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6. God supplies (1)

The first Temple was destroyed by king Nebuchadnezzar. He took the Israelites with him to Babylon and forced them to work for him. The Israelites were in exile for 70 years, the number of years that the land didn't have its 'Sabbath' rests due to Israel's disobedience. But God was gracious and good and allowed them to return to their land after the 70 years. And not only did He allow them to return, He helped them to rebuild the Temple.

God ordained it that King Cyrus decreed that the Temple must be rebuilt and that the gold utensils that Nebuchadnezzar took had to be returned (Ezra 6:3-5). God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites to return to Jerusalem and all their neighbors gave silver and gold and supplies for the journey (Ezra 1:5, 6). All and all with donations received, 5 400 gold and silver items were turned over to the exiles to take to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:11). Also some of the leaders gave generously to rebuild the Temple - 61 000 gold coins, 6 250 pounds of silver and 100 robes for the priests (Ezra 2:69). And if that was not enough, Artaxerxes also decreed that silver and gold be dedicated towards the temple (Ezra 7:11-24).

God truly supplied all that they needed to rebuild the Temple. God ordained it all. They didn't need to fret and worry about where the supply will come from, they didn't need to even ask for supplies, God stirred the hearts of people and they gave willingly. Isn't it wonderful?

The Israelites in exile were down and out because they turned their backs on God, but the moment they repented and turned back to Him, He helped them. Doesn't that just show us the Father heart of God? Though they sinned woefully against Him, He immediately came to their aid to help them.

The same is true for us. No matter what we have done, our Father in Heaven waits for us to turn to Him. Do you realize that everything He does, He does so that we can turn back to Him? His main aim is to have us in His presence always. He loves us with an infinite love and wants us by His side. And no matter the sins we committed, if we turn to Him and start to walk in His ways, He will help us and lead us just like He did with the Israelites. He will help us to rebuild the 'Temple' in our lives. He will provide all the supplies that we need. We will never be in lack when we walk by His side and on the road that He has planned for us. All we need to do is to stay close to Him. But as we saw last week, Satan wants to keep us busy, preoccupied, so that we do not have the quality time that we need with our Father. He wants us focused on earthly 'gods' rather than on the one true God.

The time has come to leave 'gods' and stress behind and to walk in His ways, completely trusting Him. I know that we are all busy, but even when we are, we can still walk with our heads in the clouds, focused on Him, thinking His thoughts about certain situations. And yes, it is possible. Paul says we must pray always. And I think what he meant is that we must always walk with a 'God-mentality', with a 'God-centeredness' despite our busy schedules. Praying always means that we must allow His Spirit to work through us and in our lives in extraordinary ways. We must allow Him to flow through and to accomplish His purposes in our lives. He desperately wants to. He wants to help in every area of your life. Allow Him to.

Father, thank you that You are always there to help us. That You are always willing to guide us and to lead us unto the best pathways for our lives. We want You to flow mightily through us and accomplish Your will on this earth through us. Amen







5. Get rid of the 'gods' in your life

The first Temple built by Solomon was awesome in splendor and truly something to behold. God entered the Temple with His Shekinah glory and dwelt amongst His people, as their God and King.

Unfortunately the people's hearts started drifting away from God. They started to worship the gods of the people they were supposed to drive out of the land. They erected Asherah poles throughout the land as well as high places where they worshiped gods like Baal. If you read the Old Testament you will see that the Israelites truly had a rollercoaster history. They will serve God and worship Him at the Temple, and then once things go well, they drift off and start to worship other gods. Then they realize their mistake and start to worship God again in His Temple, just to drift off again once things go well. It was truly a sad state of affairs. The Temple that had to draw them closer to God simply became a symbol to them. They believed that if the Temple was in their presence, no enemy will destroy them. Unfortunately it was not the Temple protecting them, but God living in the Temple. And yet they neglected Him.

The situation grew so bad, that the Israelites even started to sacrifice their own children in fire to the god Molech. God had enough and had to punish them. He allowed the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar to invade Jerusalem. He even allowed him to destroy His sacred Temple. It was truly a sad day in the history of Israel. They had forsaken God and despite all His efforts and all the prophets He had sent, they refused to turn back to Him. The consequences were devastating.

Now when I look at the lives of the Israelites I am appalled by their behavior. When I read the accounts recorded in 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings, I cannot believe how selfish and wayward the Israelites were. They truly had everything in Solomon's day. They were the nation on earth, blessed, rich and protected. And yet they threw it all away, simply to run after other gods. Go and read these books in one go; it is really shocking how they literally turned their backs on God, despite everything He had done for them. I was really disgusted with them. But then God revealed something to me. We are not much different…..

A lot of times we do the same thing to Him. He wants to give us everything this world has to offer, but we are too busy to spend time with Him. We have different 'gods' today. It might be your work, it might be your phone/social media, it might be your sport or it might even be your children. Whatever it may be, we tend to exalt these things above God. We tend to spend all our thoughts and energy towards it. Now I know we need to work, spend time with our children and exercise. But the fundamental question is where is your heart? Is God at the center of it all, or have you taken control and tried to operate on your own? There is a big difference. God must be the One our work revolves around, He must be the One in charge of our children, and He must be the One leading us to the right sport for us. You see He knows best and wants to bless you and lead you on the right path. But if you focus all your energy on your work etc., and try to control everything on your own I am afraid that you will burn out.

Only God knows best. Spend time with Him somewhere this week and ask Him to reveal to you the 'gods' that you have in your life. What do you idolize above Him? He will gladly show you, as well as how to handle it differently in future. I have done this exercise a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing what He revealed to me. I changed the way I viewed the particular area in my life and it has made such a difference. Truly it has. I feel so much more relaxed and more loved. He is in control and will lead and guide you if you allow Him. Remember He is a Gentleman and will never force His way of life on you. He wants to gently work through you and change you into the representative of Him He wants you to be.

Father, we confess that we have 'gods' in our lives. We have areas that we haven't dedicated to You. Please come and fill us with Your wisdom, love and grace and show us the areas where we haven't yet surrendered. And please help us to do so and lead us unto the path that You want us to walk on. Amen

4. Celebrate life and thank God

King Solomon built the first Temple for God in Jerusalem within 7 years. He was obedient to God and built the Temple exactly as He specified. God blessed his obedience and helped him in all ways possible. The construction of the Temple happened without any glitches and God was mightily with them.

Then Solomon did something wonderful, they dedicated the Temple to God in grand fashion. Solomon sacrificed peace offerings to God, twenty two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. Can you imagine that? It was a celebration that has never been seen before. He held a feast for all Israel, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt (1 Kings 8:65). The feast lasted for 14 days. The people rejoiced and were glad of heart for all the good that the Lord had done for His people. These people didn't merely say thank you, they had a proper, grand feast! Can you just picture millions of people coming together and rejoicing in the goodness of God and just thanking Him? They weren't there to beg things from Him, but just to thank Him. How wonderful.

And Solomon prayed a wonderful prayer to God. Let me quote one small part:

"Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day." 1 Kings 8:23, 24

Isn't it just a beautiful prayer, one building faith in me that God will also fulfill everything that He has promised me!

With this dedication the Shekinah glory of the Lord also transcended on the Temple, filling the building with His might. The priests couldn't even continue ministering due to the awesome presence of the Lord filling the Temple. What an amazing day that must have been!

The lesson for me today is a beautiful one. Solomon and the whole of Israel didn't neglect to thank God when their task was completed. They thanked Him in abundance for all that He had done for them and I think it is wonderful. How often do we thank God? We are so quick to ask and so slow to thank. I see it also in normal human interaction. I see a whole lot of people asking for things and sort of expecting things from others, and yet when it comes to thanking those who helped you or blessed you, it is few and far between. That is indeed very sad.

In your day to day walk remember to thank people and especially God for all His help and for everything He is blessing you with. And celebrate with Him. God loves to celebrate, He really does. After all He is the One who gave the Israelites so many feasts to celebrate. And today He wants us to celebrate with Him as well. He wants us to enjoy life and to rejoice in it.

Remember that. Remember to thank Him, remember to thank those He sent on your path and celebrate life with Him. Be the joyful child He wants you to be. Be like Solomon and the Israelites and recognize His Deity and power and thank Him for all His goodness. Then you will see His Shekinah glory like never before and experience Him on a whole different level.

Oh Father, thank you for all that You've done for me. Thank you that I can breathe, that I have friends and family, thank you that I can walk, talk and pray. Thank you that I can be an instrument in Your hands. You are our Lord and King and we praise You and want to celebrate life with You. Amen

3. God will help you (1)

King Solomon was the one that built the first Temple to God. As we've seen last week, King David wanted to build the Temple to God, but God said no, Solomon will. So David started preparing for the building of the Temple. He helped Solomon by collecting a vast number of materials as we have seen last week.

God wanted Solomon to build Him a Temple. And Solomon was obedient and followed God's instructions and God was mightily with him. All the material was collected by his father David before he died, so there was no need to scramble to find material. Then the timber - cedar and cypress - was sent to Solomon without delay by King Hiram (1 Kings 5:7-9). There were no issues concerning that. The laborers working on the Temple were 183 600 people. There were 30 000 laborers enlisted in Israel, 70 000 common laborers, 80 000 stone cutters and 3 600 foremen (1 Kings 5:13-18). Can you imagine organizing, instructing and overseeing so many people without today's technology? It must have been a massive task. And yet there were no issues with that either. God was with them and helped with all the detail. He even sent skilled workers to help with the more difficult work of designing the furniture.

The Temple took 7 years to build. Seven is also a significant number in the Bible, symbolic of the full presence of the sevenfold Spirit of God and also relates to perfection. His Temple was perfect and filled with His Spirit as we will see next week.

The fact of the matter is, God orchestrated everything for the building of His Temple and helped that it ran smoothly. Solomon merely had to be willing to be used for this task. God in actual fact built the Temple, not Solomon himself.

The lesson for us today is that if God wants you to do something, He will help you. He won't leave you in the dark to fend for yourself. No, He will help you and guide you. All you need to do is to listen to His Voice and be obedient to His calling by being available to be used. Some resistance may come if you are flowing in His will, but He will help you through it. Just make sure that the resistance is because you are on the right path and not because you are on the wrong one.

The problem with us many times is that we don't make the time to listen and make sure what God wants us to do. We rush into things and think that we heard from Him, and when the resistance and closed doors come, we think it is the devil trying to hinder us. In the mean time we are not on the right path at all. So first of all make sure that you are on the right path, and when you are sure that you are, press forward with God by your side and do what He has placed in your heart. He will help you. Even if apparent success is not manifesting, press forward, the breakthrough will come.

I have experienced this with my books. I have had soooooo much resistance (I can write a whole book about it), and yet I know that I know that God wants me to continue. Even if apparent worldly success still evades, I know He wants me to share His Word to the world. And He makes it possible for me and shares His heart with me. What more can I want?

Continue with what He has placed in your heart. Move forward with His help en change your community right there where you are. He is trustworthy and will help you. He helped Solomon to build a glorious Temple, are you not worth more in value to Him?

Father thank you so much that You help us. We are so grateful. Help us to hear Your voice more clearly. Help us to be obedient once we do and to press forward, knowing that a heavenly reward awaits us. We love You and trust You to know best. Amen

2. Temple 1 - Continue doing good

As you all probably know, King Solomon built the first Temple for God. His father, King David desperately wanted to build the Temple for God, but God said no, he had shed too much blood in the process of securing the safety of Israel. God said he could help his son prepare for the Temple, but he wasn't going to built it. King David's heart was in the right place, and started to prepare for the Temple even though he knew he was never going to build it or see the end result. He collected all the gold, silver, bronze, iron and wood as well as great quantities of precious stones for the Temple. And at the end of his life he gave all of his own private treasures as well - 112 tons of gold and 262 tons of silver. David also encouraged the other leaders to do the same and they gave 188 tons of gold, 10 000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, 3 750 tons of iron and numerous precious stones (1 Chron 29:2-8). And they gave it willingly and wholeheartedly to God (1 Chron 29:6, 9). King David laid the foundation for his son, and made it so easy for him to start.

And that is our lesson for today and one I had to learn many times over in my life. Sometimes we are only the ones laying the foundation for others to continue. Many times we won't even see the growth of the seeds we planted and never see the end result. This might discourage us. I know, because it has happened to me often. I have started many groups, that I had to leave before it really grew into a 'success' story. I have sent messages to people that I feel led to, never to hear from them again. I have prayed for people that I never again saw in my life. I have given money to people that I never knew what happened afterwards. I have given some of my books to people in hotels, trains etc, and I never know if it meant something to them or not, I just felt led to give it to them. And so I can go on and on. And then I get despondent sometimes feeling as if I do not make such a big difference, as I seldom see the end result. And then I feel like giving up and not follow the promptings of His Spirit as it sometimes feel as if it leads to nothing. But the Lord placed the following strongly on my heart:

"You don't need to see success, the end result of lives being changed, but I do. You are My hands and feet, reach out and do your part and I will take it further. Do not allow the devil to lie to you and tell you that your part do not make a difference, it does. You are integrally part of the process, part of the change that I want to see in this world. Embrace it and follow the prompting of My Spirit. Then you cannot go wrong. Never ever feel insignificant, never feel that what you are about to do won't make any difference, it will. I am with you and will lead you unto new paths and new opportunities. Do My will and make Me proud. You are just as important as the 'famous' one finishing off what you started."

I then knew without a doubt that we need to do our part. We need to prepare to build the 'temple'. Sometimes we will experience success and see the end result, but mostly we won't. Mostly we will never know what happened in the end. But that is when we need to trust in God, trust that He knows best. Who knows, maybe your kind action that day led someone to the Lord and he became a great missionary, changing thousands of lives. Maybe another person prayed to God for a sign that He cares and then you showed up and paid for their groceries. You might never know, but live with expectancy that all your actions make a big difference. Expect that God will use it for great things. Live with an expectation of good and never ever give up doing good! Don't ever become despondent. Instead be excited. Look forward to today and see all the opportunities that present itself to further the Kingdom of God. Go out and be His hands and feet and make a difference in this world.

Thank you Father that You have a plan for each of us. Thank you so much for all Your goodness and grace. Give us the courage and the sensitivity to listen to Your Spirit and to go out and make a difference in this world. You are so good and we are excited to be part of Your plan. Amen


1. The seven Temples of God

  1. I am very excited to announce that we are starting with a new series, entitled - The seven Temples of God.

This might interest you that there was and is going to be seven temples in total. Within the next couple of weeks we are going to discuss these seven temples in detail and see what we can learn from them.

First of all, let us start with the interesting facts of where the first and the second Temple were built.

You all know the Biblical event where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his only son Isaac. He was supposed to offer Isaac on Mt Moriah (Genesis 22:2). God was in fact only testing him, He would never have allowed Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God provided a ram in the nick of time and Abraham could make this offering to Him there on the altar he built to offer his son on.

A second Biblical event of significance is where King David took a census of the size of his army (1 Chronicles 21). It was a sin in God's eyes, as it meant that King David was depending more on the size of his army than on God helping them. God therefore gave King David a choice between three punishments, either three years of famine, three months of being given into the hands of his enemies or three days of punishment from God. King David chose the latter and God started to inflict the people with a plague. The plague only stopped three days later, but unfortunately with 70 000 casualties. When the Lord instructed the angel to restrain his hand, he stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.  Then the Lord commanded Gad to tell David to go and erect an altar to the Lord at this threshing floor of Ornan. So David went immediately and bought the threshing floor from Ornan for 600 shekels of gold. He built the altar and offered burnt and peace offerings to the Lord there. The Lord answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offerings. Then the Lord commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath and returned to heaven.

Now the reason I highlighted these two events is because this is exactly the same place that both these events took place. And also the place where the Temple was built:

"Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite." 2 Chronicles 3:1

Isn't that interesting? It is the same place where the patriarch of the Jewish family, Abraham made an offering and also the place where the Jews' greatest King, David also made an offering to the Lord.

And today we are part of their heritage. We are also children of Abraham in the faith (Galatians 3:7) and we are also descendants of King David, because of Jesus living within us and He was a direct descendant of King David.

What can we learn from them today? Both of them understood their dependency on God. They both knew that He was in charge, and they both followed His voice and offered burnt offerings to Him on an altar. Today we needn't make burnt offerings on altars anymore, because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for us and atoned for our sins. But in a sense we still have things to offer to God at the altar of His grace. We need to offer our future to Him, all our future plans should be placed in His hands. We need to offer of our time, we need to set aside all our ambitions and plans and give honour and glory to God Almighty. We should offer our family to Him as He knows best. We should offer our future to Him and place our lives in His hands. We need to have an eternal Temple perspective as we approach Him, our Holy God. We need to understand our dependence on God as Abraham and King David did. We need to internalize that He is in charge and that He knows best. We need to let go and let God as we learned last week.

Total dependency is what God wants. We will discuss His Temple furthermore in the coming weeks, but know the main aim of the Temple was that God wanted them to come to Him with everything and He wanted to live amongst them to bless them. And today the principle is the same. He wants us to come to Him with everything and allow Him to be God in our lives. Are you ready to give over today?

Father, we give over. We surrender. We want to offer You everything that is important in our lives. We want to offer our future to you and we want to offer our lives into Your wonderful capable hands. You are the God of more than enough, and we trust in You. We walk deliberately in Your footsteps. We love and praise You. Amen

92. Let go and let God

Let go and let God. Haven't we all heard that statement a number of times? I have heard it so often that it has lost its impact for me. It becomes one of those mundane things you hear. For me it became a cliché.

But I heard it loud and clear again this week. I heard it in my spirit. Let go and let God. And I want you to hear it this week too. What does it practically mean to let go and to let God? Does it mean we must look the other way and pretend that nothing was wrong? Should we hide our face in the ground like an ostrich and pretend that everything is okay? Should we sit back and expect things to fall into our laps? Should we stop doing our part and just trust that all will fall into place?

I think through the questions I asked you probably answered the questions for yourself.

No, you shouldn't sit back and do nothing. And no, by letting go you are not saying that your problems don't exist.  By letting go you are acknowledging them, but you are choosing to not let your problems get under your skin. You are in fact saying: 'Yes, I see you, you are there, but I have a God much stronger and more capable than you. I have a God of more than enough as My Father. I have a Father Who can see the future, Who knows the best for me and Who will not allow evil to befall me.'

You see I realized again that we are children of the Most High God. Princes of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are the kings and lords that He is King and Lord over. And if we truly realize that we are, then what do we have to worry about?

Have you ever seen the Queen of England worrying about her finances? No, of course not, she is a billionaire. Can you also ever imagine her looking after her own safety, checking if all the doors of Buckingham Palace are locked? No, of course not, she has a whole team of safety specialists looking after her safety.

And so I can go on, but you get the point. Now why are we any different? Our Father is infinitely richer than she will ever dream to be and He has all the 'safety specialists' lined up to protect us. So why are we so worried? Why are we so stressed out? Well, the answer really is because we trust more in what we can see around us than in the living God. We trust more in the news we receive than in the Bible. And that is why we are frantic and stressed out. If His Kingdom and all it entails was more of a reality to us than this world, we will be relaxed, filled with all His goodness and His Shalom peace.

We need to learn to look up, to follow Him and to trust Him above all else. Trust in a God that is good and wants only the best for you. Expect good rather than evil to befall you. Let go of all the stress you are holding on to. Let go of all the junk wearing you down. Rather surround yourself with the surreal experience of walking hand in hand with God, following Him wherever He goes. He knows best.

Let go and let God. Acknowledge the issue, then do your best in all situations, give it to Him and go on with your life, knowing that He will work out all things for your good (Romans 8:28).

Father please help us to live a 'let go' life. Help us to look up to You and not our problems. We give it all to You and trust You to help us and to show us the way. We love You. Amen


45. Take up your armor as God's son

This week I am ending off this series of Kingdom living. I truly hope you have learned as much as I have. His Kingdom is marvellously glorious and we are part of it. And we are not merely part of it; we are part of it as His sons, royalty. I know I wrote a devotion about being God's son about a year ago, but I feel it is fitting to mention it again and to end off this series with this wonderful truth. Let me just build up your faith by quoting a couple of Scriptures from God's Word once again:

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." Romans 8:14, 16

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ." Galatians 3:26

"For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

"I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

We are God's sons and a son of God abides in His house forever:

"And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever." John 8:36

We are forever in the house of God. God the Father, the Supreme Being over all the galaxies, planets, stars and heavens is our Father. And we can stay with Him forever. We are part of His Kingdom forever. The moment we accepted Jesus into our lives our spirits were reborn into His Kingdom and there we will remain forever. The first part of our Kingdom living will be on earth and the second (and much longer part) will be physically alongside Him.

We have learned that in His Kingdom as God's sons we are destined to reign, we are royalty, we are healthy, we are blessed, we are co-heirs with Jesus Christ and so much more. The benefits of the Kingdom is overwhelming and the love of God cascading down on us is extraordinary. We simply need to make it our own. As sons, we need to imitate our Father and become just like Him. As sons we need to make Him proud and show all unbelievers how privileged we are in order to lure them in.

Our Father looks after us, what do we have to be afraid of? Our Father protects us, why are we so scared? Our Father provides, why are we so worried? Our Father loves us, why do we act so unloved? Our Father sustains us, why do we run to other sources?

Stand up as the son that you are. Know who you are and walk in the reality of what is true of you. Live out Kingdom principles and be the son of God you were destined to be.

God has such a special plan for you, such a unique place to fill. Walk right into it and allow Kingdom living to manifest. This world needs the sons of God to stand up and be counted. This world is groaning, waiting for the sons of God to free it from distress. Allow the Spirit of God to arise within you and to change this world through you. You are His flesh and blood. Act like it. Act like you believe it. Then spiritual powers will be unleashed, chains broken and prisoners set free. Revival will break out, souls will be saved and the Kingdom of God will advance in a dark world. Stand up, the time has come, there cannot be delays any longer. The sons of God need to take up their swords and unleash the victory of Christ upon this world. The powers of darkness will fall back; they have no ground to stand on. Wear the helmet of salvation, the body armour of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of Good News and swing your sword. Victory is ours. The Grace of God will be mightily with you. His Word has declared it so. Be strong and courageous, the King of kings has already overcome this world.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah on High! All glory to You oh God! You are mighty, awesome and deeply loved. We exalt You on high. We praise You and magnify Your Name forever and ever! Amen

44. By His stripes you have been healed (1)

We are anointed because we have the Anointed One living within us. And as we have seen last week, because we are anointed we also have the authority given to us from Above. We have the authority to do what He would have done on this earth. And we need to walk in that authority. We walk in it because we are part of His Kingdom already, where all love and peace resides. We are part of a Kingdom where God wants us to enjoy all that He blesses us with. And in this light we can understand the following text verses concerning our health better:

"...who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed." 1 Peter 2:24

"And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases." Psalm 103:2, 3

"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 1:2

We were healed by the stripes of Jesus. How? By Him taking our punishment and transferring us into His Kingdom. And in His Kingdom none are sick. We can walk in the freedom of being in His Kingdom. Plus His Name is Yehovah Rapha, translated as "I am the Lord your Healer." That is one of God's Names. And He lives within us. Therefore we can say that the Healer lives within us, and if He lives within us, health and healing flow. God's best for us is to be healthy. And that is why Jesus could give the following command to His disciples before He left:

"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:17, 18

Notice that it is a command that Jesus gave to all that believe, in other words, us as believers. We are supposed to lay our hands on the sick and they should get healed. Why? Because the Healer lives within us and He is doing the healing through us. His life is flowing through our veins and when we lay our hands on the sick, the life is transferred to them.

God truly thought of everything. We must just be spiritually minded and believe that this is true. We should not be carnally minded and focus on this world, because then we will reap death (Romans 8:6). We should focus on Jesus and His finished work and then we will reap life and peace (Romans 8:6).

This life is not about us, it is not about us receiving glory for being able to heal the sick. No, this life is about Jesus, focusing on Him and allowing His life and peace to flow through us, in us and to others. He wants us to walk in Divine health, because then we can do Kingdom work to our utmost best. Our health is not for our benefit, though God loves us, but is there to be used to the good of all and to reach out to those in need. Use your health wisely, look to God for healing if need be and go out and be like Him in this world.

Thank you Father for providing the way for us. Thank you for our entrance into Your throne room, thank you that we are allowed to be there. And when we are there we can experience Your health, Your life and Your goodness. And once we do, we can share that with others too. We rejoice and love You. Amen




43. You are anointed

Jesus nourishes us and takes care of us. We are partakers of Him and members of His body and therefore we can partake in His Divine nature and be as He is in this world. We can share the oracles of God with this world and be free to be like Him and to care for this world. We learned all of that last week. And because we are part of Him, we are anointed like He was:

"But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things." 1 John 2:20

All of us as Christians have an anointing from God. Not just certain special people but all of us. Why? Because the Anointed One lives within us. And notice, due to our anointing we know all things. This corresponds with 1 Corinthians 2:16 that tell us that we have the mind of Christ. And by default if you have the mind of Christ, you know all things. You see the more time you spend with God, the more you read the Bible and truly get to know Him, the more you will start to believe what is true of you in the spirit. And when you start to believe what is true of you in the spirit, true wisdom will manifest and His Spirit will start flowing in mighty torrents through you achieving His will in this world. You simply need to believe that you are anointed.

And once you believe that you are anointed and you allow Him to flow through you, you will go out and change the world, bit by bit. Jesus will be by your side and nothing shall by any means hurt you:

"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19

As His anointed ones, He has also given us authority to go out and be His hands and feet in this earth. Once again we only have this authority because He lives within us and He is King of all kings, supreme over all. And He works through us. Do not even stress about how you are going to share His Word and do what He would have done, because at the end of the day it is not you doing it. It is Him and all Him. And therefore He should receive all the glory forevermore! You just need to be open to be used.

Therefore we need to exercise ourselves towards godliness. We must exercise our faith muscles by reading and doing the Word of God.

"...exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." 1 Timothy 4:7, 8

Godliness is profitable both for now and for the life hereafter. This life is already part of the heavenly life. We are part of His Kingdom now already, and therefore we need to start acting as if we are. We need to start acting as if this is true and portray the characteristics of a Godly life. We are His Kingdom representatives. Stand tall and present His values to this world. Whether you are in the board room, the class room, the shops, the sporting field or at home. You need to represent Him in all aspects.

We are part of His family and therefore He can be trusted. After all His main aim for us is to love Him, to enjoy life and to present Him to the world. It is as simple as that. I would like to end off with a verse that confirms that God is a good God and that He supplies for us so that we can enjoy this life:

"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy." 1 Timothy 6:17

Stand up in your anointing and be like Him in this world, loving, full of peace and enjoying all things.

Thank you Father for all Your riches. Thank you that You give us so much. Thank you for the anointing and authority that we have due to Your wonderful Son Jesus Christ. We praise and honour You forever and ever. Amen