Relationships…

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                                                 … that last!

Science has discovered what God has always known.
      As a basic requirement for a good relationship,
      science prescribes – kindness and generosity.

However, a relationship that is not only good,
… but is real and lasting,
needs more than kindness and generosity,
… because it is what you put in that will make it last!

What is the main enemy to successful relationships?
… SELF … ME … what I want, what I expect!
The very thing that also broke mankind’s relationship with God!

So… how did God deal with that?
      For God so LOVED mankind He gave … without expectation.
      John 3 16

God reached out to mankind, not with emotion or condemnation.
… but God reached out with LOVE, giving His best to man,
and saying to man…
Let Me do for you what you cannot do yourself!
Let Me restore the trust and the relationship between us,
… and man, all you need to do is to receive!

How does a relationship begin and grow?
What is it that makes a relationship REAL?
LIVING LOVE!

      And we have known and believed
      the love that God has for us. God is love,
      and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

If you want your relationship(s) to last, and in particular with God,
Add LOVE …
 

Draw from…

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                                                     … the source!

There are many promises in God’s Word,
and God wants to be the strength
… and the source in our lives,
but for that to happen,
is up to us, NOT God.

Remember, God wants to be our source,
… so if we are far from Him,
His guidance, direction and help,
… is far from us.

It is easy to say…
God, give me peace about this situation,
… or about this doctor’s report, etc.
BUT…
… for God to be your solution,
He first has to be your source!

You cannot draw from a source you DON’T have,
and …
God will not do anything where He is not the boss!

If you make God the source
… of your health, peace, relationships… of and in your LIFE,
THEN God can and will be,
… the solution, the peace and the strength of your life!

      Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from
      Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma,
      an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Phil 4 18-19

 

Every idle word

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                                                       … counts!

In teaching about life, Jesus said that a tree (us) is known by its fruit,
… in other words, it is all about the fruit that we have in our lives.
Then He continued saying …

      But I say to you that for every idle word (rhema) men may speak,
      they will give account of it in the day of judgement.
      For by your words you will be justified,
      and by your words you will be condemned.”
      Matt 12 36-37

That is serious, because we have all spoken idle words!
However, Jesus used the word ‘RHEMA’,
… a word from God as He explained in John 15 7-8 …

      If you abide in Me, and My words (rhema) abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

In other ‘words‘,
… His Word that He reveals or speaks to us
… for our lives and for our future!
So, if we hear but do not act upon those words
… that were intended to impact our lives positively,
those words and instructions are idle,
words in our lives that we are responsible for!

So, what should we do?
LIVE John 15 7 by acting on His words, His rhema!
And John 15 8 will become real in our lives…

      By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit
      John 15 8

      For then you will make your way prosperous,
      and then you will have good success.
      Joshua 1 8

 

A hedge…

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                                                   … of protection!

We read in the book of Job,
… that God put a hedge around Job.
And … God does the same for us.

      However Job allowed fear to come in,
      … to enter in behind that hedge
      and instead of countering that fear with truth,
      … by recognising the wrong in his life,
      Job tried to influence God
      … to get God to overlook what was wrong.

Instead of dealing with what was wrong
the negative was allowed to grow and increase
causing the hedge of protection to be broken down.

      How are we dealing with life,
      … with those things that are wrong in our lives?
      Are we allowing those negative things in,
      … behind the hedge of protection
      by not dealing with them, openly and immediately?

God wants to express His love for us,
… at all times,

      When the enemy comes in like a flood
      the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
      Isaiah 59 19

Allow Him to be that hedge of protection,
… by letting Him deal with the negative in your life!
 

living and abiding

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                                     where and how you live!

Living is where you are –
Abiding is how you live where you are.

      having been born again,
      not of corruptible seed but incorruptible,
      through the word of God
      which lives and abides forever,

      1 Peter 1 23

Living basically means to be alive,
… to be able to do.
Living is where you are
… and the potential that is there for you!

Abiding is about what you do where you live.
Abiding is where you do things,
… not because you are paid to do them
but because you want to do what you are doing.

      In other words,
      … where you abide
      … is where your heart is.

For this reason Jesus said …

      If you abide in Me,
      and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire,
      and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

 

Free…

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                                                           … in Him!

Isn’t it wonderful to know that…

      Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law,
      Gal 3 13

      For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
      has made me free from the law of sin and death.
      Rom 8 2

What does that mean in my life?

      That I am free
      … from sin and the result of sin!
      That I am free
      … from sickness, disease, depression and poverty!

The Bible goes on to say,
      Therefore if the Son makes you free,
      you shall be free indeed.
      John 8 36

Free indeed!
Yet so often it seems that I am not.
Why is this?

      Because like any gift, I have to receive it,
      … and I have to live what is mine!

Jesus said,
      I have come that you may HAVE life in abundance!
      John 10 10

but it is up to me to believe
… and receive what Jesus has prepared for me.
I have to LIVE that life that Jesus came that I may have!
 

Faith works…

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                                                   … believe it!

Reality is that when you are trusting God,
you don’t get what you desire, you get what you believe.

      Delight yourself also in the Lord,
      and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
      Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him,
      and He shall bring it to pass.
      Psalms 37 4-5

God does not respond to or answer our desires,
… God responds to and answers our faith.
In other words, in our walk with Him,
… it is our action of faith that God responds to.

What about the rest of life … at home, at work etc?
The same applies.
We have to do something for there to be any kind of a result.

Life (the world) does not respond to your desires,
… life responds to your actions.

      For as the body without the spirit is dead
      so faith without works is dead also.
      James 2 26

So, how does God bless us?
Through faith and our corresponding actions,

      The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses
      and in all to which you set your hand,
      Deut 28:8

Unless you believe and also act on what you believe,
… nothing will happen,
because there is nothing to respond to,
… nothing to confirm or do!
 

Take up your cross

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                                     … with others in mind!

What did Jesus mean when He said …

      If anyone desires to come after Me,
      let him deny himself,
      and take up his cross, and follow Me.

      Matt 16 24

Jesus wants us to set aside our self-interest,
… and take up our cross and follow Him.
Jesus did not tell us to take up His cross,
… but wants us to follow His example,
… and take up ‘our cross’.

But what is this cross He wants us to take up?

      His cross is obvious, giving Himself for others,
      … doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
      The cross Jesus wants us to take up is the same,
      … giving ourselves for others,
      not as in sacrificing our bodies on a cross,
      … but by laying down our lives (self) for others!

How does He expect us to do that?
By doing what He did on the cross – by living love!

      By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.
      And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
      But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his
      brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him,
      how does the love of God abide in him?
      1 John 3 16

Jesus wants us to live our lives loving others,
… doing what we do with others in mind,
as He did on the cross … with us in mind!
 

You have…

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                                                   … the mind of Christ!

Under the Old Covenant, God said this through the prophet Isaiah

      For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
      Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
      For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      So are My ways higher than your ways,
      And My thoughts than your thoughts.
      Isaiah 55 8-9

What a blessing to know that Jesus came
… and that He changed all of that,

      For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’
      But we have the mind of Christ.
      1 Corinthians 2 16

We have the mind of Christ, which means that
we can think God’s way,
and His thoughts can be our thoughts.

      Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
      Philippians 2 5

Therefore when we are under pressure,
when we don’t know what to do,
we simply need to do what Scripture tells us to do,

      casting down arguments and every high thing
      that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
      bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
      2 Corinthians 10 5

In other words,
      bring those thoughts and pressures to Jesus,
      … let Him guide your thoughts and actions,
      … let Him tell you what to do.

 

Great …

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                                                     … in the Kingdom!

Being great in God’s kingdom
is not that you have,
… or what you have,
but that you give!

Being great in God’s kingdom
is not what you give,
but that you give!

      Maybe you want to give,
      … but the need seems so big.
      Maybe you want to give
      … but what you have seems so little.

The Philippians did not have much,
… but gave according to what they had,
and knowing their hearts,
… and their situation,
the apostle Paul wrote this to them…

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Philippians 4 19

Because it is not about what you have,
but it’s all about – that you give!

      Give, and it will be given to you: good measure,
      pressed down, shaken together,
      and running over will be put into your bosom.
      For with the same measure that you use,
      it will be measured back to you
      Luke 6 38