Day 5 - Choose Not To Worry

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Day 5 - Choose Not To Worry

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  Matthew 6:27

Many Christians are familiar with Jesus’ rhetorical question, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”But not many of us actually let it get into our hearts and allow the love of God to free us from our habit of worrying. The truth is, no amount of worrying can lengthen your life or add anything to your physical person. Instead, worrying robs you of sleep, health and many good years. In fact, it is only when you are worry-free that God’s anointing flows freely in you, strengthening, healing, restoring and adding to you.

A church member, after undergoing a mammogram, found that she had lumps in her breast. Upon receiving the doctor’s report, she wrote this down on the report: “Jesus is my healer. I receive my healing. I am healed. I rest in God completely.”

She was due back at the clinic later the same day for a biopsy to see if the lumps were malignant. Her sister-in-law, who was having lunch with her that day, witnessed her cheerful and worry-free attitude while she ate her lunch.

Back at the clinic, this precious sister sat among other ladies who were also there for their biopsies. ey looked very worried, so she started sharing Jesus with them and prayed for some of them. When her turn came and she had an ultrasound scan done, the doctor was puzzled — her scan showed no evidence of any lumps!

The doctor went back to consult her colleague who had first discovered the lumps. Stunned, both doctors conducted their own investigations. They returned to her only to say, “It’s a miracle!”

My friend, when you worry, you are actually believing that the devil has the power to make inroads into your life that God cannot protect you from. But when you refuse to worry, you are putting your faith in God. You have more confidence in His love and power working for you than in the devil’s ability to harm you! When you refuse to worry, but choose to rest in the finished work of Christ, you will see the manifestation of your blessing. You will see your miracle!

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Day 4 - You Are Perfect In God’s Eyes

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Day 4 - You Are Perfect In God’s Eyes

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God... 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified  Hebrews 10:12, 14, KJV

God sees you with no flaw, spot or imperfection, so honour His Word and the finished work of His Son by saying, “Amen!” Don’t doubt your perfection in Christ. To see yourself as far from being perfect is not modesty, but a failure to understand the perfect sacrifice that Jesus has made for you.

The Bible tells us, “For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified”. Did you get that? You have not only been sanctified, that is, made holy, but by the same offering of His body, you have been perfected. You are both holy and perfect in God’s eyes!

Your sins have been purged perfectly. Today, Jesus is seated at His Father’s right hand not because He is the Son of God (although that is true), but because His work of purging your sins is completely nished and perfect!

So instead of being conscious of your sins, which is to have an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:22), you can have a perfect conscience, a conscience that is free from the guilt and condemnation of sins.

When you find yourself conscious of your sins, just say, “ Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your wonderful work at the cross. It is a perfect work that has removed all my sins completely.

“Holy Spirit, thank You for convicting me of righteousness, not my own, but God’s righteousness given to me as a gift. Keep on convicting me in the days to come, reminding me especially when I fail that I am still the righteousness of God in Christ.”

My friend, God sees you perfect without any spot of sin. He sees you covered in the beautiful white robes of His own righteousness. He treats you like a righteous man because that is what He has made you. So expect good things to happen to you because blessings are on the head of the righteous! (Proverbs 10:6)

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Day 3- Life without the Sweat

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Day 3- Life without the Sweat

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26

Most people are of the opinion that the good life does not happen without hard work and buckets of sweat. They believe that to achieve success, you first need to have this educational certifcate, that professional qualification, this particular job and that many years of hard work. I have good news for you:

God has a better way. We all must work, but the world wants you to believe that there is a natural process of sowing, reaping and gathering, accompanied by waiting, toiling and stress, before the good life actually comes. But God says, “My people do not need to go through this natural process to enjoy the good life for they are not of this world’s system. They can operate out of My economy and I can give them a good life straightaway!”

InthesamewaythatGodfeeds the birds which do not go through the sow-then-reap-then-gather system of the world, He wants to and will do much more for you!

Your heavenly Father wants you to know the generosity of His heart toward you and how much

He wants to make you successful. A case in point is what happened to a church member who believed this truth. After leaving his previous job, he trusted God to provide him with a better one. Within just four months, he found himself heading two companies.

His newly formed distribution company not only clinched a major project in Singapore, but was also made the principal distributor in Southeast Asia for a popular line of products from the United States. His second company, which provided consultancy services, was given two projects by a Korean and a Hong Kong company for a six- figure consultancy fee in US dollars.

Today, God wants you to know that you are not of the world’s system. You are of the kingdom of God — the same kingdom that feeds the birds that do not toil, but simply trust their Creator for all their provisions in life. Be convinced that you are of more value to your heavenly Father than the birds, and let Him give you the good life without the toiling and labouring of the world.

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 Day 2 - The Lord Is Your Refuge

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Day 2 - The Lord Is Your Refuge

1He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1–2

Every day, we are bombarded with news of conflicts, natural disasters, diseases and new strains of drug-resistant viruses. We also hear of people losing their loved ones in freak accidents. And we ask ourselves, “Is there a place where I can take refuge from a world gone mad?”

Yes, there is! God foresaw all these things and He has promised in His Word protection from every evil known to man. There is no trap set by the devil that our Father cannot deliver us from, if we trust in Him and take Him as our refuge. at is His promise in Psalm 91.

Whether it is an earthquake at midnight, a crazy sniper, an unknown virus or a terrorist attack, God says, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that ies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” (Psalm 91:5–6)

Because you have made Him your dwelling place, angels are (Psalm 91:1–2) watching over you right now. (Psalm 91:9–11) ey give heed to the voice of God’s Word, so you should give voice to God’s Word. is means that you should agree with and speak what God’s Word says about His preserving and protecting you. en, angels are sent to minister for you. (Hebrews 1:14)

My friend, don’t say, “If it can happen to them, it can also happen to me!” Say, “A thousand may fall at my side and 10,000 at my right hand, but it will not come near me!” (Psalm 91:7) The world says that you cannot but expect danger all around. God says, “You are in this world but not of this world. You have My protection because you are of Me and in Me.” ( John 17:14–23)

You have access by faith into the secret place of the Most High where no evil can touch you. ere is no need to fear living in the end times because the Lord is your refuge and fortress. His Word says so. And those who trust His Word completely find His Word completely true!

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Day 1 - If It Matters To You, It Matters To God

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Day 1 - If It Matters To You, It Matters To God

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  Luke 12:6–7

Many Christians make the mistake of thinking that God is too busy taking care of the “big things” to be interested in the little problems they are facing. Are you one of them? It may be your child’s bed-wetting habit, a quarrel with a friend or the small pimple on your face. No matter how trivial it sounds, if it troubles you, then God

wants to take care of it!
God wants to take care of every

area of your life, even the smallest detail. He loves you so much that He knows the number of hairs you have on your head. And if your loving heavenly Father knows and is interested in the small details of your life, then you don’t have to overcome any problem on your own.

When my daughter Jessica turned three, my wife Wendy and I decided to bring her to Disneyland. Knowing that it was her rst encounter with Disneyland and that she could be frightened by unexpected shocks, I decided to watch one of the theatre productions

which I had planned to bring her to, before I took her to watch it.

As I sat through the production, my mind was on Jessica all the time. I was thinking, “Is this too frightening for her? Will she like the mechanical singing bear? Is the place too dark for her?” I decided to bring her to the show only after I had seen it myself and was sure that she would enjoy it.

My friend, your heavenly Father cares for you in the same way as He lays out His plans for you. You are on His heart all the time as He carefully considers and makes plans for every aspect of your life, both big and small. And the very thought of you puts a smile on His face because He knows that the plans He has for you are plans to bless you. ( Jeremiah 29:11)

So no matter what problems you are facing right now, you can rest in His love for you. ere is no problem that is too insignificant for Him to handle. He is not just God Almighty, He is also your heavenly Father who loves you!

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Take hold of what He has for you

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Take hold of what He has for you

 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Phil 3:12

God has a plan for your life. The great goal of the Apostle Paul’s life was to take hold it – to definitely and fully grasp that for which Christ has definitely and fully taken hold of him.

When we seek to enter into what God has planned for us remember that we do so from within the grasp of Jesus. Christ’s hand of provision and protection surrounds you so that you can embark on the journey of life confident of His love.

The greatest goal of your life is to enter into that which Christ has in store for you…to live for anything less is, as Paul describes in v.8, rubbish.

Christ did not simply take hold of you to save you from hell but so that you could fulfil His purpose. He has a plan for your life; He has called you to give you a hope and a future beyond anything that you could achieve in your own strength.

What a thought – a life of blessing and purpose waiting for you to take hold of. This is a life worth living – seek it out, chase it down and grasp all that which Christ has in store for you!

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Nothing for Him is useless

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Nothing for Him is useless

 “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Cor 15:58 (NLT)

I’m sure you are familiar with the Greek myth of Sisyphus who was condemned to roll a boulder to the top of a mountain and which would then roll back to the bottom for him to repeat this each day for eternity. Life without purpose is meaningless. 

In this verse Paul reminds us that nothing we ever do for God is useless. Everything I have ever done for God, He will use to build His kingdom. What a fantastic encouragement!

We can enthusiastically throw ourselves into whatever we are doing for God confident that it is more than just words, more than just actions, it is an investment in something that will last forever.

Knowing this lifts our eyes to see past how things appear. Knowing that nothing we do is ever useless enables us to be strong in the face of opposition. It enables us is to remain immovable even when circumstances seek to push us in the opposite direction.

God has placed you where you are today for a purpose, you are called to be light in a dark place and the amazing thing is that God will provide all you need to ensure that what you do He will use to bring blessing.

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Free to be who you are

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Free to be who you are

 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very natureGod, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.” Phil 2:5-6

Confidence in who you are frees you to live the life to which God has called you. I meet a lot of people who are constantly trying to prove how good they are. They use every situation to demonstrate their experience, constantly playing a game of one-upmanship. This was brought home to me recently when a person I was working with always responded to any information you told him with, “yes, I knew that” – even when there was no possibility that could be the case. So often I felt myself saying, ‘just chill out’, ‘be who you are’!

Jesus knew exactly who He was; He didn’t have to try and prove it or to convince others. He was so confident in His identity that He didn’t need to use this position to His own advantage.

You no longer need to grasp after position or use what you have to gain advantage over others. Your success and blessing is found in Jesus not in proving to others how good you are. Be confident in your position as a child of God. In Jesus you have been made perfect before God and there is nothing that you can do to improve your standing in His eyes.

Today be free in who God has made you to be and live confidently in the security of His love.

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Don’t minimise your gifts!

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Don’t minimise your gifts!

 “Don’t minimise the powerful gift that operates in your life, for it was imparted to you by the laying on of hands of the elders and was activated by the prophecy they spoke over you” 1 Tim 4:14 (TPT)

Many of us walk around each day with a powerful gift within us waiting to be exercised. So often our gifting gets neglected - life has a way of burying things deep inside. Somehow in the busyness of work, family and friends we can feel like we never fully get to live the life we were designed for.

There is a powerful gifting in us that can so easily be minimised by our approach to life or fear of others. So often we measure the power of our gifting against human ability and the apparent difficulty of the circumstances we face.

Today remember that God has given you gifts to fulfil His purpose for your life. He is the one who has called you and it is He who will use the gifts within us to achieve all He has planned. You don’t need to worry about whether or not you can do it – it’s not down to your abilities, God will supply all you need.

Be encouraged that God will never call you to do something that He will not enable to you complete. Don’t minimise your gifts!

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Grace for today - Very Present

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Grace for today - Very Present

Very present - Right now as you are reading this you have all the help & strength that you need for every situation today. Nothing today is bigger or stronger than the Holy Spirit who lives in you. The expression "very present" expresses the idea of exceeding greatness & abundance in magnitude & degree. In other words what Jesus gives you today is far beyond anything that you will actually need - His resource is limitless for you.

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Grace for Today - You are not alone

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Grace for Today - You are not alone

Paul Simon wrote “I have no need of friendship, friendship causes pain…I am a rock, I am an island”. Sometimes when we are struggling with issues in our lives we feel isolated, that no one understands what we are going through – we’ve been hurt before, we’re not going to be hurt again.

 

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Your kingdom come...

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Your kingdom come...

 “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

You are powerful. So much more powerful than you could ever imagine, God has placed us here to usher in His Kingdom, He has trusted us as his ambassadors here on earth, kingdom representatives (2 Corinthians 5:20). God has not asked us to bring his kingdom purely by preaching, teaching and speaking but by signs, wonders and miracles even more amazing than Jesus did himself (John 14:12)! You may not feel like it, but you are a kingdom ambassador, empowered and enabled to bring Jesus into any situation you face and see it changed in his presence.

It is in understanding that it is not you, but Christ in you that makes this possible. He is the power; we are the conduits to see the world blessed! Take the pressure off, realise the presence of Jesus everywhere, and see His love for everyone, you will soon enough see His Kingdom Come! Simple!

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From head to heart

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From head to heart

 1 John 4:19, Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 

 

An understanding of the love of God to us through Jesusneeds to grow in our hearts.  The knowledge needs to pass our heads and reach our experience and hearts. We have considered this recently at Exchange Church.

My journey has not been a smooth one.  What made it even more difficult was that my head believed one thing, but my heart could not fully grasp what it meant.  I studied the bible, I knew doctrine, yet my emotions were in the basement. 

It took years for my heart to fully grasp the truth of God’s love for me, and only then could I start to find emotional healing that stuck.  It was knowing, not just believing God loves me that turned my life around.

Child of God you are loved.  There is no room for shame when you know that all of your sins have been totally forgiven.  There is no room for fear when you know that you are accepted because of Jesus, not your performance.

Keep your head cool by trusting in the water of God’s love to extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy.

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Perfect love casts out fear

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Perfect love casts out fear

 Mark 4:39-40 - When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.  Then he asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

 

The disciples were absolutely terrified. "Who is this man?" they asked each other. "Even the wind and waves obey him!"

Looking at the plain English, the fear is mentioned as they talk about the wind and waves obeying Him.  Demonstration of power without the trust that He loved them deeply, could be very frightening indeed.  How would I feel meeting a person who had power?  Would I be worried about what they would do to me?  Was their doubt in His power or was it more a worry about what He could do to them with that power?

If they had faith in Him, the miracle would not have taken them by surprise.  If they truly understood who Jesus was, then a demonstration of His power would not frighten them. They were afraid of His power because they had not yet grasped His love. 

“Who is this man?  He is their friend and the one who loves them deeply. Now as I think, perfect love casts out fear, I see deeper dimension.  Knowing we are loved by the God of the universe helps us to not fear His great power. 

Religion scares us into submission to a powerful deity. Grace woos us into trust because we are loved by our Dad.

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An answer for every fear

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An answer for every fear

 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Every fiery dart can be extinguished with the water of God’s promises

Fear of missing God’s will: - Exodus 15:13 NLT - "With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed.

Fear of judgement1 John 4:19, Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 

Fear of lack– Philippians 4:19 NLT - And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Find the triggers of fear in your life and treat them with the truth of the love of Father God. In other words, go to the promises of God rooted in His perfect and unfailing love to extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one. There are 3 examples outlined above but there are many more.

What is it that makes you most afraid?  Find out from God’s word that He has provided an answer.  If you do not know the bible so well, ask a mature Christian friend.

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Keeping a cool head

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Keeping a cool head

 Ephesians 6:16-18 NLT - In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet

Why do you think we are told to, ‘Put on salvation as your helmet’?  This is because most of our battles are fought in the mind. Fear happens right where we live, in our minds.  The enemy seeks to influence our lives by throwing things at us that make us afraid.  But if we get the message that God really loves us, the fire of his attacks can be extinguished.

God’s love revealed in His word is like water to extinguish the fire of fear.The Holy Spirit is the fireman who has been sent to wield the hose.  Think of it, He is our comforter, the one who comes along side to help and to give us courage.  He is the one who applies the bible to our hearts.  As He does so, he reveals to us that every one of our fears can be met with a promise from the bible.

That puts new meaning on keeping a cool head.

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LOVE’S FIRE EXTINGUISHER

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LOVE’S FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Ephesians 6:16-18 NLT - In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

Nine years ago, I had just embarked on a project for UCB to try and get schools to receive the book of hope magazine as a text for RE.  I was walking home from the shop when I felt God speak to my heart; “Get people to pray, for you will be under attack.”  I knew it was because I was stepping out in this endeavour.  So I asked for prayer.

Guess what, the attacks came from all sides; but I knew it would be alright, for God’s people were praying for me.  I had been prepared to meet the fiery darts of the enemy with the weapon of prayer.  The work was not stopped and a local ministry took on the role of supplying the magazines to schools.

The enemy may attack, but He has already been defeated on the cross.  So whatever fiery dart he throws your way, remember that God has it covered.  He has provided you with weapons to protect you from the fire.

This week we will look at the specific attack of fear.

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God never stops

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God never stops

This is a great picture of how while you were sleeping and all through today God works on your behalf. Boaz is sometimes described as a shadow, or type of Jesus in the Old testament. That means we see in His story a small description of how Jesus operates today. Here we see a picture of Ruth resting whilst Boaz, who is described as her redeemer, working on her behalf.

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What do you see?

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What do you see?

 “Go away for the girl is not dead, she is sleeping. And they laughed at him.” Matthew 9 24-25

With what eyes do you look at your life today? If you approach every situation today with your natural eyes you are going to be disappointed - You are going to see decay, lack, failure and limitations.

Our world is a fallen place and the consequences are evident wherever we look.
But Jesus already has the victory. Death has been defeated. When we see obstacles and impossible situations we are called to approach them with eyes of faith. We are to look at what appears to be dead and command God life. Whenever we do this those around us will think that we are crazy. They will say we're deceived. They will mock and laugh just as they did when Jesus declared that the girl was sleeping. But did the people continue to mock when the girl got up?

Don't let others’ unbelief stop you from pursuing your breakthrough. When you stand you will see the breakthrough and you will see that blessing does not just flow to you but all those around you too.

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