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June 2016

Word Whispers – Psalm 23:5

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.” Psalm 23:5

One of the hidden truth’s of the Bible is that the enemy knows that God has provided everything.

Every blessing of God, every treasure of God, every pleasure of God freely given to us has been lavished upon us in the presence of our enemy.  The enemy is fully aware of the measure of all God’s love and grace.

The enemy will try everything in his power, use all his influence, lie, deceive and manipulate to stop you from enjoying and living in the provision God has made for you.

Just take a glance at the Garden of Eden, where is the midst of infinite pleasure and provision, the enemy deceived Adam & Eve into believing that God would be pleased with them by doing something that would make them accepted when they were already accepted.  His message has not changed, he sneaks around trying to make us do things to please God, when we’re already the delight of God’s heart.

The enemies subtle whisper is that God is holding out on us, that we have to plead with God to get the full measure of his glory has been so embedded into our minds that we have become suspicious of believing that God has poured out into our hearts the completeness of heaven.

The truth of the finished work of Christ is magnificent and wonderful that the nature and acts of God are now imparted into our hearts for the King of heaven to manifest himself through us in all we are and all we do.  His grace revealed in his love is the full provision of the victory of the cross, bringing forgiveness, health, wholeness, joy, peace and reconciliation.

The enemy knows the truth and wants to deceive you into settling for less when you already have it all.

Today, put on the finished work of Christ, live in his glory revealed in Christ and deposited into your heart.  Be rooted and grounded in the unconditional love of God and let the power of Christ shine out of your life. Take hold and be all God has called you to be, for that is the best way you resist the devil as you take hold and rest in the infinite grace of his love.

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Word Whispers – Nehemiah 8:10

Word Whispers

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

One of the most glorious and wondrous pictures of Christ in the Old Covenant can be found in the person of Nehemiah.  Here is the Cup bearer and food taster to the king, our living communion of bread and wine. Here is the redemptive plan of the Father as Nehemiah is the response to the King’s heart and the desolate captivity of the people.  Here is the servant laying down his life from the glory of the palace to work in the dust and broken ruins of hopelessness and here is the restoration and completeness to restore, hope, security and dependence upon God’s unlimited goodness.

For Christ has rebuilt the wall of separation that has invaded each of our minds. We like the stones of the walls of Jerusalem are now living stones cemented into Christ our eternal wall of salvation.

And what is the command of God to us now that Christ has finished his work and the cross has accomplished our new life in him. It is to enjoy the choice food and sweet drink because God has made you holy.

The finished work of Christ is a day of celebration, a day of entering into the party of Christ and a day where the joy of the Lord is now the strength within your heart.

Christ in you is the hope of glory, the living communion, the restoration of all that sin had destroyed and the abounding joy of the father.

Word Whispers – Psalm 119:50

Word Whispers

 “This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me and given me life.” – Psalm 119:50

The power of the Kingdom of God is rooted in God’s faith in me.

I have received the mind of Christ; I have been planted in the good soil of New Creation life.

In Christ I lack nothing; I have the abundant, overflowing streams of eternal life living inside my heart.

The vastness of His provision that resides within me is beyond all I could ask or think. For his values, power, have been deposited into the chamber of my heart.

Now every scripture that I take into my heart, memorize, mediate on combats the influence and lies of the world. God speaks through his word to remind me of his faithfulness and love that he has imparted into my life.

Every verse is an anchor of hope, and every promise is strength to my heart and life to my body.

The essence of all Christ is is contained in his promises to me.

Grab that promise, take that verse let it be planted in your heart and be rooted in the good soil and grow into an oak of righteousness in your life.

Word Whispers – Genesis 1:1

Word Whispers

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” – Genesis 1:1

One of the expression that I often hear quoted and I have quoted myself on numerous occasions is “Jesus + Nothing = Everything.” This expression does capture the realisation that without Christ everything has no meaning and that if we add anything to Christ we start to live by our own efforts.

Often the focus of our attention is on the everything. All the promises of God, all the blessings of heaven, all the inheritance of grace and whilst this is exciting, powerful, relevant and essential to our understanding of our relationship with the father, the other dynamic is that of nothingness.

When we talk of nothingness what does it look like? What is the essence of adding nothing to Christ?

The very first verse in the Bible is a catalyst of this expression and within it ten words are the very foundations of all Christ accomplished for us at the cross.

The universe was created out of nothing. Before God spoke the word, nothing existed, there wasn’t a single atom, a single speck of dust, the tiniest particle, nothing existed before God created it.

Our hearts are easily absorbed with something and that something invades our lives with things and ideas that try to give us what only God can give.

And here is the bottom line, how much do we let something invade and permeate into the finished work of Christ?

God is the creator, Christ is the author and finisher of our faith and the Holy Spirit is our guide into all truth.

We are already reconciled to heaven; the divine has reached down, kissed and embraced the lost child.

His finished work is complete; you are now complete in him, live in the fullness of his completed work.

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