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We may have some harmful habits. We may have some unwanted character traits.

We may feel like our tendencies, automatic responses, emotions, wants and desires are pulling us away from the person we wish to become. We may feel like a failure, having repeatedly tried to change ourselves, with nothing to show for it. But we were not intended to live life this way. We were not created to face our battles on our own. God is ready and waiting to give us His power to overcome all harmful influences that want to control our lives. He wants to heal and restore us.

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Too often we try to solve our own problems. We collapse under the weight of burdens and unknowns, as we try to predict all possible outcomes and make decisions to come up with the 'best' solution. But there is a much simpler way. A way that offers freedom. Let go of all your plans, unknowns and burdens. Hand them all to Jesus. He knows the end from the beginning and can lead you through life in an amazing, personal way.

"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28 (NLT)

#letgo #freedom #gospel #god #hope #bible #letgoandletgod #jesussaves #lifestyle

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"Our faith and trust in God is measured in the type and size of goals we allow God to inspire us to set. If they are goals we can achieve, then our faith is in ourselves, if our goals terrify us, then we can be sure they are God's." M. Hunter

So where are you in your journey? Are you working towards achieving goals that you know you can achieve, or are you ready to let God inspire you?

#goalsetting #dreambig #god #christianlife #lifestyle #endless #limitless

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In life there are trials and challenges, which can present and affect us in different ways. During these times hold on tightly to God’s promises. He said that He will sustain us and will see us through.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

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It may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but true freedom is in surrender. A surrender of our worries, decisions, problems and challenges. A surrender of our pride, selfishness and will, to our Creator, sustainer and Saviour.

Jesus paid the price for all our mistakes. He knows us inside out, yet still loves us beyond understanding.

He is the only one who can guide us through life along the path that is best for us. Living life in surrender to Jesus is like spending time with a friend who will defend you, protect you and only wants the best for you. But like with any friendship, it needs time to develop. So how are you going growing your friendship with Jesus.

#freedom #jesus #god #surrender #christian #free #happy #saved #lifeahappylife

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Standing on the railway tracks and as far as the eye can see, are these wires that are held up by evenly spaced poles, following every curve and bend of the track. Although mostly obsolete these days, these once ran vital communications between railroad stations, signals and switching stations. But what would happen if one of the telegraph poles were to fall over or the wire was to snap. How would the drivers have known what was going on ahead of them? Would they have known that the signals they were seeing might have been wrong? These communication lines were the lifeline that the train drivers relied upon to know exactly what was happening beyond their line of sight.

Looking at these poles got me thinking a little more and a little deeper. As a Christian, I believe in a Creator God because someone told me about Him. My parents took me to church, I was told many stories about Jesus, I was given a Bible to read for myself. But what if I had parents that didn't take me to church or I never heard of a person called Jesus. Would I have ever wanted to start reading the Bible ‘just because’? It's a difficult question to answer.

These poles are like the people that found out the good news about Jesus and then went and told someone, who then told someone else... and if I had the ability to know the chain of people that were involved in passing on the message to me, I am sure it would lead back to someone who stood in the presence of Jesus, hearing the words that He himself spoke. But that’s when it hit me. Who am I passing this message to? Am I a fallen over pole where the message stops and those around me miss out on the vital message that they are so in need of hearing? Or am I allowing noise to corrupt the signal, changing the message? The continuation of the story of Jesus and the impact it has on one’s life relies on us passing on the message: unchanged and unaltered.

There is another lesson we can learn from this illustration. Telegraph poles hosted a large number of communication lines that would all carry different streams of information. With all the messages this world sends out, it is easy to say that “it’s just too hard” or “I'll never be heard over all the noise of the other lines”. But passing the message about Jesus to our kids, family, friends and people we know needs to be continued and nurtured, so that the line stays strong and the message of Jesus reaches the furthest points.

Creating strong bonds with people allows them to see, hear, touch and experience the message that has impacted your life. And through these bonds we are called to minister to people directly. Wide spread sowing is important, but it is the close relationships that help the plant to grow into a strong, well rooted tree that is ready to bear fruit, which will plant the next seed, which then grows and plants the next seed...

In my eyes, the humble telegraph poles illustrate an important reminder that each one of us has a role to play in spreading the message of Jesus. People are waiting to get connected up to the Source.

#telegraph #evangelism #jesus #christianlifestyle #christian #god #passonthemessage #passiton #connection #connect #community #connected

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By default (as human beings living in this world) we are quite self-centered and selfish, and being thankful is not something that comes naturally to us. One would think that saying 'thank you' would be a natural response of gratitude when we receive something, but even this has to be taught - and learned. How often have you heard an adult remind a child to "say thank you" after they received a gift?

Yes, it is not always easy to be thankful. We might find ourselves in a situation that we wish we could run away from or change. We might be going through a loss, heartache, pain: something that is causing us to experience a range of emotions, which are foreign and unwelcome.

But making a conscious decision to have a mindset of thankfulness will change the way we view life, people, situations and experiences. It will make us realise how much God provides for us and how He leads us. It will make us look for blessings - even during difficult times - which are sent our way. It will make us notice the stars on a dark night. An mindset of gratitude will lead us to see our challenges as times when God is walking closely with us, growing our faith and wrapping us in His arms.

The words written in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 are as relevant to us today, as they were when they were written to the the church of the Thessalonians: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Giving thanks in good times shows our gratitude for the blessings we receive. Giving thanks during challenging times builds our faith in a God whose wisdom is beyond ours and who will see us through.

Psalm 136:1-9 (NIV)

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the God of gods

His love endures forever

Give thanks to the Lord of lords

His love endures forever

to him who alone does great wonders

His love endures forever

who by his understanding made the heavens

His love endures forever

who spread out the earth upon the waters

His love endures forever

who made the great lights

His love endures forever

the sun to govern the day

His love endures forever

the moon and stars to govern the night

His love endures forever"

#thankful #givethanks #thankful #appreciate #gratitude #god #jesus #christianlifestyle #saltedpath #faith #trust

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There is a saying 'You are what you eat'. This is also true with your spiritual health. Be selective with what you feed your mind. What you watch, read and hear feeds your soul. It influences your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and mindset. So make a conscious choice about what you will allow to shape you.

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Phil 4:8 (NIV)

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God knows our future from the beginning. He knows which life path is most beneficial for us. Yet He gives us the freedom to choose for ourselves how we wish to live out our life. But what would my life be like if I let go of all my pre-conceived ideas of what 'my life' should be like. What if, instead of making my plans and trying to incorporate God into them, I first went to God asking Him to show me His purpose and plan for my life and lived that life?

King David had something to say on this topic. For David, God and His purposes were not an after thought. David longed to know God's directions for his life. He knew that God's words would give wisdom and understanding. He had confidence that God protects, loves and shields those who choose to put God first. He didn't want to be under the control of wrong influences, but desired for God to guide and lead him throughout his life.

So what about you? How do you wish to live your life?

"The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments. Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name. Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me." Psalm 119:130-133 (NKJV)

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Updated: Apr 12, 2018

A peaceful heart brings healing to the soul.

I find peace in knowing that God who created me also looks after me. I don't need to worry about anything, as there is nothing that can happen which He doesn't know about, cannot see or cannot intervene in.

What about you? Where do you find your peace?

"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

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Updated: Apr 10, 2018

"The Lord is my shepherd" - what does that even mean?

David, a shepherd turn King, wrote a beautiful poem in which he uses the imagery of God caring for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. We commonly refer to is as Psalm 23. The words of this psalm may be familiar to you and you may even be able to recite it.

When David wrote this psalm, he was using imagery that was familiar to him. But have you ever tried re-capturing the essence of David's poem using your own words?

I encourage you to contemplate the meaning of the words of this psalm as you write your own version of it. Claim the promises for yourself.

Here is my take on Psalm 23:

My God, the one who made me, looks after me.

He gives me all I need.

He knows what is best for me and where I need to go,

but He doesn't make me go there alone.

He leads me along the way of my life.

He provides a time and a place for me to a break from things.

He refreshes my soul.

The "I AM" does not deceive, but always leads in truth and love.

I do not have to fear the future.

Even though I will encounter tough times,

I will have the strength to get through them,

for You are always with me.

You lead the way and protect me.

What others think of me doesn't change your opinion of me.

You claim me as your child and treat me like royalty.

I am blessed beyond belief.

I am sure that you will continue loving and blessing me

every moment of my life.

And I will spend eternity with You.

#bible #psalm23 #faith #walkwithgod #blessedbeyondbelief #god #iam #promises #jesus

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Updated: Jan 15, 2018

"What's God's plan for my life?" "What does God want me to do next?" "Does God want me to do this?" These are just some of the questions that I have often thought about and have attempted to answer for myself many times. I'm sure you have heard the words, "God has a plan for everyone", but at times I struggled to see whether God had a clear plan for my life. Yes, I knew that I didn't come about by an accident and that I was created for a purpose. But I would often ask: "What is my purpose? What should I be doing now? Which direction should I be going in?"

In November 2017, I was attending a worship service at 'The Grove' church in Adelaide, when I heard a message that changed my perspective on these questions.

It's not about you!

The preacher spoke about how God knows the end from the beginning and how He has a plan for all of humanity. God's plan is to reach the hearts of all people and change their lives. So it is not all about ME and God's plan for MY life, but about HIS plan for all of humanity.

"It's not about a plan for your life. It's about God's plan."

Living is not about a specific step-by-step program which God has pre-arranged and I need to act out in order to feel like I am 'living out God's plan for my life'. Life is about something bigger. It is about who God is, His plans and how you and I fit into them. God gives each one of us the privilege of being able to play a part in reaching people and showing them His love and true character - but He also gives us the free will to be able to choose to work with Him, or not.

So next time you start questioning whether God has a plan for your life, remember that it's not about you. It's about Him.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

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