The Upside Down World Of God

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Isa 55:8-13  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. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

If we can understand and operate in the ways of God, then we will be able to navigate every situation we ever find ourselves in throughout our life. Navigating life successfully is not about having one perfect circumstance after another. It is about travelling through every difficult circumstance we encounter with Christ attitudes and His pathways.  He said I am the way the truth and the life.

Many authors have been rejected multiple times before they were accepted. If they respond rightly to the criticism each rejection has made them a better writer. We think rejection is final, however, it’s just a part of the journey, God has designed to make you better at what you do. Nothing comes to you in final form. It always comes as raw material. You’ve got a dream to have a tree, and God gives you a seed. You want a pot, He gives you clay. You want a song, He gives you three notes of a melody. You go away and work on it, redrafting every sentence, every sound, every word.

Be happy when things begin small, or go wrong. It’s part of the journey God has en route to success.

Michelangelo had to paint the largest painting in the world within a structured ceiling with panels and spaniels.  He worked them into the painting and made them so now no-one notices the framework, in fact it works to enhance the painting!

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LOVE THE TRUTH

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2 Thessalonians 2:10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

The love and hunger and desire for the Truth should be enough of a motivation for us to seek God and live in Christ.

Most of the preaching today talks about needing to “come to God” or “seek Him” because you have been a victim, or want your dreams to come to pass, or you have a destiny and you want to know the meaning of your life. There is actually nothing inherently wrong with any of these, but if that is all we have in our motivation to draw near to God we will become disappointed with Him. Sometimes the ways of God include delaying the answer to your prayers, or not even answering them in order to gain your attention at a level where He can go to work on you transforming you into the image of Christ.

This is your greatest destiny and God’s ultimate intention for you. A love for the truth is what will keep us in these times, a love for Christ no matter what is happening in our lives.

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AN ODE TO FAITH.

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Great muscle of  my soul
Gifted from Christ
Strengthened by pressure
Perfected in fire
Believing the impossible
Imagining the unbelievable
Promises from the mouth,
The mouth of God
The mouth of God Himself
Has authored a faith beyond my believing.
Unreasonable rebel
Denying every reason why not!
This is our victory
His faith in our heart
Lift up your eyes Pilgrim
Grip firm your sword
Silence the demons
Crackling with doubt
With that simple decision
I decide to believe;
I decide to believe His Word
I decide to believe His Spirit
I decide to believe I can
I decide to believe His Son
I decide to believe we will overcome
I decide to believe dreams will arrive
I decide today.
I decide to believe in Jesus Name.

THANK GOD FOR THEM //

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Philippians 1:3 (NLT) Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.

What an awesome thing to have the great apostle Paul write to you and say he feels thankfulness rise within whenever he thinks of you.

Every time you remember someone, thank God for them. Think of the positive things about a person and thank God for them.

It’s wonderful when there are people who elicit thanks to God from us without any need for working on it. However, in many situations when we think of people, thanks is possibly the last thing we are thinking of. It’s at these times we also need to ensure we have thankfulness in our hearts. So, whenever we think of people we should simply go ahead and thank God for them regardless of what their impact on our lives has been. This will change our attitude. We will work to see the positive in them. The Holy Spirit is attracted to this attitude and will empower us.

What do your leaders and other people feel when they think of you? Do they feel anxious because you are trouble to them? Do they feel depressed because they have to meet with you? Angry because you have upset them? Awkward because you owe them money? Grief because you vex them? 

Do you want people to love you? Don’t be relying on their unconditional love. Be loveable. Be easy to love, to honour and to admire. Love is work, both giving it and getting it. Work on being the kind of person people thank God for.

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STIR UP //

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2Timothy 1:6,7 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Fear shuts down our gifts, talents, and potential in life. Fear pushes itself into our emotions. Unlike God, fear does not wait for the invitation to enter our lives. Fear simply forces itself on us. To be free from phobias we have to take charge deciding we will not be afraid, to literally, ‘fear not’. The power of a fearless life rises from our relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the spirit of fear has no place to live. Secondly, if the Word of God lives in us, in our thoughts and hearts, then the words we speak become reality in our lives. The Word of God must reign in us if we are to reign in life.

Why does it need to be stated that God has not given us a spirit of fear? Because the devil works hard to make fear feel as though it was from God. If we believe that the anxieties we feel are from God trying to communicate with us, then we will open ourselves to that emotion. If Christians can be deceived into believing their fears are from God, then they will be rendered powerless. Know this, any fears you have are not from God. Any voice that accuses you, intimidates you, makes you feel guilty, worried or unsettles you is not from God. It’s the devil. Take your stand, resist the devil and gain the victory over those voices.

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COMPLETE

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Psalm 92:4 For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

We ‘have been’ blessed. We are not trying to get blessed. We are, right now, already blessed. There is nothing we can do to improve on Christ in us. We can offer nothing that would add value to Christ. No, our journey is unpackaging this gift. We pray. We feed on His Word. We awaken to what has been achieved for us. We appropriate it. We make it real.

When Jesus died upon the cross, His last words were, ‘It is finished’.

He had accomplished a complete salvation.

From here He simply trusted Himself to the Father. ‘Into your hands I commit my spirit’ Luke 23:46 the greatest act of faith, ever. There’s nothing you can do when you’re dead. No amount of ‘positive mental attitude’ will get you up again. No matter how motivated you are before you die, when you’re dead, you’re dead. Another power beyond your own has to come into play. Jesus connected with that resurrection power through faith. God raised Him from the dead.

This same God had told Joshua He has given him the entire land of Canaan. (Joshua 1:3). The truth is, it has actually been theirs for forty years. Tragically, because they had refused to believe God, they had not been able to ‘unpackage’ this gift. However, now a leader and a generation who believe God get together, and they are able to begin possessing their possessions.

Obadiah 1:17 ‘But on Mount Zionthe house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

It seems a highly unusual statement that the house of Jacob would possess their possessions. If we possess something, why is there any need to still possess it? This is the constant truth of New Testament life. Even though we may possess the same inheritance as Jesus Christ, it remains dormant unless we constantly step into possessing that inheritance. We must choose to walk by faith in the Word.

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BUT GOD //

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Acts 7:9-10 These sons of Jacob were very jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. BUT GOD was with him and delivered him from his anguish.

Even our closest friends and family can turn against us, BUT GOD delivers us from their plans.

Joseph was the favourite son of his father. He would report on his brothers to his father. This didn’t help his relationship with them. They hated him. Joseph had a dream that one day he would be a great ruler. In fact his dream included his family. He saw himself ruling over his family. This increased the jealousy and hatred of his brothers. They could stand it no longer and decided to kill him. They threw him down a pit and left him to die, but then when they saw slave traders coming by they decided to sell him to them.

Sometimes the worst things that happen to us are actually part of an incredible plan of God. He is fulfilling our dreams. So many things seemed to keep working against Joseph’s life, yet all of them were actually working for him. He was sold as a slave to a man called Potiphar, once of the King of Egypt’s chief men. Potiphar began to prosper simply because Joseph was looking after the man’s affairs. However, another bad day came when Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of attempting to rape her. This landed him in jail. However, again he quickly rose to become the ruler of the prison. He interpreted the dreams of others yet they forgot him when they could have helped him. Eventually the King of Egypt had a dream neither he nor anyone else could understand. Someone Joseph had once helped remembered him and told the King of his gift to interpret dreams. Joseph was summoned. Immediately he interpreted the dream for the King and then also gave some advice to the King. The dream indicated there would be seven years of prosperity, then seven of drought. Joseph advised the King to store up from the prosperous years rather than consume it all and then the he would be able to feed his own nation but also sell to all the others during the scarce years. The King was astonished at his insightfulness. He made him second only to himself in power over Egypt…

BUT GOD!

We can think our dreams are dead and that we have been forgotten by God, but Joseph kept a great attitude, He helped others when he himself was in distress. He kept believing. Eventually his ‘day’ came, and on that day he went from the prison to the throne. Don’t forget the God factor in your life.

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