be mindful of our thinking AND SPEAKING of (opinions). Which thoughts and judgments are based on fact and which aren’t? The thought that isn't based on fact, let it go, dismiss it. The thought, judgement or feeling that IS based on fact, then that could be a valid good thought and worth having.
Get in touch this week with how you find this challenge!
God bless you all
The weekly challenges have been on my heart now for some time and they are so important for us to take on to help us grow in faith and our relationship with our Dad.
So, here is your weekly challenge:
If you are a follower of Christ, then I have put below some statements about who God says we are. Think about how ready we are to disagree with the list below by pulling ourselves or others down, its frightening, but it’s not the truth. The truth is that these are statements God speaks over you and I! Therefore, this weeks challenge is to celebrate our successes and not dwell on our failings or what other people say about us. Getting in line and agreeing with what God says about you is a giant step to personal freedom that not only affects you but also affects who you work with, who you live with, your neighbours and actually has a knock on effect on the atmosphere around you. Don’t just take my word for it, try it!
Agree with God and celebrate who you are in him! Start by celebrating your daily achievements by noticing them and being happy with yourself. Thanking God that although we are in the world we are not of this world! Thank you Father:
I am a new creation in Him!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
I am reconciled in Christ! My message is reconciliation and freedom.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Cor 5:18-19
I am righteous and holy.
“And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24
I have been born again by the Holy Spirit:
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6
I am saved by grace as a gift, not because of my performance.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8
Now, you understand you have the right to a new life in Christ. Once you have broken off wrong belief systems, God is beckoning you to step into His spotlight and radiate like never before. We Radiate!
I radiate light wherever I go.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
I shine like a firework in the night.
“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:15
I am a child of Light.
“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”1 Thessalonians 5:5
I am the salt of the earth.
“You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13
I am a vessel of Divine Light.
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
Beams and light and joy exude from within me.
“Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.” Psalm 97:11
When you realize your self-worth, beauty and joy in Christ, you have the fearlessness to step into your destiny and Reign…We Reign!
I am a victor.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
I have a heavenly calling.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1
I have royalty in my veins and lead with integrity.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
I am designed for good works.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
I am a co-heir with Christ.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. If indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share with His glory.” Romans 8:17
I am chosen and called by God to produce fruit.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16
Now, speak the words in bold as declarations out loud to yourself for this is what God says about you...amazing right? The power of life and death is in the tongue, so it is vital that you only allow the Truth to come out of your mouth. It could be the difference in an amazing life and a disappointing one. (Proverbs 18:21). If Jesus died for us then he must love us and if He loves us We may as well love ourselves!
Be blessed in your week ahead.