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January 2017

Bold as a Lion

“The wicked flee when no one is pursing, but the righteous are bold as a lion” – Proverbs 28:1

The promise of Christ is that we would be filled with the glory of God.

Our new creation spirit is totally new, it is full of Christ, full of His righteousness, love, joy, power and as we awaken to this new life inside us, our thoughts and feelings release the life of Christ inside.

This amazing transformation means we are NEW. God did not make us better; he created us NEW in Christ. We were re-birthed into the fullness of Christ.

We receive the boldness of Christ and the promise that we would do greater works than he did is now our reality.

Now we may not feel it, we might be only experiencing a little of this promise but every promise of God is ours in Christ.  Our life is now hidden with Christ in God.

In Christ there are no hopeless situations, every circumstance is an opportunity to let the grace and power of God flourish in our lives. He places a table of his delights in the presence of our enemies, for Christ invites us to feast on all he has provided.

For confidence and boldness have been implanted into our nature.

Awaken your thoughts and mind to your new creation spirit and let the life of Christ fill your soul.

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Christ Raises Our Head.

“The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous” – Psalm 146:8

You are loved.

God loves you with an everlasting love.

God sees you righteous in Christ, he sees you in his son, he sees you healed, holy, perfect forever. For In Christ we have been given the free gift of righteousness, and that means a vibrant, unhindered, perfect fellowship and union with God. A heart that is no longer guilty, condemned, feeling shameful or tormented with doubt, but is secure in God’s love, is peaceful and is in harmony with the presence of God.

When those thoughts of rejection and feelings of being bowed down arise in our souls, remember that these are lies. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. His tactics are always the same, make you feel separated; feel alone, unvalued and unworthy.

The life of Christ in your spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit in your soul are the manifestation of the power of God to raise you up and see yourself seated in heavenly places in Christ.

Let Christ lift your head, raise your eyes and look into the glory of God, look into the eyes of Jesus and delight in his finished work.

Encourage Each Other

“She looks well to the ways of her household…..her children rise up and bless her, her husband also” – Proverbs  31:27-28.

God loves families; we were never designed and created to be alone. He created in us emotions and desires to give and receive love, to connect and uphold each other.

God’s desire within us is expressed in our love and encouragement of each other. To build each other up, serve each other, to support, to think of others before ourselves.

To share God’s heart is to see Christ in each other and build each other up into the fullness of Christ.

Jesus Christ has torn down the way of separation that existed in our minds and has united us to the Father. Likewise, he also has torn down the wall between Jew and Gentile so that everyone can receive the fullness of the Kingdom.

We are united with Christ into God and into each other. We are living stones in the living, breathing temple of God.

How we look after each other is a demonstration of the love of God and the reconciliation of all things in Christ.

Therefore, encourage each other, help each other, serve each other and let God who is alive inside you demonstrate his love through your love for each other.

God’s Plans for You.

“For I know the plans I have for you…..plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Sometimes it can seem that things are just not working out. Our expectations don’t match the reality of life. It can even feel like that God does not care, that God is not interested in our struggles, our circumstances.

God understands the depths of our souls; he knew exactly the thoughts and feelings of Israel as they faced captivity and exile, so he used the prophet Jeremiah to reaffirm his love, mercy and compassion to his children.

God’s word is the reassurance of his commitment to them. His word is an anchor of hope to their souls and that their future is one of prosperity not one of despair.

The future day they were encouraged to look towards is the day of Christ. For it was in Jesus Christ that the plans and purposes of God were fulfilled.

Everything we need has been provided for us in the finished work of Christ. Our hearts have been filled with the hope of eternity and the assurance of a future secure in our Father’s arms.

God in Christ, is working out our destiny and has worked out our glorification, the power of the Holy Spirit alive in our hearts is our assurance of his everlasting embrace.

We can now live assured that He will never leave us, never forsake us and will work in us to transform us from one degree of glory to another.

Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge

In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” – Colossians 2:3

The world is consumed with discovering and reporting the truth. Media outlets bombard us with the up-to-date latest developments; lives are captivated with every sudden trend and innovation. And all this information is provided to enhance our involvement with the larger world and our fellow man.

However, we mustn’t let the smoke screen of the media distract us from the discovery of the real truth. For The Truth is found in the person and words of Jesus Christ.

Every word spoken or written about Christ is a fountain of life to our souls.

Christ’s words contain the power of the Almighty God, the wisdom and knowledge of the infinite, eternal, boundless God. They are seeds provided by God to be planted into the good soil of our hearts, to produce a harvest of love, mercy and compassion.

In Christ we have the power of God alive inside our hearts, his fullness is living within us, and his words alive in us become the manifestation of the truth and the realisation of all we have in Christ.

Be memorized with the person and glory of Christ alive and working in you. Be consumed with discovering the real truth, the truth of all God has provided for you by his grace.

The Rock of God’s Love.

“Hatred stirs up strife but love covers all transgression”– Proverbs 10:12

God’s love stands firm against all the storms of life, it is a constant affirmation of the Father’s passion for his children.

It is a love embraced before time, given in time and thriving beyond time.

It is the love that stays until the very end and accomplishes all that it was planned and purposed to do.

For the love of God, given to us in Christ, bears all things, hopes all things, protects, trusts, is patient, is kind and it will never fail.

This love accepts us as we are, believes in our value, cares for us even when we do not care for ourselves, desires only the best for us, desires to do us good and has forgiven and erased all our sins.

For God’s love is tough love, it is robust love; it is ravished love that consumes our transgressions, makes us new and works in and through us.

Whilst all around us is shifting sand, changing ideas, doubt, unbelief, God’s love is a sure foundation, a rock of assurance, it is his eternal commitment and passion for you and me.

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