Sunday, 27 July 2014

"Take To Heart"

“He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding” (Proverbs 15:31 & 32 NIV).


Why is it that when it really gets bad, we finally listen and do what we are supposed to do?

I recently had an appointment at the dental hygienist and I have to admit that somewhere in the corner of my heart there was some hidden guilt. Why? I very well knew for years that I needed to floss my teeth, but I simply didn’t have what it took to follow through. The hygienist cleaned my teeth as usual, knowing that I hadn’t flossed at all and so I was glad that it was soon over so that I could go back home.

But unfortunately the doctor also wanted to see me and take a closer look at the x-rays that had been taken. This time he was not all understanding, but gave me a life-giving rebuke! He said that if I would not floss my teeth daily I would eventually start losing them. I tell you his words were like an arrow that pierced the center of my heart and this time I was forced to take it to heart. I sensed in his words such an earnest concern for me and my teeth.

Today we are living in a day and age where not a lot of people dare to correct God’s way. And when the correction does come, it is rejected by many. My doctor took the initiative and the responsibility to correct me. I took it to heart, I applied it to my life, and my gums have stopped bleeding. So please do not get offended when a person that stands in authority and carries responsibility takes the time to correct you. Take it to heart because this is God’s way to give you life, wisdom and understanding.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 21 July 2014

"The Magnificent Vantage Point"

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3, 1 – 2 NIV).

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6 NIV).

I didn't think that this would be possible, that from one single view point I could overlook Europe's second largest lake. But with God all things are possible, and so our friends took us one day to this specific vantage point in the Swiss Alps. It was located at about 4,500 feet above sea level, and from this point we could oversee the entire lake of Geneva. It was just amazing! We could see the end from the beginning.

We saw the Jet d'Eau – the Water Fountain of Geneva that jets its water up to 459 feet into the air. We recognized towns like Lausanne and Montreux and the Evian les Bains that is located in France. And the icing on the cake was that we got to see Europe's most magnificent mountain, the 16,000 foot tall Mont Blanc. All of this was captured with two eyes, with absolute clarity, from one single vantage point. I'd say that this is magnificent, wouldn't you?!

I was so happy that the LORD gave me the opportunity to experience this magnificent view and I thought about these verses in Colossians and Ephesians and how true they were. This is the position God wants you to take: In Christ you are given this magnificent vantage point and this is when you receive a clear overview of things on earth and in heaven. It’s a place where you gain clarity, authority and sovereignty. Set your heart on Jesus today and take your seat next to Him!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 14 July 2014

'The Divine Flow of Power"

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” 
(Ephesians 5:18 - 20 NIV). 

The LORD blessed us with an RV (recreational vehicle) that was donated to our ministry about a year ago. Every so often my husband and I can go on a trip together. We are now able to enjoy God’s creation and get to rest even more in His presence and draw closer to Jesus. 

The RV offers also water and electricity and makes life quite comfortable considering the small space of living it provides. Normally we have to fill up the water tank ourselves, and as we use the water a pump is activated that will transport the water wherever it needs to go. The water flow is not as strong as at home, but it is sufficient and we are thankful to have a water supply.

Recently we made a fantastic new experience as we attached our RV to a water hook up for the first time. What you do is you take your own water hose, hook it to the water supply on one end, and then on the other end you connect it to the RV. 

So when I turned on the tap for the first time the water burst out with such a strong flow. There was pressure there for sure because of the constant water supply and our water pump was no longer needed. Now we no longer need to be worried if we have enough fresh water in our tank or if we need to dump the used water because now we have an automatic in and out flow. Now we are carefree and are enjoying our time in the RV all the more.

You too need to have a constant inward and outward flow. This will happen when you are aware at all times of the reality of the presence of the LORD and allow Him to fill you with His love and His words of truth. That’s when the godly inflow begins to take place. Now you are filled with joy and faith that will lead you to an overflow and an outflow of praise, tongues, prayer and thankfulness. 

I pray for you today that a desire to be filled and overflowing with the Holy Ghost at all times would be birthed in you. Be hooked up to this kind of living water and flow out in His power!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 6 July 2014

"The Master Architect"

“But as it is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2: 9&10). 

We are having the upper part of our garage being finished off so that we can eventually provide a place for travelers and missionaries from near and afar. I have learned such a lot of principles only by watching this garage being built by different craftsmen. From laying the foundation and putting the framework into place, to installing the insulation, the plumbing and electricity and all the appliances, everything has been just so rewarding for me.

Recently I got to witness the laying of the plumbing lines. I walked up to the room and standing there all alone I had a chance to observe at all the plumbing work that had been done. Although I know nothing about plumbing, I observed the red and blue lines and followed them throughout the whole garage and figured that these were the hot and cold water lines. I saw where they reached the sink and the shower and the toilet, and I also discovered the place for the drain. I got to see and witness everything before it would eventually become invisible and hidden behind the walls. I realized that God had allowed me to see into all the things and how everything works together perfectly behind the scenes.

That day as I stood all alone in that unfinished room above the garage, God reminded me of these precious promises that He gave to those that love Him. Isn’t He just a wonderful God that He would reveal these things to us and give us such great insight without our having to work hard to understand all things? The LORD is right now pouring out His insight to the ones that love Him. They will tell the world that He is the Master Architect and the One that holds everything together. Will you be one of them?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 23 June 2014

"Soak in My Presence"

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him” 
(Psalm 62:1 NIV).

When I came to America a few years ago, I was confronted with a lot of change. One of the things I noticed was that our shower curtain would have mold and mildew after a couple of weeks. That was a new thing for me and so I asked my husband how to get rid of it. He said, “Wash it in the washing machine.” 

I thought that was a great idea, but unfortunately I chose the wrong washing program. The curtain was torn up, we had to throw it away and buy a new one. I asked my husband again how to get rid of the mold and he said “Use bleach.” 

So every month when the curtain really looked bad, I would take it down and scrub it outside on our back porch for about an hour. To be honest with you, I didn’t like this procedure very much.

So another month approached and I knew I would have to get rid of the mold again. This time I thought I will check the internet and see what a larger group of Americans say about this problem. I searched for “How to get rid of mold on your shower curtain,” and I got a fantastic answer: “Soak the curtain in the bath tub with water and a cup of bleach and then let it rest for one hour”. Ha, I liked that idea, because it didn’t require much work from my side. After an hour I was prepared to scrub the curtain but surprisingly found out that all the mold and mildew had miraculously disappeared during that hour. “Could that be true” I asked myself? Because now getting rid of the mold once a month would definitely be a joyful and easy thing for me to do!!!

Did you know that His presence is a resting place for you? When you rest in Him all the cares and struggles, worries, concerns and fearful thoughts are washed away by His love. It doesn’t really require much of you. Just chose to rest in His presence, let go of your cares, open your heart to Him and then listen to what He wants to share with you. As you make it your daily need to soak in His presence, I promise you that you will experience the truth that comes from knowing that only Jesus can wash away your cares.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 16 June 2014

"Jumping to Conclusions"

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV).

Do you also jump to conclusions easily and then find out that your conclusions were wrong? Oh let me tell you how the LORD recently corrected me on one of my conclusions. Fortunately it was only between Him and me, and He didn’t expose my thoughts. But I am going to share them with you today because I learned a very good lesson!

In that particular week I wasn’t able to attend our local Farmers Market, so we sent our friend and ministry partner to represent me and to sell our home made Swiss bread. When I came back from our trip that evening I counted the remaining loaves and discovered that one had been opened. I thought that this was a little odd, but figured our friend had been hungry that afternoon and wanted to eat some of the freshly baked bread. The more I thought about it, the more I got irritated because I reasoned that he could have sold that loaf or at least asked me if he could have a bite or two. I admit that those were my thoughts and my conclusions. 

Then, full of excitement, our friend began to share with me his side of the story. He hadn’t sold a lot of bread that afternoon and so he prayed to God. He took action and opened up a loaf, went to each and every vendor at the Farmers Market and offered them a sample so that they could taste the great bread. By doing this he sold three more loaves of bread. 

Oh no, I couldn’t believe what I just heard! My conclusions were totally wrong and I was ashamed at myself for having had such thoughts. I definitely learned my lesson that day!

The Bible warns us in verse 5 of 1 Corinthians chapter 4 that we should not judge before the appointed time and that the LORD will bring light to everything that is hidden. 

The lesson I learned that day was that jumping to conclusions and acting as if I knew it all was totally wrong. I firmly believe now that we absolutely need to give room to the LORD to bring light and exposure into the motives of the hearts of man. On our part we need to wait for the arrival of the appointed time. Do you agree? Then let’s wait, see and jump when the LORD says so!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 8 June 2014

"Follow the Promptings of the Holy Spirit"

“Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NIV).

Let me tell you, when you act upon the promptings of the Holy Spirit, that’s when the impossible things start to happen! That’s exactly what I experienced with a daisy I received from a friend. There were these three daisies that were planted in a pot and normally I would have just put it somewhere in the house to beautify a room. And usually flowers that have been planted into a pot will eventually die after not so long. But something different happened with this flower. This time I had this impossible thought that I could transplant it into my garden. I tell you, this was a very unusual thought for me, since like I said I would normally leave these flowers in the pot and display them in the house.

Well after a few weeks or so this plant did in fact die outside in the garden. I figured that my thought was too bold and that I had made a mistake and that they were destined to be a house plant and bloom only once. But you know what? One day I was totally surprised to see that this plant now started to birth three new daisy flowers. They rose again out of the dust, they bloomed for a while and then they died. And for the third time they rose again and now this plant has birthed a fourth daisy. It is just amazing. It all started out with a simple thought and then I followed that prompting. And do you now see what has happened? Life after life is springing forth and multiplication is taking place. This plant is indeed unstoppable.

Today the LORD wants to reassure you that He is the God of possibilities, opportunities, hope and everlasting life. He wants to release such a richness of ideas, creativity, insight and revelation to the ones that seek His face. All you need to do is to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and then act upon what you hear. Do not doubt the thoughts that seem impossible, but trust the distinct voice of the LORD that says “It is possible”. I tell you, you will become such a channel of inspiration and break the yoke of impossibilities over your life and of the many people that you come across.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner