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Peace a gift from the Father

Peace is knowing that the Lord of the universe is by your side and resting in that.

It’s not just knowing, but it is also living it out. Peace is sitting in comfort and knowing that God is next to your side no matter what. Peace is something that you can’t attain physically because the world is almost always going to be a rocky place.


So when the verse from Galatians says that the fruit of the spirit is peace, it is knowing that when we have the spirit in us and among us, we are able to sit in peace. We are able to rest in peace and know that the Holy Spirit is with us and the peace of God is in us.


“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst out into song before you, and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)


What a beautiful picture that this verse from Isaiah frames for us. As we go out in joy, we are led in peace; by holding onto joy, peace can guide us in our ways.

Think about the times you may be anxious, frustrated or living in chaos. The world may seem to be spinning around at 100 miles per hour, and you just need a moment to sit and be still. The overwhelming peace that can comfort you during this time comes from the Holy Spirit within us.


Peace is knowing that our God is in control.



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Two principles of the Kingdom

Firstly there is also the principle of generosity. 


The principle of generosity dictates that when you give, you receive.

The Bible tells us in Luke 6 verse 38, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


This principle, again, is simple to know but far more complicated in its application. 

Some might interpret this verse in a financial way. Give money and you will get money. Yet, this is not always the case. You might be generous with the finance that God puts into your hands, but you may reap a harvest of your generosity by other means. 


If we can get to a place where we are conduits for God’s blessings, we will see blessings like we have never done before. If we can let finance, time and resources flow freely through our hands, I believe that we will reap a great harvest of blessing in our own lives. To apply this principle, why not ask God where you can afford to be a little more generous?  Perhaps it is with our money. Maybe it’s with our time. It could even be with our words. However you intend to extend generosity, look out for the increase in your own life for it will surely come!


Second, there is the principle of forgiveness. 


Forgiveness means to grant pardon or remission of an offence or debt.

In Matthew 18 verses 21-35 we read a story of an unforgiving servant. This servant owes a great deal to his master and is ‘let off the hook’. He’s forgiven his large debt and shown great mercy. But, as soon as he receives his forgiveness, the servant hurries out and demands that his debtor repays him an insignificant amount.  The original creditor discovers this behaviour and drags the servant into jail where he’s tortured until he repays every last penny.


Jesus is very clear in this parable; if you do not forgive from your heart – as you are forgiven – you will not receive forgiveness yourself. The principle of forgiveness lies in the foundation that, if you extend mercy to others, you yourself will receive mercy from where it counts – your heavenly Father.  This principle is best applied to our lives when we experience an offence. It’s easy to know the principle of forgiveness and mercy, but practising it when we are offended is a little trickier! 

Remembering that we have been forgiven much will remind us to forgive, releasing others from the offences they have caused us. The offence that we endure will never compare with the extent to which we have been forgiven.


Forgiveness and mercy may need to be practised daily. But once it becomes a habit, we will live free of the crippling effects of unforgiveness and secure in God’s loving mercy.


There are many principles in the Kingdom of God that can be applied to our everyday lives. Offering forgiveness and displaying generosity are simply two.


Why not challenge yourself to discover more kingdom principles in the Word of God that will help you to navigate everyday life in a godly way?





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Your Kingdom come in me

“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done…”[1] Have you ever given serious thought to this prayer that we pray regularly? It’s beautiful, isn’t it?  Communal. Easy. Familiar. Those first two words are enough to hold us for a lifetime, aren’t they? “Our Father.” Your father and my father; our shared parent who loves, protects, heals, and welcomes each of us and all people everywhere.

Like so many things familiar, it is easy to take it for granted over time. My guess is that more often than not, we read, say, and pray it almost by rote without giving any real attention to it at all.

 

The disciples said, “Jesus teach us how to pray…”[2] Has anyone ever asked that prayer? Teach me how to pray and what to pray for. Give me words or presence or understanding; teach me how. Jesus replied, “When you pray, do not heap up empty words like the Gentiles [non-believers] do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. But pray then in this way: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”[3]

 

What are we saying really? What is the kingdom of God and what does it look like? Has God’s kingdom come already in Jesus Christ and what is the work left for believers since then? Who participates in it and what difference does it make? And when/what/where/how is that kingdom to come in our lifetime? 

In me and my church? What does God’s kingdom look like in Runnymede Christian Fellowship and how can we be sure? 


This is an important prayer – probably more significant than any time in recent years: Good Lord, may your kingdom come on the earth, in Egham, in my home, and workplace. May your kingdom come in me as it is in heaven.



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Your kingdom come, O God

The Lords Prayer would be better called ‘The Disciples Prayer’.


The Lord's prayer is structured in a way that a disciple would want, and is designed to help a disciple fulfil their mission and purpose.


It is a top-down prayer. Our focus begins on the Father in Heaven, and giving Him the praise He deserves.


Then the central call comes next:


Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven


This is the prayer and passion of a disciple. To see the rule and reign of His Kingdom being deployed, and for His will to be done above all else.

And then, the disciple turns to his/her own needs - resources, a forgiving attitude, protection, deliverance.


All things which help us in our daily living, but also make us better able to play our part in seeing His Kingdom come. Father is wonderfully committed to seeing these things come to us. They are not less important to Him.


But the follower of Jesus Christ joyfully accepts this structure and order, putting praise of His Name and the establishing of His Lordship above all else. He is our focus.


As we celebrated yesterday testimonies and examples of seeing His Kingdom come through us and through His church, may we increasingly adopt this prayer as we go after His will for our town: to see many thousands come to Him.


All the world will one day be under His rule. But you and I have the privilege now of seeing His rule coming to our worlds. Not just through church leaders, but in the worlds of school teachers, nurses, business owners, restaurant workers, homemakers, students, Everyone. Everywhere!


We, His disciples, make this the centre of our adventure: ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done - on earth as it is in Heaven'.



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God has given weapons to bring down strongholds

Having a relationship with Jesus certainly doesn’t mean we will be free of problems or struggles. Life can be tough, and even as Christians, we will face many challenges.


Before we were saved, we were no threat to the devil. But when we accepted Jesus into our hearts, something changed. We took up a new residence in the spiritual battlefield and immediately became an enemy of Satan.


We live in two worlds—the natural world and the spiritual world. Both are going on around us, yet one we can see, and the other we cannot. When we find ourselves faced with battles or temptations in our lives, we must realize there’s much more going on than what we see with our natural eyes. Many of our battles, struggles, and trials are rooted in the spiritual realm. As a result, war must be waged on the spiritual battlefield and fought with spiritual weapons.


Equipped For Victory

God is a good God and would never leave us defenceless or send us into battle unequipped. He has given us the most powerful weapon in the world: His Word. But too often we wrestle with strongholds like depression, addiction, sickness, poverty, loneliness, or relationship conflicts in our own strength instead of utilizing our spiritual resources in Christ.


The Bible is referred to as “the sword of the Spirit” for good reason (Ephesians 6:17). God’s Word is the ultimate authority over the lies of the enemy. Something happens when we put the Scriptures in our heart and mouth and begin to point them at the enemy. God’s Word will dethrone principalities and release the power you need to stand your ground.


Remember, you are not in a fight for victory—victory is already yours. You’re just enforcing it! But the only way to gain true victory over the enemy is through the truth written in God’s Word. The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4: “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”


Your spiritual weapons are mighty in God to overcome the strongholds of the devil. Through the truth of God’s Word, you have been given dominion over the strongholds in your life. In exercising this authority, you let the enemy know he no longer has permission to harass you.


Defeating Satan’s Lies

The devil is a liar. That’s his nature. Scripture tells us he is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). From childhood, we learn to believe his lies: lies about God, the world, other people, and ourselves. Yet God wants to uncover those lies in order to replace them with His truth.


Jesus promises us as His disciples: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). If you ask the Holy Spirit, He will reveal any of Satan’s lies you’ve believed. You don’t have to go through a long ritual. Simply pray, open your heart, and ask Him to show you.


The answer might not come right away. You may need to be patient and persistent. But if you will wait on the Lord for your breakthrough, He will bring you the answer.

Patience is not a virtue that comes easily for me. I have to work at it, and maybe you do as well. But if you don’t grow frustrated or give up, you will be able to face the lies and replace them with the truth—and the truth will set you free!


When God reveals the root of any strongholds or lies, it’s time to confront Satan’s lies with Scripture and allow God’s Spirit to heal you.


Going On the Offensive

Remember: If you’re a child of God, the devil has no rights in your life. But you must move into an offensive position and take back anything the enemy has stolen. Speak to your circumstances as a child of the King and joint heir with Christ. Your words create your realities, so don’t take them lightly.


Don’t stop pressing in until the victory comes. As a Christian, you have power over the devil, but he’s not going to give in without a fight. You must realize the authority and the spiritual weapons God has given you! He also wants to empower you with wisdom and discernment on how to use those weapons.


May God awaken the mighty warrior inside of you! Through His anointing, you can pull down strongholds in your own life and go to battle on behalf of your loved ones.


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. — Ephesians 6:12


Let's take our stand and see what God can do



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Forgiveness is the key

It’s pouring down rain today. I love loud, wet, serious rain. I despise wimpy, slanted, spattering rain what they might call in Cornwall mizzle. If you’re going to take the sun away from me, be a force. Show the garden you mean business. Don’t take all day to make the grass damp! Soak it. Give it your best thunder, lightning, wind… the works.

 

I know that there are facts to support the view heavy rains don’t nourish the ground the same way that slow, steady rains do. The force sends it off the clods and into the streets and byways, down drains and into ponds and puddles. It doesn’t stick around long enough to really travel down into the roots, deep where the plant begins thriving, down below the surface. 


I often want forgiveness to be like a good, hard rain. I want it to just do the thing. Give a quick apology. Make amends. Kiss and make up. Put the issue behind us. 

But it’s the slow, steady, every day, minute-by-minute forgiveness that nourishes deep into the soul, that mirrors the forgiveness our heavenly Father gives us. The real, true, refuse-to-leave kind. The kind that overlooks huge, nasty wrongs and minuscule, annoying offences. The kind that doesn’t turn a blind eye but instead loves in spite of all the ugly misshapen habits. The kind that sees each thought preceding the biting words, each motive behind the cruel actions, and still stays for the long haul. 


I’m not good at this kind of forgiveness. I’m best at the kind that forgives once and then tries to forget about it. It’s the things that require continual, faithful, not again forgiveness that grate on me. The ones that have lies attached to them. The ones that make me feel unloved and disrespected. The ones that put a chip on my shoulder. The ones that make me question the righteousness of another person, forgetting how unrighteous I myself am. The enemy loves to take our eyes off our own unworthiness and put it on the wrongdoings of others because, in our view, that diminishes the seriousness of our own sin. 


The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive, our Father in heaven won’t forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15). I’m not here to theologically debate that to its very core, but it demonstrates how high a priority the Lord puts on this instruction to forgive one another. One of the marks that we are Christ’s is the brand of forgiveness. When we wear forgiveness humbly, we show the world that He is powerful enough to forgive them. 


Listen, I realize this is a high calling. Peter thought forgiving someone seven times was a high standard, one worthy of commendation. Yet, seven times seventy times (in other words, infinitely) is the standard followers of Jesus should maintain. There are so many books and discussions circulating that debate this issue. There are things that will seem unforgivable. Aren’t there? Aren’t there things that will seem like they shouldn’t be forgiven? Truthfully, we don’t get to determine that. Jesus levelled the playing field at the cross. Every sin, no matter how heinous or trite, is covered by the blood. If that jars us a little bit, it should. Because that’s how wide grace is. 


We keep extending forgiveness because we keep needing it. 


When we ask Jesus to erase our sin, He extends forgiveness like a downpour, washing away all of our past sins with one fell swoop. And He simultaneously extends it in the form of a slow, steady, constant, loving drip, interceding for us at the right hand of the Father each and every day for the rest of our lives (Romans 8:33-35). To the extent that we have experienced this saving grace, we gift it to others. And the miracle? As we extend forgiveness, we receive nourishment down to the root of our very souls (Luke 6:38). 


And life-giving nourishment swims up above the surface, producing a beautiful crop of redemption. 


Keep choosing to forgive....


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Standing firm on His promises

We all know that, as Christians, we will be challenged in our faith. We want to be able to stand firm. Sometimes the challenge comes in the form of temptation. The enemy knows exactly when to target us–when we’re at our weakest. And he knows precisely what tempts us most.


Often, the challenge comes when the world’s way is counter-cultural to God’s way. We want to be accepted, and it’s difficult to always say or do the right things.

And, of course, we are challenged when we face trials that cut us to the bone–grief, loss, sickness, and disappointment can all lead us to waiver in our belief.


Three ways to stand firm in your faith

I’ve been there. I’ve struggled with trying to stand firm in my faith.


“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

Isaiah 7:9b, NIV


So, when faced with challenges to our faith, how does the Bible encourage us to stand firm?


First, we have to know on what or on whom we are standing

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

Psalm 40:1-2


When God reached down and saved us, He lifted us out of the pit and set us on the Rock. Jesus is the Rock, and He is a firm place to stand. He is truth and His Word is truth (John 14:6, John 17:17).


“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”

2 Thessalonians 2:15


“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8


When your faith is challenged, remember that you stand on the Rock of Jesus Christ. His Word is a firm place to stand. He does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Dig your heels in and trust the One who is beneath you.


Second, we will have to resist the devil and his lies.

When we are struggling with our faith, Satan will whisper words contrary to God’s Word. We have to choose to cast down those thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5).


“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”


1 Peter 5:8-9

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”


1 Corinthians 16:13

As soon as we recognize thoughts of fear, doubt, discouragement, anxiety, or temptation, we have to choose to guard our minds against the deception of the enemy and choose to think of God’s thoughts instead.

God has given us spiritual armour to help us stand. When we feel the challenges to our faith, we can remember to suit up and then take our stand.


“Therefore put on the full armour 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.”

Ephesians 6:13


You know what stands out to me in that verse? (Pardon the pun.) After YOU have DONE everything. In other words, we have to do our part. We have to put on the armour and actively choose to protect our minds from wrong thoughts, our hearts from pride, our gut from lies. Then we have to take up our shield of faith.

We have to be self-controlled and alert and on guard. But when we have done our part, God enables us to stand.


Third, we cannot waiver between faith and doubt

We have to know what we believe and why we believe so that when the challenges come, we are firm in our faith. Why did you decide to follow Jesus? Why do you choose to serve Him? What do you believe about God and His Word?


“Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.'”

1 Kings 18:21


I think sometimes we still waver between wanting to follow God and wanting to follow the world. If that is the case, we will definitely struggle with our faith. The Lord is asking you today, “How long will you waver between two opinions?”

If you know that God is God and God is good, there’s no question. Don’t let the devil make you think Satan has something better to offer you in the world. It’s a lie.

Only God is God and He alone knows what is best for us. He alone is the path to life, love, and victory. Consider Abraham and his faith. He was a man, a real person, just like you and me. God gave him a great promise with little evidence that he could actually see.


“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.”

Romans 4:20


I love that verse! Abraham made mistakes. He wasn't perfect. But he was “fully persuaded.” Are you fully persuaded today that God is able to do what He has promised?


Still, Struggling to stand firm?

If you are still struggling to believe God because of trials, tribulations, or temptations that you are going through right now, let me encourage you that the Lord of all can set you free. He can lead you out of that miry place of doubt and confusion and give you a firm place to stand.


Open your arms wide to the love of Jesus and let Him lift you up. Trust that He is good and He loves you perfectly. He will make a way for you and keep you in His love and in His truth.


So stand firm, beloved.

Need some help standing firm? Try memorizing Scripture so you can keep the Word hidden in your heart.




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Choosing to make a stand

How can we stand firm in difficult times?


In 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Paul warned Timothy of the difficult (also translated as “terrible”) times that would happen throughout church history. People would be lovers of themselves, lovers of pleasure instead of God; they would be abusive, unforgiving, and having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. There would be many false teachers that would lead people astray. Just as Paul warned Timothy, Christ warned his disciples as well. Satan would plant tares among the wheat and yeast in the flour (Matt 13)—the church would be full of false believers and false doctrine.

Because of this reality, many have become angry at God, bitter at the church, and some have fallen away from Christ altogether. These are very important realities to be aware of in order to protect ourselves and persevere. How can we stand in these times?


Paul says to Timothy, “You, however,” or “But, you” (v. 10) and he calls him to “continue” in what he had learned (v. 14). Timothy was to be different from those with an empty religion. He was called to “continue” being faithful, even while others went from “bad to worse” (v. 13). In this text, we will see four principles about standing firm in difficult times—not only do these apply to difficult seasons in the church but ultimately bad times in our lives.

Question: What principles can we discern about standing firm in terrible times from 2 Timothy 3:10-15?


To Stand Firm in Difficult Times, We Must Remember the Faithful


You, however, have followed my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance, as well as the persecutions and sufferings that happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, and in Lystra. I endured these persecutions and the Lord delivered me from them all.


2 Timothy 3:10-11

After sharing with Timothy about the ungodly people and the false teachers in the church (v. 1-9), Paul encourages Timothy with his example. He says, “You, however, have followed my teaching, my way of life …” It can also be translated as “you ‘know’ all about my teaching, way of life…,” as in the NIV. Though there were dark times and evil people in the church, Paul was faithful and his faithfulness was meant to encourage Timothy. Similarly, when Elijah was depressed and no longer wanted to live, he cried out to God, “I’m the only one left!” However, God reminded him that he had preserved a remnant that would not bow down to Baal (1 Kings 19), and God has done the same today. Satan often tempts us to feel alone and hopeless, but we are not, because God has faithfully preserved his saints, even in these dark times. We need to recognize this to stand firm.


First Peter 5:8-9 says,

Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering.

We should resist and stand firm against Satan’s attacks because we have a family of believers around the world enduring suffering as well. Though many in the church possess only a form of Christianity but no reality in their lives (2 Tim 3:5), there are many who follow God faithfully. And if we are going to stand in terrible times, we must remember them.


In Hebrews 12:1, the author says something similar to persecuted Hebrew Christians: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us.”

The “therefore” points back to chapter 11 where the author describes many heroes of the faith—Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, and others. He essentially says that remembering these witnesses helps us get rid of sin and run with “endurance” the race before us. “Endurance” means “to bear up under a heavyweight.” When we feel like giving up during terrible times in the church or life in general, we must remember godly examples. We must remember how God allowed Joseph to suffer betrayal from his family, slavery, and prison before God exalted him to second in command over Egypt. We must remember how God allowed Job to suffer various tragedies, but how God’s ultimate purpose was to bless him.


We need to remember the faithful if we are going to persevere during hard times. Hebrews 12:1 explicitly reminds us of the importance of reading the accounts of the Old Testament. These are not just stories for children; they are for us. They help us get rid of sin and persevere in difficult times.

But, also, it reminds us to look at the faithful around us. We must watch them—how they maintain their integrity and faith during hard times. Their example will help us to stand. Like Timothy, we need to intimately “know” other faithful believers so we can draw strength from them.


Who are you watching to draw strength from in times of difficulty? Often in times of difficulty, we tend to focus on the storms of unfortunate circumstances or difficult people, which only further discourage us. However, we need to focus both on God’s faithfulness and his faithful ones so we can persevere.

Question: Why is it so important to remember the example of the faithful when going through difficult times? Who are the faithful around you that you can watch during the storms of life



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Thankfulness overflows

Do you ever find it hard to be thankful? Not that you aren’t sincerely thankful deep down, but experiencing thankfulness in a real way can be challenging during busy seasons. Especially when the pressure is on to do all of the things that need doing while keeping your sanity and trying to live a #blessed life.


“There is so much to be thankful for” echoes in my mind as I engineer the schedule to fit church activities, work meetings and planning sessions. At the last minute I might throw caution to the wind and schedule a coffee date because miraculously, I still have friends who get me.


I am sincerely, truly thankful, but I’m also kind of tired. When the day to day wears me out, it is all too easy to drift into self-preservation mode. Then it’s hard to be thankful because my blessings also make me want to take a rest.


I was recently reading about the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand in Matthew 14:13-21. Jesus had just heard about the death of John the Baptist (His cousin) and was surrounded on all sides by people who needed Him to take care of them. In the midst of grief and feeling overwhelmed, Jesus goes on to perform some of the most famous miracles like the feeding of a load of people and then walking on water. He does some of his best work when He should be maxed out because He knew the source of His strength and perseverance. Just after this miracle, we see Jesus retreating to a quiet place to spend time connecting with His Father.


In this situation in Matthew 14:13-21, the disciples’ resources are few. I don’t blame them for wanting to send the people away. They have five loaves of bread and two fish. There’s not a lot of daylight left, and they are out in the middle of nowhere.

And then there’s Jesus.


When He sees all the people before Him, He has compassion. He sees past the inconvenience and the overwhelming masses, to their individual hearts. He heals the sick and meets their needs.


Jesus sees things differently–from an eternal perspective. He asks what the disciples have, and then asks them to bring it to Him. Jesus takes the meagre offering, looks up toward heaven and gives thanks to God. Then He multiplies their resources to bless and sustain the people in the crowd and build up their faith.


When I am feeling like I’m a few loaves and fishes short, what if I brought what little I do have to Jesus? I can imagine Him looking toward heaven, thanking God for my meagre offering and then using it to do exponentially more than I ever could have imagined.


Sometimes we feel like what we have isn’t enough, whether it’s finances, energy, patience or time. But trusting Jesus with what little we do have glorifies God. It makes an impact and changes us and the world around us.

When the disciples were faithful to bring what little they had to Jesus, they got the best seats in the house to see God at work.


 Colossians 2:6-8 (NLT) says “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”


Just like the disciples who followed Jesus, we cannot multiply loaves and fishes on our own. But we can stay close to the One who can. We can continue to follow Jesus and let our roots grow deep. We can build our lives on Christ and in doing so, our faith is built up as we witness God at work (even in our craziness of life). We will then overflow with thankfulness out of the fullness of our hearts.


What a thought to be overwhelmed not by life’s pressures and stress, but with genuine thankfulness!


So as your week fills up and you feel spread thin, my question to you is this: What do you have? What can you bring to Jesus? Bring Him whatever you got! When you follow close to Him and build your life on the unwavering foundation of Christ, He can use even the most unlikely of things to do amazing miracles!




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What we must we do to be fruitful

1.       Be connected. I am not talking about being connected with “big” people in the government. I am talking about being connected with God. When you want to be fruitful, be connected to the Source of all fruitfulness. When you do, for sure you will know what fruitfulness is. If you do not abide in Jesus, and His Words abide in you, you will not experience fruitfulness.


John 15:1-8 (AMP)

 I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. 2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. 3 You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. 4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me], you can do nothing. 6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. 8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honorued and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.


Jesus is all you need, not people, for help. Remain connected constantly, to the main Source of power, Jesus. He is all that matters, above all others. Other relationships that He will bring, He will be the source. Allow the pruning of the Lord when He does it.



2.       Positioned. Position yourself at the right place, with the right people, at the right time, doing the right thing.


Psalm 1 (AMP)

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. 4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not stand [justified] in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God]. 6 For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God's will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).


Where do you often find yourself positioned?


Psalm 91:1

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].


Dwell in the shadow of the Lord, and you will enjoy His protection. God should be our dwelling place.


Ephesians 2:6

...and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,


Where are you dwelling? Is it in the presence of God? Remain in the position God put you in, seated in Jesus in the heavenly places.



3.       Keep speaking

John 6:63  

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.


When you speak what Jesus has said, nothing will challenge that. His Words go beyond the physical, into the spiritual life, and produce life.

Mark 11:22-2

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 


Keep on speaking God's Word, and it shall surely come to pass.


Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.


Stop speaking things that are dead, in your life.


Job 22:28

You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.


Wake up in the morning, and speak the Word of God. align your life and days with the Word and purpose of God, by speaking His Word.


Jeremiah 23:29

“The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord. 29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?"


Keep speaking God's Word, and all hindrances will pave way for you, as you walk in and enjoy fruitfulness, in Jesus. 



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