Thursday, 2 January 2014

Prepare For Attack

‘…A brother is born for adversity.’

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Nehemiah discovered that not everybody will be happy about your success. ‘Sanballat …sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together”…But they thought to do me harm. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you”? But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner’ (Nehemiah 6:2-4 NKJV). Note the words, ‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.’ That could be classified as an Academy Award-winning response to attack! 

Any time you stop the work God has given you to do and step down to the level of your critics, you’ve sent the devil a signal that his strategy is working. So you can expect more of the same. Think: if God can deliver you in times of trouble, surely He can defend you in times of misunderstanding! So get back up on the wall He has called you to build and keep working. Don’t get distracted. There are three kinds of people you will meet in life: 1) The critic. They’re the first to point an accusing finger and the last to extend a helping hand. 2) The cautious. When you’re in trouble they’ll distance you lest they become tainted by your perceived liabilities. These people are not bad, they’re just self-serving. Don’t put your trust in them. 3) The committed. ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ Recognise such people and build your life around them because they are a gift from God.

Used with permission from UCB Word for Today. Free issues are available here for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Monday, 4 November 2013

Let It Be Known

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I had a great text from a friend yesterday as we were reflecting on what God was doing amongst us in our church community. She said, "Yes, it's wonderful what God is doing in our lives, making Himself known". Wow. This really reminded me that this grace, presence and experience of Him is not just about us, it's about Him making HIMSELF known through us. So how much do I keep all this God stuff to myself? How quick am I to share what God is doing? When we receive healing how quick are we to stand up and say, "Guess what happened!!?". 

We British do reticence very well. Don't want to get too enthusiastic. Don't want people to think we're going over the top, becoming  Jesus freaks. It's wise to be cautious and wait for the right moment isn't it? When the Spirit leads etc etc etc. Yesterday I was telling a friend how much God has been doing in my life over these last few years. He has been blessing me with such an awareness of His Presence and I am becoming more and more hungry for Him and discovering that He responds to hunger. He loves it! He loves it when we come and give it all to Him and He pours more and more into our lives as we draw near to Him. As I shared I felt tears coming and I felt awkward. Afterwards I wondered if I had said too much, been too gushing. But to be honest I don't think I, or most of us are in danger of going over the top when talking about Jesus! I want to be more in danger of going over the top than becoming lukewarm!

As God has reminded me, I want to remind you that all He has done and is doing in your life is not just to bless you. It's to reveal Himself to those around you making known His great love and compassion for them. Come Holy Spirit and make yourself known through us!