Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Y - Yours


Ps 119 v 94:  I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts.

1 Cor 3 v 21-23:  Therefore let no one glory in men.  For all things are Yours: (22) Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are Yours (23) and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

My heart belongs to You, Lord!
You are the Lord's precious treasure.  Let that sink deep into your heart.  Close your eyes - and tell yourself, "I am His" - "He chose me".  His word says so.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Jackie at Adventures of the Ordinary for The Way I see it Wednesdays

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

X - X-ray

eXamine your heart!  (ok, thats quite lame for X but my options were quite limited)


Ps 139 v 23-24:  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties, (24) and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

How do you know from your spiritual X-ray that your heart need attention?
Matt 6 v 21:  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.



So, what is your treasure?

  • Things?
  • People's opinion?
  • Education?
  • Your body?
  • God's will?
God says He will replace your heart of stone with a heart that knows Him!
Jer 24 v 7:  Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.

Our hearts can so quickly fill up with the rubbish and hurt of this world.  That is why the scripture says to guard your heart:  Prov 4 v 23:  Keep (guard) your heart with all diligence, for our of it spring the issues of life.
Guard your heart already!

eXamine your heart regularly - Give yourself a spiritual X-ray - guard your heart!

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Shanda at A Pause on the Path



Monday, 29 August 2011

W - Wait


I am an impatient person.  I hate waiting!  If I know I'm going to have to wait for someone, then I plan it in - you know, take a book or a crossword, something - so that I am not just inactively "WAITING".  Its the unplanned waiting that freaks me out.  "I'll only be 10 minutes, promise!"  40 minutes later - yeah right (10 minutes).  I'm getting anxious writing this!!!!

That been said, I don't like to make people wait for me either.  I hate that too!   Makes guilt rise up and guilt is so good at squashing joy!

BUT

We are to wait on God ... for His timing is perfect!


He sees the big picture.  We only see our puzzle piece on the board of life.  He is busy putting things in order so that He can work in your life but what we don't see is how intricately our lives are woven around the lives of others.

For example:  You are in desperate need of funds and pray to God who hears but His word says .... (cue drum roll here ...), WAIT!  In the meantime, God is not 'waiting' for things to fall in place for you.  He is working things together for your good.  He speaks into the heart of a godly woman, who mentions a blessing opportunity to her husband, who miraculously got an awesome job which brings in much money, from a client who felt God tell him to use that contractor.  (breathe now)  The client could not understand why, but chose to be obedient.  Contractor/husband has windfall from praying for good business, hears wife's story about a blessing opportunity, feels led to bless you, who prayed for funding (6 months ago!!)

It may not have happened on the "day of the prayer" but God heard - God moved - God answered and (in my example above) at least 4 people were blessed by being used of God, by being obedient to His prompting.  And let us not forget the testimonies of all the above people!

Waiting does not mean silence, as in God is ignoring you.  It means - wait - its coming and it'll be good!

Ps 27 v 14:  Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

My encouragement to you - try to keep your attitude good in the waiting.

God bless
Tracy





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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Me and Facebook


Although I vowed and declared to never be seen on Facebook, I have now joined.  So, ladies who have seen my anti-facebook comments, I apologise!  

Sorry!
One of my future posts will deal with the "why" I never went on facebook, and the reason "why" I now have.  Having said that, my goals for my Facebook page are to be the same as those of my blog.  See Here for my blog goals.

I am totally new to facebook and have no idea how to link it to my blog and visa versa so I'm sure through trial and error, I will eventually get it right.  I am glad that before going on facebook I read the series on social media by Jenifer Metzger at Sweet Blessings.  I feel ready to jump right in.

If you have any advice to offer me, I am all ears.  And not only that, I would truly appreciate it.

God bless
Hope you are all having a blessed weekend
Tracy




Friday, 26 August 2011

V - Voice

Ahh, the voice of God.  Who does not long to hear His voice?  Many claim to have heard His audible voice.  I haven't!  I'd love to but I think if I did I'd either laugh it off thinking someone was playing a techno trick on me, or I'd be so freaked out I'd be looking for the closest whale to swallow me!

Don't fear the Lord's voice!
Having said that, I think God is gracious with us.  He knows how we listen or hear His voice.  For me, I like to think I hear God speak to me through my conscience.  For example, if I have a bad feeling about something, I avoid it (like do I drive this way or that - or do I watch that movie or not?).  If I have a good feeling about something, I take that as a sign to move forward, step out in faith, for example, tell the waitress that God loves her, etc.

Are you listening?

Sometimes, its those direct words that slam you in the chest when you open your bible for a quiet time.  For example, you're sitting there, feeling overwhelmed, and know it, so you reach for your bible - and the next  scripture for the day is, "don't be overwhelmed by the world....."  Wow, ok, I got it!

I like to think that the more time I spend in the God's word the more I trust my conscience, knowing (that for me) that is how I am hearing God's voice.


  • God's voice is powerful - He "spoke" the earth and all in it into being! (Gen 1)
  • God's voice is confirming - Matt 3 v 17:  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is by beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
  • God's voice is known by His children (kind of disproves my techno theory) - John 10 v 4:  And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him for they know his voice.
  • God's voice call to us, show us He waits and longs for us - Rev 3 v 20:  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Are you going to let Him in?

Are you listening for His voice?
How do you hear Him?

God bless
Tracy

Linking up with Laura of Beholding Glory for Brag on God Fridays


Thursday, 25 August 2011

U - Used


Are you feeling used?
Matt 5 v 44:  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.



How do you use your freedom?
Gal 5 v 13:  For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.


I think this means that we were set free from the 'law' through the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross who saved us through grace and not works - in that freedom from the 'law' we have to be careful not to use that freedom to do whatever we want thinking Christ has paid the price.  He has - but we cheapen His sacrifice - by behaving in this manner.  In awe, we should use our freedom, because of such a sacrifice, to serve others, thereby showing others just a fraction of His great love for us.

Both scriptures speak of love - someone trying to use you? - pray for them in love!  Use your freedom in Christ, to serve one another in love!

In doing this you are being USED of God.  The best position to be in!

God bless
Tracy


Linking with Joan at Reflections of His grace

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

T - Tempted

James 1 v 12-16:  Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
(13)  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God", for  God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
(14)  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
(15)  Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
(16)  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

Turn from temptation!
So, what does the above chunk of scripture say:
  • You are blessed if you endure and overcome temptation
  • You receive the crown of life (probably because God knows the strength of the attack of the enemy)
  • You cannot blame God if you're tempted - He cannot be tempted not tempts anyone!
  • You can be more easily tempted when you don't spend time with the Lord and in His word.
  • The results of falling into temptation can be devastating!
  • Wisely, the writer admonishes us not to be deceived.


Prov 14 v 16(a):  A wise man fears and departs from evil...
An excellent fitness opportunity - RUN from evil, RUN from temptation.
No shame in running from temptation

And remember, 1 Cor 10 v 13:  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
My encouragement to you - keep close to the Lord, He protects you and will open your eyes to deception.

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Jackie at The way I see it Wednesdays


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

S - Serve


Who should we be serving?
Matt 6 v 24:  No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon (riches)

How  should we be serving?
Gal 5 v 13:  For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Going the extra mile!
Why should we serve?
Col 3 v 22:  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.

Col 3 V 23-24:  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, (24) knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

We serve in obedience and as unto the Lord, and God rewards us with a heavenly reward.

Service is an act of love.  For some, it is their love language.  So to serve others, as if you were serving the Lord, you show the Lord's love and God sees and He rewards.  Don't look for reward (a pat on the back) from the person you serve, serve knowing your reward is in heaven.

Serving with Joy!

My encouragement to you is to serve in love with no expectation, other than a 'knowing' that God sees and God rewards.

God bless
Tracy


Linking up with Shanda at On your heart Tuesdays
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Monday, 22 August 2011

R - The 4 R's

  • Repent
  • renewed
  • restored
  • revived
When you repent, your spirit within you is renewed, your relationship with God restored, and your heart and passion for Christ revived.

Repent:
Matt 3 v 1-2:  In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (2) and saying, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Renewed:
Eph 4 v 23-24:  and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (24) and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.
Ps 51 v 10:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Relationship Renewed
Restored:
Ps 51 v 17:  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit.

Revived:
Ps 85 v 6:  Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

Repent - Renewed - Restored - Revived
Leads to:
Relationship - righteousness - rejoicing - reward!



You know that scripture in Phil 4 v 8:  Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.

Well, hopefully you will only ever think positive things with R in the future!
Relationship, redemption, return, renew, revive, restore, good report, rejoice, release, righteousness, reward, etc...

God bless
Tracy

Linking up with Jen at Soli Deo Gloria


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Friday, 19 August 2011

Q - Quiet(ness)

I love the hustle and bustle of my home, teenagers running around, hubby walking and talking on the phone, TV or Hi-fi blaring, microwave pinging, lawn-mower going, computer humming, etc......
(feeling stressed yet?)

But sometimes, its really awesome to have some peace and quiet.  Everyone out the house, dogs asleep in the sun, all electrical anythings off.  And all you can hear is a bird singing, a soft breeze moving the curtains, a page turning while reading the word.....ahhh, pure bliss!


Its at times like this that things from the word will settle in my heart.  I can take the time without constant interruption to write down a scripture, or highlight something special from God's word.  I can practice thankfulness, or I can just sit still and know that He is God.  It is in these times I feel my strength renewed.


Isa 30 v 15:  Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.


My encouragement to you is to seek some quiet time for yourself and spend time in the presence of the Lord and He will renew your strength.

God bless
Tracy


Linking up with Laura at Beholding Glory for Brag on God Friday




Thursday, 18 August 2011

P -Planted

Ps 92 v 13-14:  Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing.


Matt 15 v 13:  But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted."


Ps 1 v 1(a) + 3(a):  Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly......Vs 3:  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season...

Where are you planted?
At the river bank of God's living waters?

God bless
Tracy

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

O - Obedience


1 Sam 15 v 22:  Then Samuel said: "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to Heed than the fat of rams."

Check out the next verse:

v 23:  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.

OUCH!

To obey implies an action, a decision to trust, an act of your will to comply.  To sacrifice implies payment, a bartering.  As vs 22 says, both are a great delight to Him, but obedience is better, and has Jesus not paid the ultimate sacrifice/price for us?
I like that!

Vs 23 - well, quite harsh, but then God's word is renowned for telling it like it is.  This is another example of God's high standards.  To rebel - same as witchcraft!  Stubbornness - same as sin!  I'm pretty stubborn at times, not always accepting God's word at face value - according to this verse - I am sinning!!!

To obey God's word takes sacrificing self!


My encouragement to you is to obey the Lord in whichever way you know how.  Read His word, trust in His desire for your obedience - He loves you.

God bless
Tracy


Linking up with Jackie at The Way I see it Wednesday


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

N - Names of God


Jehovah-Rohi - The Lord is my Sheperd (Ps 23 v1)
  It is He that I want to follow for the rest of my life!

Jehovah-Shammah - The Lord is present (Ezek 48 v 35)
  I believe God is with us all the time, whether it feels like it or not.

Jehovah-Rapha - The Lord our healer (Exod 15 v 26)
  I choose to believe that God will heal anyone of any disease in His time, in His way.

Jehovah-Jireh - Our provider (Gen 22 v 13-14)
  I believe we have all experienced God's provision.

Jehovah-Shalom - The Lord is peace (Judges 6 v 24)
  Jesus says He gives us peace, not as the world knows it - but a peace that surpasses all understanding.  A peace that defies logic.  I desire this peace!

El-Elyon - The most High God (Gen 14 v 19-20)
  Our God, the most High God, the only God

El-Shaddai - God Almighty (Ps 91 v 1)
  God almighty cares about me, protects me.  He is my strong tower.  I will trust Him

El-Olam - The everlasting God (Isa 40 v 28-31)
  This scripture says that the everlasting God NEVER grows weary, He increases our strength with His and if we wait on Him, He will renew our strength.


There are so many more names for God.  A few others that stand out for me are:
  • Abba                                                     
  • Bright morning star
  • Consuming fire
  • God who see me
  • Rock
  • Truth
  • Saviour
  • Wonderful
  • Word of God
  • Merciful
  • Light of the World

And there are many more.  God is everything we need and can ever imagine to us.  His names say so.

What of His names means the most to you?

God bless
Tracy

Linking with Shanda at Pause on the Path


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