Monday, December 11, 2017

Keeping Christmas Simple

Hello Everyone,

The countdown to Christmas has begun. This is the time of year where the Christmas frenzy is in full swing. Every shopping mall is decked with Christmas decor, and shoppers are literally running from store to store to collect their gifts to be put under the tree. The juggle seems whether to go with one valuable gift, or many insignificant ones. Quality verses quantity.... and so they go, scratching their heads, considering the tight budget, and scrambling along desperately, trying to find something inexpensive, yet meaningful to buy. All this, just to tick off another item on their long, ‘Things To Do for Christmas’ list. It’s madness I tell you. 🙄🎄😉

Well, this morning I got up early to spend some time in the Word, and felt led to watch Jeremy and Sarah Pearsons on my Legacy Studios App. And I was so pleased I did. They mentioned a couple of truths that touched my heart and brought a fresh flow of God’s love and peace to wash over my soul again. I want to share one of those truths with you today.

Jeremy and Sarah were speaking about their decision to keep their Christmas ‘simple’ this year, when it comes to the topic of gifts. Quantity is not necessarily quality, especially when you recognise the value of the gift to the person and how, when they receive it with love, it will bring them great joy. Really, this is based on God’s gift to us in John 3:16.

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (AMPC)

Jesus is the one gift God only had one of, and He chose to give Him to us! The minute Jeremy mentioned it, this truth hit its mark in my heart! In a world where there are so many pressing needs, there is one gift that meets them all, and His Name is Jesus.

God knew that when He was giving us His only Son, He was in truth, giving us all the wisdom, peace, protection and every spiritual, mental, and physical blessing we will ever need in this life. When we recognise the gift Jesus is to us, and draw near to Him every day, embracing Him, clinging to Him, trusting and relying on Him, something miraculous happens. We receive His flow of supernatural, everlasting life. Not just a promise of life in heaven with Him when we leave this earth. No, we receive His life in us now. The fullness of all that is Jesus, is coursing in us every time we step aside and choose to draw near to Him. Just like drinking deeply from the well of Living Water.

Isn’t that what Jesus said He was, when He spoke to the Samaritan women at the well in John 4:10? “Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God’s gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.”

And so, dear reader, that is what I want to leave in your heart and mind today. Will you recognise God’s gift to you today, and every day as Jesus. Will you see Him as your Living Water. And will you drink deeply of Him, every time you draw near. He will fill you, and satisfy you spirit, soul and body. Oh what a gift, what a treasure we have in Jesus.

All my love,


Monday, December 4, 2017

Still, Small Voice

Hello everyone,

Do you remember the story of the prophet who went on a killing frenzy, singlehandedly slaughtering 450 prophets of Baal, and then outrunning a horse drawn chariot that was running at full speed, across the desert?  This happened just after an insane contest between the God of Elijah and Baal.  All of Israel had assembled for the show-down, including their wicked king, Ahab.  Watching Elijah that day, must have been like watching a starved lion, set loose among fresh prey.  He acted like a man who had lost all inhibition, and was consumed with a determined, fiery passion that could not be restrained or quenched.  He taunted and mocked those evil, false prophets who had spent years revelling in greed and blood lust, constantly driving a wedge between God and His people.  But on this day, all of Israel stood by and watched their God prove His sovereignty in a dramatic display of fire and bloodshed.  The prophet Elijah acted as the human extension of the powerful, unseen God, Who refused to be mocked and set aside a moment longer!  

So you can understand my bewilderment, when I discovered this mighty, ferocious Elijah, who acted so fearlessly, ends up, just a few days later, hiding in a cave, in fear of a woman!  I laughed out loud when I read this.  Seriously?  After that outlandish demonstration of God’s power at work through this man, what was he doing sulking, and shaking in fear, hiding in a dark cave from the threats of a woman?  Talk about coming down and hitting rock bottom, after being on such a tremendous high!  Well, when we read on, we see how God once again remembers our fragile, fickle humanity, and carefully builds His prophet’s faith in Him again. 1 Kings 19 tells how God leads Elijah to stand just before the the opening of the cave.  Here He gives him a brilliant, personal display of His power.  The show includes spectacular, special effects, of a mighty wind that causes the rocks on the mountains around him to shatter.   But the Lord was not in the wind.  Then an earthquake, violently shook the place, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  Then a fierce fire begins to burn, with dangerous, huge tongues reaching out, all around it, but the Lord was not in the fire.  Now look at what verse 12 and 13 says,  “... and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.  When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?”   

There is nothing more important to any child of God, than hearing God’s voice whispered in our hearts.  But why do we insist on cluttering our lives with things that distract us from the very presence of God?  Why is it that all too quickly we forget Who He is to us as we allow our circumstances to overwhelm us?  I have to say, this story of Elijah strikes a chord in my heart.  It  brings me back to the essence of our faith.  To know and hear that still, small voice is what puts everything into perspective.  In an instant, every doubt and fear is washed away, and we stand before Him in a glorious vulnerability, completely surrendered to His care.  It’s a place of absolute trust and safety.  Where we know and are known.  

Perhaps it’s time to come aside from the noise and the business of things.  Even those things that appear to have Him in them, but in reality don’t.  Let’s go where we are alone, in the quite place of His presence, so that we can hear His still, small voice resonate in our spirits, and flood into every crevice of our souls.  Let Him ask the questions we need to hear, and breath the answers we seek to know.  

Much love,


Monday, November 27, 2017

Believe God!

Hello Everyone,

The moment we believed and received Jesus into our hearts as our personal Saviour, the miraculous happened.  In fact, it happened on so many levels and in so many life changing ways.  We were snatched out of the kingdom of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of light!  Our spirits became the home of the Holy Spirit, where He made us alive and formed the image of Christ in us.  We became part of God’s family and inherited not just all the promises of God, but everything He has.  And all this happened in one single moment, when we decided to believe God!

Do you know why we believed God?  Because we trusted Him.  The Bible says the Holy Spirit was already at work in our hearts, bearing witness with us and leading us to truth - the truth that we can trust Him (Acts 15:8, 1John 5:6).  And that’s exactly what we did!  We didn’t even hesitate, we followed our hearts and jumped right into the gift of eternal life, embracing our newly found salvation with such joy and gratitude, being overwhelmed by God’s love for us.

Did you know that just as we believed and trusted God to be saved, we can believe and trust Him for all we need to live in victory in this life?  It really is that simple, but for some reason, we’ve complicated it.  We’ve allowed our minds to reason and be caught up in the natural, and influence what we believe.  When what we should be doing, is believing and receiving in the spiritual realm, and letting our spirits dominate our way of thinking.  

Believing God is the key to life, but until we truly trust Him, we are always going to battle to settle the matter of faith inside of us.  Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].”

So how do we build our trust and faith in God?  Just as the Holy Spirit worked in our hearts to help us trust God for our salvation, He continuously works in our hearts, revealing the trustworthy, loving nature of our God.  That’s what He does, and He is extremely good at it!  Ephesians 3:16-20 explains how the Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to grasp the depth and magnitude of God’s love for us so that we can personally experience the nature of God.  And when we know Him this way, there is simply no question when it comes to trusting Him!  Look at what the Amplified Classic version says in verse 19, “[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”

And then, when we are completely flooded and filled with the practical knowledge of Who God is, take a look at the results that flow from that: “...Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams)” verse 20.

Did you get that in your spirit?  Oh my goodness, what a glorious truth!  We don’t have to go around wondering if we will ever be able to have enough faith to really trust God in this life.  The Holy Spirit inside us is making Him real to us all the time!  All we need to do is pay attention to Him and become sensitive to His promptings!  He is never silent, He is continuously encouraging us and leading us into the truth of Who God is.  And it’s not just head knowledge, it’s a personal experience of God’s presence that we feel and receive in our spirits.  Every time we spend time in God’s Word, or spend time in His presence through worship and prayer, the louder we hear His Spirit communicating with us.  When we respond to what He is teaching us, the flow of revelation truth gets stronger and more dominant, until it overrides our limited, natural way of thinking.

That’s how our faith in God grows!  That’s how we are able to believe and trust Him for all things in this life.  

In her book, The Simplicity of Healing, Dr. Sandra Kennedy makes the statement that “we cannot rise above our belief about God.”  When we yield to the Holy Spirit, knowing and trusting that He is constantly doing His powerful work inside us - revealing the truth of Who God is - our trust in God grows.  As our trust in God grows, we are able to believe His Word and promises concerning us too, and once on that journey, there is no limit to what He will do in and through our lives!

So, let’s not hesitate, but jump right into spending time with the Holy Spirit in prayer and His Word, with the simple trust we did at the point of our salvation.  We will never look back when the power of the Holy Spirit is turned up in our lives.  God’s power will become dominant over every area of our natural lives and supernatural living will become our natural way of life!

Much love,


Sunday, November 19, 2017

An Irony to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving in the USA is a traditional national holiday, celebrated by American families since the year 1863.  This will be our very first Thanksgiving in the US, and we are so excited to celebrate it together with some dear friends this week.  

Since I love learning about how things first came about, I found out some interesting facts about how this holiday first began, and I wanted to share them with you.  History tells how a ship called the Mayflower, filled with English families who were desperate to start a new life, in a new land, dropped anchor at Cape Cod in September of 1620.  Many of these families left their homes and all things familiar, to escape religious persecution.  They gave up everything for the freedom to serve and worship their God as their hearts longed to.  When they landed at Cape Cod, they realised they were too far north from where they had intended to be. So, they sailed on, and about a month later, crossed the Massachusetts Bay, and arrived at Plymouth. Sadly, they were not prepared for the cruel, harsh winter ahead of them, and not many survived the cold, the scurvy, and the hunger.   

But everything changed the very next spring, when two native Indians befriended the survivors, and taught them how to cultivate the land, and grow crops that would nourish them.  They also introduced them to the local tribe of Wampanoag Indians, who helped in all manner of ways to respectfully ‘tame’ the land and cause it to flourish for their survival.  That  very next autumn, in 1621, those early Plymouth colonists, together with their Wampanoag friends, celebrated their very first Autumn Harvest, Thanksgiving feast!  It lasted three days, and made such an impression on the colonists that they decided to make it an annual event!  

For years, the different colonies celebrated Thanksgiving at different times, until the year of 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, where President Abraham Lincoln, declared it a national holiday to be celebrated every November.  And so the tradition continues, families across the continent celebrate this holiday together, apparently, many using it as an opportunity to be thankful for each other and the life of freedom they are able to enjoy in their great nation.

Ironically, one of the native Indians that first befriended those early colonists, helped them, and introduced them to the Wampanoag tribe, spoke English.  That’s because years before, he had been captured, sold into slavery and taken to England, where he learnt to survive in that harsh land, and speak the language that was so foreign to him.  Now, that very same land and language belonged to the people who were at his mercy.  Yet he didn’t hesitate to act in kindness and selflessly share all he knew to help them make their home in their newfound land of freedom. 

No matter which country we live in, there is always a reason for us to grateful.  And who’s to say that our one act of kindness towards someone else, could be the very thing that opens up a world of freedom and opportunity for them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much love,


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pave Your Path of Life and Peace

Hello everyone,

Did you know that the way you think directly affects the way you live?  If you are a child of God who has chosen to live by the truth of His Word, you probably know all about this.  It is, after all, a basic foundational truth of faith.  But knowing about a truth and actually experiencing its reality in our lives are two completely different things.  I want to talk to you today about how this truth really does affect our every day lives and paves a sure way for our future!

I have realised that when my mind is kept full of the Word of God, I begin to see things and think about things from His perspective. Over the past couple of months I found myself continuously in the Word, out of necessity.  It was over our scheduled trip to South Africa, where ministry appointments and live television broadcasts were booked and scheduled day in and day out for six continuous weeks.  What a blast!  It kept me in a place where I had to have my mind prepared and saturated with the Word of God.  The magnificent result was the flow of life and peace that Word produced inside of me!   Romans 8:6 says: “Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].”  

Did you know that a healthy mind that is filled with God’s supernatural life and peace, supernaturally influences every other part of our lives and produces an atmosphere of favour and blessing in and around us?  This is a miracle I absolutely love and delight in!  To think that having my soul, which is my intellect, my emotions and my will, filled with the truth of God’s Word, is what will start a ripple effect of God’s blessing and favour to flow into all that concerns me, is absolutely wonderful!   Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”  

And that is exactly what I began to experience.  I actually felt worry and fear break off of me and peace and joy make a victorious path for me.  Everything I did had God’s touch of blessing and favour all over it.  I slept better than I had in months and my level of physical and mental strength amazed me.  I was able to fit in and do all that I needed to do by a supernatural grace and strength that didn’t just astound me, but it astounded those who know me too.  
When we deliberately choose to think and meditate on the thoughts God thinks about us, from His Word, we pave a way for that truth to become our reality.  What we think influences the words we speak and the way we operate in life.  Whether we realise it or not, each action we take in life, causes some kind of reaction.  So if God’s life and peace are actively at work inside us, and that same life and peace begins to radiate out of us and influences the way we live.  We can expect a supernatural reaction to follow.  Proverbs 12:14 says, “From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].”

I want to encourage you to deliberately step up your level of commitment to spending time in God’s Word.  I have no doubt that your experience will be as life giving as mine!  Mark 4:24 promises that the attention we give to the Word, will pour a quality of excellence straight back into our lives!   “And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure[of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure[of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”

What are you waiting for?  Let’s feast our minds and hearts on His truth and watch the supernatural life and peace that comes from it flood every area of our lives!

Much love,


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Life Changer

Hello everyone,

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing people hear the truth of God’s Word and having that ‘light switch on’ in their eyes when they understand it in a way that is meaningful to them.  It makes me want to dance and shout for joy every time!  And if I get so much delight out of seeing that connection being made, where God’s Words of life drop from their minds to their hearts, can you just imagine how the Lord must feel?  Especially since His Word is Him!  It carries His perspective, His thoughts, His Life and wisdom!  When we get excited about the Word and respond to it as a precious treasure, knowing it will enrich our lives in every way, it’s the very same thing as us getting excited to receive the Lord Himself, and have Him change our lives forever!

I’ve been reading a book called The Simplicity of Healing by Dr. Sandra G. Kennedy.  What intrigued me about this book and encouraged me to ‘sink my teeth into it’, is the inscription bellow the title of the book that says, ‘A practical guide to releasing the miracle power of God’s Word’.  I know that God’s Word is filled with His power, life and supernatural peace.  Many Christians do.  But the key to releasing its power into our daily lives, begins with the way we approach it.  Reading God’s Word as an obligation has very little benefit.  But approaching it with a hunger for its truth and an earnest expectation for its life to be released into us is an entirely different thing.  When we take the time, and make the effort to understand it, God’s Word will ALWAYS produce the powerful, supernatural force of FAITH that will change our lives forever.

That’s because faith steps us into a realm where nothing is impossible! Faith is the spiritual currency that enables us to operate in the dimension of the supernatural, and have access to every single promise and provision God has provided for us in His Word.

Look at what Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.  Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.”

When we give God’s Word our attention, it will produce unshakable faith inside of us.  The Word’s of God bring life to anyone who FINDS them.

That implies we must read the Word with the intention of finding something in it.  Like searching for a precious treasure that will enrich our lives, expecting to find it when we search for it with an eager, hungry heart.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].”

One of the wonderful qualities the Word of God has, is its ability to become addictive to anyone who finds its truth.  Oh boy, am I experiencing that first hand!  The more time I spend in the Word, studying it, meditating on it, writing about it, speaking about it, the more I feel the need to get more of it into my life.  I really believe that’s because God’s Words bring us an INFUSION OF HIS LIFE!  And when we find that life, it heals, restores and transforms us.  

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”.

The day I decided to make God’s Word the ‘mirror’ where I could see the very image and life of God being reflected into my own life, was the day I embraced His truth and welcomed its transforming process in my life. I know the way I look today is different from the way I looked the last time I was in God’s Word. I don’t just look different, I speak and act differently too. Each time I embrace His Words of Life, I take on a new aspect of His nature.  I gain more of His wisdom and walk more in His light.  I experience more of His provision, enjoy a deeper portion of His grace and see His goodness and mercy shadow my every step, a little further than before.

Oh the joy of knowing God in His Word!  It will change our lives forever!
Spend time with your life changer today!

All my love,


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Misplaced Trust

Hello everyone,

Yesterday I was reading a story in Mark 10:17-24, about the encounter between a rich, young man and Jesus. I have to say, even though I’ve read about this encounter before and heard others speak about it, for the first time, I found myself drawn to it, and wanted to write to you about it.

Let’s see what we can assume about this young man. He was probably raised in a wealthy, highly respected, Jewish family, because He lets us know he had an excellent Jewish education and the Bible tells us he had many wealthy possessions. I assume he must have heard about Jesus by reputation, because when he greets Him, he addresses Jesus as ‘Teacher’ or in some translations, ‘Rabbi’. That in itself is not unusual, but those who knew Jesus usually called Him Lord. And He immediately tells Jesus He is ‘good’. In the original translation, the word good used here, refers to being morally perfect, as one who knows and flawlessly observes to do the law of Moses. I can’t help imagine that he said this to Jesus based on the stories he had heard of how Jesus, since a child, would spend hours in the synagogues, teaching and explaining the ancient scrolls of scripture to the leaders and Pharisees. The Bible says they were all amazed at His wisdom and understanding of the scriptures. And He grew in stature with man and God.

After he respectfully complimented Jesus on being ‘good’, he immediately asked if Jesus could tell him how he could have eternal life. There seemed to be a certain urgency in this young man’s question, especially since he fell on his knees before Jesus asking Him. You get the feeling he was imploring Him for an answer that he was certain, only a person with such a high reputation for the knowledge and understanding of the scriptures could answer.

Jesus responds by saying, “Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good—except God alone...”. Now we know that Jesus was the Son of God, and that He was without sin. He also usually made no secret of Who He was whenever He taught the people. So why this statement? I’m sure there are other explanations different to mine, but I wonder if He was testing to see the true heart of this young man. It was obvious this was a conversation that meant a great deal to him. But somehow, I think Jesus was probing this young man to see if he perceived Jesus to be just a well known teacher of the scriptures, or the giver of salvation Himself - the Son of God.
In the next breath, Jesus addresses the young man on his passion, by saying, “You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.” To which the young man is confident to answer that he not only guards the law of Moses, but observes to do what it says and does everything in his power to not violate it. Something he proudly, and passionately admits doing since he was a boy. Ahaha! So now Jesus has brought the conversation to a pivotal point.

It’s obvious this young man has a deep seated, high regard for the scriptures, and he has been diligent to apply every law to his life as much as he humanly can. This seemed to give him a sense of confidence and self-righteousness, and he was so poised and ready to hear this renowned teacher, tell him his passageway to heaven was secured because of it. And for a brief moment, I’m sure it looked as if Jesus might just do that, because the Bible says He looked upon the young man and loved him.

But alas! The next four words Jesus spoke unravelled that young man, right there on the spot. He said, “You lack one thing...”. 

And then he proceed to tell the young man to sell all he had and give the money away to the poor. Then to come and follow Him - to walk the same life Jesus walked. What on earth? Well, that young man went on his way completely distraught. And we see Jesus explaining to his equally confused disciples, “With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God! hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

Could it be, that the riches Jesus was referring to here were more than just wealthy possessions, but the mere head knowledge of Him and the scriptures too? Do you suppose, that if the young man knew the person of Jesus, instead of just knowing about Him, things may have turned out differently? If he could just make the switch from an intellectual knowledge of the ‘Teacher’, to one that involved knowing Him with His heart, He would have understood that getting rid of all his possessions, really didn’t matter. Once he pledged His life to following the Son of God, He would never know lack or be without, ever again.

But this young man was not willing to shift his trust and confidence onto truly knowing the person of Jesus, and off his false sense of security based on his intellectual knowledge of the scriptures, and his material wealth. Even though his head was full of the Word of God, it had not reached the place of his heart; preventing him from having his life eternally enriched.

I wonder how many of us need reminding of the danger of our misplaced security and confidence?

Love you dearly,


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Your Powerful, Supernatural, Inner Strength

Hello everyone,

If you are feeling discouraged in any way, or you feel tired and weary from the stress or weight of your circumstances, then today’s message is for you.  Perhaps you are facing a ‘mountain’ of some sort, one that seems too overwhelming to even contemplate conquering right now, and you have no idea how you will ever get the strength to do it. No matter what battle or scenario you are facing, I want to remind you of what the Word of God says about you and how you can draw from His powerful, supernatural inner strength to energise and empower you to rise up, face that problem and  stand strong in the victory Jesus has already secured for you.

In the book of Philippians 4:13, Paul writes, "I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]."

Do you notice how Paul says he has strength for all things, is ready and equal to anything, and is self-sufficient not because of anything he has done, but because he is simply IN CHRIST?

Ephesians 6:10 says, “In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].”

In this scripture, Paul is telling us again, that the strength we need to overcome anything in this life is drawn from our union with Jesus Christ.  We are EMPOWERED by His Spirit that lives inside us.

1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “whoever is united to the Lord, is one spirit with Him.”  One translation says our spirit is laminated to His Spirit.  And since we know that all the power of God is wrapped up and locked up in the Spirit of Christ, and our spirit man is also wrapped up and one with His Spirit; we can draw a logical conclusion, that the power of God and our own spirits are in the very same place - the Spirit of Christ, Who lives in us.  

Which means, that strength you need to face whatever plagues your mind today, is already inside of you.  All you need to do is draw from it.

Take a look at what Ephesians 1:19 says, "And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,"

The key lies in these three words: KNOW, UNDERSTAND and BELIEVE!  Only when we know what the Word says about us, and understand how it works in our lives, and believe it’s true, can we actually walk in the reality of it.  Drawing from God’s strength and living victoriously doesn’t just happen automatically.  It’s true, the hard part is already done through Jesus and the finished work of the cross.  Our part is the easy part - we just have to spend time in His Word educating ourselves as to what He has done for us and made available to us.  Then when we understand it, by actually having a mental picture of how it can be appropriated in our lives, and believe it, we can walk in it. 

I want to encourage you today to spend time with the Holy Spirit in the Word of God.  Meditate on the scriptures I have written above.  The ask the Holy Spirit to give you an understanding, a mental picture of Him infusing His Mighty inner strength into your body, your mind, and your emotions, from your spirit, where He dwells.  As you open up your heart to receive that fresh flow of supernatural strength, believe that it will do exactly what the Word says it will do.  It will empower, energise, refresh and revitalise you to stand strong and overcome anything you are facing today.

All my love,


Ps. Here are a few more scriptures for you to meditate on, as you reach out and receive your powerful, supernatural, inner strength by faith.

Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Psalm 31:24, “And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.”

Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”

Isaiah 58:11, “The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

1 Peter 5:10, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mercy - The Game Changer

Just recently, friends of ours had their home broken into. Thankfully they were not home during the incident, and very little was taken, not even food, but the damage done to their property and belongings was horrible.  The thieves broke huge plains of window glass to get in.  They cut themselves badly in the process.  As a result, everything they rummaged through was soaked in blood.  Bedding, clothes, the carpets and kitchen counters had so much blood, leaving stains that just can’t be removed.  I have to tell you, this really upset me.  I went straight to Lord about it.  I was angry at the senseless, unnecessary crime against our friends. Just thinking about it made me want to see JUSTICE!

 I have to ask you a question, what is your reaction towards someone who intentionally does you or someone you love, wrong?  Suppose it wasn’t a robbery like my friends suffered, but you, or your loved ones were treated  unfairly or were on the receiving end of the actions of a mean-spirited person. Oh my, there are so many scenarios we can think of where we could be mistreated or hurt by others.  And I’m pretty sure, our first reaction would be shock and hurt, certainly disappointment.  That would make perfect sense. But today, I want to talk to you about a different response we can have when we take our angry, disappointed hearts that cry out for JUSTICE to the Lord, concerning our offenders.

  Now, I have to smile at this thought, because when I’m alone with the Lord, I always feel free to ‘bare my all’ before Him.  Maybe it’s because I know He doesn’t judge me, no matter how ugly the true feelings of my soul appear.  But what makes me laugh at myself is the fact that as soon as I’m in His presence, my heart is exposed to His influence.  This means He is going to show me things from His perspective, which is ALWAYS a ‘game changer’.

Just like all of you, there have been times where I have cried out to the Lord for JUSTICE to be done for something that was simply WRONG and INJUST.  And in each instance, the Lord showed me a better response, actually, the best response.  The response of MERCY.

Now before you get upset, or stop reading this letter, let me explain what I’ve learnt about MERCY, and how it destroys the work and intent of the real enemy in our lives.

MERCY is part of God’s nature.  It’s in His character to be merciful. I looked up the definition of MERCY in the Word and the dictionary.  It means, having compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted.   It also means readiness to help, to spare, to forgive.  And this one sums it up beautifully: Mercy is compassion and forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

I should also mention that I’ve realized, as long as we are tied to this physical world in our thinking and actions, we can’t tap into the supernatural grace and provision God has made available for us.

God has always shown me His mercy, especially when I deserved to see His justice.  And as much as He extends His mercy to me, He extends it to those who don’t even know Him.  Luke 6:35b, says, “He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.”  No matter what we or anyone else does, the Bible says that God longs to pardon, not punish.

God’s MERCY is very great, and since He lives in us, our spirits carry His MERCY too.  That’s why in Luke 6:36, we are told, “So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these].”

So, what if we decided to pray for His MERCY instead of JUSTICE when it comes to those who wrong us?  I recently came across something Kenneth Copeland wrote, in Faith to Faith, A Daily Guide to Victory. He pointed out that instead of praying against those who wrong us, we would be praying for them, when we pray for God’s MERCY on them.  We would be praying against the devil on their behalf.  Praying that the devil’s hold on them would be broken and that they be drawn into the light and love of God instead.  Oh my goodness, that would certainly throw the kingdom of darkness into chaos.  What was intended to steal our peace and joy, and keep the offenders in the devil’s evil grip, would completely backfire!  

The next time you find yourself about to ask the Lord for JUSTICE, take a moment to consider asking for MERCY instead, I guarantee, it’ll be a real game changer!

Love you all,