Put Works to Your Faith

by Andrew Cartwright

      

“By faith the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat”. -Hebrews 11:30

Sometimes it seems nothing ever changes. Day in and day out we just “go through the motions” and in many cases, continue to lead meaningless lives. What can we do to change that? Just like so many heroes of the bible who obeyed in faith – and received their promises fulfilled – we need to hear from God… and do it! God’s ways are far higher than ours, and thankfully, we don’t need to lean on our own understanding, but can trust fully in Him. He’ll give you a divine strategy for success (Proverbs 3:5). God has a great plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). He wants to impact the earth with the good news of the kingdom of God through you. It’s when you obey Him and put works to your faith, that things begin to change and He will lead you to victory.

Take Action: What has God told you to do? When He’s confirmed the word and you’re sure you’ve heard from Him, begin to do exactly what He says. Do it now! Put works to your faith, even if God’s strategy seems strange or unusual (like marching around a city for seven days!). Great things will soon happen in your life.

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No Patch on You

by Lesley Cartwright

      

He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.” –Luke 6:36

If you pay special attention to scripture in the bible, you will notice that all of it in some way or other points to God’s big idea – the Kingdom restored in the earth.

Jesus likened the Kingdom to discovering a treasure, then hiding it again until the land was bought before the find was revealed. In order to take on the land, the new owner had to sell all he had (Matthew 13:44).

If we want to receive this inheritance that God has for us, we need to be prepared to “sell” all our old ideas. Romans 12:2 says we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We are not to be conformed to the world (ignorance). We need to put off the old man and put on the new man (Col 3:10).

What does all this mean? It means we need to pursue and be established in the present truth (2 Peter 1:12 NKJV) of God’s Kingdom.

Action Plan: We have to be willing to give up old ideas – old religious thinking – and embrace the God idea. In the same way that you don’t expect a seamstress to sew a new patch on your old clothes, don’t patch your old ideas with a new one. Be prepared to seek after God’s heart (mind) with all your heart and you will see your life radically change.

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Shelter from the Storm

by Andrew Cartwright

      

“…Like a hiding place from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land…“. -Isaiah 32:2

Certain areas in some countries like the USA experience severe storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes. But many of the houses are built with timber and don’t provide much protection when the weather turns bad. That’s when the families run to their shelters – reinforced concrete bunkers located in or near their homes.

Everyone experiences “storms” in life, but if Jesus resides in your heart, you are under God’s supernatural protection. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33). God is your shelter from the storm. His protection surrounding you is very real. 

Recently during a sermon, a man walked up to the (well-known) pastor  and opened fire with a handgun at point blank range. He missed every shot! A woman missionary was driving back from the city to the orphanage she founded, when armed robbers with automatic rifles surrounded her vehicle. She screamed, “Jesus,” and drove away, passing between a tree and a pole that were too close together to allow her vehicle through (they later returned there and measured the gap!) Psalm 91 says, “He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you – under them you’re perfectly safe…”. Trust in God’s protection – He will deliver you from harm!

Prayer (out loud): God, you’re my refuge! I trust in you and I’m safe! In Jesus name, Amen.

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Love – the Key to God’s Power

by Andrew Cartwright

 

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God“. -Ephesians 3:19 NLT

As I ponder the possibility of ordinary believers performing the “greater works” Jesus spoke of (see John 14:11-14 Message Bible), I’m reminded of the often-quoted scripture in Ephesians 3:20 that says, “God is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think”. God can do great things through us. But how do we receive God’s power into us in the first place? The preceding verse (v 19) has the answer..

… Experiencing Jesus’ love.

Being filled with God’s love is the key to God’s power. Imagine you’re standing before Jesus, when suddenly he wraps His arms around You in a loving embrace. The next thing you know, it’s like oil is being poured over you and it soaks into your heart till it overflows – an experience that is “too great to understand (with your mind)”. At least, this is what I felt when it happened to me. But you’ve got to experience it for yourself. Romans 5:5 says God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. When we’re filled with God, who IS love, all fear is cast out (1 John 4:18) and we are made complete and filled with life and power! Let’s pray together to receive God’s love filling us right now…

Prayer: Father God, I come to You now in Jesus’ name. My deepest desire is to experience the love of Christ flooding my entire being, making me complete with all the fullness of Your life and power. Thank you for filling me with Your love! Thank you for your mighty power in me accomplishing infinitely more than I could ask or think. Let all the glory and praise be given to You. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Peace upon your Home!

by Lesley Cartwright

      

“You shall know that your tent is at peace, and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing“. -Job 5:24

The bible says in Hebrews 12:14 (NIV) that we must“work at living in peace with everyone…”. It also describes  peace as being one of the effects of the Kingdom” (See Romans 14:7). Colossians 3:15 says that we must “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts…since as members of one body, you were called to peace”. (Also see John 14:27). John 14:24 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you…” In Mark 4:39 Jesus spoke to the storm saying “…Peace be still…”

There are many verses on peace in the bible, but the thing to note here is that the biblical meaning of peace is not the absence of war, it is the Hebrew word ‘shalom’, which takes its meaning from the verb ‘shalam’ and it is used in the context of making restitution. When a person has caused another to become deficient in some way, such as a loss of livestock, it is the responsibility of the person who created the deficiency to restore what has been taken, lost or stolen. It literally means to make whole and complete. The noun ‘shalom’ has the more literal meaning of being in a state of wholeness or with no deficiency. To the storm in Mark 9:34, Jesus was essentially saying let order be restored to you…

Action Plan: We literally need to take stock of our lives and see if there is an area where we may have caused offence or taken offence and work on restoring peace. We need to trust God to show us how to make amends. God’s grace and mercy has opened up wide the gates of forgiveness. We are to take hold of the grace afforded us and let it bring about the freedom from the stigma that sin brought. Today look into your heart and ask God to reveal those to you who need your act of peace and your restitution. When you choose to walk with God, then peace will not only be upon your tent but you will find nothing amiss.

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Observation Deck

by Lesley Cartwright

      

“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” –Ephesians 2:6

Have you ever as a young child gone out with your mom or dad and then encountered some or other activity where you weren’t able to see what all the fuss was about? But that feeling of helplessness changes when your parent lifts you up in their arms and it immediately shifts your perspective.

In life, when we encounter situations, it is easy to get fearful or bogged down because of our limited view. It is at times like these that we need to look up to our Heavenly Father so that He can help us to rise up above the situation. God can see the bigger picture and He can see how to turn things around that seem impossible to us. Don’t get tempted to lean on your own understanding when things don’t seem to make sense (Prov 3:5, Matt 19:26).

Josh Groban’s first stanza and chorus lyrics to “You Raised Me Up” powerfully illustrates how God lifts us up when we get overwhelmed and we feel so weary:

“When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.”

Take action: Don’t give in to weariness. Take yourself out of your situation for a few minutes and then get on your knees and invite Heaven into the situation. Let God raise you up so that you can see what He sees. After all, He is the best Observation Deck.

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Out Looking For Donkeys

by Lesley Cartwright

      

“Some donkeys belonging to Kish had wandered off, so he said to Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys….They went through the hill country of Ephraim and the region of Shalishah, but did not find them; so they went on through the region of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there… The servant answered, “Wait! In this town there is a holy man who is highly respected because everything he says comes true. Let’s go to him, and maybe he can tell us where we can find the donkeys. When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I told you about. He will rule my people… As for the donkeys that were lost three days ago, don’t worry about them; they have already been found. But who is it that the people of Israel want so much? It is you—you and your father’s family… Then Samuel took a jar of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head, kissed him, and said, “The Lord anoints you as ruler of his people Israel.” –1 Samuel 9:3, 4, 6, 17, 20, 1 Samuel 10:1a GNT

Have you ever searched high or low to find something and it just seems to have vanished into thin air? I think Saul must have felt like that when he was sent out on a mission to look for his father’s lost donkeys! Even though he never actually found them, he ended up finding far more than he bargained for. His servant had suggested to him that they go and ask the prophet Samuel if he knew where the donkeys were.

To their surprise, Samuel was expecting them and had prepared a feast in Saul’s honour. But… what surprised Saul most was the announcement that Samuel made to him about his future – he was to be anointed and crowned as King.

Maybe today you are feeling discontented with where you are, I want to encourage you not to give up, but to get a Word from God about where you should be headed in life. He already has your your future set up, but He is waiting for you come and join the feast. You have Kingship in your blood (Rev 5:10). Just remember that when you are “out looking for donkeys” you could be stepping right into your breakthrough!

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