Tuesday, 28 October 2014

"You Don't Have to be Afraid"

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28 KJV).

I don’t know about you, but I used to be so afraid of dogs. I remember a situation where I went to visit a friend. I knew she had two very lively dogs that barked loud and a lot. So you can imagine as soon as I knocked on her door both dogs went off and barked with all the air that was in their lungs. I tell you, they gave it their all!

Jack Russell Terrier
My lady friend came to the door and told me that it was alright for me to enter her house as she had secured the dogs. She did want to let them out for me to meet them but let me tell you, I was just too afraid. Their fierce barking had struck so much fear in my heart that under no circumstance I was willing to face them.The very same problem I had for years with the devil. I was too afraid of him. I didn’t want to face him nor deal with him. But now that I have this little puppy dog the LORD showed me something really powerful and imagine this, I am no longer afraid of dogs! Although my puppy dog is probably one of the smallest dogs, let me tell you his teeth are not that insignificant at all. In fact they are sharp! It’s funny though, as I take dominion over him I am even able to open his mouth, go in there with my fingers and snatch something out of there. I do the very same thing with the devil and so nowadays I think that taking dominion is indeed a great action plan of God.

Today I want to speak to your heart and tell you the truth: you don’t have to be afraid of the devil anymore or any other enemy. It is really that simple; you just take dominion in Jesus Name! This is an exclusive position only the children of God get to enjoy. So aren’t you glad you are one of His?

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 20 October 2014

“Be Alert!”

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings” 
(1 Peter 5:8 & 9 NIV).

Let me tell you a story about our Chihuahua puppy. You know I like to declare over him that he is a small dog with a big attitude! Now that he is 6 months old he is developing quite a character. One of the things I have noticed about him is that if he doesn’t recognize a person walking around or in the house he will go ahead and defend the property or run towards the intruder with as much growling and barking that can come out of his little mouth. 

Also when he lies on my lap and seems to be asleep, I know that he is actually in a resting position, because when he hears something that is not familiar to his sensitive ears, he is immediately in an alert mode and wide awake. In a split second his eyes are open, his head is lifted high, and he perks his ears and is ready to attack. That’s the fine art of dog-hood!

There is a sleepiness and drowsiness that can befall us Christians like a cloud, but not you, Warrior of God. You cannot allow yourself to be in a slumber position whilst your enemy prowls around on the same battlefield as you. You need to exercise self-control and develop alertness every single second of your life.

So please make up your mind today to choose to be awake in the spirit and to submit to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I tell you, it is a triumphant moment when you realize that you are standing firm, resisting the devil and are walking from victory to victory.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 12 October 2014

“Follow the Instructions”

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV).

I needed a distinct logo for my Swiss Bakery and so I turned right away to our friend DesirĂ©e that designed both of our books so wonderfully. 

Unfortunately, this time her computer was out of commission and so she was not able to design something for me. My disappointment soon vanished as she didn’t leave me hanging there on my own. No, she took the time to give me clear instructions and specifications that would help me to successfully create a unique logo myself.

I received her words of instruction and applied them to my logo. I sent her my results and she gave me her comments and corrections. Although she didn’t work on the logo herself her mere words did. In the end her words and my hands created something beautiful together.

Honestly, this is no different when you follow the safe instructions of the Lord. As you heed His word in your heart and follow it without wavering, you will walk in perfect communion with Him and His purposes for your life will come to pass and affect others you come across as well. So, what is the Lord instructing you to do today?

Have a wonderfully blessed evening! 

Suzanne Tanner

Monday, 6 October 2014

"Born Again"

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:28-29 NIV).

Now that we have a dog we get to take on responsibility for him that also includes consequences. One of the things we need to do now is take him out for his bathroom routine under all weather conditions.

One morning it was raining and thundering so heavily and both of us, our dog and I didn’t really want to go out and get wet, but we had to. Everything was soaking wet, our dog, my coat, the yard, everywhere were little puddles. It was a nasty day and we were glad to get back inside that morning and dry ourselves off. I thought it would be a rainy day and rain all day, but it didn’t. The rain subsided very quickly and when I went out again the sun was shining and there was a freshness in the air, as if the rain had been a cleanser and had washed away all darkness, dirt and heaviness.

Later on that morning as we went to church I experienced the same kind of freshness amongst the fellowship of the believers. I felt like I was born-again, the same kind of sensation when I received Jesus as my Lord and savior in 1995.

You know there is a distinct freshness that comes from being born-again. It is a moment where all heaviness, dross, despair and hopelessness is washed away by the power of the Holy Spirit. As He pours himself out on you the heavenly gift of revelation begins to take place in your life and a hope that is anchored in God is birthed in you. It is my prayer for you that you would experience the same kind of freshness each day of your life and be revived in Jesus Name!

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner 

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Monday, 29 September 2014

"Look Out For The Fruit"

“Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20 NKJV).

I made an interesting and likewise pleasant observation when I discovered that our cherry tree was finally carrying some fruit. It was really easy for me to detect the fruit amongst all the green leaves because the red cherries just stood out so clearly. 

I remembered that with our berry bushes it’s different; the berries are often hidden behind many leaves and deep within the bushes. It takes me a while to harvest them but with the cherries it’s an easy thing: I just look and I pick.

The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:22 what mature fruit looks like: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Are you unsure if someone is operating in the fruits of the Spirit of God? Just look out for them and you will instantly know. It will be a sign of maturity and belonging to Christ. And hopefully this person might just be you and me too :-)

Have a wonderfully blessed evening! 

Suzanne Tanner

Sunday, 21 September 2014

"Love Makes Everything Grow"

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133: 1-3 NIV).

Another spring time had arrived and to my great joy the plants were springing forth again. I could recognize these sweet little green things making their way through the soil.

The time had obviously arrived for them to come back to life. The temperature had started to increase preparing the soil to be a fertile ground and the rain poured down from heaven did what it was called to do. Now everything was growing very well and very fast.

I think that love will create in you the very same thing! Because when you experience the warmth of love that is expressed through the unity of believers your soul and spirit will automatically begin to grow. 

This kind of love will create in you a fertile ground for your personal growth - a place where life, freedom, peace and safety can prosper in abundance. As you leave your solitary life behind you will come to know the blessing that the LORD bestows on you as you make this your choice today.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Suzanne Tanner

My husband's first poetry book is out. You can check it out and buy it here: From Pain to Poetry - The Tear Field Years.

Monday, 15 September 2014

“Patience Leads to Clarity”

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

My husband and I are still learning how to become seasoned homesteaders. So when we recently sowed our vegetable seeds we forgot to label the rows. We had to wait quite a while for the rows to become visible and then clarification was given to us to distinguish between weed and plant. At that point it was an easy task to successfully pluck out all the weeds and allow the remaining vegetables to grow well.

Sometimes we make the mistake and want to address something in a person and it’s just too soon to do so. I have learned over the years that it is by far better to choose patience over control. In that way you pave the way for the motives to naturally manifest and to become obvious for everybody involved.

For your own sake and well-being choose to step back, observe, and wait on the Lord to work things out for His good. You will be amazed at the clarity He will give you in any given situation just because you allow Him to have His way. 

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner

My husband's first poetry book is out. You can check it out and buy it here: From Pain to Poetry - The Tear Field Years.