Change Starts Inside Us – Word of the Week

Edition #35

Week 45

Ephesians 3:16-21
“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

Living an incredible, abundant life starts on the inside.

We tend to concern ourselves with fixing external things in our lives, and we want God to intervene to help us. We pray, “God fix my body, my family, my spouse, my business….” It’s as though we want Him to take over, but in most cases, the miraculous manifests in our lives from the inside out.

As it says in today’s verses, God works “within us,” deeply and gently. The more that we engage in this inner work, the more we experience the supernatural (the miraculous).

As we read God’s Word to discover the truth, we start to challenge old beliefs and plant new ones into our hearts. As these new beliefs gain strength, our lives begin to change from the inside out.

I’m not saying that we can’t pray and ask God to intervene in the difficult situations of our lives. He is a miracle working God. But we also need to be willing to work to solve problems in our lives in a practical way, asking Him for His wisdom to guide us. However, if we want to move toward walking in more of God’s promises in our everyday lives, we need to realise something important.

Many of the changes that happen in our lives take place inside of us before they ever manifest themselves in our external world.

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Walk in the Miraculous – Word of the Week

Edition #44

Week 44

Matthew 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

As believers, it is possible to live in a state of peace, joy, prosperity and health.

Does this mean that we’ll never struggle in these areas? No, we live in a fallen world where stuff happens. Living in a state of peace, for example, doesn’t mean we become immune to feeling angry, worried or stressed out. It simply means we’ve learned how to regularly access the peace of Christ that is in us.

It’s about seeking first the kingdom of God (His beliefs and promises) and seeking His righteousness (the fact that you are right with God through Christ). Everything else—health, prosperity, peace, joy—comes out of the heart beliefs that result.

The more you realise you have God’s peace, the more that state of peace begins to dominate everything around you. Similarly, living in a state of health doesn’t mean you’ll never get sick. It means you are actively gaining confidence in God’s promises of health and healing. You believe that this inner state of health you’ve been given in Christ will dominate anything that comes your way.

It’s not that you somehow tap into the power of God and it overrides natural laws. When the first airplane took to the sky, it wasn’t because someone prayed for flight to be possible. The laws that make flight possible were in place since the beginning of time. We just had to discover them. The same is true with this inner state—this belief in God’s promises. We can learn to walk in them.

The truth is, you can walk in the miraculous—that state of experiencing God’s supernatural power—on a regular basis! 

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The Kingdom Inside – Word of the Week

Edition #43

week 43

Romans 14:17
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes],
but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

When it comes to experiencing God’s supernatural power, it’s not about asking God to suspend natural laws for us. It’s about us as believers learning to activate a higher law, and it comes out of the kingdom inside each of us.

When we see prayer as asking God to override natural laws, we’re just hoping for Him to intervene. We feel helpless, as though we’re victims, just waiting for Him to have pity on us. But that’s not what God wants for us. He’s already given us the kingdom! It’s within us and it has been designed to influence everything around us.

Hoping God will intervene relies on an external force. When we realise the kingdom is within us, it’s still God’s power, but that power is internal, radiating out of us to affect our circumstances.

Internal power, not external force, is the key, whether we’re waiting on that force to come from God or we’re trying to force things to change on our own strength.

You see, if we want to improve our lives and we feel like it’s up to us to force things to change—force our finances to improve, force our relationships to work, force our bodies to become healthier—it’s exhausting and stressful! We can’t maintain that our whole lives, which is why so many struggle.

As a believer, you have the power of God within you for change, and it doesn’t have to be difficult! Just keep renewing your mind in God’s Word. The more you align that inner kingdom with the truth, the more God’s promises will dominate your outer world.

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God of the Valleys – Word of the Week

Edition #42

week 42

1 Kings 20:28
“Then a man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said… ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The Lord is God of the hills, be He is not God of the valleys,“ therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hands, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’”

When we’re going through difficult times, sometimes it might feel like God has deserted us, but there’s something to be learned from today’s verse. Our God is the God of the valleys.

In 1 Kings 20, we find the account of an Aramean king who wanted to defeat Israel. First a battle took place in the mountains. The Arameans were soundly defeated, even though they were a much bigger force. When it came time to decide what to do next, Aramean officials gave their king some ill advice. They believed that Israel’s God was only a god of the hills, not the valleys. They said, “If we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they” (1 Kings 20:23).

As you can imagine, they were dead wrong. God empowered the Israelites to overthrow the Arameans once again as they fought in the plains, giving us a powerful image for his nature. You see, God is not just involved in the high times of life. He is with us always, empowering us to overcome in the low times too. He is God of the hills and the valleys!

If you’re going through a difficult time, remember this story. We live in a fallen world, and we sometimes walk through difficult times, but God is always with us, empowering us to go through. God will never place you in a valley. But when you find yourself in one, you can trust him to help you through it!

This Word of the Week was brought to you from Devoted with Leon.

Stay in Faith – Word of the Week

Edition #41

Week 41

Romans 8:31
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Sometimes we think that God orchestrates the difficulties we encounter in life to teach us something or to punish us for doing wrong. When we read James 1:2, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials,” it almost sounds as though we should welcome tragedy as though it’s sent from God. But is this true?

Think of it this way. Let’s say you’re walking on a path, when suddenly you fall. Maybe you weren’t watching where you were going and you tripped, or maybe an obstacle was thrown in your path that you couldn’t avoid. Regardless, you didn’t fall because God pushed you, right?

The same is true when it comes to “falling into various trials.” It doesn’t say, “Count it all joy when God grabs you by the scruff of the neck and puts you in the middle of a trial.” It says you fell into a trial somehow.

God doesn’t throw tragedy or trouble at you. Sometimes when we face trials, we can think of ways we could have avoided them. Other times, trials blindside us that couldn’t have been avoided. Regardless, our response needs to be the same: stay in faith.

Learn what you can from the trials you face, but never forget that God is on your side. He’s empowering you to get through this trial. In fact, you may even be able to use this trial as a stepping stone to move to a whole new level.

Stay in faith, and like a boat in a storm, the winds that threaten to capsize you just may cause you to get to your destination twice as fast!

This devotional was brought to you from Devoted with Leon.

Rest in the Storm – Word of the Week

Edition #40

week 40

Mark 4:37-38
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him,
“Teacher, of You not care that we are perishing?”

As a believer, you can stay in God’s rest, even in the middle of a storm.

First Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side” (v. 35), which was the direction God wanted him to go. They left the multitude to cross the sea, and as a furious storm began to blow against them and waves were filling the boat with water, Jesus was asleep on a cushion.

Why wasn’t Jesus concerned? Was it because he was the Son of God and he had it easier than we do? I used to think that, but the Bible says Jesus was tempted just as we are.

This was no little storm; it had career fishermen shaking in their sandals, so things must have been bad. I’m sure Jesus was tempted to be afraid, but he was still at peace. Why? Because he knew where God had told him to go. He knew that crossing the sea was the direction God had for him, and trusted that was where they were going.

As you keep your destiny and God’s promises at the forefront of your mind, you can stay at rest, even in the worst storms. What are you dealing with today? What does God’s Word promise about that situation? Hang on to the peace that trusting in his promises provides!

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Does God Notice Me? – Word of the Week

Edition #39

Week 39

Psalm 139:15
“My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as is embroidered with various colours] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]”

Do you ever wonder if God really notices you? Does he really care?

The devil wants to trap you into thinking you are nothing, that you shouldn’t like yourself or be confident in Christ’s power in you. But don’t let him stop you from discovering your worth and your authority in Christ. It’s time to start realising how special you really are!

The truth is, God does care. The author of Psalm 139 seemed to struggle to put into words how incredibly intricate each of us is and how much God thinks of us. When you think of all the incredible complexities of the human body, it’s a mystery! Every single person on this planet is a work of art, a one-of-a-kind treasure!

Then verse 16 goes on to talk about the destiny God has for each of us.  It says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” We tend to expect so little in life. Meanwhile, the God of the universe wrote a book detailing all the incredible plans he has for you—plans you have the opportunity to choose. That’s how much he thinks of you! In fact, just look at what verse 17 says: “How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (AMPC).

God thinks about you all the time, and his plans for you are all good. You are special, and he loves you so much!  

This word of the week was brought to you from Devoted with Leon.