#44 No matter how you feel

and then He said to His disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” (John 11v7 NIV)

After two days He decides it is time.

Did He wait on purpose or was He needed there for those extra two days?

We simply don’t know.

Waiting is part of walking with God.

It isn’t just about you.

Sometimes it is also about others.

God may be waiting for them.

He is patient.

So should we.

Are you willing to wait for others if He is?

Ask Him to help you wait.

To trust and to believe.

Perseverance, patience and persistence are often needed.

Especially when nothing seems to be happening.

Waiting can be hard, so ask Him for the grace to be patient.

This period can be the very best for you.

In that time, turn your affection to Him.

Do this daily and on a constant basis.

Praise Him no matter how you feel.

Your worship of Him isn’t dependent on how you feel.

He may seem take you back to where you started.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-12-11T08:17:15+00:00Wednesday, December 11th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#43 He doesn’t make mistakes

So when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days, (John 11v6 NIV)

This seems a strange response. 

Why didn’t He hurry back?

He didn’t just take His time. 

He knew that delaying might upset Mary and Martha. 

He ran the risk that they wouldn’t understand. 

He knew that it was for a greater purpose.

When you pray, is there a delay in getting an answer?

He knows the pain you feel. 

He knows the hurt that can eat away at you. 

He understands that disappointment can stop you enjoying life. 

But He is not apologetic about it.

He never apologised for delaying.

He isn’t being callous. 

He has something better, an upgrade. 

What He has for you is much more wonderful. 

Are you trusting Him?

Is your trust based on how you feel?

If you are still waiting, ask why the delay.

You may have been waiting for a long time for answers to your prayers and requests. 

When you ask Him what is the hold up, you will get an answer.

Just have ears to hear it and not filter it.

Whatever, do not give up. 

Do what He tells you to do, even if it means wait a little longer.

He knows your need and He never forgets.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-12-08T09:10:43+00:00Sunday, December 8th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#42 His love for you is incomparable

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (John 11v5 NIV)

He loves you just as much.

There is no limit.

He isn’t concerned or impressed with your social or economic background.

He doesn’t favour the successful.

He doesn’t look to the intelligent and the strong.

You are not disqualified if you are not an achiever.

Don’t disqualify yourself.

How much do you love your life?

Ask Him why He made you.

Ask Him how much He loves you.

Write down what He tells you.

Ask Him regularly how much He loves you.

It will take time to fully appreciate it.

It is a process of having it embed it into your DNA.

Re-read regularly what you have written and declare it, every day, out loud.

You can love Him deeply and passionately.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-12-05T06:42:18+00:00Thursday, December 5th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#41 He said yes

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11v4 NIV)

This was Jesus’ declaration of faith.

He was making a statement which appeared not to be true.

Lazarus did die (but not for long).

However, He made it clear that there was a bigger issue here.

He recognised what this event would signify.

Are you willing to allow God to be glorified in and through you?

It may not be comfortable but it will be glorious.

Do you still trust Him even though it looks hopeless?

Ask Him to help you believe and overcome your doubt or uncertainties.

Make a list of what you have given up on.

Ask God to forgive you for doubting.

Ask Him how to persevere.

He never gives up on you.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-12-02T21:19:40+00:00Monday, December 2nd, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#40 Can you hear Him?

So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” (John 11v3 NIV)

They cared for Lazarus, yet they knew where their hope was.

They turned to the One who could help them.

The One who could heal Lazarus.

They needed Him to come straight away, for they knew Lazarus was gravely ill.

He didn’t come straight away, even though He got the message.

They waited for Him to come.

Are you still waiting or have you given up?

Remind yourself of what you have prayed for.

Then remind Him.

Starting with the things that are immediate, write down all that you want to see happen.

Recall any things that you prayed or asked for years ago and write those down.

Ask Him what He thinks about your requests now.

He hears your requests.

Do you hear His?

 

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-11-27T09:02:55+00:00Wednesday, November 27th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#39 Leaving a legacy

This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. (John 11v2 NIV)

John’s reference is to Luke 7.

One way or another Mary was going to be remembered.

Do you want to be remembered?

How do you want to be remembered?

Live the life He has given you to the full.

That way you will leave a powerful legacy.

Live a life of faith, trusting in Him.

He may be able to encourage people through you long after you have gone.

Ask God what legacy He wants you to leave when you have gone.

This may be a very interesting and sobering exercise.

Write down what you will be remembered for and what you would like to be remembered for.

You will leave a long and lasting legacy.

 

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-11-24T13:24:32+00:00Sunday, November 24th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#38 The love that looks like something

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (John 11v1 NIV)

God doesn’t show favouritism.

He demonstrates His love and grace through His family.

You don’t have to be perfect.

Simply accept His offer of love.

Seek His forgiveness.

Receive His grace.

This grace looks like favour.

It looks like acceptance.

It looks like forgiveness.

And it looks like love all rolled into one, given to you as a free gift.

Undeserved and unexpected.

You never have been, you never will be, good enough to earn it.

Get any notion that you deserve it out of your head.

Respond humbly to what He has done for you.

Therefore He can’t be angry or disappointed in you.

He gave you everything despite your best and worst  efforts.

Without performing for it.

Without coming even close.

In the same way don’t show favouritism.

Treat people well no matter who or what.

Love and accept whatever their position or how famous they are.

Do you tend to favour those you like?

Do you avoid those who annoy you?

Do you give a wide berth to those who irritate you?

If you do, stop it.

He has accepted you, warts and all.

Accept others in the same way even it requires more effort.

A lot of what motivates us is based on how we feel.

Ask God where you are taking the comfortable route?

It is easy to love those who are easy to love.

Avoiding people is an emotional response.

It is definitely not a fruit of the Spirit.

Nor is it discernment.

It doesn’t mean target them, but rather, stop avoiding them.

He wants to bless them through you.

Write down the names of five people who irritate you.

When you have your list, pray a blessing over them.

Have a coffee with them and get to know their history.

You may be surprised what you find out.

It will change your attitude.

You were created to love everyone.

That kind of love looks like something.

It is not a feeling.

It is more of an attitude and a motive.

It is a heart issue.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-11-19T16:21:23+00:00Tuesday, November 19th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#37 His expectations are higher

“but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10v42 NIV)

Mary and Martha had the same choices.

Both Mary and Martha knew their responsibilities to visiting guests.

But Mary chose what was the most important thing at that moment of time.

A greater culture was here.

Martha decided to follow duty and expectation.

Don’t let the expectations of others drive you.

Seek Him above all else.

Don’t let the fear of what people will think stop you sitting at His feet.

What is driving you?

Ask Him what He expects of you.

Don’t live according to other people’s expectations.

Don’t be driven by your own desires and needs; instead be led by the Spirit of the living God.

You have a responsibility to examine your life.

To see what forces are driving you.

Is it the expectations of family, friends, colleagues, bosses or church leaders?

Are you more bothered about what others may think than what He actually thinks?

Write down what He says He expects of you and compare it against what others expect of you.

He loves you and He wants you to know it.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-11-16T09:05:00+00:00Saturday, November 16th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#36 Let Him set you free

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,” (Luke 10v41 NIV)

Jesus was so gentle with her and He will be with you.

But He got straight to the point.

Straight to the issue at hand.

He won’t mince His words.

He loves you too much to ignore you.

He knew what was going on inside her.

He knows exactly what is going on inside you.

Let Him speak peace into you.

He can only speak peace into you if you are listening.

If you are afraid that He will tell you something you don’t want to hear, then you are believing a lie.

The lie isn’t that He will tell you something you don’t want to hear.

The lie is that He is angry with you or disappointed in you.

His words to you will be a salve on a troubled mind and heart.

What are your deepest issues?

Are they the ones you hope no-one will ever find out?

Guess what – He already knows and He wants to help.

He wants you to be free.

Ask Him to reveal His love for you in all areas.

Especially those that you are trying to hide from Him and from others.

This is the time and a place, for you to get free from your past.

To be made clean.

Only you can want it.

Only He can do it.

He does it expertly and with deep love for you.

He will reveal His love in those areas that hurt, and bind you up.

He will heal the pain and disappointment.

Let Him do that for you.

He came that you would have life and have it abundantly.

You are cleansed and made free.

He is trying to set you free in your mind, in your thinking.

He sees you as free, so be free.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-11-12T14:35:48+00:00Tuesday, November 12th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#35 He deserves your full attention

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10v40 NIV)

Martha was serving Jesus.

She was busy.

But too busy to listen.

She was busy making sandwiches that Jesus hadn’t ordered.

In her role and function she was being the perfect hostess.

She was doing what seemed the right thing.

Unfortunately it wasn’t the best thing.

She was missing out because of the cultural expectation placed on her.

There was nothing culturally acceptable with Jesus.

Their culture was in conflict with the culture of Heaven.

She was simply doing what was culturally accepted of her when guests came to someone’s house.

Martha took her responsibilities seriously.

Martha grew more and more frustrated.

Her role overtook her love for Jesus.

She even interrupted Him.

She stopped Mary (and others) from listening to Him.

She was more concerned with this culture than with the kingdom culture.

A question for you: what are you distracted by?

Ask Him, is there anything that you are doing for Him that He doesn’t actually want you to do.

Look at what you are involved in.

Make a list.

Write down how much time you give to those things and score their value to His Kingdom out of 10.

It is quite possible that the highest scores are the ones you spend the least amount of time on.

Reassess what are your priorities.

Do this regularly, at least once a week.

Don’t waste time on things He has never given you to do.

No matter how much need there is around you.

No matter what people expect of you.

He wants your full attention.

He needs you more than anything else.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-11-09T08:24:36+00:00Saturday, November 9th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|