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.

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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.

Thank you for reading this week! I also have a new post over on my LinkedIn, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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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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