2018 - TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE Today (13 November 2018) my wife Marion is undergoing a hip replacement operation. This is following a couple of years of cancer treatment and operations. In the midst of this season I became ill with an extreme chest infection and blood disorder and spent two and a half weeks in hospital - and am currently in recovery. 1 John 5:14&15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. THIS IS MY CONFIDENCE - WHEN STUFF HAPPENS Get it straight - Christianity is not a magic wand that causes all your difficulties to disappear. Stuff happens to us all as we journey through this sin broke world. My faith is simply this - when stuff happens - this is my confidence. THIS IS MY CONFIDENCE - I HAVE IN CHRIST Only Jesus can claim to be the tried and precious stone - who has become the rock of my salvation. He is my confidence - when all else seems lost. THIS IS MY CONFIDENCE - I CAN ASK FOR ANYTHING If we ask anything according to His will he hears us. His will is simple. He wants you to be in health and prosper even as your soul prospers. Start asking God for the miracles you need right now. THIS IS MY CONFIDENCE - I KNOW HE HEARS US God is always inclined toward us to hear our cry. Don’t ever doubt that the Lord is mindful of your circumstance. If He hears us we know that we have the petitions we have asked of Him. Therefore give Him praise and be thankful that the answer is on the way. I would rather die believing God has heard me - than live doubting His ability to change my world for good. CONFIDENCE IS... KNOWING GOD IS ABLE BELIEVING GOD IS WILLING EXPECTING GOD IS DOING
2018 - MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER GREAT ACTIONS Psalm 126:6 He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him. GREAT ACTIONS BEGIN WITH GREAT DESIRE To dream of a blessed life and great harvests is the domain of all people. Those who move toward such an outcome - always stir up their passion and desires. GREAT ACTIONS BEGIN WITH GREAT DELIBERATION Before any grand scheme can begin - much thought and planning must be given. Counting the cost and considering the challenges - must be given due diligence before commencing. GREAT ACTIONS ARE THE RESULT OF GREAT DECISIONS Nothing becomes an action - or a faith step - until a clear decision is made. Great success is the result of great decisions being acted upon. GREAT ACTIONS ARE DIARISED BEFORE THEY ARE SEEN Planning an action in regard to the timing - the place - the cost - the personnel etc. is essential. It should be in your diary long before it is in your dialogue. Nothing ever just happens! GREAT ACTIONS ARE PRACTICED IN DAILY HABITS Great actions begin with small steps. Small steps practised lead to big steps of triumph. Daily habits are the bedrock of huge achievements. Huge failures are built on daily steps of defeat and neglect. GREAT ACTIONS ALWAYS REQUIRE GREAT DISCIPLINE From desire - through discipline - to delight. So goes the mantra of success. If what you are doing at present does not require great discipline and sacrifice - it is probably not a great step forward. GREAT ACTIONS ULTIMATELY LEAD TO GREAT DELIGHT The delight of winning is beyond description. Good success is the destiny of all those who walk by faith - live by wisdom and sacrifice for love.
Remembering the sacrifices made by all who have given themselves to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.
2018 - SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER LIFE IS WEIRD People often comment about life - saying that it is weird. I believe this confession is simply declaring that the life they are presently living is not enough and therefore unfulfilling. WHEN BEING YOU IS NOT ENOUGH When you need to find your worth beyond your own vision and values - you lose the ability to find fulfilment. Life will always be weird when your pursuit of success - is greater than your need for personal completeness. WHEN FAITH IN GOD IS NOT ENOUGH When your actions, attitudes and decisions reveal your unbelief - your spiritual life becomes religious profession only. Confessing that life is weird - is declaring that Jesus has not come to give you abundant life. It is denying the basic confidence that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and that all things can work together for good. WHEN WHAT YOU DO IS NOT ENOUGH The need for constant company and activity is a sure sign that you are self focussed and always needing stimuli and change. Never let what you do - define you. Don’t become so preoccupied with your doing - that you forget to give attention to your being. Your role in life - is to fulfil your responsibility in life. Your responsibility is to fulfil your God calling. Your call defines you - not your role. WHEN WHO YOU HAVE IS NOT ENOUGH Changing friends and partners, often reveals a deep dissatisfaction with life. When life is weird - people are weird to you. Deep and long lasting friendships and marriages - are a sign of a satisfied and secure person. WHEN WHAT YOU OWN IS NOT ENOUGH The constant pursuit of bigger and better - is the way of the world. The things of this world can never satisfy the human soul - and the law of diminishing returns means that we are always looking for the bigger and better. No wonder life is weird. Learn to be content with the goodness of God in your life. Godliness with contentment - is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6 JESUS SAID - I AM COME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE ABUNDANT LIFE