Meditate on these things

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The Collins online dictionary says that if you meditate on something, you think about it very carefully and deeply for a long time.

One of the keys to having a successful Christian life is having a sanctified mind. The Bible says in Proverbs, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. What we fix our mind on shapes who we are.

If we are constantly dwelling on thoughts of our failure, the person who did us wrong or ungodly activities we aren’t going to know the peace God has for us.

First, God wants us to think about the things that are true. The enemy may try to whisper words of inadequacy to you, telling you that you’re not good enough ;don’t listen to that.

If you read God’s Word you will find out the truth – that if you are a Christian you are a child of God, you are precious and beautiful in His eyes; you have purpose and you can do all things through God who strengthens you.

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When God says, “No !” Part 1

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Jesus said to His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel  “, so it seems crazy that God would forbid Paul and his companions to preach the Gospel somewhere.

But sometimes what is good is not necessarily God’s will or God’s timing. The Spirit did not permit Paul and his companions to preach the Word in Asia at that time   Maybe the people in Asia weren’t ready to hear what Paul had to say and /or maybe their journey would have been unfruitful – meanwhile God had people ready and waiting in Macedonia who were keen to hear the Gospel, like Lydia  the Philippian jailer and the slave girl who had a spirit of divination and needed to be set free. Individuals are important to God and He knows the divine appointments He has set up for you. God’s timing is also significant

Never be disappointed when God says, “No !” If He does, it’s because there’s a greater, “Yes!” further down the line.

Philip the Evangelist left revival to minister to one person who was travelling.

Sometimes the  “No!” may not make sense to you, but God does not waste His children. There’s too much invested in you for God to send you somewhere that’s not helpful to you or that’s not in His good plan for your life.

 

Pray for the police

It’s half term and we have had time to watch one of our favourite TV programmes, “Police Interceptors”. All the family likes this programme and we enjoy watching the police embark on high-speed chases, uncovering drugs hauls, arresting drunken drivers and the like. We have watched them break people’s doors down and use the “stinger” to stop speeding cars. We have been amazed at how cool and collected they are when faced with violent and abusive criminals. They are highly trained and skilled professionals.

In 1 Timothy 2:2 the Bible tells us to “Pray for kings and all those in authority, that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Law and order is important, and the police are the enforcers of this. They are doing an incredibly difficult job and need our prayers. Of course, they are not perfect and may make mistakes, but that should not be our concern. Our concern should be to do as God commands – to support them and pray for them.

 

Spending Time With Jesus

Acts chapter 4 verse 13 says , “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realised that they had been with Jesus”

This is the key to revival in our towns. Prayer changes things. Peter and John were on their way to a prayer meeting, but before they even got there a lame man was healed – a man who had been lame for about forty years – all of his life. This was a miracle.

The rulers and elders of Israel did not see that Peter and John were respected rabbis, important or well educated (because they weren’t). But they realised that they had been with Jesus. Here’s a question. Do people realise that you have been with Jesus?

Psalm 91 says “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” The Hebrew for shadow is “tsel”. It can also mean protection, shade or shelter”. As we spend time in prayer with Almighty God we are under His protection, but we are also set apart for a mighty work in our towns.

For the last two and a half weeks I have been teaching French and Spanish in a Muslim girls’ school in my town. I have learnt a lot of things during this time and God has spoken to me. During the form time a number of girls would put a prayer mat out at the back of the room. They would stand up and recite the Qu’ran, and then they would prostrate themselves and recite a prayer. At the beginning and end of every lesson (every hour) they were supposed to recite a prayer. My heart has burned for these girls! I drove home in tears one time. God has given me names of one or two to focus my prayers on – and I will do that. One is the most devout girl in the form.

There are about 600 Muslim girls in this school. They are the daughters of the most devout Muslims in our area. In the 2011 census of my town there were 32,400 Muslims. That’s 32,400 people (12% of the local population) who are praying four times a day to and confessing allegiance to a different god.

Brothers and sisters in Christ – what are we doing when our Muslim neighbours are praying? Are we sitting around watching the TV? Are we at work talking about Strictly or the X factor? Do we even make time in the day to acknowledge God or do we feel we are too busy?

We need to pray. God has spoken to me to pray more this year, and to have a prayer strategy; to pray specifically until I see results. I can’t always attend the evening prayer meeting at our church as I have four children and my husband often comes home late but here’s the wonderful thing about our God. He is omnipresent! He is everywhere at the same time. It is good and encouraging to meet together to pray, but we can also pray at home on our own. Matthew 6:6  says”But you,when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Can I encourage you this year to pray more? God, through His Word, guarantees that you will see results.